Archive for 2022

Playing Short Audio Clips on a Bluetooth Connection

I recently discovered a Very Important Thing about Bluetooth audio. If you are playing short audio clips over bluetooth (like for sound effects for a play!) you should know that the Bluetooth connection times-out after about 10 seconds of silence. When you start to play the next sound clip, you’ll lose the first few seconds or so of audio as the connection is re-established.

To fix the problem where you are always losing the first few seconds of audio on Bluetooth, you should play a very low volume sound in the background at all times! Problem Solved!

Jessup Pizza

Tonight was International Night at Abigail’s school. People were asked to bring pot-luck dishes from their culture. I brought Jessup Pizza! It was eaten up in a flash! (yeah, I think the kids generally appreciated the pizza-ness of it it more than the grownups. But hey, it’s elementary school!) The recipe came from my mom :-)

As I wrote on the description:

Jessup Pizza: When the people of Gubbio Italy emigrated to Jessup Pennsylvania at the beginning of the 20th century, they felt a need to update some of their traditions. Jessup Pizza was born, proudly featuring American cheese! To this day, several pizzerias in Jessup put this on their regular pies.

From Abigail Flom-Sonko, who’s great great grandparents were Mario Ferranti & Reginia Becchetti of Gubbio Italy, and Bernardo Norvestoni & Rose Viania of Piemonte, Italy.

I got to sample several really great, fun dishes before Abigail ran us out because there was “nothing good to eat”. The curried fish balls, Hungarian goulash, dumplings, and kugel were all really delicious and fun! I wish I had gotten the chance to really meet some people before Abigail expired. I chatted with one man for a few seconds with a 3rd grader,  which was nice. Abigail chose to buy the chocolate and sprinkle covered apple; at least it was money spent for a good cause, the 6th grade science trip!

Peanuts / Charles Shulz Museum

This weekend, family went to the Charles Shulz Museum and Ice Skating Rink in Santa Rosa. It was my first visit :-)

Much of the museum got me thinking about me and my dad and how he’d read and then set aside the comics for me each Sunday. Often, we’d talk about the comics. I’d force myself to read Prince Valiant because he’d often want to talk about it. But I was into the real comics, the funny comics!


Standing On The Shoulders Of Average Sized People

A student at Autistry coined this the other day. I was showing off an OK design that I thought we could add to to turn into a great product. I said, “I want us to be standing on the shoulders of giants here… errr, well… ”

“Standing on the shoulders of average sized people,” chimed in my student in his typical down-tempo basso.

I like it!

Suspend the US Constitution? (Trump)

December 3, 2022, Donald Trump wrote that he wants to suspend the US Constitution.


Text is Trump’s, highlighting is mine.

(Confirmation on Snopes, original post on TruthSocial, archive on

Mitch McConnell criticizized Trump’s statement , saying “Anyone seeking the presidency who thinks that the Constitution could somehow be suspended or not followed, it seems to me would have a very hard time being sworn in as president of the United States,”


Then on Dec 5th, Trump wrote on Truthsocial that he didn’t write what he wrote above.

What Goes In the Recycle Bin?

This is why I don’t sweat it when considering what to put into the recycle bin:
It’s sad but something like 10-20% of items put into recycle bins is actually recycled. So I figure it’s best to only spend the time and thought putting items I think will have a greater chance of being recycled into the recycle bin.


I work in person and we all wear masks all day every day. When we finally stop wearing masks, it’s gonna take me a year to stop gesturing with only my eyebrows and hands, and yelling at people because I can’t frigging hear myself.

Twitter’s 5G Microchipping COVID Extravaganza

(via Twitter directly)

Twitter now won’t warn, hide, or remove wackadoodle COVID conspiracy theories.

Thanks Elon?

The Most Abigail Video

I give you the most quintessential video of Abigail ever! She is just 2 1/2 years old in this video and she is ROCKIN’! I see how the other kids are just barely aware of what’s happening and she is completely full of life; she is flailing her arms and legs and still fully keeping her balance! And that smile is to die for! That’s my girl, Father’s Joy!

Crossposting to Mastodon

Want to follow my posts on Mastodon (a new social network)? Here I am! Find me as or here

I post my blog here and crosspost it to Twitter, Facebook, and Mastodon. Though I post a lot more family pix on Facebook.