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Working on figuring things out. Sociologist turned to IT turned to analytics. So that's kind of a full circle, or at least a curve. he/him
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For the first morning in about seven weeks, I have no Big Next Steps. We have lots to do still, of course: plenty of unpacking and making this place home; new doctors to find; paperwork and address changes and voter registrations; oh and a whole house to sell. It’s still quiet and a little dark out, the wa... prettygoodhat.com
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@KimberlyHirsh This is exciting!

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A view of a city skyline partially obscured by trees. In the distance is a range of mountains with a bit of snow. The skyline is touched by low morning sunshine.

The view from the new neighborhood coffee shop is pretty good!

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@jessekelber I’d enjoy meeting sometime! Will let you know when we get a little settled. Today we’re trying to unpack AND get back to work…

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@jessekelber Hi Jesse! I’ve just moved here — spent a couple nights in the hotel while we begin to unpack, and starting today we’re full time in the new place. It’s a journey! My friend says it’s a little soon to say I’m “from here,” though :)

The hotel is good! It’s a little weird since it has two hotels in one building and they share some facilities. But it’s a good place to stay when you need a small kitchen and are traveling with a dog.

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A street leads straight away, up a steep hill lined by six and seven story buildings. The sun is low, just hitting the tops of the buildings.

Well, I’m here again.

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A line of trees across a large river. The trees and faint blue sky can be seen perfectly reflected in the still water.

Columbia River morning.

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@dynamitemoth Wow, awe-inspiring!

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@jayeless Oooh, the new OLED models look really good! I’ve had mine for a little over a year and am super happy with it. It also works great with streaming services like Xbox’s cloud gaming and GeForce Now, which opens up a ton of other options. You’re going to really enjoy it!

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A green meadow ringed by trees in the distance.  Further in the background is a snowcapped peak, lit by reflected sunset light on the clouds above it.

Ogden valley sunsets are pretty good, too.

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@pratik I just started experimenting with Space Capsule for managing Spaces. The Apple API is pretty limited, but it does let you name spaces and see them in a grid. I really love Ryan Hanson's other apps like Rectangle, and I'll see how this one sticks for me. spacecapsule.app

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@bapsi It looks so good!

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Stuff Notes - 2025-05-05 alanschussman.com
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A landscape of a wide meadow with trees at the background, and a mountain further behind being touched by pink clouds lit with dawn sunlight. The sky is mostly dark, but beginning to lighten at the left of the frame, and a quarter moon, very bright, is high above the mountain.

Ogden valley sunrises are all right.

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A lollipop style Covid test card, showing a positive test line

Well, this has significantly interrupted my plans. I’m feeling okay and avoided getting extremely sick, fortunately.

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@jayeless Congratulations! 🎊

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@KimberlyHirsh Congrats!!

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Looking into a kitchen and living room from the floor above. A vaulted ceiling arches high. The rooms are empty, lights sparkling on shiny counters and wooden counter island. An intricate chandelier and large teardrop shaped light fixtures focus more light.

What a big two weeks: I traveled back to FLG to pack, clean and get the house ready to sell. My dad joined me and we worked hard; it takes a lot to pack up sixteen years of life in a home. It was a really special week together.

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@bsag I love Ryan Hansen’s Rectangle Pro. I’ll try this one, too!

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Seems bad when the Supreme Court is like “gosh, this case from an obviously profoundly immoral guy acting in bad faith really tests our ability to rule in cases of law that presume good faith on the part of the most powerful person in the world. We’d better punt.”

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It was a whirlwind couple of days in multiple ways. I finished my Seattle coffee jaunt at Cascade Coffee Works; two days later, I’m making cappuccino in my own kitchen.

A paper coffee cup on a rough wooden table, with out of focus lights and counter in the background. The cup is labeled Victrola. A cappuccino photographed from above on a shiny, dark-gray tabletop. It has a white and orange mug and is a rich brown and white color.
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I really enjoyed visiting MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. It’s a beautiful space with a lot of clever, intricate hands-on exhibits, and a coffee shop to go with it (continuing my South Lake Union cappuccino tour).

View from a third-story balcony looking into a large, open space paneled with intricate wood flooring. It’s a former armory converted to a museum. A green biplane hangs from wires in the center, and a long wooden boat to one side. A giant R hangs in the background ringed with red bulbs — the Rainier Beer symbol — and the right side of the frame is comprised of brightly lit windows. A paper coffee cup with a C written on it in Sharpie pen sits next to a camera on a white table. In the background is a window with some sun shining through.
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A wall of circular, curved traffic mirrors, with reflections of trees on the glass between me and them. In the mirror you see me, in jeans and orange jacket, with camera to my face. The trees have white blossoms, and the array of mirrors each have a slightly different perspective.

I’ve always had a thing for traffic mirror selfies, so absolutely, 100% couldn’t resist a whole wall of them.

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@jessekelber I want to check out the MOHAI and drive over to Alki for some views of the city. I haven't been up here in maybe 15 years? Taking a couple of days to get used to things again!

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@jessekelber It would have been fun to meet, but I'll have to miss today. We're out and about exploring around town until this afternoon. Thanks again for the recommendation!

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@jessekelber Oh! I have not made it there but it’s on the list now! I have two more morning coffee stops to make while I’m here.

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A curved dark wood counter, with a customer to the left end and a barista behind the counter. The dark wooden space is lit with a variety of spots and lamps, shining off the chrome espresso machine and cups.

South Lake Union coffee tour continued at Espresso Vivace this morning. Beautiful shop and delicious cappuccino.

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An orange and white coffee cup from Ladro coffee, sitting on a gray, damp bench. Beside it is a Fuji camera and in the background are dim, blurred city shopfronts.

Seattle exploration continues with key fuels at acceptable levels.

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In dusk light reflecting off the surrounding buildings, a man with a small dog walks at the top of a short stairway painted with flowers. At the top of the stairs a colorful sign reads SLU, for South Lake Union in Seattle.

Far from home, havjng arrived in Seattle after a two-day trip. I haven’t been in this part of the country for many years; it’s quite something to be back.

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An overhead view of a man standing at the head of a fallen gryphon, sprawled on its side with its lion head at his feet.

Last night’s Dragon’s Dogma 2 adventure: got lost in a cave system and stumbled into a gryphon that my party fought for what felt like hours, and finally defeated. It just felt epic.

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@Miraz Wow, that’s beautiful!

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An archer leans deeply into drawing his bow while a girl runs behind him. He stands in front of a fountain and the ground is shiny with rain.

It’s a big Dragons Dogma 2 weekend around here. The game is great, and has a very good photo mode, too.

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Having nursed a finicky NUC as my Roon server for four years and been this close to picking up a Mac Mini to do the job but unsure if I really wanted another whole computer, I’m finding the new Nucleus One to be pretty appealing.

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A black dog pokes her head through an open car window, tiny tongue blep visible.

Gunnison wonders, does this drive-through offers pup cups?

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A flaming capsule hurtles toward earth in. Helldivers 2 screenshot. The tip at the bottom of the screen reads ‘when in doubt, simply shout FOR DEMOCRACY and charge into your problems.’

Really having a good time playing Helldivers 2 the past couple of weeks. It’s a good mix of goofy, difficult and utterly chaotic.

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@bobschulties They're super cool! It feels special to see them out and about.

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@bobschulties "One reddit user figured out the SIM card had unlimited data, and hacked it so they could tether their own personal cell phone to its network, giving them unlimited free phone data for several months." This is fantastic!

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In blue dusk light, a great horned own sits on top of a utility pole with homes and a ridge in the background. The photo is just a little too far away to see clearly, but the owl’s shape, ear tufts and face are visible.

I’ve been hearing great horned owl hoots pre-dawn lately, and last night we heard them as the sun went behind the ridge. Out the window, we saw this fine beauty perched and calling out.

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@patrickrhone My kid absolutely destroys the toes of her socks. Gonna try some!

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A share card for a Peloton Pop Ride with Robin Arzón. I rode 45 minutes and output 378 Kj. The card superimposes a plot of my heart rate zones over a photo of Robin on a black background.

Haven’t posted one of these in a while. Robin really kicks my ass.

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Last week, Textpattern turned twenty years old. Funny how many memories that brings back.

Screenshot showing a row of a data table, which shows the date of my first textpattern blog post, titled blandly ‘my first textpattern’, with a date of February 24, 2004.

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@kaa Oh, that is intriguing.

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A high desert landscape with the Grand Canyon dropping from the plateau floor in the distance, and snow-topped ridges further behind it. In the foreground is a railing absolutely covered in colorful stickers.

A slightly different perspective from that same scenic overlook at the Gap.

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@pratik Ooof, that's a long and disappointing wait. Are you going to get a VI, or have you moved on?

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@bsag Cool! Happy to hear it's working. I think you're right: If micro.blog is syndicating via your feed, then it will automatically process mentions.

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@adoran2 Right, it's not necessarily bad, but it's definitely a different kind of ride than 'just' endurance. I was thinking with the power output thing that maybe it could help isolate the problem or give you more data that you could take to tech support, which sort of feels like the ultimate destination for this.

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@adoran2 That does sound exhausting. That's a pretty good cadence increase just to stay at the same power output. All I can think to try would be some experiments at different outputs to see if the drift is consistent -- which involves a lot of work and time plus uncertainty!

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@bsag Replies on micro.blog should also trigger mentions. I'll try sending one from my own site, too.

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@bsag I've been really happy with the way that webmentions work, though as you say there are a handful of moving pieces to understand. I like that idea of caching them locally so that they don't depend long-term on webmention.io --- maybe that will be my next project.

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@jaheppler I’m so sorry. It’s so hard to say goodbye to them. ❤️