Category: Random

  • 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 […]

  • Small World: Crex Meadows

    Small World: Crex Meadows 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 […]

  • Catstrap Installation on a Class A motorhome

    Catstrap Installation on a Class A motorhome

    Folks, The bastards stole the catalytic converter from my motorhome. Parked right next to my house which, unfortunately, is right next to a park so people walk by it frequently. So it is likely that someone (including the original bastards) will think of stealing it again. After some research, I chose the Catstrap option. There […]

  • St. Paul By Bike: Kid’s View of Williams Hill

    Back when kids would roam free…

  • Propinquity: 2021 Word of the Year

    Propinquity: 2021 Word of the Year

    The winner of the Bredesen 2021 Word of the Year contest* is: Propinquity The Propinquity Effect refers to the seemingly obvious fact that you make connections with people you are physically, mentally, or emotionally in close proximity. I chose this word because of the work from home (WFH) situation many have found themselves in due […]

  • Installing a Touchstone Sideline 28″ Fireplace into a Winnebago Adventurer 30T

    Installing a Touchstone Sideline 28″ Fireplace into a Winnebago Adventurer 30T

    I’m putting all this here in case others find it useful. We recently purchased a 30T motorhome. It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows my wife to learn that she wanted a fireplace in the motorhome. We have added a fireplace to each of the two homes we have owned. Why not […]

  • Academic Silos

    First, Sharks & Deep Sea Squid! How cool is that? Second, why was the academic response to pull it off the internet? The attitude behind that seems like an unintended, and unfortunate, consequence of the publish or perish academic system currently in place. Yannis Papastamatiou, a shark ecologist at Florida International University, in Miami, saw […]

  • Stock market was up/down on news of [insert nonsense]

    I believe that TV and radio news use this stock market headline generator today.

  • A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling | FiveThirtyEight

    So much is still unknown about this pandemic. Both the website ( and the artist ( are worth following. This comic talks about why it is very hard to have an accurate model. And why all models should be distrusted to some degree. Click image or here to see the full comic.

  • Cadbury Creme Eggs: A glimpse of how they are made

    I visited the Cadbury factory in Birmingham, England a number of years ago. The tour didn’t take us onto the actual factory floor so we didn’t get to see how they made the creme eggs like the video. But they did have a very nice demonstration setup where they show all the different processes. And, […]

  • Fake Meat: White Castle Review

    I am very interested in all the work going on in the “fake meat” area. Impossible and Beyond are both running full speed with the newest generation of vegetarian meats. To be clear, I am not a vegetarian. I love meat and do not intend to give it up. But I really hope that they […]

  • Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Featured in ‘Hidden Figures,’ Dies at 101 – The New York Times

    They asked Katherine Johnson for the moon, and she gave it to them. Wielding little more than a pencil, a slide rule and one of the finest mathematical minds in the country, Mrs. Johnson, who died at 101 on Monday at a retirement home in Newport News, Va., calculated the precise trajectories that would let […]

  • Spring Training starts

    The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball. Bill Veeck

  • Word Of The Day: tsundoku

    Tsundoku: acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them

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