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Monday, February 18, 2019

The real emergency is the climate. Greta Thunberg, an autistic 16 year old from Sweden says everything that needs to be said:

…everyone keeps saying climate change is an existential threat and the most important issue of all, and yet they just carry on like before. I don’t understand that, because if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or white. There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a civilization or we don’t. We have to change.

Instead, we’re all worked up over building walls.

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IKEA should make up a word, in that funny IKEA product name way, for that feeling when you’re several hours into a visit having debated twenty-three different options with your partner about stuff for your home; and you’re not even to the marketplace yet where you can buy pots and pans.

And let’s not forget the variant of the feeling where you go to IKEA all by yourself in an effort to avoid it, and yet it still strikes.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Gasteinertal with a fresh layer of snow.

There’s something magical about waking up, looking out the window, and seeing the land covered with fresh snow. I love it.

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Belle Époque hotels in Bad Gastein, Austria.
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The history of budding authoritarian leaders who used emergency declarations to get their way in a nominal democracy (or at least a republic) is a long one. Not every leader who does so will become a dictator, of course, but it’s high on the list of tactics for dictators to use to wrest power from an elected government.

Trump’s use of emergency power today isn’t the final death knell of the Republic. But damn, it’s unsettling.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
A snowy gondola ride in Austria.

Not only is the kid going to totaly kick my ass at skiing one day soon, but he’s also going to be a good photographer as well. I had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of this photograph other than handing him my iPhone and letting him snap away. Even the square crop was his decision.

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I think I was 12 years old the first time I went skiing. It was a church youth group event, and we took a charter bus to Copper Mountain. Spending 5 days on the slopes was a great way to learn how to ski. I spent all day, every day on the mountain, and the rest of the time either asleep or listening to Pyromania on my Walkman and avoiding interacting with the other kids as much as I could get away with.

I fell in love with mountains and snow on that trip.

Today, my son took his first ski class. He’s not yet three years old, but loved gliding across the snow on skis with a grin on his face as he learned how to make a wedge — the instructor called it a pizza for easy understanding. Towards the end of his lesson, he said, “I don’t want to make a pizza anymore. I want to ski!

I think he’s found the love, too. I couldn’t be happier.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

A couple of years after activating my Micro.blog account, I’m finally putting it to use. I’ve set it up to pull from the Atom feed from my website and then repost content on both Micro.blog and Twitter.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

After hearing several good reviews, I’ve been playing with Timeshifter to help with jet lag. From their marketing material:

Generic jet lag advice is, well… generic. It won’t reduce your jet lag and can actually make it worse. Each traveler and trip is different and requires a personalized approach taking your sleep pattern, chronotype, itinerary, and a range of personal preferences into account.

After two trips, the advice the app generates has been working really well. It doesn’t eliminate all the symptoms of jet lag for me, but the fairly mild symptoms I do have on longer trips are compacted nicely into just a few days. The app isn’t cheap to use, but anything that helps beat jet lag is worth a lot.

I think I’m going to have to extensively update my own jet lag advice article.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Chad Fowler speaks to the Azure Developer Advocacy team in Bellevue, Washington
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