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2019-12-14: Carmine was waking up. She was in real pain. “She’s breathing on her own now,” she …

2019-12-13: Spent the day sizing and hanging coats for our annual Christmas Anonymous Store Day. Tomorrow, folks …

2019-12-12: Davis continued, “There’s a lot we know about Carmine, but there’s a lot more we …

2019-12-12: Is @blot down? I’m getting time-out and cert errors.

2019-12-11: Davis turned to Mark and Betty, “I’m gonna need details.” Mark told his bit then …

2019-12-11: My ##mbnov story has taken a life of its own. I blame @amit 😁. I’ll continue to post until I …

2019-12-10: An EMT hooked Carmine up to oxygen and continued to work on her. About two minutes later he gave a …

2019-12-09: Betty called 911 while Mark continued CPR. It didn’t take long, perhaps 10 minutes. The EMTs …

2019-12-08: I was considering submitting these flash fiction episodes to the 2020 Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest, …

2019-12-08: Carmine had stopped breathing. Betty checked for a pulse. Nothing. She started CPR. “Wake up! …

2019-12-07: It’s vs its. They’re vs their. You’re vs your. I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE! Why …

2019-12-07: I’ve been using Tower as a git client for a few years. I like it, but it’s time to get …

2019-12-07: Carmine coughed and swallowed. Betty unlocked her phone and handed it to Mark, “Call Lt. …

2019-12-06: “Don’t be an idiot,” Betty hissed at Mark, “of course I’m going to …

2019-12-06: I have been freed from the tyranny of #mbnov words! Actually, it was fun trying to find ways to fit …

2019-12-06: Betty made it to the end of the path. One car. The keys worked. Six vials in the back seat. Grabbing …

2019-12-05: Mark said, “She’s not going to last much longer.” Carmine’s breathing was …

2019-12-04: Carmine was speaking very slowly and deliberately now, but with a touch of pride still in her voice. …

2019-12-03: Betty felt Carmine’s resistance fade but finished tying her hands behind her back with the …

2019-12-02: It’s a good thing MicroBlogVember has been extended. There’s no way I could wrap up this …

2019-12-02: Carmine stiffened. One of the darts in the pouch had pierced her thigh and it was obvious that Mark …

2019-12-01: I’m running icro on Catalina. I didn’t even realize it was the iOS app running under …

2019-12-01: Carmine ran quickly up the path toward the clearing then went sprawling face first into the dirt, …

2019-11-30: There was no way I could integrate today’s word into the story. #mbnov

2019-11-29: Betty began to tease apart the platinum wire from the necklace ending up with two six foot strands. …

2019-11-28: Betty helped Mark up and they stumbled into the nearby brush that covered this section of the …

2019-11-27: Carmine quickened her pace to get back to the car for more darts. “I love that these …

2019-11-26: Updating second of five systems to Catalina. First one went smoothly and some critical VPN software …

2019-11-26: Heading out of town a bit early to avoid the snowstorm. Nearly 10” of heavy wet slop expected …

2019-11-26: Betty was rightfully angry. She hadn’t expected someone as dangerous as Carmine to be in the …

2019-11-25: Mark’s voice was recovering. “Carmine was going to turn double agent. Those plans were …

2019-11-24: Carmine felt a sudden chill of recognition. “Betty Beresford, damn, that’s her name. I …

2019-11-23: Betty stroked Mark’s forehead, “Mark, it’s me, Betty.” Mark calmed down when …

2019-11-22: Carmine was nearly all the way down the path to her car, thinking of a little tune to hum as she …

2019-11-21: Only a few more days left in microblogvember. I need be wrapping this story up. How the heck am I …

2019-11-21: Mark’s vision began to clear. It was no longer like looking down a hollow tube. He felt the …

2019-11-20: Betty approached Mark carefully. His breathing was shallow. Her flashlight showed the scribbled …

2019-11-19: I’m back in May with my “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” backlog. Only 29 more to …

2019-11-19: You could say that some of my microblogvember story posts are a little forced and you’d be …

2019-11-19: Mark could feel his life abate. He thought he heard a soft rustling noise behind him and a short …

2019-11-18: Betty waded through the creek quietly. The noise from the small dam downstream was enough to mask …

2019-11-17: Betty came up to the sulphur spring and wrinkled her nose, “Rotten eggs, phew.” She …

2019-11-16: Mark was face down, but was able to lift his head and scrawl “stump antidote mouth” in …

2019-11-15: Carmine continued, “Just to show that I’m not all bad, here’s the antidote. Just …

2019-11-14: The dart hit Mark in the neck. He slumped to the ground, still conscious but too weak to stand. He …

2019-11-13: Mark was barely able to see, but the note was definitely in Carmine’s handwriting. “The box is 10 …

2019-11-12: @amit Interesting. These flash fiction posts are a little challenging to write and keep a thread. I …

2019-11-12: Betty could stay in the room no longer. She must follow Mark. He could be in danger. Blackmail was …

2019-11-11: Betty’s examination of the room turned up nothing. She remembered the few times where she was …

2019-11-10: Betty rushed upstairs to their room, stowed the sapphire necklace into its case, and quickly changed …

2019-11-09: Betty knew Mark had to be mixed up in something. This note had the smell of blackmail all over it. …

2019-11-08: The writing was very faint in the dark. Mark took out his phone to get some light, but it was nearly …

2019-11-07: Ahhh. I finally have selective cross-posting to twitter working. Thanks to @manton for the advice …

2019-11-07: Mark reached the other side of the creek. The clearing was just ahead. Nothing frightening here. He …

2019-11-06: I always check the “share crash and usage data with developers” box. In Catalina’s case it might be …

2019-11-06: Updating the first of eight systems to Catalina. The first is a non-critical system. Already checked …

2019-11-06: Betty carefully detached the paper from its stick. It was a note addressed to Mark. “Dire …

2019-11-05: Thanks to @amit for the flash fiction idea for #mbnov. I don’t have the time to do NaNoWriMo …

2019-11-05: Betty was puzzled. Mark had said he’d be by the pool but there was no Mark. She walked around …

2019-11-04: Mark hadn’t planned on tracking cross country after he got that note. His shin was bruised …

2019-11-03: Betty adjusted her fancy sapphire necklace, admiring the way the three blue gems showed themselves …

2019-11-02: Mark paused. He sniffed. It was unmistakable, the acrid smell of a sulphur spring nearby. He was …

2019-11-01: I like listening to “Key to the Highway” while eating key lime pie on Key Largo. #mbnov

2019-10-25: Starting a new fitness regimen with app assisted training. Wish me luck!

2019-10-12: Now in Galway for the day!

2019-10-12: Dunsverick Castle. North (Atlantic) coast of Northern Ireland. Near Giant’s Causeway.

2019-10-09: Entering Belfast harbor.

2019-10-09: Had dinner last night at Badger & Co., the restaurant in the home of Kenneth Grahame in …

2019-09-26: The proliferation of markdown editors with syntax extensions and fancy previewers is getting out of …

2019-09-14: 📚 Books in progress Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (ebook) The Poet’s Corner, compiled by John …

2019-09-14: 📚Finished the Audible “Ben Franklin”. Narration was good. The book seemed quite thorough …

2019-09-04: 📚Starting “The Cruel Ever After” by Ellen Hart. Physical paper.

2019-09-03: Anyone here worked with nvUltra beta? I would think it would be out fairly soon. I’m wondering …

2019-09-03: 📚 Finished “Reckless Daughter”. I enjoyed the book, but it kind of leaves you hanging …

2019-08-30: Current Audible Book: “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life”. 📚

2019-08-30: Currently reading “Reckless Daughter: A Portrait Of Joni Mitchell”.📚

2019-08-04: Devil’s Kettle in Judge C. R. Magny State Park on Minnesota’s North Shore. The Brule river splits in …

2019-08-04: Album 10 of 10. “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” 🎵

2019-08-04: “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” is the first Neil Young album I purchased, and marks a …

2019-08-03: Hummingbird.

2019-08-03: Album 9 of 10. “Fragile” 🎵

2019-08-03: “Fragile” didn’t quite get me started on so-called progressive rock but it was a …

2019-08-02: Two angles. North shore of Lake Superior.

2019-08-02: Album 8 of 10. “6 and 12 string guitar” 🎵

2019-08-02: “6 and 12 string guitar” by Leo Kottke was a favorite of a few of my friends in college …

2019-08-01: Saw “Glensheen” at the Minnesota History Theatre in St. Paul this evening. I liked the play and the …

2019-08-01: Album 7 of 10. “Bach - Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin - Shlomo Mintz” 🎵

2019-08-01: 1985 was the tricentennial of the births of both Bach and Handel. That summer I spent ten weeks in …

2019-07-31: My love for David Bowie lasted for three albums. “Ziggy Stardust was the first one I bought. …

2019-07-31: Album 6 of 10. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” 🎵

2019-07-31: One listen to “Can’t Buy A Thrill” and I was hooked on Steely Dan for the first 6 …

2019-07-31: Album 5 of 10. “Can’t Buy A Thrill”

2019-07-31: Album 4 of 10. “Songs of the American Land”

2019-07-31: “Songs of the American Land” has long been out of print and was never officially issued …

2019-07-31: Jefferson Airplane was a force of nature at their best. They were unlistenable at their worst. …

2019-07-31: Album 3 of 10. “Bless Its Pointed Little Head”

2019-07-30: For some it was “Blue,” for me it was “For the Roses”. The first chords of …

2019-07-30: Album 2 of 10. “For The Roses”

2019-07-30: Disraeli Gears was the first album I remember buying with money I had earned. It think it was at …

2019-07-30: Album 1 of 10. “Disraeli Gears”

2019-07-27: My good friend, Craig Huegel, accepted a Facebook challenge from his friend, Jeff Klinkenberg: Post …

2019-07-16: After about three weeks, I’ve decided to go back to WordPress from @blot. I really liked blot, …

2019-07-14: I have one year to get in good enough shape to tackle Isle Royale for the third time. I was …

2019-07-14: It seems like you can’t even buy a cup of coffee these days without getting a customer …

2019-06-27: Music participation in high school linked to higher scores on English, math and science exams This …

2019-06-25: I’m thinking a bit about what creativity means. Who is a creative person you admire? Can you …

2019-06-25: Mike’s Sushi in Palm Harbor FL. 👍👍

2019-06-25: I’m going all-in on @blot for my long-form blog. I’ve moved from dropbox to git and …

2019-06-24: Pondering how to distance myself from Google’s clutches after this and this. Leaving my phone …

2019-06-23: Whenever I want mellotron death-of-the-universe music there is only one album to turn to: In the …

2019-06-23: After a long and somewhat disjointed six months I’m going to try being a bit more micro.blog …

2019-04-24: I’ve just started Maria Popova’s new book Figuring. I was struck by its more than …

2019-04-05: Watching “The Sound Of Music” on the plane. I love the outfit Maria wears out of the …

2019-04-05: Off to Florida today. Aging parents.

2019-04-01: Back from Lisbon. Pics to follow.

2019-03-22: Flat white at fabrica in Lisbon.

2019-03-21: I graduated with degrees in Math and CS from UW-Madison in 1975 and 1976. I had never heard of …

2019-03-19: U.S. Mathematician Becomes First Woman To Win Abel Prize

2019-03-18: I’ve yet to find a gel pen that doesn’t misbehave in some way on the paper I like to …

2019-03-17: Planning a photo trip to Lisbon. Wishing I could afford this, but taking this.

2019-03-15: I got back to the gym today after a five week break. My exercise during that time has been moving …

2019-03-15: I finally got a lap desk for my favorite chair. Nothing fancy. No lights. No wrist rests. No mouse …

2019-02-20: TIL Always check the white balance setting before a photo tour. 📷🙄

2019-02-05: We’ve had a temperature swing last week from -36ºC to 5ºC. It’s played havoc with my …

2019-02-04: By the way, that John Gorka concert at Crossings in Zumbrota was great. If you don’t know his …

2019-02-04: I haven’t posted much for Micro Monday, but it you like journally stuff (among many other …

2019-02-04: I didn’t watch the Super Bowl. I haven’t for years. I just don’t get off on this …

2019-02-02: At Crossings in Zumbrota getting ready to hear John Gorka.

2019-02-01: Not all the music I listen to is 50 years old. Some is 300 years old. It’s interesting that …

2019-02-01: Taking a bit of time for myself and iTunes. I can’t help but smile when I hear The Band …

2019-01-31: Need to learn python. Converting some ruby scripts to python, learning as I go. First impressions …

2019-01-19: I am thoroughly enjoying Le Guin’s So Far So Good. I’m dipping into it, reading a poem …

2019-01-16: Haiku #47 Sultans of Swing has the best combination of guitars and vocals Fight me. :)

2019-01-10: Just about to dip into Ursula K. LeGuin’s So Far So Good. I’m wondering if writing poetry is a craft …

2018-12-25: No presents under our tree today. We decided to just enjoy each other’s presence. It is indeed a …

2018-12-24: A interesting first game of Ticket to Ride tonight with Ann and daughter Laura. Will play again. 👍🚂

2018-12-23: Since the snow to this point has been somewhat disappointing I’ve decided to post a picture of …

2018-12-22: Off in a bit to see Ann Reed and Joan Griffith at Crossings in Zumbrota.

2018-12-21: Got a bit of time to start tinkering more with @blot and found that I couldn’t log in. Anyone …

2018-12-20: blot.im is just too damn easy.

2018-11-14: I’ve been busy. That’s why.

2018-10-22: New server hardware day!

2018-10-08: I’ve taken a short break. Now I’m back. Just in time for the end of the world.

2018-10-03: I think that having FEMA be able to alert cell phones in a true national emergency is a good thing. …

2018-10-03: Potato leek soup is my second favorite.

2018-10-02: Am I going to break down soon and trade in a 2 month old Series 3 apple watch for Series 4? At 65 …

2018-10-01: Fired up VMware and loaded Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and found that I still can’t get excited about …

2018-10-01: I’m my family’s Chief Entropy Officer.

2018-10-01: Made it back to the gym today after a month off. Hope to get back in a groove again.

2018-09-30: It’s been two weeks since I was able to mow the lawn. Today I go out to do battle with the …

2018-09-29: RIP Marty Balin. Another one gone. A great songwriter and singer. Jefferson Airplane loves you.

2018-09-29: 📚Next up on my reading list: Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography, when I can locate it.

2018-09-29: Farmers market day. Ann’s first excursion since surgery. Every day more progress.

2018-09-28: Installed Mojave on 2 of my 5 machines. So far, so good. Only one minor glitch with one of my VPN …

2018-09-27: Saw some nice shots at my camera club meeting this evening. Always fun to compare techniques.

2018-09-26: There is nothing more exhilerating than singing. Fight me.

2018-09-26: Old rockers do die. They don’t just fade away. Sigh.

2018-09-26: DT is coming to my town on Oct. 4. Shoot me now.

2018-09-26: I get to try out by barely existent carpentry skills today. What fun! Oh joy!

2018-09-25: Yet another cost of climate change - Airports At Water’s Edge Battle Rising Sea Levels : NPR.

2018-09-24: New roof went on today. Lots o’ bangin’.

2018-09-23: Finally got around to catching up on some podcasts. I listen to these while doing yardwork. Noise …

2018-09-22: Ann was discharged today. She’s doing pretty darn well. Some pain, but she’s gaining …

2018-09-21: I almost just got scammed hard: a cautionary tale. Whew. Close one for Mr. Sasser. Thanks to Cabel …

2018-09-20: I name hosts on my network after cities. But I’m seriously considering naming them after PG …

2018-09-19: This. So much this. Everything you know about obesity is wrong.

2018-09-19: So it looks like the surgery went well. Ann will have her back in much better shape. Spinal fusion …

2018-09-19: Up early. Surgery day for Ann.

2018-09-18: To Sleep, Perchance to Dream Not happening, sigh.

2018-09-17: Go ahead. Make my day.

2018-09-17: Micro Monday? Why, @jack, of course. ‘nuff said.

2018-09-16: Oh. That decision about not getting the iPhone Xs Max? Reconsidered. Delivery next week? We’ll see. …

2018-09-16: Back at the gym for the first time in two weeks. We had a vacation interrupt. Now I have to get back …

2018-09-15: Ann and I just had a minor disagreement about who it was that screwed up and bought the wrong trash …

2018-09-14: Hit Medicare age. Transitioning all the extra insurance bits takes time and patience. I might have …

2018-09-13: Decided against a new iPhone and Apple Watch for now. When it happens it will be phone first, watch …

2018-09-12: So, if I say something about this iPhone X s, I get a pin of some sort. :) It’s about time to …

2018-09-11: Bee on echinacea. Glensheen.

2018-09-10: Ann and I had lunch today in the magnificent dining room at Naniboujou Lodge on Minnesota’s …

2018-09-09: Most folks following me are probably also following @cheri, but she’s my Micro Monday pick for …

2018-09-09: Plein Air Grand Marais for more info.

2018-09-09: Plein air in Grand Marais. This guy was doing a street painting of the front of the Ben Franklin …

2018-09-08: At the end of the Gunflint Trail. Gull Lake. Canada is just a wee bit from here.

2018-09-08: At Gooseberry Falls on Minnesota’s North Shore.

2018-09-08: Hope to make it up to the Gunflint Lodge today.

2018-09-07: Interesting coffee cup At Sarah’s Table Chester Creek Cafe. “Democracy must be something more …

2018-09-06: “Death Before DECAF” at the New London Cafe, Duluth MN.

2018-09-06: Lake Superior at Glensheen.

2018-09-05: Canal Park Lake Walk. Ann with “the determined mariner” and a lighthouse for sale.

2018-09-05: It was a beautiful day in Duluth. A welcome change from the rain yesterday in Rochester. Here is a …

2018-09-05: So. That rain yesterday? 7”. Sheesh. Today we dry out.

2018-09-05: Just made a quick stop at the Higher Grounds Café in North Branch for a “Minty Moose” on the way to …

2018-09-04: Rain. Lots. Of. Rain.

2018-09-03: I keep wanting to spell “bullet journal” as “bullitt journal”. Thanks Steve …

2018-09-03: My go to pen these days is a Pilot Vanishing Point. I love this thing.

2018-09-02: Huh. It looks like we have to live with the typos in replies. Is that true?

2018-09-02: 📚 I loved Treasure Island as a kid. Still do. I keep wanting to recommend it to my grandson, but …

2018-08-31: New battery for the car, $280. Being able to get to Grand Marais next week, priceless. Side note: …

2018-08-30: It’s a beautiful day here in Minnesota.

2018-08-29: 📚I usually try to keep two books going. One from Audible and one on the Kindle. Currently listening …

2018-08-28: Podcasts and lawn mowing are like chocolate and peanut butter.

2018-08-28: 📚Finished the Audible version of The Three Musketeers a while back. Impressive narration by John Lee …

2018-08-27: 📚Finished N. K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate, and so on to another book. I’ll read The …

2018-08-24: Setting up Drafts to micro.blog. Please excuse the interruption, we will resume our regularly …

2018-08-23: 📚Picked up The Obelisk Gate again after having set it aside for nearly a year. I was getting too …

2018-08-20: Stopped cross-posting. Hadn’t posted much on the old Twitter recently anyway. Just read.

2018-08-20: Shouldn’t have had that cup of coffee at dinner. Dang.

2018-08-16: Newbie here. Micro.blog sure ain’t twitter. But twitter sure ain’t micro.blog. Different feels in …

2018-08-16: I’ll miss you Aretha.

2018-08-16: Ahh. Beautiful sleep. Why dost thou elude me?

2018-08-15: So, up early tomorrow to head to Florida. I’ll be a bit north of the red tide.

2018-08-14: Three notebooks? A bullet journal, a long-form personal journal, and a project-based notebook/sketchbook. I may have …

2018-08-14: I wish to thank Kirk McElhearn for the clear instructions on rebuilding iTunes Library.itl.

2018-08-14: Time to head out to vote. #mnprimary.

2018-08-14: Did I figure out how to crosspost to Twitter from micro.blog?

2018-08-13: Following @macgenie cause you gotta start somewhere.

2018-08-08: This is the start of something big, or maybe not.