Mon, 11 Oct 2021

Getting Freekeh With It

box of freekeh on a store shelf (Kroger)

free·keh | ˈfrēkə |


a cereal food made from unripened wheat that has been roasted and crushed into small pieces, used especially in Middle Eastern cooking: cook the freekeh in simmering salted water for about 15 minutes, then drain.


Arabic farīka, from farīk ‘rubbed’, from faraka ‘to rub’ (the grain is rubbed between the hands, so that the husks can be blown away).

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Fri, 08 Oct 2021

Double Rainbow All The Way

all the way

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Thu, 07 Oct 2021

Minor Migration

big mushrooms

I moved this blog from a virtual host running an unmaintainbly old version of the now deprecated CentOS to a hopefully maintainable Ubuntu installation. I still haven’t figured out what to do about pyblosxom’s Python 2 problem, but I’m looking into it.

If anything seems broken, tag me on Twitter (@ffg)

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Fri, 19 Feb 2021

Winter Gold

I was out running errands a couple of days ago, and looked over towards Red Run whle filling my gas tank. I had to run over and snap a few pictures. All shots unedited/unretouched from an iPhone 11.

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Thu, 14 Jan 2021

Demitasse x 2

Small espresso cups on saucers

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Sat, 26 Dec 2020

Visualize Whirled Peas, 2020

Snow, night mode

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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 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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Goes (Went) over like a lead balloon.