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you know how a coupla years back, just as the Outrage Machine was really starting to hum, there was this orthogonal push to stop tweeting about your lunch, because nobody cares about your sandwich? that was the thing I loved best about Twitter: people sharing their most mundane, their most regular experiences. It's like a warm blanket, mercifully free of judgement and outrage. I'm no Buddhist, but I really dig the concept of the sacredness of the every day.

I had grilled cheese with bacon, btw.

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A (revised) introduction... 

Hey. I'm a guy in his 40s doing platform engineering at AWS (sorry). I'm married to the best person I know. We're raising twin 6yr old twin boys to be empathetic, careful and considered members of society, I hope. It's really hard.

I dig . I drink . I play and run . I have a half-blind greyhound, Rufus; he's a lovable idiot.

I post random nonsense about my day, music I'm listening to, and what I'm having for lunch.

I'm watching Colville's old series of creating a fighter in every edition of and as someone who didn't come to until his 40s I have no nostalgia for this stuff. Accordingly I'm astonished by the design of these systems, that any kid would try to read and understand *any* of this, let alone enough kids that it would become the cultural force it was by 1982. AD&D is madness. I get the sense folks just ignored half the ruleset.

food (pho) 

back in the pot: turkey pho broth underway using the roasted bone broth from Thursday.


The only reason to roast a turkey is to get all thst boring meat out of the way so you can roast the bones for stock.

Other digital housecleaning today: fixed @notplaying, finally reenabled backups on my laptop, did a system update on the media server, mothballed the synapse and madsonic servers and reviewed traffic stats on the gateway.

I'm having a lot of issues with control in my life these days, so it felt good to scrub the virtual floors. Now if only I could bring myself to scrub the actual floors...

Spent the afternoon of my first day off setting up icecast and liquidsoap to let me broadcast background music to my remote D&D players. Currently I'm pointing a bluetooth speaker at my mic, which ~works but is a bit loud for me and my wife, who are at the table.

It's currently online[1] streaming a randomized selection of a ridiculous humble bundle of royalty-free music[2] if you're interested for some reason.


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Also from last night's , in which we finished our halloween special WRAITHBUSTERS event, here is the stat sheet for Gozer the Gozerian, in the form of a Giant Sloar!

For a fun time I recommend not taking apart your dishwasher and cleaning the filters, water intake and sprayers. I also recommend not jamming your finger into your dishwasher's food chipper blades.


✅ dremelled the front half of the noodle horse
✅ paid bills
✅ bought new sheets
✅ dusted/vacuumed 80%
✅ fixed the vacuum
✅ vacuumed remaining 20%
✅ dishes
✅ groceries
✅ boardgames with the boys
✅ exhausted by 30% of my wife's daily routine

food (milkshake) 

sometimes everything is okay. but sometimes you need an espresso milkshake made with homemade nutella swirl ice cream to make it that way.

Sprawlopolis is a delightful little puzzle about building cities that makes me want to apologise to everyone who lives there.

this went surprisingly well! about 10 minutes to teach and walk through the first turn, reminders for the first couple of rounds, and then we were off to the dice races.

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In what could be an ambitious disaster, I am going to attempt to teach the boys Roll For the Galaxy.

Scientists believe they may have found that pesky missing 40% of matter in the universe. Science: it works bitches!

Just took apart the burr chamber on my mazzer mini and gave it a thorough cleaning for the first time in, well, ever. expelled maybe 6g of coffee grinds from the housing, but the burrs were mostly clean and shiny. This thing is a tank!

Unfortunately it retains something like 2g of every grind, unless you clear the chute and then give it a quick spin. Not designed to be a single dose grinder. I'd trade it in for a Niche Zero or something but nothing comes close for consistency.

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