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Be curious, not judgmental - Ted Lasso

Paul Miller: Offline (

Through a rabbit hole of looking at blogs, I came across a link to this archive of articles from 2012 on The Verge. Nearing 10 years old, it's an interesting look at one guy's attempt to live without the Internet for a year, back in the early days of smart phones. I'm about 1/3rd of the way into the archive and enjoying the reading.

6/13/2021 7:43 pm
Tags: internet

Oregon School Shooter, Kip Kinkel, is interviewed for the first time (

This article is a long one, as I post it on the blog I'm only about a 1/4th of the way into it. So far it is a recounting of Kip's childhood, as far as I can tell it's almost entirely based on Kip's retelling of it and some corrolating notes or research by the author. The article touches on a number of topics, including mental health, prison reform, and gun control. I don't know enough to take any position as it relates to Kinkel, I only vaguely recall his shooting incident. Enjoying the read and getting a look inside his head, even if it has to be taken with a grain of salt since it's coming from him.

6/13/2021 7:30 pm
Tags: gun control, mental health, prison reform

This occurred last night while driving to a friend's house with my wife.

Me: Oh, that is a bunch of Amazon Prime vans!
Wife: What is their group noun? A flock?
*thinks for a moment*
Me: No, an Optimus. An Optimus of Primes.
Wife: I hate you.
6/13/2021 10:05 am
Tags: pun, joke, humor

Hank Green's - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

I just finished the audiobook for Hang Green's latest book. I haven't read any of his other books, but this was overall an enjoyable listen. I won't say it is amazing, it feels for much of the book like a thin veil over the events of 2020 but it is still an enjoyable story. As with most books, I found the finish of the book a bit unsatisfying. I don't know if I simply have too-high expectations for books, if endings are that hard to pull off, or more likely a mixture of both.

I give it a rating of /

6/12/2021 11:10 am
Tags: review, book

Love this new Phone lockscreen

Credit for the picture, found on Reddit. I can't find it now, once I do, I'll link it.

6/12/2021 11:03 am
Tags: phone, dungeons and dragons

I have been using a FreshRSS install for a few months now, allowing myself to return to the realm of RSS feeds. And after those past few months I've dealt with a number of websites using truncated bodies of posts in the RSS feed, and occasionally clicking through to the full article on the website.

Well, last night I discovered a feature of FreshRSS that I had not known - and that is the ability to actually have it pull the full post body from the website through defining of the post body's CSS container. It's technically somewhat simple (I understand how to implement it, conceptually) but still having that function is amazing and has already made my RSS feed so much better.

6/12/2021 10:57 am
Tags: rss, programming, internet

I refuse to let ESPN market to me while they have announcers talk endlessly about the tragedy and what they don't know. There is need for better respect than sensationalizing this moment. This is someone's life.

Update: He appears to be okay, or at least awake and stable.

The verdict is in: No one pandemics like Seattle (

The news this past week that Seattle has become the most vaccinated city the first of the 30 largest U.S. metros to reach 70% fully vaxxed is just the capper to a curious 16-month odyssey. We started out as Ground Zero for an infectious disease outbreak, but then watched as it took off and slammed everywhere else much harder than it ever did here.

As exciting as that is, this is the most exciting for me:

On Friday, Seattle reported just four new cases. How have we, mostly, escaped?

The article then goes to ask if the Seattle Freeze way of life helped us beat the pandemic because we all hate gathering in groups already.

6/12/2021 9:48 am
Tags: covid 19, pandemic, seattle

Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg, is not a good movie. Which is shocking, I know.

However, the IMDB trivia page gives me this, and I have to respect the hustle:

The movie made its what into Hollywood through crowd sourcing. The movie is based off the book "The Reincarnationist Papers" by D. Eric Maikranz. Eric found it difficult to catch the attention of a literary agent that would sell the book to Hollywood. Eric instead crowd sourced his agent hunt by offering a commission to his readers for anyone that could get his book into Hollywood. And by putting that commission on the first page of his book Eric empowered an army of readers to get his book onto the big screen. Eighteen months later Eric received an email from an Hollywood assistant director that found his book in a hostel in Nepal. In 2017 Paramount pictures bought the rights.

Killer drone 'hunted down a human target' without being told to (

No one should be surprised by this.

5/30/2021 10:42 pm
Tags: robotics

I have been rewatching The Knick, starring Clive Owen, and before rewatching it I would have told you watched Season 2, but would have been completely unable to tell you the core plot. Upon this rewatching it was confirmed that I watched it, but that my memories of the season were even more spotty with entire episodes and top plots completely forgotten.

Overall the show is... fine. I really enjoyed Clive Owen's performance, but the show is shockingly dark at times. If you enjoy history period pieces then you'll likely enjoy it, but if the first episode isn't immediately addictive to you - then you should abandon ship because it only gets harder from there.

5/30/2021 3:17 pm
Tags: television

Junio - Day 0

This morning's DuoLingo bit was a short jaunt through the very basics, reacquainting myself with the most basic forms of 'be' and words like hombre, mujer, nino and nina. Nothing of major note, I definitely have to reacquaint myself with the verb conjugations as that is what used up my lives for the day.

I also have found an interesting book from several decades go (in ebook form), "Madrical's Magic Keys to Spanish." I am just checking it out, but it looks interesting and I am hopeful it will prove a useful resource.

From the time man first began to learn foreign tongues down to the present time, language methods have relied on memory and not on the pupils powers of creation. Now the process is reversed. This book will teach you to create. The very first lesson will prove to you that you can create at least one hundred times more material than you could possibly memorize in the same given time.

Color me intrigued.

5/30/2021 11:34 am
Tags: junio


I am doing a month challenge to learn Spanish in the month of June. I've got very basic understanding from the past, but I've never really dedicated to making it a major focus for a period of time. We'll see how far I can get in the month.

5/29/2021 7:51 am
Tags: language, month challenge

Project: CeMeNT

I have started thinking about my next coding project. For those of you not aware, in the past year I've written a homebrew blog engine (Glowbug, which you're probably reading right now) and I've rewritten my MLS Pick'em website, which has taken roughly 3 months of on/off work. Next on my bigger coding projects is a project I've codenamed "CEMENT" - CollEction ManagEr aNd Tracker.

I have a large collection of Magic cards (a sorting project that I've been working on for over a year.) My wife has a large collection of PEZ. We both need a system for tracking them. There are plenty of collection management software options out there, but, as I am feeling motivated to try and roll my own.

I spent a while yesterday doodling a database diagram and it is fairly complex. I've thought about whether a relational database is what I want or if I want to go with a NoSQL structure. I'm not sure. If I use MySQL, here is my initial database structure:

This structure is hugely flexible, allowing a completely formless and infinitely deep nesting taxonomy system such that I can define every collection via taxonomy. Let's start though at the actual things. The database has Objects and Entities. Objects are the type of things, and Entities are the actual items in the collection of that. For example I might have multiple printings of a specific Magic card. That's my thinking on it.

The taxonomy is such that I could define a structure as follows:

Essentially the system would see any Taxonomy entry without childen as values and any with children as categories. And is infinitely able to add more collections in case I want to start tracking my scotch cabinet, or books, or boardgames or something else.

The downside to this flexibility is that doing things based off taxonomies is now extremely complicated. For example, if I was importing a price list, then coding it becomes quite a bit more complicated I think.

I also have a location tracking in mind for tracking both where things come from and where they get stored. This is more notable for my Magic collection so I could track if cards are in the stacks or in decks, etc.

As I wrote this blog post there is one feature which is not currently included: usage tracking. This came to me as I was noting that I could track my boardgame. I have a spreadsheet for tracking my boardgame collection and the vast majority of the data could be ported over to the taxonomy system I'm designing, but the usage tracking is not directly transferrable except for a very clunky use of the taxonomy system (I could create a category for 'Used' and then add a child option for a date. It works but isn't great.)

What I need is an ability to define "free text" fields for entities. I could do this as part of taxonomy, adding a flag for it to be a field to be filled out and what type of field it is. Text, number, date, etc. Going to need to think that one over.

I mean, I am thinking the whole thing over. But this is the start of the project. We'll see where it goes.

5/23/2021 9:07 am
Tags: coding, collecting, database design

Morning Lilac

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