Ambrosia Milkshake IPA

Ambrosia Milkshake IPA is an Imperial Milkshake New England IPA conditioned on Mandarin Orange, Pineapple, Coconut, Vanilla, and lactose.🍻 It's an Ambrosia Fruit Salad in a can.

When your cloud backup provider spies on you, can they be trusted with your data?

I just discovered that my cloud backup service, CrashPlan buy Code42, is now using excessive cross-site tracking cookies. I have these blocked so now I am unable to use their support website until I allow cross-site trackig in Safari.

I complained to customer support that I have lost trust in the service. What good reason do they have for tracking customers in this way? How does this enable the customer?

I have informed them that when the subscription expires I will not be renewing the service. I do have private encryption keys on my data backup but this spying really bothers me.


logo for CREATE.PHOTOGRAPHY podcast

On 1st October, Minneapolis photographer Daniel Sigg will launch CREATE. PHOTOGRAPHY., a podcast focused on the creative side of photography. Daniel hopes his podcast will inspire and provide new creative perspectives. Daniel photographs primarily on film.

Daniel provided his “launch team” with early access to the first few podcast episodes. The first episode is introductory. In the second episode, Daniel Sigg discusses mindfulness in photography and the concept of visualization of photographs, something that I strive for in my everyday casual photography.

In the third episode, Daniel hosts Australian freelance photographer and filmmaker Hashem McAdam. Hashem and Daniel discuss how too many options can hurt creativity and how limitation can paradoxically increase it. I found myself nodding my head when Haseem compares using one lens and one camera body to competence in a sport. One can either play multiple sports with mediocrity or focus on just one sport; practising that sport on a regular basis can lead to mastery. The two briefly discuss gear, with Hashem admiring Fujifilm cameras and expressing a love for the 40mm focal length.

Daniel has released the first,second and third episodes of the podcast on his blog.


My baby voted for the first time.

Thank you my self-hosted WordPress!

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Queen Anne's Lace among a field of Goldenrod. 📷

The most interesting bit of news that I read so far this month.

The mystery of why an entire village lost its broadband every morning at 7am was solved when engineers discovered an old television was to blame.

This is a reasoned and well written article that lays out the challenges for TikTok and the United States.

U.S. Requires Servers to Ban TikTok, WeChat Traffic

This was an experiment to see if drinking out of a fancy Teku glass improves the taste of Corona Light.

No. No. It doesn’t.

But it’s a great flavoured water alternative.



Yet another reason for me to enthusiastic about Fujifilm. Issuing a firmware update for the X-T2, a 4 year old camera, is unusual, even if it’s just bug fixes.

Alphonso Mango 📷

orange cat on window sill


Introducing Alphonso Mango, the newest addition to our home. Alfy, as he is now nicknamed, is an orange domestic shorthair mix cat whom we adopted from SAVE a shelter for homeless animals in Skillman, NJ. Alfy, whose name was originally Harry, was a frightened young kitten found together with his brother, William. The rescuers at SAVE gave them their love and patience. Alfy loves climbing and is quite affectionate. He loves being petted.

Alfy is our second adoption from SAVE. Last year we adopted Camilla. Does someone at SAVE have a keen interestest in the British Royal Family?

Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.

I tried importing all the entries from my 17 year old WordPress blog into

413 Request Entity Too Large

Never Forget by Source Brewing is a hazy, juicy, Imperial NEIPA brewed and double dry-hopped with a blend of some of the finest hops the USA has to offer. 🍻

3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston is a blend of one-, two-, and three-year old traditional lambics, all brewed at Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen.🍻

Last weekend’s “operation cheap college desk” is a success. Purchased for $80 on Facebook market place and renewed with a choice application of spray paint.

Pay for content.

I have shot digital for so long that I have forgotten most of what I learned about 35mm film photography. However, I recently shot a 36 exposure roll of Kodak Ektachrome 100 on a Minolta X-700 and had so much fun doing it that I ordered three more rolls of film. 😃 📷

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Last of the 4-PK for an early start to the weekend with Single Silo Series: Ultra Idaho Gem by Source Brewing in Colts Neck, New Jersey.

🍺This is an Imperial New England/Hazy IPA with Idaho Gem hop varietal. Ju-C.🍺

glass of beer on kitchen table

Drinking a Double Citra by Hill Farmstead Brewery while making dinner. 🍺

🍻 Leprophobia by Troon Brewing Co. is a kettle sour with lactose, mango, guava, and vanila beans. 🍻

Apple’s Troubles and MacSparky Coverage

I am much more concerned about all of the families that have lost loved ones and all of the people out of work due to this pandemic than the troubles of a $2 trillion company. ~ Apple’s Troubles and MacSparky Coverage

Really, really enjoying the Apple TV series, Ted Lasso.

lifeguard pulling row boat ashore

Our day down the Jersey Shore is over. 📷

Bhavna and I are taking a “mental health” break from work and are down the shore at Avalon. 📷