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All photos by Mama. God, she’s gotten so big.

Date posted: August 24, 2016 | Filed under comparison, finn, photo | Leave a Comment »

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August 7

We’ve had a clutch of five baby bunnies living in our driveway for over two weeks now. Their mother apparently had no idea how to select a safe, protected nest for her children, so she abandoned them out in the open, where any crow, fox, cat, dog, or Finley could find them. Jen sprung into action and dug them out a proper nest, added paper bedding, and found a plastic organizer to put over them. Since then they’ve sprouted hair, opened their eyes, grown three times their original size, and are now venturing out of the nest. Mom seems to come and feed them at dusk, and they seem to be healthy; Jen has a dedicated following on Instagram demanding daily updates.

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Date posted: August 18, 2016 | Filed under life | Leave a Comment »

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Date posted: August 14, 2016 | Filed under finn, photo | Leave a Comment »

Jen and I are dealing with sore throats, runny noses, and overall malaise due to a summer cold. Finn doesn’t seem to be suffering the same way we are even though we got it from her.

I met up with my old friend Logan on Monday night at the Brewer’s Art, which was like a double flashback. We haven’t seen each other in years, probably going on 10. He was a fellow classmate at MICA in the day but I didn’t really get to know him until after we were out of school. I had a job at Hopkins and he was running his own screenprinting shop, and we fed each other jobs, spending a lot of time in the basement of the Brewer’s Art, which was centrally located between my apartment and his studio. He moved out of Baltimore sometime around the millenium for L.A., and has since built a globe-trotting career as a stencil artist based out of New York. We spent about three hours drinking, catching up, talking about our kids, and laughing. I got home at 1AM, long after my normal bedtime, and paid for it all day Tuesday.

Date posted: August 3, 2016 | Filed under friends | Leave a Comment »

Video by Howard County REACT

We drove through this area hours before everything was swept away. I don’t know how they’re going to be able to rebuild it all.

Date posted: July 31, 2016 | Filed under Baltimore | Leave a Comment »

Glamour shot I really don’t have much to update here. Peer Pressure has been getting regular exercise each weekend and running like a champ, if not a little rich. I had 20 free minutes last weekend and was able to get a bunch of vise grips on the seat belt bolts in the bed so that I could loosen and spin them 180˚ so that they’d be easier for Finn to grab. I did loosen the bolts on the Tuffy console to shift it forward but it didn’t budge. The bolts are long enough that there’s no adjustment possible, so I’m going to need to drill three new holes in the bottom of the console to get it to move. This will allow for the rear seat to fold and tumble easily.
Date posted: July 30, 2016 | Filed under Scout | Comments Off on Quiet Update

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Date posted: July 29, 2016 | Filed under finn, photo | Leave a Comment »

Satan’s Hairy Armpit is upon us, with temperatures in the mid 100’s, and all of our air conditioners are cranking. Jen asked me to haul them all outside and clean them out earlier in the summer, and I’m glad she did; they were all disgusting inside, full of black yuck and gunk in the bottom. I disassembled each, sprayed them with mildew killer, hosed them out, and sat them to dry in the sunlight. Now they’re keeping us cool without spraying our lungs full of tuberculosis as we sleep.


I’m considering taking out a home equity line of credit before the election, as I don’t think the new bathroom will be completed without it. We can’t seem to get any traction going in there, and now that I’m not freelancing as much as I used to, I don’t have extra cash appearing magically to throw at it. I have no idea what the markets will do if either candidate wins (but I can guess what will happen if Trump is elected) so I think it’s time to get a fixed APR locked in before everything goes in the shitter.


I’ve been batch processing all of my digital photos from the last 10 years from camera RAW format to JPG, so that I can back them up to Amazon Photo. We get the storage free through Prime, and even though I’ve got two backups of my photos (one in the basement and one in my desk at the office) I’d like to have a third somewhere else. Amazon Photo doesn’t take RAW files, so I set up a simple batch action to open, process, save, and close them into a single folder, which then gets uploaded en masse. I tried finding a script that weeded out any JPG files (why open and resave them?) to filter out everything but what I wanted, but found the documentation poor and once again bonked my head on the low ceiling of my Javascript abilities. So, I gave up and relied on the base batch processor to take care of 2014 and 2013, and being OK with the fact that it’s saving them all at a lower quality for the sake of size.

Date posted: July 28, 2016 | Filed under geek, house | Leave a Comment »

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Date posted: July 26, 2016 | Filed under family, photo | Leave a Comment »

In the end, the exploitation of anti-government sentiment by Republican leaders, and the active efforts on their part to make all government look corrupt and illegitimate, reached its logical conclusion. The Republican political establishment looked no less corrupt, weak, and illegitimate than the Democratic one, and the appeal of a rank outsider became greater.

Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann do a great job of analyzing the overall Republican strategy of the last 30 years, and how it begat Trump as their candidate.

Date posted: July 22, 2016 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »