A tip of my hat to friends and the Astros

I’ve been a Dodgers fan all my life. I remember being the only kid in my class, less than 80 miles from the Bay Area, rooting for LA in the 1988 World Series. I was really excited to finally get to see them win another one this year in an excellent series against Houston, so naturally when my friend Charleen — a proud native Houstonian — tweeted a friendly challenge, I accepted.

In hindsight, this is one reason why I don’t bet anymore. 🙂

Thirty–six minutes after game 7 finished, the hat was on its way. We didn’t know when we’d meet up, but the deal was that I’d wear my new hat at the next WordCamp we attended. I assumed it would probably somewhere in Texas next year, but with some unexpected travel, it turns out I and my family were able to make it to WordCamp US in Nashville. On the second day, I got to sport my new lid.

Me and Charleen posing together while I wear my new hat

It did the job. Over the rest of the day, I was congratulated on my team’s win and my nice hat by:

  • Another Dodgers fan. ☹️
  • A Yankees fan. 😏
  • A heckler. 😶
  • A drunk dude yelling “GO ‘STROS!” on the sidewalk in downtown Nashville. 🙃

This hat’s going in my collection of good stories and good friends.

Understanding Art

​We recently took a family trip to the OKC Museum of Art to take advantage of free admission courtesy of Sonic and Metro Family magazine. We were short on time, but my daughter decided to take a sketchbook and make a check for everything she liked — plus one “O” for a thing she didn’t. She also spent time drawing a still life scene from memory, as we walked between exhibits.

After looking at a lot of art that she liked, asking us questions, and making her checks, we came upon a sculpture titled “Tendon on Pallet.” She asked what it was, I read her the title, and we both shrugged. I wanted to take time to talk about what made art “art” but couldn’t find the right words, so the the best explanation I could give her was “you don’t have to understand it, just appreciate that someone created it.”

Developer’s Rhapsody

Is this the real code?
Is this thing testable?
Caught in an infinite loop
No ESC on my new MacBook
Open your IDEs
Look up in the docs and see
How this function works, it’s not very clear;
I’ve stack traced, xDebugged
var_dumped, returned, console logged.
Anyway the logic flows, doesn’t really make sense to me…
oh, it’s async.

Cat attack!

Jessica heard a thunk earlier today and found the bird nest that’s normally on the back porch light slightly askew. Robins built it when we first moved in, but a pair of finches have taken residence there in the recent weeks. I thought I saw them feeding hatchlings a couple of days ago, but never could get close enough to look inside.

The nest sits awkwardly on the lamp after the initial (presumed) attack.

Tonight after dinner, I saw the cat Joanna saw in the backyard earlier today, perched on the window ledge and getting ready to jump up into the nest. I shooed it away, but I think the damage was already done. I hope the little ones got away.

This is the part the finches added on to the existing nest, now upside down on the back porch.