on interstellar and the illusion of time.

i saw interstellar last night and it’s a great movie. not perfect by any means, but it’s sci-fi and even Neil DeGrasse Tyson is okay with the ending.

many of the theories in the film are explored in the embedded NOVA episode, “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time” which has quotes from physicists that sound like they could be buddhist monks – e.g. “everything that has ever happened or will happen – it all exists.” and from an NPR story on the show, “Our days certainly seem numbered. We long to know if this countdown to darkness is real, or simply the trick of a more limited perspective.”

for even more Deep Thoughts About Time, give a listen to the Radiolab Time episode and remember that all of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.

The Mysterious Snowdeal Cairns.

The Mysterious Snowdeal Cairns.

neither kris nor i can remember when we started collecting stones during our travels. probably 20 years ago. now we have enough stones that some folks have told us they will never, ever help us move again because it was so ridiculous to move so many boxes of stones.

while some stones turn into bookends and doorstops, many of them are made into cairns that are scattered around the house and often tucked away in non-obvious places. neither of us have a particular reason for scattering cairns around the house. we just like them and i guess it’s what you do when you have an abundance of rocks laying around :-)

this one is about 1.5 inches tall and made with stones from the UP and topped with a tiny origami crane made by the son of a longtime flickr friend ( who also happens to work at flickr ) who left it for us after a visit.

all of the cairns remind me of the stories behind the stones so maybe that’s why i enjoy them.

just ship.

just ship.

the “just ship” philosophy is, i believe, an homage to the steve jobs quote, “real artists ship”. it’s mostly seen in tech circles but i like the general philosophy that at end of the day “shipping” is the only thing that matters and it’s a valuable lesson outside tech. when i saw that kellan ( now cto of etsy ) was shipping the shirts originally developed for the etsy engineering shirt, i knew i had to get one.

in retrospect I should have ordered 6 more so I could make it my everyday shirt.

at the time of this writing he’s sold out of men’s sizes but you can pre-order at 50% off! hmmmmm…

recipe: odin’s “Kick in The Asgard” hot sauce.

recipe: odin's "kick in the asgard" hot sauce.

i made several batches of odin’s “Kick in The Asgard” hot sauce using starter fuel from our organic valley garden based on a “green dragon sauce” recipe. i ended up with about a gallon of sauce and will give most of it away to fellow gardeners. not knowing how hot the peppers were, i was happy to find that none of the batches ended up being “melt your face off” hot.

it’s analogous to a tabasco sauce – simple to make and tasty!

in the interest of full disclosure, odin doesn’t actually like hot sauce but i like the punny nature of the name. maybe someday his taste buds will change :-)


20 peppers or so, stems removed, rough chopped (2 1/2 cups)
1 onion, chopped
3 or 4 or 8 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 cup white vinegar to taste


combine the peppers, onion, garlic, salt and oil in a saucepan over high heat. saute’ for 3 minutes.
add the water and continue to cook for about 20 minutes. Stir often.
remove from heat and allow to steep until mixture has cooled.
place mixture in food processor and puree until smooth.
with the processor running, pour in the vinegar through the feed tube in a steady stream.
pour into sterilized pint jar and seal.
let age at least 2 weeks before using.
can be stored in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

to can: pour into clean hot jars [no need to sterilize jars if water bathed for at least 10 min. and process in boiling water bath for 10 min.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. I.

it’s the beginning of hockey regular season so we’re spending more time in hockey arenas. and this weekend we spent even more time than usual as we signed odin up for a laura stamm power skating clinic in baraboo, wisconsin. the well-regarded clinics are taught all over the country and usually cost over $200 but the baraboo youth hockey association subsidizes the cost and it costs just $75 if you’re not part of the association ( $35 if you are a member of the baraboo youth hockey league ). so it’s quite a deal for an intensive 6 hours of skating split over 2 days.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. II.

drills! drills! drills!

in this drill, the kids skate fast and drop down and alternate sliding on each knee without standing up.

i am certain that i could not do this.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. III.

lots and lots of drills to improve their skating backwards skills.

day 3774: doing drills at a laura stamm power skating clinic. IV.

and maybe a bit of goofing off with friends who give odin a hard time when his poppi is trying to take pictures :-)

“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.”


the title is a quote from one of the two characters in my 80s costume mash up. the other character is easy to guess but only a few at work could guess the quote character with suspenders, power tie and a giant cell phone.

in a bit of trivia, the corncob standing next to me is wearing an outfit i wore six years ago in a local parade while i handed out ov milk and string cheese.

i can’t remember if i wore any underwear but i think he’s probably ok either way :-)

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