Things I Believe, 2024 Edition

I believe that Amazon is doomed for reasons that probably entail writing a whole damn blog post about it. I believe that I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in a relationship because at the very beginning we had open, vulnerable conversations about what we wanted and needed out of a relationship with each other. I … Read more

Closing Out 2023

I used to do a recap post every year, going all the way back to my early involvement with Livejournal. This seems like a good year to pick up the habit again, given that 2023 was the longest decade ever. Additionally, I’m also going to massively change the format. It used to be that everything … Read more

Accomplishments: October 2023

October was going to be a bitch. With everything going on, including the Filthy 50, training for the Tour de Tucson, catching up at work from the time off, and recovery from my lengthy vacation in September. AZ-104 Exam This was an ambitious add to the calendar, given that I’ve been buried with stuff since … Read more

Nugget: Scars

I originally left this in a comment on Gloria Liu’s blog. Scars are trophies of a life well-lived. It’s no different than a book with dog-eared pages, really — there’s a certain degree of love and respect for material things (bodies included) that results in a bit of damage-by-familiarity. Those little imperfections, the same things … Read more

Other Chili, Other Stuff

This blog is supposed to be focused on tinkering/making/hacking stuff. So why am I posting another chili recipe? Well, mainly because I can’t stop tinkering — every time I try a recipe, I mess with it a bit. My Unholy Good Chili recipe started fairly simple and grew over many iterations into a burn-the-hair-off-your-feet monstrosity. It wasn’t something I wanted to cook up for the Birchwood Bike Team Superbowl Party, as I wanted something more mild. So I found a different recipe, and scribbled it down. Then I edited the hell out of it to formulate my own take on it. I’d say about 60{3b4d110c5d1596d2297e6430d163d306168bc3d03da137601e3ed8beb4b12205} of the original recipe remains, if that.

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What I Believe In (2017 Edition)

I believe that the best way to determine how someone is going to treat you is to watch how they treat other people. I believe that more manufacturers should work toward selling items that can be repaired in a home workshop — and that the trend toward making goods disposable has really harmed the tinkerer/manufacturer … Read more