Welcome to James Brown's blagoblag! This contains various thoughts and opinions, mostly wrong, going back a couple of decades. All of the opinions are my own, and probably not my employer's. Feel free to visit the about page for more useless interesting facts about me.
As has become abundantly clear recently, COVID-19 isn't going away; in fact, it's striking more
and more of my friends and family who had successfully avoided it for years.
At this point, we have ampleevidence
maskswork to drastically reduce the spread of COVID;
of the local,
federal governments are willing to take
the low-cost, high-return step of requiring mask usage in public settings, so most people just don't bother. The
fact that I'm usually the only one wearing a mask in any given space,
combined with the increased contagiousness of the Omicron family …
As far back as I can remember, I've enjoyed photography as a hobby. It's probably because my father's father was a
journalist and he never went anywhere without his Leica around his neck — or maybe it's just because there's
something magical at being able to hold the past in your hand and look at it whenever you want.
While it's absolutely true that your camera doesn't matter, I've
just recently changed up my camera gear again, and I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the cameras
I've used …
Yet again, it has come time to rotate my PGP/GnuPG private key. My old key (1ED5E5A301C3D109904022893C7775DD37811E62) actually expired a couple of weeks ago, and I've been procrastinating writing up this transition.
The new key is 0xC6496DEB3DA8E9B5 (full fingerprint: 24F8AA354990F3F562EC014BC6496DEB3DA8E9B5)
You can also find it at https://files.roguelazer.com/roguelazer.gpg.
It has also been attached to my keybase.io account1 and my Github profile.
It is cross-signed by the old key.
After more than two years of
successfully dodging it,
COVID-19 finally hit
my family the week. On Tuesday my wife woke up with a migraine, which isn't
unusual for her; on Wednesday morning, she woke up with a low (100.4°F
fever) and we belatedly realized that she might be sick. She took an antigen
test1 and the TEST line turned blue basically instantly.
Quarantine ensued. Isaac (our son) has been home from school2 and we've all been
cooped up on the property for the past few days.
As you might recall, my son Isaac was born a couple of years ago. This was obviously an
occasion for joy and family happiness (and an end to regular sleep) — but beyond that, it was the beginning of a
capitalist glut, a massive influx of new Stuff. So, uh, I figured I'd write about that in case any of my readers
ever have a kid and want to know about various baby support items.
In general, we had a few constraints:
our house is relatively small (~1200sqft) and has little storage
Hello dear readers! Like most of you (and as I've written about before), I've been
stuck working from home for the last year and a half, out of the little converted covered porch on my house. For the
last six months or so, I've been doing so with my butt firmly planted on an HON Basyx pleather-upholstered office chair
that I rescued from my office when we moved out. This chair is, uh, not in the best condition1:
This chair actually originally belonged to Curse, a now-defunct company
that made some kind of WoW fansite. They used to be …