A tale of two batteries, both model 18500. From one manufacturer, 3.2V. From another, 3.7. That explains why my controller kept wigging out over low batteries.

I was awarded another patent today. Regardless of what you (or I) feel of software patents, you still have to check out the smiling-tie-man clipart diagram. Marvel at how his shirt is transparent, but his face is not.

True or false: if Warm Leatherette pops up on your streaming station, you are technically, morally, and legally obligated to watch Cronenberg's Crash within 48 hours.

Just a normal Saturday of reflashing firmware into my floor lamp, using an FTDI port.

COVID, statistics 

“Covid doesn't effect young people.”

An attempt to sterilize the throat without shocking it too far from the ambient air.

@BrianEnigma P.S. If you *really* want a good dopamine hit, the Internet Archive's VHS vault has a ton of 80's and 90's TV recordings of stuff like MTV with commercials intact.

⚠️ Pro tip: if you have a media center, buy DVD box sets of daytime syndicated shows from your childhood, rip them, and put them in a “sick day” playlist to watch on shuffle when you’re feeling unwell. For me, that’s Gilligan’s Island, I Love Lucy, Addams Family, Batman, Monkees, etc.

Tonight, I remembered an old Sigur Rós video. For no particular reason.

And I’m sure it’s totally unrelated, but the current Air Quality Index is 511.


Creating a little island of joy and happiness within the dark sea of 2020.

There is a weird humming building between two houses, hidden from the street by hedges and a chain-link fence. Walking by, it always reminds me of the end of that William Gibson X Files episode. This week I learned it’s a Portland State University weatherstation providing AQI data.

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