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nerd technology writing

Updated WordPress, Updated Theme

Updated to the latest WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” and trying out the default 2020 theme.

With a few tweaks, I think I like it.

2019-11-17 update: I don’t like numbers that descend below the baseline, so I’ve swapped the font from the default to Gentium Book Basic.

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art writing

The Blinking Cursor

The Cursor blinks incessantly. Mocking me. Taunting me.

Blink. Blink. On. Off. On. Off. On.

On and on, marking the blank page.

The blinking Cursor makes me sad because no characters follow it.

Not Today.

Maybe Tomorrow.

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politics technology writing

Exploring

Considering I used to write for a living, it surprises me how difficult it is to find my flow again. Granted, my decade as a newspaper journalist wrapped up more than a decade ago. In those days I would rattle off 400–1,000 words on some assigned topic after traveling, interviewing subjects, photographing subjects, and taking notes.

Lacking an assignment sucks away the drive to write; therefore, I need to take on the role of editor and some assignments for myself. Two things immediately come to mind and just as quickly get pushed out of mind.

  1. Technology – I love it, but the market for that seems saturated and with no audience there is little point to it.
  2. Politics – Sakes alive. There is plenty of cannon fodder strewn about to take this on, but anything I say paints a great big divisive target on my back (and front, sides, just one big target).

That leaves a third option more daunting than the first two. Fiction. I just need to set off down a path, follow it, and see where it leads.

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food writing

Funeral and Japanese Whisky

Home alone yesterday and today while my wife and daughter attend a funeral for a family friend in Lexington, Ky.

Since there is a Japanese whisky tasting at London Calling, I'm spending a few minutes sipping some black Colombian coffee at Mad Priest before enjoying some of my favorite types of liquor. I'm more exciting for the December tasting with a round of bourbons from Buffalo Trace Distillery.

I also got to deliver gifts to my favorite people at the best bar in Chattanooga. Tonight I brought a cup of coffee for Kris (by request), a substantial portion of smoked pork for the crew, and a sample of Nag Champa. They burn incense in the bar and I figured they could use some of the best.

Tasting Notes

The Japanese have it figured out. If you can get your hands on Suntory, it's worth it.

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writing

Mulligan

Thinking about counts as posting, right?

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food writing

Sunday Meat Day

Today is Sunday. Today is meat day.

The summer has just been too hot to stand by a fire in the Big Green Egg on our deck, but that isn't the case any longer. We knew mornings were going to greet us with temperatures in the high 30s so I bought the largest pork shoulder Costco had for sale.

Roughly 17–20 pounds of ex-pig is smoking on the BGE now. It should be ready to pull apart in about 10 hours or so. We can't wait!

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writing

A Post a Day Keeps My Conscience at Bay

2019-11-02

I'm no artist so Inktober isn't my bag, but I am a writer at heart and every November I think about NaNoWriMo. Though I have never followed through with an attempt to write a novel from scratch in 31 days, I do plan to write something on this site every day for the rest of this month.

Length nor quality are concerns for me. My only goal is publishing something consistently every day. It may be a tweet-length thought, a standard 400-word article, a 1,000-word essay, or a 10,000-word think piece (although the latter isn't likely).

Buckle up with me, buy the ticket, take the ride. With any luck I will build up a habit this month. After all, the only way to be a writer is to write.

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food video

Popping a Pod: No Way to Consume Alcohol

First watch this, which is apparently a real thing.

Then, watch this clip from Parks & Recreation to hear Ron Swanson sum it up.

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music video

Here Comes the Sun (2019)

Whimsical. Nostalgic. Damn near perfect.

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art music

Come Together (on one guitar)!

This is a cool thing I found thanks to The Loop.

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music

20 Styles of Enter Sandman

This is pretty great.

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art music

Making Zildjian Cymbals

It’s amazing how many steps Zildjian takes to craft each unique cymbal.

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humor video

Seth & Rihanna Day Drinking

One of the funniest videos that caught me off guard

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nerd technology writing

Fast Software, the Best Software — by Craig Mod

Fast Software, the Best Software — by Craig Mod:

Software that’s speedy usually means it’s focused. Like a good tool, it often means that it’s simple, but that’s not necessarily true. Speed in software is probably the most valuable, least valued asset. To me, speedy software is the difference between an application smoothly integrating into your life, and one called upon with great reluctance. Fastness in software is like great margins in a book — makes you smile without necessarily knowing why.

John Gruber posted about this article over at The Daring Fireball and he’s right. It is a delightful read for a nerdier audience and hammers home some excellent points about software.

If you are so inclined, give it a read.

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culture humor video

Bosom Buddies Remake (Updated with more!)

One of the weirdest, funniest things I’ve seen in a while.

Update! Found another one.

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brain

Know When You’re Full

“I’m full.”:

A few months ago, I started telling Anne, “I’m full,” when we are out with friends, my brain has had enough social interaction, and I’ve crossed a threshold from having fun to feeling overwhelmed. When I get full, it’s time for me to leave, and I don’t beat myself up for that…

I get this and it is so good. Introverts of the world unite!

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culture life

London Calling is “Our Bar”

Https live staticflickr com 7912 47380447732 ae5fc32bdcMy wife and I are members at a Chattanooga speakeasy called London Calling and we love the House Rules shared in their incredible spring menu (they update the menu as the seasons change).

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culture music video

Guitars of Thrones

Who will sit on the Iron Throne…of Rock?!

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art culture movies

Star Wars Edited Scene

To quote Darth Vader, “Impressive.”

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music

The Man Who Remade Playing Guitar

May solos in one.