Sat, 23 Apr 2022

Battlestation, Spring 2022

Home office setup

I haven’t done one of these in awhile. Here’s my current home office setup. As it stands, I’ve got a whole lot of gear on not much desk, which will probably need to change in some substantial ways.

read more after the break...

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Mon, 08 Nov 2021

Handsome Young Guy

Jacob, handsome young man

...if I do say so myself.

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Tue, 02 Nov 2021

Live Text In macOS Monterey (and iOS 15) is Witchcraft

Easily one of my favorite new OS features in years. It even works with a surprising amount of hand-lettered text (see the comic example below)

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Mon, 01 Nov 2021

The Dream of a Common Desktop Environment is Alive In Portland

CDE running on a Raspberry Pi in 4k

I was feeling a little nostalgic for the 1990s, so I turned one of my many Raspberry Pis into a CDE desktop.

I roughly followed the instructions here, but they’re kind of broken if you pull the current source. If anyone cares to try it themselves, I can drop a note with the extra steps I needed.

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Sun, 31 Oct 2021

Happy Halloween!

hands from the earth

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Thu, 28 Oct 2021

Rituals of the Fall

rows of apple trees

One of the joys of living in a place with actual seasons is that you get to go to the cider mill in the fall. As a born and bred Michigander, young Jacob is a fan of apple cider and donuts, too.

Jacob and Carolyn pick apples

This is the same place we visited back in 2018

the road along the trees

Jacob took a trip out to Blake Farms with his great-aunt Carolyn.

Gold Rush apples

There were u-pick apples, including this pretty Gold Rush variety.

Apples processed into cider

He got to watch the cider being made.

Jacob and Carolyn have cider and donuts

Of course, there was the reward of hot cider and donuts at the end.

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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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Lemma: All horses are the same color.
Proof (by induction):
Case n = 1: In a set with only one horse, it is obvious that all
horses in that set are the same color.
Case n = k: Suppose you have a set of k+1 horses. Pull one of these
horses out of the set, so that you have k horses. Suppose that all
of these horses are the same color. Now put back the horse that you
took out, and pull out a different one. Suppose that all of the k
horses now in the set are the same color. Then the set of k+1 horses
are all the same color. We have k true => k+1 true; therefore all
horses are the same color.
Theorem: All horses have an infinite number of legs.
Proof (by intimidation):
Everyone would agree that all horses have an even number of legs. It
is also well-known that horses have forelegs in front and two legs in
back. 4 + 2 = 6 legs, which is certainly an odd number of legs for a
horse to have! Now the only number that is both even and odd is
infinity; therefore all horses have an infinite number of legs.
However, suppose that there is a horse somewhere that does not have an
infinite number of legs. Well, that would be a horse of a different
color; and by the Lemma, it doesn’t exist.