All things, even grief & regret must end

This one has been sitting my box of drafts for a week and I fear there are more important things in life than polishing this one for the tempo & tone I here it is...

I know these things from my grief & joy.

All things end, all things end…

When they are gone we are not lesser for their passing.

What they take from us is nothing in comparison to what we made together.

We are more for the time spent together in ways that can never be diminished – no matter what is said.

All things end, my dears, all things in time come to a stop like this planet will one day cease to spin as the last of it’s energy is spent. All things must end.

What we lost is nothing next to what we gained, that passion you felt before was not new doors opening & that pain was not those same doors closing. That passion you felt was new horizons of awareness spreading out before you and that pain you feel after is the longing of something safer, more familiar like the direction behind you when you leave home forever. You hurt because you know that people can be so beautiful & kind to each other, but choose to only rarely show this compassion

All things end & this like anything else will pass as surely as you or I…all things must end.

We are more for the fellowship & kinship of other humans the shared moments when we learn of someone else and become greater because of it.

All things end, beautiful & horrible, All things end …

We are never diminished when taking other’s in to our groups, what we gain from sharing in the intimidating moment of bravery it takes to ask for help & returning their almost unbelievable need with kindness and compassion makes ours a better society. What is freely shared is returned to us in ways we never imagined.

All things end, both in our world and in our minds, all the things we feel must end.

I assure all moods pass or abate, while they may abide, so does the love we grew of the things which we hold dear – its that love which shows us what we miss & hold to be evident long after we move in other directions.

We are not less for having felt honest emotions and reaching out to others, for sharing and expressing whatever may come. Ye strive and risk who you were yesterday for the chance to learn to become someone new today. Neither are real, but both are parts of what makes you.

And in the end all things pass, they must …

So shall we pass away too. Our monuments will crumble, our texts will fade, our digital libraries will be bought for nothing & lost when the parts holding them are melted down for the minerals. Nothing will remain except the growth we experienced and shared with those who came after us.

When we pass away we will leave our regrets, they are of this world. All things shall pass and all things must pass …

The last of these things will be our regrets passing from us in that final breath.


A tale of two kitties

The first story is here - Link
This tale is based on several conversations with a friend who as you will find out loves kitties very much. I probably inserted a lot of my love of kitties to embellish this story of two tails too.

It was the best of kitties, it was the worst of kitties…

Just kidding. It was the best of kitties!! … because you know … there is no such thing bad kitties!!

Today, I would like to share a good kitty tale with you. A tale of two particular kitties with good fluffy tails. Such tails oh my, oh my!

These kitties belong to my friend, whom we shall call the Cat Custodian for simplicity’s sake. It makes it easy to tell said story clearly and mostly it describes my friend as the keeper of the kitty’s love and affections, to later send the kitties to their rightful place as little kitty kings & queens of their own households.

All good stories have a setup and then a problem. We are past the setup. So now to the problem.

One day the Custodian needed a new cat to help bless her with a bounty of beautiful kitty cats.  After having inquiring from all of the combined wisdom of the kitty cat keepers, my friend decided to contact one exceptional place with some very fine furry cats.  The proprietor of the establishment was most agreeable to helping my friend the Cat Custodian, as only one kitty cat keeper with all of their love could want to help another!

After some discussion, the kitty cat keeper of the establishment decided that Jazzman, the fine furred mitted seal-point would be a great match.  Jazzman was of good breeding and lovely markings upon such wonderful & fine fur, oh my so fine!  They both agreed and then there were preparations to be made on both ends of the phone, so they hung up.

As the day approached the anticipation ran high.  The morning of visit the Cat Custodian put on her favorite wool knit sweater and special goulashing boots before heading out.

When she arrived to see her new friend, the Cat Custodian knelt down slowly and let Jazzman sniff about before slowly raising one hand with a tiny thin finger extended for Jazzman to smell the back of the finger.  To which Jazzman padded closer again, fine furry ears on point and sensing in all directions.  He chuffles a little sneeze in excitement, then his little mouth opens a bit to use the extra smell pad in the mouth … because this huuuman is interesting smelling of all sorts of new kitty cat smells and Jazzman can almost touch the other kitty cats through their connection with this huuuman.  It is good smells ya!  His long furry tail flickers two or three times with excitement.  This is a good good huuuman indeed.

The Cat Custodian is sending all sorts of loves and approval through the air to the kitty cat, even though she is almost motionless.  Her being is centered in this room and like gravity Jazzman was drawn to her.  He walks around her again and then stops slightly off to her side.  The Cat Custodian knows this moment.  Thousands of these moments combine and the feeling is the same.  She reaches forward slow and brings her hand up again first one finger extended to gently rub the kitty cat near the shoulders and slowly along the back, stopping well short of the tail, so as to not disturb Jazzman the kitty cat’s fine furry tail.

The kitty cat known as Jazzman thinks this huuuman is special and nice, because she waits for his acceptance before petting.  Also, for not messing up Jazzman’s fine furry tail – because that takes forever to arrange!

The Cat Custodian is patient a little while longer and then slowly extends the other hand, letting Jazzman notice the new hand and smell it before petting the fine fine furry cat with both hands.

Jazzman is a very happy cat.

The Cat Custodian then supporting but the front and back legs of the lovely furry friend, lifts Jazzman up to put his cute little mitted paws over her shoulders in the classic kitty cat hug.

Jazzman stays there and begins to pur.

The friendship pact is sealed.

There is a ruckus though, there was another kitty in the room watching & now she’s meowing, complaining, so nonplussed which is kitty cat for unhappy.  She is getting no attention & no love.  So she is jealous.

Jazzman hops down and goes over to the other kitty.  She sniffs the good smells from the Cat Custodian that Jazzman picked up.

We would like to take this moment to introduce Lacey .  Lacey is a wonderful five point colored fur kitty cat.

The proprietor of this establishment explains to the cat custodian the two cats have been roommates since they arrived and Lacey is quite demanding of Jazzman’s time, if you have not noticed, thank you very much!

The Cat Custodian has noticed that the two kitty cat tails are intertwined.  The Cat Custodian slowly crab walks side ways so as not to startle the kitty cats and lets Lacey smell the back of her hand too.  The cats make nice and nuzzle the kitty Cat Custodian’s hand.

It is good.

When done, the Cat Custodian gently scoops up Jazzman, supporting both the front and the back legs to carry him off to the new home.

There is a problem though..

Lacey is putting up a ruckus again.  It is quite demanding.  How could anyone take her friend?  Did anyone not notice that Lacey’s tail crossed Jazzman’s tail?!  Star is beside herself.  She sings the sad sad song of her people.  She flicks her in clear disapproval, this is not what she wants.  This will not be allowed.  Huuumans will obey!

The kitty cat keeper looks over at the Cat Custodian with Jazzman on her should.  They all know they can not separate the pair of kitty cats.  They put Jazzman down and go back to petting the kitty cats.

It is good.  Very good.

The Cat Custodian wants bother kitty cats, are they available?

The kitty keeper thinks this is a grand idea.  The kitties are clearly enamored of the Cat Custodian.  They flick their long luxurious tails in little tufting motions.  Happily together and enjoying the excitement of the new friend they made.

Have good pettings people!



Interview Questions

What is the process?

Fill in any gaps in this with …

  • How many applications received versus selected?
  • How many people will get interviews?
  • What’s entailed in hiring process?
  • Length of hiring window?
  • 2 week notice allowed?
  • Follow up email of denial?
  • What was the past year of hiring like?
  • What team would I be on?
    • Size?
    • How many in Management / Leads / Senior positions?
    • Who is direct boss & their boss?
  • Hours / Remote – Work from home?
  • What sort of training / pairing exploration of company best practices or resources on accepted ‘house rules’ is available?
  • What created the opening?  New position or vacancy or promotion?
  • Before I take any tests – what’s the pay range?  Not what are you paying me, but what range do you have a budget for?  This becomes important as some companies are asking for week long applications to be built as part of their interview process.
  • May I contact you?

Quick Pho soup

Went ahead and drew up an online order for pho soup according to this recipe.

This makes some buying choice …

  • you have zero ingredients – there’s tons of stuff you can re-use, especially spice wise.
  • you don’t use the spendiest things on the list
  • you still use garlic/onion/lime/ginger/green onion
  • Fresh basil/mint/cilantro – stronger taste, but more $ over time
  • bags over jars of spices – no need to pay for jars when I have better & tighter seals at home on my stuff

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NFC collector page

The near field communication (NFC) was hitting back in 2012.

I lost the last of my chips during my move, after donating two or three to the household I left.  We left them at the door to toggle at home mode (power settings off, WIFI on + password, toggle off cell data, notification volumes & settings, screen brightness, pair to wireless home speakers).

Some setup stuff as I get ready to order new ones.

  • Using trigger to toggle stuff – Link – perhaps the easiest way
  • Basic how to do NFC tags – Link
  • Android programming phone to toggle your wireless (you can set it to change multiple things at once with a single scan too) – Link
  • Android Apps for programming NFC chips – Link
There are pre-formatted & not formatted types of tags - so read before you buy to same some hassle!
Also, these cards do have 10,000 write limits generally - which you should never hit, but can be circumvented by assigning unique id

So I’m in the process of looking to order new ones.  My considerations …

  • I prefer already formatted NFC cards, as less steps to get setup
  • I like the stickers on the back, though I have some 3M double tape
  • Last time I used uses harder plastic ones with sticky backs – Link
    • Was very happy with them
      • PVC harder to wear out
      • Sticky back side
      • Con,  30% more, which is a big for my project when I might be ordering 10 cards per kid & some spares for ~100 cards
  • App Inventor NFC reader by MIT – Link
  • Trading card game simulation
    • There are some that are size of trading cards with blank surfaces – Link
      • The cards are either 7×5″ or 3×2″
      • 67 cents / card or 62 cents for smaller circles
    • I could shove in sleeves with little pre-printed designs or just use a bubblejet on clear trading card sleeves.
    • Might be safer legally to have the kids just print their own designs on paper, cut them out & then fold them to make the sleeves
  • Adventure game
    • Each card is an action or each card is a direction?