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SNIPPETS—I’m exhausted. I quit. It’s margarita time.



I went to a photographer’s wine tasting yesterday in the Temecula Valley Wine Country. There is mile after mile after mile of vineyards, wineries, and tasting or other special events. I was the only guy in our group (ignore the photobombing dogs, one of which was a guy). I always have been an outcast.

Winery tour


I want to give a shout out to Joey Thaidigsman who just finished his freshman year at the University of California at Berkeley with a 3.96 GPA in computer science. I may need to help him with future courses involving the subject matter of that course he got an A- in………….

Joey Thaidigsman, freshman computer science major at the University of California at Berkeley


I give a specific shout out to Joey Thaidigsman because, now a sophomore computer science major at the University of California, Berkeley, but home for the summer, he built me a fine fine fine super computer for all my photo and video editing.

It’s a beast.

What used to take 30 minutes now takes 30 seconds.


  1. Intel 7th Gen Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K), $337.00
  2. Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E1T0B/AM), $349.99
  3. ASUS PRIME Z270-A LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3.1 Z270 ATX Motherboard, $159.99
  4. Corsair LPX 32GB DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory Kit for DDR4 Systems, $259.99
  5. MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 DirectX 12 VR Ready (GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G), $259.99
  6. Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan, $24.99
  7. Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case for H55, H60, H75, H80i (CC-9011023-WW), $58.99
  8. Sabrent 75-in-1 Multi Flash Media Card Reader/writer(With power cord) (CRW-UINB), $12.14
  9. EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1, 80+ GOLD 650W, Fully Modular, 10 Year Warranty, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR, $79.99
  10. LG 27UD58-B 27-Inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync, $344.99

Pictures, new on the left, old on the right:

Fine fine fine new super computer compared to old computer

Fine fine fine new 4K super monitor compared to old monitor


When I graduated from Texas A&M University sometime in the late 1970s, I wanted to work in a forest somewhere, sitting in a lonely fire lookout tower like the one below, where I sat today for about an hour watching the beginnings of the Gate Fire 80 miles away. My 600mm lens made the Gate Fire look like it was just down the road. It burned over 2,000 acres and is now 100% contained. High overnight humidity and low winds for two consecutive days helped fire fighters control the fire with no loss of buildings or life, other than the plant life, of course.

Boucher Tower, a fire lookout tower
built in 1948 on Palomar Mountain in Southern California
to replace an older tower built in 1921.
Boucher Tower was closed in 1991
but has been open to tourists since 2013.
There are volunteers who staff the tower
during fire season, which began May 1.

Boucher Tower, a fire lookout tower on Palomar Mountain in Southern California

The Gate Fire near Jamul CA
about 30 minutes after it started
and seen from 80 miles away
and 5,438 feet elevation in the Boucher Tower.

The Gate Fire near Jamul CA about 30 minutes after it started and from 80 miles away and 5,300 feet elevation

With the amount of rain we had this past winter, I think it’s going to be a bad fire season.

Fire on the freeway


I have resisted moving from the classic WordPress editor to the new one. I thought the new one was disorganized, clunky, and slow.

Normally I do 10 SNIPPETS in a SNIPPETS post. Takes me about an hour. Using the classic editor.

Today I switched to the new, disorganized, clunky, and slow editor. It has taken me three hours to create this SNIPPETS post with just 5 SNIPPETS in it.

I’m exhausted.

I quit.

It’s margarita time.

Margaritas at On The Border in El Cajon, California

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