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March 27, 2019

New hopes. New growth. New possibilities.

Plants punch through the soil and reach toward the Sun. They must. It's what they do.

The growing season is an inspiration that reminds me to embrace what might be. To enjoy the warmth of the sun, the songs of the birds, the sound of the wind. To embrace another chance to leave behind last season and grow anew. To take whatever shape I can.

I remind myself that there is no perfect shape in my growth, even though others will try and tell me differently.

So to my companions in the biosphere I leave this fine quote from the movie, Galaxy Quest:

"Never give up! Never Surrender!" - Commander Peter Quincy Taggart

music highlight

Patty Griffin
Patty Griffin

On March 8, 2019 Patty Griffin release her 10th studio album, the self-titled Patty Griffin.

New Patty Griffin is always appreciated.

This one goes in the quieter and more reflecting category, rather than the more ruckus albums. Conservative arrangements help promote the intimate feel of it's contemplative lyrics.

Patty's first album, Living with Ghosts, was a phenomenal launch to the following albums that have grown and flexed. They all have and been great music companions as I've navigated life. I'm grateful to add this one their number.

technology highlight

Commodore PET 2001 Series

The Commodore PET 2001 was the first personal computer that I was lucky to use. There was a separate small room at the back of my 7th grade math classroom that was the home to 2 or 3 PETs.

The Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) aesthetic still makes me excited about the future! What is this personal computing future and how might computers be used? I chuckle when I see the chiclet keyboard. Take that ergonomics!

In those days of 1981, my 3 contenders for coolest computers were (in no particular order): Commodore PET 2001, Tandy Radioshack TRS-80 Model II, Apple II+.

To me it's a great reminder to not take the technology that powers life for granted and to hold on to the unforseeable possibilities that the future holds.

Read about the Commodore PET on Wikipedia.

There are many clips of the Commodore PET on Youtube.

gaming highlight


Last November Fantasy Flight Games released the Keyforge card game, designed by Magic the Gathering designer Richard Garfield.

In Keyforge, You play creatures, artifacts, and upgrades to gather amber that is used to forge keys. The first player to successfully forge 3 keys is the winner.

The unique deck generation aspect of the game generated lots of buzz. Deck building becoming a non-issue attracted me enough to buy a couple decks the day it hit the stores. I can report that I've enjoyed it so much that I now typically go to weekly free play nights at a local game shop and have been having good fun, even mostly losing. The game is entertaining and usually involves many moments of chuckling at the way play works out.

The next set, Age of Ascension, has been announced. They say "...from each set are equally matched against one another". I like that broaden, as opposed to replace, approach!