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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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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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Pretty good morning at hockey. We won 4-1, and that one goal was a bit of a fluke, so I felt pretty good. It was actually 2-1 for most of the game, until we scored 2 late ones to put it away. Pretty quiet down my end, but I had to make a couple big saves. Pushed myself hard in the post game sprints too, so I feel like I got a good workout. Feeling some temptation to get back to the gym again, although COVID-19 keeps just missing us, as my daughter's roommate tested positive but she didn't.

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Set up *Agra* on the new center island counter top. I don't know what I was thinking. So many pieces to tempt so many cats. I really need a gaming table, so I can cover it when I am done. Or maybe just a big cover to put over things, as gaming tables are so damned expensive. But I definitely need something.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Pretty quiet day yesterday. I did go for a nice walk with Phineas. We went to the local Mobil station and rewarded ourselves with a snack. He even gets a biscuit there. It was a good day for a walk. A bit muggy but cool. Started a new audiobook, *The Silent Patient* by Alex Michaelides. Love it when there are multiple narrators, esp. a female and male one. Could be good.

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We can't go back and change the beginning. But we can start where we are and change the ending. Let's roll!

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Still kind of a slog in the salt mine these days. Feels like we have a ton of stuff to do, but I can't put my finger on exactly what, when and how. I get the feeling the dump truck will back up and bury us some day soon and I'd like to anticipate some of the demand. I'll have to give it some focus today.

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Finished two books recently. Super highly recommend *Piranesi*. Took a few pages for me to get into it, but soon I was completely absorbed in the bizarre "world". My review is here:

Piranesi review - goodreads.com/review/show/3695

Her first book "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" is #1 on my "Want to Read" list (over over 2,200 books!), so I need to get on that monster.

And I enjoyed the first book in an interesting detective series:

Some Danger Involved review - goodreads.com/review/show/3965

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## Morning Mastodonians!

We had a reasonable session of *Halo 3: ODST* (hereafter known as *H3O*) last night at 4 Guys Co-op. For once the level was neither too long nor too short, with just the right challenge. I still absolutely adore the "if anyone in your party dies, restart at the previous checkpoint" option. It really makes for some serious shit talking. I was the object of scorn during one such battle, as I just couldn't stop dying. Definitely more games need this co-op option.

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Remember when I said I was hoping I'd get less meetings in the salt mine? Nope, didn't happen. I had less *scheduled* meetings, but I still spent most of my day in meetings. They exhaust me more than anything else I work on. I have none on the schedule for the rest of the day, so I am going to try and keep my head down and work on some tickets for a change.

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Had a good time back at D:OS2 with C last night. We spend way too much time thinking up upgrade points when we get them, seeing as how resetting them is so easy now. And then we had a pretty nice battle. We're at about 75 hours played. I'll bet we have at least another 50. Crazy. I'd never finish a game like this alone.

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Went for a nice long walk yesterday with the puppy. It was, amazingly, a 3 poop walk. I've never had a dog who poops so much on a 30 minute walk. Usually, it is one and done. I am almost done with my audiobook. I used my chewed up MDX-1000 headphones and they mostly still work, no thanks to Phineas. I'll need to figure out what to listen to next. Probably not going to hit 50 books this year, but I can make it close.

## Morning Mastodonians!

Still getting used to i3 as a Window Manager on my Arch box. I like the tiling, altho I need to figure out how to get it to layout everything perfectly when I start it up. I think the hardest thing to get used to is how the active window follows the mouse. I know there are plenty of proponents but I've never tried it before. I'm trying to rid myself of clicking on a window to activate. And I need to stop moving the mouse off the window before I've actually hit Ctrl-C!

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