Photo of a digital thermometer displaying gibberish characters

Judging from conditions on my windowsill thermometer, today’s forecast is Cthulhu.

Pasta cooking in a saucepan

Spaghetti and sardines

Cappuccino and a Switch with Dragon's Dogma on the screen

I’m taking the day off. So far, so good.

Photo of a bolt in a steel railing

I was out walking this morning and spied a big bolt.

@kitt I thought of your circles when I edited this up!

Adulting pretty aggressively today: Cleaning the garage, taking can after can of ancient paint to the city’s drop-off day (yay!), descaling the coffee machine, fixing a bike tire, and making yogurt in the Instant Pot.

Fuji X-T30 camera sitting on a kitchen counter

My new jam: Fuji X-T30. So far I’m really enjoying it. While I love my X100S and the X-T30 doesn’t feel quite as good, it still handles nicely, and its autofocus and low light performance are so great. It’s really fun to have a new, dedicated picture-taker to carry, again.

Photo of album “Fever Breaks” on a turntable

It’s New Josh Ritter Album Week!

📚 The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Often gory adventure in a mysterious fantasy world that reminded me of the Dishonored setting. CW for violent treatment of women in particular that makes me reluctant to recommend, even though I enjoyed the intricate heist-like plots.

Photo of a cutting board with tomatoes, basil, spaghetti and a box of calamari Photo of a bowl of spaghetti with tomatoes and calamari

Friends, I know my wife loves me in part because she doesn’t like fishy things yet she bought me these fancy tins of calamari and sardines anyway. Tonight she went on a Business Dinner and I went on a date with spaghetti with pomodoro e calamari. I’m in my pasta happy place.

Currently: wagging my finger at web sites that embed podcast players such that Huffduffer can’t find the audio file.

Photo of a dark-colored cocktail

Friday evening Manhattan 👍

Geotag Photos Pro

I gave Geotag Photos Pro a trial last weekend and it did a great job storing geolocation info on a photo walk around my downtown. The desktop app worked perfectly to sync that data with the photos I took. This is a nice solution to geotagging pics from the ‘big’ camera.

Do you mean you’re looking to move away from Instagram and post directly to m.b? Since you’re using the m.b. hosted blog I think that sunlit should do exactly what you want without any fuss. I use quill for this, but have been meaning to try Sunlit again, myself.

Photo of the wires and pipes inside an espresso machine

I took apart my espresso machine yesterday to troubleshoot the solenoid and pump. That was a good puzzle! Especially the solenoid, which is nestled intricately beneath several other parts. After cleaning and reassembling, it seems to be working once again, for now.

(This is a test reply using monocle.)

Photo of an album on turntable, with cover behind it showing big Spider Man eyes

New vinyl Friday!

Photo of an AeroPress box

My espresso machine broke down today (solenoid that I think I can replace) so I got myself a backup plan and have been reading up on AeroPress recipes.

Good night I’m going to be so insufferable as AeroPress Guy.

Oh, dear, they just said suh-GWAR-oh on this NPR story about Arivaca, AZ.

I bragged the other day about my rock-based repair of my sprinkler controller, so it should surprise nobody that I have spent most of my day replacing the thing after it failed entirely and refused to respond to any sort of geology-oriented solutions.

Fuji X Weekly

Nice photo blog focused on Fuji X cameras, with a bunch of custom film modes to experiment with. Imagine my surprise to start scrolling through and see photos of my old hometown!

Circuit board with wires and a rock stuffed behind it.

Fig 1: The circuit board in my sprinkler control box with its sophisticated “cram rock behind it” repair technique.

I’d like to say this is a temporary fix, but I stuffed the rock in there a year ago.

📚Finished The Stars are Legion. It’s a wild, inventive story of warring factions of women aboard giant living spaceship-worlds, weird organic everything (including monsters and cephalopod cannons), and an intriguing plot.

Photo of a black and white dog with big sweet eyes

She possesses the very definition of puppy dog eyes.

📚Finished Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches by John Hodgman yesterday. A fun set of essays on being an adult and figuring out grown-up friendships. Hodgman balances these with touching, insightful passages about grief and learning to say goodbye on the early passing of his mother.

📚Finished The Changeling by Victor LaVelle. Compelling (maybe a little long) read mixing family legacy, race, social media and … monsters.