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  • Review: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out

    High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley My rating: 4 of 5 stars In some ways, the information here is not too different from some of the lessons I’ve been taught in managerial training or reading books by people like Steven Covey or Tony Robbins. But the main […]

  • Review: Every Heart a Doorway

    Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire My rating: 5 of 5 stars I got this book for free from’s ebook club. I highly recommend it – in exchange for your email address you get access to free books from’s catalog; a new one each month. (Currently it’s a Brandon Sanderson book from […]

  • Review: From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back

    From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back by Elizabeth Schaefer My rating: 3 of 5 stars Some of these stories were great! Things felt a bit bogged down at Hoth, though. Too many stories around the Taun-Taun scenes. Overall recommended if you’re a Star Wars fan. Here’s my story-by-story review: Eyes of […]

  • Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 4M

    Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 4M

    As I mentioned in my Setbacks post, I’ve injured my foot. At first I thought it was metatarsalgia, but it’s a closely related issue – sesamoiditis. My podiatrist cleared me to attempt a run after a week and predicted things would be fully healed by 2 weeks in. There were 2 key changes I had […]

  • Podcasts I’m Listening to in 2021

    Podcasts I’m Listening to in 2021

    I’ve both added and dropped some podcasts since last time around. Where I’m listing the same podcast as last year I may use the same description as in the past with slight (or no) variation. Public Radio Radiolab – Heard about them because sometimes their stories are used on This American Life. Radiolab is a […]

  • Review: Firefight

    Firefight by Brandon Sanderson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed this entry to the trilogy more than the first book. I think it might have to do with the fact that most of the world-building took place already. Or maybe it’s because it’s essentially just focused on one mission, giving that mission more […]

  • My Favorite Political Sign 2020

    I passed by this house every Saturday during my long run. Right after the election I made sure to snap a photo of the sign so that I could get a picture before they took it down.

  • New Recipes Sept 2020 – Nov 2020

    In September I made two new recipes. One was the Lamb and Grilled Onion burger from Weber’s Big Book of Burgers. I also tried a hot and fast recipe for pulled pork from Raichlen’s Project Fire. The taste was good, but the biggest hit was the recipe he had for a mustard sauce. For October […]

  • Can’t Let The Young Ones have all the D&D Fun

    Found this in our local activities guide: Although my brother who plays RPGs remarked $149 was pretty steep compared to looking up a video on Youtube.

  • New Dishes I Cooked in August 2020

    Just one new dish in August. We had lots of repeat foods, but only one new dish. As far as I know, I didn’t have it until I was an adult and visited my sister-in-law in Long Island. At their favorite Italian restuarant / pizza joint I ordered it once when we were on the […]

  • Review: Tiamat’s Wrath

    Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey My rating: 5 of 5 stars I believe there’s only one book left in the series and it’s pretty apparent the way everything was coming together in this book. It also strongly rewarded readers who’d read the novellas. Having done so provided advanced knowledge of who Timothy was and […]

  • Today in Programming: Python and Scratch

    Scratch Once again I worked on some Scratch projects with the kids. This time it involved a sports theme. I let the kids choose which games they wanted to create and Sam chose to create the game where Scratch the Cat goes Skiing. Having done this for a few weeks now, it wasn’t too much […]

  • Today’s Programming: Scratch and Python

    Scratch Starting off with this code from the Raspberry Pi foundation, Sam made his first ever video game. I then modified it so the shark would close his mouth when he eats the fish and added a sound at the end when a score of 5 was reached. Here’s a video of Sam playing his […]

  • Disney continues to increase representation on TV with Mira, Royal Detective

    Being a male, who’s racially white, I never had any trouble with finding representation on TV. This hasn’t always been the case for everyone, although it’s only recently (last 5ish years or so) that folks have begun to speak out on how important representation is. When you rarely see yourself in media, I’ve been told, […]