5 Oct.

1:33pmEnjoy the Best, Not The Latest, Media – Kartick’s Blog (kartick.substack.com) #

6:43pmThe Miracle Sudoku.

#

11:02pmThe Black Prism by Brent Weeks – ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 (amazon.com) I enjoyed a perfect timing as I ended my audiobook of The Black Prism as I walked up to my front door after tonight’s walk. The book was fascinating and brings a very unique magic in high fantasy. I found points of the book predictable but I still very much enjoyed it and eagerly await to get the 2nd book of the series via my Libby library rental app. #

4 Oct.

10:22pmTurk now runs Lubuntu 20.04. Technology update: I went ahead and updated Turk, my linux laptop, to the latest Lubuntu version. Up to now I’ve been running it on 18.04 which is from 2018. There was no specific reason for the upgrade, nothing about the previous install was a problem, other than curiosity to be on the latest version. It turned out to be a bigger issue that took several more hours than expected, but I am now fully updated and will be messing around with it.

I attempted to do a fresh install and was thwarted by the installation demanding the Lubuntu 18.04 CD-ROM for some reason (specifically, it wanted to use it to install GRUB the bootloader.) Why it couldn’t do that from the 20.04 USB drive, I have no idea. So I ended up redoing an 18.04 install and then having it run the full upgrade, which thankfully worked without issue. #

10:24pm – Also, I have the music from Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog stuck in my head after seeing a TikTok that uses one of the songs. This is mildly annoying. #

Sep. 29 – Oct. 2

September 29

5:02pmPryzbylewski. I don’t know if this happens to other people or not, but aside from songs, I also get words stuck in my head. Over and over and over and over I’ll repeat the word in my head. These are all sorts of words, and come from all parts of my life. The latest one is a name, Pryzbylewski.

It was driven by an MLS player with a similar last name, and that triggered this name in my head, and it just bounced around over and over and over without me knowing where the name came from. I felt like it was a character in TV or a movie but I couldn’t figure it out.

I was imagining it was something like Breakfast Club, or some highschool comedy/drama sort of show. I had this vision of a teacher shouting at the bandana wearing young punk kid, Pryzbylewski. Nope. It’s Roland Pryzbylewski from The Wire. I finally gave in and googled it today.

And now I know. Hopefully knowing will flush the name from my head and I can move on with my life. #

10:50pm – I did not watch the farce that is supposed to be a debate between Trump and Biden. I had no doubt it would be nothing short of a shit show. From all the tweets I read and the short fact checks I saw, it was everything I expected and more. There was nothing to be learned by watching it, I would only watch it to point and gawk at the crumbling corpse of democracy. I can’t believe that disgrace of a human being is in the White House. #

September 30

12:48pm – I did a large upload to my Kindle yesterday of a number of books to be read. I’m about 1/4th of the way through A Mind At Play (a biography of Claude Shannon) but the new batch of books are urging me to read faster. I will switch to a bubblegum cleanse for reading after this bio, likely the new Dresden novel.

I’m currently listening to The Black Prism as an audiobook while I take my walks or for the rare times I get in the car for an errand somewhere. #

October 1

2:30pmNorthern Exposure was Filmed in Washington.

I had no idea that they used a town in Washington to represent the Alaskan town of the sitcom show. #

October 2

9:54amI’ve Got Some Things to Say. Let’s Do a WNBA Finals Preview. | By Megan Rapinoe (theplayerstribune.com) I’m just a girl in a Wubble dating her local team’s point guard. #

October 3

12:49pm – As I have begun doing more walking, I am often listening to podcasts or an audiobook. Currently I am making use of the app Libby to check out audiobooks from the library (thanks King County!) and honestly, wishing I had something like Google Glass to enable me to easily continue using my phone and tech without forcing me into the head down posture.

Imagining that I’d be able to compose blog posts, do emails, or even join a work call and watch the screenshares etc. would be extremely valuable to me. #

October 4

2:49am – Today was a delightful day, spent largely relaxing. I did some work on a presentation, though I’ll do more of it tomorrow. Otherwise I spent today watching streams, sorting Magic cards, practicing & studying chess, and watching soccer.

The Sounders won tonight, 3-1 over Vancouver under some very questionable officiating (in that the 1 goal for Vancouver came from a quite iffy penalty) – and tomorrow I’ll be doing more soccer and work.

There was a large heavy fog over the area all day. It felt like the true turning of the page for the season here in the PNW, and soon we will be blanketed in our comforting fall drizzle. I can’t wait. #

27-28 Sept.

September 27

12:13amMy Go-To Linux Apps to Install.

So I have had to re-install Linux on Turk (this laptop) a few times. I attribute most of it to user error as I’m a fairly amateur user to the OS, as well as some iffy hardware. In that time, I’ve figured out a handful of apps that are my must-haves that don’t come with the base minimal installation of Lubuntu:

  • Ulauncher – An app launcher which has proven very useful
  • Atom Editor – My favorite linux-based editor for coding projects
  • Redshift – A small app which handles the blue-light filtering
  • Timeshift – By far the newest of the apps on this list, but I have high hopes for it to help me with future issues and getting snapshots of the system
  • Filezilla – An old classic for my FTP needs with various web projects
  • Remmina – A remote desktop tool which lets me take over my Windows desktop

#

3:46pmLost Languages Discovered in One of the World’s Oldest Continuously Run Libraries (smithsonianmag.com) #

9:56pmLong-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance (nytimes.com) It’s not surprising. #

September 28

2:46pmThere is a formula that lets you calculate any specific decimal place in pi (en.m.wikipedia.org) #

8:07pm – Ending today relaxing with some side coding projects and maintenance, and watching the new season of Great British Baking Show. Exactly what I needed to unwind. #

9:56pm – “If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is grass in the beginning.”- Vincent Van Gogh

(Disclaimer: I have done some research trying to confirm this is a real Van Gogh quote. I haven’t been able to disprove it, but that does not in and of itself confirm it.) #

10:13pmPrince, Live at Paisley Park (1987).

#


Glowbug Coding Updates

Been a while since I’ve had any substantive updates. Right now I’m trying to fix some date & timestamp issues. A change I made introduced a bug which caused the timestamp on posts to be changed on any change to a post. Additionally there was a bug where the body of posts sometimes isn’t exported. I think I’ve tracked it down to a change I made, again, trying to clean up errant HTML introduced by my rich text editor.

Secondly, I realized last week that the quantity of blips I’ve made in Glowbug has reached the point where I need to introduce a search function so I can find posts in the past easier.

Lastly, on my new todo list is to add the feature to check links and identify links which have been posted previously. I don’t think I’d disallow it, but maybe mark it, or crosslink. Something along those lines. We’ll see where I land when I get around to implementing it.

24-26 Sept.

September 24

7:20amJexi (2019) – ⭐⭐/5 (imdb.com) Adam Devine stars in a comedy that is a commentary on society and people’s phones. It feels very much like a bad spoof of Her from 2013. #

4:23pmI have so many questions about the new Amazon flying security drone (theverge.com) #

5:25pmEnola Holmes (2020) – ⭐⭐⭐/5 (imdb.com) Millie Bobbie Brown is delightful in this and I look forward to a sequel or hopefully the start of a series of her detective adventures. #

September 25

8:22am – I am in the midst of reading “A Mind At Play,” a biography of Claude Shannon. I’ve just reached the part where he joins Bell Labs and thinking of that organization as I drifted off to sleep I began thinking of moonshot groups. Google, rather Alphabet, has the most well known in its X. But surely other companies today have it.

Bell Labs was funded by AT&T and an electrical company. The big companies in the world, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, all feel that they are on the scale that they should have moonshot teams. But what about Apple? Or Comcast/Xfinity/AT&T?

Just thinking how we would benefit from companies reinvesting profits into the future of the world as they pursue progresses and give great minds the freedom to explore and research things under a wide purview. #

8:32pm – “Consistency starts with consistency in your choices.” – Jose Mourinho #

September 26

7:09am – Hard drive died on my linux laptop today (not overall surprising, that drive is probably 13 years old.) New drive ordered for less than $60 and will arrive today.
#

7:35am – Yesterday I wrote my mayor an email, a quick note voicing my support for the implementation of social services to respond to 911 calls. I drew direct comparisons to those in place in Portland and Denver (in regards to social specialists who can respond to calls not needing police force.)

I got a reply shockingly quickly (literally in less than fifteen minutes.) She agreed with my request and noted that she had plans to propose funding for mental health professionals during every shift who could co-respond with police. While I would prefer them to be a standalone organization, I think this is a step in the right direction and I hope to see it brought to ballot soon. #

10:56pm – And here we are. This morning I had a hard drive failure. This evening I had a new hard drive waiting on my doorstep when I arrived home, and without issue it got installed and I re-installed Linux on it. I’m watching “Brave New World” on Peacock and while our world is far from theirs, I am keenly aware of the technology we have around us when even a generation ago computers lived in massive rooms and held a fraction of the power held in my hand on my phone, or in this notebook computer. #

Sept. 17 & 21

September 17

9:48am“Find the 4-digit number aabb that is a perfect square.” (futilitycloset.com) I didn’t solve this puzzle/riddle/question correctly. Seeing how they broke down the answer is very neat. #

September 21

9:02pm – I’ve been playing a lot of chess. It took me roughly 3 months to go from 1300 to 1600 on lichess.org, and then it took me about 3 months to progress from 1600 into 1700. Tonight I hit a new peak rating of 1753. For players on lichess.org, at this rating I’m better than roughly 3/4 of players on the site.

#

9:54pmBack on the Horse. I fell out of the routine of using GlowBug and let myself get sucked back into Twitter. I am going to stop myself from using social media and turn back to using this. #

14-16 Sept.

September 14

7:46am – Up at 4:45am courtesy of my dog as well as an early work stream. The joy of live events and the unpredictable nature of them. #

8:29am8 Simple Tips to Live Longer and Healthier (getpocket.com) You can read the full article, but here are the eight things:

  • Move
  • Eat real foods
  • Call your friends
  • Avoid (nearly) all supplements
  • Sleep 8 hours a night
  • Enjoy nature
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t drink too much

#

8:33amNo rain tonight 🙁.

We have been eagerly waiting for some rain up here to help combat the bad air quality and fires, it was possibly going to be tonight. Latest forecast makes it seem like that won’t happen. #

September 15

12:30pmDave Grohl is the coolest.

#

12:49pmChuck Feeney is officially broke, just as he planned (forbes.com) Broke is highly overstating things. He still has a $2 million retirement fund for him and his wife’s remaining life. However, I am very much not judging him for it. He’s given away over $8 billion during his life. #

12:53pmScientific American endores Biden (scientificamerican.com) #

3:24pmEve Online continues to provide amazing stories from within the game. (polygon.com) #

September 16

10:15am – I’ve been thinking about teaching history. Not me teaching history, rather the ongoing challenge of teaching history. Every year there is a new year of history to be included and perspectives being changed such that curriculum evolves and changes. We hear constant (and valid) criticisms of things that someone believes to be important being left off of standard curriculum.

Obviously, and logically, there is too much history for us to teach everything. At the same time, it is provably the wrong decision to not teach any history.

I suspect the right solution bears a remarkable similarity to Michael Pollan’s advice for healthy eating, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

“Teach history. Not too much drama. Mostly important events.” – Meaning that while it might be fun to do the popcorn bits of history, the truth is that it is clear that if we don’t teach history that people are too easily swayed by fake news and skewed views. America’s true history including the genocide and theft from Native Americans. The Holocaust. Civil Rights.

We need to move away from the elementary school history of pilgrims peacefully living with the indians. And we need to, from a young age, build up awareness of our and the world’s history. #

12:28pm – Had a doctor-prescribed chat with a dietician which ended up being much more of a food therapy session as my issue isn’t necessarily what I’m eating as much as it is how much I eat. She had some great insights:

  1. “Why this food?” – Be more mindful of what you eat and why you’re eating it.
  2. The Broccoli test – If you are going to the kitchen to eat, and you ask yourself, “Would I eat raw broccoli?” If the answer is no, then you’re not physically hungry, you’re mentally hungry.
  3. Screens make us passive – As many people do this day, I tend to eat in front of a screen. And she noted that doing so leads to eating more and eating without mindfulness.

Blip Dump

So I fell behind on posting my blips, and then I hit a wall on coding for Glowbug and I just… fell off the project bandwagon. So, we are trying to get this all restarted, and that starts with this dump to catch up on the blips I wrote. I have an idea on how to tackle the auto-posting I envisioned for Blips, but in truth I’m beginning to think more and more about just divorcing it from WordPress and setting it up as its own CMS – as crazy as that sounds.

The logic for that is the same reason I want to do this on my own site rather than Twitter or a social network. Removing reliance on a third-party. WordPress is great overall, but it isn’t “mine” – sure, I’m self hosting it. But it is still a third party tool that I am reliant on. However if I make my own CMS to drive the website it is mine from top to bottom.

We’ll see. I’m still thinking it over.


September 3

12:38pmYes to all of this.

#

September 5

1:08amMo Farah breaks one-hour world record at Brussels Diamond League – BBC Sport (bbc.com) r-time Olympic champion Mo Farah breaks the one-hour world record on his return to the track at Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Bruss #

September 6

9:18amThe Binge on Hulu is not good. #

10:48amMy Streaming Platform Power Rankings.

  1. YouTube
  2. Amazon
  3. Peacock
  4. Netflix
  5. Disney+
  6. Hulu

This is my personal power rankings for the streaming services in the house. It’s purely by gut and thinking about how much I’ve watched the various platforms recently. #

September 7

12:10am20 Ways to Know That Life Is Good.

I found this list on G+, of all places, five years ago and just came back across it. Wanted to commemorate it here. The list was credited to Amira Elgan where I found it.

  1. Life is good when you smile kindly to strangers and laugh a lot with the love of your life.
  2. Life is good when you love your loved ones unconditionally.
  3. Life is good when you genuinely try to be kind to everyone.
  4. Life is good when you cherish the people who want you to be part of their lives and accept you just the way you are and without judgment.
  5. Life is good when you sincerely are happy for other’s good fortune and happiness.
  6. Life is good when you cultivate compassion in your heart and can be truly forgiving.
  7. Life is good when you assume nothing and take no one for granted.
  8. Life is good when you don’t judge others but yourself because you understand that we’re all unique individuals — we’re works-in-progress with inherent gifts, abilities, strengths and weaknesses bestowed upon us by nature and nurture.
  9. Life is good when you have the courage to change what’s within your power and accept what you can’t change.
  10. Life is good when you are grateful for what you have.
  11. Life is good when you challenge yourself to always do more while needing and expecting less.
  12. Life is good when you sleep enough, eat healthfully and exercise everyday.
  13. Life is good when you appreciate the beauty of mother nature’ seasons and the bounties of each season’s harvest.
  14. Life is good when you cultivate gratitude around the dinner table for the real-food you’re so fortunate have on your plate.
  15. Life is good when you tread lightly and kindly on Earth, respect her power and care for her vulnerabilities.
  16. Life is good when you enjoy simple living while making a living doing what you love.
  17. Life is good when you go to bed knowing that you did your best while adhering to your values with honesty and authenticity.
  18. Life is good when you gaze into the dawn of a new day while basking in the beautiful twilight promising that the sunrise will bring light to all that’s dark.
  19. Life is good when you let the beauty of each sunset fill you with hope each day that tomorrow will be a new day for another chance to do and be better.
  20. Life is good when you realize you love your life and have all you need to be peaceful and happy within.

    #

3:29pm362947.

I’m binge watching Warehouse 13 and one of the characters has a t-shirt with a string of numbers on it. I got curious and googled the number, and it turns out it’s a shoutout to the actor’s highschool sports days. Cute. #

3:55pm“I work for the US Postal Service. Fund our public service, don’t privatize it.” (usatoday.com) #

September 8

10:27am – The best thing I ever did for my own email was to make a rule that said, “If an email contains the word ‘unsubscribe’ move it to this other folder” – I check that folder a few times a week but in general it makes my inbox incredibly more pleasant to interact with. #

10:54amNo, The Government Did Not Break Up A Child Sex Trafficking Ring In Georgia (huffingtonpost.co.uk) I shared the story they are talking about here, under the exact framing this article is explaining and clarifying. Very enlightening read to explain more about the situation and also show how the headline is still the most powerful thing in news, and yet also the absolutely worst handled in 99% of stories. #

29 Aug.-1 Sep.

Well life has gotten the best of me these last couple of days, so here is the collection of the past four days of blips and posts. It is not a huge amount, which further speaks to the busy-ness of this work week.

August 29

8:31am – There is something that is just naturally correct about having a bowl of cereal and watching cartoons on Saturday morning. #

9:36am – I continue to be a huge fan of Washington Attorney General Ferguson. His office has continued to do a fantastic job, and I just learned today they are tackling one of the multi-level marketing companies, LulaRoe. #

8:06pm – In mucking around on my network, I just discovered there is a wifi-based admin panel for our network printer. I had no idea and we’ve had this printer for 4+ years now. Crazy. I now know that in that time we’ve printed 581 pages of the printer’s estimated 11,500 page life expectancy. The printer this one replaced was one I had had since I was in college, it was a workhorse for over fifteen years. Based on our usage rate, I expect this one to last nearly as long. #

8:11pmI have really enjoyed Patrick Stewart’s daily sonnet readings.

I’ve said for years now that Sir Patrick Stewart is my adopted grandfather, and having these regular videos from him has been an utter delight. #

August 30

10:37am – Me to Ozzie this morning, “You’re such a sweet pup, it would be a real shame if I had to kill you for not stopping licking my toes.” #

7:07pmRyan Coogler’s excellent note after Chadwick Boseman’s death (hollywoodreporter.com) #

August 31

4:16pmA great twitter thread about the history of birch beer.

#

7:59pm – Got my delivery of new glasses and am honestly thrilled. They all fit well, just a matter of deciding which fit my face the best. #

September 1

11:41amAirline Pilots Landing At LAX Report “A Guy In Jetpack” Flying Alongside Them (thedrive.com) A recap of pilots landing in LAX spying a guy in a jetpack flying alongside them on their approach. #

11:45am – I don’t take advantage of it enough, but being able to cook a good hot lunch is a major plus to working from home. I just made an Orzo dish with diced chicken, crushed tomatoes, and other deliciousness. The chicken is more bland than I’d prefer, but I will improve upon it next time. #

12:47pm – Posted by a friend:

There is a possibility that we are now in the Star Trek timeline. If civil unrest continues, we could very well see the Bell riots in 2024. At least in this universe, if I can survive to the age of 81, I’ll see first contact with the vulcans, and the first warp ship. I guess I’ll have to find a way to make it through WW3 though. #

6:45pmTim Ferriss is one of my guilty pleasures as far as “infotainment” but this conversation with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is delightful.

I grew up religious (Presbyterian) and as I grew my religious faith left me. I still value the speakings of the wise of all religions, whether Christian, Judaic, Buddhist or others. And this chat is entertaining and interesting as I learned more about judaism, as well as the philosophical basis of the Rabbi’s beliefs. #

28 Aug. 2020

7:38am – Finished Cormac McCarthy’s The Road last night. It was quite the book, initially the way it’s written was quite offputting but after a few dozen pages I adjusted to it. Without spoilers, I am mostly happy with how it ended. #

9:40am – I am eternally greatful that working from home has normalized interruptions during Zoom calls. I appreciate people’s understanding when my dogs decide to wrestle directly next to me during a work call. #

3:04pmNeed to buy your own insurance? It might be cheaper to sign up for classes at a university. (healthcareisdumb.com) #

9:26pmRest in Power, Chadwick Boseman, Wakanda Forever. #

9:37pmPaul Graham on “Life is Short” (paulgraham.com) tldr; “Relentlessly prune bullshit, don’t wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That’s what you do when life is short.” #