Mostly so I don't forget that this blog exists *and* that I am capable of using it. (The number of saved draft posts climbs ever higher.)

  • If you've ever wondered if The Book of Face is listening to you through your device's microphone, this Reply All episode offers an (unsatisfying) answer. They also talk about how to see the way the site's algorithms categorize you. Which was oddly reassuring, because while that sounds scary, when I looked at my profile, I learned that they got a very important thing about me very wrong. (No, I'm not telling you what it is.)
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station's "The Lucky One": the bluegrass counterpart to "You're So Vain." Discuss.

(Also, what an amazing description of male privilege.

Well you're blessed, I guess
By never knowin' which road you're choosin'
To you the next best thing to playin' and winnin' is playin' and losin'...

  • Went hiking in Shenandoah and, in addition to spending an afternoon in lovely weather, saw a pretty badass spider and an impressive stick bug. Which reminds me of one of my favorite jokes: what's brown and sticky? (A stick.)


  • My parents moved to DC (sort of) this spring, which means I get to hang out a lot with Odie, who most people agree is the World's Greatest Dog. Here he is watching Stranger Things 2 with me. 

And here he is being a good boy on a walk and clearly enjoying himself a little bit more.


Happy fall, y'all.