Thursday, June 30, 2016

Almost full

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My response to @lostinatangleofwords complaining about my texts

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Term Limits

I'll admit that I'm torn on term limits. On one hand they limit the amount of power that a person gets in a position. We don’t get people serving in Congress for 40 years, getting comfortable and just accumulating funds every election that they eventually get, or can prevent change with another candidate. We don’t have politicians that are bought by an industry or company and always shower them with gifts.

However, I also know there is something to learning how politics and government work. If limits are too short, say one term, we don’t get experience and balance. We also potentially have companies that can buy a person for less because the person will want to get as much as they can in the few terms they have, so they’ll accept gifts and bribes contributions from lobbyists.

On balance, I would like to see:

President – 2 consecutive terms, 3 lifetime

Senator – 2 consecutive terms, 3 lifetime

House – 4 consecutive terms, 6 lifetime

Supreme Court – 20-25 years, 1 term

State Governor – No consecutive terms, 3 lifetime. Obviously this needs to vary by state, but that’s what I’d like.

State Rep – same as Federal Congress.

Background (from Gary Johnson) – Common Sense Term Limits

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Botanical Gardens

Yesterday we wanted to have a family day, at least part of the day. Tia had to work in the morning, and Kendall had to feed, plus Delaney and I needed to work on the electric fence. Plus, Kyle and I were up early for morning yoga at the pool.

That was neat. I took Kyle as a guest, and this was the first time I’d done outdoor yoga. It was interesting, and fun. Hard to hear, so I learned I need to be near the left side of class to hear better. I also learned that the footing is much different and I need to be cognizant of where my mat sits. However, a good workout and nice time with Kyle in the am.

The afternoon plan changed a bit. We talked about the Incline, but Kendall wasn’t up. We though a museum, but then Kyle asked if we would try the Botanical Gardens, which are near his house. Everyone agreed, and even though it was hot, we had fun. The sky was beautiful.

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It’s a surprisingly big area set in the middle of Denver, just adjacent to Cheeseman Park.

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We saw some really interesting plants and learned a bit about our world.

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Art is placed around the various gardens, and even overgrown in places. Not here, but other places.

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There are some indoor and outdoor areas, here’s the wishing well inside, showcasing some tropical plans.

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Overall, it’s not something I’d have chosen, or even thought I’d enjoy, but it was nice. Peaceful, a chance to think differently and get away from the busy world, busy life, technology, and more.

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A good afternoon, topped off with a quick tour of Kyle’s house, meeting his roommate, and grabbing Voodoo doughnuts (which I avoided).

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lunchtime Baja Smash #smashburger

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Post yoga run

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Worked up a little sweat

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Saturday work

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Evening art work

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Everyone, validate @whale_antlers braid

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Thursday, June 23, 2016


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

No, this is not on my diet, and no, this is not for me

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Last iPhone?

Well, the WSJ notes that the iPhone7 will remove the headphone jack. It's not confirmed, but it seems more and more that's the direction they're going.

So decision time. I've been looking at the 6S/6Plus. My phone feels slow, and I'd like a bigger screen. The eyes are struggling here and there. Camera/music have been big for me, and I hated the interruptions and drops on my Galaxy 4 when I took a picture or got a text. Latest builds of Android that Tia and Kendall have don't seem to do that.

I really like the simplicity of the iPhone. I like that most things just work and it responds quickly. However there are things that have annoyed me. First, the add on keyboards, of which I've used Wordflow, Swype, and Swiftkey. All have issues where they don't appear at times. Like when I'm sending a text or tweet and I have a blank lower part of the screen. Or they take 3-5 s to appear.

It's not long, but it's maddening. Shit has to work first, then be full of cool features second. At least for me.

The second thing is that I go through 3-4 pairs of headphones a year. I sweat through them, and carry 2-3 pairs when I travel. I don't want bluetooth only, because charging on the road is hard. I have enough crap to charge.  I love bluetooth, but I also don't want to sweat through $50 headphones 3 times a year.

And no, better headphones don't necessarily last longer. Plenty of "workout" headphones seem to die in a year for many people.

I can't handle a dangle or adapter. I tried some with the lightning -> 30 pin switch and they got lost or didn't work for long. There isn't a durability factor in small electronics like that.

I really think I have two options. Get a 6S and let it last for a couple years, hoping Apple realizes no 3.5mm jack is a huge mistake, or move to Android now. The Galaxy 7 looks awesome, and Tia likes her Nexus.


Monday, June 20, 2016

The walrus is doing fine

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Getting there. Need too figure out which shelves to add

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Stitch and Oscar getting away from the heat

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Saturday fix it day

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Friday, June 17, 2016

@lostinatangleofwords opening up @afasportscamps with a little setting

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Tired after a lunch run outside

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rocky mountain national park

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Friday, June 10, 2016


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Tia and the kids

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Even on vacation there are chores

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Running at 8000'

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The office today

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

No Power

Last night there was quite a thunderstorm. In fact, I had dropped Kendall off at high school for volleyball and gone to Starbucks to work. I was listening to the radio, and the DJs in the tech center said there was a huge storm. Black clouds, people turning on lights at 5:30, and thunder.

I packed up and headed back, since the last time a big storm came, there was a tornado warning and school closed. The storm wasn’t in Elizabeth, and no tornado warnings, but it was coming. As I parked, Delaney texted. We were without power. I tried to talk him through starting the generator as we have a sticky butterfly valve, but he couldn’t start it.

When we got home, I got it started right away, and then showed everyone how to start it this morning. However we were without power for 3-4 hours last night. I got the generator started, but had to cook in the dark. This is me using a flashlight to make pasta.

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Apparently when we wired up the generator and picked circuits, the kitchen lights weren’t included. Neither was the stove or microwave, but since we cook with gas, a lighter solved the issue. With only ten circuits, we had to make choices, and this worked, though it’s annoying. I need to keep an extension cord around to get power from our office into the kitchen.

While I cooked, Delaney said good bye to high school Here he is, burning all his notes from this year. I think this was cathartic for him.

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He snagged a hat from Kyle’s old car before we donated it, and I think he looks great.

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The kids and I ate under candlelight, and about the time we finished, power came back on.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

The end of school

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Post 🏊

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Beach run

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Ready for my talk at Pensacole State college

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Friday, June 3, 2016

A break in Houston on my way to Pensacola

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I'm just not even trying today

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