Messenger bag - revisited - Timbuk2 Command Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag

I’ve written in the past about my love/hate relationship with messenger bags. Well, I decided to revisit….and I must say, I’ve changed my tune. I believe that the problem I had was the fact that I wasn’t getting the right messenger bags. I did a little reading and found that there are messenger bags and there are professional class courier bags. After reading and reading and reading and reading, I finally had it narrowed down to two bags.

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On again-Off again Lavacam in my work office.

How I gave up Facebook and why I don't regret it.

Roughly a month ago I gave up Facebook. Let me clarify: I did not delete my account. I deactivated it. The difference is important to help understand my actions and for anyone that is considering taking a break from FB but may not want to delete the Facebook world entirely (or “commit facebook suicide” as others have called it). the difference is explained in decent detail here. Flash back to early 2005.

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Boba Fett, 1981

While at my parents last weekend, my oldest son together with my youngest brother both pointed out that they’d found one of my most prized possessions, both as a 6 year old and even today at 38 years old. A Star Wars action figure that I had thought was lost to the sands of time, used as a dog chew or generally played with and abused by a 6-7 year old in the early 1980’s then tossed into the abyss of garage sale and second hand toys….

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Streaming options for movie lovers

I am a big fan of movies. I had an enormous VHS collection, then lasterdisks, now DVDs and Blu-Rays. I worked in a video store back in the early 1990s. I minored in film in college. For a period of time during college I saw literally every movie that was released in the theater, even if I had no desire to see it. I wanted to appreciate any artistic value it may have.

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Traveling with bags

I’ve done a fair amount of traveling in my life, specifically in the last 11 or so years. During those years, I have been all over the world, both personally and professionally, and I learned that checking bags is inconvenient. I stopped doing it. I will never check a bag if I’m traveling for less than 7 days. I have always taken a backpack as my personal item / overflow bag.

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Why you should host your own [social media] content

Yes, that is me in a ridiculous beret. No, I don’t actually walk around in a beret, it’s just for “artistic shock value”. But, just like most people, I have had a “social media “ presence for a long time. However, unlike many, I have had an “online presence” that predates stereotypical social media by a very long period of time. I have a fine art background. I’ve always enjoyed creating things, drawing, photography, writing, video production, basically anything that lends itself to creativity.

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RIP Chloe Buraglio. 1997-2013

A constant figure in our lives for the last 15+ years, Chloe was our faithful companion. I recall taking her to work with me in my early days in the networking industry, going in on Saturdays to study and lab stuff up as far back as 1998. I would often drive an hour from Bloomington to Champaign to let her out and walk her while Rebecca was studying during her time in veterinary school.

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Finnish war mead - SotaSima

Based on some comments in the thread of my how to make simple mead how-to video, I threw together this 1 gallon batch of “Sotasima” or “Finnish War mead” based on this recipe. I, of course, took out the refined sugar and substituted honey. Here is the result: I don’t think I’d make it again, it’s very tart regardless of the fact that it’s been bulk aging for a year and that I used a sweet yeast.

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