My son, Ryan, is back in goal for another fall lacrosse season.

    Lacrosse goalie stops a shot.

    Weather is beautiful today. Hanging out on the back deck and cooking out on the grill.

    Columbia’s Soda City Market is hoppin’ today. I remember when they only took up two blocks of Main Street.

    People walking around the Soda City Market.

    Overheard at a grad school symposium:

    I mean, we’re grad students. We should geek out about our research.

    Loved this story on the Washington Post about the evolving color palette of Lego bricks.

    As a designer who is also a Ph.D. student, I don’t understand why all diagrams in academic journals are poorly crafted.

    Reading back through some journal articles for class from 2001 about the potential of the internet to shape public relations. It’s a flashback to a moment after the popularization of the web, but before social media. A very different world. (I miss that world.)

    Got to film in the South Caroliniana Library on campus today. Hadn’t been in since the renovation started in 2015. Designed by Robert Mills in 1840, South Caroliniana is the oldest freestanding college library in the United States. The renovation/restoration is phenomenal.

    Stairwell at South Caroliniana Library on the campus of the University of South Carolina

    Sports talk radio all over South Carolina is going to be a dumpster fire tomorrow.

    Rewatching the first few episodes of Ahsoka again. Thrilled to see the Star Wars Rebels storyline continuing.

    Today is a holiday, but my daughter needed to study and I had some grad school work to do so we headed out to Starbucks. This was the only coffee shop near my house when I started grad school and I was here for long hours most weekends. It was open late and was seemingly always filled with other grad students. After COVID shut everything down, several new coffee shops opened up including two very close to my house. I don’t visit “Grad School Starbucks” very often these days, but it’s funny how a space can hold so many memories…

    I realized a long time ago that watching South Carolina play football on TV just stresses me out. So I’ll follow along with the game against UNC on the ESPN website. I’ll be happy if they win. And I’ll be less frustrated if the lose.

    The wifi at my daughter’s dorm room is slow and she has a hybrid class that starts this week. I dropped off an ethernet cable and a USB-C adapter today and now her internet incredibly fast. Wifi is convenient, but ethernet is fast and reliable.

    Saw these flowers outside of a restaurant this evening.

    Four yellow flowers surrounded by green leaves.

    I had a great view of campus today. From the 8th floor, you can really see how many trees are all over the University of South Carolina campus.

    View of the University of South Carolina campus from the 8th floor of the Close-Hipp building

    I follow a handful of Mastodon accounts here on Micro.Blog. Every so often, I notice them replying to some controversy swirling around Mastodon. Or arguing with a particularly rude commenter. I’m glad I can follow Mastodon accounts on Micro.Blog, because I don’t think I’d enjoy Mastodon.

    The Beekeepers Who Don’t Want You to Buy More Bees - The New York Times:

    “But that’s an agriculture story, not a conservation story,” Mr. Black said. “There are now more honey bees on the planet than there have ever been in human history.”

    Dropped my oldest off at college today. She is living in the same building that my wife lived in her freshman year. She’s only 20 minutes away from our house, and my office is 6 blocks away, but it’s still a big change for Team Wertz.

    Our college freshman is moved into her residence hall.

    With the start of school, my wife’s sleep schedule has changed radically. She goes to bed much earlier because she wakes up much earlier. The result is that I’m going to bed earlier, too, but waking up at 1 am. Not fun. I’ll get used to the new schedule, but it will take a couple of weeks.

    Just discovered that the Apple TV MLB app lets you stream minor league games if you have MLB AtBat. (AtBat is the radio broadcast streaming MLB product which is much cheaper than MLB.TV.) Currently watching the Cub’s Low A Affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans play our local Columbia Fireflies.

    The Clean Energy Future Is Arriving Faster Than You Think - The New York Times:

    Today, solar and wind power are the least expensive new sources of electricity in many markets, generating 12 percent of global electricity and rising. This year, for the first time, global investors are expected to pour more money into solar power — some $380 billion — than into drilling for oil.

    What’s driving new growth in renewable energy? It’s not saving the environment. It’s saving money.

    Finally got around to watching the season finale of Strange New Worlds. What a great season with an intense ending. Ready for season 3… which won’t be coming for a while. 🖖

    Rewatching Alias on Disney+. I forgot how engaging season one was. The cliffhangers at the end of each episode. The rapid pacing. The costumes. The Rambaldi mystery. The twists and turns. So much fun.

    I know the plot gets messy as the seasons add up, but I’m enjoying these early episodes.

    The only Barnes and Noble in town is one of the last tenants in a dilapidated mall that is about to be redeveloped. I was nervous that they would just close the store, but they announced that they are moving to a new location. Good news.

    This article makes me want to use periods even more. No More Periods in Texting. Period. - The New York Times

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