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Magnolia Rising

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Prepper

We ordered too many green beans. Fortunately, Joy of Cooking’s “how to run a home” section — suddenly relevant again — has times & advice for blanching and freezing all manner of vegetables.

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Carcassone

In the physical distancing era

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Joke of the Day

Seen in our walk around the neighborhood today

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Sparse

Our cherry tree is biding its time for some actual warm weather this year.

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Signs of Spring

Sunday, the first robin. Today, the first chicken(*)

(*) spit roasted

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Floof

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Meter

I want to be able to read my house’s gas meter and import the reading into home automation so I can track usage more finely. I ran across a project to use standard computer vision algorithms to do just this sort of thing. Today I did some proof-of-concept experiments, and here’s as far as I got: finding the outlines of the dials. I think this may just work.

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Before and After

Italian-braised oxtail for dinner tonight. We had been saving these for a big snowstorm (that never came), but the 1-week anniversary of Not Going In to the Office seemed like a good occasion.

This is the leftovers after a satisfying dinner:

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Resuming

My brother uncovered another box of family photos a while back and I am getting around to processing them. It contains many treasures, but sadly is quite mixed, containing photos from 1900 to about 2009. I’ve got my work cut out for me.

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