2020-11-16: Minnesota friends: Interested in taking a long walk for a good cause? Consider joining the 11th …

2020-10-24: Our newest family member: An 8-week-old French Bulldog. Name has not yet been settled.

2020-10-12: Republicans Will Get What They Deserve At some point in the future — perhaps as soon as next …

2020-09-11: Thank you, NFL Players People who booed last night during a moment of silent unity, and the people nationwide who support …

2020-08-30: I completed my first Ultimate Hike event for CureSearch this weekend. It was such a fabulous …

2020-08-28: T takes in the Cascade River trail, near Lake Superior in MN

2020-08-28: Gooseberry Falls - Always a family favorite when we’re up on the North Shore

2020-08-26: Heading up to the North Shore of Lake Superior tomorrow. It’s a magical place.

2020-08-24: In 5 days I will be departing at 4:15 AM on a 25.5 mile hike along Minnesota’s Superior Hiking …

2020-08-23: Kellyanne Conway - coiner of the “alternative facts” white house defense - is leaving the …

2020-08-19: Sad to learn that the cute little chipmunk that had fallen into our clothes dryer vent got stranded …

2020-08-17: This girl got her driving permit today: It was a little nerve-wracking being in the car with her, …

2020-08-16: Hiked 18 miles (29 km) yesterday, working my way up to 25.5 miles (41 km) at the CureSearch Ultimate …

2020-08-13: Struggling a bit here on mb to find the kinds of posts/discussion I am really looking for in social …

2020-08-11: Glad that Biden picked Kamala Harris. As much as I would love to see a more progressive choice, I do …

2020-08-10: If Ilhan Omar loses the Democratic primary in Minnesota’s 5th tomorrow, be prepared for months or …

2020-08-08: My penultimate long-distance training hike in preparation for the “Ultimate Hike” weekend later this …

2020-08-07: If Trump wants to ban TikTok in the US unless it can be sold to an American company, does that it …

2020-08-06: I have to say that I am getting a little tired of the critiques of Ilhan Omar here in Minnesota’s …

2020-08-04: Voted by mail for the first time today. I don’t typically vote in primaries, but this year has been …

2020-08-04: 🏈 If the NFL does have games this year then there is going to be a huge increase in demand for live …

2020-08-04: Back to Micro.blog after more than a year away. Hopefully I’m back to stay this time…

2019-06-11: I only got up for a few minutes, but it was plenty of time for this little devil to steal my spot on …

2019-05-30: We’re all excited for this show!

2019-05-10: Taking in a show at The Orpheum in Minneapolis. This was great family fun for any Twin Cities folks …

2019-05-04: Just happened to throw on a Star Wars t-shirt today, without realizing it was May the 4th…

2019-05-01: Nothing like an unexpected $2000 bill for my wife’s allergy treatments to remind me of how screwed …

2019-04-29: This red-winged blackbird has been looking at his own reflection all day. I think I will name him …

2019-04-29: No matter how many times I “thumbs down” his songs, Pandora seems to never learn that I don’t like …

2019-04-24: Offspring #1 on her first day of braces.

2019-03-07: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Musical

2019-01-30: Baby it’s cold outside…

2019-01-29: Today I had a co-worker tell me “I think in PowerPoint”. I don’t think I’d be telling people if I …

2019-01-28: Record cold snap is hitting much of the US. I wonder how long it will take before Trump cites it as …

2019-01-28: Finally got to try out the battery-powered snowblower I got for Christmas. So nice to come in after …

2019-01-22: 25 people sitting in a room for 2 days of product planning meetings. At least 10 of those people …

2019-01-14: A great ad

2019-01-14: I’d be more sympathetic to critiques of Democrats in the government funding debate if Senate …

2019-01-13: Ugh… So sick of the Patriots making it to (at least) the AFC championship game every flippin’ …

2019-01-12: This girl is making over her room, and doing the IKEA furniture assembly herself. The Vittsjö …

2019-01-12: Looks like Bitsy has been snacking on puzzle pieces. Apparently the red ones are the tastiest.

2019-01-11: I’ve been watching Pine Gap on Netflix, and finding it a bit weird because I spent some time working …

2019-01-10: I grew up in an area of New Jersey where you could find a Dunkin Donuts at almost any corner. I was …

2019-01-09: As I try to reduce my use of Facebook, I am struck by how addicted I’ve become to the notifications …

2019-01-08: Our next-door neighbor passed away sometime in the past few days. He lived alone and wasn’t found …

2019-01-01: I’m thinking that 2019 is the year to kick my Facebook habit. Not sure how successful I will be, but …

2018-10-20: Beautiful autumn day on Lake Superior

2018-10-04: If you are more concerned about the (roughly) 5% of sexual assault accusations that turn out to be …

2018-10-04: I think it is time to seriously consider putting term limits and/or age limits on US Supreme Court …

2018-09-27: New rule: Americans who supported the Republican refusal to give Merrick Garland a hearing until …

2018-09-26: Just found out that our boiler needs to be replaced if we expect heat this winter. That is going to …

2018-09-24: Ready for that elusive first victory of the season: Go Steelers! 🏈

2018-09-22: The fly in my house tormenting me for the last couple of days is finally dead. Maybe now I can relax …

2018-09-20: The amount of rainfall in Minneapolis today has been impressive. Lots of localized flooding, so I’m …

2018-09-09: Can’t believe my Steelers only managed to tie the lowly Cleveland Browns. Not a good start to my NFL …

2018-09-08: Getting goofy at Fort Snelling State Park

2018-09-08: I’ve lived in Minnesota for 20+ years and somehow never made it to Fort Snelling State Park. Today …

2018-09-01: Foggy morning at the lake (near Brainerd, Minnesota)

2018-09-01: Unfortunately, this cute little bat might have bitten my daughter. Glad we caught him so he can be …

2018-08-30: Hamilton has arrived in Minneapolis. The big night has finally arrived! The smallest child is …

2018-08-29: Nothing like visiting a customer site for a software installation because they insist you be there …

2018-08-27: Very proud of my wife Amy: One of her bird watching programs for kids just got covered in Birder’s …

2018-08-26: With all the high-tech gadgetry my kids are accustomed to, it was entertaining to watch Ellery being …

2018-08-26: The giant bacon on a stick was quite tasty

2018-08-26: Ready to ride the spider, MN State Fair midway

2018-08-25: My fair favorite- Peterson’s pork chop on a stick.

2018-08-25: 1000+ pounds of pork…

2018-08-25: The mass of humanity know as the Minnesota State Fair

2018-08-23: I am delighted that former Trump associates are being held accountable for their illegal actions. …

2018-08-22: I’ve been playing around with GraphQL for an API design. It seems to have a lot of nice advantages …

2018-08-21: So with breaking news that Paul Manafort is guilty on 8 counts, and Michael Cohen is turning himself …

2018-08-17: Just discovered a major security flaw in our software, right as we’re trying to get a release out. …

2018-08-16: It’s just pre-season but I’m ready to watch some football. Go Steelers!

2018-08-15: Re-watched Avengers: Infinity War with the family last night. We had to pause every 15 minutes or so …

2018-08-11: After a short walk in the Minneapolis heat, Boomer chooses a resting spot where his face is right on …

2018-08-09: Tonight is the first Steelers pre-season game. In other words, this marks the beginning of a 20+ …

2018-08-01: Ready for our 17 hour drive to upstate NY. Wish us luck!

2018-07-31: For the last year I’ve been driving a car that starts without removing the key from my pocket. I …

2018-07-31: Watched “The Bleeding Edge” on Netflix last night. It was very critical of the medical device …

2018-07-31: Just watched “The Bleeding Edge” on Netflix. It’s a pretty harsh takedown of the medical device …

2018-07-29: Just completed my first escape room with my daughter and 4 of her friends. The 13-year-olds solved a …

2018-07-28: Getting whipped at Pinochle, sitting at the Mall of America while the birthday girl and her friends …

2018-07-28: Thea turns 11 today!

2018-07-25: When I was younger I always loved The Kinks song “Art Lover”. Just listened to it for the first tine …

2018-07-23: Yesterday my car’s dashboard messaging system told me that it needed to run the gas engine for a few …

2018-07-15: Just upgraded my daughter from an iPhone SE to an iPhone 8 for her 13th birthday. I may come to …

2018-07-14: This is how Boomer likes to spend his Saturday afternoons

2018-07-14: Freshly picked from the bush behind our garage

2018-07-13: Feeling very angry right now: One of our company’s VPs is circulating a “how dumb were you to use …

2018-07-12: The product I am currently working on uses Nginx as its web server and reverse proxy. I’m hearing …

2018-07-12: To any of you in the Twin Cities who appreciate good authentic Mexican food: My friend Lorenzo has …

2018-07-11: Last night I watched the extended cut version of “Stripes” on Amazon Prime. I can say with …

2018-07-07: I think Thea wants to be a lumberjack when she grows up

2018-07-07: Minnesota Chain Saw Massacre?

2018-07-07: Just before the first skyrockets launched

2018-07-07: Ready for fireworks on the fourth: Brainerd, MN

2018-06-30: Big storm overnight took down 2 trees, plus our power lines

2018-06-30: Best way to cool down? Boomer finds the lake.

2018-06-30: Vacation time!

2018-06-29: I’m ready for winter’s return

2018-06-29: Heading out of town for a week of vacation. A perfect time to achieve Inbox Zero at work.

2018-06-28: My recent despair over the future of the United States, paired with the strong urge to try living …

2018-06-24: Ready for the 2018 Pride Parade in Minneapolis

2018-06-23: My 2017 Chevy Volt - aka “Lord Volt-e-mort” - reached 10,000 miles today. I hope the next 10k will …

2018-06-19: Seeking Server-side Swift Advice I am considering a new hobby development project. It is likely to be primarily server-side code - an …

2018-06-19: I went to my daughter’s dance recital a couple of days ago. There were dozens of girls ranging …

2018-06-17: My 10-year-old daughter made me a mother board cake for father’s day. I’m a lucky dad.

2018-06-17: Just binge watched “The Staircase” : It really shows how flawed the US justice system can be …

2018-06-16: Sisters

2018-06-14: Installing OmniFocus 3 has inspired me to get all my “to do“ things in order again. I was well …

2018-06-12: Just walked the 2.5 mikes from my hotel to the office I’m visiting on Waterloo, Ontario. Such a …

2018-06-11: Am I the only one who can’t fly into YYZ without breaking into a little air guitar riff?

2018-06-11: Long lines at MSP airport security checkpoints this morning. Fun!

2018-06-10: And just like that, 5 months of beard growth is gone.

2018-06-10: My youngest never liked the beard, so she jumped at the chance to shave it off for me.

2018-06-10: A mustache-trimming mishap today means the end of my beard growing experiment.

2018-06-03: Just finished my second weekend of softball tournament parenting in 3 weeks. All told I’ve watched …

2018-05-27: Time for an adventure on the lake

2018-05-27: At my happy place

2018-05-25: Forgot my AirPods at home today so I’m using my backup Apple ear buds. I’ve gotten the wire caught …

2018-05-24: I think all puppies are cute, but bullmastiff puppies are probably the cutest.

2018-05-23: Last night I used an iPhone app called SpotHero to find parking in St. Paul. It’s one of those apps …

2018-05-23: After watching Cantare at the Ordway tonight, I am reminded that America is at its best when it …

2018-05-22: At The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota for the VocalEssence ¡Cantare! …

2018-05-12: Freddy the Guinea Pig meets Sergeant Pepper the Foster Bunny

2018-05-10: This little fella was sitting in the pond by our office parking lot. Muskrats are so adorable.

2018-05-09: It’s been over 30 years since I graduated high school. In those 30 years I’ve sometimes regretted …

2018-05-09: So a remote co-worker who I only interact with occasionally is in the office this week. Before this …

2018-05-09: I was awakened 30 minutes before my alarm this morning by a ruckus somewhere in the house. Turns out …

2018-05-02: And so the annual process begins anew: School administrators send out reminders about dress codes …

2018-04-30: So Trump is complaining about the White House correspondents dinner being an embarrassment to the …

2018-04-29: Just watched the new Netflix documentary “Bobby Kennedy for President” and found it fascinating. …

2018-04-27: A lovely (but chilly) evening at Target Field. Go Twins!

2018-04-27: I’ve been catching up on my podcasts and just listened to Core Intuition Episode 321. @danielpunkass …

2018-04-23: I am thinking about finally publishing an occasional long-form post hosted on Micro.blog. I …

2018-04-21: The B.O.S.S. team is ready for the 2018 Destination Imagination Minnesota state tournament.

2018-04-21: Destination Imagination, Minnesota state tournament day

2018-04-19: NFL schedule is out: I guess it’s tine to start making plans to see my Steelers play somewhere.

2018-04-18: Why is it that policy disconnects between Trump and his administration members are routinely …

2018-04-13: I just came back from 2 weeks in Hawaii, hoping that I had missed the last of the Minneapolis snow. …

2018-04-08: The Haleakalā Silversword

2018-04-07: Black-crowned night heron, Kealia Coastal Boardwalk, Maui

2018-04-05: Maui sunset, from our hotel balcony

2018-04-03: A fabulous day swimming with dolphins and snorkeling around a coral reef. Our last day on the Big …

2018-04-02: Normally I advise my children to avoid strange men in back alleys wielding machetes. But this guy in …

2018-04-02: For those of you who always wondered how many children can fit in the back of a Jeep Patriot: Four. …

2018-04-01: Enjoying a sunset stroll with good friends who are also vacationing in Hawaii.

2018-03-31: My diminutive 10-year-old got sick while hiking the Kīlauea Iki crater trail today. I am split …

2018-03-31: Overlooking the Kīlauea Iki trail at Volcanos National Park.

2018-03-29: Had a fabulous time touring the Kanaloa octopus farm today. These animals are so fascinating. If you …

2018-03-29: Big Island, Hawaii

2018-03-26: 2+ weeks of vacation starts now. I wish I had gotten more done at work before leaving, but won’t …

2018-03-25: Ellery, Avery, and Elly are all smiles as they prepare for their History Day competition …

2018-03-23: My daughter got a prescription from the doctor that turned out to cost $200. After asking about …

2018-03-22: Yesterday morning I woke up my daughter my having Alexa (loudly) play “Baba O’Riley” by The Who. …

2018-03-21: I bought a new Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid vehicle last May. Part of the justification for buying new …

2018-03-20: For those of you working on large-scale server software development projects that manage data …

2018-03-20: At this time next week I will be on a plane headed for Hawaii. I’m very excited, but holy crap do I …

2018-03-19: Just 1 last work week before my 2-week vacation: I have a sneaking suspicion that my co-workers will …

2018-03-18: Bitsy and Boomer sure do love to lounge in front of the fireplace

2018-03-18: Are there any other developers out there who are eager to do more iOS development, but who …

2018-03-17: Regional champions: Onwards to state

2018-03-17: Destination Imagination, 2018 Regional Competition

2018-03-16: Getting ready for a math coaching session with 4 10-year-old girls. Love seeing young girls get …

2018-03-16: Bitsy and her “You can’t have my toy” face

2018-03-15: Guess who is top dog in our house?

2018-03-14: I’m fed up with adults who criticize students that choose to march in support of gun policy changes. …

2018-03-14: I am constantly hearing from critics of too much “screen time” for children. I’m …

2018-03-13: Bold prediction: No matter what happens in today’s special election for Pennsylvania’s …

2018-03-12: As a new micro blogger (of any kind), I could use a primer covering the do’s and don’ts. I’d …

2018-03-11: I have no preference between daylight savings time and standard time. I just wish we would pick one …

2018-03-10: It’s a Minnesota thing