Civic volunteering gripe. Show more
Despite my efforts to keep this volunteer sub-committee's work on Google Docs, city staff insists on using Word with notes/track changes, which I do not have a license for. About to spend $70/year to make my volunteering slightly easier (though also harder because copy-version proliferation). Bleh.
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#bancars Show more
We had a truly terrifying drive home tonight. Black ice out of nowhere then wrecks all around us; drove <15mph most of the rest of the way home feeling grateful for the clusters of first responders, and worry for those in wrecked vehicles, marking our milestones.
Designing a transportation system around cars was a bad idea.
Recipe recommendation Show more
This oven brisket recipe worked excellently. Incredible bark, somehow sweet without sugar; didn’t miss the oak smoke (much); made up for the frustrating experience of cooking in someone else’s kitchen (sharpen your knives, people!)
US politics ∩ family Show more
My career Marine, lifelong Republican uncle told me yesterday, unprompted, that “it’s time for the clown to go.” Now just gotta figure out how to get people like him to say that out loud where it matters..
@sstrudeau screen repair was cheaper than i expected ($70) so I dodged the new phone bullet for now...
Cleaning up a customer's PC, I made the mistake of leaving a tab open on Yahoo's home page. Only 1 minute later: malvertized. Sunuva...
I did it again to pin down the cause, & indeed it's Yahoo's ads breaking out, taking over the page, & loading scary messages that make it difficult to leave.
I can't stress enough, folks, that an ad blocker is Internet SECURITY software.
The specific ideas here seem mostly bananas to me but the idea at the heart of it leads to a great thought experiment "If you want to be a NIMBY, you should have to pay for it." https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/12/cap-and-trade-solve-low-income-housing-mount-laurel-doctrine/578335/
We started using a (locally owned & run) reheatable prepped meal service What's Cooking recently and OMG it has made our busy household's life so much easier. Its like the 3 times a year we have enough time on a weekend to plan & prep meals for the week but for a little more money & a lot less time: http://www.whatscookinga2.com/
Treating water heaters as grid batteries: https://www.routefifty.com/smart-cities/2018/12/water-heaters-power-grid-storage/153391/
Welp, we’re raising a hacker. Show more
Today after school she conspiratorially informed me that when she was supposed to be doing Lexia (a literacy iPad app; the same one she’s already found glitches to exploit) but she figured out a way to open a different game and played that instead “and mrs smith didn’t even know!”
So much pride but also now I have to figure out how to help her stay out of trouble & meet school expectations without squelching that exploratory spirit. #hacktheplanet
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