It’s snowing again here in Nashville. I decided to fly my Mavic in it and uploaded the video here.

As of 1/10, I’ve officially lived in Nashville 4 years.

…and now, my favourite Christmas song.

Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al Yankovic

When you’re at an Irish pub and Try a Little Tenderness comes on, but it’s the version by The Commitments so that makes it ok in your mind.

I’m in Woodford County, KY for the weekend, and all I can think about is Bourbon.

I always claim that Ryan Adams was my first country music show, but he’s not really Country. So, I’m making up for it by seeing Garth Brooks tonight.

Turns out my father (who has been dead for 4 years now) had some opinions on Net Neutrality this past year…

Well, at least according to the FCC.

You can read them here and here.

I had to burn a CD today. I don’t remember it taking this long to write 8 tracks…

Tea. Earl Grey (Crème). Hot. (w/ blackberry-infused honey, and cream)

Only the best way to watch S2 of The Crown, indeed.

I’m enjoying the fact that a lot of companies and developers are opening up their Slack groups to external users. Add to that all of the social groups (ex. the Indie Blogging community), and I’m actually finding a use to keep the app on my devices.

Feeling particularly productive today. Finished Christmas shopping with the wife, fixed my old Raspberry Pi 2, and cleaned the house. Not too shabby…

The Spotify Sessions: Covers playlist is pretty fantastic.

I’ve found some great covers on here (Ed Sheeran playing “…Baby One More Time” is awesome).

Been jamming to this list all morning.

Just found the feasibility study for a project that I worked on in Buffalo/Niagara back in 2012.

I totally forgot that I worked on this. I don’t even remember if we ended up completing this project or not.

Wow.

Just started and finished my Christmas shopping. It took me less than 10m.

Well, that was a great meeting. All my projects for 2018 were approved with the exception of one (with good reason). I’d say that’s pretty successful.

Just deployed two iPad Minis into the wild.

I wish them godspeed, and hope they don’t end up stolen.

Just finished ‘Origin’, the new Robert Langdon book by Dan Brown.

Wasn’t great, but still really good. Deals a lot with religion v. science, and even has some AI morality thrown into it.

I gave it 5/5 on Goodreads, but it’s more of a 4.5 because it was a bit slow in parts.

Just hit 100 days on my FlightAware ADS-B server.

It’s a Raspberry Pi 3 rev. B with the FlightAware USB receiver. I also feed to FlightRadar24 from the same box.

Plane has two bent valve rods, so we’re grounded today. Oh well. I’d rather have a plane in working order than one that won’t work at all…Tradition resumes next year.

It’s so weird how you can always find inspiration in the weirdest places. For the second week in a row I have had something inspire me when I wasn’t thinking about it, and now I have the second character for my book.

Another successful Thanksgiving. Ham, turkey, hashbrown casserole, sweet potato casserole, and chicken and dumplings. Not too shabby…

Word of the day: Manipalated.

To keep up with the theme of the classical albums…

My high school winter percussion ensemble performed music from The Planets my junior year.

Also, The Cavaliers performed music from this suite in their 1995 show.

This morning’s listening selection: Holst: The Planets/John Williams: Star Wars Suite performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the direction of Zubin Mehta.

This morning’s music is brought to you by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen performing Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, in 2009.

Another favourite piece, brought to my attention by Drum Corps. This time, it’s The Cavaliers in 1997.