Nature Needs Pyramid

I know and believe that we all need to connect with nature. I can feel that when I do connect with nature, I am more grounded, happier, healthier, and more calm.

The Nature Fix, by Florence Williams is on my to-read list. It apparently makes the case of ways scientifically which nature—trees, water, plants, birdsong, fresh air, an absence of human-made sounds—makes us feel better.


Wasting Time

No, I’m not talking about that song. I’m talking about this post by Seth Godin:

“If we wasted money the way we waste time, we’d all be bankrupt.”

I take his sentiment with a grain of salt. It feels like it might be rooted in capitalism and grind culture (or even if it isn’t, we already get too many of those messages).

But I do appreciate the question. It begs us to reflect on how we do spend our time. Are we being intentional? Are we building community or isolating ourselves? Remember, humans are hardwired for connection.


PHP8 Speed?

PHP7 was an amazing update. It runs up to twice as fast as the previous version (5.6). Now, an early test shows PHP8 could also improve runtime again by 100%


Query Formatting

Lots of good options here:



NEEDTOBREATHE has been my favorite band for years, I found them in college and have loved them since. So, I feel like a teenage girl, but I’ve got big feelings about Bo leaving.

But I’m also an adult, and understand we all grow as people and move on to other things. NTB has been around for 22 years. That’s a long time. I hope the best for Bo, and I really hope NTB keeps putting out quality music. I’m concerned because Bo wrote a lot of the big songs for NTB.


500th Film

I started logging all the films I watch back in 2013, and yesterday, I logged my 500th film. It was Napoleon Dynamite. A film I got half way through many years ago with Nic and Nick Blough. The dvd skipped, and both Rooster and I ran away – we wanted any excuse to stop watching it.

So fast forward 15 years years, and I really enjoyed it. It’s ridiculous. That’s the best way to sum it up.


Top Albums

My top albums, in no particular order

Audioslave – Audioslave

This album was a great description of my youth, discovered in my high school years, it showcases high energy. Listen to this album on loud.

Pop Evil – Lipstick on the Mirror

This album exemplifies mid-2000s rock, while a relatively little known album (and band). It’s a solid listen straight-through, and even has some nice hidden tracks at the end (I always appreciate those artistic touches). 100 in a 55, One More Goodbye, and Hey Mister are my favorite tracks.

Kesha – Rainbow

This album is gold from start to finish. A powerful comeback story full of sadness, anger, empowerment, and some good ole fun-lovin Ke$ha.


Mumford & Sons and Steinbeck

I really enjoy both Mumford & Sons and John Steinbeck, very interesting to see how Mumford has learned so much from Steinbeck.


N64 USB Controller for RetroPie

It was a difficult task, but I found the answer here:

What I do is I will configure via Retropie the config how I like it for all the general emulators and then i will edit the /opt/retropie/configs/n64/InputAutoCfg.ini file with the below which as long as your using the USB N64 pad should get your 64 controller mapped correctly. This works for the “iNNEXT N64 Controller” aswell. Just Label the “[Generic USB Joystick ]” as “[DragonRise Inc. Generic USB Joystick ]”

[Generic USB Joystick ]
plugged = True
plugin = 2
mouse = False
AnalogDeadzone = 4096,4096
AnalogPeak = 32768,32768
Mempak switch =
Rumblepak switch =
R Trig = button(5)
Start = button(9)
Y Axis = axis(1-,1+)
Z Trig = button(7)
DPad U = hat(0 Up)
A Button = button(6)
DPad D = hat(0 Down)
X Axis = axis(0-,0+)
DPad R = hat(0 Right)
B Button = button(8)
DPad L = hat(0 Left)
C Button R = button(1)
C Button L = button(3)
C Button D = button(2)
C Button U = button(0)


software is never finished, only abandoned

Requirements volatility is the core problem of software engineering