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Flat Data

A portrait of Lt. Cmdr. Data, circa fourth season, made entirely out of colored Lego on a flat plate in a pixel art style.The highlight of BrickCon 2017.

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Web of Ash

Noticed this morning that an industrious spider on our balcony had captured a number of ash flakes from the Eagle Creek Fire in her web.A large golden-orange spider sits in the center of a geometric web with hundreds of tiny white flecks of ash caught in it. In the background is a brown balcony railing with decorative light bulbs. The background is the out of focus green of our neighbor's trees.A large golden-orange spider sits in the center of a geometric web with hundreds of tiny white flecks of ash caught in it. In the background is a brown balcony railing with decorative light bulbs. The background is the out of focus green of our neighbor's trees.

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Planes on a Train

Yesterday while waiting for the bus to Magnolia along Elliot Ave, a train carrying three Boeing 737 fuselages went by. Presumably heading south to Boeing Field from the Everett plant?

EDIT: Correction from my uncle and dad: these fuselages were probably built at Wichita, KS Spirit AeroSystems plant and are heading for the Renton Boeing plant.

Two unpainted green 737 fuselages are visible through trees in front of the water of Elliott Bay across a wide street. They are pointed left as the train rolls southbound.An animated GIF of a burst photo showing cars zipping by both directions in the foreground while three plane fuselages on a train slowly move to the left in the background.

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Blue Angels

We got a little acrobatic show as we were driving north on 99 past the port.

Two Blue Angels bank to the north over SoDo.Two Blue Angels visible through our upper windshield as they flew over us on northbound 99, flying from the west-northwest.Two Blue Angels roaring directly overhead.Two Blue Angels apparently on final approach into Boeing Field (BFI) visible between some intermodal containers that read 'China Shipping'A lone Blue Angel flying southward visible between overhead power lines.An animation of two Blue Angels banking to the northeast before making a smoke trail pass towards Lake Washington.

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Ship in Smoke

A huge container ship is barely visible through red-blue haze out in Elliott Bay, between two apartment buildings in Lower Queen Anne.The huge container ship Umm Salal coming into Port of Seattle shrouded by smoke from wildfires looks very cyberpunk.

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Aquafaba

A Pyrex full of chickpea juice sits on the counter in front of a strainer full of them.Mmm. Aquafaba.

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Space Hat

Selfie of Nick wearing a red Millennium Falcon shirt from Target and a green construction paper party hat with rocket stickers on it.
Ain’t no party like a space party.

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Flower

A left hand holds a small white many petaled flower with yellow center over a background of green grass.Picked at Myrtle Edwards Park by the little guy to bring home to mommy.

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Origami

The book sits on a living room floor; beside it are a tall yellow giraffe and a medium pink elephant.It’s been a while since I’ve done any paper folding; trying some designs from Crease + Fold by Sok Song. Construction paper is definitely not the best for clean lines, but Theo was sharing.

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Four people sit on a stage at the Amazon Meeting Center in front of a Goodreads banner and the projected cover of the book. Neal is second from left and Nicole is third.Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear my favorite author, Neal Stephenson, and his coauthor, Nicole Galland, speak for the first time about their new book, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., an epistolary novel that comes out today.

They had spoke some about Shakespeare during their talk, and then answered my question during the Q&A about if they had any words or phrases they hoped would enter common usage. Neal apologetically noted that Cryptonomicon is to his knowledge one of the first usages of “serial entrepreneur”.

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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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