John Scholvin

John Scholvin

still can’t fit a half-stack in the trunk

28 Feb 2021

poker chips

I spent much of the day sorting through Leah’s old toys to donate or junk, and it was every bit the emotional journey you’d expect. But at the moment, I just can’t bear to write another Big Feels thing about it. So let’s ta...
25 Feb 2021

lasts

A couple of weeks ago I went to buy some new skates. My old ones currently sit in a coworker’s garage outside of Boston. I was playing with the company hockey team1 when I was there every week, and I didn’t have the foresight to bring ...
16 Feb 2021

a year and a day

pic via @coachiex on @tiny_bit_of_giants_blood’s insta I missed yesterday’s anniversary. February 15, 2020 was the last time I took to a stage. It was the TBGB album release party at Martyrs’. (You can still get your copy, and ...
14 Feb 2021

hardware bug

Motorola computer-on-a-chip from 1984 – no idea why I have this The deeper you go in a computer system, the harder it is to fix bugs. It’s something everyone involved in building systems internalizes very early, and I think it’...
03 Feb 2021

metacommentary

My good and wise friend Chris Carfi1 had a novel thought about my commentary dilemma yesterday: There’s another path, too. For the past twenty-plus years, we’ve all had our own printing presses (and for the last fifteen of those years, they’ve been ...
02 Feb 2021

commentary

Long time friend of the program, Jay, asked me: Anyway, I was just wondering if you had made any decisions about a comments section on your blog posts. I enjoyed hearing the comments and replies of your followers on FB…. Everyone seemed fu...
31 Jan 2021

on the physics of snowblowers

Observations from the field: Mechanical Advantage: This unit has five forward gears of increasing speed and commensurately decreasing torque, and this gearing appears to apply to both the traction drive and the snow ejector combine. The label imp...
30 Jan 2021

ahead

I ordered two dozen golf balls this week. They arrived today. I like these shocking red ones especially, in some part because my golfing buddy, Jim, despises them, and anything I can do to distract him on the course is vital. I have to close the g...
30 Dec 2020

emergen-c

Late yesterday I got an email from FedEx notifying me I was getting a package from “Ragnar Trail Atlanta” sometime today. It weighs three pounds. No other information available. My eyes rolled all the way up into my head. My skin flushed ...
27 Dec 2020

mañana

I came across the complicated TODO list tracker I was using before all this came down. Like a bug in amber, there it sits in a unearthed, forgotten Apple Note to remind me of what was a priority in early March of 2020, both home and away. For the yea...