A lovely night for a pint
A lovely night for a pint
This includes my Dad’s favorite chair in a favorite room.
I took this shot, visiting my mom, a few months after he passed away in 2015.
Naturally, the Photos widget chose Father’s Day 2021 to present it to me from all the images it could have picked.
To all the fathers, to all the people who have fathers, to all the people contemplating becoming fathers, this day is richly varied, emotionally. I’m sure my experiences and yours overlap at least a little. I feel you.
If anything, being a father has shown me so many ways to improve who I am and what I do in the world. It is supremely humbling.
On this day, I wish you peace, joy, and love.
Second dose acquired.
The Vaccination, Part II: Return to House Pfizer
15-minute wait after first vaccination. This place is huge and I appreciate the clear mobilization of the National Guard to make this work
One of these things is not like the other
When the wind makes it feel colder than it is… 15 degrees Fahrenheit
Poppa and Sofia. And beard.
Tonight’s project. I actually thought for some time that I had been shorted one critical piece. Then I had to backtrack when I learned I had used an extra piece in error.
“…A right jolly old elf”
Saturday: Living room re-arranged
Sunday: Tree selected and placed
Monday: Cranberry and popcorn garlands strung
Tuesday: Garlands, lights and ornaments hung
Soundtrack: Mannheim Steamroller
What I have realized is that photos can’t capture thoughts or feelings. Not exactly. They don’t capture the love we feel, the joy of a certain moment, the sense of place we may feel, or a feeling of belonging with family or friends. They just capture the light in the moment the shutter is released by causing a chemical reaction in a film or sensors in an array to record their states.
In this, photographs lie to us by showing an objective truth.
The image evokes recollection, or the image transports us through time, or invites us into a new way of seeing, challenges notions or perspectives.
The art in photography is that it makes us think and feel, even though our thoughts and feelings may only be loosely related to the subjects of our gazes.
All this from photons, transformed, in the tiniest slices of time.
When I snapped this image, I had been enjoying the contrast of the dark tree limbs against the orange and amber of the sunset.
By the time it occurred to me to attempt to capture it, launch my camera app on my phone, and frame an image I hoped might not be hideous, the sky changed.
The image doesn’t show any of that. Just an amateurish shot by someone who intended well.
But I remember.
My Big Sur experience since noon today on my non-beta (10.15.7) laptop
Scary Halloween pic.
Silvertone is my favorite filter.
The first James Bond movie I remember seeing, on TV, in the late 1970s, was You Only Live Twice. It starred Sean Connery. Therefore, for me, he is the true Bond.
I enjoyed his part in The Untouchables. His line “Enough of this running shit!” will live forever in my brain.
When your daughter makes you a treat. Clever girl!
Listened to Dead Leaf Echo tonight for the first time, via Apple Music. Their recent full-length album Beyond.Desire is there as well as several EPs and a much earlier LP. Possibly their full catalog is on Bandcamp.
The sound was in a sweet spot for me. I heard sounds that reminded me of Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, Love and Rockets, Kitchens of Distinction, Bailter Space, and others. When I read of all the bands they have toured with, I was disappointed I hadn’t listened to them sooner. God bless streaming music!
I will likely be collecting their sounds.
See also: ætherial
I remember loving Pointcast and installing it on home and work computers. At the time I also loved HotBot and Internet Explorer and WIRED Magazine and A Declaration of the Independance of Cyberspace.
Sending an old device to the Great Cloud in the Sky
Back to School 2020
Above is a photo of my daughter Sofia
Dude! I was The Dude! #strikesandgutters #guttersandstrikes
First time in a sunflower field
Made it all the way through. It seems like this iteration is less “white” or “bright” than the first public beta. UI still feels fresh but more familiar.
Still going. Antici…
Haven’t seen this before
Proceeds like an iOS update with lots of time set aside for processing
Total size is about (?) 5 Gigs smaller than the first beta
Public Beta 2 update under way
Used a tape deck very much like the one pictured here. It was the first audio equipment I purchased. It played through a little amplifier I purchased in kit form and assembled in a high-school electronics class.
I dubbed many, many records from friends. Listened to hundreds of albums purchased new on cassette. Thousands of hours of my life are connected to this. Such an 80s artifact. It survived into the early 2000s but one too many lightning strikes to the power grid took it out. Still have the library of aging cassettes.
For two decades, this was a critical furnishing in any of my living spaces.
Listening to older music makes me think of the past.
The internet did not disappoint me. I was able to triangulate and find an image of the very model I used to own.
From a colleague at work. You may have an earworm…
Made it! #BigSur #PublicBeta
Here we go! #BigSur #PublicBeta
My progress bar has stopped moving but my Mac has continued to download additional data #beta #BigSur #macOS
It’s here! Got myself a birthday present from @schoolstoic
One of my favorite photos, from June 2010.
Rainbow and thunder
First sticker! #microblog #thankyou
I cannot say they made no attempt to notify me. #StaySafeMN
RTO or Return to Office is what my company is calling it. We are at 10 percent staffing on-site, with the remainder doing remote work. I wear a mask away from my desk, and there are many limits in place throughout the facility. #CubeLife #CivilianMaskCorps #StaySafeMN
I have continued to work as part of a skeleton crew staff (I manage a desktop support team) throughout the pandemic. Today my state has opened in some small ways and I will see a small number of additional coworkers. I was gifted with hand sanitizer, a reusable and some disposable masks, and an insulated lunch bag.
So, yeah. I’m on the east side of St. Paul and I’m lucky not much has come close to me. But I started to cry when I saw this advice on screen.
Just unboxed this Macally keyboard and I’m already a fan!
Put together an IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers. Only needed these simple tools, six hours, and six hands.
I was unable to beard any longer
My latest gadget. I have work to do.
Status: Poppa and Daughter Dinner
One last re-watch of The Polar Express before… Mama and Poppa perform elven magic
Step two completed: lights on the tree.
Step three? Snacks
First meeting with Santa achieved!
A conversation with The Man Himself
Waiting to see Santa. Waiting is hard.
I played with a logo generator which worked by combining words, images, fonts and colors in many ways.
For free, it allowed me to download a 200x200 pixel image file of the combination that amused me the most.
My first thought was “What is casting that shadow?” Then I realized it was most likely caused by a plane flying though the clouds.
New haircut. New glasses. And the cutest photo bomber in the world.
I am grateful for magic. Happy Halloween!
Sommer, Ann, Sofia—Three generations
Have paid notice to this word. Heard it a lot in a single podcast recently.
Notice how and when you hear it.
Preparing her projectile launcher #dinnerdate #culvers #waiting
With cucumber and habañero
Heat lightning. Storm in video is between Northfield and Redwing, Minnesota. Visible from Conway neighborhood in St. Paul. 83% humidity on a hot Summer night. Jupiter presiding.
Hogwarts Clock Tower, Grand Finale. Including Yule Ball
Hogwarts Clock Tower, including clock face and dormitory
Hogwarts Clock Tower, phase four. Including Professor Moody’s office
Hogwarts Clock Tower phase three. I did not expect the Tri-Wizard Cup, nor the chest containing the real “Mad-Eye” Moody
Hogwarts Clock Tower phase two including bath and Dumbledore’s office
Building the Hogwarts Clock Tower kit
Assembly complete, including concessions (note chocolate frog) and dementor.
Build now including coal tender and Hermione
Hogwarts Express engine
Kings Cross station as imagined by LEGO. Including Harry, Ron, Scabbers (the rat), and Professor Lupin.
Lake Phalen, Saint Paul, MN
Water Lantern Festival
Starting the season with new wheels!
Status. #HDIConf #RobertVanWinkle
A mantra, for when you need it
Possibly my favorite snack in the whole world.
Playing in the snow
Photo Challenge: Day 1 of 7
Groceries are laid in. Let the snow begin.
I don’t have an ugly Christmas sweater, but I did find this hat… @chrisgzuger
Makes me feel like a kid!
Sunset marks the start of the first day of Christmas.
My mom always used to sing “Over the River and Through the Woods” when we drove to her mother’s home in Wisconsin. Now it’s my turn as I drive my daughter to my mother’s home.
Playing with the #tintypeapp
Mmm. Fruit juice and fruit snacks!
First time listening to vinyl in these many long years. Bought the turntable a long time ago. Finally have the right space for it.
Going to learn about how an iPhone and a Kindle Fire work with an external keyboard.
When you find an accidental selfie in your photo roll
First exercise set is to get the equipment in place. Test pilot Sofia confirms all systems operational.
Who doesn’t want the chance to drive a fire engine?
L’après-midi à l’hôtel
Daim is one of my favorite things, ever.
So happy I found this! It’s a magazine logo from another era… #Mondo2000 #wereapiratemindstation #howfastareyouhowdense #findtheothers
Kicking off Summer in St Paul
“Odin will not save you but he will give you inspiration and courage to save yourself…” I don’t remember where I first read, but I like it. #selfie #bearded #dramamuch
My first! I’m excited! #unimitsubishipencil #kurutoga
In the business parlance of our times, I have some “deltas” or “do-betters”
Brand new journal #leuchtturm1917 #startatthebeginning
Learning more every day
Oh look, it it’s finally at the log in screen. But, wait, no! No it is not …
Currently #mnwx #blizzardwarning #ramseycounty #snow
It’s not #snowmagedon, but we planned ahead with provisions and are cocooning this weekend. #mnwx
Morning cuppa. Thank you, @joelgroethe #apisupply #apisupplylifts
Springtime. More than eight inches of snow today, because Minnesota. #mnwx #stpaul #bearded #beardstagram #theboldnorth