Making good choices on Fat Tuesday 🀭

A mallort-based cocktail

I was skeptical but hopeful.

I’m excited to say the new notes feature for micro.blog has a lot of potential to become really useful.

I didn’t do this on purpose

Glasses and coffee and notebook all matchy matchy

TIL new words:

  • supernumerary
  • dysphemism

When we saw a mink on the trail cam, I thought it was an incredible treat. Did not expect to see one up close and in the daylight.

(Videos are of a mink in the creek and then passing us by while skittering along the creek bank.)

πŸ”’ Guest lectured again. Had to be remote because COVID. The professor has a habit of getting a shot when I have a funny line on the slides.

Last time I was doing code/bug examples and my slide said β€œwhat could go wrong?”

This one is talking about rules of engagement and responsible disclosure.

β€œI DONT WANT TO GO TO JAIL”

🐒 Turtle sunbathing season has already begun on Turtle Willow.

A turtle sunning itself

🎢 What are the best 2-part songs? A couple I think of off the top of my head:

I feel a new playlist coming….

Stop Looking Under the Streetlight

This is a post is in the Useful Ideas series.

You’ve likely heard some version of this joke/story:

A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the drunk has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes the policeman asks if he is sure he lost them here, and the drunk replies, no, and that he lost them in the park. The policeman asks why he is searching here, and the drunk replies, “this is where the light is.”

This metaphor has intriguing applications in various domains, but I’ve repeatedly encountered this phenomenon inΒ technologyΒ andΒ cybersecurity. A common pattern I observe goes like this:

A: “I’m deeply concerned about X

B: “X is indeed a problem, but is it our most significant problem?”

A: “Yes, we encounter it all the time.”

B: “Y is a similar problem to X, but we lack sufficient visibility into it.”

A: “But we often see X.”

B: “…”

I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t go after quick wins. (Creating momentum is often important.)

I’m also not suggesting you wait until you have complete knowledge before you take action. (That can lead to analysis paralysis.)

But I am saying to check whether your perspective is being skewed by your current visibility.

πŸ•ŠοΈ answering my own question: I’m playing with spreadsheets and thinking about 40-hour fasts.

a spreadsheet showing two 40-hr fasts, Mon afternoon to Wednesday morning, and Wednesday evening through Friday midday

πŸ•ŠοΈ Watcha doin' for Lent this year?

πŸ‰ public service announcement:

Six Nations has started. Due to the size of the league, this is a great way to watch rugby if you don’t want to commit a ton of time to it. In the USA, they’re on Peacock. Protip: search for “six nations” because if you look other ways, they show the scores.

Indy-area people:

Share the locations of your best recent restaurant experiences.

Going from never seeing antlered bucks all the way to seeing two locking antlers this morning!

πŸ“š Finished Reading: The Blacktongue Thief (#1) by Christopher Buehlman

The narration by the author made this much more special, as did the magic system, the low/intimate perspective for learning about the world, the dark humor, and the unexpected plot structure & choices.

All those things appreciated, I still can’t really say I liked it.

Not a great photo, but I finally saw a buck with a rack at Heron Haven. (Looked like a family of 6, as there was a big deer up front, 4 small ones, then the antlered buck.)

We see deer all the time, including herds of more than 15, but antlers are rare. (I suspect they get hunted pretty quickly.)

Buck on a berm between a pond and creek.

πŸ“‘ Sunday Quote: unfortunately still holds up.

"Every job will be automated until only five remain: a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal." (Ben WerdmΓΌller)

Courtesy of @benwerd

🎲 Reminder for self: bundles (itch, drivethru, etc.) come with the cost of getting added to all those mailing lists, and while it is possible to unsubscribe from them, there is an attentional/time cost to unsubscribe to each.

Has anybody tried Readwise Reader and Kobo on the BOOX Palma?

😷 Looks like my covid-free run is likely over. Had 3 team dinners and 3 days of small-room meetings with someone who tested positive when they arrived home from our leadership meeting this week.