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Took a nice late autumn stroll to see the annual Duke Park luminaries all lit, warm and flickering, lighting our way home. 🕯🏠🌚

📸 Had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of our favorite bands, Sylvan Esso, this past Friday...

They are so damn giving and talented. I’m grateful and proud to call them neighbors (not next door, but Durham’s where they call home)! They sold out two nights in the biggest venue we have and they’ve definitely sold out much, much bigger spaces.

We saw them forever ago open up for one our favorite hip hop artists, Dessa, in Carrboro to a crowd of 40 people tops. To see them rise year after year, higher and higher has been a treat to say the least.

Holy crap… I am so happy about this… it’s nice to still geek out in my mid 40’s! 😁

I know they are not listening but... FFS Instagram

…if an account is public, and I go to said public account on the web, don’t put up your lame “sign up/sign in” modal in front of my viewing experience after scrolling through a mere 12 to 18 pictures. That is a lose-lose for everyone involved. That and it’s just a shameful and terrible user experience. At least try to be better

📸 Fortunate to have caught Bon Iver live this week...

It was our third time seeing him over the years and, man, what an amazing show! I really love how Vernon has evolved his sound over the years. There’s an underlying tenderness to his performances that has always resonated with me as genuine. It’s performance, yes, but there’s always this intimacy that he creates - no matter how large the venue/crowd is.

Oh and the light show was super unique and fun to try and figure out in real time. Hadn’t ever seen a band do that before! Elevated double-sided mirrors framed with dynamically colored LED strips. Moving up and down, tilting and undulating during the show’s entirety. Super cool!

Had the pleasure of finally being able to attend the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival this year…

After over a decade of being asked by my brother in law to come out to San Francisco to HSB, we finally made it out. It was definitely a memorable experience! The crowds on Saturday were definitely too much but Friday and Sunday were lovely.

It was a short visit for sure, but we love San Francisco so it was definitely worth it!

📸Just hanging here...

…with my god-given Gollum feet… watching the bats feast in this (finally) cooler weather. Hope y’all are doing your own lovely version of the same!

📸 That church I was talking about a post or two earlier? Well...

If she doesn’t need my help, one of my all time favorite things to do with my best friend is line up music for her while she prepares anything in the kitchen. I love watching her face light up and dance when each track drops. It’s beyond lovely and it’s also the least I can do.

📸 On the way home, before the hurricane rains blew in, I noticed a longstanding church I walk by every day was getting torn down 😕.

Took a peek inside and definitely got some #StrangerThings Upside Down vibes in there.

🎵 Been enjoying the recent Shredders release immensely today

It’s a no-brainer if you like the hip-hop collective Doomtree, as it’s basically the entire group sans Dessa and Cecil Otter.

Immensely fun whilst coding on deadline.

📸 Starting her 44th trip around the sun with 🥧!

So damn grateful you were born sweetheart! Love you so much. #pieforbreakfast #thisis44

📸 Damn Maine!

This evening hour light…. Our departure tomorrow is early, and even though our time here was short, it’s hard not to feel the echoes of something bigger reflecting back on us. No doubt we’ll be doing the same, in kind, on the long drive home.

📸 Just took a solar bag shower outdoors

letting my pasty white farmer-tan skin battle it out with the last few hours of coastal Maine sunlight. It felt almost as glorious as this place we are staying in. It’s been a shameful amount of time since @allthatmel and I have been to the rocky shores of Maine. Really grateful we made the trip. 😌

📸 The light in our home... for better or worse... 🏡❤️

📸 Our piggies combined....

📸 Thoroughly enjoyed this break from the heat (and the 🇪🇨 hammock we got on our 20th).

🔗 “Let’s Talk About Peeing In Space”

Probably one of the most entertaining and informative Twitter threads I’ve ever read. So, so, good..

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🔗 “Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? We Found Them.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/arts/bob-ross-paintings-mystery.html

Been working at a new co-working environment...

…and it’s been interesting seeing the differences between the spaces that I’ve worked at in the past versus this space now.

One of the the key “needs” that I have come up with is pretty straight forward: do NOT neglect your inherent need for natural light.

Sure, you may think that you don’t need it, or that maybe you take enough breaks versus grinding away in your cave. Trust me on this, you need natural light. You need to see the outside world.

Make sure that you do. #StepsOffSoapbox

It’s official. We all got spoiled by the stability of the iOS12 public beta.

While not hot garbage (for me anyways), iPadOS 13 and iOS 13 are about as glitchy as they come. Definitely heed Apple’s “thrill seeker” warning. Lots of good stuff on the way though!

📸 I love it when I am out walking and shots just magically come together.

Durham is always filled with these kinds of encounters. And when the afternoon storms are rolling in like they are here? I turn down whatever is coming through my earbuds, center myself into the present, and pay close attention. I don’t have to capture it every time, but whenever I do, it’s a treat.

Been a while since we properly 🚀 ‘ed it…. (that’s when we inhabit a couch, each of us at the opposite end, and we talk about everything going on in our lives whilst listening to music). It’s really lovely!

Saying goodbye to an old friend...

I recently sent my trustworthy iPad Air 2 to greener pastures and snagged the most recent iPad Pro 11in with the latest corresponding Brydge keyboard. Even though it was definitely time to upgrade, I still felt pretty nostalgic for my old setup and all of the adventures I’d been on with it. Tried and true, it worked flawlessly on consistent basis.

Still, we all know when it’s time.

I recieved the iPad Pro about a week before the Brydge shipped so I got to put it through its paces on its own before using it in what would be it’s everyday set up (basically a compact iOS-fueled laptop). I immediately saw the hardware differences in the iPad Pro (how could I not). I love so much about it, from it’s form factor, to it’s insane speed, all the way down to how well Face ID works. It’s aces. And the Brydge keyboard is the same, however, I’ve been somewhat surprised at how much I’ve become accustomed to the low travel of my 13in MBP butterfly keyboard and how that relates experientially to the Brydge. I initially thought I got a bad Brydge unit, but then I started typing with more vigor (something we’ve all done before keyboard-gate) and it’s all coming back. I do wish it somehow used the smart connector on the iPad Pro, but I understand why they didn’t and latency on bluetooth is minimal to non-existent. Additionally, I love the form factor and build quality (yes, it adds hella weight, but I knew that going in) it’s the perfect match to my iPad Pro, and it just looks cool aesthetically.

So yeah, I’m smitten! It is a glorious set up for me on my admin/correspondence text-heavy days and, like my old trusty iPadAir 2, I expect this setup to last a good, long time.

Those evenings… storms coming in… right before you decide to cut the back deck lights on.