Category: Journal

  • Recommended: Nimona

    We recently watched Nimona with Auggie and all thought it was such an excellent movie. It was way better than I was expecting and I’d recommend giving it a watch. I liked the characters, the style, the feel, and the message, and I think it deserves its Oscar nomination—though I’m not entirely sure the New…

  • Making WordPress ActivityPub play nice with CloudFlare caching

    I like the idea of syndicating the content that I share here across the Fediverse, so the recent announcement of an official WordPress ActivityPub plugin was one of the main reasons I decided to use WordPress when setting up my blog. Though the plugin still has some rough edges and missing features, overall I think…

  • Nothing’s supposed to live forever

    Oliver Richman, the guy who made the microwave your string cheese video a few years back, has been posting a song a day to his TikTok account. On February 3rd he posted this lovely piece that builds some lore around Groundhog Day. Punxutawney Phil is given an elixir that allows him to live for forever…

  • You can find me in the sauna

    Though I grew up in Minnesota, I hadn’t experienced sauna until we moved back from California in 2019. I have always liked taking hot baths and using hot tubs, and I thought sauna might be nice to try. I dipped my toes in with a Morzh tent sauna. The tent enabled me to experiment without…

  • Minnesota’s New State Flag is Good

    I’ve been interested in flags since I was in elementary school and I programmed the Logo turtle to draw flags I found in one of my classroom’s encyclopedias. A great flag can be a real asset to a community, helping to build identity and pride in a place and a people. While Minnesota does have…

  • Katerina McCrimmon is a star in Funny Girl

    Sam and I attended a performance Funny Girl at the Orpheum in Minneapolis this weekend. I hadn’t seen the show before and didn’t know much about it before, so my expectations were somewhat low. However, I left bedazzled by Katerina McCrimmon’s performance in the lead role as Fanny Brice. I can’t disagree with anything in…

  • 60 Songs That Explain the 90’s

    Rob Harvilla‘s 60 Songs that Explain the 90’s is a podcast and new companion book that I highly recommend checking out. My wife Sam and I recently finished the audiobook and we agree that it was a delightful ride the whole way through. This may be skewed partly by the fact that we grew up…

  • Now That’s What Joe Calls Music 2023

    I find myself immersed in music throughout the day, every day, allowing me to discover a lots of great tunes. About a year ago, I decided to compile a playlist of songs that resonated with me over 2022. With a set of rules in place, I aimed to include tracks released or popularized during the…

  • A New Hope

    After a 10+ year hiatus, I have decided that it is time to start sharing content again in a space that I own. I am no longer interested in depending on platforms owned by mega-corporations. I left Facebook years ago on philosophical grounds, even though it means that I sacrifice connection with friends and family.…