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mlawton

@mlawton@mstdn.social

#dotnet & #powershell developer, runner, ex-pat Hoosier now living in the mountains of VA, supporter of #LFC ⚽️ #IUBB 🏀#USMNT ⚽️ #USWNT ⚽️

Hashtag disciplined: not interested in one aspect I post about? Mute it and enjoy!

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mlawton, to random
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My wife & I saw Ben Folds last night in a small venue. It’s his “Paper Airplane Request” tour. After his first set you get a pen & a piece of paper, write a song title & fold it into a paper airplane to throw on stage. He randomly picks one up and plays it, often telling a story in the process.

Great show and really connected with the audience, but unexpectedly did not play an encore despite keeping the house lights off for several minutes after. Crowd went from adoring to hostile. Sour note.

mlawton,
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I don’t think it’s required that an artist play an encore, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a show where they didn’t. It’s almost conventional now.

And looking at the playlists on his other performances, it seems he plays encores almost always. That they kept the lights low seems it was intended. I don’t know why he didn’t, but I was surprised at how quickly the crowd turned. Marred an otherwise great night.

mlawton, to random
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Finished “I Cheerfully Refuse” by Leif Enger & LOVED it. It’s so many things, but at its core, it’s a dystopian novel, dealing with grief, loss, and yet hope.

Enger’s prose, like all really compelling art, deals in the dynamics of contrast, the necessary tempo, an awareness of when restraint is required, and the occasional flourish. I found myself rereading certain passages because they were written so beautifully, so unexpectedly, so perfectly.

5/5 stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/198276006

mlawton, to running
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Finished “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami. Heavily recommend by my friends in & justifiably so because it’s absolutely brilliant.

For me, Murakami’s writing on the mental aspects of running surfaced so many latent thoughts I had but hadn’t yet been able to articulate.

It’s also a treatise on aging and decline, as he copes with his diminishing performances. 5/5 stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2195464

mlawton,
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@Lee6 it’s really good, particularly the first half. And the audiobook narrator, Ray Porter, is excellent. You’ll enjoy it too, I feel sure!

mlawton, to running
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Awful run. Humid ++ and none of my body parts wanted to work together. Dead legs, lungs that couldn’t keep up with such a slow pace, and profuse sweating that couldn’t evaporate. Had to walk often to keep my HR down.

It’s fine. I’m not happy about it, but the next one will be better. Mentally crumple this one up and throw it away. Big fat whatever…

mlawton,
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@oliviersaraja exactly what I’m taking from it. 👏

mlawton,
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@WTL can we just fast forward to autumn? I know both you and I dislike the heat and humidity. Let’s get back to cooler weather.

mlawton, to random
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Having a drink with my neighbor at a local pub and apparently it’s music bingo night.

And this place both knows and celebrates pride month and I’m here for it.

mlawton, to wildlife
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Just LOOK at this adorable baby bunny! Not even the size of your clenched fist.

It must have sought shelter from the thunderstorm up against the basement door. We were equally surprised when I opened it to step outside. For a hot minute, we had a tense stare down that allowed me time to snap these two pics before it scampered off into the underbrush.

A close-up of a small, baby rabbit sitting on a wooden deck. Its left hind leg is splayed out to the side and I feared it was injured, but I think it’s just slipped on the wet deck when I surprised it.

purplepadma, to random
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Start to discuss immigration and you will soon find out the arseholes who are following you

mlawton,
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@purplepadma an excellent litmus test for the presence of compassion. Far too many people disappoint in this regard.

mlawton, to random
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Managed to avoid poison ivy while pulling weeds last weekend. Except, and crucially, I must have somehow touched my belly button and it’s AGONY.

mlawton, to random
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Took a lengthy post lunch nap, in which I had a very vivid & terrible dream. I’d received news my old college roommate had died. I’d found his obituary online and it read, “Local Weirdo, Dad Dies” and my sadness was outstripped by my indignation that they’d do him like that.

I awoke, unsure, in that in-between state where you are still sorting what was just a dream and what is real.

Just texted with him and I’m relieved to hear he’s doing just fine. “Lay off the spicy stuff", he said. 🌶️😂

StarkSequence, to running
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Advice for someone just starting #running ?

mlawton,
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@StarkSequence all the replies so far are excellent. Running slowly, at conversational capable pace, is the key to building a base fitness that will allow easy growth. It requires patience, but it absolutely works.

Also, everyone is different and everything is relative. Run for yourself and don't get bogged down in comparisons to others.

Post here often: we celebrate successes & help each other through struggles. This is an affirming group of wonderful people. You're now part of it!

mlawton, to random
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Finished "Outland", Dennis E. Taylor's first novel and the first of the two books that make up the Quantum Earth series.

A light and fun read. Don't take it too seriously and enjoy the ride. 4/5 stars.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24292598-outland

mlawton,
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@sebastianhahn @WTL @DennisETaylor I read it earlier this year and very much enjoyed it. I think the only book of his I haven't read is Earthside, which is the continuation of Quantum Earth series.

I DEVOURED the Bobiverse series. One of my favs for sure! Cannot wait until the next one comes out.

mlawton,
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@sebastianhahn @WTL I've read Daemon, but not the second one. I should go back and pick it up.

Have you read "Off to be the Wizard" by Scott Meyer? Less of a thriller, but fun and somewhat similar to some of @DennisETaylor with perhaps a bit of the Scalzi kind of humor mixed in.

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@sebastianhahn @WTL @DennisETaylor outstanding! I hope you like it! I can guarantee you'll find the humor similar to the Bobiverse.

mlawton, to random
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There is a point when you know you must endure the hassle because the end goal cannot be reached by logic. It costs the most precious resource there is: time.

I was right from the first minute of the chat and suffered through 70 more minutes of folly, neglect, and confirmations of confirmations to get a technician scheduled. It’s also pointless, as I know the issue exists further upstream than my house, but one cannot talk to those techs directly.

So we dance…

mlawton, to random
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The dude (17) and his friends decided they were all doing buzz cuts for the summer. He's just came home from getting it done and... it's going to take some getting used to! Doesn't look bad. Just, different.

mlawton,
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@Lee6 Yep! And why not? Cooler in the summer and he can grow it back out for the school year.

sebastianhahn, to running
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Wet, wet, wet. At one point during the run I wanted to jump over a branch lying across the path in the woods. Unfortunately, the ground was so soggy, my left foot which was pushing me off the ground just slipped back. My right foot got tangled up in the branch. A second later I found myself lying flat on the floor. Yuck! Apart from that it was a good run. After Trump‘s conviction in NY yesterday, I skipped my audiobook and took a dive into my MSNBC podcasts.

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mlawton,
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@sebastianhahn hopefully the soggy ground made for a relatively softer landing. Awkward still. Hope nothing bothers you tomorrow!

mlawton,
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@sebastianhahn if it can't be avoided, I hope you find some joy in it. Sometimes I think it's fun to be in really messy conditions... after the first good soaking is over with, that is. Until I've recovered from that initial moment, I'd rather go back home. After, can't get any wetter, so as long as I'm warm enough... let's go!

WTL, to cycling
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Friday:
130 seconds of plank
11 minutes of yoga for runners
20 minutes of HIIT
30 minutes of strength training
23.5 km of #cycling (11°C with a 12 km/hr wind)

Pretty good first workout morning back in civilization, although it was alarmingly sunny out. 🤣

#AppleFitness #Ottawa

mlawton,
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@WTL no annoying sun late at night... 😉

🌙🦉✊

mlawton,
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@WTL laaaaater. Like, witching hour late, where the corrupted, misguided people like me hide from responsibility (but enjoy the coolest temperature and lowest humidity).

My wife hates my late-night running, but I'm just not a morning person. I once was, but now I cannot!

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