Just heard that my co-workers in Ireland are going into a hard lockdown after today. I hope it ends up being worth it. So strange the differences between polities; their schools will be open for in-class, but sports are forbidden. Here in Oregon schools are still closed.

A “crick in the neck” is technically called torticollis. I learned today that in some cases, the pain from this condition can be excruciating, coming close to seizing the neck up. Never had it nearly that that bad, but coming from back issues, I can sympathize and believe it.

It finally feels like autumn here lately in the Pacific Northwest. I’m definitely getting out for a walk in the crisp air today. Hopefully that means snow is in near future for the mountains!

And this is where I begin my Twitter and blog fast for 3 weeks and only consume “news” from published newspapers. The benefit is that I’ll get stuff that’s at least somewhat vetted. Let’s see how it helps with my mood and productivity.

Family photos this weekend with a 10 month old Australian Shepard, right in the velociraptor zone. This will not end well.

Found by my Mom. Really odd coincidence; I work with a lot of great engineers in Cork, Ireland and this show up in my “you take it box”. Life is strange.

Desire for material things is an agreement you make with yourself to suffer until you have it. Choose wisely.

Painful 2020. From Richard Fernandez, who I follow on Twitter. Pondering. “The reason 2020 seems so jinxed is that global civilization relies on natural and human networks of such complexity that their interactions generate unpredictable events with increasing frequency.”

I’m going to crib this Mark Horstman’s email Things I Think from this morning. Worth pondering. “We don’t inherit the world from our parents, we borrow it from our children.”

Half way through season 3 of The Expanse. Great series. The “North American Free Trade Zone” Is sad, though.

First pumpkin cream cold brew of the season. I was going to wait until autumn officially started, but best laid plans. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

The start of the fires almost two weeks ago on Labor Day. Today’s the first day on the other side of it for the Portland area. Hard two weeks for Oregon.