Thoughts in My Head

Leaning Something New

Learning a new keyboard.

Last week, I purchased a kinesis freestyle pro it is a split-style keyboard that is also programable. I am now using it to learn the Colemak keyboard layout. I don’t have a reason for doing this, other than I like to try new things. Have you tried to learn anything new lately, for no other reason than you wanted to try something new?

Most Decongestants Don't Work

  • Over the Counter Decongestants don't work
    • According to the FDA, over-the-counter Decongestants, like Sudafed PE and Vicks NyQuil containing phenylephrine, aren't any more effective than wishing a person feels better. I find that a bowl of hot and spicy ramen does a great job of clearing nasal congestion.

I agree 100% with @manton the grid of photo challenge pictures are wonderful

Just finished switching my fountain pens ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ to autumn colors. Does anyone else do that?

My grand niece had her first day at kindergarten today. Yes I am feeling old.

Death Among Life

Dead tree in the middle of live trees


I believe that people today feel more lonely than they ever have before. Loneliness is about feeling disconnected from the world and people around you. Social Media, especially influencers, can drive this feeling by making you feel different from those around you. According to an ars Technica article which was originally published in Psychological Science, every lonely person see the world in a unique way even from each other, while non-lonely people tend to see the world similar to each other. Finally, loneliness and being alone differ; loneliness is about feeling disconnected.

Finished reading: Good Omen by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: Atomic Habits by James Clear ๐Ÿ“š

I just finished pitting 4 plus cups of cherries, and now my hands look like I went on a murder spree.

I watched the Spanish thriller God’s Crooked Lines yesterday afternoon. It kept me interested from beginning to end. This movie’s critical scene is the letter reading in the beginning. Throughout this movie, you are trying to determine when the main character is telling the truth and lying. Even in the end, the answer is not clear. IMG 3427 ๐ŸŽฅ

Another Case of Chutzpah

I saw this article in ars technica. About a surgeon who had been posting operations live on TikTok and, due to multiple complaints, has had her license suspended in Ohio. As I read the article, I wondered why any intelligent person would think this was a good idea. Then I thought of the word Chutzpah. Like many people today, she didn’t think that rules applied to her, that she was above them and unique.

Mushrooms of the Morning

A Group of light brown mushrooms

I received some happy mail today. Thanks @jean, @manton and all who produced videos for the 2023 camp

Well I am pouring my second cup of cold brew because I spilled the first one all over my desk. The good news is my keyboard wasnโ€™t on it. ๏ฟผThe bad news is my desk pad is now a slightly coffee color.

A Juicy Plum

Top shelf of local coffee shop

I was doing my laundry early this morning, probably too early, because when I switched clothes from the washer to the dry, ๐Ÿค”the light in my brain started to come on slowly as I realized I had forgotten to add detergent to the wash.

One can only hope!

Itโ€™s not just Amazon: The FTC proposed rule changes in March that would require companies to make canceling a subscription as easy as signing up for one. So, the days of spending an hour on the phone to cancel that subscription you signed up for impulsively may soon be over. โ€”CC

You have the drama, impending tragedy, or triumph, the sea, and the Titanic. So yeah, of course, it will be a top news story.

Spoke Design Roady Curacao Model 2 Review

Today I received the Roady Curacao Model 2 from Spoke Design. It is a ballpoint pen. The cap and barrel are made of anodized aluminum, and the grip has ridges and is made of bright titanium.

This pen is made to post, and there is a magnet at the cap’s end, making that easy and secure. It uses any Parker-style refill. It is shipped with a premium Uni Jetstream SXR-600-07 Black 0.7mm refill. I have only briefly been writing with the Roady Curacao Model, but I am already in love with it. It feels balanced and well-made in my hand. I love how smoothly it writes. Some people would say paying $60.00 for a ballpoint pen is ridiculous when you can get a whole pack of Bic pens for around $7.00. This is true; the difference is that twenty years from now, I could pick up the Roady Curacao Model 2 I received today and write with it. The Bic pen would be dust by then. If I can keep from losing it, this pen will be in my rotation for a long time.

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Photos taken on walk to Wegman

A good news story from Illinois ILLINOIS HAS OFFICIALLY BANNED BOOK BANS Finally, a state government standing up against those who want to ban books simply because they disagree with their world view.

New Apple Watch Ultra

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