This is my non-machinist method for tramming my drill press (making sure the bed is 90 degrees to the chuck).

I’ll take any help I can get scrubbing my stove, inclusive of a Dremel brush arbor.

I prefer my pocket knives to be clipped to my belt, but the FΓ€llkniven U4 doesn’t have a clip. Fortunately there’s nothing you can’t do with 3M VHB (very high bond) tape.

Dulse is the potato chip of the sea.

For those of you who eat peanut butter that needs stirring: store your peanut butter upside-down. It reduced my stirring time from ~10 minutes to ~1 minute. All credit for this idea goes to my partner, but she doesn’t have a blog so I’m writing here because people need to know.

Looking over my old 3d-printed designs, this is my favorite:… . Convert any table into a drafting table with a rolling paper surface! I was particularly proud that it can be entirely 3d-printed on a small bed.

Words of encouragement from Frederick P. Brooks, Jr:

Systems program building is an entropy-decreasing process, hence inherently metastable. Program maintenance is an entropy increasing process, and even its most skillful execution only delays the subsidence of the system into unfixable obsolescence.

For all of the vegan, gluten-free, non-fermented folks out there, my killer condiments are Bragg’s soy aminos for salty/funky, coconut aminos for sweet, and freshly-squeezed lemon, sumac, or pomegranate molasses for acid.

Try cutting sugar entirely out of your diet and replacing it with more vegetables. You’ll be so well-adjusted you won’t know what to do with yourself.

Even if the bowl is broken (and the bowl is broken), from the clay and the making and the firing and the pattern, even if the pattern is incomplete (and the pattern is incomplete), let the mind draw its energy. Let the heart complete the pattern.

Ursula Le Guin, Always Coming Home

This is me at work today.

The Precursor is one of the most interesting tech hardware projects I’ve seen. Everything Bunnie Huang makes is years ahead of the curve. Help support this project!

Me watching other people chop with kitchen knives: πŸ‘€ πŸ˜±πŸ˜©πŸ’€

Me chopping in my own kitchen: πŸ’ƒπŸ’¨πŸͺ“

It’s never a bad time to listen to Tortoise’s Beacons of Ancestorship again. 🎡

I’m not sure when this happened, but the media controls in Windows 10 suddenly seem to work with Firefox. It’s a small thing, but it’s so nice that I can pause/play or change tracks/volume from the keyboard or trackpad while I’m streaming music or video.

Having finished the book, I can strongly recommend Subprime Attention Crisis by Tim Hwang πŸ“š. Though maybe the folks here on are the proverbial choir :)

My choice of light reading to distract me from the election: Subprime Attention Crisis by Tim Hwang πŸ“š

Halloween was epidemiologically unsound long before any pandemic… At the beginning of flu season each year, let’s have every child in the neighborhood, no matter how sick, walk to everybody’s house, and touch a bunch of things.

I’ve been listening to Songs by Adrianne Lenker - it’s better each time I listen to it. 🎡

Good accompaniment to making some jam, applesauce, and roasted squash.

I love making granola flavors that nobody would ever sell; today’s batch was pumpkin, chia, and flax seed with dried Asian pear, sun butter, and maple syrup. Basically using up pantry items but it’s really quite good.

This article wonderfully explains why vim is so appealling.

I hadn’t considered how composability is the unifying theme that binds most of my favorite software, but it seems obvious now that it’s been stated. To me, that’s the hallmark of an elegant idea.

If I had known how easy it is to back up Google Drive and other cloud services to a Synology NAS, I would have purchased one years ago! They even do a thing where they convert docs to MS Office equivalents, which is crucial.

I had to laugh at the phrase “LARP security”, and I’m definitely guilty as charged.

But I also got my family to use Signal, which hopefully counts for something!

Stop Using Encrypted Email

I’m amazed that these are real.

Currently reading: Ursula K. Le Guin: Always Coming Home (LOA #315): Author’s Expanded Edition (Library of America Ursula K. Le Guin Edition) by Ursula K. Le Guin πŸ“š

It’s very different from Earthsea and the Hainish novels, and I’m curious to see where it goes.