Added the new #TeamSPS Cyberweek 2023 challenge coin to my display case. What a collection!

Great to see The Little Mermaid Jr. at the Reif Center featuring my nephew Andrew as Grimsby.

Guinness at Rapids Brewing Company. 🍻

Nice afternoon walk in Golden Anniversary State Forest with my brother Isaiah and Tiffany.

Look up.

Tyler practicing hobo packing.

I’m two weeks into no coffee and this morning I thought I would try a mug of Pu’er Black Tea fully aware that it has caffeine but maybe not too much? I’m surprised by how noticeable the caffeine “surge” felt as I drank it with no caffeine in my system.

The open foundation of the Fediverse continues to pique my interest and outweigh my disregard for social applications. I created Mastodon profiles and setup syndication for as well as I currently publish to BlueSky and Nostr as well.

These new custom perspective capabilities in OmniFocus 4.2 are very welcome. I’ll be able to do some long desired use cases with these! 👏

  • Custom Perspectives [Pro] – New “Has date in range” rule type enables filtering a perspective by assigned date range.
  • Custom Perspectives [Pro] – New “Is repeating” rule enables filtering repeating tasks.
  • Custom Perspectives [Pro] – New “Is project, group, or neither” rule type enables filtering for projects or groups.
  • Custom Perspectives [Pro] – New “Is in single actions list” rule type enables filtering for items in single action lists.

Gabe Mollica "Solo" at the Parkway

Tonight Tammy and I saw Gabe Mollica perform Solo: A Show About Friendship at the Parkway Theater.

First Ben Katzner opened things up. Katzner recently moved to Minneapolis from New York. Katzner. He also had dinner at Creekside Supper Club right before the show because we ran into him at the front door as we were going in for dinner. I liked his comedy.

Then Mollica took the stage for his show. It was one epic story connecting many smaller stories together all about his bros. I don’t know if it is fair to compare Mollica to Mike Birbiglia but the style is similar. We enjoyed the highs and lows and many good laughs along the way.

Towards the last part of the show Mollica shares that part of this story is told on This American Life 810: Say It To My Face. At that point Tammy realizes that she had heard that episode and a bunch of dots were connected for her.

Very good evening. Shame the theater wasn’t sold out.

Semisonic at the Palace Theatre

Last night Tammy and I went over to St. Paul to see Semisonic at the Palace Theatre. I have no idea how many times we’ve collectively seen Semisonic but we were excited to go again. Their newest album Little Bit of Sun released in 2023, just 22 years after their last album, is very good.

A crowd of people gathering in front of the Palace Theatre with a brightly lit marquee showing SEMISONIC as the night's performance.

Before we get to Semisonic though, we were both also excited to see that Laamar was opening for them.


We first saw Laamar at the Dakota about six months ago. Then we saw him again when we saw Dan Wilson at the Women’s Club in February.

Geoffrey Lamar Wilson fronts Laamar and just has a great vibe when he performs. He has been a musician for a while and returned to Minneapolis after growing up here in 2016. We’ve enjoyed his music when we’ve seen him and I’m excited to hear that a full length album is in the works for the fall. I think Laamar is going to go places.

A live concert setting with musicians performing on stage in front of an audience. The stage is lit with blue lighting and features a seated guitarist in the center, with standing band members on either side. There are guitars and other musical equipment arranged around the performers

See this recent interview with Laamar on The Current for more. Sadly Laamar doesn’t have a website of their own, an issue that is hopefully soon to be fixed.


Semisonic took the stage and played a great set. They hit on many of the hits of the past and pulled in songs from the new album as well. Even with Wilson at 62, Munson at 57, and Slichter at 63 they still put on a great performance. The title song off of the new album is delightful but I wish it was longer. I loved that they played Across the Great Divide. Of course they closed with Closing Time.

A band performing on stage in front of an audience with colorful stage lighting. Musicians include a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist, saxophonist, and a string ensemble.

They paid special homage to playing in St. Paul. Munson highlighted the environmental recovery of the Mississippi River and they auctioned off the Semisonic bass cover from that night in support of the Mississippi Watershed Organization. The show poster also included an image of Otters and they shared that once again Otters are in the Mississippi River.

Wilson is a prolific songwriter well beyond his own work and since Chris Stapleton was playing last night as well at US Bank Stadium they played White Horse which he cowrote with him in the encore.

Setlist for the show:

  1. Chemistry
  2. F.N.T.
  3. Little Bit Of Sun
  4. Keep Me in Motion
  5. Across the Great Divide
  6. Secret Smile
  7. In Another Life
  8. Don’t Fade Away
  9. DND
  10. If You Say So
  11. Never You Mind
  12. The Rope
  13. This Will Be My Year
  14. You’re Not Alone
  15. Closing Time


  1. Beautiful Sky
  2. White Horse (Chris Stapleton cover)
  3. Singing in My Sleep
  4. Gone to the Movies

We watched Howl’s Moving Castle tonight. I think it is one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies. I think we’ve seen about half of the Miyazaki movies.

Day 4 without coffee and caffeine seemed to turn the corner. Felt a little less of a fog all day. Wasn’t tired all day. No headache today. I’ve felt more rested waking up the last two days. 🤞

No Coffee?

I’ve been wondering how much caffeine is impacting me and yesterday, without much thinking about it, I decided to stop coffee for a while to see.

Today was day two without coffee. I had already cut back to just 2 cups a day for the last couple months but I still have felt super fuzzy and tired the last two days. I had a mild headache today and just felt slow. I’m hoping that I’m over the hump now. We’ll see.

My goal is to find out what benefits I may see to my blood pressure, sleep, anxiety, and who knows what else. The first two days have been more noticeable than I would have expected. 😬

Today I Learned: DNS and Wildcard Records

One of my favorite features of Fastmail is mail routing. I can use that to create any number of ad hoc email addresses in the format of I’ve been using this feature for a while and to set it up you create a wildcard MX entry for your domain pointing to Fastmail. This way it works for all users of your domain. A couple of weeks ago these addresses stopped working though and I had no idea why.

I actually raised the issue with Fastmail support and they confirmed that there was no MX entry for They then asked if I had setup any CNAMEs or A records recently for that name. Then it hit me, I had recently created a TXT entry for

It turns out the second that there is any record of any type on a name you no longer get the benefit of the wildcard entry. I created the specific MX entries for and everything started to work just as it should.

I just completed all the blog posts for our Milwaukee Spring Break trip. This is the most complete job I’ve done using daily logs (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), posts for most events, and a collection page linking to all posts as well as an index of all restaurants and attractions we visited.

We saw the New Standards perform tonight at the Dakota. It was a great show and featured a number of new and newer songs. Steve Roehm was on fire on the vibraphone tonight. 🔥

Happy Easter! We had family to Magic Pines and had a 90 Easter Egg Hunt outside looking for treats! It seems that only Mazie got the memo on dressing in brighter colors. 🐰

My friend @Bricker is lighting up his blog timeline with a bunch of new and old blog posts. Worth adding to your feed reader or timeline of choice. 🔥

I’ve been a fan of the IndieWeb community for years, but finally decided I should get a bit more active. I created my profile on the IndieWeb wiki, started as a backer, and signed up to host the next available IndieWeb Blog Carnival in April 2025.