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2022-11-10 - Finally!

The illness has broken

After 6 days of quarantine and positive test, I finally got one of these,


In case you've never seen one of those, that is a negative test!  This means I can finally go back to normal behavior without fear of causing the next wave of the pandemic.  But of course, what this really means that I will still be wearing a mask an sanitizing my hands before I go into any store.  For the next week or so anyway.

2022-11-09 - The Day After

Happy Post Election Day

This is everyone's favorite day of the election season.  The day that we get to make predictions about what is going to finally happen.  We only know most of the races for sure.  The rest will take some time.  Then, if they are still too close to call, we will wait even longer while they count again.  But the best part is that we won't have to endure any more of those political ads.  Oh, great googiliy moogily did that just REALLY get on my nerves.

In the end, what I know is this.  I still have COVID.  I'm not even going to bother to post today's test because it looks very similar to all the previous tests.  The line is much dimmer.  That's the only difference.  I'm feeling fine though.  Much like I said yesterday.

Getting back to stuff about the election, if you scroll down a bit, you will see the widget for the Countdown to Election.  It is now showing the 2024 Presidential Election.  I wrote that program to be date aware, even to the effect that it known when the last election ended and pulls up the next election.  Plus I made a few other enhancements to it to make it easier for me to maintain.

Just thought you'd like to know that.

2022-11-08 - Election Day

Happy Election Day

That's all I'm going to say about election day, other than that I intend to do everything in my power to avoid any news, TV, pundits, or even other human beings until tomorrow.

I know it won't work.  But I'm going to try.  Because seriously...  This election season has been the worst one since the last one.  Considering I still have the COVID, it's probably not good for my heart.

Oh, by the way, I still have the COVID.


I'm going to start calling the "COVID-22, the Relentless".

I actually feel pretty good today.  So this has got to be on its way out.  But the tests keep telling me otherwise.

2022-11-07 - COVID Day 4

Still going strong

This has been going on Since Friday when I first posted about it.  Here is Saturday's test.  Is it clear?


NO.  Still positive.

So I tried again on Sunday...  C'mooon, clean test...  Let's see some negative!!


NO.  Still positive.

Here we are on Monday.  I've got to be clear now.  My wife has tested negative this entire time.  So i must be done with this.  This has got to be the one!


Oh, for the love of Odin's Raven!  C'mon!

On the lighter side, I really don't feel all that bad, all things considered.  It's pretty mild.  That's a good thing.  But, I'm still in quarantine.

It seems that I picked a pretty bad time to sunset my old blog.  This would have been perfect for that.  Oh well...  If i could see into the future, I could have avoided that, I suppose.  But then, if I could see into the future, there are probably a lot of other things I would be working on.  Like buying the right stocks for example.

2022-11-04 - Yep

WhooHoo!! COVID for the win!

You've got to be farking kidding me!


All this time I've gone without ever showing positive once.  Although, I'm sure I had it once a few months ago.

I'm vaxxed, boosted, and all that.  Maybe I should have gotten the booster booster.  I don't know.

All I know is that I feel like I have a little bit of a sinus infection.  My wife suggested I take a test.  So I did.  With the first positive, I took a second, just to be sure.

Bah...  Maybe I shouldn't have closed down the old COVID-19 blog.

2022-10-30 - widget

Countdown to Election Widget

Trying to get this thing to work from off-domain.  And here we go...

It seems to be functioning well enough.

2022-10-28 - Out with the old

Out with the old, in with the new

That is the saying...  In this case it applies to our little fire pit.  

The very first one of these things we got when our daughter was turning 16.  "I know what I want for my birthday.  I want one of those little fire pits."

"Hey, as it turns out, I'd like one of those too.  So, yep, you got it."

That first one lasted about 2 1/2 years.  Not too bad.  So when that one burned out, literally, I went and got one just like it.  That one also lasted about 2 1/2 years.


Yeah, it's a gonner.  We had a fire the other night and I started noticing and awful lot of embers falling out of the thing.  It had burned through.

So I went to my favorite store to purchase such things, and got me a new one.  Ta-da!


I guess we'll see how long this one lasts.  We use the thing all the time.  So it's pretty well expected that it won't last forever... I almost feel compelled to go burn something right now!  Well, maybe not.  I've got a ball game to watch tonight.

Game 1 of the World Series.  And much to everyone's surprise, the Phillies are playing!


Oh, hell yeah!

2022-10-18 - Social medea

I blame Twitter

Seriously, Twitter.  What the actaul hell?

See...  I know how their algorithm works.  I know how it feeds me things that I react to.  I don't follow Gym, Boebert, or MGT.  I don't follow a few other Conservative political types.  But I see their tweets EVERY time I go to Twitter.
And I can't help myself.  When Gym says something stupid, which is every time, I comment back.

And THAT is why I keep seeing their shiat all the time.  I don't see anything from any Democrats really.  I few things here in there.  But the majority of my feed is frontloaded with shiat that makes me angry - makes me react.

So maybe it's not just that the GOP are more vocal.  Maybe Twitter is just making me believe that.
As such, I have started blocking all those accounts.  That will be the first step in making me feel better.

But still, I can't farking wait until this election season is over.  And MAN I hope it doesn't go completely to shiat.

2022-10-13 - Title

Where Have I been

Here is something that I had started doing a bunch of years ago. I never finished the project because I was doing it with Flash, and that platform was already on its way out by then. That was years ago.

The other day I was thinking about this and it occurred to me that Tableau is actually perfect for this sort of thing. Because I can put all the data in a Google Sheet. And from now on, all I need to do is keep that Google sheet up to date.

So, yeah, this is pretty cool.

If this fails to load, for some reason, here is the actual Tableau Dashboard


2022-10-09 - Mercury

Mercury, the planet

So now that I have this blog set up and ready to go, here we are...  It's story time...

The planet Mercury, as you may know, is one of the 5 planets that you can see with the naked eye.  Ok, 6, if you include the Earth.  Shut up.  Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are really easy to see.  Jupiter and Venus are usually the brightest things in the sky other than The Moon.  But Mercury is very, very difficult to see.  The reason for this is that it's very close to the sun.  So most of the time, when Mercury is in our field of view, which is almost all day, all you see is sunlight.

The only way to see Mercury is when the sun is below the horizon.  So just before sunrise, or just after dark.  Well, that, and it has to be at the point in its orbit where it is the furthest from the sun.  Today happened to be such a day where we could check off all the boxes, AND it was crystal clear.
And here we are, for the first time in my life, at 53 years old, I managed to find the exact right timing that I was able to see Mercury, photograph it, and verify that what I was seeing was indeed correctly identified.

So I got up a few minutes earlier this morning, went outside and looked to the east.  I was pleasantly happy to see the planet.  Here is a shot from my driveway.


Yeah, it's right there next to the street light.  Pffft.  So I went around the corner and took a shot from a darker place with no foreground light.  This is much better.


Here is proof, as per my trusty Star Walk app


Now, you may be asking yourself why it took so long for me to finally get this verifiable view.  The short version is that I haven't been trying very hard.  Like I said, it's rare that it's possible to view.  And I thought I had already seen it once.  Except that as it turns out, I don't think I actually did.  This goes back to some years ago when I was driving up in the hills in north Jersey, and I happened to be facing west at sunset.  What I saw was a pretty bright dot to the left of the sun.  And I assumed it was Mercury.  The position seemed about right.

Then I come to notice later that because of our orientation in the solar plane, Mercury would have to appear above or below the sun.  Not next to it.  For what I saw to have been any planet, it would have been one that was in orbit perpendicular to the solar plane.

So what I saw all those years ago was probably not Mercury.

2022-10-08 - The blog is on

Today was a nice day

So, yeah, I kinda miss my original blog.  For over a year, I posted every single day.  And that was sorta the mission on that thing.  To detail how life was when the pandemic was at its height.  Good times, man.  Good times.  Click that link in the previous post if you want to read that.  It's still there.

Anyway... I stopped making new posts.  Mostly because I got a little burned out with it.  And the pandemic was effectively over anyway.  But in the time that I have not been writing there, I've been writing in my other two blogs.  One is dedictate to cryptocurrency, and all the fun stuff going on there, and another one that is really more of a news satire / commentary site.  When I have a specific topic, I tend to write in one of those. But if I just have as story to tell, I didn't really have a personal blog anymore since the last one more or less ran its course.

So I'm gonna use this blog to detail fun stories I have to tell.  Hey, if nothing else it's better than reading about all the other shit going on in this world.

2022-10-07 - First blog entry

This is the first entry

This is a clean version of the template that I use for my COVID-19 blog that I started back in March.

This version of this thing is a fresh new one that I just imported from the Empty Blog software.

Click those two links if you would like to know more about this project.  But for now, know that this is now my personal blog going forward.