Dad Lunchbox Joke of the Day: What kind of dogs like car racing? 

Lap dogs

Stay safe. Stay home. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. At the end of the day, tell yourself gently : "I love you. You did the best you could today and even if you didn't accomplish all you had planned, I love you anyway."

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Desperately seeking some help in the salt mines these days! Looking for eastern US based Linux C++ and Android developers, 100% remote work, supporting the healthcare industry. 5 weeks vacation and you get to work with me! Check out the careers here:

visionable.com/careers

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Have you been missing my Dad Lunchbox Joke of the Day? I got a text yesterday from my girls saying they wanted more jokes. I promise one today!

Phineas the Puppy is settling in pretty well. He doesn't seem committed to doing his business outside, but he is willing if it isn't too much of a bother. So that means an accident only once a day. Progress! We still need to do the swabs for his DNA test to figure out what mix of breeds he is. Definitely some Lab, probably Pit Bull, and Rottweiler?

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I tried to play *Tiger Leader* while the game was on. I enjoy playing a solo boardgame while sports is playing in the background. But my concentration seems to be at an all time low, so I couldn't focus on either. I eventually gave up, poured myself a nice stout, and hunkered down on the couch. It sure does look good on my 65" TCL TV, I'll tell you that! Need to upgrade my AV receiver though. My 20 year old Marantz is showing its age.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

It was nice watching the play their first game last night. Really made me miss playing hockey myself. But with rising COVID-19 numbers, I am more interested in hunkering down more than getting out more. At least the Bruins won, a shoot out win even!

So excited! I bought a day ticket to the Sundance Film Festival 2021. Expensive ($75) but I am going to watch at least 4, maybe 6 or 7 movies that day. And 4 of them will be World Premiers. Always want to go go a film festival.

My Schedule: festival.sundance.org/schedule

Stay safe. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. Stay home. Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

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Meanwhile, in the salt mine, I had another day full of meetings and, so far today, meetings. Ugh. I need to find a dark hole to hide in and try and write some code. I can't even use my Pomodoro timer because I can't walk away from meetings when it goes off. Blech.

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Not sure what our 4 player group is going to play tonight. We have Torchlight 2 queued up, but M isn't a big RPG fan. We also picked up Generation Zero but I don't think B has it yet. Maybe back to Sanctum 2 and the new DLC we picked up. Transition to a new game is always a pain.

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As an ex-computer game programmer, I'm always astonished as to how far graphics have come, even since my *Ulitma Underworld* days.

Finally got outside and did my "power walk" yesterday. Probably the first time in a month. I can't even use weather as an excuse. I should probably do it today too. Just a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood, at a very brisk pace. Shouldn't be that hard to squeeze in, amirite?

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Hey, I've got 10 more minutes of "morning", so why not?

Played a couple hours of Divinity: Original Sin 2 last night with C. Funny, as we literally only went into one room and fought one battle, which we then had to refight. And yet the time went along quickly and isn't nearly as boring as it sounds. So many choices in this game. And the flame animations are amazing. I can just watch them. I imagine they could create a great virtual fireplace.

Stay safe. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. Stay home. Keep walking forward.

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So the salt mine yawns before me, dragging me in with its inexorable pull. Not so many meetings today as on Meeting Monday, so there's that to look forward to. Maybe I can sneak off and write some code for a change.

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I got called to jury duty. Didn't know that was still happening, given the rampant COVID-19 here in Mass. But it isn't until April, so I guess we will see how it goes. This is, I think, my 4th or 5th call do duty. I've never gotten further than being the in jury pool for a trial, which picked all its jurors before they got to me. Not that I mind!

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Back up to a 20 day streak of writing on 750words, which is both heartening and disappointing at the same time. Wish my streak from last year was continuing, but I just have to keep writing.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

It was nice to get to bed kind of early last night and curl up in bed with a book, a glass of port and a snuggly puppy. Makes all the crazy outside kind of fade away for a bit. Although the book I'm reading, "In The Garden of Beasts", is about the US ambassador to Germany and his family in the mid-1930s, witnesses to the Nazi regime tightening its grip on society and government. So not exactly light fluffy reading.

Stay safe. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Stay home. Social distance. "Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing"

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Okay, time to dive back into the salt mine. Juggling lots of projects these days but hope to hand a few off soon. Progress in that is slow but sure, I think. I also have to do some manager type things, like performance reviews. Ugh.

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I did get in a solo game of *Terraforming Mars* and came close to "winning", where you get the 3 global parameters (oxygen, water and temperature) maxed out. I didn't get a real feel for a plan, but it definitely reminded me of *Race for the Galaxy*, which is a good thing.

Really enjoying the cold dry weather here. It was sunny enough I worked outside in my sweatshirt yesterday. Makes taking the puppy out for breaks much easier. Now if he would just ask...

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