Currently, I am syndicating these to Micro.blog and sometimes to Twitter. More in this post.

If you want to stay on top of what I write, I suggest an account at either of those services, bookmarking this page, or using an RSS reader app like NetNewsWire.

Not a big surprise given the FOR LEASE sign that’s been up, but I’m really gonna miss these folks. A big part of my daily routine for a long time, most memorably last summer.

View this post on Instagram

At the risk of stating the obvious: what a crazy few months it has been.  - FIRST THE GOOD NEWS: Marigold Coffee is still roasting. - The pandemic has taken a toll on the small business community, and our business is no exception. When we first closed the cafe back in March we didn’t know how long we’d need to stay closed or what the future would look like. We’ve had to reassess our entire strategy and are trying to predict what we can and cannot do in order to survive and operate safely. - After much deliberation we’ve made the decision to forego renewing our cafe lease. We’ve concluded that it is not sustainable under the terms we were offered combined with the ongoing uncertainties of the pandemic. - There are so many things to grieve these days. While the decision to end our tenure at Holgate is the right one, it is still very disappointing and difficult, nonetheless. We are truly sad to see this chapter of Marigold come to an end.  - At the same time, we are full of gratitude for each of you, all our loyal customers. We will miss you all! Thank you for patronage, your kindness and your company. - To our wonderful baristas who brought the sunshine to this corner of Holgate: You’ve all worked so hard to make the cafe a special and welcoming place for our customers and for your fellow co-workers. You’ve been a part of creating a wonderful community and for that we so grateful. Thank you for being such an awesome group of humans to work with. - I tried to find photos of our team of baristas over the years, but sadly I’ve missed a few lovely faces. Please send photos if you have any memories you’d like to share of your time with us at the cafe.  - While we are not re-opening the cafe at this location, Our wholesale business is gaining strength and taking new shape. In spite of the many challenges and setbacks we have a lot to be optimistic about. We hope to re-open a cafe someday, we just cannot say when or even what that would look like. - With gratitude and wishes for your health and well-being, Joey Gleason Kate Kinne Cassy Gleason

A post shared by Marigold Coffee (@marigoldcoffee) on

I feel like all of this is painfully obvious to even the most ignorant now, but lest it not be clear where I stand:

  1. Wear a damn mask. It’s proven effective and it costs you nothing.
  2. A national-level response to the pandemic is required, but has been missing from the start. This is unprecedented and idiotic. This is why the country is lurching and jerking towards and away from successes, and why overall, things are worse now than they have ever been.
  3. We officially are not allowed to travel to 27 countries whose populations, combined, larger than our country, still have fewer cases than we do. Think about that.
  4. The worst is still ahead of us.
  5. Black lives matter.


Still having a good time with the nephews building on LEGO themes and sharing over video chat. This week’s was “something water”, so I kept things Apple-y and went with a Big Sur-inspired build. 🤙🏻

I finally got another blog post in about that old 386 computer, actually getting it to work, going through all sorts of retro fun, and learning a bit about our modern-day relationship with computers and the internet.

Project 386 #4: Against all odds, success

I’d love to know if anyone would be interested in seeing a video series of this thing in action, too.

Portland friends! This guy is great; I’ve seen him two years running at a van campout event I go to in Bend. Take him up on his offer! #BlackLivesMatter

View this post on Instagram

⚡️PORTLAND⚡️This week we will be based in Portland, Oregon offering complimentary mobile coffee services to individuals and organizations working to support the Black Lives Matter movement. > PDX BLM Community Organizers -> We are offering free coffee to those of you working on the front-line. Rallies, protests, vigils, community events, whatever is going. Reach out, we can be there. Zero costs associated with this. Thank you! > Portland Public -> With proof of a direct-donation (from June 8 onward) to an organization working to support the Black Lives Matter movement we will come to your Portland address to craft drip coffee & espresso drinks on-site. A $150+ direct BLM donation gets you up to 20 (negotiable if more needed) coffee drinks to your door. Office, neighborhood, anywhere. More details and contact through link in bio. • • 📍: portland, oregon

A post shared by a u t o b a h n c o f f e e (@autobahncoffee) on

I’ve been building more with LEGOs lately, mostly to have fun with a couple of my nephews over Zoom calls in a noncompetitive, pseudo-LEGO Masters of our own, and a little bit to organize what I have as yet another house-focused project in these quarantined times.

Serendipitously, I recently found a photo that’s probably the earliest of me with LEGOs, probably pre-1980. I looked up the set, too—it’s Set Number 112 from 1977.

I’d love to recreate this pic sometime. Just need some footie pajamas that fit.

Still buildin’. 🧱

Virtually attending the Nation of Makers conference with the theme of Sustainability: Building & Supporting an Ecosystem That Sustains Us All. While I had hoped to attend this in person down in Eugene, we’re all making the best of the situation right now. Great speakers so far. #NOMCON

I can scarcely believe it. Yesterday, after painstakingly tracing the whole left side of the circuit board, and cautiously attempting some repairs, I actually got this 1990 computer to boot. 😱