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New Duct in the Living Room

First bit of backerboard installed. Eventually, a sheet of 3/8″ drywall will sit on top of this thing. And a second sheet of 1/2″ drywall will cover both the 3/8″ and the backerboard. The idea behind the backerboard is to ensure there’s always material to bite into, when installing the baseboard/trim. No need to hunt for studs, since there should always be something to dig into.

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I’m Getting DSL (in Germany)

Starting a week or so back, I began receiving emails from a DSL company in Germany. I’m accustomed to getting email intended for other people named Felix Jung (Google ignores special characters in email addresses, so felix.jung as well as f.e.l.i.x.j.u.n.g arricves in my Inbox)). So when the email is in German, I suspect it’s for some other Felix Jung.

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Sick Days

Once more, I worked from home again today. My cough got really bad last night, to the point where I was feeling uncomfortable and just counting the hours until I could take some NyQuil and go to sleep

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My Wife Knows Me

I was home sick again today. The morning was somewhat ok, but I got worse as the day progressed.

Liz, chatting with me via Skype, reminded me to drink water. And reminded me to drink more than just coffee.

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Living Room Ceiling Drywall, Part 2

I ended up working from home today, as I was feeling pretty under the weather. I had a runny nose the day before, and today I just felt off. Not sick to the point where I’m delirious with fever, but off enough to know that I shouldn’t be around other people.

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The Snickers Bag

We’ve had this bag of leftover Halloween candy in the kitchen. Originally, it was going to go to Liz’s office, but I think we both got lazy and it’s just been sitting here… open. And we’ll inevitably walk by and grab a little something out of it.

But for me, I’ve been grabbing everything except the Snickers bars. Because I just don’t care for them. The result of this natural selection is that gradually, this thing has turned into one ginormous bag of Snickers.

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Travel Day to Costa Rica

Woke up super early (4:00 AM) so that we could catch a ride to O’Hare, along with Julie and Bob, for a vacation in Costa Rica. We got invited to stay with Liz’s Uncle David and Auth Beth, and to trade in our cold Chicago days for some warmer climes.

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Less Funny

The Oriental Theater has had its name changed for well over a year now, but I’m still not quite used to it.

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Peleton Responses

The speed at which online memes spread has always been amazing. Where we used to have the Streisand effect, we now get viral videos and GIFs. And, with Aviation’s commercial… remarkably deft and quick responses to virality, that in turn become viral themselves for their deftness and quickness.

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I Wonder What That’s For

Spotted this small little switch/box, on the side of the Metra train that arrives across from our platform each morning. There’s a predictable cadence to the trains that show up before ours (an express whooshes by, the South Shore stops, and this guy pulls up across the way).

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Cautionary Tales

“A system that’s both complex and tightly coupled is dangerous. The complexity means there will occasionally be surprises. The tight coupling means that there will be no time to deal with the surprises.”

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Drywall Prep

I’ve been pretty slow this week. I’ve definitely had busier weeks, but my ability to do more work at the end of the day (after arriving home from work) has been really, really low. Tonight, I got home to find Liz had already suited up and had started to haul down things we need for some upcoming drywall work.

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