Feeling very stressed. Work's busy and my orientee is not coming along well, and I don't know what to do about it.

I was weeding a bit last night in the garden and it just seems an insurmountable task. I hate the lawn, I hate the flower beds, I hate the overgrown shrubbery the previous owner planted that needs trimmed back 2-3 times a year. I wish it was all more manageable but it's not, and it gives me no joy.

@alex 89.1 or 102.9 FM are some of the local emergency broadcast stations

Mortgages and Inflation 

My friends who are trying to buy a home are facing a very competitive market, and in part I think it's people trying to lock in a mortgage in the face of the quickly rising tide in interest rates.

A few months ago you would have gotten a 3% rate, and a $400k loan would cost ~$1700 a month. Today you're lucky to find a 6% rate, and that same loan costs $2400 a month.

And then of course there's the cash buyers who want to use their money before inflation devalues it.

Bike-In returns to Ann Arbor this Friday at 7pm, rolling from the Farmer's Market

If you haven't gone before, it's a slow 7-10 mile roll through the city streets with 50-200 others on bikes. Not a race, it's at a party pace, with music. It rolls at 7pm from the Farmer's Market and ends at Blom Meadworks.

This month's theme is "In Bloom" and you can catch it, same time, same place the last Friday of every month.

Bring your lights and your bell! I'll be there

snow in the forecast 

Guess I will *not* be doing my traditional "take off the snow tires" Easter routine today

Gee I wonder what the line is like at Washtenaw dairy...

does anyone have an oscillating tool to lend for an afternoon? Gotta cut some drywall.

The EPA designated the shed a superfund site, cleaned it up, and didn't tell the neighbors anything.

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This kid assembled a bunch of radioactive materials and got arguably close to assembling a rudimentary breeder reactor.

All of this happened in a shed behind his mom's house, within a half mile of the house my wife lived in at the time. Wild.

It did not end well for him. He died young after struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.


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Today's internet rabbit hole:

Russian soldiers mishandling radioactive materials in Ukraine -> Radioactive accidents wiki -> record scratch 👀

@hypomodern they should bring the wood chips to the nature center, I'm sure we could use them

I had a great day off yesterday that involved test riding an eBike, toodling around downtown's protected bike lanes, and relaxing.

It reminded me I need a week off, not just a day.

Took today off as I was feeling burned out at work. Think I'll go check out some eBikes, take the dog for a walk, and laze around

Ann Arbor just found out what their marijuana tax portion will be for 2021.

$1.4 million. That's a million more than last year.

airbrushed vans 

One of my favorite Facebook Marketplace searches is airbrushed vans.

Sometimes the airbrushing is pretty impressive. Sometimes it's really not, as in this case!


@typingmonkey I looked it up yesterday and China has its 80+ population only about 50% vaccinated, and the vaccine they use isn't particularly great.

Bad times ahead for China. Hong King is already there unfortunately.

does anyone have any 12-2 wire lying around that could sell me a few feet? Most stores sell it by the 125 feet.

Highs were high and lows were quite low this week

Highs: got a raise, was able to bike to work a couple times, the dog we were dogsitting went back home (whew)

Lows: My daughter's BFF, who she has been absolutely inseparable from for half her life, had to move home to Japan. It was gut-wrenching to watch that goodbye.

Now shopping plane tickets to Nagoya

I just cut our vehicle fuel costs by 25% with one weird trick (recharging on DTE's time of day rate)

Thanks @ablyler for the hot tip - the meter was swapped today.

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