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  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night: Buddy Tries To Keep It Clean

    2013-03-08 00:34:00View | Delete

    I’ve been having an outstanding week. I’ve fixed a whole bunch of bugs in the software I’m working, which indicates that I’m very engaged in what I’m doing and that’s a good feeling, as opposed to being unengaged with what I’m doing, which is near torture.

    The only problem is a continuing lack of connection, related to moving around at my age and life, I guess.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night: Buddy Tries To Keep It Clean

    2013-03-08 00:23:40View | Delete

    Hi Suzanne and All,

    I didn’t catch the Hackett. It will take another listen.

    The big news this evening is having two Redmond policemen knocking on my apartment door at ~10:25pm PST to tell me that a neighbor had complained about the volume of my music. They said the neighbor had tried knocking on my door and was unable to summon me, so they called the police.

    I was duly contrite and turned the music down right away. I was after the 10pm quiet time. I had been grooving out on Phish live concerts, having no conception of the power contained therein.

    They asked me if anyone else was in the apartment. Unfortunately it was just deaf old me, attempting to groove out on some vibe. Thankfully, all is well.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Help Me

    2013-02-21 23:40:05View | Delete

    He’s turning one on March 1st. We had a great time together when I was there a month ago.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Help Me

    2013-02-21 23:30:17View | Delete

    I’m doing well. I switched jobs in January to better digs. I got to spend five days with my son’s family during the generous break between jobs and spent a lot of time with my grandson and that was great. My ex is going to visit them, starting Friday and I’m excited about that; lots of Facetime videos and seeing the boy with his grandma and his family and that’s good feelings.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Help Me

    2013-02-21 23:21:54View | Delete

    Hi Suzanne, coming by for an unusual late-for-me visit. It’s Thursday though, traditional party night, right? I’m just finishing out the posthumous Frank Zappa album “Everything is Healing Nicely” and thinking about bed. I hope everyone is doing well.

    I’m excited about the latest catastrophe: the Sequester! Whatever happens, it should be interesting times, in the full apocryphal “Chinese proverb” sense.

    It’s so hard for me to understand the reasoning behind holding back people’s potentials; whatever the reasons, it’s stupid and we’d thrive and feel so much better if we we working together and more of us were working together.

    So, Happy Coming Weekend All and let’s keep rolling the stone

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Can You Stand The Heat

    2013-01-10 23:32:55View | Delete

    Hi Suzanne, Great music, and great times here where I’m at, currently.

    I’ve been transitioning to a new job and had good success on that front. I’ll be starting the new job on 1/28, doing Android app development and I’m going to go get up close and personal with my very first grandchild next week. We met before when he was only a couple months old. Now he’s 10 months old and we’ve got to get acquainted.

    I live in the Seattle area and I have to say that things feel good here, despite the climate disaster. We’re having a huge amount of precipitation. I’ve heard that the Olympics were at 250% of average snowpack a week or so ago and the Cascades were %150 at the same time. The train route between Everett and Seattle has been blocked 73 times since Thanksgiving by mudslides and debris.

    Cranes are popping up all over as mixed-zoning development is switching into high gear. Tech employment never suffered a downturn in this depression, as far as I could tell and the Seattle area and Washington weathered the financial crisis so far.

    Tomorrow is my last day at my current job and I feel fine.

  • brione commented on the diary post Disposable America by cmaukonen.

    2013-01-10 19:21:06View | Delete

    There is a huge amount of craft in everyday things that are not physical, like the browser you use on your computer and the operating system in your phone and the apps that run on them. This is especially true in the open-source community, where generations of software craftspeople have built amazing frameworks like Linux, [...]

  • I remember being grossed out by the revelations from more than 30 years ago (around the time Carter was president) that a lot of peanuts on the market were really old, like > 5 years old or something. And there was some problem with a mold.

    Or am I just making stuff up?

  • I was told that I always need to keep my divorce paperwork, presumably the rest of my life.

    Just a possible point of interest slightly related to paperwork stuff.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Heart’s Desire

    2012-07-18 23:20:21View | Delete

    Thanks, I needed that!

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Heart’s Desire

    2012-07-18 22:57:46View | Delete

    All the warnings of: “live for today”; “life is short”, and so on all point to life changing in a blink.

    It’s pretty funny, this idea that we “own” ourselves. I read some analysis, maybe on the “League of Ordinary Gentlemen”, where they broke down that idea that I own myself and could sell myself into bondage via contract. I’m too lazy to track down the link.

    In my reality, we come pretty helplessly into an incredibly complex thing that we had no hand in creating and which we owe to and/or all the people of all the generations and all the animals and good forces that happened to come together here. So this idea that someone or some family, could take everything from so many…

    I just read today that the Walton Family, of Wal-Mart fame, has more wealth and the bottom 1/3rd of all of us.

    It’s late and I ramble.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Heart’s Desire

    2012-07-18 22:45:37View | Delete

    I’m pretty sure that since last we talked that I’m now a grandpa. My grandson, Cardiff Alexander Emde, was born on March 1st, 2012. I went to California in April and saw him at about 7 weeks and we got along really well. I can see the blessings of being a grandparent and am trying to figure out how to be a bigger part of his/their life.

    I’m hoping for another visit in September.

    I also went back to the ancestral area of Illinois during the same trip and got to see my parents and family that’s there and take some time off.

    I still have a job and hopes for continued employment due to lucky circumstances and favorable locale, so things move on.

    Can I be any more vague?

    Since I never come to late night, I don’t actually know how you’re doing these days either, Suze. But I don’t expect you to update me either.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Heart’s Desire

    2012-07-18 22:36:18View | Delete

    Hi Suzanne, one of my infrequent “he’s up later than normal” check-ins to Late Night at FDL.

    Things are going well here. I keep doing stuff and sometimes I learn something new; situation normal.

    Glad to see you as cheerful and love-giving as always.

    Thanks for all you and the FDL regulars, crew and everyone else is doing.

    (I don’t get out much, I know :-) )

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Hooked Bear

    2011-07-16 23:35:40View | Delete

    I live in Redmond, east of Seattle, in an area with a walkability score of 95. It is really wonderful and my ideal of a place to live: a city where I don’t need to drive to go where I need to go and where I have the maximum access to stuff that I might want to do. I’ve got all of that, for the first time in my life.

    I feel so fortunate.

    It’s truly up to us to work to gain some perspective on what it’s all about. This is the time that people have begun to harden and it’s the most important thing to not fall into that trap. Always question, always wonder; never assume that you know how it really is and always be open: that would be a great way to live a life.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Hooked Bear

    2011-07-16 23:22:14View | Delete

    Great day. I’ve been experiencing diverse sleeping patterns over the last many months. Recent weeks it’s been sleeping int with no interruptions, a welcome change. Today was a culmination, with near 13 hours of sleep, after weeks of waking up at some point in the night for 2-4 hours.

    The long evenings give the opportunity for that to work.

    The very thought of molesting a bear is on my do not do list.

    I took a walk this evening and it was very enjoyable. I long for someone to share it all with. Mentioning that sends my intention out into the world.

    I think that people have always lived with reality, despite their ideas of how it should be vs how it is, eventually, we see how reality is. Don’t we? Constant amazement here about how we can deceive ourselves about what is important and where the real risks are and stuff like that that needs attention.

    I was looking at my credit union statement today and found that there was money that could have been put to a better use. The same has been true for several months.

    What keeps us from doing the things that are important in our lives? What keeps us from caring enough about each other to let ourselves keep being divided into factions? Can’t we see how we all want the same things? Can’t we see how the actions of a few who want to have it all are not in our common interests, and make the collective choice to turn out the spoilers and maintain the wholeness?

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Hooked Bear

    2011-07-16 23:02:41View | Delete

    Cool, cloudy and autumn-ish here in the Seattle region.

    That cartoon choice was really interesting. I’m going to go all free association on it:

    We’ve got the pre-existing fish hatchery, because it’s a given that we’ve messed up the natural flow of fish. The bear is just trying to be a bear, and runs afoul of the rules of society, the ranger first telling him, to fish like a bear, then stripping him of his rights to do so.

    But is the ranger wholly to blame?

    The bear is represented as greedy. Every time he is shown a bigger fish, or more fish, he throws away what he has, even though he could just eat right now, then go take a nap. He’s out for the most he can get.

    Is it defensible for the ranger to limit the future consumption of the bear, because the bear doesn’t know when enough is enough?

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Standing In The Shadows of Love

    2011-07-05 22:17:45View | Delete

    The striking thing about that track was the one person who screamed on occasion, and how screaming people took all the fun out of being the Beatles

    Comfortable, sunny weather here in Redmond, WA. Late celebrators are blowing off the last of this year’s fireworks, whose reports echo off the hill across the way, punctuating the sounds of automobiles, near and far.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Mama Don’t Allow

    2011-05-07 19:55:43View | Delete

    Thanks, Suzanne. Usually I’m in bed at this hour! Went out with people from work and saw “Thor” and enjoyed it greatly. Glad to be here and it was nice talking to you on the phone also, for my welcome as an official FDL member.

  • brione commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Mama Don’t Allow

    2011-05-06 22:38:07View | Delete

    Here to second the recommendation for nasal irrigation (i.e. neti pot or simliar, I use a syringe made in Sweden). It’s not pleasant. It’s not nice. It is incredibly effective and will knock out sinus infections before they start. At first sign of anything that seems to point in that direction, bite the bullet and do it.