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Hualālai on TV 🌴 Snow falling sideways outside ❄️ AWS: phpMyAdmin ✅ SSL Labs “A” Rating ✅ .htpasswd ✅

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 08:15 pm GMT -6

Couldn’t match the hype

pic posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 05:46 pm GMT -6

Ubuntu Server 20.04 on AWS: upgrades ✅ nginx with virtual hosts ✅ PHP 8.0.1 install ✅ MariaDB ✅ Let’s Encrypt certbot ✅

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 11:26 pm GMT -6

Tiny fry, large fry

pic posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 12:41 pm GMT -6

One Biiiiillion Dollars

pic posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 12:39 pm GMT -6

We can see a greener future

pic posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 09:54 am GMT -6

Nothing beats the actual office

pic posted Thursday, January 21st, 2021 11:02 pm GMT -6

Still an absolute mess

pic posted Thursday, January 21st, 2021 12:35 pm GMT -6

Lowertown PSA: starting today, Kyatchi is open for takeout *and* limited onsite dining

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 09:29 pm GMT -6

This is so exciting!

pic posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 11:13 am GMT -6

Inauguration Day 2021 🇺🇸

pic posted Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 11:07 am GMT -6

How awesome is that?

pic posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 10:58 pm GMT -6

Chicken, chocolate and chihuahuas (and more!)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 08:35 pm GMT -6

Golf on my birthday (kinda)

pic posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 05:02 pm GMT -6

Man, after-work drinks taste so much better than instead-of-work drinks…

- Bean

quoted Monday, January 18th, 2021 08:20 pm GMT -6

Historic Carver

pic posted Sunday, January 17th, 2021 07:11 pm GMT -6

Nive Man Sunday Dinner

pic posted Sunday, January 17th, 2021 07:06 pm GMT -6

Fried chicken + donuts = 💯 Thanks, @debrouillard52

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 17th, 2021 06:28 pm GMT -6

Farah’s Feline Flip

pic posted Saturday, January 16th, 2021 09:41 am GMT -6

Thanks, ADMIN

pic posted Friday, January 15th, 2021 09:19 pm GMT -6

Want a lick? Sike!

pic posted Friday, January 15th, 2021 08:41 pm GMT -6


@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 14th, 2021 11:47 pm GMT -6

Pondering new Bitnami-free AWS instance with Ubuntu 20.04, nginx, PHP 8 and MariaDB

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 14th, 2021 05:27 pm GMT -6

Winter storm warning

pic posted Thursday, January 14th, 2021 02:25 pm GMT -6

Thanks for the recipe

pic posted Thursday, January 14th, 2021 12:09 am GMT -6

The taro chips from Union Hmong Kitchen are amazing

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 14th, 2021 12:05 am GMT -6

End of an era

pic posted Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 11:14 am GMT -6

Happy 2-0, MK 🎉

pic posted Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 01:05 am GMT -6

If I could only be 1/10th as cool as this 😎

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, January 11th, 2021 08:11 pm GMT -6

I’m optimistic, and I’m really looking forward to World of Concrete in June…

- Steve Hill

quoted Monday, January 11th, 2021 12:42 pm GMT -6

Cool to see @theCharlieParr right in front of my favorite sound board spot for week #2 @FirstAvenue

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 11:55 pm GMT -6

Finally, a Grand Story

story posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 11:20 pm GMT -6

The very clever series of commercials for Grand Casino (developed by the talented Chad Germann and his team at Red Circle Agency) has always made me feel like I should have one of those experiences at some point. Sadly, I’ve never had a large jackpot at Hinckley or Mille Lacs, but today my daughter and I at least had something happen that might qualify as a true Grand Story:

Hinckley has a ton of my favorite game, Black Orchid, often with unusually high progressives. The first machine I played today had a large frog progressive, so MK pulled out her lucky frog (a handmade clay pin) and set it on the machine. A few minutes later, boom, $78.43 frog jackpot. On our way out, we saw another Black Orchid that had a very large butterfly progressive that we tried to hit (unsuccessfully). Just before giving up, though, we hit a smaller $30.61 frog jackpot that put us back on the positive side of the ledger for the night…

Prime rib, Grand-style

pic posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 09:48 pm GMT -6

Luna needs a boyfriend

pic posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 09:36 pm GMT -6

Had a great day breaking in these fun Rossignols. Also tracked down @4waytest, the best dressed man in Minnesota

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 09:19 pm GMT -6

It’s a War by @tbtduluth was the perfect song to come up on shuffle as we crested the hill on I-35

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 08:36 am GMT -6

Fire Darth Vader

pic posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 08:13 am GMT -6

Dell battery management 😡

pic posted Saturday, January 9th, 2021 06:46 pm GMT -6

No better way to travel

pic posted Saturday, January 9th, 2021 12:33 am GMT -6

Always feel guilty eating an entire Party Pizza by myself, but it’s really smaller than a slice at Cossetta

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, January 8th, 2021 12:08 pm GMT -6

Seems nice on Maui today 🌴

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, January 7th, 2021 06:38 pm GMT -6

When he entered office four years ago, Republicans controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress; when he leaves, Democrats will hold all three. The last time that happened was 1892…

- The Economist

quoted Thursday, January 7th, 2021 10:14 am GMT -6

It’s been quite a day

pic posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 09:30 pm GMT -6

January sunshine

pic posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 06:07 pm GMT -6

The new toy has arrived

pic posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 06:04 pm GMT -6

Minnesotan Chinese

pic posted Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 05:32 pm GMT -6

Early 2021 Brain Dump

story posted Monday, January 4th, 2021 09:37 pm GMT -6

It’s already been eight months since the last one, so let’s do this:

  • For my Christmas and birthday gift this year, I got new skis and bindings (returning to my classic Rossi/Marker combo). Had a mixed experience at The House – will probably go back to Joe’s next time.
  • With the skis finally here, trying to figure out when I can break them in. Lutsen has some really appealing midweek flex pricing, so that is a leading contender. Might do an Afton or Welch day and still really want to hit Beaver Creek someday (as well as return to Schweitzer).
  • I got all excited about responsive, mobile-friendly WordPress themes this week, but have hit a testing roadblock. MAMP worked out of the box with a plain vanilla WordPress install, but I haven’t been able to get this site transferred over successfully.
  • Thought about tossing my current theme completely (instead of retro-fitting for mobile) and customizing a theme like this one, but now I’m not sure which direction I want to go.
  • Also not entirely 100% behind WordPress these days: don’t like Gutenberg and complexity seems to be increasing overall. Don’t see any great alternatives on the horizon, though.
  • I’ve been happier with my transition to AWS, but maintenance and upgrade issues with the Bitnami WordPress Stack are making me reconsider moving to a straight LAMP virtual server instead.
  • Yes, I do keep my iPhone boxes (but I’m trying to get better about recycling them).
  • We’re house shopping, but this market is crazy aggressive right now. If you know someone in the Twin Cities thinking about selling a good “old people” house, please hit me up.
  • Adult ear infections are not for the faint of heart.
  • My Apple Watch move streak is closing in on 270 days – shooting for a year, then it can restart whenever.
  • I bought a pair of Exerstrider Nordic walking poles after reading the story in the Strib, but I haven’t read the setup and training instructions yet. Seems like it will be fun.
  • OWC has agreed to refund the SSD purchase, thereby ending my iMac kernel panic trauma.
  • I have temporary computer options in place, but do want to move to an M1 machine. At first I thought I would do a Mac mini with a large, third-party monitor, but the retina screens on the iMacs just look so much better to me. I’ll probably wait for the M1 iMac later this year (with lots of RAM and SSD storage).
  • I’m craving a Fuddruckers burger so badly I would consider an eight hour round-trip drive to South Dakota to get one.
  • Sad the Vikings season turned out the way it did, but at least we get the Dallas circus back in town later this year. It will be nice to have Wild hockey again soon (helps to be a night owl) and I’m cautiously optimistic about the Twins and the Saints (but don’t get the whole “we’ve invited” thing – is there a deal or not?).
  • The first Sunday of the Charlie Parr online residency at First Avenue was so emotional – make sure and catch the rest of them (every Sunday in January at 8 p.m. on his YouTube page) and drop him some money via GoFundMe.
  • Speaking of music, we really enjoyed the Bee Gees documentary on HBO – nice job by Frank Marshall (with lots of fun cameos).
  • Long live Grogu!

Welcome 2021, nice to have you around…

Snol the Hipster

pic posted Monday, January 4th, 2021 05:10 pm GMT -6

Merry and Happy

pic posted Monday, January 4th, 2021 03:24 pm GMT -6

Sunday night with @theCharlieParr @FirstAvenue

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 08:09 pm GMT -6

Tried MAMP on the new laptop for the first time – so much easier and quicker than my old test environment setup

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 11:16 am GMT -6

Bee Gees Doc + popcorn

pic posted Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 05:20 pm GMT -6

First week with Apple Music

story posted Friday, January 1st, 2021 11:23 pm GMT -6

For most of my life, I’ve been a music hoarder. Visiting record stores all over the world, I’ve collected rare (and not so rare) records, tapes and CDs from a core group of artists that I like. I did vinyl the first time around, made mix tapes on cassette, fell in love with the “pure” sound of CDs and have spent countless hours ripping CDs to MP3/AAC files to be synched with laptops, iMacs, iPods and iPhones. Things I’ve never done: Napster, the resurgence of vinyl and streaming services. A week ago, I decided to do something about that last one.

My daughters are probably thinking “about damn time, old guy.” They are both big fans of Spotify and each gave me a few tutorials on how they use that service and what they like about it. It seems to me that the real competition in this space right now is between Spotify and Apple Music, so I decided to look at that option too. They both have family plans available for about $15 per month, so I signed up to try Apple Music first. They are different in some ways, but similar in most of the important areas. Apple Music probably gets the initial nod from me, just because I am so invested in the Apple ecosystem.

Read more…

Support your local Flicker – Friday Fish Fry from @bullshornmpls

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, January 1st, 2021 06:50 pm GMT -6

2021 code written, tested and deployed – go and get after it, people

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, January 1st, 2021 01:16 pm GMT -6

The DK Year in Sport

story posted Friday, January 1st, 2021 12:35 am GMT -6

As the clock inched closer to midnight at the end of this extraordinary year, I realized I was only 10K away from 300 miles on my run chart. This was already the highest annual total for the last four years, but I couldn’t end with 293.8 miles, right? Two treadmill sessions later (while watching season two of Dark), 2020 officially ends up with 300.1 miles. This, unfortunately, is mostly hill walking on a treadmill and not running outside on trails. Given the circumstances, though, I’m fine with just having a trend going in the right direction again.

With the lack of a bike challenge at work this year, my overall bike miles dropped significantly from 2019 (634.1 versus 1074.2). Part of that was also due to Erik the Bike Man being massively overwhelmed with business during the pandemic, forcing me to leave my bike at the Highland Store for three prime summer riding weeks for a needed repair. I imagine mileage will go up again in 2021, with more commuting and single track miles, along with a trip or two to outstate trails like Root River.

I can’t imagine how golf could get better in 2021. I played more rounds last season than any other year I’ve kept records. By a lot. We started a little later than normal because of the initial lockdowns (first round: April 23 at Willingers), but the weather was good all season and we played all the way into the beginning of December. My handicap dropped quite a bit this year, so there is definitely something to be said for more practice (even if I did it all on actual courses).

Grateful (in so many ways) to get to do these things. Now on to programming for the new year…

NYE Mucci’s Feast

pic posted Thursday, December 31st, 2020 04:43 pm GMT -6

New Year’s Eve was so different during my casino years – good luck to everyone at the Bay tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, December 31st, 2020 04:07 pm GMT -6

Slacked off this week

pic posted Thursday, December 31st, 2020 02:55 pm GMT -6

Last work day of 2020 – Happy New Year, y’all 💜

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, December 31st, 2020 01:41 pm GMT -6

My life in watches

pic posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 11:56 pm GMT -6

Probably have looked at 1,000 listings in the Twin Cities the past two months. People sure do make some interesting decisions…

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 07:52 pm GMT -6

Spring cleaning in December

pic posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 03:55 pm GMT -6

Last day at Candyland for kid two before she goes back to college

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 11:59 am GMT -6

The girl is crafty – she knows all the moves. I started playing records – she knew all the grooves…

- She’s Crafty

quoted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 08:30 am GMT -6

All 1500 in their place

pic posted Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 01:41 am GMT -6

Cane’s to rule them all

pic posted Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 12:55 pm GMT -6

Two down, one to go

pic posted Monday, December 28th, 2020 08:34 am GMT -6

Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2021 Run Mileage: 34.8
  • 2021 Bike Mileage: 0

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