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For All Mankind! What. An. Episode. Absolutely stunning hour of television. 🚀✨
After a long stint in Palm Desert, I’m back in LA. That means cooler evenings and hot tub soaks rather than late night floats in the pool. California is the best!
OBS Studio 28.0 Beta 1 added support for Apple Silicon, and so far its working great for me. So much more efficient. Worth a look if you rely on OBS!
Time for an afternoon cafecito. #espuma #bueno
Finally watched the trailer for Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman. My goodness, is it promising. Crossing my fingers that it lives up to the source material!
I purchased some Zygo Solo headphones to use in the pool a few months ago, and they’re life changing. Late night podcast listening while floating in the water? 🧑‍🍳💋
Finally got around to setting up my audiobook library in Plex. I now have automatic conversion/merging from MP3 to M4B, automatic tagging, and metadata/artwork download. Plus, an awesome iOS client. Whee!
What We Do in the Shadows is back, and the creature that crawled out of the body of Colin Robinson is my favorite little sidekick since Baby Yoda.
Does anyone else find it irritating that mainstream podcasts don’t know what chapters are? Beautifully produced podcasts with no chapters. Why? Just why?!
Ms. Marvel? Nearly perfect. That is all.
Seasoning up the new griddle in preparation for its maiden voyage this weekend. 🔥💨
Update on my IoT project – the common RF transmitter modules for the Raspberry Pi just don’t have the “oomph” to control my pool light. Moving on to hacking a Sonoff RF Bridge as an alternative…
So close to being a perfect race for Ferrari. Gutted for Carlos, but awesome to see Charles have a great race for the first time in months. P1 over Max in his house. If only Carlos could have grabbed P2! 🏎
Next I want to do something more ambitious. My goal would be to transform a retro 80s/90s tiny PC into a "cyberdeck" with a touchscreen, running Linux or Android. Candidates - Atari Portfolio, HP Jornada, Psion Series 5, Sharp PC-3000, IBM PalmTop PC 110. Suggestions?
Making progress on my latest IoT project, which will let me control the RGB LED pool lamp I recently installed. It's controlled by an RF remote. I am using a Raspberry Pi and an RF transmitter and receiver, and some custom Python code. Hoping to finish this weekend! 🤓
Those last two episodes of Stranger Things were wild. The scene featuring Master of Puppets was amazing! S4 impressed, and they’ve set up quite a final season with the ending.
Two episodes into the third season of For All Mankind. Such a great show! If you haven’t watched it yet, now is a great time to start.
Still thinking about the Barry finale… I have no idea where the story goes from here, but I can’t wait to find out!
Installed an RGB bulb with RF control in my pool to be the primary light. Was a little effort, but totally worth it! Makes my late night soaks even more relaxing.
Hoo hoo hoo, the season finale of Barry was epic. Bill Hader directed the episode, and absolutely nailed it. 👏🏻
Finished Stranger Things 4: Vol. 1 today. The first half of Vol. 1 was difficult for me to get through, but the back half returned to the form of prior seasons, with a focus on characters. Happy I stuck with it! The reveal was 🤩
In case you can’t tell, I love my kids. A lot. Which is cool, because basically every other child makes me want to launch myself into the sun.
I also just spent 15 minutes FaceTiming with Colette. She shared her iPad screen with me to show me all of the fun design elements for her bedroom redesign. She’s got *opinions* y’all. Design opinions are in her blood.
William and I have been in the desert without Lacey, Colette, and the pups, and its been special. We’ve BBQ’d some ribs, played video games, done lots of swimming in the pool, ordered pizza, watched Obi-Wan, and invented pool games.
Subodh from “Love on the Spectrum” is my favorite. What a joyful soul. I hope he finds love and lives forever making the world better.
I really don’t want to wake up at 6 AM for Monaco tomorrow, but I also don’t want to get spoiled for the result. Stupid round, spinning planet.
Had the opportunity to teach coworkers about origami today, and it was a blast. We made a lotus flower, a balloon, and a crane. Such a nice way to relax the mind.
May 24th is making it pretty challenging to sleep. It’s all hitting me now, and I’m just profoundly sad. We are living in a time when preserving a made-up “individual right” to own murder machines is prioritized over preserving the literal right of autonomy of body and mind.
Shoresey is absolute perfection.
Did a little cleanup on my website today. Health data syncing is back up and running and I have updated my profile info, photo, and the site background. One of these days I’ll find time to do a full overhaul.
My AVR selection process went in a direction I didn’t expect. I’ve ordered a Pioneer Elite VSX-LX305. It has all of the features I need at the best price of all the options I considered. Excited! 🔊
My solar power system is being installed today at my home in the desert. Really excited to see the impact! Now I just need to make it through a workday with intermittent power and lots of hammering 🤣
Of *course* Onkyo filed for bankruptcy like last week. So… Denon? I dunno.
Okay, I think I’ve settled on the Onkyo TX-RZ50. Supports 5.1.4, has great room correction, and is supposed to have a very “un-opinionated” and true-to-source sound. Now the issue is that its sold out everywhere… blast!
Oh, for context I am planning on a 5.1.4 setup, so I likely need a receiver with a lot of channels, Atmos support, and I’d also like room correction.
Renovation is under way at the LA house. Excited about the home theater! I have my new projector and screen, with new speakers on order. Next up is the A/V receiver. Any recommendations?
Got some silicone cases for our Apple TV remotes that have a spot for an AirTag. No more lost remotes! It still shocks me that it’s not a built-in feature…
Blue Crab Benedict FTW.
I recently acquired a solar powered robot pool skimmer called a “Betta 2.” Impressed so far! Crystal clear water, no fuss. We have named him “Principal Skimmer.”
Wow, an instant classic episode of Survivor! One of the best in the series.