Food and Parenting 

My kid asked if the miso glaze on the turnips was cheese.

"It's like cheese." (It's food, it's tasty, I didn't lie)

She ate everything. Win.

I teach in a very economically diverse school, and have eLearning concerns on both ends.

One student's mom lost her job, so he is working 50 hourse a week landscaping to support his family, and can't do online school work.

Another student has spotty wifi, because she's living on a boat.

Ever try to slow down your reading because the book you have is so good and you don't want to tear through it because then it will be over? That's how I am right now with Network Effects.


Two years ago, I went with my dad and brother to the Grand Canyon. We stopped for breakfast at a tiny restaurant in the little town closest to the park. I was expecting pretty bad tourist food, but I got the best huevos rancheros I've ever had.

This is my attempt to recreate it. Pork and green chilis, poached egg. It wasn't nearly as good, but still pretty good.

Food, birthdays 

I baked my own birthday cake. Adjusted the recipe from 9 to 6 inch pans (there are only three of us here to eat it) flavored the frosting with lemon juice, and added some lemon candies for flair. Very pleased.

No amount of my lefty angst will make me love Michelle Obama any less.


My high school English teacher just died. He gave me the only D I ever got in high school, but he also made me want to teach English myself. Great guy.

What's great about Mastadon right now is that if people post about plants or fish or furniture or whatever and the include a CW'd picture, you don't know until you open in if they are referring to Animal Crossing or real life.

Extremely Minor Spoiler for a 25-year-old movie 

I'm watching Star Trek Generations. You think Shatner said, "Yeah, I'll do it, but I want to ride a horse."

We're all a bit cooped up, but at least I can order my daughter a fun birthday present. What do you want, sweetheart?

A Nintendo Switch


All of the arguments I've heard for liquor stores being "essential businesses" hold true for bookstores as well, at least for me and mine. I like a drink as well as the next fella, but aren't we just risking lives for a pretty nonessential commodity?

I'm weary ahead of time about the coronavirus-related lies that will be shared on the internet tomorrow because of the date. Misinformation isn't that funny in a normal year, let's just not do April Fool's this time around, huh?

When this whole thing is over, I'm going to make sure I get out into nature every single weekend. I crave the park so much, I will never take it for granted again.

My wife is handling the stay-at-home order just fine. She is living her preferred life of avoiding strangers and the outside. I am struggling, but I'm okay if I can still go out for food shopping and see sun.

But my 6-year-old daughter is climbing the walls. She is literally running around in circles for something to do with her pent-up energy. This must feel like torture to her.

My wife is playing War with my 6 year old. Kid tried to tell her Mom that she was playing wrong. I told her:

Democrats won't elect Sanders because they don't like socialism. Also, we're about to cut everyone a $1000 check...

Does anybody know what fsck is and why I am forced to do it every hour or so on Linux Mint?


Schools are closed for two weeks and I can deal, but a lot of my kids cannot. We have kids whose home lives are a sick joke, and this closure is a kick to the gut. Politicians are talking about increasing the closure to eight weeks, and they should know that is so much more than four times worse. Lives are going to be ruined because of this closure.

Show older
Wandering Shop

The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.