Thu, 10 Oct 2019

Typical Day

Download Video: h.264: "MP4" mkv/vp9: "MKV"

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Wed, 02 Oct 2019

Happy October

Orb weaver, busy weaving

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Mon, 30 Sep 2019

Ebony Steel Band - Pan Machine

I really love Kraftwerk, so trust me when I tell you that this album of steel drum covers of Kraftwerk songs is more fun than a basket of puppies.

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Fri, 27 Sep 2019

Public Image Limited, Metal Box, 1996 CD Pressing

PiL Metal Box, 23 years later

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Thu, 26 Sep 2019

Negotiations Begin

Red dragon

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Wed, 25 Sep 2019

La Gloria Bakery, Mexicantown, Detroit

Rainbow sprinkle cookies

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Tue, 24 Sep 2019

ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME

Monster cereals!

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019

Rituals of the Fall

Homemade pasta sauce, canned

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019

Hello, Fellow Kids

Stoked. Yeah.

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Sat, 21 Sep 2019

I Guess I Pissed Off An Eagle

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Fri, 24 May 2019

The Mac Open Web

Hard to believe that I’ve been using Apple platforms for 40 years, Macs for 35, the internet for 30, and the web for 25 years.

Here’s an interesting resource: “A collection of open and indie Mac, iOS, and web apps that help promote the open web.”

Admittedly, I’ve largely ceded my online presence to generally unpleasant silos like Facebook, Twitter, etc. No need for links to those, of course. The gravitational pull of these “click and go” platforms is hard to overcome.

I’d like to add some functionality to my PyBlosxom install here that would reduce the impedance wrt regular posting, but it just never seems to happen. It’s hard to justify spending a weekend buried in an IDE when I’ve got a 6 year old at home. If anyone’s aware of a relatively simple blogger/metaweblog/atompub server-side tool I can point at a Blosxom-style blog-store, I’m all ears. Eveything I’ve found has bitrotted to the point of unusability.

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Thu, 04 Apr 2019

Hey, Bought A House Yesterday

Tom (seller) and Dave (buyer)

Proud parent of a bouncing baby mortgage.

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Fri, 29 Mar 2019

iPad Air (2019)

iPad Air 2019 on my messy-ass desk

I’ve owned:

As you can see from the above timeline, I got off of an annual replacement cycle for iPads pretty quickly. My primary workhorse machines are MacOS laptops, and as much as Apple has pushed (in fits and starts) an iPad-first computing philosophy, they are, and remain, consumption devices. Traditionally, I’ve used them for websurfing and light reading from the couch or in bed.

That said, the iPads that felt reasonably zippy for such tasks in the first half of the decade are noticeably less so as the weight of our framework-heavy, Javascript-laden web has placed increasing strain on hardware.

This is a very longwinded way of saying that Apple’s cpus have gone through many generations since I last had a new iPad. Going from an A7 to an A12 is an upgrade you feel. Webpages that took 5-10 seconds to fully render on my old iPad render nearly instantly on the new one.

I was actually torn between the Air and the new Mini, but I decided that I might want to try using it with a Smart Keyboard later. I haven’t picked one up yet, but I did get the 1st generation Pencil. The Pencil is primarily going to be used by Julia on her currently backordered Mini, since she can actually draw. 😄

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Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Our Cat Thinks He’s A Dog

Ziggy really is quite the cat.

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Sat, 13 Oct 2018

Computational

Jacob and Cousin Kimmie pick an apple

I was due, so I upgraded my phone. And yes, overall my big impression is that 20 years buys you a lot of progress.

Jacob picks out a pumpkin

My other big impression is that, if you’re in the dedicated compact (non-interchangeable lens) camera business, I hope you had a plan B.

Apples ready for picking

Here’s to the next 20 years.

Jacob and Aunt Carolyn

(all photos resized but otherwise untouched)

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018

They Don’t Call Them TicketBastard For Nothing

I can’t see how this is even legal. If this were happening with, say, stocks instead of concert tickets, someone would be getting indicted.

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Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Ziggy The Hunter

The hunter takes down his prey.

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018

Welcome Home, Ziggy

Our longtime cat, Giant Kitty, passed away a couple of months ago. She had a good, long life (15 years) and we miss her terribly. We’d decided that we would like still like to have a cat in the house, so we planned to get a rescue cat. Giant Kitty was about 3 years old when she was adopted, and our original plan was to get another adult. We were also open to getting a younger cat, as we thought it would be fun for Jacob to watch a kitten grow into adulthood.

Ziggy at 3 Months

We stopped at the Michigan Humane Society on Saturday and spent some time with the residents. There was a wealth of beautiful animals there, all waiting for loving homes. In the end, we went with Ziggy (née Trucker), whose personality was immediately apparent. He’s a 3-month-old domestic short hair mix. He spent the first few hours hiding behind and under things in my home office, but it didn’t take long for his social nature (and love of wiggly toys) to win out.

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I’m shaving!! I’M SHAVING!!