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Part of the Problem?

story posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 01:10 am GMT -5

Step 1 – Download my info
Step 2 – Deactivate my account
Step 3 – Permanently delete my account

Two out of three so far…

UPDATE:
And since Facebook owns Instagram:

Step 1 – Download my info
Step 2 – Deactivate my account
Step 3 – Permanently delete my account

I’ve gotten love, I’ve gotten drunk, I’ve gotten beat up in that parking lot. I’ve had my Lake Street pride for three decades. These alleyways, and these streetlights have seen my best days. Before I was a germ learning how to misbehave, all the way to the grave, south side is my resting place…

- Atmosphere

quoted Monday, June 1st, 2020 07:41 pm GMT -5

Soaring to new heights

pic posted Monday, June 1st, 2020 01:31 am GMT -5

Trying to be hopeful, but then I read the comments

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, May 31st, 2020 11:10 pm GMT -5

Essential and awesome

pic posted Sunday, May 31st, 2020 12:30 am GMT -5

Field looks great

pic posted Saturday, May 30th, 2020 06:41 pm GMT -5

A bench with a view

pic posted Saturday, May 30th, 2020 06:34 pm GMT -5

Less than half of Minnesotans under age 30 voted in 2018

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 30th, 2020 09:49 am GMT -5

Summer Shindig 2020

pic posted Friday, May 29th, 2020 01:50 pm GMT -5

Forgot how good this is

pic posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 04:19 pm GMT -5

Business Law was one of my worst grades in school, but there is a certain serenity to structured legal documents (like good PHP code)

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 10:03 pm GMT -5

Battling the Creek

pic posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 06:01 pm GMT -5

MK needed some cheering up

pic posted Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 12:15 pm GMT -5

She’s long gone, but her perfume still lingers. Nothing but trouble, but I guess that figures…

- Out of My Mind

quoted Monday, May 25th, 2020 09:55 pm GMT -5

100 years of choo-choos

pic posted Monday, May 25th, 2020 05:05 pm GMT -5

Lazy Sunday

pic posted Sunday, May 24th, 2020 04:46 pm GMT -5

Yesterday we saw one of those big car transport trucks driving across the Hwy 52 bridge, loaded with new hearses

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, May 24th, 2020 01:40 pm GMT -5

The CP in the MN

pic posted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 07:15 pm GMT -5

Something new at the cemetery

pic posted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 07:13 pm GMT -5

Damn straight

pic posted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 07:11 pm GMT -5

She did it! Bummer on the ceremony, but still so very proud of SK ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 06:33 pm GMT -5

Mississippi River or Frontierland?

pic posted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 06:31 pm GMT -5

Oh boy, Two Dots has a new game

pic posted Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 10:45 am GMT -5

First bike crash with the new(ish) bike and Woody is not amused

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 22nd, 2020 06:52 pm GMT -5

Customade for moi

pic posted Friday, May 22nd, 2020 06:48 pm GMT -5

Didn’t think 2020 would be the year I’d take online classes from Yale and Johns Hopkins, but here we are (and for free)

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 22nd, 2020 12:40 pm GMT -5

Huh, I guess I did buy tickets to the Doobie Brothers

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, May 22nd, 2020 11:32 am GMT -5

Almost set a Two Dots PR

pic posted Thursday, May 21st, 2020 10:44 pm GMT -5

Nature finds a way

pic posted Thursday, May 21st, 2020 11:19 am GMT -5

iMac Upgrades

story posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 11:02 pm GMT -5

After several months of frustration with managing my (admittedly) large collection of music and photos on our three-year-old iMac, I decided it was time to either look at a new machine or try to rebuild and optimize the current one. Since the new options I liked were all in the $3,000 or more category, I decided to research cheaper options with Mr. Jackpot, our 2017 21.5-inch Retina 4K model (iMac 18.2).

The 3GHz quad-core i5 processor should still be OK for a few more years and I really like the quality of the screen. I’ve been running just the standard 8GB of RAM, though, which seems meager now. For storage, I originally picked the 256GB SSD option internally, with two external 2TB drives connected via standard USB ports. My gut feeling was that this was now a major performance bottleneck, since the operating system was the only thing on the fast SSD and the photo library and music files were on the slower spinning disc drives with no Thunderbolt interfaces.

I’ve been a customer and fan of Other World Computing in Illinois for most of my IT career. I looked at the upgrade options for this model on their site and reviewed the excellent installation videos several times before deciding to place an order. My goal was to upgrade the RAM from 8GB to 32GB, replace the small internal SSD with their 2TB OWC Aura Pro X2 product, then find a suitable Thunderbolt 3 external SSD option. After consulting with my friend Terry, I opted for a non-OWC option, ordering the 2TB Samsung T5 Portable SSD from Amazon (which, of course, was just made obsolete a few days ago with a T7 version).

OWC rated these installs “skill level: advanced” and I was a little nervous. They provided all of the needed tools and parts, but it was still a challenging installation. Last Sunday was rainy anyways, so the timing for this project was spot on. It ended up taking most of the afternoon, with only one initial issue. The Torx screwdrivers OWC provides don’t have very big handles, so I needed to improvise the T8 by attaching a wrench for more torque to loosen the screws on the power unit (which also had some tricky cable connections). Once everything was apart, popping in the RAM and the SSD chips was easy. I reversed the process to close it back up, then started a clean install of macOS Mojave.

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Look what else is back

pic posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 07:03 pm GMT -5

Today’s biking buddy

pic posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 04:33 pm GMT -5

A triumphant return

pic posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 12:12 pm GMT -5

Welcome to the real world, jackass!

- I Threw It On The Ground

quoted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 11:08 am GMT -5

Shifting Landscapes

story posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 10:19 am GMT -5

Just like in real life, I try to avoid discussing politics and religion on this site. As an avid student of history, however, I’m really fascinated by the changing face of the Republican party in the United States. In particular, the formation and actions of The Lincoln Project, support from some of the Minnesota Republicans of my youth and the reaction on the “new right” by people like Jason Lewis to these efforts.

As I’ve (reluctantly) shared in the past, I do not consider myself a Republican or a Democrat (or a conservative or a liberal). I like to evaluate all issues independent of the pre-conceived platforms of those labels and form my own opinions on a case-by-case basis. What I find interesting about the Lincoln Project is how some people I thought would always be set in their ways have changed their position over time. Take Steve Schmidt for example. Here’s the guy who pushed John McCain to select Sarah Palin and worked with George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Arnold Schwarzenegger on Trump:

The 43rd President of the United States listened to Trump’s inaugural and turned to the former Secretary of State and said, “well, that was some weird shit.” Indeed it was. Trump, raged about “American carnage” and described a dystopic America that existed only in the fever dreams of a noxious mix of conspiracy theorists, demagogic commentators and dishonest propaganda platforms getting rich by spreading the disinformation planted by foreign intelligence services. Three years on it turns out Trump’s speech was prophecy. He has brought devastation to America. His legacy will be mass death and economic collapse caused by his staggering incompetence and ineptitude. The United States is the epicenter of Covid-19 disease and death and the reason is because of Trump. Trump has failed at an epic level. He has divided the county and stoked a cold civil war. He has lied more than 17000 times and desecrated the American Presidency. He has assaulted American patriots, our most important institutions and attacked the rule of law. He is corrupt, indecent and utterly lacking character. He processes none of the qualities of greatness and goodness that have steered our country through its’ darkest nights. He is a fool without compare. He is intellectually unfit and mentally fragile. He is unworthy of his office and unfit for its duties. We are living in a moment of American weakness unlike any of us have ever seen. Trump is the architect of that weakness. He is the instrument of our precipitous national decline. Recovery from this disaster will take many years. Trump is not capable at any level of leading it. The election ahead is the most important this country has faced since 1864. Let it end this rancid era of the reality show Presidency. Let it send this tiresome and ignorant bully back to Trump Tower and cleanse the stench of his corruption, idiocy, racebaiting and failure from our national life. The name Trump will long linger. It will stand for suffering and unnecessary death. It will stand for economic collapse and financial ruin. It will stand for failure and weakness. It will stand for decline and dishonesty. It will stand for stupidity and indecency. But mostly it will mark a tragic time in America where the worst leader in our long history, a man so outmatched by history’s test was the President. He will be remembered rightfully as the worst one we have ever had.

COVID zombie tennis

pic posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 09:18 pm GMT -5

Just had a plugging-in-the-lights moment up in here

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, May 18th, 2020 07:38 pm GMT -5

Got the last one

pic posted Monday, May 18th, 2020 04:53 pm GMT -5

Just tested the restore capabilities of my cloud backup solution – have you tested yours lately?

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, May 18th, 2020 11:50 am GMT -5

A rainy day project

pic posted Sunday, May 17th, 2020 05:06 pm GMT -5

What I was supposed to be doing at the office tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 16th, 2020 08:26 pm GMT -5

Missing @FirstAvenue and live @RthompsonMusic shows

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 16th, 2020 03:48 pm GMT -5

Since 1910

pic posted Saturday, May 16th, 2020 02:03 pm GMT -5

Mucci Friday

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Springtime in the A.V.

pic posted Friday, May 15th, 2020 06:36 pm GMT -5

I’d like to take you to my house. It’s a purple house. Would you like to go?

- Prince, 1985

quoted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 11:38 pm GMT -5

Hummel Bin #2

story posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 10:18 pm GMT -5

This bin had a lot more than the first one – this project is going to take a long time. As I mentioned in the first bin post, please let me know if you are interested in any of these little beauties (pics after the jump).

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family meal week 9: ribs

pic posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 07:12 pm GMT -5

Fitness Pyramids

story posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 04:37 pm GMT -5

The “UK DK” posted this interesting graphic a while back that I recently found while cleaning up my desktop. It amazes me how many different recommendations there are out there to get in better shape, but this one makes a lot of sense to me. My old plan was to run a gazillion miles a month and eat whatever I wanted, but that’s not in the cards these days. I am currently on a one month move streak and have greatly reduced my sugar intake, which has started a trend in the right direction weight-wise. Haven’t started in with the new kettle bell yet because of some back pain, but hope to add that to the mix soon…

The Forests of Lowertown

pic posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 03:54 pm GMT -5

Niver McMuffin

pic posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 03:50 pm GMT -5

Bringin’ it back with @dasharez0ne

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 01:31 pm GMT -5

Move goals

pic posted Thursday, May 14th, 2020 01:27 pm GMT -5

While a brand new iMac would be nice, decided to visit my OWC friends to spruce up the old one

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 10:54 pm GMT -5

Luna Still Life

pic posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 12:25 pm GMT -5

Springtime in Saint Paul

pic posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 12:12 pm GMT -5

Forest of foliage

pic posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 01:57 am GMT -5

Every time I manually type out “sudo certbot renew” for my quarterly renewal, I feel like I’m letting @cedge318 down

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 11:41 pm GMT -5

That thing was cool

pic posted Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 08:37 pm GMT -5

Zantigo Monday

pic posted Monday, May 11th, 2020 07:38 pm GMT -5

Don’t Fear the Reaper

story posted Monday, May 11th, 2020 12:29 am GMT -5

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life:

Who is it, darling? It’s a Mr. Death or something. He’s come about the reaping. I don’t think we need any at the moment…

Nobody wants to think about death, but unfortunately our family has had a lot of experience with it the last few years. With the state of the world now, I thought it might be useful to write up a post on our experiences, what you should do to plan and how to make things easier for your loved ones when the time comes.

When I was younger, I can remember having an intense fear of dying (and of losing other people in my life). The funeral of my great grandmother was open casket and was very traumatizing for me. I also remember my next door neighbor dying after an ambulance pulled up outside – she was the first person close to me that died and I had nightmares about it for years. I remember going on a trip to southern California shortly after that and having an existential freakout in the backseat of the rental car as we drove from LAX to Anaheim. Sorry about that, mom and dad.

As I’ve aged, my thinking about death has become less scary and more sensible. It’s still incredibly hard to mourn and deal with loss, but now I know it’s a part of the natural cycle in our world. That’s not an easy thing to come to terms with, though, after losing so many people in my family. I thankfully haven’t had a lot of friend funerals yet and feel extraordinarily lucky to not be one of the first after that fateful morning in 2018. And even though I never met them in person, I still get emotional when I listen to a Prince, Tom Petty or David Bowie song.

So, what happens when the reaper comes calling? A good funeral home can help immensely and we’ve had great experiences with Mueller Bies in Roseville. If you’re a fan of the HBO series Six Feet Under, you may have pre-conceived notions of what the funeral home business is all about, but a good funeral director can be a huge help in navigating what is usually an extremely difficult time for people. They will work to arrange cremation or embalming, assist with purchase of an urn or casket, coordinate any desired church services, host visitations, order flowers, help write and publish obituaries in local newspapers, submit paperwork to the state for death certificates and arrange for cemetery services (if needed). These services do not come cheap: expect it to cost $7,000 – $12,000.

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Hummel Bin #1

story posted Sunday, May 10th, 2020 04:11 pm GMT -5

In honor of Mother’s Day 2020, I thought I would finally start the “Hummel Project.” As part of the sale of the house on Lombard, I bubble-wrapped most of mom’s Hummel figurines and filled several bins that now take up half of my dining room. I’m not sure what to do with them – the market for Hummels was bad even before the current situation. My goal is to take photos of each one, then try to find them new homes.

If you see any you’d like (or know of a place that might be interested in them), please drop me a note. Photo gallery of the first bin after the jump.

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She said doodee

pic posted Sunday, May 10th, 2020 03:52 pm GMT -5

Forever in our hearts ️❤️

pic posted Sunday, May 10th, 2020 10:42 am GMT -5

PSA: the Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart is available to watch until 5/12 here

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 9th, 2020 10:57 pm GMT -5

Saturday night excitement: cleaning 10+ years of saved bookmarks out of my Chrome account

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, May 9th, 2020 06:44 pm GMT -5
 

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