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The Nickel Boys

Posted on 11/16/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

The Nickel Boys book cover

Colson Whitehead's previous book, 2016's Underground Railroad, won a Pulitzer. The Nickel Boys might be a better book. The story follows Elwood, an African-American teenager in early 60s Tallahassee FL that dreams of going to college and living a life Dr. Martin Luther King would be proud of. That plan …


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Some thoughts on 1619

Posted on 11/03/2019 in misc • Tagged with History

I finished up the 1619 podcast yesterday, which is a companion to the 1619 feature from the NYT. I can't recommend this podcast series enough. It's only 5 podcasts, about 30 minutes each. A couple of things I learned, or in some cases maybe had reinforced.

  1. At it's peak, slaves …


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Dobie Mountain Hike

Posted on 11/03/2019 in misc • Tagged with Hikes, Virginia

With a forecast of 59 F and blue skies on Saturday there was no way I was sitting around the house all day. It was a crisp 35 F when I started on the trail at 10:15 AM.

Selfie on Appalachian Trail

Overlook to the east about a mile into the hike. There …


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AirFaceLyft All Suck - A Rant

Posted on 11/01/2019 in misc • Tagged with Technology

It's been a while since I posted a 2006 blog style rant. It's probably full of 2006 blog style typos too. Enjoy.

Facebook: Do I even need to go here?

Google: Dropped the “Do No Evil” schtick years ago.

Apple: Uses Chinese prison labor to make $1000 status symbols

AirBnB …


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Unclog your ink jet printer

Posted on 10/31/2019 in misc • Tagged with Technology

Is your ink jet printer not printing well, and running the ink jet clean cycle just consumes ink without fixing the printer? I have the solution, and it's not buy a new printer.

  1. Hit Amazon and buy EMPTY refillable ink cartridges for your printer.

  2. When the cartridges arrive, put 8 …


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Hollow Kingdom

Posted on 10/20/2019 in misc • Tagged with Books

Hollow Kingdom book cover

I’m pretty much over the zombie genre, but this book caught my attention because it’s a really unique take on a zombie story. The book is written from the point-of-view of the animals that are left to rule the earth as mankind dies out from a zombie virus …


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