PapaScott I like big blogs and I cannot lie!


I didn’t mention it when I moved from GitHub Pages, but for the past couple of months this blog has been hosted at Netlify, a platform for building and hosting static websites.

It works very well with jekyll, the software that generates this blog, and means I no longer need to build the site on my own machine to publish it. I just push my changes to my repository at GitHub, which Netlify continuously monitors for changes, and the blog it automatically updated, usually within a minute.

It also offers free one-click managed SSL, a global CDN, and is free for unlimited single-user sites, whether commercial or personal.

And combined with Netlify CMS, I can edit and post directly from GitHub and don’t need a local jekyll installation at all. But that’s a subject for another post…

Block E

I’ve been asked about my profile photo. Wikipedia has this to say about Block E.

After 1950… lower Hennepin Avenue became known as a place for drunks, crime, and prostitution. Block E was the center of the squalor. The 620 Club in 1971 gave way to Moby Dick’s, and became known as one of the city’s most seedy bars. Unsavory establishments, including rough bars, flophouses, and an adult movie theater settled in on Block E in the 1970s and 1980s…

By the 1980s, the block was one of the choice places in Minneapolis for punks to hang out and it became a creative breeding ground for the local punk music scene. Block E was also known for its cheap rent, drawing such establishments as Rifle Sport Gallery. From the mid-1980s forward, the Minneapolis police had a constant presence in the area; it was normal to see squad cars or a police van parked between the northbound traffic lanes and contraflow bus lane.

Block E looked pretty much like this when I started college in Minneapolis in 1980. The owner-operator of the McDonald’s was my wife’s first boss, she worked at the City Center location across the street.

Block E was demolished in 1988 and became a parking lot.

Hard to Get

You’d think in the current German coalition talks that the SPD could at least play hard to get.

Now I know German politics is a strange beast, but I would think that the SPD side more has more pull here. The Union is the side that needs desperately to form a coalition with Merkel in charge. The SPD never wanted a new grand coalition (so they claim), you’d think they could take or leave it, and demand a high price to take it.

Then again, what do I know?

Winter Workshop

How our son spent his Christmas vacation (at least when he wasn’t studying for his preliminary “Vorabi” exams):

Winterarbeit Diesen Winter bin ich der Flugzeugbetreuer unseres Astir CS Jeans in Wenzendorf und so hab ich die Gelegenheit genutzt, meine neuerworbenen Fähigkeiten und Kenntnisse als Zellenwart in FVK-Bauweise anzuwenden, indem ich ein neues Lüftungsgitter einlaminiert habe. Es heißt ja "Asche zu Asche, Harz zu Harz" oder so ähnlich 🤔😄 Mit dem Gesamtergebnis bin ich sehr zufrieden und wertet den Harzklumpen mit dem neulackierten I-Brett optisch zu mindestens ein bissel auf :D (Auf dem letzten Bild sieht man das I-Brett in der alten Lacke - so hässlich sah der Rest auch etwa aus) #winter #winterarbeit #flugpause #astir #grob #flugzeugwart #zellenwart #laminieren #harzen #gfk #harz #ichundmeinharz #glasfaser #köpergewebe #segelfliegen #gliding #soaring #segelflugzeug #glider #sailplane #wenzendorf #hfbfluggemeinschaft #lxnav #s80

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