April 24, 2024

10:58: It’s not going to happen, but I would love an iPad Mini with an OLED screen.

April 23, 2024

08:19: 🎙️ Listening to Upgrade - 509: Save the FinesYou know the traffic is bad when you can listen to an entire episode of Upgrade before you get home.

20:01: 📷 #mbApr Day 23 Very dreamy audio exhibit at Mercer Labs NYC.

April 22, 2024

21:44: 📷 #mbApr Day 22 Pale dot of a moon on a blue sky

April 21, 2024

19:57: 📷 #mbApr Day 21 This is one of my favorite monuments in DC. The quote says “OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR, A STONE OF HOPE”

April 20, 2024

18:39: What is the protocol for waiting in the ER for someone? Can I ask others why they’re waiting?

23:15: 📷 #mbApr Day 20 This is the only kind of ice I want to see for a loooong time.

April 19, 2024

11:21: 📷 #mbApr Day 19 He could never get enough birthday cupcakes

April 18, 2024

22:29: 📷 #mbApr Day 18 Date night always puts me in a good mood.

April 17, 2024

12:39: 📷 #mbApr Day 17 Big Sur

April 16, 2024

21:16: 📷 #mbApr Day 16 Queen flâneur herself

April 15, 2024

07:51: 🎙️ Listening to Universe Today Podcast - Evolving Dark Matter // JAXA’s Moon Rover for NASA // Eclipse Experience

14:56: 🎙️ Listening to AppStories - A Classic Mac Pick 2

21:23: 📷 #mbApr Day 15 Photo of a small Bob Ross next to a small painting by Bob Ross.

April 14, 2024

16:11: 📷 #mbApr Day 14 My wife has half a dozen of these little cactus plants around the house.

17:13: The Barnes and Noble by us has completely removed genres from the new book section so it’s impossible to tell where the new sci-fi books are. Hint: there were none! Why has this store gotten so bad?!

April 13, 2024

14:33: Cool spot in the city. Iced tea was good, bagel was good, eggs and cheese were meh. Nice vibe though.

14:37: 📷 #mbApr Day 13 Would love to be by the pool again, reading pages and pages of fiction.

April 12, 2024

06:43: 🔗 Stranded fishermen rescued from tiny island thanks to ‘HELP’ sign // // Previous castaways spelled SOS on beach on same island in 2020 Nearly four years ago, three other boaters in a 23-foot boat who departed from Polowat Atoll on July 30, 2020, also washed onto the same …

06:48: 📷 #mbApr Day 12 Saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and it was a truly magical show.

10:28: 🎙️ Listening to Inside The Vatican - New Vatican document addresses gender theory, surrogacy and moreI think it’s important to hear opinions from trusted sources on the issues, and reading source documents, instead of just reading the headlines.

15:34: 🎙️ Listening to Inside The Vatican - Roundtable: What the Vatican said about gender in ‘Dignitas Infinita’

19:26: OpenTable shows a decent amount of emotional intelligence with this email about Mother’s Day.

21:29: 🔗 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has been renewed for a fourth season - The Verge // Charles Pulliam-Moore // Season 3 of Paramount Plus’ Star Trek: Strange New Worlds_ _is still in production, but the streamer has already decided to renew the series. Unfortunately, the same can’t be …

April 11, 2024

06:32: Had my first work in-person standup meeting (no one stood up) in four years and it was weird. The calendar on the wall still shows 2020.

09:41: 📷 #mbApr Day 11 Skies over North Carolina

14:16: 🎙️ Listening to Connected - 497: Put ‘em on a Fish

14:35: I just saw a guy in my rearview mirror who had a skeleton with a pirates hat sitting in his passenger seat with his elbow hanging out of the window. He was just driving around with this thing in his car. What in the world?

18:49: I cannot think of a single reason why I would need the Humane AI pin in a world where I have an Apple Watch or have AirPods in and also have a phone in my pocket. Assuming that Siri gets much better at stuff after the AI updates this year, as long as I have a way to control its functions without …

April 10, 2024

08:38: Didn’t get a chance to post yesterday about this, but I did get a chance to enjoy the partial eclipse in my area. I got to my son’s high school a little before pickup and spent about five minuted before and after the peak. It was the first time I’ve done this and I wish I and been able to see …

13:41: 🔗 New family plans and pricing on Fastmail — New multi-user plans make Fastmail more affordable for your household. The new Duo plan gives secure, private email to you and a partner at a reduced price. For just a little more, our Family plan includes up to six people, so you can …

21:39: 📷 #mbApr Day 10 I love the vibe of the DC Metro stations and trains.

April 9, 2024

21:56: 📷 #mbApr Day 09 Not original, but all I could find for “crispy”.

April 8, 2024

08:18: 🎙️ Listening to AppStories - Are We Entering a Post-App World?

14:42: 🎙️ Listening to Decoder with Nilay Patel - Federation is the future of social media, says Bluesky CEO Jay GraberFantastic discussion about the future of the centralized social networking.

22:02: 📷 #mbApr Day 08 My attempt to help prevent greenhouse emissions which cause climate change.

April 7, 2024

09:46: Today I learned of the passing of Vernon Vinge. I read A Fire Upon the Deep in high school and it was a major turning point in my love of science fiction. I’m going to re-read True Names in his honor.

11:03: 📷 #mbApr Day 07 Taken some time ago, but this day epitomizes well-being. Family time, happiness, acceptance.

22:00: Had a nice morning. After church we visited a spot downtown with a food market and a popup vintage clothing market, popped into a local plant shop, and a local book store. Oh, and empanadas and ice cream.

April 6, 2024

17:31: 📷 #mbApr Day 06 A breezy day out on Fort McHenry last week.

18:51: Feeling under the weather. Watching baseball with a puppy on my lap. Dinner is in the oven. Feeling quite cozy and grateful for a peaceful existence.

19:33: That Orioles-Pirates game was quite good!

April 5, 2024

12:33: 🔗 Save the date, parlor games, and the art of the meal — Easter isn’t a “date.” It is living history, linked in and out of time to God’s plan of salvation for all mankind and His relationship with His people. We don’t mark the occasion like an anniversary, we live it fully and …

18:02: 📷 #mbApr Day 05 After a week in NYC, putting my feet up and taking in a deep breath of no people, cars, or noise is the serenity I needed.

20:22: 🔗 X's AI chatbot Grok made up a fake trending headline about Iran attacking Israel | Mashable — Even more concerning, the fake headline was apparently generated by X’s own official AI chatbot, Grok, and then promoted by X’s trending news product, Explore, on the very first …

April 4, 2024

21:25: 📷 #mbApr Day 04 The famous foliage at Bryant Park in NYC, as taken by my wife today on the first dry day of our vacation.

22:28: NYC 2024 Day 4 We headed up towards Central Park, hitting St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the NY public library, Bryant Park, Apple Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Station, a few shopping outlets, and an amazing Italian dinner.

22:45: 🔗 All people of faith should stand against China’s Uyghur genocide | America Magazine — There seems to be no end in sight regarding disagreements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, abortion, same-sex marriage and the like. But Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as …

April 3, 2024

17:49: I honestly thought I would hate this, but it was absolutely incredible.

17:57: 📷 #mbApr Day 03 This little guy helped my son get around NYC. The rain is insane so the public transport was clutch.

April 2, 2024

22:29: My wife took this at Little Island in NYC. Such lovely flower and plant arrangements there.

April 1, 2024

15:57: Toys

22:33: A good first day in Manhattan.

March 31, 2024

10:12: Tried playing my Apple Music library on shuffle this morning and the first thing that popped up was this little gem from when my kids were little. I’m torn about whether to keep these in the library because they are a cute reminder of years gone by.

March 30, 2024

22:20: Found a funky Asian street food restaurant in Bethesda, MD today.

March 29, 2024

20:18: Finished reading: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 📚 Powerful. Review coming soon.

21:55: So glad this week is winding down. Just a couple more days, including a hectic Easter with worship and technical responsibilities, then I’m off for five days visiting NYC!

March 27, 2024

21:46: 3.5 hours, 9 musicians, 3 separate worship teams, all set up with IEM and vocal and instrumental presets. Whirlwind of a rehearsal but so good.

March 26, 2024

08:25: Well, it was nice to know you Key Bridge. I know several people at my son’s school who are impacted by this in terms of their daily commute. Thankfully we are not reliant on this bridge. My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone affected by this.

20:51: 🎙️ Listening to Upgrade - 504: Tone 47

23:09: First day back in the office after working from home for four years. Was fun to discover the IT guys raided my working space. I had some nice convos and there are aspects I’ve missed but overall it’s overrated.

March 24, 2024

19:29: Lovely day (though a bit chilly) for a walk along the blossoms.

March 23, 2024

09:58: In the city, dropping off the young one for German class.

18:47: 🎙️ Listening to Universe Today Podcast - [Space Bites] Mystery of Supernova 1987a // End of Chandra // JWST Exomoons Update with @CoolWorldsLab

22:08: Today was one of those busy days that are a complete blur. Dog is sick so had to deal with lots of cleanup. Eleven driving segments totaling 125 miles. Cleaning, practicing music, taking the dog out 8 times. Can’t wait to fall asleep.

March 22, 2024

07:33: 🎙️ Listening to NPR News Now - NPR News: 03-22-2024 6AM EDT

13:44: 🎙️ Listening to Enkindle: Family Scripture Reflections - Enkindle 203 – 03.24.24 – Not Just Spectators

13:53: 🎙️ Listening to Connected - 494: Esse TiereFun segment on Italian

16:21: Volkswagen of Laurel’s crack marketing team. The car is all-electric.

16:32: Super thrilled to have finally launched our new Parish Hub, an online resource with community, content, and training for Catholic parishes to help them in their ministry to families.…

18:51: Bertucci’s has some of the best pizza boxes.

23:01: There’s more to the Pope’s “white flag” comment than meets the eye. The Pope’s War on War - Where Peter Is Many are wondering why Pope Francis has been unwilling to speak out boldly in favor of Ukraine in their struggle against Russian invaders. The answer to this question is likely …

March 21, 2024

21:26: When you cook a delicious steak dinner and then all you smell when you come back in the house is the broccoli 🥦 🤢

March 20, 2024

22:18: What a long and exhausting day! But it was very productive. I’m really glad our worship team for this weekend got a chance to use our new mics and in-ear monitors. They’ve been in the works for a long time.

March 19, 2024

22:48: When is it actually going to Spring? Woke up to 31F this morning plus a wind chill. I was wearing shorts three days ago.

March 17, 2024

15:12: The youngest wanted bubble tea and we found this place while my wife shopped at Bath and Body Works, also known as the House of 1,000 Sneezes.

19:02: Neighborhood walk today, as my wife is under the weather and wasn’t up for a long hike. The weather wasn’t as nice as yesterday, but still pretty darn good.

March 16, 2024

12:43: When you keep wondering what keeps happening to all of your guitar picks.

16:19: Wincopin Trails in Jessup, MD Perfect day for a hike with the family.

21:51: Whether or not you have friends where you want to move is actually more important than I realized. This is a new knowledge I gained after a lovely evening with friends I would miss dearly were they not around.

March 15, 2024

12:29: I was pleasantly surprised at the level of detail in this article I found about why I need to cut down the extra tape every time I print a label. It’s an annoying thing to deal with when you are labeling sound equipment to always need a scissor even when there is a tape cutter on the actual …

20:55: Enjoyed a slightly damp, but lovely evening discovering a new pizza place in town. We also took a stroll in the book store where I discovered an abysmal science-fiction selection.

March 14, 2024

21:10: A lovely dinner with my son before he heads back to college, paired with beautiful weather and a stroll.

March 12, 2024

07:45: 🎙️ Listening to Astronomy Cast - Ep. 711: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC)

09:01: My Week 2024-03-10 This week was a bit less busy than last, which was good because there was a little time to rest. Some of this week’s highlights included getting a chance to see the the Messiah Men’s volleyball team play nearby, running livestream/recording for a presentation on the Shroud of Turin for a …

March 11, 2024

17:49: As a Christian, I find the conflation of Christianity of nationalism concerning. Too many out there are intentionally mixing the two in an attempt to seize power and assert their own will over the rights of others. This reminds me of the “family …

March 10, 2024

08:35: Celebrated a friend’s leap year birthday. Good friends and good food are good for the soul.

22:42: Dune, Part 1 (2021) - ★★★★☆ I read the first two books decades ago, so the details are fuzzy. But I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next one. It was beautifully shot and the scope is immense.

March 8, 2024

08:40: 🎙️ Listening to NPR News Now - NPR News: 03-08-2024 7AM EST

15:35: 🎙️ Listening to The Holy Post - 607: The Gift of Disillusionment with Mike CosperAlways well balanced and intelligent

21:17: The worship team at Elevation Riverwalk did a variant of this song the day after my dad’s funeral and I still can’t listen to it without fighting the emotions.

March 7, 2024

00:13: Interesting discussion about Christian Conservatism vs Christian Nationalism. This blurb about a Christian “nation state” is spot on.

23:14: Daily Telescope: A brilliant shot of a comet as it nears the Sun | Ars Technica I’m really enjoying these astronomy posts at Ars Technica.

March 6, 2024

08:29: 🎙️ Listening to The Pillar TL;DR (private feed for - The Tuesday Pillar Post - March 5, 2024

08:40: 🎙️ Listening to Enkindle: Family Scripture Reflections - Enkindle 201 – 03.10.24 – Light Up Our Darkness

19:34: 🎙️ Listening to 9to5Mac Daily - iOS 17.4 now available, free Apple TV+ movies

20:47: Enjoying some D3 men’s volleyball

March 5, 2024

08:31: 🎙️ Listening to Upgrade - 502: It’s the Way Towards Colour

March 4, 2024

07:49: It’s above freezing this morning and supposed to hit 65F today. Winter is dying and I am for it.

20:46: Always a good time when friends pop in unexpectedly and then next thing you know you’re laughing and chowing down on sushi and hibachi.

21:05: Ok this skit was hilarious! Did SNL Share the Gospel? Skit Portrays American Catholic Family at Mass in Jamaica & Social Media Reacts

22:07: Meg Hunter-Kilmer's Bible in a Year Plan in Verbum/Logos I recently started, and then failed to finish, the Bible-in-year reading plan by Meg Hunter-Kilmer. So I decided to make a Reading Plan inside the awesome Logos/Verbum app. Here’s what I did: I converted the Kindle version of the book I bought to PDF and then extracted out the pages with the …

March 3, 2024

11:21: Making a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, toast, and bacon for my family. My oldest is home visiting because the youngest is receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Everything feels right in the world today. Peace to you all.

21:46: Weeknotes 2024-03-03 So much! My Week 2024-03-03 We were all exhausted by the travel to SC for my father’s funeral and so I sort of zombied my way through the week. I spent a good amount of time working on the sound system installation at St. Augustine. We are trying to wrap that whole effort up and move towards the video …

March 2, 2024

12:49: Found a lovely little flower and wine shop in Baltimore.

March 1, 2024

01:06: Praise by Elevation Worship. The day after my father’s funeral I went to a church in Charlotte and they did an incredible live version of this song. The original is awesome, but I love the energy and feel of this one!🎵

01:24: So much has happened in the last few days, and I’ve got a jumbled mess of thoughts and ideas in my head, that I haven’t posted. I’m hoping to catch up tomorrow!

February 29, 2024

09:15: 🎙️ Listening to Techmeme Ride Home+ Premium Feed (🔓 for Javier Plumey) - Tue. 02/27 – Gaming Continues To Be A Bloodbath

February 28, 2024

08:16: 🎙️ Listening to NPR News Now - NPR News: 02-28-2024 6AM EST

15:07: 🎙️ Listening to Universe Today Podcast - [Space Bites] USA’s Crazy Moon Landing // Problems for Perseverance // New Glenn Goes Vertical

February 27, 2024

16:46: 🎙️ Listening to Mosaic Christian Church -Adulting 101 | The Life You Long For | Jonathan MoynihanLoving this new series about adulting from the perspective of someone who wants to bring God into their every-day responsibilities.

17:54: 🎙️ Listening to Techmeme Ride Home+ Premium Feed (🔓 for Javier Plumey) - Tue. 02/27 – Gaming Continues To Be A BloodbathMy go-to podcast for daily tech news. I really enjoyed the Apple Insider Daily podcast, but they shut down today!😭

February 26, 2024

11:35: Feeling very grateful for everyone who poured out their love and support of me and my family in the wake of my father’s passing.

18:43: I’m looking to build a pattern for helping my church audio/video clients put together documentation on how to use their AV systems and run their ministries, and I think I’m settling on Craft Docs. Their free plans are quite good and you get quite a lot of great features for a wiki-style but nice …

February 23, 2024

20:11: Traveling for my dad’s funeral and I am pleasantly and generally surprised how many people are ordering this.

February 22, 2024

15:23: Assisted with a day of training and retreat for people that work in family ministry. Check out more more info.

21:00: I’m so glad I pulled all my data off Reddit before I left. No way I want Google tuning their models from my posts.

22:51: Emotions are so tiring. Some stuff came up while finishing up a memorial video for my dad and now I’m wiped.

February 21, 2024

10:57: This is a weekly podcast I produce for families to sit and listen together. Kids understand it and parents don’t cringe!

12:11: Agility (what used to be Version One) is quite possibly the web app that I hate using the most. It has a ridiculous amount of wasted space on-screen and the description editor is so unintuitive that I edit somewhere else and copy/paste into the app. Unfortunately, my team is required to use it. …

14:18: Ugh, working on this slideshow for my dad’s funeral is not easy.

15:10: I pray “lead me not into temptation” every time I walk into a Costco.

February 20, 2024

12:38: The Chosen Season 1, Episode 1: “I Have Called You by Name” - ★★★☆☆ The first time I watched this episode (and subsequently gave up on The Chosen) was back in 2017. There has been a lot more hype around this show since then, and I was surprised that I enjoyed it more this time than the …

14:31: When you think you’re ordering three windscreens and you actually ordered three packs of four.

16:16: I prefer to listen to audiobooks using the excellent Prologue app, which works with an audiobook library on my Plex server. I buy DRM-free audio and host it myself so I always have access to my library. Check it out:…

22:47: Am I the only one who likes to read the release notes when there are updates to apps? I don’t read them all, but if something catches my eye I’ll read the update and manually update that app first.

February 19, 2024

18:56: Check-In Shortcut Created a Check-In Shortcut that allows me to search for a venue, select it from a list, add a note, select a category, and then optionally upload a photo, and then post that info to a secondary (currently hidden) blog. This blog has a customized theme optimized (sort of) for these …

20:51: Younger me would never have appreciated receiving flowers when a loved one had passed. Present time is grateful for the people who sent them.

22:39: Lent is a season of penitence, sacrifice, and sometimes a little discomfort. I am therefore watching The Chosen 🙃 I jest, but I have resisted. More to come on why soon…

February 18, 2024

18:49: Haven’t been to Red Robin in ages, but my youngest felt like a burger and I haven’t had one since I started my diet.

21:13: System Collapse by Martha Wells: ★★★★☆ Finished reading: System Collapse by Martha Wells 📚 Thoroughly enjoyable, with tantalizing bits that could be fleshed out even more.

22:07: Currently reading: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson 📚 This is my next read. My wife loved it and recommended it. I love the excitement of starting a new book!

February 17, 2024

17:37: Organizing our storage closet/pantry/laundry room was such a therapeutic experience that now I’m energized to tackle the kitchen.

23:45: Had a successful date night with my wife. With all of the craziness of this week with my dad’s passing, work, volunteering, and the 2nd and 3rd jobs, we needed to munch on hummus and pita, sip some drinks, and enjoy an evening just relaxing together.

February 16, 2024

21:04: Dropped off the boy to hang out with friends. It’s supposed to be around mid 30’s (F) tonight and they are outside hanging out. Ok, when I was a kid, 30’s seemed like Day After Tomorrow weather, but this kid seems to dig it.

February 15, 2024

08:43: Traffic in the tunnel this morning is very slow. No accidents just people driving slowly.

21:12: Even though we knew this was going to happen, it’s not easy to hear or bear the news that my father has just passed away. I’ve had years to prepare for this moment but I’m still at a loss.

February 14, 2024

07:40: Ash Wednesday isn’t about abstinence and fasting, but rather about recognizing the love of God and how we fall short of realizing it in our every day lives.

21:35: Always a privilege to do music here, even if it is just a rehearsal. This is the Saint Augustine, campus of the Catholic Community of Ascension and Saint Augustine.

February 13, 2024

11:55: Schools closed for inclement weather and there’s nary a flake on the ground. 😑

13:19: What?!? I can’t lock a note with a PDF document? #apple #macOS

18:53: Working on grouping posts by day and also some site colors. I’m currently stuck in the formatting and grouping of days so that I can apply a background.

22:19: Giving up less for Lent Decided to do less “giving up” for Lent this year and instead do more “looking up”, meaning that I’m going to focus on making more of my every day moments God-centered, so as to allow him to be an even more important part of my every day life. I’m praying that this means I’ll find more opportunities …

February 11, 2024

23:19: I’ve never had to write a eulogy before. How is it even possible to write anything of significance about a man’s almost 80 years on Earth?

February 9, 2024

21:43: I don’t bingo often, but this bingo at my son’s school was fun. It was more about the community and passing time together than the actual game.

February 8, 2024

23:03: Bought a new bed for my son since he’s been sleeping on a (very comfortable) futon for like ten years. This is a proper bed with a headboard and one of those hybrid foam mattresses. I got the bed frame KD Frames, which is made in the USA and is solid wood. Highly recommend.

February 7, 2024

17:39: Picked up delicious pita, hummus, and garlic dip during lunch.

February 3, 2024

13:47: Drove through Baltimore to pick up my son from German class. This place has so much potential and also so many problems. Rooting for you BMore!

13:49: Currently reading: A Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan 📚 I’m amazed at the level of influence the KKK had in the mid 20s. And it’s not like all of a sudden the millions of klansmen and women had a change of heart when scandals started to rip it apart. The roots of racism run deep…

February 2, 2024

08:20: Interviewed Vanessa DeSilvio, actor on The Chosen who portrays the character Photina, also known as the Samaritan woman that Jesus encounters at the well. It was a delightful conversation!… 🎙️

January 26, 2024

13:06: First doctor’s appointment in years. Nothing serious but just haven’t been. Blood work done. Now it’s time to eat!

January 23, 2024

21:38: I just interviewed a wonderful guest for an upcoming episode of Redeemer. If you’re a fan of The Chosen, you’ll be interested in this one. I’ll post a link as soon as it goes live!🎙️

January 22, 2024

21:30: I don’t need to be told that it’s counter productive to eat a slice of cake and then do a workout. My body tells me that’s the case. Ugggh…

January 20, 2024

21:34: Got a chance to go see my boy play in some D3 volleyball today.

January 19, 2024

09:03: OMG this is BRILLIANT! #tech

January 17, 2024

22:55: Currently reading: The Biggest Ideas in the Universe 1 by Sean Carroll 📚 I’m only a chapter in, but I love the assumption that even non scientists are able to understand the fundamental equations behind the science, if explained in a way where we are not expected to solve the equations, just why …

January 15, 2024

00:26: Currently reading: The Biggest Ideas in the Universe 1 by Sean Carroll 📚 I don’t recall now where I got the recommendation for this book, but since I just finished a fiction book it’s now time to switch to nonfiction. I don’t have the greatest track record finishing nonfiction, but it’s one of my …

January 14, 2024

23:52: Finished reading: Great Expectations (Illustrated) by Charles Dickens 📚 Rating: ★★★★1/2 I loved it! This is Dickens, so it was a bit long, but I’ll give it a pass because of the strong character development and the sublime use of the English language.

January 8, 2024

21:38: This pathetic but also cute pup does not love this sweater. 🐕

January 6, 2024

18:29: Date night success! The wife and I enjoyed a fantastic dinner and a little walk.

January 5, 2024

12:32: Booked a date night with my wife tonight to enjoy a new restaurant and catch up after a hectic week! Very much looking forward to it. If you’re married or in a relationship, what do you do to keep your connection with your better half strong?

17:21: This little dog is getting laser treatments for her torn CCL. She’s only 11 pounds but managed to hurt herself running around after being in the crate for a few hours.

January 4, 2024

19:31: I’m working on a side project doing audio/video system installations at churches. I spent four hours trying to run speaker and shielded cables in the basement of a church over 120 years old. It was definitely a challenge but I love that super satisfying sight of the cables ready to pull up through …

January 2, 2024

15:06: Watched: Season 2 of Star Trek: Lower Decks ★★★★1/2 This show continues to entertain and surprise me. I really love all of the characters and the writers know how to strike the fine balance between serving the fans and pushing us to enjoy something new.

December 31, 2023

16:15: Watched: Transformers: Rise of the Beasts ★★★1/2. This wasn’t the worst movie I’ve watched lately. It was a little ridiculous overall, but enjoyable and cool action scenes.

December 30, 2023

17:20: Watched: Season 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds: ★★★★★ I loved every minute of this show! I wasn’t expecting to love the musical, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it had some great laughs as well.

23:58: The Marriage Course I highly recommend this “course” for anyone who is married, or about to be married. I’ve been married to my lovely wife for 21 years and still find this to be enlightening! We’ve already seen improvements in our relationship.

December 26, 2023

00:41: I had two Christmas miracles. The first was the the Dolphins beat the Cowboys. The second was that I managed to finish leading the music for Christmas Eve Mass despite having a wicked cough. Thank you Throat Coat and Ricola.

December 25, 2023

20:49: Every year since we’ve moved to Maryland, we have been going to a nearby Hibachi place on Christmas Eve. We don’t know anyone in the area, so after we made some friends we invited them to go with us, and this year we celebrated our 9th year going to the same restaurant with our friends.

21:52: Let’s go Niners, us Dolphins fans needs you to get a win over the Ravens.

December 24, 2023

20:49: Koto Sake Japanese Steak House. This our Christmas Eve tradition. We go here every year with our friends and the food is always delicious!

December 19, 2023

23:27: Amazing friends, amazing food, and an amazing place to laugh and drink makes for a warm and cozy night. Feeling very grateful tonight.

December 4, 2023

10:03: Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson: ★★★1/2 I really wanted to love Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash. It has all the makings of a great tale: archaeolgy, vintage but also not-vintage tech, cyberspace, katanas, and the mafia. Minor Spoilers below 👇 What I liked: - Stephenson’s prose is easy to follow and …

22:45: Currently reading: Great Expectations (Illustrated) by Charles Dickens 📚 It’s been years since I read any fiction older than 1900, so I figured it was time to finally read this. I do love Dickens, so I know it’ll be enjoyable.

December 3, 2023

13:10: I often forget that Advent is a penitential season.

November 27, 2023

17:27: I’m currently doing quite a bit of research on white-label social networks and white-label learning management systems. This post isn’t about the findings, which are not ready to share, but to remark on the fact that there are so many options and I find it hard to believe there is such high demand …

November 26, 2023

20:19: The problem with baking really good cupcakes is that you want to sample too much the fruit of your handiwork.

November 25, 2023

20:38: My Hips Don't Lie: "You're Old" Apple Fitness to the Rescue I don’t know what I did (except to continue along the inexorable march towards death), but today I’ve had some severe pain in my hips and lower back. It didn’t help that I attempted to walk up a flight of stairs in a historic district in my home while also trying to carry …

November 23, 2023

23:54: Raising Canes Hype This Raising Canes place is all the rage since it opened near my neck of the woods. We decided to try it out and I’ll just say one word I learned from my kids: Mid The chicken was tender but bland. The fries were not very crispy and they were under seasoned. They ran out of slaw and then it took 20 …

July 22, 2023

16:45: 2023-07-22 Oppenheimer 🍿 Just had a chance to watch the new Oppenheimer #movie from Christopher Nolan. My oldest son (20) wanted to go see it, and even though I had seen the trailers, it wasn’t previously on my must-see list. At a little over three hours long, I wasn’t really sure the material would grip me …

February 12, 2023

06:02: Title is required? Why? Does this even work? It looks like it should. But currently, I have no idea. But if it does and I am hoping it does, this will make things even more complex.

December 21, 2022

13:29: Check, check 1-2, Microblog to Mastodon Check 1, 2, 3….oh, and a scraggly puppy this morning.

October 8, 2021

20:08: Discovered this fantastic vodka from Iceland. It’s so crisp and refreshing.

April 4, 2021

21:40: Browsing through my Insta, I think I figured out why we are having a surge. I saw SO MANY Christian and Catholic orgs and individuals posting pics of crowds with no masks or social distancing. I guess they forgot we are still in the midst of a pandemic.

April 3, 2021

12:22: Just finished watching the final season of Clone Wars. What an incredible series. The last four episodes were powerful and the artistry is amazing.

January 10, 2021

20:36: MeWe is not the answer to Facebook. I wish I could get my friends to see that another centralized platform is going to have the same problems as Facebook eventually.

December 29, 2020

22:51: Took a trip to Mount Vernon yesterday. I know it wasn’t as idyllic as it seems, but walking through the grounds, closing my eyes, and using my imagination, I was almost able to hear the 18th century lifestyle.

December 25, 2020

22:49: Oh my. Soul was incredible. A masterpiece.

December 19, 2020

13:23: Holy hot underpants! Women’s underwear is HOT when it comes out of the dryer.

18:23: What is the correct way to cut a sandwich and why is it diagonally?

December 5, 2020

22:56: Just vibin’ tonight

December 1, 2020

08:33: RIP Ben Bova. Your words inspired me to read as a child and to write as an adult.

October 31, 2020

11:50: We did it! Get out there and vote!

October 27, 2020

07:29: Why have I grown to hate the word “albeit”? There’s something about it that makes me want to smash it in the face.

October 14, 2020

07:20: Learning to weed out fake product reviews it’s not a skill my dad had to teach me.

October 13, 2020

22:46: Had a political discussion with a friend, needed a little pick me up.

September 25, 2020

19:33: Took the boy to do some plane spotting on a dreary evening near BWI. With COVID keeping air traffic down it was mostly SWA 737 7-8s.

September 16, 2020

22:53: Dipping my toes into the YouTube creator lifestyle.

September 14, 2020

10:59: I’ve largely been avoiding the decision on my presidential vote, mostly because I feel like the options are so limited and I’m unhappy with the front runners. I guess it’s time to dive a little deeper and figure out what to do…

September 12, 2020

22:37: Enjoyed an evening of outdoor dining and cupcakes to celebrate my son’s 11th baptism anniversary. Such a nice evening!

September 11, 2020

09:19: Cuties on Netflix 🎦 After reading a few articles about “Cuties”, especially this one from USA Today where the author states “…confronts the horrid reality of how accessible imagery and videos can negatively impact children.” I think I just need to watch it and see what it’s all …

September 10, 2020

07:53: 📚Haven’t read Dune in decades. Looks like I need to brush up on it and give it another read.

September 8, 2020

14:23: Played hooky and spent the day on Friday with my son plane spotting and at the Air and Space museum

20:56: I wonder if there is any way to post to GitHub and have pull from the repo.

September 3, 2020

22:19: 💭 The problem with taking showers (for me), is that I walk out bursting with ideas. Is it because there are no distractions, the white noise of the water? I regularly have to add several things to my to-do list after a shower. Is it just me?

August 31, 2020

17:21: 📖 I’ve not read alot of mystery books, but I just completed The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I love the period and it has so many moving parts. I don’t read alot of myster books, but I loved this one, and I’m a sucker for the writing of the period. Any reccs?

21:10: There’s nothing wrong with a 43 year old man watching Supergirl is there? I don’t even consider it a guilty pleasure.

August 30, 2020

22:54: My son needed a new graphics card for the new Microsoft Flight simulator game so we picked up the GeForce GTX 1660 Super. He was terribly upset it only took about a minute to replace the older one. Made a huge difference but still can’t run the game at full quality. It’s crazy!

August 29, 2020

09:36: This is the quintissential “hello world” for the blogsphere. As much as I write on a regular basis for my work at Numinous.FM, my career work as a technical consultant, and my novels, I haven’t regularly posted a blog. I hope to change that going forward, as well as start …

10:32: Played a bit of scrabble with the little one. Our modified rules said you could use acronyms. Let me tell you, there is an acronym for EVERYTHING. And yes, this is a very old Scrabble board. My family and I used to play together, and apparently my sister loved to doodle all over the box. I now know …

October 29, 2013

10:34: Find any photo from the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Library I just discovered this fantastic search engine for the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day library. It’s written by Stuart who runs the @apod twitter account and blogs at Stuart chronicles why he wrote the search engine (spoiler: government shutdown) and …

October 25, 2013

11:15: 3 options for documenting your story's universe ** Update 2013-10-25 to include nValt You’ve spent months and months developing the backstory, characters, and places for your story. You’ve obsessed over every detail. For instance you know that your main character loves pizza with anchovies but only on Tuesday and only when he’s …