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.


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.


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)


Developer Roadmap

This is a neat resource about how to become a developer:


My ColorBlindness

Protans are people with protanomaly, a type of red-green color blindness in which the red cones do not detect enough red and are too sensitive to greens, yellows, and oranges.

As a result, greens, yellows, oranges, reds, and browns may appear similar, especially in low light. It can also be difficult to tell the difference between blues and purples, or pinks and grays. Red and black might be hard to tell apart, especially when red text is against a black background.


Progressive Web Apps FTW

PWAs are the shit, especially when it comes to cost savings and ease/speed of development. Depending on your app, it might not make sense ROI wise to even build a native app.