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The rush of scale is often a potent and lethal addiction, for production engineering is a drug.

I always thought the Dyson ball was a gimmicky thing, but it’s totally legit. It’s so much easier to maneuver than a big clunky vacuum. It’s also quieter than my clunker, but the cat still hates it.

The weather is still pretty inconsistent here. On some days, it’s perfectly clear and warm, on other days it’s cloudy with a chilly breeze. I still occasionally pull out my space heater at night when kitty wants to stay out on the balcony for a long time.

It turns out it’s way easier to grow plants when it’s not 110 F outside. I decided I wanted my balcony to smell nice and vegetation-y, so I potted rosemary, lavender, petunias, mint, catnip, and azaleas. It’s tricky finding cat-friendly flowering plants. I bought patio furniture and have been using it fairly often.

Yesterday was the Redmond Derby Days. The parades happened right in front of my apartment complex and the all-day bicycle races were a block away at city hall. Redmond often feels like a big small town. All the Bing sponsorship in the parade made it seem like it was a hometown favorite invented by a few good o’ boys down the street. Older, skilled, third generation search engine workers who hand crafted it in their garage. They probably also cut hair and watch baseball on the weekends too.

YACHT’s new album, Shangri-La, is awesome! “Dystopia” and “Shangri-La” are by far my favorite tracks, I’ve listened to each dozens of times already. “If I can’t go to heaven, let me go to LA, or the west Texas desert or an Oregon summer day.

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