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Andrle, Nick, and Theo stand in front of the Idaho State Capitol as a red SUV drives into frame.A panoramic view of the front if the Idaho State Capitol with bright blue sky behind.I think this puts me up to 28 capitols visited? I need to review the family road trip list!

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Adult Assembly Required

A large flattened cardboard box with a bright orange sticker that reads 'Adult Assembly Required'It me.

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A rainbow arcs across the western sky as the sun rises over Capitol Hill behind the photographer. Many Amazon office buildings are in the foreground, and the Space Needle is stark against the blue partly cloudy sky in this view from a roof deck.Darcy woke me up early but that allowed me to see a beautiful dawn rainbow over South Lake Union. (Don’t triangulate.)

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Tower Crane

A large mobile crane hoists the cab for a huge yellow tower crane with workers in the foreground.
The cab is lowered into place atop the tower crane as workers dangle from harnesses. A plane on approach to Sea-Tac is in the background against a cloudy sky.
We watched some of the tower crane assembly for a new small office tower going up at 9th & Thomas.

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A simple white sign is posted on a telephone pole. In an impact typeface it reads "Stop the Yuppification of Seattle". A yellow tower crane erects a small luxury hotel in the right background.
It me. I’m the yuppifier. (This sign posted on the corner of Westlake & Republican, near our apartment in South Lake Union.)

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A screenshot from the app Pedometer++ showing a bar graph of my activity for the last week; there is a noticeable uptick in steps starting Wednesday with the sudden addition of vertical movement due to topography and apartment living.
Can you tell which day we moved to the City of Seven Hills?

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A photo of the Mac OS X 10.4
Why did I still have this???

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Juno Fireworks

Fir trees are silhouetted behind a wooden fence as a tiny Jupiter is visible between them and a neighbor sets off a firework behind them.
I’m having an Endor moment as Jupiter (newly orbited by Juno) peeks from behind some fir trees as fireworks explode. It’s the tiny white pixel in the lower left.

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Ban Assault Weapons

Below is the short letter I just sent my Congresswoman asking her to support a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15s used in the Sandy Hook shootings and most recently last night the shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Given that she has in the past received a 93% rating from the NRA, I will for this and many other reasons also be voting against her in both our upcoming top two primary and in the general election. I encourage you to do the same for your representative.

Rep. Herrera-Beutler,

I am writing to ask for your support of H.R. 4269 Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 or similar legislation in order to stop the sale of assault weapons, such as the widely sold AR-15 family of guns, in the United States.

There is only one purpose to such military weapons: to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. I saw that in the news this morning as I read about the mass shooting in Orlando, and I thought back to the school shooting at Sandy Hook, both tolls enabled by the excessive death-dealing capabilities of the AR-15.

I do not believe any private citizen needs such a weapon, nor do I believe that any reasonable interpretation of the Second Amendment grants an unrestricted right to buy or own such a weapon.

Please let us do this one thing to help stop America’s exceptional gun violence.

Thank you,
Nicolas Ward

This latest attack has many components, not the least of which is a widespread fear and hatred of LGBT people, Latinxs, and Muslims, perpetuated by many American politicians, mostly Republican, for electoral gain. This one issue is not nearly enough to undo our collective action or inaction over the decades, but it does feel like one pressure point we can push back on again and again.

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Senior Photo

My senior photo, followed by my nicknames, including UltraNurd, and an extremely dense paragraph of coded messages for friends.
I think I almost managed to make my senior memories trivially machine parsable as a list of dictionaries of lists without really intending to. Proof of how long my nom de web has been around, and one of the few senior profiles to include an email address because I was a nurd.

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Nicolas Ward

Software engineer in Natural Language Processing research by day; gamer, reader, and aspiring UltraNurd by night. Husband to Andrle
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