How did I not know about LXC Containers?

Back when I first was working on replacing my Pogoplug (the original BabyLuigi), I was looking at potentially using it to learn about Docker in addition to creating virtual machines that were actually useful instead of just playing around with VMs for looking at Linux distros. The benefit of Docker was to have the isolation of VMs without the overhead of VMs. Also, since it was trending pretty hard, I figured it’d be good for my career to have some experience with it. So I spent a few weeks researching Docker and playing around with some of the online demos. I read lots about how it was used and how to avoid the usual pitfalls. But in the end I went with a VM that did a bit more than I wanted; I’d wanted to separate services so that updating one thing wouldn’t cause me to lose everything. However, the more I looked into it, the more it looked like unnecessary headache without enough of a benefit. Dockers were SO isolated that if you wanted to run a LAMP stack you had to run at least 3 Docker containers and find a way to string them together and have a separate pool of storage they could all access.

Recently I’ve been hanging around in the Home Lab subreddit. There are a lot of people in there like me who enjoy learning about computing and using it to make things easier (if a bit more complex) at home. It pairs well with the Self Hosted subreddit, another thing that is important to me because of how many services have been changed or dropped (see Google Reader) from under me. I prefer to be in charge of things on my own. In that subreddit I heard about LXC – Linux Containers. I was intrigued and after I came across it again, I did some research. LXC is what I wanted Docker to be (which makes sense since Docker is forked from LXC). It allows you to run what is essentially a VM without the overhead of simulating hardware. I’ve seen some webpages that claim you can get 41 LXC containers where you’d be able to fit about 2 VMs. I haven’t seen anything that high in the Home Lab subreddit, but I HAVE seen some pretty impressive densities. Since I don’t have the money for a computer that could hold the number of VMs I’d love to run, I’m going to be exploring LXC containers. I’ll blog about my progress so you can learn along with me. I’m pretty excited about learning this new tech.

Review: Tithe

Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales, #1)Tithe by Holly Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another book from that Humble Bundle that had a bunch of Simon and Schuster YA books. This book was OK. Not my cup of tea, but not bad. As I said in my status updates, Ms Black is pretty good at subverting my expectations. I’ll get back to this in a moment.

For someone who could not really care less about “the fey” as fairies are apparently called, especially if they’re spelled “faerie”, I’ve ended up with a lot of fey books via various bundles. So there are lots of tropes I’m not familiar with, like the fact that faeries are apparently deathly allergic to iron. Why is that? Does it have to do with why we don’t see faeries now? Because of the iron age of humans? Luckily, this book was written for people were a little less familiar because it explained things like changelings, kupies, and the iron allergy.

Between reddit, Goodreads, and other forums, I’ve seen a lot of debates about adults reading YA. Frankly, I think a good story is a good story. My current position (subject to change with experience and age) is that the only annoying thing about YA can be the fact that the older you, the less tolerance you have for teenage BS. My traditional example is rooting for Ariel in Disney’s Little Mermaid as she rebels against the authoritarian regime of her father’s rule vs watching as an adult and realizing she’s a spoiled little brat who’s lucky as eff she doesn’t end up dead or sexually used and abused.

What’s often neat about YA, by contrast, is that it’s often pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Adult fiction is so staid…so risk-averse like the movie industry. Meanwhile in YA we have lots of women protagonists, people of color, LGBT people, etc. Unlike Middlegrade books, the characters can also be a little more realistic and a little less black and white in terms of morality. This often leads me to have some caveats on my reviews when it comes to the fact that some parents are more liberal and some are more conservative. Some authors are like – YA == teens and teens have sex so everyone needs to be boning. When it comes to this book – I have to say that I disagree slightly with Jilly’s (a GR friend) review. While this book’s main character (Kaye) is not a good role model for teens, I have some hopes for her as a character. What are her flaws: she actively skips school, she smokes, she relishes the attention her best friend’s boyfriend gives her and does not stop him from kissing her. All very mild by YA standards. But I think there isn’t much glamorized about her faults and even Kaye is often disappointed at where she is in life. No goodie-two-shoes kid is going to read about Kaye and decide to be like her. What I do hope is that if some kid who’s on the same track as Kaye reads this book they can see themselves in the character and perhaps become life-long readers (which will serve them well in life) and/or change course. Of course, there’s also option 3 – a kid who’s never going to act like Kaye, but can live vicariously through her. Just like I don’t have any misconceptions about the evils of killing, but it can be fun to act in cartooney violence in Team Fortress 2.

So, let’s get to the story itself. The story initially sets itself up the same way as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Kaye used to play with faeries as a kid, but hasn’t seen them since her family moved out of Jersey. Her mom is in a band, rather than perhaps asking the grandma to watch over Kaye (or some other stabilizing situation) turns her into a roadie. So Kaye becomes a bad girl…although, as I said above, VERY TAME compared to the kids I knew in school. Sure, I ran with the goodie-two-shoes kids, but I had friends all over school and if even half of what they claimed to do was true at the time, Kaye’s pretty mild. Shoot, she doesn’t even do drugs, she just smokes. Things go awry and Kaye and her mom move back to Jersey to temporarily live with grams. Kaye hooks back up with her literal trailer park friend and they get up to teenage mischief, including going to an abandoned building where Kaye almost gets raped by her friend’s boyfriend. The faeries make an appearance and we learn that Kaye wasn’t just making things up as a kid.

I’m going to stop here in case you actually want to read the book. Because Ms Black has quite a few twists and turns that were entertaining for someone like me that is such a trope nerd, he barely ever gets surprised watching TV or movies. I think a good book subverts my expectations at least once. This book does it multiple times, including one almost Fight Club-level twist. (I’ll admit some of this could be due to me not being a fey nerd)

What things did I really like that aren’t spoilery:
-There’s a gay character who isn’t a stereotype. In fact, until he reveals that he’s gay there’s nothing to betray that fact. I’m of the opinion that when it comes to non-standard characters (non-white, middle class male) what’s best is to have a character that is in most ways no different than a standard character except for a few things that are informed by the difference. For example, an African American character doesn’t have to have ghetto-speak or even come from the wrong side of the tracks. But perhaps, especially in today’s environment, he could have a slightly heightened suspicion of authority. The gay character in this book is like that. There are some things that are informed by the fact that he’s gay, but he’s not a walking stereotype.
-Kaye feels very conflicted about her near rape. I’m not female bodied, so I’ll never had the same understanding of rape as a woman, but from what I’ve heard, some girls/women end up feeling extremely conflicted about the emotions and bodily reactions. Some feel weird or shamed or guilty if some part of them enjoyed it or even feel betrayed if their body was willing (I’m going to leave it there to not get too explicit here) and Kaye is no exception. Especially because the rape doesn’t happen and her teenage hormones, it makes sense.
-Related to that, I like that Kaye feels unsure of how she’s reacting with her best friend’s bf. I think this can persist into adulthood (to a stronger or weaker degree depending on the person), but as a teen, it can be hard in the moment to override hormones, desire, etc if someone’s in your personal space. Since the guy is actively going after her rather than the opposite, it makes it even more complicated. She’s not doing anything to make this guy pursue her so there’s less guilt compared to if she was actively trying to steal her friend’s man. Also, given her nomadic lifestyle and self-described weirdness, maybe she’s extra jonesing for some intimacy because she hasn’t had much/any?
-Again, without getting into spoilers, I really like that there’s a lot more shades of grey with the motivations of many characters, especially the fey. I get this is a bit of trope with fey fiction, but other than the one Discworld novel that dealt with faeries, I’m not used to them being anything but Tinkerbells.

Wow, this review really ballooned beyond where I thought it would go when I started writing. So, who do I recommend this to? If you’re an adult who’s not REALLY into YA, it might be a bit too kiddie for you. But if you really like YA and like faerie/fey stuff, jump right in. If you’re a teen – it’s going to depend on whether you’re into faerie stuff and/or Kaye’s life seems authentic or not to your experience. If you’re a parent – I personally think this is one of the mildest YA books I’ve read in terms of objectionable stuff. (Shoot, the kids I grew up with who went to church 3 times a week did more sexually than Kaye does) I’d only avoid if you’re one of those super religious people who don’t let their kids read Harry Potter. If your kids are less than teenage, but advanced at reading – you might want to have an open dialogue or offer an open dialogue with your kid so they can talk about anything that makes them uncomfortable. Although Kaye and someone she ends up in bed with don’t do anything other than kiss – there is the fact that she’s sharing the bed with someone she’s attracted to. Also, (view spoiler)

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Review: The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1)The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been very interesting reading this book. As someone who started reading SF in the 80s, I’ve read my share of American Cold War SF. But I’ve never read a full length Chinese SF novel. As I’ve often commented, what’s interesting with other cultures is seeing where we’re similar and where we’re different. For example, Da Shi, the cop, is similar to a detective cop in a American fiction. That makes sense – a detective is essentially an amateur psychologist. And humans are very similar in a lot of ways, including in the way in which criminals think. Some of the differences in the way the characters think or act defy an easy characterization, but showcase how our cultures think differently.

The book starts off in the Cultural Revolution. This was the most depressing part of the book because it actually happened. Chinese officials decided, “yeah, we’ll become an awesome country by killing all the people who know stuff.” This sets up the motivations for Ye, our main character.

A big plot point revolves around a video game called Third Body. This part of the book reminded me a lot of The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer. It’s a great way to get some more technical issues across to the audience without simply having an info dump.

While it starts off as a subtle effect from what seems like a few throwaway lines, a lot of the book seems to be written in the future talking about past events – even the stuff that takes place in the “present”. This gives off a similar effect to reading the first Foundation book by Asimov. There’s an inevitability there that provides a sense of anxiety. This is given away a bit by the name of the trilogy – “Remembrance of Earth’s Past”. But someone who just sees the book without going to Goodreads might not know that.

A couple other small things. I like that Mr Cixin gets creative in the story-telling. Some chapters are reports and others are interviews while the greatest chunk of the book is a straight-forward storytelling. It allows him to use the best way to get across various points. I also like the poetry of two moments in the book as symmetrical moments. One person on Earth and one person elsewhere who have similar decisions to make for opposite reasons; the way those chapters mirror each other is great.

While this book could somewhat stand on its own, it is a LOT of setup and it just has me very curious to read what’s in store in the rest of the trilogy. I definitely recommend it if you want a very different kind of story.

Unrelated to this book specifically – it’s the last book on my reading challenge. Challenge complete with 4 more months to go.

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Review: A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, I’m done….I’m caught up. What a journey this has been. If one of the previous books was about the fallout from the War of Five Kings upon the smallfolk of Westeros, this book was about the fallout among the prominent families and rules of the kingdoms. It looks like everything is now ready for the climax of book 6 and denouement of book 7.

Because I’ve always been more of a science fiction fan than a fantasy fan, I came to the books of A Song of Ice and Fire through the HBO series Game of Thrones. So I have oft found myself comparing the plot in the TV show to the plot in the books. I’ve been mentioning in reviews for a few years now that I’ve come to terms with adaptations being just that: adaptations. It doesn’t make sense to port a story from one medium to another without changing it to fit that medium. Overall, I think HBO’s Benioff and Weiss have done a great job distilling GRRM’s massive tome into a cohesive show. I’m not a fan of the sexposition or the increase in rape vs the books, but the show as a whole has been good. Until now, that is.

What drew me to the show was the political intrigue. Again, I’m not a huge fantasy fan so that wasn’t really the draw. And for most of season 1 it could have been an alternate history show. But B&W’s strict adherance to a 74 hour long show has led them to strip more and more out of the show until it feels as though the show is just pogo stick jumping from one location to the next without anything of consequence happening. Or without allowing for the emotional resonance.

A Dance with Dragons really explained why various factions were aligning with this person or that one. It was full of moments of pathos. And Jon wasn’t killed by some whiny kid and a bratty Alisser Thorne. He was killed because the book made clear that the Watch was running out of food, Jon was giving many of the abandoned castles to the wildlings, and he seemed to be taking part in Stannis’ war. Additionally, and crucially, Jon was going to abandon his post to go fight Ramsay rather than in the show where he’s like – “Well, I’d serve till I die and I’ve died. Peace!”

Also, nothing annoyed me more than the removal of the epilogue in which Varys is a total badass. The show gives us this lame, unbelievable moment between Qyburn and Pycelle in which Qyburn claims not to bear any ill will towards Pycelle, but he has to die. It’s delivered unbelievably and also why wouldn’t Qyburn be pissed at Pycelle? Pycelle’s been trying to undermine him ever since he got to Kings Landing. Although by this point in the narrative it’s pretty clear that everything is happening because of the machinations of Varys and Littlefinger (not working together) (and even more clear than in the TV show) he’s mostly been portrayed as this tittering guy who can barely contain his giggles. This scene was just such a great turn of personality that I wish it’d been in the show.

As usual, I love GRRM’s writing. Some of my favorite quotes:
“Is this Dornish wine?” Tyrion asked him once, as he pulled a stopper from a skin. “It reminds me of a certain snake I knew. A droll fellow, till a mountain fell on him.”

“I used to think that it got cold up in the Dornish Marches. What did I know?” Nothing , thought Jon Snow, the same as me .

“How is it that the Spider became so dear to you?” “We were young together, two green boys in Pentos.” “Varys came from Myr.”

“Varys preferred orphan boys and young girls. He chose the smallest, the ones who were quick and quiet, and taught them to climb walls and slip down chimneys. He taught them to read as well. We left the gold and gems for common thieves. Instead our mice stole letters, ledgers, charts … later, they would read them and leave them where they lay. Secrets are worth more than silver or sapphires , Varys claimed.” – Magister Illyrio

Tyrion was almost sorry that he had killed his father. He would have enjoyed seeing Lord Tywin’s face when he learned that there was a Targaryen queen on her way to Westeros with three dragons, backed by a scheming eunuch and a cheesemonger half the size of Casterly Rock.

It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born. – Maester Aemon

“This is no game we’re playing for your amusement.” Of course it is , thought Tyrion. The game of thrones .

“The night is dark and full of turnips,” he announced in a solemn voice. “Let us all pray for venison, my children, with some onions and a bit of tasty gravy.” His friends laughed—Grenn, Toad, Satin, the whole lot of them.

Careful of the rats, my lord.” Dolorous Edd led Jon down the steps, a lantern in one hand. “They make an awful squeal if you step on them. My mother used to make a similar sound when I was a boy. She must have had some rat in her, now that I think of it. Brown hair, beady little eyes, liked cheese. Might be she had a tail too, I never looked to see.”

“If she pops out sons the way she pops in tarts, the Dreadfort will soon be overrun with Boltons. Ramsay will kill them all, of course. That’s for the best. I will not live long enough to see new sons to manhood, and boy lords are the bane of any House. Walda will grieve to see them die, though.” – Lord Bolton

“It was the singers who taught the First Men to send messages by raven … but in those days, the birds would speak the words.” – Brandon’s lessons in the tree with Max von Sidow

“But,” said Bran, “he heard me.” “He heard a whisper on the wind, a rustling amongst the leaves. You cannot speak to him, try as you might. I know. I have my own ghosts, Bran. A brother that I loved, a brother that I hated, a woman I desired. Through the trees, I see them still, but no word of mine has ever reached them. The past remains the past. We can learn from it, but we cannot change it.”

“A clever lord, you. Ghost’s the better choice. I don’t have the teeth for biting wildlings anymore.” – Dolorous Ed

The two queens are squabbling over Tommen like bitches with a juicy bone. – one of the Sand Snakes

“They are their father’s daughters,” the prince said. The little princess smiled. “Three Oberyns, with teats.”

Now answer my question. Why do you love the Starks?” “I …” Theon put a gloved hand against a pillar. “… I wanted to be one of them …” “And never could. We have more in common than you know, my lord. But come.”

A little brother may live to be a hundred, but he will always be a little brother – Asha

“Do you want to die, Wull?” That seemed to amuse the northman. “I want to live forever in a land where summer lasts a thousand years. I want a castle in the clouds where I can look down over the world. I want to be six-and-twenty when I could fuck all night. What men want does not matter. “

When princes failed to repay the Iron Bank, new princes sprang up from nowhere and took their thrones. – Jon Snow’s thoughts

“You were sullen. My father said that was to be expected in a bastard.” “I remember.” It was only half a lie. “You’re still a little sullen,” the girl said, “but I will forgive you that if you will save me from my uncle.” – great meta-joke from a Karstark (or Umber? I can’t remember)

He’s going to be as useful as nipples on a breastplate .

“These are common sins,” he said. “The wickedness of widows is well-known, and all women are wantons at heart, given to using their wiles and their beauty to work their wills on men. There is no treason here, so long as you did not stray from your marriage bed whilst His Grace King Robert was still alive.” “Never,” she whispered, shivering. “ Never , I swear it.” – The High Sparrow and Cersei

“Where …?” “Far away,” a half-familiar voice replied. He stood in a pool of shadow by a bookcase, plump, pale-faced, round-shouldered, clutching a crossbow in soft powdered hands. Silk slippers swaddled his feet. “Varys?” – Varys and Kevan

“Tommen has been taught that kingship is his right. Aegon knows that kingship is his duty, that a king must put his people first, and live and rule for them.” – Varys

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Review: Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books, #13)Super Mario Bros. 3 by Alyse Knorr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even though I’m older than the author of this book, I have a different, though similar, relationship with this game. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up or because my parents were (at the time) struggling to make ends meet, but I completely missed the marketing blitz of SMB3. I only heard of The Wizard a decade or more later.

I know at least part of it has to do in the difference with our parents. Ms Knorr’s father played Mario with her. My parents were super wary of video games. They bought into the narrative that they’d rot brains and limited our exposure. (At least while we were young) Partly because of this and partly because we didn’t have lots of money – $60 was a lot more in those days especially including inflation – we rented most of our video games. So, unlike Ms Knoff, it wasn’t about exploration for us. It was about trying to get to the end of the game before we had to return it. Reading this book explains why we’d been playing it wrong all these years.

That said, even as a young kid I knew Super Mario Brothers 3 was something special. It really expanded what I thought a platformer could be even if I didn’t even know that was a category of game. (Frankly, nearly all of them were platformers back then)

I’ve enjoyed a few of these Boss Fight Books in the past. Like the others, this one was great in that it exposed me to a side of the game I’d never considered. It really opened me up to a different way of considering the game. And tidbits like the Japanese baddie names being onomatopoeic (the Japanese do love their onomatopoeia) or Miyamoto being slightly disappointed in the game 20 years later really expand the universe of SMB3. I think if you lived through the time period of this game, this book will mean a lot to you. If you didn’t, I think it’s still a fascinating exploration of a game that is the root of nearly every game since. Even games like Halo, which are a completely different genre, benefit from the lessons of SMB3 and how to inform the player of how their game world works.

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Review: Bleeding Violet

Bleeding Violet Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I bought this book as part of a Humble Bundle. This book wasn’t the reason I bought the bundle. I avoided it for a long time because the cover made it look like something I wasn’t going to enjoy – perhaps a romance or paranormal romance. But two things made me start reading it:

1) I’d read a romance by Marjorie Liu last year and it wasn’t horrible. I wouldn’t actively seek them out, but apparently they’re not all cheesy bodice rippers.

2) As part of reigning in my Story Bundle and Humble Bundle spending, I wanted to force myself to read the books I’d bought. While I’m solidly middle class, there’s no reason to be spending money on books willy-nilly and not reading them – even if they came as part of a bundle.

The book ended up being a pleasant surprise. It starts off a bit oddly because it’s a first person book told from inside the head of a crazy person. It’s a little unclear at first what’s real and what’s in her head; especially once strange stuff starts happening around town. Apparently Hanna, our main character, has found herself in a town that’s on the equivalent of a Buffy-verse Hellmouth. It’s been going on for so long that most of the residents don’t bat an eye at the crazy happenings. Also reminding me of the graduation episode of Buffy where the students let her know they knew Sunnyvale was crazy and she’d been protecting them.

In fact, I’d describe the general plot as a story in which the main character is a side character in a Buffy-like world. Her eventual love interest ends up being part of something like The Initiative (or whatever Buffy’s whiny-ass boyfriend in college is a part of), but our main character is just a random person in the town.

Actually, she’s from out of town, which allows her to give us the reader’s perspective on what’s going on, albeit translated through her crazy mind. This led to my early status updates here on Goodreads in which I thought at first she was a trans person due to the use of the slang “transy” and people saying stuff like “I can’t believe you’d go out with a transy”. Nope, it’s a transient – someone from out of town who can’t deal with the spookiness.

When I got to the end of the book, it turns out this is from Simon & Schuster’s Teen imprint. For any parents out there who are fans of horror/paranormal fiction and want to share with their kids – be mindful of the maturity level of your teen / your comfort level with what current American society says are “bad” or “immoral” things. On the maturity level – there is possession, graphic depictions of suicide, abusive parents, abusive children, and a crazy person’s thought patterns. On the morality level, there is casual teen sex (not graphically described, but not obscurely referenced either), descriptions of anatomy, a parental figure who sleeps with nearly everyone in town, and other things like that.

Overall, Hanna’s head was a fun place to be. She is nobody’s fool and her strange thought patterns lead to interesting sentences. The plot was a standard horror mystery in that the clues are constantly building, but unless you’ve read tons of these, the ending is not telegraphed. I constantly found myself surprised at what was going on. The dialogue of the high school age characters seems on point. Sure, I haven’t been one in a long time, but it neither seems too childish nor too much like adults. From my memory Ms Reeves avoids any slang that would cause the book to eventually become dated.

I recommend it – if you’re not just reading it a few minutes at a time as a diversion, it should be a 1-2 day read.

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August Video Games Report

Civilization V (2 hrs)

A few more turns in our multi-player games.

Team Fortress 2 (2 hrs)

I decided to play a little more and work on creating an overlay that allows the game to be full screen while also still presenting my Extra Life information. After a of couple tries, I like where it ended up.

Vertical Drop Heroes (2 hrs)

I thought this was just going to be a quick Eric Checks Out, but it turned out to get me really addicted to the point where I wish I was playing it every night before bed. Of all the rogue-likes I’ve played, I feel like this one gets the best mix of allowing you to die without it hurting too much.

 

Unholy Heights (1 hr)

This game seemed perfect for me – a bit RPG and a bit building sim. But I was unable to quite figure out the strategy to allow me to progress beyond the first fight.

 

FTL (1 hr)
FTL Battle
FTL Battle

I was watching through Dan’s videos and that made me want to play more. I played on my laptop, so I didn’t end up with any videos of the playthrough.

 

Chromagun (38 min)

I was given a a steam key for this game in exchange for streaming it. It seemed like it’d be Portal-like and that was true. Instead of Portals it’s about colors and mixing colors. I enjoyed it until I got to the part where it was completely unforgiving of any mistakes.

 

Euro Truck Simulator 2 (30 min)

The Giant Bomb guys have spoken quite often about various truck simulators. I had this from one of the Humble Bundles and I thought it’d make a nice Eric Checks Out. It was pretty neat to drive from Belgium to France since that’ll probably never happen in real life. But I can’t see myself spending more time with this when there are other awesome games to play.

BloodRayne: Betrayal (23 min)

Of all the Bloodrayne games to play for the first time in the series….I ended up with this one. It was also part of some bundle I’d purchased before. It was OK.

FF Tactics (22 min)

One of the games I bought 11+ years ago when I was trying to catch up with all the Playstation Final Fantasy games I missed. Finally playing it for the first time ever. Also, introducing one of my overlays for SD video games.

Calico Critters

Scarlett really likes setting up her Calico critter houses, and I thought it was set up very nicely, so one day I did a photo shoot:

Then Scarlett got the really big house, so I took some more photos of her setup:

Preparing the Door

Preparing the doorI don’t know how easy or hard it is to get a door frame in where all the pieces are at right angles to each other. The previous home owners failed at that and so the door could never close correctly. My father-in-law tried to fix it, but he shaved the wrong side. So when my parents and grandparents came, they decided to fix the door. And that’s a great thing because I’d always thought it’d just be something that would take an hour or 2. No, this door took an entire workday’s worth of hours to get to a point where it would correctly fit in this not-quite-rectangular frame that the previous home owners had put up. But thanks to my grandfather and father’s hard work, we now have a door that properly closes and can be locked.

A MOTHER-EFFING SPIDER on a MOTHER-EFFING WATERSPOUT!!!

From the Mother Goose is Real Department of Photos

When I saw this happening by my garage it freakin’ BLEW MY MIND! As a kid who grew up in America, I’d heard about spiders and their proclivities for climbing water spouts via kiddie propaganda – aka Nursery Rhymes. But I’d NEVER, in my 30+ years of life, actually seen a spider climbing a water spout before.

I have never seen this before and it blew my mind!
I have never seen this before and it blew my mind!

I did not stay long enough to see if the rain would wash the spider out and if he would climb again if the sun came back out. I’ve got stuff to do, I’m a grown up! WITH KIDS, EVEN!

A Panorama of the Double Rainbow from Dan’s Engagement Party

So are there 2-4 pots of gold to find?

I’m catching up on my photos before I get further than 2 months behind and I came across this panorama that I didn’t even remember creating.

A Panorama of the Double Rainbow from Dan's Engagement PartyIt’s interesting that, at least to my eyes, it’s easier to see the second rainbow on the left and I don’t even see it on the right. Also, this What If is particularly relevant and I’d read it just before going to the party.