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No Coffee

We contacted the company’s support (they only have email), but in the meanwhile we have no coffee maker. We were in a mad scramble, trying to figure out how to get that precious caffeine out of the coffee beans.

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Not Pwned

The website haveibeenpwned.com is a great resource, letting you know if your email (and any personal information) has been included in security breach. Run by Troy Hunt, the site provides a great public service… and I’d highly recommend signing up to get notified.

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Zombie City

So the game isn’t really a challenge anymore. It’s more like a systematic clearing of the screen. Almost like watching an old PC defrag itself, but with a lot more tapping of the screen involved.

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Jahnu on the Hype Train

I learned there was a bit of activity going on at their house. Stacey was saying that Jahnu was really excited, to the point of crying, and she couldn’t really figure out what was going on.

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My Brother, Asleep

“Peace lily, arrowhead, aloe—
the last time you went to rehab

all your houseplants died. Absence parched
the heart of your terra-cotta pots.”

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Walking Through Tokyo

I’m awed at how, at times, there are these side streets that seem incredibly peaceful… and almost desolate. And then a few corners later, it’s a completely busy street full of pedestrians and cars.

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Hallway Drywall Installation

Mentioning it here because an issue like this might have derailed us for a significant time, a year or so ago. But on encountering it, we evaluated the situation, made a few measurements, did a cut, and proceeded along with the install.

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A Momentary Victory

Relocated wires, and tried to “clean up” a bit. This isn’t code, but definitely feels like refactoring. Might even be able to get away with a half-size breadboard.

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The Worst Roll

Above, it’s my turn and my roll. Just enough to bear off one piece, but juuust shy of bearing off my final piece. Which means that Liz automatically wins on her turn/roll (even the lowest possible roll, double 1’s, gives her the win).

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Viral Nostalgia

So I found this to be a fascinating moment: I knew the song through a meme, and not on its own merits. And in fact had no association at all with the original artist, as the song to me just evokes a slowly moving car down a street in suburban Portland.

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Second Solder

This was incredibly daunting, as there were 16 pins in total. And though they’re spaced out just like everything else I’ve soldered… these seemed closer together. A trick of the mind, but I was sweating something awful as I stepped through each pin.

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Frozen Encounter

I think that underneath all of this, there’s a fire hydrant that’s spewing a bit of water. Not a lot… just a little. Enough to coat the nearby tree, and cause this small public sculpture.

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First Solder

I’m not gonna lie: I’ve been sweating this part of the project. I’ve never soldered anything before, and the prospect of burning electronics (or myself) with a length of hot metal has made me… apprehensive, to say the least.

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