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Don't sweat the small stuff. It's all small stuff. - Richard Carlson

Morning Lilac

5/13/2021 6:30 am
Tags: photo

A really entertaining series of questions and answers about death and the business of dealing with corpses

5/10/2021 8:03 am
Tags: death, mortician

Wednesday is my Vaxx day and I cannot wait. I've held off keeping my head buzzed for a few weeks in preparation of going and getting a proper haircut. I also promised the wife that we'd get our nails done, and most of all - go out and get Dim Sum to celebrate re-entering the world.

Obviously we will still take precautions with masks, etc. But to know we are fully vaccinated will allow us to do things we haven't done in over year once again.

5/8/2021 8:40 am
Tags: covid 19

Just had a good ole' 20 minutes wrestling with the home modem and wifi router. At the core, I think the issue was that in rebooting our system I jiggled the network cable loose or at least ajar such that the modem and router weren't talking. Eventually got it worked out.

What is most interesting is, since I use my pihole as a full DNS router, I could see my streaming devices go absolutely fucking nuts pinging back home to try and reconnect. It's a dramatic spike:

Looks like they peaked at 13,000 requests over 10 minutes. Talk about being needy.

5/8/2021 8:31 am
Tags: home networking

This is some serious nostalgia. An acquaintance on Twitter reminded me of this show.

4/22/2021 7:11 am
Tags: old tv, cartoons, dinosaurs

A random email search took me down a rabbit hole of old emails, wild. An email to my parents during a time I was struggling in college. An early email with a college girlfriend. That was some serious nostalgia as a trip down memory lane.


This post on Futility Closet directed me to a 2014 blog post on the WSJ (paywalled) which discusses the 'Hawking Index.' Which is tracking the highlighted passages as a means to judge how far books are read before being abandoned. An interesting idea as a way to make measurements based on the information Amazon makes public (because they know the actual answer to this.)

4/20/2021 12:01 pm
Tags: ebooks

Mads Mikkelsen, In Conversation (vulture.com)

I really enjoyed this interview with Mikkelsen, and I particularly liked this mentality:

My approach to what I do in my job — and it might even be the approach to my life — is that everything I do is the most important thing I do. Whether it’s a play or the next film. It is the most important thing. I know it’s not going to be the most important thing, and it might not be close to being the best, but I have to make it the most important thing. That means I will be ambitious with my job and not with my career. That’s a very big difference, because if I’m ambitious with my career, everything I do now is just stepping-stones leading to something — a goal I might never reach, and so everything will be disappointing. But if I make everything important, then eventually it will become a career. Big or small, we don’t know. But at least everything was important.
4/20/2021 11:32 am
Tags: philosophy

North Korea's Cyber thugs (newyorker.com)

North Korea is, of course, interesting as the shadowy country of our world. This is a fascinating article that delves into what we know about DPRK's cyber warfare, but more than that, cyber criminality. I had no idea.

4/19/2021 8:57 pm
Tags: cyberwarfare, cyber crime

A few disjointed morning thoughts:

Home Network Survey

I did some snooping on my home network, partially because I was trying to see if my wifi camera really required the app or if I could find another way to access it, but on the way to exploring that question I took stock of my home network:

Fascinating at how the world has changed. To move from a dial up internet connection for one computer, to this era of always-on Internet for a nearly unlimited number of household devices. As I continue down the road of the smart home and internet of things, that number will continue to grow. I have one more smart switch to install, not sure where as it's original location is no longer viable. And I am also curious to look into things like a wifi garage controller, etc.

4/10/2021 11:21 am
Tags: home network, networking, internet, iot, smart home

Russian TV Hobbit adaptation is amazing (youtube.com)


I have a deep love for Middle Earth and the works of JRR Tolkien. So, when my friend Aideen shared this video, I knew I had to dive in and it is... amazing? It's not a Hollywood blockbuster, but I wouldn't expect it to be. I don't speak Russian, but I am watching it with Google's translation of their auto-generated Russian captions, and it's good enough that I can follow the story (given that I know the book.)

It is like looking at a piece of art you know extremely well through a concave lens that also swaps colors. It's the same, but different. It lets me appreciate things I had forgotten or hadn't considered. Also, I have a soft spot for Russian music so that helps as well.

4/5/2021 10:44 pm
Tags: lord of the rings, russia

Biden proposes $250 billion investment in research (sciencemag.org)

As excited as Biden's infrastructure bill is, I find this even more exciting.

4/1/2021 11:19 am
Tags: us politics, science

Myanmar coup turns truly bloody (motherjones.com)

I've never been to Myanmar (in fact the only place I've been in Asia is Japan) and even though I still can't turn away from the coup happening around the globe.

3/27/2021 11:23 am
Tags: world politics