Thoroughly Thursday - the "Lost Dog" Edition
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the "Lost Dog" edition. You might remember that my dog had an unfortunate run-in with a skunk last week. On Monday, he decided to take a walkabout from our backyard while our family was at my youngest's 8th Grade promotion. Sadly, his collar was still being de-skunkified, and he ended up getting picked up by our local Humane Society and spending the night in the doggy hoosegow. Though it was scary when we couldn't initially find him, I was amazed and gratified by the huge response from friends, neighbors and complete strangers that spread the word through social media and helped in the search. I'm happy to say that my dog is home and happy with his collar firmly where it belongs.
What I'm Reading - 20,000 Years of Isaac Asimov
Near the end of his life, science fiction author Isaac Asimov decided to merge his two most famous book series (the Robot Series and the Foundation Trilogy) which chronicles a fictional version of progress that goes from the near future to approximately 20,000 C.E. when humanity has spread across the galaxy. Because I'm a crazy, geeky person, I've read the series on-and-off over the last few years and as of last week, finished the final book, Foundation and Earth. His ideas are timeless (I do recommend the original I, Robot), but unfortunately, like the Original Star Trek's mini-skirt uniforms, Asimov's 1950's dashing science heroes and astonished damsels seem a little dated even when they are in a futuristic spaceship.
What I'm Listening To - Dancing to A Better Self Image
Recently featured in the latest Avengers movie, "Rubberband Man" showed up on my Spotify "Discover Weekly" playlist this last weekend. It's such a great, bouncy song and I've been playing it whenever I need a pick-me-up during the day. The best part of it is that originally the song was written as a tribute to the producer's son who was being teased for being overweight. Though only a small part of the final song, I love how it has a positive message on self-acceptance at its heart.
What I'm Learning - Bargaining Through the Post-Apocalypse - Table-Top Edition
Though there are times when I feel that the Eco-Disaster Dystopian Future Trope has been overplayed, I have to admit, I had a blast this weekend playing Wasteland Express Delivery Service with TT-friend Jon (who you may remember introduced me to the amazing Lisboa). In the game, we were competing couriers each with a Frankenbeast that travels the burnt out deserts of a scavenger society. Each player can carry a variety of items (food, water, weapons, etc.) and you're in a constant process of moving from one trading post to another, running jobs and trying to complete various goals to win. It's so much fun. You can see my review here.
What I'm Doing (for Work) - Would You Believe...?
This summer I will be working quite a bit on the East Coast for a new client in the biometrics field (fingerprint readers, iris scanners, facial recognition software). In recent years, I've gotten pretty good in being able to write about how such technology works. Though we are getting used to the idea of our phones or social media recognizing us, I don't think even Ethan Hunt could get past some of the latest systems that are currently being developed.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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