Gandi email web service 

I'm working through a transition off of legacy GSuite (forgive me father for I have sinned. My last confession was... uh... many decades ago... etc.).

I've been a long time customer of Gandi as my registrar. They provide some simple email hosting with a registered domain. At some point they improved the service. One cool feature is that you can have wildcard aliases for an account. So you can have username+* or username.* or even spam.* if you wanted.

Final tally was four limbs. I know it could've been worse. Still a bummer. The tree seems to be mostly back to its original shape except for the new holes in its canopy. There is still snow in the forecast. I hope it's nothing like this.

(Sorry for the poor focus. The autofocus on the phone I was using isn't working well.)

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Work nonsense 

Friends, I'm just having one of those days where I regret certain life choices:

Monday morning after the switch to DST 

Showing up to work after the switch to DST just makes things harder, friends.

(Honestly this could be any Monday morning. It's just more so today.)

Also, the comic linked to at the top of the Wired story is worth reading. It provides a wonderful picture representing the kind of person I try very hard not to be online.

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Fantasy illustration, eye contact 

This first volume of the "Spectrum Fantastic Art Quarterly" is nearly the same shape and size of "The Studio" (a well known book of art in some circles). Only a very small difference in one dimension, which might be down to printer variation. Maybe it's just coincidence... 🤔

Anyway, more importantly they're cool books if you're into fantastic art and the like. (Although "The Studio" is not in print any more.)

TIL that Sarah Bernhardt was not only a well known actress in the late 1800s through early 1900s and a popular model for painters, but she was also a sculptor. She made this bitchin' inkwell. It's a self-portrait of herself as a chimera.

Some more angles here:

Also, while I took a short break from social media, we've had little bits of snow. We attempted to make some snow people. We stripped all the snow from our yard and parts of the neighbor's yard to make these wee little snow people.

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WFH wizard 

I don't know what compelled me (maybe the "child" peeking into the room in the background). I haven't even been able to come up with a good caption. But what's done is done.

Today's recommendation algorithm deployments seem more like this to me:

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Luckily I bought this ridiculous digital multimeter/clock/thermometer/Bluetooth speaker a little while ago, so we have tunes while we do puzzles with the kiddo.

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Home maintenance 

We took a short trip with the kiddo, but came home a day early as none of us were getting sleep. So I finally had time to deal with a bit of a rot problem on our deck. It took the standard 3 extra trips to the hardware store. I'm mostly amazed I was able to do demolition without causing more damage. The bad state of the wood helped quite a bit. You could tear a lot of it apart with your bare hands. I'm glad I got it done, but there's always more to do. Buh.

And this is my haul this evening from our creeping raspberry plant. The others don't seem to like them, so they're all mine.

Cool spider 

At least I think it's cool. I came across this one while pulling weeds on my team's landscape day at work (the company has been running an experiment with doing our own landscaping at work). Anyway, I'm not from around these parts, so the species is unfamiliar to me. I didn't see it at first because its web was placed right in the middle of some weeds with yellow flowers I was pulling. I nearly grabbed it accidentally. Whatever it is, it seems to be a chonky, happy one. search bug? 

Putting a forward slash in's search box seems to always result in an Elasticsearch error. I wonder how many times I've run into that before I noticed it today? I think I ran into it yesterday trying to search for a title with CP/M in it. Surprisingly searching for "cp m" actually returns a reasonable set of results.

(Makes me a little worried there's an input sanitation issue.)

Also I found these sweet 20MHz Motorola 68K parts nearby! I have no idea what I was planning on doing with them! 😆

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