Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Setting up OctoPrint on Ubuntu 20.04 with Python 3

    Overview I had been running OctoPrint on a small embedded PC that I had, but it was not running as well as I would have liked. This original build was kinda slapped together and not quite as streamlined as I had intended it to be. It worked, mostly, but wasn’t running OctoPrint as a service, […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 9, Furlough day 47

    It has been a few more weeks of quarantine and furlough. Some days are better than others. For that matter some hours are better than others. Keeping all three of us in this house sane and happy is a tall order. Some days we do OK, others not so much. I spent last weekend migrating […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 6, Furlough day 23

    Well, this was not the way that I think any of us wanted to start off this week. The stress of the current global situation is enough by itself, but life always find a way to get you when you are down. Some days you run out of spoons way to early in the day. […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 5, Furlough day 19

    Well, today was kind of a crappy day. Mostly on the emotional side. It was actually a somewhat nice day out for at least part of the day. There was an odd snow flurry in the middle of the day and it has generally been cold. That said, it just felt like we didn’t really […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 4, Furlough day 12

    Let’s start with yesterday, April 9, it was Ruth’s birthday. Not quite the celebration that I think we would have liked, but it was something. Robyn and LJ put a big banner in the yard in the middle of the night, I baked a lemon cake (I know it is Passover, but I don’t really […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 4, Furlough day 10

    Passover 2020 Tonight was the first night of Passover. Given the state of the world, with most countries on some form of “lockdown” I would imagine there were a lot of Zoom Seders. We managed to get the whole Weisman clan together for a more modern and generally shorter Seder, which was nice. It isn’t […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 4, Furlough day 9

    Stop reading now if you don’t like the word “asshole.” You have been warned. This is just a bit of a rant. Back in high school I had a friend who had a theory about people that really rings true, at least in the USA. It was very simple: There are two types of people […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 4, Furlough day 8

    Today was definitely the first really nice day in the past couple weeks. Bright, sunny, and in the 60’s. A perfect day to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. So, after enjoying Ruth and EJ’s home made cinnamon rolls for breakfast, I loaded up the car with bike, trailer, and EJ, and […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 3, Furlough day 7

    We have made it to the end of “Quarantine” week 3. It is pretty hard to believe that for the past two weeks, most of my world has consisted of our house, yard, and strolls around the neighborhood. One would think that it should feel relaxing, but it certainly isn’t that. Between the general anxiety […]

  • COVID-19: “Quarantine” wk. 3, Furlough day 5

    First Shopping Trip in 2 weeks… For the first time in two weeks I ventured out to go shopping. Today’s trip included a stop at the Lancaster Costco and the Lititz Weis. The good news, I was able to get everything on my list, and it was not utter chaos. Frankly, checking out at Costco […]

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