• Finished reading: Starter Villain by John Scalzi ๐Ÿ“š

    Holy shit, was this a fantastic and fun read. Iโ€™m really enjoying Scalziโ€™s work.

    Sunday December 3, 2023
  • Finished reading: War for the Oaks by Emma Bull ๐Ÿ“š

    Fantastic story of Fae and mortal lives intertwining. Exciting music, thrilling events. I didnโ€™t want to put this one down.

    Wednesday November 29, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss ๐Ÿ“š

    Thrilling entry involving the Athena Club. This is book 3 of the series and Iโ€™ve enjoyed each of them.

    Friday November 24, 2023
  • Finally got a chance to watch Ghostbusters:Afterlife. Really enjoyed, felt as good as the original movie. It was fitting after building the giant Lego Ecto 1 set. Glad I didn’t try watching the movie while building the set.

    Saturday November 18, 2023
  • Bought new smoke/CO detectors for the house. Having false alarms in the middle of the night from the First Alert models we have are getting really obnoxious. These should work much nicer, and actually silence with the press of a button.

    Wednesday November 15, 2023
  • Finished reading: Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony ๐Ÿ“š

    Book 3 of Xanth. Really enjoying this world.

    Tuesday November 14, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Source of Magic by Piers Anthony ๐Ÿ“š

    Another fun trip around Xanth.

    Sunday November 5, 2023
  • Tempting fate and installing Sonoma. Fresh clone made before I clicked install, so I can quickly recover if I need to.

    Thursday November 2, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz ๐Ÿ“š

    What a ride! A cool sci-fi concept. Quite dystopian.

    Wednesday November 1, 2023
  • We were wondering if we needed a humidifier for the 2nd floor. So instead of just buying one, I put together my Arduino kit. So far, I donโ€™t think we do.

    An Arduino project board with a breadboard set up with a temperature and humidity sensor and an LCD display the current values.
    Wednesday November 1, 2023
  • Finished reading: A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony ๐Ÿ“š

    I donโ€™t know how I havenโ€™t heard of Xanth before, but this was a fun fantasy world to jump into. The negative is that it is certainly a product of the late 70s, early 80s.

    Sunday October 29, 2023
  • My XBox 360 has officially become a paper weight. The optical drive will no longer read discs. Can’t even use it as a DVD player for the kids. The key matching between the logic board and drive is incredibly annoying. Would be nice if I could easily repair it.

    Thursday October 26, 2023
  • iPhone has been updated to 17.1. Macbook Pro is still enjoying 13.6, but may consider updating now that 14.1 has released. Hesitant to update it still as it’s a development machine, and I don’t want to troubleshoot issues with a big upgrade.

    Thursday October 26, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Pirate’s Wife by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos ๐Ÿ“š

    Really intriguing read. Shows some of the good that came from piracy, I had no idea NYC was a haven for pirates at one point, and they were very beneficial to the colonies as England was too busy waving swords with France.

    Wednesday October 25, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Brothers Hawthorne by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ๐Ÿ“š

    Another fun entry in The Inheritance Games series. This one was much more high risk and thrilling, a very captivating read.

    Monday October 23, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix ๐Ÿ“š

    Mixing the ancient world and real (1980s) world in a fun, whimsical fantasy novel. I enjoyed this one.

    Friday October 20, 2023
  • I picked up a Traxxas TRX-4M this weekend so our 4yr old and I could play with it. It’s great for small children as it doesn’t do 30+ mph like larger rc cars, but it’s hobby class so it’s better than toy aisle rc cars. I think I may have to get another truck, as she doesn’t want to stop driving it.

    A Traxxas TRX-4M Bronco rc car sitting on a mechanical keyboard.
    Tuesday October 17, 2023
  • Time standards for computers are one of those things that should have been stopped after the first standard was developed. Dealing with different time standards, and converting between them makes me want to find everyone that developed a new standard.

    Monday October 16, 2023
  • The Kia EV9 looks like a great upgrade from our 2017 Subaru Outback. Sure I’d love an electric Outback, but who knows when Subaru will produce one, and the Outback is starting to feel pretty cramped on even just weekend trips with two littles. Side note, why do most EVs have hideous wheels?

    Friday October 13, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ๐Ÿ“š

    Super quick read, but a thrilling ending to the trilogy.

    Thursday October 12, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal ๐Ÿ“š

    Really fun sci-fi thriller/murder mystery. Quick read, but very captivating.

    Sunday October 8, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ๐Ÿ“š

    An epic fantasy novel. This was an amazing read, and I didn’t want to put it down. Beautiful story, wonderful characters, and plenty of twists.

    Thursday October 5, 2023
  • I picked up an Ugmonk Analog during their warehouse sale. Iโ€™ve been using the notecards for a couple weeks now and like the system.

    An Ugmonk Analog notecard task list system.
    Monday October 2, 2023
  • Tried some almond butter instead of peanut butter. It’s good, I like it, but the price difference between almond and peanut butter is significant.

    Monday October 2, 2023
  • All ready for Pelikan Hubs. Inked up a pile of pens to bring to the meetup. Looking forward to seeing pen friends. #fountainpens

    An open notebook with two pages for of ink blocks and the name of the pen and ink next to each ink block.
    Friday September 22, 2023