## Morning Mastodonians!

Skipped out on playing D:OS2 with C last night. My digestive system has been a wreck for a couple days now and it was particularly bad last night, so I just couldn't face staring at a busy computer game for hours.

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Instead, I nerded out and created a spreadsheet of all the books in my Goodreads list, using its Export function. I put it into Google Sheets with the idea of trying to pick a random book from over 2,200(!) books in my Want to Read list. It's not as easy as it sounds! I created a new column with a random number in it and sorted by that, took the top one, and now I'll read it!

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I also vegged in front of the TV and watched an amazing movie on Netflix. *Wind River* is an intense, violent, tearjerker about a missing Native American woman. Oddly enough, a similar subject, dealt vastly differently, in *Rustic Oracle*. It stars Jeremy Renner on the hunt and really good. Amazing scenery and cinematography. Highly recommended.

I am hoping I will be ready for another *Halo 3: ODST* mission tonight. Feeling a little better now. I will take Phineas for a long walk at lunch, enjoying the crisp sunny autumn weather. I almost had to put on a sweatshirt to take him out this morning. Yeah, the simpleton won't go out without company. What a weird dog.

It has been some busy days in the salt mine, but luckily with fewer pointless meetings than before. I actually had to refresh my calendar a few times before I believed there were no scheduled meetings after our morning standup. I actually got some work done yesterday and will try to carry the momentum over today.

Stay safe. Watch your distance. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. GET VACCINATED!

To make a difference in someone's life, you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.

I've already gone on a long walk with Phineas. We got dropped off at the local market to pick up some skim milk, but unfortunately they were out. But I grabbed a breakfast sandwich as a consolation prize and we walked the mile back home. Gorgeous, crisp sunny fall morning. My favorite time of year. Wish he didn't poop so much. What dog poops 3 times during a 20 minute walk? He continues to find new ways to be annoying :)

So tempted by the Rebellion sale on Steam. Zombie Army was one of our favorite 4 player co-op games and C and I had a blast with Sniper Elite 3. So Sniper Elite 4 and all its DLC at $14 is a great deal. But the Rebellion Anthology adds all kinds of cool titles. Lords of Magic is one of my all time favorite strategy games, but I don't own it digitally, just on disc(!), so toss in all the Lords of the Realm games, a Battlezone game, Evil Genius, et al and I am this close to hitting the Buy button.

Once again, the darkness of the salt mine lures me in like the aforementioned zombies. Battling the undead abominations like meetings and source code control is just what my day is like. Hope to keep my head down and trudge forward thru the evil today.

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