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It never ceases to amaze me...

I witness, in my day to day, a lot of people who dismiss podcasts as a nonsensical medium that, more than ever, is filled with amateurish drivel, not worthy of consuming.

I swear…. in the last year alone, I’ve discovered more incredible, lovely, awe-inspiring humans via podcasts than I ever would have via television, movies, commercial radio, etc….

I am so damn grateful for it!

Tips: *Re-REvisiting* My Workflow (again) for Launching .scriv Files in Marked and Scrivener Simultaneously

Hey y’all, a friendly Tweep ( @ckrueger99 ) on my feed let me know that this age-old Alfred workflow has, once again, stopped working. I’m absolutely bogged down in contract work at the moment, but I am making this a fun diversion in my down time to try and figure out what came unplugged. Stay tuned!

Was out for a walk this afternoon...

When I stepped out the door it was in the low 70’s. When I got back to the house 2 hours later, it was in the high 50’s. CRAAAAAAAZY temperature swings here in the Piedmont region of NC.

It’s really odd having it be so warm in early February, so while I was caught off guard wearing a T-shirt during my walk, at least it’s getting back down to more seasonable weather this evening.

On Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

I never do this but, I’ve been checking daily to see if/when #spiderverse went on pre-sale (iTunes).

Finally noticed it today. So many things are proclaimed no-brainers. This is a literal one. Didn’t even think. Just clicked the “buy” button. It’s that good.

Snag it y’all

📸Back home after a LONG road trip...

… filled with hours of unexpected construction delays from my homeland (New England, NH & VT). Decompression and reflection necessitates much needed time with 🍵 in front of the 🔥 back at the 🏠 …

📸 Da BubbinSpoonful keeps getting biggoh!!🐶

My brother’s doggo, Ginger, is officially full grown. I am glad I can still hold her!

📸Its nice to have a reminder of how beautiful the winters can be up north.

It’s one thing where my memory has intentionally run short after moving south. 😌

📸That’s some beautiful evening-walk-home light you got going on there Durham ❤️🐂🍁🍂

Been making slow but sure progress on theme tweaks for this site.

I decided to go with a “dark-mode” motif (yeah, I know, it’s trendy) and prefer it a lot more to the eye-shredding brightness of the orignal theme.

There’s always more, but I think it’s getting there.

Does anyone know off hand if it’s possible to auto format posts that come in from I often find myself editing each of them afterwards, moving the first sentence into the heading of the m.b post. Is there a way, for instance, to add markdown to the first sentence of each Instagram post that gets added to my site?

📸What a gift to be amongst friends watching friends playing the sweetest music for friends. ❤️

📸To date, I have no earthly idea about how my head is wired.

But, walking quickly by this razor thin alleyway, all I could see was this child’s lost playground ball.

📸Product placement in everyday life is key!

#vote #justvote

📸Looking mighty fire-y Durham. 🍁🍂🍁 🔥 🍁🍂🍁

If your (or, in my case, email isn’t sending...

…and is stuck in outbox purgatory, you are not alone.

I reached out to Apple support this evening and they confirmed there is a current outage for “some users” and that engineers are on it.

So if you are getting the same error (eventually, it can take a while), rest assured, the right people are looking into it.


Because man, do I hate to crack open my secondary Gmail account.

TFW people complain about skim milk not making it into their pumpkin spice latte...

…while a single, seemingly innocuous cut on my finger tip, reduces my daily productivity by 40%… ish. 😅😬😐

Time to take the garbage out! Get on out y’all! #VOTE

I got one of those Flint and Tinder 10 Year Hoodies forever ago..

I knew they’d been bought out and didn’t even have the color that I originally purchased my hoodie in BUT… the company that owns them now (Huckberry) still honors the 10 year warranty for repairs and mends that aren’t super egregious.

So, as an experiment out of genuine need, I sent my 5 year old forest green TYH in for some repairs, knowing (and expressing complete and utter disinterest) that some of the repairs/replacements would not match the colors of my original hoodie.

Weeks later, what came back is kinda glorious! The repairs are top notch and the blown out cuff and waste band elastic replacements are pretty much what I expected. I’ve worn this hoodie to a ridiculous degree and I love that, somehow, after the KickStarter and everything, they found a company to honor the original warranty.

All I paid was shipping!

🎵🎶 Been digging the hell out of the latest full length “16/17” from Ryan Playground...

If you like quirky, densely layered electronic pop music, I bet you’ll dig this. It’s been on repeat for me ever since it dropped. Very ear wormy -…

📸Let Autumn begin! First fire of the season. 😌🍁🍂

📸The weather finally turned here in Durham.🍁❤️🍂


📸The amount of lot scraping that’s been going on in the neighborhoods I walk through has been really depressing.

📸 Back porch autumnal vibes. 🍂🍁

New to the iPhone X here. 📱

Got the Xs this last Friday and there are a couple of things that surprised me.

  • One is the speed. Coming from a piano-black 7 Plus, a phone I didn’t find particularly slow, it is almost jarring how much faster the Xs is. This new phone screams!
  • The other surprise was, finally, getting to spend some significant time with the X’s new UI/UX. I am always quick to adapt to new design paradigms but I confess, transitioning to the home buttonless existence of the “X” era has been a wee bit sticky. I’ve sometimes found myself pausing thinking “what do I do _now_”. All will be fine of course, but it was interesting to notice.
  • Face ID so far is flawless. It’s amazing how well it works in any situation I’ve encountered.
  • I’m officially saying goodbye to the large screen sizes of the Plus (and now Max) models. Having a much smaller phone - without sacrificing much, if any, screen real estate - in my hand/pocket is just a better fit for me. I don’t miss the larger phone size one bit.
  • Speaking of the screen. Man are these OLED screens worthy of the hype being shoveled on top of them! Just gorgeous!
  • The sound coming out of the Xs’ speakers is a drastic improvement (to my ears anyways). Hearing distinct stereo separation was a surprise as well.

When you invest this much in a device you use everyday, it’s been great to have it genuinely surprise me (again). 😊

📸20 years... Today.

Today I’ve been married to @allthatmel for 2 decades (in December we’ll have been together in a relationship for 26).

I could wax poetic and dive into a deliriously complex and wonderful sea of nostalgia, but what I think I’ll do instead is focus on now.

Years of trust, communication, challenging each other, always unconditionally having each other’s back, laughter, occasional anger/frustration, all of the things… all of it has always brought us back to today. The present.

Now. And that “now” is, and has always been, built on top of love.

We’ve both changed so damn much since we met that one summer in the early 90’s. I knew I loved you then. I know we’ll love each other beyond all of this, as long as we continue to hold space for each other and whatever we endeavor to be.

Happy Anniversary sweetheart! I love you so. Thanks for loving the current and past “me’s” for this long. I can’t wait to see what we become walking all those miles towards the horizon.