David Dykstal

The lull before the Sunday snowblower symphony. #mbfeb

Sunlit is crashing on my phone on startup. Just started today. Anyone else seeing this?

Contrast. Too many here to count. #mbfeb

Paisley Park - Studio B

My Gwen Ifill stamps have arrived!

Science Hall looms above Park Street on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison WI. #mbfeb

My dear friend, Craig, wrote this plant book. It’s getting quite a good reception. Craig teaches at University of South Florida and St. Petersburg College. You can follow his tales of Florida gardening on his blog: There Were No Fences. #mbfeb

Iโ€™m finding that the photos Iโ€™m posting for this February challenge are from my everyday life. Theyโ€™re not art by any means, but tell stories about things or people I encounter that fit the prompt, maybe with a little twist. I think Iโ€™ll stay on that track.

This hobonichi techo planner has a cover made from the hide of a goat. #mbfeb

A spot of tea in the mid-afternoon is just what I need. #mbfeb

Catching up on the “classics”. Took a break from The Handmaid’s Tale to read On The Road. I liked Kerouac’s style, so it wasn’t a slog. Interesting in its time I suppose. ๐Ÿ“š

Each morning I reflect on the previous day. #mbfeb

The rose tinted dawn over our hill was quite a sight. #mbfeb

My snowblower is looking lonely in the open garage. #mbfeb

In progress are “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Kindle), a graphic novel that purports to be a sequel to “Treasure Island” (Libby on iPad), a very entertaining audiobook version of “The Count of Monte Cristo” (iPhone), and several print books in various stages of consumption. ๐Ÿ“š

Now starting “On The Road”. Don’t know how long I’ll last through Kerouac, but I found the first few pages to be pleasantly and surprisingly interesting. ๐Ÿ“š

BTW. I just discovered the Libby app for obtaining books from our public library. Easy to use for a 14 day loan and a really decent eReader to boot. ๐Ÿ“š

First book of the year finished. Nancy McLeanโ€™s โ€œDemocracy in Chains.โ€ Recommended for US readers. ๐Ÿ“š

Something’s gotta give. I can either continue to fiddle with blot or just go whole hog with micro.blog. I like blot a lot, but once you start playing with your own themes, well, it turns into a time suck.

Remembering this from a while back. Still true.

Carmine was awake but knew she was drugged. “Some sort of opiate,” she mused. Breathing was a little easier now that it was taking effect, but oh, so sleepy. But she forced herself to stay awake. She was worried. She had failed and failure in her business was not tolerated.

The KVM experiment failed. The display emulation doesn’t match the monitor and fools the attached computers. They won’t drive it to its full resolution. It was also cable hell. I knew the cable mess was going to be bad, but not this bad.

Fired up the new Intel NUC i3 running an Ubuntu Linux variant yesterday. Not a bad little machine. Now I need to get a KVM to control all these beasts. It’s like a vacuum cleaner for money.

Mark and Betty joined Lt. Davis for the ride back to the hospital. “Carmine has threads everywhere,” Davis was saying, “There are the usual suspects: Russia, China, Iran, even North Korea, but she works both sides, apparently the CIA has used her on more than one occasion.”

Done. All five systems updated to Catalina. No problems noticed as yet.

Me: knock knock Grandson: who’s there Me: deciduous GS: deciduous who? Me (as Elvis): ๐ŸŽถ deciduous high class, but that was just a lie ๐ŸŽถ GS: huh?

I’ll see myself out …