Saturday beer: Orkney Brewery’s Skull Splitter
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Pretty tasty, though I’ll admit to picking this up mainly because of the Thorfinn Einarsson reference on the label, after reading Vinland Saga 🍺

Saturday beer: Chateau 903 Brewers’ Chateau 903
⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tasty; a stout aged in wine barrels is an interesting one. And if Untapped is right, the only beer they make?? 🍺

“RT” @TVietor08:

Fuck this guy. Mitch McConnell is a lying, craven hack who only respects power. Our Get Mitch Or Die Trying fund will split your donation between 13 Democrats running for Senate so that McConnell is no longer in charge. Rage donating > rage tweeting

with apologies to jwz (and regular expressions, for that matter)

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll Dockerize everything.” Now they have [at least] two problems.

feeling proud lately that my subscriptions help support the good work of The Atlantic and The Guardian. 46 days

Saturday beer: Clown Shoes’ The Good, the Bad, & the Unidragon
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not usually a big Clown Shoes fan – they just make styles I’m not into – but this is all right
🍺

Maciej Cegłowski makes the case for smaller, local races being more worthwhile of your attention & contributions, even as the presidential race dominates media coverage day after day (after day after day). and the sooner, the better

Saturday beer: (512) Brewing Company’s Whiskey Barrel Aged Double Pecan Porter
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saved this for the holiday weekend, and it was… fine. (that is, a little disappointing vs. how special I’d imagined it would be.)
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O! Mine ass, I have laugheth it off

Multiple boats sink in Texas lake at pro-Trump water parade

here’s hoping the latest scandal hurts Trump’s campaign as much as it should. meanwhile, there are a dozen other races closer to you, that you can make a bigger difference in (for example, here in TX). channel your outrage, anxiety, and money to those.

(psst, it’s Bandcamp Friday again today. support the musicians who still can’t tour yet!) 🎵

I am almost a little too excited about The Tournament of Books’ Super Rooster. not least because I’ve actually read some of these (due mainly to past ToBs) 📚

The Beths' Future Me Hates Me
new tunes for your Tuesday: Future Me Hates Me, by a new favorite band of mine, The Beths. standout track: You Wouldn’t Like Me. props once again to the Sound Opinions podcast for the tip. 🎵

Saturday beer: Avery Brewing’s The Reverend
⭐️⭐️⭐️
a superb quadrupel.
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thanks to these handy instructions from @jamesvandyne, my personal site(s) are now running on renewable energy in Digital Ocean’s Frankfurt datacenter 🌱

loved seeing the news that Powell’s won’t sell through Amazon anymore (no direct link; see the August 26 message). showed my support by ordering a couple books from them today. one new & one from their great used selection 📚

finished Home Before Dark (Apple TV+) this weekend, it was good. the 9-year-old investigative journalist is based on a real person, though the story itself isn’t. A good mystery drama; we’re looking forward to season 2 someday.

Hopsquad Brewing’s Sculptor Formosa
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#saturdaybeer 🍺

when the pandemic struck I put my fairly souped-up (company-provided) MacBook Pro to work doing Folding@home computations. glad I did, but between the fan noise, heat, & wear on the machine, I decided to stop once I got to a million “points”

is it Bandcamp Friday yet? (yes, for 12 more hours, Bandcamp will pass along their cut to artists, who dearly need it since they can’t tour) 🎵

emphasizing the “new” in New Tunes Tuesday is figurative, this week’s pick is Are You Experienced? by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. yes it has a bunch of mega-hits you’ve been sick of for years but it’s just really good. give a listen to I Don’t Live Today, loud as you want 🎵

new post: The Fox, in which we have a visitor (it came again this morning; seems to be searching for the best nap spot)

The Fox

We had a fox in our backyard yesterday.

We’d seen a couple of them last week, scampering around back there for a few minutes. One of them was walking along the top of the wooden fence that rings the yard, just as our neighbors’ cat does. It seemed unsure of quite how to get down, but eventually just took the plunge, alighting nimbly on the ground. The two of them exited by squeezing under a loose fence-board.

Yesterday’s was different. It was alone, and laying down, right in the middle of the grassy (more or less) portion of the yard. It seemed cute at first, but we felt more troubled as it just lay there. Foxes aren’t nocturnal; they’re most active at dawn and dusk, the internet informed us. So it wasn’t as odd as we’d first thought, but still seemed weird.

What if it’s hurt?, we wondered. Hit by a car, or shot by some fool, or who knows what? Should we call someone, and if so, who? Searches for “wildlife rescue” followed the earlier ones about fox habits. The fox rolled over and shifted position a couple of times, but otherwise didn’t move. This went on, our worries mounting, the fox sleeping, for more than an hour.

Finally, it stood up, and walked leisurely – and with no trouble that I could see – to a spot in the horse herb we’ve let grow longer. It chilled there for a while, got up again, strolled to the patio to get a drink from a bucket we collect rainwater in, and then slipped under the fence again.

Until next time, little buddy.

Fox in backyard

this “new” tunes Tuesday, I give you last year’s surprise reunion album from Vivian Girls: Memory (Spotify, Bandcamp). standout track: At It Again, then just let it go from there 🎵

beyond excited to finally have our season tickets (ahem, “membership”) bought for the inaugural Austin FC season next year! this pic shows our approximated view! (now shove off, COVID) ⚽️

Clown Shoes’ El Hombre Sin Nombre
⭐️⭐️__
#saturdaybeer 🍺

hey, it’s Tuesday! my new-tunes recommendation: Sad13’s Slugger. the solo project of Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis, this will hold you over until her new album is out in September. standout track: Line Up. (bonus: her site’s URL sad13.horse) 🎵

feeing pretty called out by this 😬 Gentle Whisper Of Wind Through Willows, Dappling Of Sunlight Upon Leaves Unsure What More They Have To Do To Make Dipshit Look Up From Phone

puts down phone

Riff Raff Brewing’s El Duende Verde Chili Beer
⭐️⭐️⭐️
#sundaybeer 🍺

Vacation rental view
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Echo Amphitheatre, Carson National Forest, New Mexico

take it from me, a t-shirt connoisseur (I used to be pro, in fact): these are good t-shirts. inexpensive for the quality you’ll get from Cotton Bureau, and a fundraiser to boot? done

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