Life with Two Children

Last year, Julie and I had our second child. Although everything is always changing in the life of a young child, we had mostly developed routines and rhythms to life. That consistency was a secondary sign that we were ready to have everything change again. Life with two children is different from life with one […]

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How I Setup a Private LLM Chatbot

Generative AI is everywhere; it’s feels like the most quickly adopted technology in recent memory. Although it’s easy to use tools like ChatGPT and DALL-E online, I also wanted to play around with the technology myself, so I set a goal of configuring a private chatbot. What does “private” mean in this case? Well, the […]


What I Cooked in 2023

I rather enjoyed writing my 2022 post, so I’m back again with more pictures and brief notes. These dishes aren’t not necessarily representative of, well, anything. It’s just what I found on my phone. Red Bean Soup

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My 2024 Goals

Slowing down has been a common theme in my past goals, and that is coming up again. It doesn’t come naturally to me, but I hope to build enough habits to make it happen anyways. Setup a Personal LLM Chatbot ChatGPT is a big deal, and generative AI keeps getting more and more impressive. I […]

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My 2023 Recommendations

This year is pretty thin on recommendations. I looked through my Goodreads and so forth, but this is all I found. Honorable Mentions Just to fill out the list, I added a few honorable mentions this year.

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2023 Goals Review

Early last year, I set three goals for 2023. It’s now 2024, and although I haven’t set new goals yet, I at least can reflect on how the old goals went. Notably, we had another child last year, which changes almost everything about life, including how goals went. I’ll focus on progress before my life […]


Our Process For Picking Baby Names

One of favorite conversation starters is to ask someone how they got their name or how they chose the names for their children. Sometimes people really don’t know, but often, there’s a decent story behind the name. It’s taboo to ask expecting parents what the baby name is, but it’s certainly fair game to ask […]


How I’m Adapting My GMing Style

A few days ago, I realized my current Dungeon World game wasn’t working. My players frequently were completely stuck about what to do next. I would follow through on the natural consequence of the players’ actions, and it often felt really harsh. I presented quest hooks, and my players would just move on. In short, […]


The Pac-4?

At the time I’m writing this, the Pac-12 only has four teams left starting with the 2024-2025 season. UCLA, USC, Washington, and Oregon are leaving for the Big Ten, and the Big 12 is getting Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah. That leaves Washington State, Oregon State, Cal, and, most importantly, Stanford as the four […]

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Can a Book be Compelling but Bad?

My book club is currently doing a series of hate reads, and our most recent book was Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us. This book is incredibly popular, garnering almost 3 million ratings on Goodreads so far, and it keeps gaining 7 years later. At an average rating of 4.23, it’s also well-received. Yet, it’s […]