We got a turntable for Christmas. I am no DJ, but I have more 12” singles than I remembered.

Well, I failed miserably at that. Maybe this weekend.

It’s long over due, but I am going to upgrade this weekend.

Me: *groans*

J: What’s the matter?

Me: *shows her*

J: Why do these upset you?

Me: because they make me feel so old.

J: But you ARE old.


Today's been a

- George Michael and
- Midnight Oil

kind of day. Who knows what the rest of the day will be.

For the past couple of months, I've been listening to a lot more music than I have in several years. Just haven't had time or the energy. I have missed it. So, trying to better log what I listen to and look at various sources for "new" music. I've found a few local record shops that I wish I could spend more time in. I need to move closer to them.

Next up, more time for exercise.

I guess I’ve lived here long enough to be a Torontonian. 🤣

I hadn’t made a significant update to my hate group DNS block list in some time. I’m almost done with updating it with groups from the SPLC’s 2018 map. This update has been almost as significant as creating it in the first place.

Thank goodness for a “incognito”/“private browsing” mode and a good VPN. My search history is 🚮🔥

I don’t want to get up out of this chair and go to bed. I hate having to be on a “normal” schedule.

@lousycanuck@mastodon.the-orbit.net what’s there?

Avoiding most everything social media. I do t want to see the score of the game this afternoon. If I know the score or the winner, I don’t want to even bother. 🙉🙈

Go to a Summer Solstice street festival and it feels like I’m falling apart. Ankles swell from BP Rx. My foot hurts because I think I have plantar fasciitis. My back hurts from just standing around.

Get me on my bike and while my endurance is still fairly low, I otherwise feel great. So, it’s settled, as I get older, I must spend more time in the saddle.

Today’s game between the US and Sweden was one of the best games—that I have gotten to see—of this World Cup so far. I love watching Tobin Heath play.

Starting the like of paperwork so we can extend our stay in Canada. We have definitely liked Toronto and look forward to spending more time here.

@ifixcoinops @jeffnik Same. When my kids watch "regular" tv, they're completely perplexed by adverts. They basically only know their Netflix profile.

The goal of the day was without a doubt Kanjana Sungngoen’s goal against Sweden.

It didn’t rain this weekend, so I got to get out on the bike. Not bad for my current predicament. I’ll be more comfortable when I can make this a habit again. I miss the days of riding 5-6 times per week. 4 will make me happy.

Good grief. I wish it were easier to stream.

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Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the lumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
— "The Kraken" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1830

This is Squid Café, a special (to me) Mastodon instance.

It is not focused on any particular niche interest, however, I am a fountain pen user/collector, hence the semi-related "squid" name. (Squid. Ink. Get it?) Also... Cephalopods. Analog/digital photography, science. It’s all good. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow the code of conduct.

Bow to your cephalopod overloards!