Posts from 2017

Army Navy 2017

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Matthew and me in Philadelphia for Army Navy 2017. Army wins 14-13!

Thursday Things

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What I’m Reading I listened to Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War and it nearly brought me to tears seve...

Thursday Things

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What I’m Playing Of course, more Advanced Squad Leader with Doug. We are in the middle of a German / Dutch early war campaign. I played Combat Commander: Eu...

Thursday Things

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Skipped a few weeks so there’s a bit more than usual this time. What and Where I’m Drinking Overall I’m not drinking much at all - 1 or 2 nights a week at th...

How We Setup Our New House for Automation

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We moved into our townhouse in Beaverton Oregon almost exactly a year ago. The smaller footprint and mostly clean slate coming in allowed me to take some ste...

Thursday Things

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What I’m Playing Triumph & Tragedy – I’ve got a couple of friends interested in playing this monthly and we had a great, speedy match last weekend. I’m ...

Thursday Things

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What I’m Listening To First Listen: Michael McDonald, ‘Wide Open’ – Yep, this is dad rock but it is good rock. First Listen: The Lone Bellow, ‘Walk Into A S...

Thursday Things

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What I’m Reading Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, the fun-to-read but very alarming sequel to Sapiens. Here's what I learned: Intelligence is decoup...

My First Publication with Standard Ebooks

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I've been contributing to Standard Ebooks over the past month or so, working on my first publication as a producer. A bit more about Standard Ebooks: Standar...

Thursday Things

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Sorry I skipped a week! Did you notice? Are you out there listening to me? Why not leave a comment and let me know you are here? What I’m Playing Colonial T...

Thursday Things

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What I’m Playing Advanced Squad Leader – my weekly session with Doug. We are using tanks, guns, and soon motorcycles and cavalry! Combat Commander: Europe –...

Wednesday What’s Up

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What I’m Contemplating This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Describes What Great Communication Looks Like – Love, love this and even used in a talk ...

My Favorite Business Novels

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I was hanging out with a group of my coaching clients last week and made an off-hand remark about how much I enjoy business novels. What is a business novel?...

Thursday Things

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What I’m Playing I played the newish 2 player version of Caverna, Caverna: Cave vs Cave on 2017–08–25. Fun, tight and easy to learn 2 player game. Not sure ...

The Grind of Training and Goal Achievement

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Back in late May I decided to run the Canby Dahlia Run half marathon. It had been three years since my last half and I needed a goal to work towards over the...

Wednesday What’s Up

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What I’m Reading I listened to about half of Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris; June 6 - Aug. 5, 1944. I just don’t enjoy the pu...

Pax Renaissance is So Good We Played it Twice

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Greg, Matt, and I are hanging out at Salishan for the eclipse and playing some games. I taught Pax Renaissance and we loved it so much we are going for round...

Who’s complacent?

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Tyler Cowen: That is what the end of complacency looks like. It may just be a blip, but keep the nature of this episode in mind as you track subsequent news...

Thursday Things

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What I’m Playing Doug and I continue our learning of vehicles, guns, and how they interact with infantry in Advanced Squad Leader. We played The Puma ...

Thursday Things

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I decided I need a title for when I post it not on Wednesday as planned but on Thursday. Sorry. What I’m Reading Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old St...

You Should Get to Know Your Library Again

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Julie and I have become dedicated library patrons. I think it was a mix of downsizing and getting rid of a ton of books (and not wanting to build back up aga...

Wednesday What’s Up (Thursday edition)

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I wrote this yesterday but inflight WiFi wasn't let me connect to many sites. Here we go! NB – I freely admit that I stretch the relevance and meaning of my ...

Goodbye Keuka

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Today I leave Keuka Lake for my return west and start of football season. Always bittersweet leaving here (mostly on the bitter side this year), though a nic...

What’s Up Wednesday

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What I’m Reading Becoming an Exceptional Executive Coach: Use Your Knowledge, Experience, and Intuition to Help Leaders Excel – One of my business lines is ...

Chris and I running the Keuka Outlet Trail

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Had a fantastic Sunday morning 12 mile run on the Keuka outlet trail with my friend Chris. He is a die-hard marathoner, having logged well over 200 in his li...

Wednesday What’s Up

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How I Get My News I’ve put myself on a fairly significant news diet a month or two ago, even turning off my NY Times daily emails. I’m down to just two emai...

The $5,000 decision to get rid of my past

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Ben Kuchera: The games weren’t bringing me joy; they were just ghosts trapped inside jewel cases. The collection was a weight I was dragging from house to ho...

A Typical Keuka Rehab Project

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Julie just applied a clear coat of exterior varnish to much of our porch furniture.

Wednesday What’s Up

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What I’m Reading Tao of Seneca – Free PDFs – This is more of a pointer if you want to get a taste of what the stoic thing is all about. Finished reading Thi...

West Point Orienteering - 2017 National Champions

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[embed width="600″ caption="West Point Orienteering - 2017 National Champions"]https://goo.gl/photos/x2N4Pb6GoQ9tCbjt8[/embed] We dropped Matthew off today a...

Wednesday What’s Up

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What I’m Watching Chris D’Elia: Man on Fire – New standup special on Netflix that started slow but had some very funny moments. The guy is just fun to watch...

Keuka Lake Independence Day

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[embed width="600″ caption="Keuka Lake Independence Day"]https://goo.gl/photos/mfCPuJdBAQTuQYJD7[/embed] America is about understanding the balance of the in...

Time Bomb aka Don’t Mess with Cthulhu

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[embed width="600″ caption="Time Bomb aka Don't Mess with Cthulhu"]https://goo.gl/photos/HpvxrAg8wnV92nwF7[/embed] I made a DIY Time Bomb game and it has bee...

Ninety-nine Trick Taking

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[embed width="600″ caption="Ninety-nine Trick Taking"]https://goo.gl/photos/zK6YL7Jb5aSxE5a76[/embed] Playing a very good three player trick taking game with...

Two confusions

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Seth Godin: Those things you're bad at? You're not nearly as bad at them as you fear. And those things you're great at? Probably not nearly as good as you ho...

Chris strumming by the campfire

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[embed width="600″ caption="Chris strumming by the campfire"]https://goo.gl/photos/2pQhYVNAmhv8FMu68[/embed] I don't share many photos of yours truly here bu...

Hiking Watkins Glen

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[embed width="600″ caption="Hiking Watkins Glen"]https://goo.gl/photos/czN6cRQyhhJkM9m87[/embed] It was a perfect day for hiking the Glen. Water was running ...

Julie’s taking out the Sunfish

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7 Wonders Duel with Matthew

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[embed width="600″ caption="7 Wonders Duel with Matthew"]https://goo.gl/photos/y3XfLxrFsJRyhxLm8[/embed] This is our favorite two player game this summer. Fi...

Wednesday What’s Up

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What I’m Drinking Tried the beer Danko Rye IPA at Steuben Brewing Company on June 14 2017. Gave it a rating of 3.75. Cloudy, some sweetness, not much in the...

Great News: There’s Another Recession Coming

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Mr. Money Mustache: With all those preparations in progress, I hope you’re ready, because there’s a recession on the way. I can say this with confidence beca...

What 99% looks like

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Seth Godin: In just about everything we do, 99% approval is astonishing. Except online. Because online, our lizard brain goes straight to the tiny speck, the...

Laying out the rug on the boat lift

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[embed width="600″ caption="Laying out the rug on the boat lift"]https://goo.gl/photos/DS1P51peAgWdYNoYA[/embed] We faced a dilemma on there roof of the boat...

Julie preps for our training hike

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[embed width="600″ caption="Julie preps for our training hike"]https://goo.gl/photos/NPs3U375TUVFAUJy8[/embed] We did our first Finger Lakes training hike ye...

Wednesday What’s Up

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First off, Julie posted a summary of our trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. There are quite a few placeholders in there, but she’s already published several artic...

Please be patient

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As I reinvigorate my blog I'm experimenting with improved workflows to easily publish from a variety of platforms. For example, the photo entries you see are...

Our Lobster Ladies at Thurstons

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Julie Prepares to Dismantle a Lobster

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Keuka Lake at Sunrise

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Google

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This is a link post to Google.

Comments are on

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I decided that I'm ready to go to battle with the spammers so I turned comments back on after a six year hiatus. So… comment away! I don't expect much in thi...

Wednesday What’s Up

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Let’s try something new. What I’m Drinking Tried the beer Kapuziner Hefe-Weißbier at Hand + Foot on June 01 2017. Gave it a rating of 4. Great lunchtime bee...

Why I’m Leaving Facebook

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Goodbye Facebook! I’ve been pondering this decision for about two or three years. I think I almost left in 2014 but there was still enough pull, probably fro...