Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy, published every other day.


Is it OK for your hobby to resemble your work? My hobby is, apparently, my home computer network and its various servers and endpoints.

My latest project is a pretty big server (by home standards) with 64G of RAM and 32T (4 x 8T) of disk. I aim to have this take over a number of functions currently being done by a handful of smaller machines.

Now one of the 8T drives is showing early failures and I have to idle the thing until I can get a fresh one from the distributor.

My wife has made the probably wiser choice of hobby. Birding bears no resemblance whatsoever to her “day job.” Maybe I should have gone that route.

Oriole at the Feeder

How gorgeous is that?


It’s X-O’clock Somewhere


Finally, A Decision


  1. John Douglas Porter

    Absolutely gorgeous. I occasionally hear orioles way up in the trees at certain times of year, and every now and then catch a flash of orange. Having one come up to the house like that is … well, it’s unheard of, in my experience. Fantastic.

    That looks like a hummingbird feeder, yes? I wanna get me one of those. I just got back from visiting friends in Seattle, and she had Anna’s hummingbirds all over her feeder. Barely a day after coming home (mid-Atlantic) I saw a hummingbird (it would have to be a rubythroat) go zooming through the yard, so I know we (still) have them…

    • This is actually a purpose-built oriole feeder. You fill the little cups with grape jelly.

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