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On Cold Weather and Weekend Bingeing

The chill that has descended upon us as the polar vortex disintegrates and releases the polar frigidity has made streaming my go-to for weekend survival.

While keeping toasty, I’ve noticed some of the streaming services are buffering more.  Usually at the initial loading for the video, very rarely in the middle.

This past weekend isn’t the first I’ve noticed, in the beginning I noticed it on one video of four or five, and mostly on, but last weekend it seemed to ratchet up a bit, up to every other video on most services, and twice it interrupted playback entirely.   Continue reading

New Year, New Post

I’ve had this blog for…  Eighteen years, now?  And, over the years, this blog has caused me many headaches, requiring abrupt server moves as hosts shut down and DDOS mitigation console-marathons during botnet storms, HTML/CSS/PHP/MySQL coding challenges and multiple engine migrations, data loss and learning mitigation techniques, and reviewing personal life and wider connections on a daily basis.

It’s been kinda like a kid to me.  Without diapers.  Or braces.  Or having to pay college tuition for more than myself.   Continue reading

Not disappeared, just preoccupied

I haven’t disappeared off my blog again, I’ve just taken a little bit of time to focus on a serious backlog at work, and by the time the weekend comes around I’m braindead and unable to think past my next meal.

I was getting ideas for posts during that time, but usually only while walking to and from the train, and by the time I’d get back home or to work, I’d have forgotten all but a very general idea.  And trying to reconstruct posts from half-remembered mental fragments is frustrating and off-putting, at least from my perspective.

So, I’ve been playing lotsa video games, and link-hopping cooking blogs and cooking theory websites in my down time, and watching Let’s Plays on YouTube.

Today I made swedish meatballs with white gravy – they turned out really, really good – but need a little more tweaking.  Probably going to change the spice ratios and the onions, and I need to scale back on the breadcrumbs and milk, I think.  Once I have it all figured out, I’ll post that recipe.  Oh, and the two stroganoff recipes I have – if I ever find them.  I might just create them again from scratch.

Have fun, readers.


Now posting my recipes

Not a long post tonight, since I already ran my fingers across this post text entry box earlier today and added a whole lotta words, but I wanted to say I’ve added a recipes module and started adding my more popular ones.

Just look up to the menu and click on “Recipes” for a menu of categories.  There are three recipes so far, hopefully I’ll be able to add a new one every week or every other week, depending on how often I get to experiment in the kitchen.

Oh, wait…  I know of two more to add before I even need to experiment, but all this data entry has me looking longingly at my bottle of gin and my Netflix account, as there’s a season of Criminal Minds I haven’t watched, yet.

So, thanks for reading.


Getting re-involved with art

I went to the Arts High School (Perpich Center for Arts Education) many years ago.  Well, this past summer was my 21st annual reunion, and I haven’t seriously drawn or painted or sculpted/shaped clay since.  But I remember the experience with a wistful longing like some remember past romances, with a mix of regret and heartache.   Continue reading

Post Florida vacation – things are getting better

In a previous post, I told the hard story of what happened to reduce and even my ability to post.  But, don’t worry, I’m not re-hashing it here.  I’ll just say that things are slowly getting better.  And, while slowly getting better, I have to start making longer-term plans than just, “fill the fridge” or “clean the bathroom.”

It’s become this slow balance between looking backward and looking ahead, all the while paying attention to right here, right now.  It’s about finding out how to be an adult while not losing the wonder that childhood is, that adventure that being a teenager is.

To see how much things are getting better, I planned a vacation to Florida.  Mostly to get away from things, but also just for the challenge.  I did the comparison shopping for flights, purchased the tickets, worked out the plans and logistics, and I went.  I had help from a good friend with the cat-watching, but otherwise I did it.  Every other trip I’ve ever taken has been arranged by someone else, and the fact that I planned it, I went on it, and now I’m back makes me feel a bit more adult. Continue reading

I Just Found Out There Might Be a Gamergate Movie

I’m already seeing the groans and complaints.  “Isn’t this news dead, yet?”  “Shouldn’t this just stop?”  “Why do we have to keep hearing about this?”

It’s really easy – because this disgusting behavior still exists.  This misogynistic belittling of women in any technology-related topic keeps happening.  Women don’t get involved in tech fields because the guys there are pigs, or worse.

What am I talking about?  Am I just another Social Justice Warrior trying to right a wrong?  Am I just another guy trying to cozy up to the right?

No, I’m a career technologist speaking out about an issue that KEEPS happening, and I really hope this movie comes out and uncovers this stupidity and makes people talk about it.

And I also want to propose a way to fix it.  But this way is hard and long.  But most really good and workable solutions are.  And I don’t have the patience to wait for the movie to come out. Continue reading

Three Versions of Every Story

Every so often I come across someone who wants to pontificate endlessly on a topic that I just asked for a one-word answer to.  Not as frequently, but often enough, I ask for detailed information regarding an error message or technological failure and I receive three or four words back.  And it reminds me of a Red Green clip I saw years ago, where Harold describes the three versions of every story.

Please click the link and give it a view.  I can wait.

Done?  Good.

I think this concept needs to be taught to all people in all levels of school as a valid socialization concern/communication requirement.

Think of the three versions of every story in this way:

  1. Twitter  (140 characters or less.)
  2. Email  (A screenful, maybe two.)
  3. Wikipedia article  (Run away with your words.)

Or for those of us old enough to know that “stationery” wasn’t a misspelling to describe an unmoving object:

  1. Post-it
  2. Letter
  3. Book

Not everyone wants a PhD dissertation as an answer to “How are you?”  By the same token, it’s extremely frustrating to get one-word answers for, “How did the new interface work for the website?”

The three versions won’t replace thoughtfulness in conversation, but maybe they can prompt us at times.

‘Cause some people….


Really Busy and then Zap

I know I promised regular updates again, but after last post things got busy at work.  Working on reworking document templates and workflows and email templates and new processes, I haven’t had the brainspace to properly contemplate another blog post.

I’ve had a couple of ideas rattling around, but I’ve found I need more time to shake them out before committing keyboard to text-entry field, (to adapt an old phrase in a completely strange way,) and the time just ain’t been there.
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