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The salt mine was as dark and dreary as ever, but at least I spent less than 50% of my time in meetings. I have a smaller team reporting to me (thank Zeus!) so not as much management involved, which is fantastic. Still thrashed around with webrtc code, which isn't very enjoyable to be honest. But it is better than meetings. Going to escape early today - some errands and an early dinner date. So I'm looking forward to a good Friday.

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Not much planned for this weekend. Weather looks pretty good, esp on Sunday. Probably just putter around outside - cut some wood, mow the lawn, that kind of stuff. I'd like to find some time to play some of my computer games, either Mad Max or the first Tomb Raider reboot. Maybe I will do that tomorrow. Hide out from everyone, even though my daughters are going to be home. Some days, you just want to be alone.

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I just ordered a noise cancelling headset. It is the top rated one at Wirecutter and it was on sale at the manufacturer's site. Add in the discount code YOUR1MORE and free shipping, means the 1MORE noise canceling headphones were less than $110. I've been anxious to get a new pair since the dog chewed up my $300 Sony headphones, which were too big for exercising with anyway. Can't wait!

usa.1more.com/collections/sale

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Another frustrating day between the pipes at hockey this morning. Like Tuesday morning, I felt good, was moving well and anticipating the play. But I still gave up 7 goals! They were all some tough chances but I still would have liked to make a few of those. We came back towards the end but fell short. Grrr.

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Wave to everyone you pass on the streets - let people know that love and divinity and spiritual connection is real.

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Been trying to scrabble my way out of the salt mine all morning and, just when I think I have escaped, I get pulled back in. Still just mostly meetings and planning, which isn't what I like to do. But someone has to do it, right?

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Had an amazing session at D:OS2 last night. We stepped into a battle and proceeded to win it, almost 3(!) hours later. We didn't save the NPC we were supposed to, but it was an epic battle nonetheless. One of those where new monsters keep spawning, first *Oil Voidlings* then *Fire Oil Voidlings*. The imagination on these Larian folks is pretty spectacular. And the flame animation is ... *chef's kiss*. But C says he wants to try it again! He's crazy.

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## Morning Mastonians!

Just barely morning here in the northeast US, but morning nonetheless. Didn't have a great morning at hockey yesterday, so at least today starts off a little better. I did get some exercise, so at least there's that. I need to take Phineas, who celebrated his 1 year birthday yesterday, for a walk today. We've been walking up to the local gas station to pick up some snacks just to have a destination. It's a good little walk.

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Look for the beauty
Listen for the good
Speak kind words
Welcome love in
Offer up your help

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Just meeting after soul sucking meeting in the salt mine yesterday, and thus far today, although nothing is on the schedule for this afternoon, which is a relief. I need to buckle down and get some planning and writing done, if I am ever going to make any progress.

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Finished another book yesterday, the very depressing yet enlightening *No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes*. It ends in 2010, ironicallly enough as everyone was contemplating a US withdrawal(!), but still a must read for anyone interested in that foreign disaster (which we all should be). And I also recommend *Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World*. Sigh. We will never learn.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Listen, if you get a chance, you have to watch *Retfærdighedens ryttere*. A Danish movie (aka *Riders of Justice*) starring the ever fantastic Mads Mikkelson, is a revenge movie, but by no means your average revenge movie. Full of humor, action and pathos, a really great way to spend 2 hours. Highly recommended! As is Ty Burr's email newsletter, *Watch List*, that turned me on to it.

justwatch.com/us/movie/riders-
tyburrswatchlist.substack.com/

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Speaking of the salt mine, a long week stretches out in front of me. I'm peeling off a few people as direct reports, so maybe that will ease the nearly unbearable pain of Sprint Planning (gah), taking it from a near death experience to merely excruciating. Guess we will see how it works out.

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No big plans this week. Finish up a couple library books. Both daughters are coming home this weekend, so it will be good to see them. Maybe I'll watch a movie tonight, then the usual co-op games plays on Tuesday & Wednesday. Our big Lake George company day got postponed a couple weeks, so I guess I'll just stay at work. Sigh.

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I finished one book ("The Ridge", an interesting little horror novel) but didn't watch a single thing. I played *Agra* two handed but it proved to be too much for me to think about in the evening, so I put it away, probably never to see the light of day again (given its 2+ hour play time). Tempted by the *Mass Effect* Legendary edition. I've probably started that game as much as any game ever, but I always lose track of it and have to start over after I get bored wandering about the station.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Pretty good weekend, all in all. Main thing I wanted to accomplish was to get the pool closed - mission accomplished! And we even went out and met some new people - outside on the rooftop level at a local restaurant but still, it was nice. Beautiful day to wander around Harvard Square. And then came home and just vegged in front of the TV, lazily watching the usual Patriots dismantling of the Jets. Good days.

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Don't forget to drink water and get sun. You are basically a houseplant with complicated emotions.

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Jumped right into the pit of darkness that is the salt mine this morning. Couple meetings. Think I will spend some time meeting with all my folks, as I don't really feel like thinking much today. Wish I could get the new MacBook set up though. It keeps telling me account creation failed, but I guess I am too much of an idiot to get told **why**.

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