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Strong targeted casino marketing

pic posted Saturday, December 8th, 2018 01:53 pm GMT -6

So. Much. Two Dots.

pic posted Saturday, December 8th, 2018 12:43 pm GMT -6

Duck meatloaf with CK, JV & SV

pic posted Friday, December 7th, 2018 11:31 pm GMT -6

Back in my airline days, people used Minny all the time to refer to MSP. Plus: Minnie and Paul?

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, December 7th, 2018 04:09 pm GMT -6

Need to compare with the Mpls one

pic posted Friday, December 7th, 2018 12:52 pm GMT -6

Upgraded to WordPress 5.0, turned on the classic editor for now (and the emoji issue persists)

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, December 6th, 2018 09:29 pm GMT -6

Foreshadowing?

pic posted Thursday, December 6th, 2018 12:16 pm GMT -6

Security broke my emojis

story posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:49 pm GMT -6

This site has always been a tool for me to stay sharp on new web technologies and lately it’s been a great way to test my cognitive skills since the little incident in October. I’ve had three things on my web development to-do list for a long time: 1) use Let’s Encrypt to add TLS/SSL security, 2) make my WordPress theme mobile-friendly and 3) create some dedicated data entry screens for golf scores, runs and bike rides. During my recovery at home, I decided to tackle item #1…

Since I still had Homebrew installed on this server, I was able to get Certbot installed early on in the process and had a valid certificate ready and waiting. I haven’t tried automating the renewal process yet, but can manually renew the certificate with no problem (had to do this once already, in fact). For whatever reason, I had trouble finding examples online of people with similar setups and had several false starts in getting Apache configured correctly to use the certificate for this domain. This post got me most of the way there, but had more of a focus on Mac OS X Server and not plain old Mac OS X client. A few other helpful links here, here and here. And this thread on the Let’s Encrypt site helped me figure out what can/should go in the httpd-vhosts.conf file versus what should go in the httpd-ssl.conf file.

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Can’t believe the downtown Minneapolis Arby’s closed at some point while I’ve been out – will have to hop the train to University now

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 08:07 pm GMT -6

Wish Curtis was on Insty

pic posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 05:41 pm GMT -6

Put me in, coach

story posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 02:10 pm GMT -6

Yesterday I had my appointment with the neurosurgeons who needed to approve my return to work. Happy to report that I’ve been cleared to return next week. I really didn’t think it would happen that soon, but I’m super excited to be back in time for the final two regular season Vikings home games (and hopefully at least one playoff game before diving into Final Four prep). Big thanks to everyone at work who stepped in to help while I’ve been out – I’m looking forward to getting back out there. And thanks again to everyone who has facilitated and supported my recovery.

SKOL!

Some exciting news coming to 7minutemiles.com this afternoon

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 11:45 am GMT -6

Secret Service nightmare

pic posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:24 am GMT -6

A Big River Christmas

pic posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:21 am GMT -6

Pizza night across the street

pic posted Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 07:17 pm GMT -6

How did I not know about this Oak Island thing until now?

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, December 3rd, 2018 08:51 pm GMT -6

Therapy doge gone rogue

pic posted Monday, December 3rd, 2018 04:29 pm GMT -6

Unscheduled Downtime

story posted Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 10:44 pm GMT -6

Nights like tonight are when I remember just how stressful it can be to have servers remotely hosted 1,300 miles away. As I’ve written many times, this site runs on a Mac mini located in Las Vegas in a data center run by the fine folks at Mac Stadium. While trying to fix my SSL/WordPress/emoji issue (which I’ll write about later), I managed to almost completely lock up the server. I could ping it, but the Screen Sharing session dropped and SSH was unresponsive at first. Eventually I was able to login via SSH and issue a quick “sudo shutdown -r now” command before getting kicked out again. About ten minutes later, I was able to get in via Screen Sharing. Since I had a couple of security updates to install that required a restart, I decided to just continue the unexpected web server downtime and run those installers too. This ended up taking nearly an extra hour, so I apologize if you were trying to load the site and got nothing.

Now back to researching just how WordPress core supports and displays the latest emoji characters…

The European Christmas Market

pic posted Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 08:50 pm GMT -6

Grew up in St. Paul and love the place to death, but man are the downtown skyways weird and creepy

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 03:29 pm GMT -6

Never gets old

pic posted Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 02:41 pm GMT -6

Best booth at the ice fishing show by far

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 02:29 pm GMT -6

The Wild deserved better tonight – I thought it was going to be 7-2 for sure

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 08:50 pm GMT -6

Got my Qualys A+ SSL scan result, but broke emoji display

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 02:38 pm GMT -6

Spice drops rule

pic posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:49 pm GMT -6

They lit the tree

pic posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:38 pm GMT -6

The ops team rocked it

pic posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:35 pm GMT -6

Baller

pic posted Friday, November 30th, 2018 08:51 pm GMT -6

Still some cleanup to do, but finally got High Sierra, Apache, Let’s Encrypt and TLS to display 7minutemiles.com using https

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 30th, 2018 04:10 pm GMT -6

CK’s last day of leave

pic posted Friday, November 30th, 2018 11:32 am GMT -6

Early Christmas gift from SK

pic posted Thursday, November 29th, 2018 04:57 pm GMT -6

I guess a healthy bottom line doesn’t mean much if to get it, you have to hurt the ones you depend on. It’s people that make the difference. Little people like you…

- Mr. Shirley

quoted Thursday, November 29th, 2018 04:02 pm GMT -6

CK and MK were busy tonight

pic posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 08:39 pm GMT -6

Week Four Update

story posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 07:26 pm GMT -6

A little tardy on the latest update, but all is well. I survived a four hour therapy appointment and apparently did well enough that my speech therapist thinks I don’t need to continue with that track any longer. I had my long-awaited appointment with the ophthalmologist and received a pair of “magic glasses” that have greatly reduced the need for future eye patch use. They have optical film from 3M (see above) that utilizes prism technology to correct my double vision. My left eye is slightly crossed, but this stuff really helps correct that (and it’s so nice to have both eyes open all the time). The extra good news is that there is nothing wrong with either eye – the double vision is caused by the nerves that control the muscles that direct each eye and the doctor is optimistic that this will eventually correct itself. I will also be starting therapy next week to work specifically on eye exercises to help this process along.

In other HCMC appointment news, I met with an awesome neurologist who showed me the “before” and “after” CT scans of my brain from the day of the incident and from when they discharged me from the ICU. It was really cool technology and the way she explained it made it crystal clear how serious the situation was on October 8th (and how much improvement there was after three weeks). Have I mentioned how big a fan I am of the staff at HCMC? I’ll return there again on Friday for another CT scan that will hopefully continue the trend. That will also be Colleen’s last full day with me, as she returns to work on Monday. After that, my next big appointment will be on December 4th, when I meet with the lead neurosurgeon to discuss continued recovery plans and possibly a return to work date.

We saw both Charlie Parr and Hippo Campus at the Palace Theater with no issues from the lights or sound levels (the infamous Palace talkers are another story). On the advice of my friend TG, I picked up a pair of Vibes earplugs, which seemed to work well at the Hippo Campus show (and dampened the discussions of the people sitting near me). Saw one Wild win (Ottawa) and one Wild loss (Arizona) at the X with my uncle, also with no sensory overload issues. Stopped by the stadium for the start of the very loud Packers game, but found it totally manageable. Left that game before halftime to beat the train rush, but had a great time seeing people and delivering thank you cards.

With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was a busy week for seeing family and friends. Had lunch one day with a friend at Dark Horse and went over to the Inver Grove Heights AMC to see Ralph Breaks the Internet (which we both liked). We took my mother-in-law out on Thanksgiving Day for lunch at the original Buca di Beppo in St. Paul, then had a more traditional dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house in the Mac-Groveland area.

This will be my last “weekly update.” Truly thankful for you all – thanks for reading!

Cheers, DK

Week 3 Update
Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update
Brains!

Didn’t know if I’d like Narcos: Mexico without (lots of) Pablo, but it was really good

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 03:43 pm GMT -6

Late arriving crowd

pic posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 07:17 pm GMT -6

Nice use of the shield

pic posted Monday, November 26th, 2018 09:02 pm GMT -6

Update: Mumford & Sons are still missing their banjo

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 26th, 2018 04:48 pm GMT -6

Holidays in Mears

pic posted Monday, November 26th, 2018 02:44 pm GMT -6

My awesome wife returns to work next week, so I’m experimenting with transporting myself home tonight ?

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:57 pm GMT -6

Can’t wait to be back here

pic posted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:36 pm GMT -6

Never wanted a hot dog more

pic posted Sunday, November 25th, 2018 08:32 pm GMT -6

Today would’ve been my grandfather’s 99th birthday ? ❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 24th, 2018 06:28 pm GMT -6

Brunch by kid one with kid two

pic posted Saturday, November 24th, 2018 12:56 pm GMT -6

Good thing I’m in the balcony tonight

pic posted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 08:47 pm GMT -6

I really don’t know how to describe it. It was like the turkeys mounted a counter-attack. It was almost as if they were…organized!

- Les Nessman

quoted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 07:05 pm GMT -6

Successful visit to the eye doctor – my eyepatch days should be over

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 02:39 pm GMT -6

David Schmillen – now with Prism

pic posted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 02:34 pm GMT -6

Meal #1 with the Kane side

pic posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 12:58 pm GMT -6

Don’t even know where to begin today: ?? ? ?‍♀️ ? ?‍⚕️ ?‍⚕️ ??‍?‍?‍?❤️??

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 10:29 am GMT -6

Stacks!

pic posted Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 09:32 am GMT -6

Nice to be back

pic posted Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 07:37 pm GMT -6

Thumbs up on Ralph 2

pic posted Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 04:59 pm GMT -6

Really looking forward to my first approved Wild game tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 10:47 am GMT -6

Free breakfast bingo

pic posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 12:40 pm GMT -6

Four hours of tough therapy this morning, but now I feel like I could build a rocket and decode the Enigma cipher in my head

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 19th, 2018 01:32 pm GMT -6

Riding the Express bus

pic posted Monday, November 19th, 2018 01:05 pm GMT -6

This stuff is so good

pic posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -6

Speak only if it improves upon the silence…

- Mahatma Gandhi

quoted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 12:30 am GMT -6

Charlie and I could talk recovery

pic posted Sunday, November 18th, 2018 12:28 am GMT -6

My return to live music is going well so far

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 17th, 2018 08:26 pm GMT -6

Watch out internet, I’m attempting to code with one eye open (and a brain injury)

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 17th, 2018 11:27 am GMT -6

Last of the egg white bread

pic posted Friday, November 16th, 2018 07:28 pm GMT -6

Week Three Update

story posted Friday, November 16th, 2018 06:03 pm GMT -6

The third week out of the ICU started with lots of family time and a return to HCMC to meet with a neurosurgeon P.A. to have the sutures removed from the top of my head. Since we were so close, I also stopped in at the office for a short visit. It was so great to see everyone (and get more hugs than I can ever remember). After Colleen’s excellent suggestion, I also took the opportunity to clean out my office refrigerator and empty the trash and recycling cans. During my appointment, I was cleared to attend sporting events and concerts, so I hope to return soon for the basketball classic (as a fan) and get back to the Xcel Center with my uncle to catch a Wild game. My first concert should be a perfect one to ease back into live music – Charlie Parr tomorrow night at the Palace Theater up the street.

I was hoping the Monday appointment would be more definitive on determining clearance to return to a number of things, but that was not the case. It was great to get the sutures out (which didn’t even register on the pain scale compared to things in the ICU); a return to work estimate will have to wait until next month. We added some new future appointments and had to reschedule a few others, so now I have a pretty full schedule the next few weeks. It looks like spring will be a fine goal for a return to driving (seizure risk) and biking (warmer, head injury risk). My planned 50th birthday ski trip will have to wait a season, but truly just glad to have a 50th birthday. Haven’t talked much yet about a return to running…

My brother flew up from Orlando last weekend and my sister came down from Duluth, so we spent a lot of time together. We had Carbone’s for lunch at my aunt and uncle’s house on Saturday and my brother wanted to take us out to one of his restaurants in St. Louis Park Saturday night (Yard House). He’s now with Darden Concepts as a corporate trainer and really seems to like the company. Colleen, SK and I introduced him to the magic that is Raising Cane’s the day before he flew home. Also on the foodie radar this past week: lunch with another aunt and uncle at Handsome Hog, lunch with my friend and mentor Doug at Buttered Tin and SK’s first solo server shift at Saint Dinette. I’m really spoiled with so many great options within walking distance of our place (and to have so many kind offers to buy us lunch).

It’s been very strange defining my weekdays by Price Is Right in the mornings and Jeopardy in the afternoons, but I have been working on things other than sitting on the couch and watching TV. I designed some new personal business cards and the thank you cards with SK’s custom artwork arrived this week. Finding addresses and hand writing cards takes a long time, but is actually great therapy for me. I also rolled out the artwork on all the social media platforms, as there are so many people to thank (and I don’t have all those mailing addresses). I’m just amazed at all the communities who have supported us throughout this medical emergency:

  • U.S. Bank Stadium colleagues
  • Allina Health colleagues
  • Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority staff
  • Minnesota Vikings staff
  • National Football League IT staff
  • Hennepin Healthcare doctors, nurses, EMT and support staff
  • Metro Transit Police
  • Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments
  • Fortune Bay and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • High School for Recording Arts
  • Northwest Airlines alumni
  • St. Paul Central and Ramsey Junior High alumni
  • WeRunMpls and the online running community
  • MMR

This whole time period has felt like soccer’s stoppage time – I feel like every day I get beyond Oct. 8, 2018, is a bonus. It seems crazy to me that this could be one month or another 50 years. Appointments next week include the long-awaited ophthalmology session on Friday with Dr. Chang to discuss my daily occupational therapy eye exercises (see above) and options for prism glasses to help resolve the double vision.

Cheers, DK

Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update
Brains!

The cinematography in the first three minutes of The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is incredible

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 16th, 2018 11:46 am GMT -6

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future…

- Fly Like An Eagle

quoted Friday, November 16th, 2018 10:14 am GMT -6

Man, he was only 57

pic posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -6

First solo shifts for SK

pic posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018 08:41 pm GMT -6
 

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