the ghost touch

My Apple Watch freaked out this morning. When I turned off my alarm after waking up, it spontaneously started flashing random apps on the screen, then called 911 and texted my GPS coordinates to Brooke and my sister-in-law Rachel to tell them I was having an emergency. I wondered if I had been hacked. And… Continue reading the ghost touch

190th birthday

The company I work for is celebrating its 190th birthday this year. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a company that existed more than 50 years. So 190 is weird to me. Think about what was going on in 1834, the year Wärtsilä was founded. The Spanish Inquisition ended. The city of Toronto was… Continue reading 190th birthday

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Matzo ball soup

Tomorrow is Christmas, but today I’m making matzo ball soup for the first time ever. Here is the recipe I’m using.

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I gave up on Napoleon

You’re probably aware that Sir Ridley Scott’s latest film is Napoleon, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. I’ve read mixed reviews of it, but sadly haven’t seen it. And it’s not for lack of trying. I tried twice to see this film, and was thwarted both times. The first time was a couple Saturday… Continue reading I gave up on Napoleon

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This isn’t the answer I was expecting, but I appreciate the honesty to say “don’t bother reporting bugs to us, we aren’t interested in fixing them.” From: Todd To: Grubhub Customer Care Hi, are you interested in bug reports from users? I keep running into the same bug in your app related to group orders,… Continue reading honesty

recruiter trash

Here’s an example of the kind of messages I get these days from technical recruiters: Urgent requirement for Factory Automation Engineer at Waterloo, Iowa From: Mohit Kumar Factory Automation Engineer at Waterloo, Iowa Variable shifts (Off shift) – Onsite W2 Contract 1 Year to start with possible extensionCall @ 734 656-8818 Or Resume @ There… Continue reading recruiter trash

our cocktail wedding reception

Two months after Brooke and I got married in the mountains near Durango, we threw a party in Denver to celebrate with family and friends. Instead of a traditional wedding reception with dinner, a DJ, speeches, etc. we had an intimate cocktail wedding reception with open bar and a tiny selection of finger foods. The… Continue reading our cocktail wedding reception

we got married!

Brooke and I tied the knot in a tiny wedding ceremony in the mountains last weekend. In attendance were the two of us, our two living parents, and a couple dozen garden gnomes. Go check out the announcement and photos, right here: Afterward, we went to dinner at the Kennebec Cafe.


my rotator cuff surgery

A week ago I had shoulder surgery. I’ve been having issues with my left shoulder for over a year. The Story of my Long Road I don’t know what initially caused the problem. I don’t remember any accident or anything, but I remember I started having shoulder pain after workouts, starting in either late 2021… Continue reading my rotator cuff surgery

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shibboleths of Colorado

I want to talk about shibboleths of Colorado. First, what’s a shibboleth? I had never heard the word until I was in my 30s, and I bet a lot of you haven’t heard it, either. According to, the word means “a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class… Continue reading shibboleths of Colorado

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