What I’ve Been Up To… July

My friend Alex sent this email to our computer help desk about a bug in his monitor. Literally a bug just died inside his monitor! The email made me laugh.

Hi Sysadmins,

I’ve got a real doozie for you guys today. There is a bug in my machine. Specifically in my LCD monitor somewhere between the polarizing filter and the reflective backplane. It’s about a millimeter across. It was crawling around and running away from my mouse cursor, but is now completely smashed between some of the substrates of the screen.

Here’s the list of actions I’ve taken so far to try to fix the situation.

1) Called my boss in to laugh about the fact that I’ve got a bug in my machine
2) Tried turning it off and on again
3) Tried restoring to factory settings
4) Tried selecting and dragging him to the trash can
5) Tried replacing that section of screen with dark background (this worked, but only briefly, until it crawled off that section)
6) Tried naming him Colin in an effort to befriend him and coax him out through reasoned discussion.
7) Tried turning up brightness level of display to roast him out
Tried tapping area of screen near him to scare him off. Unfortunately at this point he stopped moving and I got worried, tapped a little harder, and noticed that he started to smear. Oops.

So I’m out of ideas. Help me sysadministrators, You’re my only hope!

We got a picture of it, but should have thought to get a movie!
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The night before the Paul McCartney concert, we wanted to get Janine her ticket. We were going to try to meet somewhere between, but ultimately they decided to come out here so we could all go to dinner. But they did pick up cupcakes first! Yay!

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Nom nom nom
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Volcano! (At the Japanese steakhouse for Conley’s b-day dinner.)
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If you’re on Instagram, you should follow the US Interior. They post the best pics! This one of the Lincoln Memorial is gorgeous:
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Free dessert for Conley at lunch the next day:
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Birthday lunch!
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After lunch we took a tour – this is the GPM satellite in the vibration testing chamber:
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Friday night was the concert.

Saturday Amber, Christina, Janine, and Ron came over. It was supposed to be a Beatles movie night but ended up being a Silence in the Library Publishing night as we spent a lot of time reloading our Kickstarter and doing other SiL business. But Conley and I got in some guitar time:
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Sunday Conley and I marathoned a lot of Orange is the New Black and just hung out.

The flowers in the backyard have been attracting butterflies!
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Monday night was the Guster/BNL/Ben Folds concert!

Here’s Guster:
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Guster playing Do You Love Me:

Ramona:

Barrel of a Gun:

Ben Folds. They were fine, just not really my thing.
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BNL:
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Pinch Me:

Boothby, a sort of musical comic, was another opening act. Then he did Be My Yoko Ono with BNL, which was pretty awesome:

Brian Wilson, with Guster’s drummer Brian on the conga:

Tuesday night was band rehearsal. We got some work done on one of our original tunes. We’ve never used much keyboard, but we did on this one:
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Here’s Joe playing the intro from I’ve Just Seen a Face:

On Thursday, Janine invited me to a reception for astronauts on Capitol Hill. Janine was escorting Pamela Melroy, a female shuttle pilot and commander. Which is so super awesome. I got the chance to talk with her and it was so so cool!
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We also got to chat with astronaut Tom Jones and his wife, who were both really nice. I’d met him before at a tweet-up. We ended up talking about 60s music for a while. :-)
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After the reception, Janine and I went to go check out the corpse flower at the Botanic Garden, which is going to bloom any day now. (I think it might bloom tomorrow, actually.)
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We don’t know what this is, but it is a cool little building with fountain near the Capitol:
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Then we headed back to Janine’s house and got some guitar time in:
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Then we met up with Amber and headed out to get cupcakes. We got gelato on the way:
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Some collages:

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On Friday we went to a Mexican place for Alex’s birthday lunch. Don got a giant burrito:
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Butterflies in the garden:
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Friday night we saw a show at the Kennedy Center. We passed the Washington Monument on the way. It’s still got a ton of scaffolding up, from the earthquake two years ago!
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Giant novelty guitar pick at the Kennedy Center:
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Saturday I woke up with some sort of stomach bug. Yuck. I did managed to finish Orange is the New Black though. Great show – it’s an original show on Netflix.

This morning Doug did a 10k mud/obstacle race and he got 11th place overall out of hundreds and 1st place in his age group – and by a lot. Like 9 minutes!
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Doug and I rediscovered the game Lost Cities and I realized that it’s a Nordic game – the directions are only in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, and Finnish! Here’s the Norwegian. I was amused.
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There were dozens of butterflies flittering around in the Mimosa in the neighbor’s yard (which extends over our yard) and in the wildflowers by the back fence.

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