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It’s Saturday, But Feels Like a Friday

Today, Liz and I both spent our Satuday doing work work. She ran some errands in the morning, and by the time 1PM or so rolled around… the two of us were both at our computers, working. Funny thing was: I was at home, and she was at her office (downtown).

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Planning for Spring

With the first day of spring having already passed us by, I figured it would be good to show a few photos of what Liz has been up do. She began her outdoor plans on Sunday, and has been getting her seedlings set up in our kitchen (in the past, they’ve been set up in the basement).

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A Bad Case of the Hot Mouths

Fast forward to today, and I woke up with a sore throat. And unlike prior days, it just stayed around. At work, right around 10 AM, my nose began running like a faucet. So much so that I had to get up and go to the bathroom a few times. So much so that I began to seriously worry about becoming dehydrated.

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Automation and the Boeing 737 Max

My commute is short enough that I don’t really listen to much audio while I’m on the train. So the few times I catch any radio or news is either in the mornings (NPR while preparing breakfast). Or in the evenings, when I’m preparing dinner (for the bunnies or for us humans).

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Vampire Weekend: Big Blue

The lyrics are… fine. And the song itself is quite short (hence me wanting to introduce a few other songs). But the choice to fixate on this particular song seems more pathological than some of my other choices. Maybe it’s the length, and just how quick it is (under two minutes).

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Cabinet Demo

Despite the late start, I did get a bit of house work in today. Removing the old cabinet next to the dining room fireplace has been on my to-do list for a while now. It’s not an urgent task just yet, but clears the way for some upcoming work in that area. It’s demo, but it’s “light” demo, and something I felt I could knock out (see what I did there) in an afternoon.

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Stormbound

Overall, I think the thing that really drew me in was how beautifully designed the game was. The cards themselves, of course, but I’m also talking about the board, the backdrop, the animations. The cards are all very distinctive and reflective of the four “Kingdoms” that exist in the world. But everything is so tightly tied together, from a visual point of view.

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The Phantom Gambler

“On September 24th, 1980, a man wearing cowboy boots and carrying two brown suitcases entered Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. One suitcase held $777,000 in cash; the other was empty. After converting the money into chips, the man approached a craps table on the casino floor and put everything on the backline. This meant he was betting against the woman rolling the dice. If she lost, he’d double his money. If she won, he’d lose everything.”

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A Productive Day

Because it bothered me why I couldn’t explain this discrepancy, or even account for my time… I decided to track my time, starting today. I used a generic calendar and began noting what I was working on in 30 minute chunks. Sometimes, I was helping someone else debug an issue; other times, I was in an unexpected meeting.

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Wasting Real Time in Imaginary Places

It’s been an interesting weekend. I fought against this strong, internal instinct to do more work work (catching up on some things, getting a head start on the following week). It really took some effort for me to unplug, and to prevent myself from hopping on VPN and attending to work over the weekend.

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