• Finished reading: Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony πŸ“š

    Book 3 of Xanth. Really enjoying this world.

    Tuesday November 14, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Source of Magic by Piers Anthony πŸ“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 πŸ“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 don’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 πŸ“š

    I don’t know how I haven’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 πŸ“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 πŸ“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 πŸ“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 πŸ“š

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

    Thursday October 12, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal πŸ“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 πŸ“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. I’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
  • Finished reading: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss πŸ“š

    Fantastic sequel to The Alchemist’s Daughter. Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Jekyll & Hyde all in the same story. Thrilling and exciting read.

    Tuesday September 19, 2023
  • Cleaned out several fountain pens and inked a few more up. Looking forward to the Pelikan Hub meetup next week. πŸ–‹οΈ

    Various fountain pens laying on a desk in pieces after cleaning, with additional pens in two pen stands.
    Thursday September 14, 2023
  • iPhone Gaming

    The iPhone might be the biggest and most popular mobile gaming platform, but it’s a sad platform. Apple really needs to do something about the App Store. You have to dig through so much garbage in the app store to find anything decent. I hardly play games on my iPhone any more because I don’t bother looking through trying to find anything good. Any new games I install are now filtered through word of mouth from tech sites or Mastodon. No I don’t use real life friend recommendations as many of them are OK with the garbage Pay2Win games.

    Finding something as awesome and fantastic as The Room series is now a rarity because Apple just doesn’t care about the quality of the app store contents.

    Tuesday September 12, 2023
  • Finished reading: The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers πŸ“š

    Such an enjoyable series. Becky Chambers writes some fantastic depth into her characters. This was a nice way to wrap up the books. I’ll be looking for more of her work.

    Sunday September 10, 2023
  • I just watched the 3yr old smash her head into her pillow repeatedly to get it to the right shape. And then immediately fall asleep. I laughed because I also smash my pillow until it’s correct.

    Sunday September 10, 2023