Snowpocalypse 2018

The kids have been waiting for some good snow fall for two years now. The snow we got the previous week was a tease but this week's forecast really riled them up. Unfortunately, the snow kept getting pushed back and back until finally it started to snow in the afternoon.…

Builds: Cat Condo and Laptop Stand

Earlier this year we purchased a Ryobi cordless tool set and a Ryobi table saw. Nothing fancy but impressive upgrades from what we had... which wasn't much! Cat Condo Project In the past, we've made the cats insulated homes from plastic totes. But they get nasty and nobody cleans them…

The Four Way Test

Lately I have struggled with the America "I remember" versus the America "I see before me". I am aware that there is a bias at work that paints my past as rosier than it really is. Still, when I run into words like these, I wonder…

Po the Pathfinder: origins

I owned a VW Golf while we lived in Germany. I loved that car. It was simple. No crazy gadgets. No power steering. No air conditioning. No fuel injection. No power brakes. Just car. I loved that car, alas, it didn't make sense to bring it back to the states…

I heart pens

When I have an emergent idea or thought that I need to record, I usually do it on paper. I have a subscription to Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive. I even keep a private Github repo available for simple text notes. Still, the first place I go to mind dump is…

Mind dump: The last few months

It's interesting how life just happens. It cliché but it's true. One moment your having a margarita, the next minute you find out your little family is about to be a lot less little. I mostly just want to mind dump some thoughts and maybe I'll elaborate on them later…