I re-read the Harry Potter novels and am well into my re-read of Lord of the Rings. However, the All Souls trilogy came up and I read those as fast as I could. Now reading The Case of the Turquiose Sun, but it’s non-fiction research and going slower. Then I plan to finish LOTR.


Re-Ripping my CDs

I was a collecting monster. Ripping to WAV on my Plex box and ripping to lossless for my Apple Music server. Oh! The meta data. Oh! The duplicated tracks. The WAV rips are super fast. The Lossless rips in Apple Music take several times longer, plus I’m caring for a library of digital files that began life in 1997.

Two things I’ve learned:

  1. Trust but verify the metadata you get from public sources.
  2. Album art is getting harder to find.


Our house is ours now.

We don’t move quickly on any decorating decision, but we have held back on many.

Our remodelling company wanted pictures of their work for their portfolio. In light of that, many personal touches weren’t added until after that was complete.

The second thing that gave us great pause was the 2024 MSP Home Tour. I was grateful and excited to be featured, but again, when opening our house to the public, we wanted the emphasis to be on the remodelling work that had been done, and not on our personal items.

Now that we’ve made it through that gauntlet, we are relaxing into what we have and have begun putting small holes in the walls as we hang items and placing cherised items out for display.


My current leader sees me and appreciates me.

I wish conference room technology was less vendor-specific (or perhaps more cloud agnostic) and that folks would stop blaming the room when it doesn’t intiutively and automatically configure itself the way a person imagines it should work for them.

Also? Learn how to schedule a room, people. Just because you invite a room or resource to your meeting, doesn’t mean you automatically get that room. A meeting room didn’t do anything wrong when it declined your infinitely recurring series because of a single conflict three weeks out. It returned you an email three minutes later to let you know. It’s unread in your mailbox.

Updated May 25, 2024