• A thing I like is my friendship with @rosscatrow. Happy Birthday Ross! Many happy returns on the day!

  • A perk of having some grey in my beard is that it makes it harder for people to tell what’s hair and what’s blue cheese dressing.

  • I’ve only been back at practicing piano for a couple months now, but I feel reasonably qualified to state that Beethoven definitely had three hands.

  • Massive Resistance to integration. One of my home’s greatest shames. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass…

    60 years later our schools still don’t reflect our demographics and it takes the consistent work of good people to continue progress.

  • ‪We only watch commercials at my parents house. DID YOU KNOW THERE’S A CHILDRENS’ “GAME” THAT IS A TOILET AND A PLUNGER AND A SMILING POOP FLIES OUT OF IT!?!?!?!?‬

  • I remember when Dave Letterman got to CBS, he kept repeating “these special effects are fantastic” every Top Ten list.

    Funny what sticks in your brain.

  • Property is theft! - Wikipedia

    Property is theft! (French: La propriété, c’est le vol!) is a slogan coined by French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in his 1840 book What is Property? Or, an Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government.

  • When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.

    Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • “Where the bakers who bake till the dawn so we can have cake in the morn mixed Mickey in batter, chanting: Milk in the batter! Milk in the batter! Stir it! Scrape it! Make it! Bake it!”

  • Making the clackity noise

    Recently I started taking piano lessons after a gap of about 25 years. It gets me out of my brain, learning the piano. So much of the practice is just the practice. Playing a little bit, every day (or nearly every day). Scales over and over and over again. Making a mistake and going back to the beginning. There’s no cheating on piano. There’s no revelatory formula that Isaac Newton figured out centuries ago that will suddenly make piano click. There’s just practice and practice. Fingers on the keys. There’s a base level of work you have to put into it before it sounds like anything, but when it starts to come together and you hear yourself making music, it feels glorious.

    I don’t write for pleasure as much as I’d like and I’d like to get back into it. And just like the piano, it has to start with fingers on the keys, every day (or nearly every day). Most of what I write will just be practice and most of it won’t be publishable, but that really doesn’t matter. I don’t practice piano for the performance (though performance will be a part of it), I’m doing it for the doing it. I want to write because I want to. It doesn’t have to be “productive”, it doesn’t have to be a side hustle, it just has to be doing. Another dynamic verb in my life.

  • To the purposes of his own elevation

    Avalon Project - Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

    The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

    I post this paragraph once a year or so. George Washington predicted the present with such clarity.

  • Washington’s Farewell Address

    It is… little else than a name, where the government is too feeble to withstand the enterprises of faction… and to maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property.

  • “You should ask yourself… for every decision you make, is this good for the company? Am I helping with the company’s strategic vision?”

  • The surest way for my mom to make me go outside and play was to put Garrison Keillor’s Tales from Lake Woebegon[e] on the radio.

  • Though I don’t remember ever going there, I had grandparents who lived for a time in a house on Sleepy Hollow Road.

    I was quite concerned about the horsemen my family might have encountered while there and whether or not they had heads.

  • The second Bill & Ted movie is way better than the first.

  • Said the taxman to their intern, “I don’t want you to apprentice-level abate, I want you to master abate!”

  • Please enjoy episode 72 of your Sam and Ross Like Things program:

    The Expanse & Lunch

  • In cultural language of my present job:

    A build: a software release from our primary vendor
    Our build: our implementation of software
    Do build: work on our implementation of software

    Rarely do we use build as an actual verb.

  • Every year I enjoy how much energy is spent discussing such a superb owl.

  • Selective Service System > Registration > Who Must Register > Chart

    “U.S. citizens or immigrants who are born male and have changed their gender to female”

    Today’s prompt caused me to find a previously-unknown-to-me example of bigotry in our federal government.

  • The final issue of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl made me tear up. Goodbye fictional friends!

  • Murky tofurkey turkey jerky, perky?

  • The Northern Neck is the northernmost of three peninsulas (traditionally called “necks” in Virginia) on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the Commonwealth of Virginia

    Northern Neck — Wikipedia

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