Watched an episode of HALT & CATCH FIRE last night. I watched the entire series a few years back, but I forgot how good it is and how well drawn the characters are from the jump.

When I STAR an article in my RSS or SAVE a movie on Netflix it makes me feel like I read it or watched it.

THE EXPANSE season 4 started off slow slow, and I didn’t care about the people or the plot, and the accents were annoying - but then around E5 is picked up the pieces and became amazing.

Update June 28, 2020

Sherman, our dog, got pwned by the visiting dog of a friend (Piper). He got pinned on his back in his own yard, which must feel embarrassing. He’s going to stay with them during our upcoming visit days.

COVID-19 update: we used the last of the Grubhub gift card to order TEX MEX. Why live in TX if you never eat TEX MEX food? Now I will make a heretical statement: the Mexican food where I moved from in Iowa is equally good to the vaunted TEX MEX of Texas. I made the mistake of having our food delivered instead of picking it up. This morning I also ate the wrong piece of coffee cake.

In other news, I am discouraged by the division in our country on simple things like MASKS. Then again, maybe those are just the Twitter bots posing as “citizen journalists.”

Technology updates: I rolled back to Mojave on my old unsupported Mac, thanks to a series of nagging Catalina bugs. My neighbor gifted me an HDMI cable. TV update: I found out that Midnight Diner & Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories are separate shows in Netflix.

COVID-19 update #6: We have accrued an incredible amount of plastic bags left over from school lunch pickups. I’ve been watching David Lynch’s weather reports on YT. The splint on my injured hand got cut back above the wrist today. It’s not always coffee in dads coffee cup.

Graduation happening for Marielle’s school today. At TX Motor Speedway. Cool place to graduate, all things considered. She’s helping. Getting an officially branded school mask.

I’m pretty jealous of the astronauts today, because leaving the planet for a few days seems like a fine option right now. 

Current status: sitting in the backyard, tending the fire, working on my stretching finger. Everyone else is in the tent, camping out in the yard, watching Cars.

Caught my finger in my dog’s halter a few weeks ago and haven’t been able to move the tip of my finger since. Finally went to the doc today. Heading in for tendon surgery tomorrow morning. Having even a 50% working extra finger will be awesome.

My wife is at a senior high school celebration event. Which is great. but it also looks like a football tailgater and not a responsible event held in the context of a pandemic.

Why??????

My daughter just invited me to meet her at her skeleton horse ranch. In Minecraft, of course.

NOW PLAYING: Covid-19 Quarantine

Albums in my iTunes queue for today for around the house listening. Lot of around the house time these days - even more than usual - but the usual still involves A LOT of around the house time.

  1. Richard Dawson - 2020
  2. Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
  3. Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
  4. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V: Together
  5. Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts VI: Locusts
  6. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
  7. Wilco - Summerteeth
  8. Paul McCartney - McCartney II
  9. Julia Holter - Aviary
  10. My Bloody Valentine - MBV
  11. Sonic Youth - Washing Machine
  12. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

Just now considered watching THE WIRE again. I watched it all back in 2008. What a ride it was then. Plus Prime Video plays it in the new 16:9 reformatted version. Then again, do I have time to watch a TV show through??

COVID-19 update #5: I am eating lots of bread. This is the only time in the past decade I have truly wished for a printer. I fill the house with the sounds of distant talking.

COVID 19 update #4 - my daughter can’t find the way back to her ranch in Minecraft. The dog is having the time of his life. My middle son started calling Swiss Cake Rolls “Wonderpants.” The baby is nearly crawling.

COVID-19 update #3 - It is Monday. It is Monday. IT IS MONDAY - not Saturday or Sunday. Monday. I discovered that the mark that indicates the toaster setting is in a difference spot that I’d previously thought - so I’ve been toasting everything wrong.

COVID-19 update #2: the kids’ preschool is set to reopen 3/30 pending any orders from on high. With curbside drop off only. Parents not allowed in the building. Also, we haven’t eaten all the falafel. It is raining again and again and again.

Making drones in Tardigrain & Nils in AUM

I made a video to show how I’m using AUM to process live guitar. My first efforts at making weird drones in the granular & glitchy sampling apps Tardigrain & Nils. All done on my iPad.

COVID 19 update 1: we are making fallafel today. The robot vacuum ran on MAX mode and couldn’t find its way home. I am formulating an arrangement of MARVELOUS LIGHT in my head I hope to finish soon.

I finished BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

First I want to mention the biggest surprise I had while watching BSG: that John Hodgman appeared in a late S4 episode. That caught me off guard. He looked so young.

But what a show overall. Almost 20 years on it looks somewhat dated - and one can see that it was produced by a fledgling niche TV network. But those limits couldn’t constrain the force of these actors and these characters and the basic essence of humanity upon which this show was built. After I had finished watching, I found myself weeping inwardly at the loss of it being over. I carried that loss around inside for several days.

What was it about Battlestar that resonated with me so much? The religious themes, check. The hokey philosophy, check. The underlying mystery that turns out to be a macguffin, check. The zoom out to the big picture at the end, check. The people. It was all about the people, for me. You can’t forget these characters, drawn in big operatic fashion. And you feel for their journeys.

Highly recommended. And now can’t wait for the Esmail Corp reboot.

There was a coffee shop in Iowa City around 2004-I think it was called Hennepin Coffee-it was downtown at Iowa Ave and Linn-they served coffee in pint beer glasses with cardboard sleeves to protect from the heat.

Me: Why do you enjoy causing me so much grief?

Daughter: haha yes. Grief is a funny word.

Update Feb 2020

I did not participate in the Iowa Caucuses - I never have, and I likely never will. The baby is beginning to nap somewhat more regularly - but he’s waking up right now. I figured out how to clean impacted earwax out of my left AirPod. The pressure of finding out what happens in S4 of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is becoming too much to bear. The Aldi single origin coffees are cool and good and tasty. I replaced my 1972 Fender Champ with a single pedal and I feel like a traitor.

Some things I do for fun on the weekend

A partial list of some odd ways I enjoy spending “leisure” time on the weekend.

  1. Erase and completely factory reset my iPhone, then restore from backup
  2. Disconnect and reconnect all my various wifi router devices.
  3. Repeatedly plug and replug old micro USB charging cables in futile attempts to make them do their job
  4. Update the software on the kids FIRE tablets
  5. Snake ethernet cable out to the TV and streaming boxes to save on bandwidth
  6. Scan for new over the air channels on both TV’s

Odd STAR WARS moment I will most remember from SKYWALKER RISE: the chimp expertly welding together Kylo Ren’s helmet. Where did that guy come from?

Finally saw the latest STAR WARS. It was fine. I honestly wanted to see it mostly so I could listen to the podcasts about it in my back catalog. But as an evening out, it was fun times.

Watching the STAR WARS prequels for the first time since they were in theaters. These movies are not as bad as the purists would have you believe. Come on now, people.

My wife, in her infinite wisdom, looked at the offical calendar and discovered that the kids don’t return to school until tomorrow. Right as I was getting geared up to get them ready and out the door.

→ ONCE in Royal (more traditional acoustic version)

“And he shares in all our sadness And he sahres in all our gladness”

→ ONCE in Royal (fast and slightly noisy version)

I’ve been working on some Christmas arrangements. Please enjoy this one. I try to show my love for the carols of yore through reinterpretation. Even though my vocals didn’t come out well in this version (I’ll revisit those at some point) it was still fun to put this together.

→ Ghibli movies finally available digitally

These have been available from libraries for years, but this is a welcome leap into modernity for Ghibli. They’re also all coming to HBO Max this spring. My entire family loooooves the films.

My New Opinion

NOTE: This is my opinion. It may differ from your own thoughts - and that's OK.

I think that the main area (of many) in which the media have gone wrong in their coverage and relationship with President Trump is that they cover him as if he believes words matter, that what he says actually represents his true thoughts, and that there is such a thing as objective truth that can be ascertained. The President believes none of these things.

Granted, I don’t know his heart - but I still think these things are true.

Don’t share this with anyone - but I often will purposefully smack my lips loudly when eating alone. I forget whether I’ve ever shared this before - but like I said, please keep it to yourself.

Lo HOW a Rose (Acoustic)

I’ve been working on some versions of classic Christmas church songs. Hope you enjoy it.

https://youtu.be/

Where Alan Jackson comes from they’re trying hard to get to heaven, but that’s not how heaven works.

On Binge Watching

NOTE: This is my opinion. It may differ from your own thoughts - and that's OK.

I feel that Netflix has made the world worse by releasing entire seasons of shows in giant dollops instead of doling them out week by week, or even month by month. We can’t control ourselves, and they know this - and darn it if they want allllll of our attention - and darn it if their tech and distribution strategy doesn’t lock us down to the couch and force feed us - instead of delight and tease us.

Now beginning to admit that I guess I like science fiction. Watching BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - and I’ll be up all night Friday watching the new season of THE EXPANSE.

Space drama!

Iowa License Plates

NOTE: This is my opinion. It may differ from your own thoughts - and that's OK.

The new blackout plates are cool. The redesign that blatanly copied Nebrasksa was bad. The old retro all plain blue plates were awesome. The more recent lighter blue w/ DM skyline is still the best.

Watched the Disney+ version of STAR WARS last night. Can’t get enough of M’CLUNKEY. Funniest thing I’ve seen in my entire life.

One of my favorite #impeachmenthearings details: David Holmes being able to clearly hear President Trump’s voice without being on speaker while Sondland held it away from his face. We’ve all met people with voices like that - that just carry without effort - so perfectly fits the President’s demeanor.

Sondland has been sipping from his coffee cup A LOT - way more than any other witness. Doesn’t mean anything except that he’s going to need to take more frequent bathroom breaks.

I’ve decided to take up the nickname “America’s Mayor.”

I love watching the #ImpeachmentHearings on C-Span because they don’t cut away from the room during breaks - just show the goings on and mannerisms and conversation and what’s generally happening among folks. Just people milling around.

→ Rich Mullins on Momentary Pleasures

Rich was a good writer and a poet and he saw the best in all of us.