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Dark, damp and dreary, the salt mine beckons me for another week of dispiriting labor. Weather looks good later this week, perhaps I will escape and get in some leaf peeping instead. Sprint planning looms in my future, which is even more soul crushing. Going to try and write some code today to cheer up, which would be nice.

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Friday was not a very good night at the movies. First up was *Parasite* and I, to be honest, do not do well with movies having huge tonal shifts and this one went from a clever scam movie to a bloody mess in a hurry, although you can see the transition coming a mile away. Not a big fan. And the Netflix movie *Kate* was even worse. Just a mess from the start, with even the action sequences uninspiring. Ugh.

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Not a real great sports weekend, besides the Red Sox doing what they had to do in order to host the one game wildcard playoff tomorrow. The Bruins lost in exhibition, but worse was the defending NCAA hockey champs UMass losing 2 over the weekend. They lost Sunday's game despite being up 3-0. Not good! And the Patriots gave it a nice shot, but the 56 yd field goal to win it clanked off the upright as time ran down. The kid QB looked great though. I wasn't going to stay up, but of course I did.

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But then he should be heartworm free and ready for many more years of racing around. Still gets me choked up thinking about it though. He either came with it before we adopted him or the heartworm meds we were giving him weren't effective. Either way, give your dog the meds and check him!

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Dropped the puppy off for his first heartworm killer injection. He will have to remain quiet for the next 3 months(!), as he gets another one in a month. He needs to remain quiet while the immiticide takes effect to prevent dead heartworms from flooding his circulation system and perhaps causing a blood clot somewhere. Yeah, sounds gruesome doesn't it?

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

"Every law of nature that reveals itself to the observer suggests a higher, as yet unrecognized one." - Alexander von Humboldt

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Guess I was talking about it too much, so the emptiness and darkness that is the salt mine is wall to wall meetings this morning. Thinking I may drop out after a morning of meetings. My head really isn't into much else. Some days you've got it and some days you don't. I don't.

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Not sure what I'll be up to this weekend. Weather looks good. Perhaps we will check out the Topsfield Fair, one of the oldest fairs in the country. G is craving terrible fair food, like the giant turkey leg. Got a little bit of closing up to finish. I dunno. Maybe I will just stay in bed instead. How about you?

I finally finished "The Invention of Nature" and wow, was it worth it. Humboldt led an amazing life and influenced so much of science during the early years of rational thought. Highly recommended. Here's my review:

goodreads.com/review/show/4174

Here's a picture of me, the dog, the book, the Red Sox and, not pictured, my glass of port the other evening.

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## Morning Mastodonians!

This week was a bit of a downer, so this morning's hockey could either pull me out of the down slide or push me further down hill. And.... further down hill it is then! Played a definitely mediocre game, as my positioning was off, leading to a number of bad angle goals. And I just wasn't reacting very well. And the next time a skater comes into my crease with the puck, I am going to go all Tim Thomas on his ass:

youtu.be/txBVdz6UO3U

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

My wish for you today - May your Mercuries be more Freddie and less Retrograde!

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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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.

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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 :)

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## Morning Mastodonians!

Bagged out of playing co-op again last night. Still tummy problems. This time, I actually went to bed and finished reading *The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World*. Fantastic book, full of insights, brilliance and even predictions from 200 years ago of climate change. Highly recommended. And the even won in the background. And I got a 91 sleep rating from FitBit, so it was a good night.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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