• Ladyslippers @Itasca State Park

    Ladyslippers @Itasca State Park

    The picture above is from Lake Itasca in the summer of 2022. It is a nice break from winter. Here are some more…

  • How are you doing?

    How are you doing?

    I get that question a lot. Friends. Family. Coworkers. Every visitor and phone call. Every text and email. When people started using it after my heart attack last week, it seemed like the social lubricant “Hi, how are you?” we all say to start conversation. Except it isn’t. Normally, we use it to start conversation, […]

  • I almost died the other day

    I almost died the other day

    Seriously. Heart attack while shoveling snow. The surgeon told my wife that if we hadn’t called 911, I wouldn’t have made it. I had the widowmaker heart attack. Named in the days when they didn’t think women had heart attacks, this occurs when the artery feeding the left ventricle (the big blood pump) gets clogged. […]

  • An amusing Comic about the Internet

    Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith Yes, there are a ton, but this one makes an interesting connection with old-school opioids. If you don’t know this comic, I highly recommend him. He is also a great Twitter follow. I’m not embedding it here because you will likely want to see more of his stuff […]

  • Short Story Dispenser Kiosks

    Short Story Dispenser Kiosks

    When my dad and his wife visited last month, they came across a cool thing. A printed short story or poem dispenser. You pick genre and length and it prints out a poem or short story on thermal paper (like cash register receipts). Below are some pictures. From the website above, it appears that the […]

  • Wakanda Forever: Some storytelling thoughts (spoilers)

    We went to see Wakanda Forever (a.k.a. Black Panther II) tonight, and I was impressed by how they handled the death of the main character. Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa in the first Black Panther movie and showed up in other MCU movies, passed away in 2020, early in the movie development. As I have […]

  • Starting Requires Continuing

    Starting Requires Continuing

    It is easier to start something than to maintain, or continue, that something.

  • Open Source Concerns

    Open Source Concerns

    https://future.com/securing-the-software-supply-chain/ Open Source is a great way to quickly develop applications and services for IT departments. The software supply chain refers to the process of writing and building software, including all of the open source that goes into it. Open source isn’t without risks. The risks around using software you don’t know is not hard […]

  • Small World: Crex Meadows

    Small World: Crex Meadows

    http://saintpaulbybike.com/2022/05/20/sylvan-sights-around-a-cemetery A buddy of mine, Wolfie Browender, is bicycling the entire city of St. Paul, writing about it on his blog: St. Paul By Bike. The above link is the latest post. In it, he refers to a Crex company and talked about it’s history. I recognized the Crex name as Joyce and I visit […]

  • Cemetery Cleanup Day

    Cemetery Cleanup Day

    Yesterday was cleanup day at the cemetery. This cemetery is in northern Minnesota and is connected to my wife’s family church. We are camping nearby for Memorial Day weekend, so we went over to help. I didn’t have any gear so I was put on blower duty. Several others had weed trimmers and I followed […]

  • Donuts & Lard

    Made donuts today. It was my mother-in-law’s recipe that she has made for a very long time. No offense to Krispy Kreme or Kwik Trip, but they are the best donuts ever. I’m convinced the secret to the taste is lard. Rendered pig fat. Not vegetable oil, not peanut oil. Fat. From an animal. Mmmm, […]

  • A Short Piano Journey

    A Short Piano Journey

    My son played piano when he was a kid. Unfortunately, I pushed too hard on the practicing and he left it behind when our piano teacher moved away. But he had skills…maybe someday he will choose to play again.

  • Amazon Books Make on Demand Virtual Tour

    This is impressive. A 9 minute tour of one of the Amazon MOD (make on demand) sites. It is all about books, so I presume the “make” refers to future. Imagine a 3D print shop at this scale. Everything is barcoded and you can see that each book is different coming down the line.

  • Detailed Analysis vs Just Do It

    Detailed Analysis vs Just Do It

    How much craft does a writer need to learn before they start to write? Should you learn deep craft techniques or just write? One Saturday afternoon when I should have been doing chores, I fell down the rabbit hole of reaction videos. Various experts (see below) play a music video, supposedly for the first time, […]

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