Wednesday What’s Up

What I’m Contemplating

What I’m Cooking

  • Smoked BBQ Brisket – I’ve become pretty adept at slow cooking and smoking dry-rub ribs, but hadn’t tried brisket before. Did two different 5 lb briskets this summer and both turned out great. Lessons learned: takes longer than you think at 220 – 250 deg F, get internal temperature way up there to about 190, and crank the heat up a bit at the end to get some nice burnt ends.

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Reading

What I’m Playing

Thursday Things

What I’m Contemplating

What I’m Coding

  • I continue to enhance our Keuka Komplishments app. Fun to have a sandbox like this that people are actually using.
  • I’m building a lightweight Reddit clone for my upcoming Microservice Architecture class at Western Oregon. I’m building a monolithic app as a starting point for the class from which we will go through a series of refactorings into microservice architecture.
  • Python Idioms: Multiline Strings – I’m dialed in deeply to the Python community (podcasts, blogs, etc.) in the hopes of dramatically improving my inherent understanding and memory of the language and APIs.

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Playing

With guests that are gamers hanging around the last two weeks, a lot was played. Rather than bullet list each, here’s the scoop: Dominion, Fort Sumter, Wits & Wagers, A Handful of Stars, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, 18NEB, Dixit, Jump Drive, Codenames, Jaipur, Ninety-Nine, Villages of Valeria, and Rummikub.

Speaking of Fort Sumter, there’s a nice overview of the game at The Player’s Aid.

Thursday Things

What I’m Contemplating

What I’m Watching

  • CWS notes: How a doctor, a sheriff and the Mafia helped Oregon State stay loose during delay – I’m hooked on the College World Series right now, of course greatly influenced by Oregon State’s current brilliant run through the loser bracket. This article talks about how they played Mafia (aka Werewolf) during the long rain delay vs. UW. True story – Julie and I have fond memories of Matthew’s baseball team playing Werewolf during breaks in baseball tournaments when he was a young teen. And two of his teammates from then are current starters for the Beavers!
  • After listening to the audio book, Julie and I watched Lonesome Dove with her dad. It probably isn’t as great as the 8.8 rating on IMDB, but it is very good and I think the best performance of Robert Duvall’s career.

What I’m Playing

  • Since my last update, just lots of Advanced Squad Leader.
  • Face to face gaming will ramp up significantly as gamers start joining us at the cottages here starting on Saturday.

What I’m Reading

  • I’m still loving (in a cheap escape sort of way) the Ranger’s Apprentice series and finished #2 The Burning Bridge.
  • I read about one third of The Genius of Birds before abandoning it. Great insight into bird intelligence but it didn’t hold me past the first few excursions.
  • A colleague I know wrote Going It Alone: Essential Tips for the Independent Consultant and it was a good read. I wish there had been more content about ramping up a consulting business using modern marketing techniques.
  • I was disappointed in The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business but I might be to blame. The book is more about how sales and marketing professionals can use the power of habit to influence buyer behaviors. I was looking for more personal advice on habit forming and breaking.

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Learning

  • How to rig an E Scow Spinnaker – Julie and I joined an E Scow team as part of the fleet at Keuka Yacht Club this summer. We are not new to sailing but very new to this boat so much to learn.
  • 10 common security gotchas in Python and how to avoid them – For the second straight summer I’m rekindling my original passion that started my career: programming. Python is such a beautiful language and I enjoy waking up facing a day when I get to experience the joy of programming.