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Pulled the final Orange Thai pepper harvest this weekend. Decided to experiment with smoking a drying for powder. A few hours on Mesquite then finishing them off in a dehydrator. They turned out great! Nice smokey flavor, but still has some punchy heat.

Added some peppers to an ongoing ferment earlier. Telling myself, like I always do, "meh I don't need gloves I'll just be mindful not to touch my face". Now a couple hours later, as always happens, my face is on fire.

I purchased a food dehydrator as a birthday gift to myself. It arrived today and I'm unreasonably happy about it!

*slaps roof*

This bad boy can fit so many veggies in it.

Processed some loofa today! This is about half of what's left on the vine.

On a related note, this live oak tree is nearly 2000 years old. The last time I saw it I was a young man. It gave me great solace to see it again and spend a short time among it and its daughters.

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Ran down to a very empty gulf coast over the weekend; looking to de-stress and tune out for a bit. The weather was perfect and I've never seen the water so clear. It did help to recharge a bit, though I could use a week (or a month).

Dove in this morning to walk through and refactor my .vimrc file and plugins. Lots of stuff I never use, half implemented ideas, and general cruft all removed. Took a couple hours, but much much better.

It was nice to step away from the glowing rectangles and do some light mechanic work today. Swapped out spark plugs and cables, and got the work truck back in service.

Giving the kitty terminal emulator a try, and to my surprise I'm loving it. It almost feels unnatural how quickly it renders. This may be what gets me to let go of urxvt.

In the last week or two its really become clear to me just how burnt out I am. Going to try and take a big step back and hopefully get some perspective.

Picked up Superflux's "Instant Archetypes" cards somewhat on a whim. I was curious about their choices for mapping on these concepts. They are beautifully done, but I'm disappointed and somewhat surprised with how narrow the context is. May as well be "Archetypes of Big Tech Capitalism."


I've recently discovered mezcal margaritas; smokey, citrus-ey, a little sweet.

oh no 🍸

rho boosted

Creating diagrams with PlantUML is so handy.
I could probably be a lot more efficient with it if I ran it locally, but I just cant bring myself to install that JAVA server.

Anyone use PlantUML? What's your workflow like?

An XBee Zigbee module arrived today. Hopefully I can get this little thing talking with my local Zigbee mesh. Ultimately I'm aiming to control some low power devices, which seem to be oddly missing in the consumer Zigbee stuff.

Spent some time getting more familiar with Grafana configurations. Finally cleaning up the garden data display.

Just heard about the Helios64 ARM based NAS bundle on the Self Hosted Podcast. This thing looks pretty dang slick.

Yikes! Just got locked out of my Arch account for a few minutes after an update.

A reminder to Arch users, always check the news feed and pay attention to pacman output. I got complacent after a couple years of seamless updating.

Why you always gotta hurt me like that Drupal?

Once again, taking backups and keeping a docker compose file has made what would have been very involved, so easy.

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