I went to Canada for thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day I hopped on a flight, landed in Detroit, hopped another flight, an hour up in the air for each, and found myself in glorious Montreal.

In Detroit I was distracted by the tweets of birds, there were a *lot* of them, inside the airport!

While I was there I went on many adventures. I visited a cat cafe (first time I’ve done that!). I was up there with Rose, and had a fantastic time. We stopped by the anarchist bookstore, ice skated, and hung out with cool folk. I got to go to the modern art museum and the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales (BAnQ). I also ate a lot of poutine and got to try ketchup flavored potato chips.





I successfully completed
MakeITSafe Information Security Awareness Training for new employees!

The training consisted of 5 sections, covering topics like phishing, social engineering, mobile device security and data destruction. I got 100% on all the tests, which is not particularly impressive given the *years* I’ve dabbled in information technology and security communities, but I’m proud because the last two sections I did entirely in Spanish! YAY!

Cybersecurity Awareness

All in all I thought it was very well put together. The only point I totally disagreed with was condoning the use of fingerprints to lock and unlock your phone (you leave finger prints all over, that’s silly security), and I thought there could have been a bit more on encryption or online privacy. It also didn’t have a good example of personal/facebook phishing.

The training did have some absolutely hilarious graphics.

obviously spiderman is a hacker & a puppeteer

obviously spiderman is a hacker & a puppeteer

Here is hacker spider man being a total glasshole.

Here is hacker spider man being a total glasshole.

On Friday, 11/11/16 my Mom drove from Kansas to Saint Louis, she stopped for dinner, and a brief tour of the City Museum.

Lena & Mama at the City Museum

We turned around and drove back to Kansas. My mom drove 10 hours in one day.

In Kansas I went to my friend Sydney’s Birthday Party. I made a very good choice on that, as her birthday was AWESOME! There was wonderful chatting, food, and gaming: Dance Dance Revolution, laser tag and 7 wonders. WOOT!

On Sunday I hoped a train back to Saint Louis, and my Daddio to join me! YAY!

Daddio & Lena at the City Museum
He visited my library and the city museum. It was very fun.

Now, less than a week after her first journey, my mother has again driven from Kansas to Saint Louis with the intention to turn around and go back to Kansas the same day. My mom is a force of nature and a total delight.

I moved to the midwest to be closer to them, and I am deeply happy for it.

Yay midwest living!

Years ago my friend Bill Hatke passed away. Even though he’s gone he still influences me. Knowing him and his memory empowers me with the knowledge that I can live my life how I want, but that I have to be strong and determined and kind. I remember watching my mom struggle to stop him from digging in frozen ground to rebuild his house after it burned down. The house he built still stands beautiful in Lawrence Kansas. I miss Bill. Online there are some beautiful memorials to him, a nice myspace gallery


Bob Marvin & Bill Hatke probably at a free sale in the late 80s.

Bob Marvin & Bill Hatke probably at a free sale in the late 80s.


National Enquirer Article about Bill 1987

National Enquirer Article about Bill 1987

Bill Hatke, aged 61, died on September 7, 2007.

Dave Loewenstein’s stencil: B is for Bill, basil & beet


Welcome to St Louis! I’d like to hear about the adventures. Have you been out on the lake? Which are the prettiest birds you’ve encountered? Are there secret tunnels? What odd rituals have you noticed that differ from those in New York?

I’ve not visited any lakes. I have been to Johnsons Shut-ins which was pretty wild.

Wikipedia Image of the Johnson Shut-ins

Wikipedia Image of the Johnson Shut-ins

It was lovely and a few hours away.

There are very few pigeons here.

The abandoned Lemp Brewery

The abandoned Lemp Brewery

There are secret tunnels, but also secret caves under the city. One of the haunts we went to to celebrate Halloween (pictured above) took place in the tunnels, it was The Abyss!

For Halloween E.T. and I brought triple pass tickets from ‘scarefest‘ to

The only real disappointment was creepworld, where the haunted hayride was not included in the ticket price, unbeknownst to us. We went through like 12 haunts (so many haunts) went back to the front gate paid $5 each to get to go on a *very* quick hayride.

E.T. and I really enjoyed Halloween. Went to the haunts mentioned above, and to a pumpkin patch! 20161026_1504111



We also had a Halloween party. I invited everyone from the library, and everyone in my building. Many friends showed up and it was a lot of fun.

Strange rituals:
While I was at a grocery store a stranger started talking to me about how frustrating the crunched chips at the end of the bag are. My New York brain said “where’s the catch? where is this conversation going?!” but I responded politely that I too am frustrated by the end of chips in the bag. That was all the conversation was. They didn’t have an angle, they weren’t trying to trap me in conversation or pull a fast one, they were just sharing an insight with me. This happens a lot, unsolicited social interaction. They say it is how people are friendly here. It is still strange to me, but comforting and familiar as well.

I’m getting ready to go to Europe. Tomorrow.
I’m nervous. I’m excited.
I’m going to a hacker conference.
I decided that I should have my kindle for the trip.
The battery is kaput. So what do I do? I get a new battery.

Installation wasn’t easy, but it was fun!
Kindle Repair Results
Yes, that’s super glue, nail polish remover, nail clippers, a bunch of plastic shards and a bent battery. I pried it out. Went surprisingly well. Damn stripped screws tried to trip up my trip. I conquered. Are there bits of the old battery casing still in the kindle? Yes there are. Are there bits of the new battery casing on my desk? Yes. Yes there are.

Am I proud of myself? Yes. My kindle is charging now.

to get to linux:

sudo enter-chroot startxfce4
& linux should start

the above instructions are for E.T. so he can switch into a linux window on his chromebook
that way gimp and libreoffice are easily available

twas a grand old time installing linux via crouton onto the acer c720p chromebook

I used instructions from

I made bread.
It was very exciting. I used a recipe I found here –

Tis a very simple bread. Came out crusty and delicious. I let it rise for too long. It was out for less than 24 hours but it got a bit too tangy. I also put in too much salt. The next loaf, which I’m going to make tomorrow. Mix the dough when I get up and make it when I get home, should be better.

I baked it in a le creuset dish that Rose’s partner Eric dumpster-ed. It is a very nice thing to cook in. I don’t know if I’d ever buy one at full price, but it’d be tempting.

bread top slice missing

slightly burned bread bottom

bread in the le creuset in which it was baked

me holding my first slice of bread

No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread

YIELD: Makes 1 loaf
3 cups all-purpose flour

2-3 teaspoons kosher salt (not table salt)

1/2 teaspoon dry yeast (active dry or highly active dry work best)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Special cookware needed: Dutch oven or any large oven-safe dish/bowl and lid*

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and stir using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a shaggy but cohesive dough. No not over-work the dough.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours*. Dough will bubble up and rise.

After dough is ready, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place your Dutch oven, uncovered, into the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

While your Dutch oven preheats, turn dough onto a well-floured surface and, with floured hands, form the dough into a ball. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let rest.

After the 30 minutes are up, carefully remove Dutch oven. With floured hands, place the bread dough into it. (You can put a piece of parchment under the dough if your Dutch oven isn’t enamel coated.)

Replace cover and bake for 30 minutes covered. Carefully remove cover and bake for 7-15 minutes* more, uncovered.

Carefully remove bread to a cutting board and slice with a bread knife.



Uncovered baking time depends on your oven. In my oven, the bread only needs 7 minutes uncovered until crusty and golden brown, but this can vary. Just keep an eye on it!

Preheating your Dutch oven to 450 degrees F will not damage it, or the knob on top.

I’ve let this dough rise anywhere between 8-24 hours and it has baked up beautifully. Just make sure it has risen and appears to “bubble” to the surface.

There’s no need to grease the Dutch oven/baking dish/pot. My bread has never stuck to the pot. If you are concerned though, put a piece of parchment paper under your dough before placing into your pot.

I do not recommend using whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour in this recipe. The resulting bread will be very dense, and not as fluffy and delicious.

I used a 5.5 quart enameled cast iron Le Creuset pot, but you can use any large oven-safe dish and cover. All of these also work: a baking dish covered with aluminum foil, crockpot insert, stainless steel pot with a lid, pizza stone with an oven-safe bowl to cover the bread, and old cast iron Dutch oven.


In other news

This weekend I am going to Boston for Arisia. I believe E.T. is running a few games. It should be fun.

In August I am going with Rose to a hacker conference called Chaos Communication Camp. It is an event that happens every 4 years. As the conference is in Berlin I’m now learning some German. I’m using a free app I got for my phone called, duolingo. I’m enjoying it.

I got a new room in my apartment. I have a bigger room now. I like it. I like having a bed. I thought I’d miss my futon and I did for awhile. I miss my hammock more. I have a very comfortable room room, but hammocks are wonderful!

At this very moment, many things are wonderful.

I graduated.
I am now Prof. Double Masters

A Master of Library Science
A Master of History

it’s a wonderful feeling

also being able to say
“I am a Professor”
after so long enjoying the phrase
“I’m faculty”
is delightful

there are libraries, even academic ones, where the librarians aren’t faculty
so I’m thankful to be in an institution where I get to be a Professor

tenure track even

the clock starts in Sept.
at which point
it is all

I already have a blurb working its way through the process at Government Information Quarterly

I also got to go to New Hampshire for a week and to HOPE
both were fun
one was no internet
one was all internet

(NH out in nature with no internet, HOPE the hacker conference in Manhattan with all the internet)

All is well.