Thu, 10 Sep 2020

Busy Pollinator

swallowtail butterfly on marigold

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Wed, 09 Sep 2020

The Fruits of Our Labor

Jar of salsa, preserves in the background

As I mentioned earlier, we had many, many peaches to deal with. We froze a bunch, gave away many, and made salsa and preserves with the rest. They came out great.

6 jars of preserves

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Tue, 01 Sep 2020

What A Peach!

A bunch of peaches

I believe the precise unit term for the quantity of peaches our backyard tree produced this year is the “metric fuckton.” (there were several hundred)

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Mon, 31 Aug 2020

Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk, Backyard Fence

young raptor, sitting on a fence

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Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Hot Peppers from the Garden

Julia grew these from seed.

hot peppers

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Thu, 30 Jul 2020

Buzz buzz buzz

seeking nectar bee wasp hornet

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Wed, 29 Jul 2020

A Pixelated Audience

Zombie, pillager, creeper

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Tue, 05 May 2020

Unboxing: The Mac Pro’s Wheels

This is brilliant.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2020

This Bunny Runs The Show

With everyone locked inside, the local wildlife has the run of the neighborhood.

This guy planted himself next to the dwarf maple in the middle of our front yard and dared me to do something about it.

Boss bunny

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Mon, 09 Mar 2020

250,000 Scrobbles

last.fm screenshot

Just slightly less than 6 years since hitting 100000 tracks scrobbled, I’ve reached the quarter-million song mark.

My scrobbling rate has clearly accelerated, since it took me almost 11 years to hit 100000. I attribute this to 3 things:

  1. A greater proportion of my listening happens through devices that scrobble. Though, for some folks, this is the golden age of vinyl, I’ve fully embraced technology.
  2. The streaming revolution means that there are millions of songs available to me to play at any given moment. I have fully embraced this, too.
  3. Most nights, I play drone music while I sleep. This represents hundreds of spins per week.

My 250000th scrobble was “Skepticasks”, by Bozart.

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Wed, 26 Feb 2020

Retired The Old Beater

So here’s the new shiny.

2020 Kia Forte

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Mon, 13 Jan 2020

AirPods Followup

Me, working, with a Ziggy assist

A couple of years ago, I posted about my then-new pair of AirPods.

They’ve proven themselves as one of my favorite ever technology purchases. As a result, I was eager to check out the AirPods Pro that Apple brought out in the fall.

After using them for 3 months, I’m happy to say that they were worth the upgrade. The in-ear design, with multiple insert sizes, mean that they stay in my ear much more securely than the first-gen models. The noise cancellation works well, and the transparency mode is really remarkable for the times when I need to hear what’s happening around me without removing them. I daresay the new physical profile (the shorter stalk, poised at a “jaunty” angle in the ear) is an improvement as well.

They’re still not cheap (indeed these are even more expensive), but they’re worth every penny to me.

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Tue, 07 Jan 2020

Silently Judging You In 2020

Ziggy, perched

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Tue, 24 Dec 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

And to all, a good night!

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Sat, 30 Nov 2019

El Aguila Bakery, El Sereno, California

Bakery display

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Sun, 17 Nov 2019

Rooibos Reloaded

Rooibos tea steeping in a clear cup

Previously.

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Tue, 05 Nov 2019

Our Sleepy Little Toffee

A tuckered out young boy, May 2019

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Sat, 02 Nov 2019

My Kitchen Radio

I grew up with my parents having a transistor radio in the kitchen. It was usually playing news or sports or my Dad’s favorite jazz station. I always liked the idea of having one in the kitchen, to accompany meal prep, cleanup, dishwashing, etc.

Raspberry Pi 3b

A few years ago, I decided what I really wanted in the kitchen, though, was a streaming radio / remote speaker. I realize I could have gone with a smart speaker or a simple Bluetooth speaker, but I really wanted something flexible, and I liked the idea of building a DIY radio with off-the-shelf parts.

It was pretty easy to build a Raspberry Pi system and get Volumio running on it. In addition to supporting playback of local media, Volumio also supports web radio and can work as an AirPlay remote speaker.

I added a USB laptop speaker with a built in DAC, similar to this one (it fits perfectly on the counter ledge, hidden behind a small plant) and I was ready to go.

small speaker

Quite often, I’ll want to stream audio from my phone, when streaming an EPL match, for example. This is pretty straightforward — I just need to switch my audio output to my fancy kicthen radio.

NFC card

Thankfully, IOS 13 adds some nice automation options that make this as simple as can be. I keep a credit card-sized NFC-enabled card in the little nook where the radio lives. Now, all I need to do is wave my phone past the card and the audio output is redirected to the kitchen radio. This triggers a Shortcuts automation so that I don’t even need to unlock my phone or go fiddling with audio settings.

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The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed from available
data. Our authority is Isaiah 30:26, “Moreover, the light of the Moon
shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of the Sun shall be sevenfold,
as the light of seven days.” Thus Heaven receives from the Moon as much
radiation as we do from the Sun, and in addition seven times seven (49) times
as much as the Earth does from the Sun, or fifty times in all. The light we
receive from the Moon is one ten-thousandth of the light we receive from the
Sun, so we can ignore that. With these data we can compute the temperature
of Heaven. The radiation falling on Heaven will heat it to the point where
the heat lost by radiation is just equal to the heat received by radiation,
i.e., Heaven loses fifty times as much heat as the Earth by radiation. Using
the Stefan-Boltzmann law for radiation, (H/E)^4 = 50, where E is the absolute
temperature of the earth (-300K), gives H as 798K (525C). The exact
temperature of Hell cannot be computed, but it must be less than 444.6C, the
temperature at which brimstone or sulphur changes from a liquid to a gas.
Revelations 21:8 says “But the fearful, and unbelieving … shall have their
part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.” A lake of molten
brimstone means that its temperature must be at or below the boiling point,
or 444.6C (Above this point it would be a vapor, not a lake.) We have,
then, that Heaven, at 525C is hotter than Hell at 445C.
— “Applied Optics”, vol. 11, A14, 1972