Summertime California Sky
It's 9:45am on a cloudless Wednesday morning here in summertime California.
My light meter reads 14 lux pointed directly at the sky — about as much as the
middle of the night (with local light pollution), or about 1/1000 as much as a normal morning. They tell me that the skies are this apocalyptic shade of red due to the smoke from the 16 major wildfires currently burning in California. Local news has plenty to say on the cause if you want to read up. Damn if it isn't disconcerting to live through, though.
What world did I …
Hello hypothetical readers; sorry for my absence, but I've spent the last weeks pretty well busy – as I foreshadowed
in May, I have a son now!
It's been quite an adjustment. Isaac was born on August 7, 2020 after a very long labor, but he's happy and
healthy now. I got 3 weeks off of work, which I spent with my wife doing intensive child care. Let me tell you, I have a
whole new respect for single parents. Caring for an infant with just the two of us (since none of our families or
friends can visit or …
UC Botanical Garden
PSA for folks in the Bay Area: The University of California Botanical Garden has re-opened for limited, outdoor-only visits. Seems like a nice (and
reasonably) safe place to go during the pandemic. It's July, so not much is in bloom, but it's still beautiful.
As every company I've ever bought a product from has been reminding me all morning, today is my birthday. 32 revolutions around the sun. Still ticking.
Obviously it's been a pretty busy year; most of that is in my post from last month. According to the accelerometer on my wrist, I've walked 2,904,398 steps in the last year but I'm mostly still in the same place as I was. Probably by the time I hit 33 revolutions around the sun, it'll be a very different story. Still got that baby on the way (another ~6 weeks to …
Hey, so, it's been a while since I posted. I guess I just wanted to post and update. Let's see… what has happened
since February 2020....
Yeah, so, we're having a baby. If you didn't see that on other social media already. He's due at the end of July.
As you and everyone else knows, the world has been in lockdown since March due to the outbreak of
COVID-19. My company sent us all on mandatory work-from-home
on March 12th and I haven't been across the bridge into San Francisco since. Working from home …
After more than 10 years of avoiding it, I've finally rejoined the ranks of the private-car-owning bourgeois.
and I spent the past few weeks doing research and reading reviews, spent Saturday and Sunday test-driving a bunch of
vehicles, and ended up buying a brand new Cosmic Blue 2020 Honda Insight yesterday
Why did I buy a new car, anyway?
Yes, I'm aware that a new car loses nearly 40% of its value the moment you drive it off the lot. Yes, I'm aware that
there is a glut of delightful used cars in the area. Nonetheless, I …