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Happy Father’s Day

Here’s my dad in about 1990, holding the physical manifestation of a device he co-patented.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US4892629

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Roster

These are the camera lenses I’ll be taking to Alaska: 10.5mm fisheye, 16-85, 70-200 f/4, and 300mm f/4 lenses, all stabilized except the fish; 1.4x & 1.7x teleconverters; and a tripod ring that will fit either long lens. That’s coverage from 16 to 500mm plus fisheye. With camera all told it’s 9 pounds.

But first a bonus photo: 500mm handheld has never been this easy.

And here are the lenses:

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Fancy

Barista made me a phoenix this morning.

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New grill

After 20 years, I am retiring my old gas grill. The new one has more bells & whistles — infrared rotisserie burner, built-in smoker box, etc. — and is enough bigger that I don’t have to remove the grates to spit a chicken, and can fit my full-size cast iron frying pan in there besides. If I get 20 years out of this one too I’ll be more than pleased.

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Smoke stock

I did some tree pruning today. These sections of maple branch should provide some good BBQ smoke. (Hard to tell from the photo but the largest is about 1 1/2″ diameter.)

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Trapped

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Toasted

Toasted flour & ground almonds for our version of Carlos’s famous cookies for tomorrow.

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Little Free Library

This library cart appeared this week, right at the corner of Summer and Purchase in Boston. It does fold & lock for overnight and yesterday there was someone keeping an eye on it, but today I did not see anyone.

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Democracy

The mens room at my workplace has an interesting method for making sure everyone gets their way.

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Gene’s

Gene’s Chinese Flatbread near my office is a bit of a darling of the Boston food scene right now, and for good reason: their food is unusual, delicious, and cheap. It’s a tiny little cash-only storefront widely known for their hand-pulled noodles. I’ve been going there for almost a year and had yet to get the eponymous lamb-stuffed flatbread. I remedied that today (the Millennium Falcon looking thing on the left) along with a bowl of their plain hand-pulled noodles, served with spices and a ridiculous quantity of minced garlic. The flatbread was good, but does not hold a candle to the noodles.

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