My spatial idiocy

Nothing spatial is intuitive for me. Up or down, above or below are clear. But when I encounter left or right, clockwise or counter-clockwise, east or west — I have to put intense effort into matching the word with a direction.

Simple thoughts about the end of everything

Today I am pondering the potential for the recycling of the universe. We know that the universe has been expanding from the instant of the big bang, and we also know (well, theorize) that this expansion is accelerating.

On traditional opera

I love many kinds of music, including classical — especially modern classical, and particularly the music of Philip Glass. But despite my fandom of Glass and my adoration of his earliest work in opera, I have a confession to make:

Glass surprises

Whenever I talk about Philip Glass to people outside of the musical world, I usually meet with blank stares. When asked if there was anything by Glass that they may have heard, I start listing some of the many, many soundtracks that Philip Glass has scored (and repurposed), and I usually get an “a ha!” from the person… Read More »

My obsessive Glass collection

I am quite a fan of the music of Philip Glass, and for many years I’ve purchased almost every CD of his music that I could find. In the mid 20-teens I slowed down this trend, as there are so many recordings

Views from above

When I travel, I am one of those nerds who takes pictures of everything, including whatever views I happen to see out the window of my plane. Most of the the time the resulting pictures are nothing worth a second look, but sometimes I am rewarded with some really great photos.

Image metadata standards

I’ve been on a quest for the perfect Digital Asset Manager — DAM. One of my requirements is that the program must write all of my added tags, captions, or descriptions to the file’s metadata, not to a separate file or into a database. My partner pointed out that this topic is a quagmire of competing standards, and… Read More »

Dallas, Texas — February 2020

I’ll confess that after trips to London, New York, Lisbon, and more, I didn’t expect to be impressed by my trip to Dallas. I’d been to the city several times before to attend trade shows, but had never really explored. In fact, the best thing I can say about my previous visits to Dallas was that during a… Read More »

Kathleen’s dehydrated red peppers

Wanting to make full use of my food dehydrator, I thought I’d try to dry up some foods that would be good ingredients to have on hand for those days when we couldn’t make it to the store. I decided on one of my favorites: red bell peppers. I’d only dried apples up to now, so I thought… Read More »

Kathleen’s Dehydrated Apples

Is there anything as satisfying as the crispy crunch of a nice, thick potato chip? Well, yes: the crispy crunch of a dehydrated apple! If you love a crunchy finger-food snack but would rather skip the calories and saturated fat, this is the way to go. Of course apples are not calorie-free: a medium-to-large apple has about 80-110… Read More »

You are more than your name

Anybody who is the primary or even just  frequent caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s will eventually experience the day when he no longer knows your name.

Waiting to die

In the mid 20-teens, my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. By that time he was already starting to have mental slip-ups, enough that when he received the diagnosis, he seemed to promptly forget it. After twice having to tell him that he had the disease, my stepmom decided that maybe he didn’t need the reminders and just… Read More »

Uncle Swen and the Doll

Between my mother and father, I had seven aunts and uncles: fourteen if you include their spouses. My folks moved across the country from Minnesota to California long before I was born and were strangely withdrawn from the families they had left behind. So even though I had a vast army of aunts, uncles, and cousins in the… Read More »

Dave’s Lemony Chickpea Soup

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a great source of fiber and protein. Combined with lemon juice, lentil thickener, chicken broth, and other ingredients, this is a hearty chickpea soup with a delicious broth. Ingredients Homemade chicken stock (made with Onion, Garlic, and Ginger) Thickener: Pigeon pea lentils, Celery Carrots Celery Peas Red pepper Tarragon Thyme Cumin Parsley… Read More »

International Travel

I am very lucky to have had many opportunities to travel internationally. This post is a complete list of my international travels, listed with the most recent trip first, with links to blog posts about the trip, usually with lots of photos.