health adjacent, food adjacent, weight adjacent 

For anyone who was worried - the ring fit fine this morning.

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health adjacent, food adjacent, weight adjacent 

Well, I must be retaining water at the moment since my wedding ring doesn't fit this morning.

Okay there's something really cool I've just learned. If you are continuously recording air pressure e.g. as part of your home automation setup or a weather station then you should really check the data of the last 24h.
You should be able to spot the pressure wave from the volcanic explosion in Tonga earlier today.

It reached my setup in Kaiserslautern at about 20:30.

Yesterday was my first time back in the office since ... hmm ... 24 December. So it was the first time I had my rings on since then, so I don't put them on if I'm not leaving the house.

They're good rings.

Nothing like manually adjusting mysql table entries to get SLURM working again.

Not how I wanted this morning to go.

food 

The headcheese turned out very well. The broth/gelatine is a little darker than usual because I leaned into the nutmeg on the spicing. Good even without mustard!

covid / schools / worker organizing 

For those who haven't heard, Chicago Public Schools (the third largest school district in the US) is currently locking teachers out after the union took a stand and directed teachers to work remote due to covid conditions. Hundreds of kids and staff have become infected, and the union demanded testing options before staff returned to the site.

Some parents are suing calling it an illegal strike, to force them back onsite in unsafe conditions.

food 

Also - made spätzle yesterday for the first time, using the knife-and-board method.

Pretty good result, I think.

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food 

Went off to pick up a side of pork, which meant prepping for the headcheese, of course. I'm also planning on dry-curing some sausage and a small ham.

Onward!

Aaand ...

Head and trotters in brine for headcheese tomorrow. Cheek and chunk of leg in their respective cures. Sausage casings thawing in the fridge for sausage tomorrow. Ribs in the fridge for dinner tomorrow. Everything else is in the freezer!

Doing research for DIY shoes and ran across these bronze age beauties. Look on pg 12 of the article for more detail. Lime bast is the same as the inner bark of linden trees, which are common in Minnesota and are used by local Ojibwa and Dakota peoples for all kinds of useful projects. richlyadorned.files.wordpress.

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A propos of nothing - I like the new icon. Would the kids say, 'it bangs?'

It's so hard keeping track of what the kids would say ...

So yesterday I got up, had an idea, brainstormed it in the shower, wrote a comedy/fantasy short-short by 0900, then had lunch with another family, and played a bit of Risk with their young son, who is showing some potential as a wargamer.

2022 is looking OK so far, but I don't want to jinx it.

Now, to figure out what to do with the story ...

Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight, by Jane Hirshfield  

#VerseThursday

One ran,
her nose to the ground,
a rusty shadow
neither hunting nor playing.

One stood; sat; lay down; stood again.

One never moved,
except to turn her head a little as we walked.

Finally we drew too close,
and they vanished.
The woods took them back as if they had never been.

I wish I had thought to put my face to the grass.

But we kept walking,
speaking as strangers do when becoming friends.

There is more and more I tell no one,
strangers nor loves.
This slips into the heart
without hurry, as if it had never been.

And yet, among the trees, something has changed.

Something looks back from the trees,
and knows me for who I am.

I have just learned that Sun Ra's estate not only has all his music available to buy directly from them on Bandcamp, but also that according to the original 1973 contract for Space is the Place, not only are the masters owned by Sun Ra specifically in space, but by purchasing it you are legally declaring yourself as an extraterrestrial who exists outside of earth's gravitational pull.

food, alcohol 

I invented a cookie recipe for a friend who wanted something that would go well with tequila -
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Some friends are building a thing with Gendered Intelligence: The Trans Dimension

First version will run in London, details here: gfsc.studio/2021/12/14/enter-t

Based on software that's designed to protect your privacy, and not attempt to capture your attention in endless scrolling. Link to signup at the bottom if you want to hear more when it's live

Lucrative startup idea: use AI to predict the next toy fads!
Here I used GPT-3 to complete a list I seeded with pet rock, tickle me elmo, and furby. Its job is prediction, and its dataset is the internet. It is made of math so it is infallible.
aiweirdness.com/predicting-the

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