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2020-10-13 The Warcraft problem Things are about to get very frantic. Not Trump related, shockingly.....
2020-10-12 The Thanksgiving problem Why during the Black Death in Europe did everyone wander from town to town spreading the plague? Same reason we're all going to on Thanksgiving.
2020-10-06 Video killed the radio star Why is it harder to buy music now than it was when you needed to drive to the mall and dig through bins?
2020-10-05 Jon is a weirdo Sometimes I look up, notice what's going on, and think, "what the hell are you doing?"
2020-10-02 Zucchini Fritter Recipe As the country slowly devolves into oblivion, here's a recipe for some comfort food my mom used to make.
2020-08-20 Jon is not a photographer I'm glad you all like the photos, but really, I'm not a photographer.
2020-08-17 I got a lot of problems with you people! While other countries succeeded in shutting down the pandemic, we've just let it rot.
2020-08-14 Heinlein was right "An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field." - Robert A. Heinlein
2020-08-12 Your whole world is a lie "We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter." - Denis Diderot
2020-08-11 Gaiter mask problem Science says the mask style I use is worse than not wearing a mask at all. That's just awesome.
2020-08-06 This is why we can't have nice things "I think there is a lot of good to be said about our libertarian tradition. But this is the consequence - we don't succeed as well as a collective."
2020-08-05 Fresh pasta recipe Fresh pasta is worth the effort. And fairly easy once you've done it a few times.
2020-07-29 When comfort food fails "Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly." - M. F. K. Fisher
2020-07-28 End game Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV. Tower.
2020-07-27 Well that's new Some comfort food to enjoy as Mad King Donald fiddles the country to ruin.
2020-07-23 The music problem Google Music is going away and being "transitioned" to YouTube music.
2020-07-22 Was it all a lie The idea of American exceptionalism has taken a beating in the last four years.
2020-07-21 On the road It was good to finally get out of the house, and fun to be taking photos of things not on my desk.
2020-07-20 The weird place Borrego Springs and the Salton Sea is like one giant post apocalyptic art installation.
2020-07-18 It's hot here Sometimes you plan endlessly for a photo location. Sometimes you just show up.
2020-07-17 Okay, that's enough I need to venture outside. Four months of not leaving the house is enough.
2020-07-15 Wear a mask Bottomline, it may save someone's life. Even if it's inconvenient or uncomfortable, it will still save lives.
2020-07-14 The quarters problem I need quarters for laundry. You can't get quarters in San Diego. Yes, really. Stop laughing at me.
2020-07-01 Where's Jon? Every night I go to bed wishing I'd made a blog post.
2020-06-26 It's not all bad You can't really sugarcoat 2020. The third rock from the sun has taken a beating this year. But.......
2020-06-25 The mask thing As someone who has always liked the Japanese culture of wearing masks to try and not make your fellow humans sick, I'm all-in on masks.
2020-06-18 Jon is a hermit I know that the pandemic lock-down has been very difficult for many, but for me it's not so bad.
2020-06-16 Too much I get that if you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. But it's all too much for me.
2020-05-15 The new normal Lockdown is a big win? At 57 I'm finally learning lots of stuff I should have known all along.
2020-05-13 The new normal It looks like one way or the other we're going to start easing the lockdowns. But in the city, what does that mean?
2020-05-11 The new normal Are we entering a time in America where "Give me liberty or give me death" really means liberty to not wear a mask or I'll throw a violent temper tantrum?
2020-05-10 Lord John Whorfin History is-a made at night. Character is what you are in the dark.
2020-05-05 Giant murder hornets There are some times I really feel I should just keep my mouth shut. This is probably one of those times. Oh well.
2020-04-22 Balance III "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
2020-04-21 Balance II "In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth."
2020-04-20 Balance "There is always going to be suffering. It's how you look at your suffering, how you deal with it, that will define you."
2020-04-17 Comfort It seems like I've had to redefine "comfort" recently.
2020-04-13 No pasta in the stores Oh.... that's right.... I can just make it.
2020-04-10 Bagel recipe Because sometimes a loaf of bread is just more than you need.
2020-04-08 Gamers are doing their part Computers are not as good as video game players at some tasks. Apparently.....
2020-04-02 Shelter in place gourmet Canned artichokes edition.
2020-03-31 Well, I'm terrified We keep assuming we'll see the light at the end of the tunnel. But the tunnel keeps getting longer.
2020-03-21 Fish Pie When I was a child in Montana we ate a lot of fish pie. But it was really quiche.
2020-03-18 What happens now? Now we just watch. And wait. Try not to panic more than we've already panicked.
2020-03-13 Comfort food It's going to be okay. But we're all in this together. So be cool out there. Work together. It's going to be okay.
2020-03-12 Okay..... NOW we can panic I hope you all have enough toilet paper. Because there ain't no more in the store.
2020-03-09 Don't touch your face Pfft.... whatever.
2020-03-07 Pink Lemonade Cupcakes Recipe A delicious way to enjoy food that is very bad for you.
2020-03-03 And now we panic I'm being realistic about the virus danger. But in a pandemic it matters more how the other 7.7 billion people react.
2020-03-02 Not a food Blog I seem to be taking lots of food photos lately.
2020-02-27 The Ireland story - Part 6 Solstice party in Ireland
2020-02-26 The cupcake problem Turns out they are packed with sugar, butter and oil. With a small amount of refined white flour.
2020-02-25 The Ireland story - Part 5 The time travel incident.
2020-02-21 Time is not kind I wish I had more time. That seems like a good sign actually. Since I remember bad years where I was glad to see the day end.
2020-02-20 The bagel problem Why do I now have tiny chunks of roasted garlic stuck to everything everywhere?
2020-02-19 Where is Jon? While I would like to post every day, sadly I am very boring. And lazy.
2020-02-14 What next? The question was asked, what's the next big trip after Belgium.
2020-02-06 Olden Times I was playing the old DOS version of the game Master of Orion last night, and thinking of how it used to be the main reason people came to this site.
2020-02-05 Theatre of the Absurd You might think you know what this post is going to be about. You might see the photo below as symbolic of the Red State vs Blue State political divide. For me it is : Chop wood, carry water.
2020-02-04 Any day is a happy day when I make a happy photo Reality is no fun these days. When even a hint of political opinion is grounds for a fist fight, I'm content to just ignore it all, embrace apathy, and take silly pointless photos.
2020-02-03 This has got to STOP!!!!! I have too much homemade bread. I'm sure if we were to list all the world's problems for Feb 2020 that would be pretty low. But really, my life has gotten over-carbed.
2020-01-23 Look what I have created! I have made bread! Unimpressive, as humans have been doing it for thousands of years. But I'm 57, cook everything, and this is the first loaf I've ever made.
2020-01-22 Roasted salsa verde is wonderfully at the intersection of crazy delicious and super easy. Here's my recipe, which is in no way "authentic" since the Mexican version tends to be much more simple in terms of ingredients.
2020-01-16 I am my father's son When my dad would visit San Diego, from the foodie wasteland of Kalispell, one of the cuisines he would look for was Belgian.
2020-01-15 How are you today?, part 2 So after whining about this a few days ago, I'm now constantly hearing it, rather than just filtering it out and saying, "I'm good". But.... actually, how am I today?
2020-01-14 Your time starts now I'm a big fan of the British TV show "Taskmaster". Sadly, you can't get it in the US, other than a few stray YouTube clips.
2020-01-09 How are you today? I hate that question. 1st, because it's culturally obligatory, and 2nd because people usually become annoyed if you actually answer it, and 3rd because if your life is a disaster you are expected to lie and not bring everyone down.
2020-01-08 Pizza experiment finished I've made some posts about trying to make my perfect pizza in my tiny apartment with a sketchy oven. Approximately 40 pizzas later, I have it nailed.
2020-01-03 Ok Boomer....... Not sure how I didn't get this before, but it turns out I'm a "boomer"??? Somehow I didn't even know.
2019-12-31 My 2019 best photos I didn't get a whole lot of photography done this year, but what I did get in was pretty good.
2019-12-30 One meal a day update A recent The New England Journal Of Medicine article has a study of the health benefits of eating fewer meals a day.
2019-12-26 Too many pizzas After posting my pizza dough recipe I decided I really wanted to get the baking method dialed in. So dinner has been mostly pizza the last few weeks.
2019-12-24 Freaking out over Belgium Travel and accommodations for the Belgium trip in May are all finalized. Now to spend a few months panicking about my ability to pull it off.
2019-12-20 No knead pizza dough recipe I hate dough kneading. And I like a very yeasty tasting pizza dough. So this dough is perfect. You have to wait longer, but the result is great.
2019-12-18 Pizza like Jon likes People get pretty het up over what is and isn't proper pizza. As I think I need more homemade pizza in my life, let's set some ground rules.
2019-12-17 To-do list I love lists. My lists are a map of my future. Also, as quite a lazy and forgetful man, perhaps lists are the only way I get anything done.
2019-12-16 The decade that was Looking back on the last 10 years.
2019-12-14 Holiday music For the Thanksgiving food challenge in Montana a few weeks ago, Sharon was nice enough to indulge me in listening to my Thanksgiving playlist while we cooked. It's a bit non-traditional.
2019-12-13 Building character I was mentioning to someone a few days ago that since I grew up on a farm in rural Montana, I'd surely paid my dues in terms of "the simple life". Shoveling animal crap, digging ditches, endlessly fixing endless fences.
2019-12-04 Garlic Peppercorn Ranch recipe Ranch dressing is the multi-tool of sauces.
2019-12-03 Thanksgiving 2019 Celebrating the holiday in Montana with family.
2019-11-25 Into the Frozen Hellscape Or..... Traveling to Montana for Thanksgiving.
2019-11-21 On being, old. When I was a younger man I found it curious how some around me had lived before TV, frozen food, zippers.
2019-11-11 After Beer Week is Recovery Week I'm not the heavy drinker I used to be. And my one-meal-a-day life style doesn't like all day drinking either.
2019-11-08 Good Mythical Morning As an American wanting no part of any political discussion that's happened in the last 10 years, it's nice to have a reliable daily dose of something non-awful
2019-11-05 World of Warcraft: Shadowlands The current WoW expansion has been a bit of a dud. The next one looks.... confusing.....
2019-11-04 Getting old I think getting old may require some life skills I don't have.
2019-11-01 The Ireland story - Part 4 The Werewolf Incident.
2019-10-31 Sunny and 75 in San Diego Winter is coming. To everywhere other than San Diego.
2019-10-30 This happy photo For me photos should be an intersection of technique, subject, composition and story. Here's the story behind this photo.
2019-10-25 Thanksgiving 2019 Menu Doing Thanksgiving with family this year in the frozen wastes of Montana. Need to get my menu dialed in to impress.
2019-10-24 The (only) Social Network In 2019, FB is basically the only game in town. No one cares enough to do anything about it.
2019-10-21 SD Beer Week 2019 Events are starting to trickle in. We're going to need a spreadsheet to organize all this good stuff.
2019-10-19 Canada 2004 Much delight and a few revelations after finding some old RAW files I thought were lost.
2019-10-18 Jon is a cranky asshole Or maybe I just play one on the Internet? Or maybe I'm a broken toy? Or maybe I'm overthinking this?
2019-10-16 Sober October progress What a stupid idea? What a good idea? How does one even know?
2019-10-15 This happy photo For me photos should be an intersection of technique, subject, composition and story. Here's the story behind this photo.
2019-10-13 Oops A terrifying day of sunrise photos in San Diego.
2019-10-10 Penzeys Spices It's rare these days to truly admire a big company.
2019-10-09 San Diego Beer Week 2019 My favorite holiday.
2019-10-08 Chicken marsala stuffed mushrooms recipe I love the idea of using scooped out mushrooms as a bowl filled with various things for appetizers.
2019-10-06 Good morning San Diego Sunday to-do list : 1) 4am walkies, 2) sunrise on the bay photos, 3) f'ing "Sober October".
2019-10-04 LOL math Learning math is pointless in 2019. Or is it?
2019-10-03 Sober October 2019 I rarely drink anymore, but I still like the Sober October idea. So.... need to find some other vices to skip.
2019-10-02 The Matrix, but for kitchen gadgets Either I'm a paranoid techno-phobe, or machines are taking over the world. Or not. Only the machines can know for sure.
2019-10-01 Buy prints Even though I've added a "buy prints" link, I don't expect people to buy prints.
2019-09-30 Sunny and 75 in San Diego One of the best reasons to put up with the crazy housing prices in San Diego is the perfect year round weather.
2019-09-29 Google Music I am *this* close to becoming a single issue voter. Promise to aggressively break up monopolies, you get my vote.
2019-09-26 Recipe : Goat cheese crostini with port soaked fruit Sort of dessert, so of appetizer.
2019-09-25 Reading up on Belgium The big 2020 photo trip will really be a beer trip. And chocolate. And fries. And Eels?
2019-09-23 This happy photo - Hidden Valley For me photos should be an intersection of technique, subject, composition and story. Here's the story behind this photo.
2019-09-21 This happy photo - Road to Argus For me photos should be an intersection of technique, subject, composition and story. Here's the story behind this photo.
2019-09-20 The Ireland story - Part 3 Round towers, stone circles, Rock of Cashel, and a promise fulfilled.
2019-09-19 Smoked Salmon dip "Shut up! Shut up you American. You always talk, you Americans, you talk and you talk and say 'Let me tell you something' and I just wanna say this'. Well you're dead now, so shut up."
2019-09-17 The Facebook problem Facebook is a $140 billion company with no competition. Must be nice.
2019-09-16 This happy photo For me photos should be an intersection of technique, subject, composition and story. Here's the story behind this photo.
2019-09-14 I believe Random philosophical and socio-political notions I try to be mindful of.
2019-09-13 The Ireland story - Part 2 Our second day in Dublin we got so much done I can hardly believe it.
2019-09-12 Steak sliders with brie and cranberry recipe This is a lot of work for a sandwich, but it's damn tasty.
2019-09-11 "So where did you learn to cook?" I get asked this question a lot. I have no idea. Let's talk about that.
2019-09-10 Meatball Stroganoff recipe One of my favorite comfort food recipes.
2019-09-08 The Ireland story - Part 1 In Dublin during Bloomsday.
2019-09-07 Why World of Warcraft? Maybe a video game shouldn't be a lifestyle. But that seems to be working pretty well for me.
2019-09-06 Fake news In 2019 it seems like Trump might be right. About fake news.... Not right about the other stuff.
2019-09-05 The Camera Problem Do I need a better camera? Or is the Sony a7r iii a good stopping point?
2019-09-04 Bucket List What do I even want? Other than being a hermit and left alone of course......
2019-09-03 Podcasts I Love Journalism died in the US a while ago. So here are some podcasts I use to fill the information void.
2019-09-01 What's the code for peace??? Sometimes buying vegetables is harder than it needs to be.
2019-08-31 Sell Me This Grocery Bag San Diego has a grocery bag situation. Or..... Mental stress and anguish over silly crap.
2019-08-30 One Meal A Day (OMAD) For a long time now I've been eating one meal a day. Let's talk about that.
2019-08-29 Where have all the blogs gone? As I was putting the site back together I got to wondering about the current state of the blog landscape. What I found is that in 2019, it's pretty thin.
2019-08-28 WoW Classic? Nope. I play World of Warcraft instead of being a responsible adult too many hours a week. Since launch. But going back to Vanilla? Ick.
2019-08-27 Terms of Service In which we set down some ground rules for you crazy kids.
2019-08-26 Thoughts on the new JonSullivan.com When I was younger I knew the Internet would make the world a better place. It would be a tool to share and discuss and debate. Not sure that's even a good idea 2019.
2019-08-25 FAQ Fake answers to questions no one ever asked.
2019-08-25 The Zip-Lock Bag Marketing Conspiracy "I am still befuddled by the scorning of the zip-lock bag"
2019-08-23 Hello World Relaunching JonSullivan.com after years of assuming there was a better way. Turns out there wasn't. Crap.


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Got the archive section here done finally. Fires and power outages in CA haven't effected me. I doubt they will. I'm fairly close to downtown with no brush to wory about.
Recent Posts
- The Warcraft problem
    Things are about to get very frantic. Not Trump related, shockingly.....
- The Thanksgiving problem
    Why during the Black Death in Europe did everyone wander from town to town spreading the plague? Same reason we're all going to on Thanksgiving.
- Video killed the radio star
    Why is it harder to buy music now than it was when you needed to drive to the mall and dig through bins?
- Jon is a weirdo
    Sometimes I look up, notice what's going on, and think, "what the hell are you doing?"
- Zucchini Fritter Recipe
    As the country slowly devolves into oblivion, here's a recipe for some comfort food my mom used to make.
- Jon is not a photographer
    I'm glad you all like the photos, but really, I'm not a photographer.
- I got a lot of problems with you people!
    While other countries succeeded in shutting down the pandemic, we've just let it rot.
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