February 16, 2019

One Corgi Butt

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Seen at MSN. This dog was on my flight to Denver > California. He was adorable and well behaved. I think he just passed out after takeoff. Good omens I suppose because the trip was to quell a fire at a customer in California.

I did not expect my job ever to include these sorts of things, namely being The Person who can fix a specific thing. Being the person who is first on the list dispatched to do so. To be in the room where everyone looks at me and simultaneously say send him”.

I am truly happy that it is, don’t get me wrong. It’s just not something I would have self selected when I started. I also would have assumed feeling far more pressure to succeed but find myself, like this corgi, absolutely chill and relaxed heading into a tight space.

February 6, 2019

Social Media as Demon

From Cal Newport, author of Deep Work(my absolute favorite productivity book) and Digital Minimalism.

The minimalist vision for the iPhone he offered in 2007 is unrecognizable today — and that’s a shame.

Under what I call the constant companion model,” we now see our smartphones as always-on portals to information. Instead of improving activities that we found important before this technology existed, this model changes what we pay attention to in the first place — often in ways designed to benefit the stock price of attention-economy conglomerates, not our satisfaction and well-being.”

Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/opinion/sunday/steve-jobs-never-wanted-us-to-use-our-iphones-like-this.html

I don’t think Jobs had any idea the iPhone would be what it is today and I don’t know if he’d care that they are taking so much of our attention.

More over, this assumes that phone time is wasted which I do not agree with in prtemise. It’s still a valuable way to connect and often the only way to connect to friends and family that are scattered across a globalized world.

I’m all for reducing unproductive screen time. Using any tool with intention is better than not. The allure of the endless scroll is more the problem than, ipso facto, social media. Don’t retcon people long gone to suit your narrative.

February 2, 2019

Little fox

Where are you going, little fox?

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Paw prints in snow.

I did not expect the amount of wildlife we’d get at The Orchard. We are on the west side, near a heavy Verona Rd intersection, which I assumed would keep animals away. I think the reality of Orchard Ridge with its old growth trees and remaining fruit trees provides a little respite, a little safety and security for what wildlife persists.

This house has certainly provided that for me.

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January 13, 2019

Garden Buddha

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The image the Buddha makes happy and helps remind me to keep a peaceful mind in life. Since getting the exterior of Doomsday Manor under control, I had wanted a garden Buddha to go under the ginkgo tree. But, we sold that house before we found a decent deal on a statue.

Come last night and @alyska found one on FB Marketplace and we were able to acquire him this morning. He sits near the big rock in the atrium at The Orchard so we can see him from all the rooms in the house we use the most.

Only weighs about 50lbs?

January 7, 2019


Minuet has taken to burrowing in the winter. It is disgustingly cute.

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