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Food (instapot experimenting) 

This shouldn't be good but here we are:

- 1 box of aldi mac and cheese (the kind with sauce instead of powder)
~ 2/3 cup red lentils
- 1 Jalapeno
- 3 slices turkey bacon, chopped
- 1 small sweet onion, chopped.

Add lentils and jalapeno with some water to instapot for 4 mintues.

Manually depressurize, add everything else, a splash more water, and pressurize for another ~3 minutes.

This was one tasty mistake!

I call it "Split Mac n Cheese" or
"Mac n Split Peas".

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I just came across this website that is a nice compendium of the trails in the MSP Metro (Counties of Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington).

The Big Short (movie) 

This is the movie that I give the most credit to radicalizing me, and pushing me away from capitalism. A masterpiece by Adam McKay.

One of those rare movies that throws SO MUCH information at you, that you can't help but pick up more each time you watch it. I don't re-watch movies that often, but this is one of the few I watch about once a year (and saw it 4x in theatres).

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Tech (experimental setup) 

This could be my church.

...It is also a lot of screens. Definitely not a permanent setup.

It's been a long time since I've seen this movie (The Big Short). It's really up there with The Matrix in terms of favorites. It gets better every time.

Turns out I have it on DVD if you want to borrow it.

alc (+) 

I believe today was the last run I'll make to a liquor store in 2020.

It wasn't a big run - not like I'm stocking up - but I've noticed my body react more and more poorly to alcohol, and I'm very grateful to have these somatic complaints instead of needing a behavioural intervention to change habits.

Additionally, this past week, I'm pretty sure I've had more days of 0 drinking than I have days drinking. Also a nice change.

:birdsite: US Police, dark thoughts 

Thinking about the authoritative flex from a few weeks ago when MPD and others pulled out all the stops and mass-arrested protesters that are sick of being beat up and harassed by law enforcement, but in these links above, cops are standing by, not enforcing the laws they're sworn to enforce.

Against my better judgement, I can't help but anticipate another civil war, and I don't like that thought at all.

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:birdsite: US Police 

Two recent tweets from two time zones.

The first one from Richmond, VA showing armed protesters (boogaloo) marching around the Capitol, past signs that say "no firearms allowed".

The second is from our own Governors Mansion in St. Paul. Again with people carrying guns, and harassing counter protesters.

Streetkred boosted

bus drivers are braver than the troops :blobsalute: :transit:

Minneapolis Survey (climate adj) 

ICYMI Minneapolis Waste and Recycling has a survey seeking input how household waste has changed since March of 2020.

I, for one, have noticed a SIGNIFICANT increase in the waste leaving our home.

It's especially stressful as we're witnessing climate breakdown.

Anywho, fill it out. IMO this is a good survey that is designed just to gather data.
(though there's one point asking if we'd support a policy to opt in to single use items)


Now that I'm unemployed again, I'm off to play computer games for the foreseeable future.

Currently is EVE Online.

I just do Mining and Industry, sometimes run missions, but it's mostly a solitary game so far.

If you play, I'd love to meet up.

Work +/- :maybe_hug_empathy: 

I wrote notes to the people I worked closest with, and each of them brought sentiments of their own sort.

What a great group of people. So great, that as a last hurrah in good faith, we went upstairs and got tested for covid.

I then went on a 2.5 hour bike ride for closure. Slow pace, but fast enough to keep my body warm and my thoughts in check.

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Work +/- 

I don't remember the last time I felt so bittersweet.

Tomorrow is my last day (though technically today was - Tomorrow is just handing in badges).

It's been a great 2.5 months. Definitely the most fulfilling work I've had in 2020, and probably even longer, but of course all work comes to an end, and then it's winter.

Again, grateful to not need to go anywhere and risk exposure, but not excited to live on savings, or the lack of socializing.

The ups and downs, hots and colds.


I got a COVID test today at the Convention Center.

I had a reservation for Saturday, but upon hearing Senator Torres-Ray last night say how quick it is, and a co-worker saying the same, I jumped on it. <45 minutes total.

Go get tested. Especially if you're between 18 and 35.

humourous good thoughts 

@kyleislikekyle I thought of you earlier this week when I activated a replacement credit card. It only sat inactivated for a week! A record, I think.

MPLS pol (scary thought) 

Palmisano as Council President.

Though maybe more realistically it may be Johnson.

I'm too busy catching up on zoning reforms to make it easy to create shelter and also following the ever changing shitshow that is turning the MPD into an honorable and accountable agency.

I don't have time to follow this *next* shitshow of Local hierarchy, but I bet it will be a treat.

Fingers crossed they don't do unanimous anymore. Let the votes fly.

Commenter sh*tpost 

Fucking Monte.

Hi all. I finally finished writing a fantasy transit adventure!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did imagining it.

Streetkred boosted

For the nerds: FAR maximums as approved for SFHs, duplexes, and triplexes in Interior zones 1-3.

MH (Climate Feels) 

the last few days have been really good. I've been more moody than downright sad and I view that as an improvement.

I've renewed my subscription to EVE, helped J with some home improvements, and got some upgrades to my computer as an investment for this winter.

And today went on 2 different 8+mile bike rides.

However, the fact that it's 63 degrees on November 8th in Minneapolis is hard to overlook, and I don't know how to be happy when our Earthly Home is very unhappy.

alc, story 

My first bar-drink was at a dive in Queens, NY.

I was 19, and scared shitless (I'm not much of a rule-breaker!).
It was a family gathering for my then-partner, and I ordered a whisky ginger.

Bartender asked "what kind of whisky?"

I said "Cheap"

He said "Jack or Jamo - both $5"

I panicked and Jack was all I could recognize (not knowing Jamo meant Jameson - the obvious choice).

So my first-ever drink at a bar was a Jack and Ginger, and it was Not Great!


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