John Scholvin

John Scholvin

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

07 Jun 2021

blue

For some of these kids, it's the last competitive game they're ever going to play. I’ve been toying with the idea of becoming certified (“patched,” in the vernacular) to umpire IHSA baseball games on and off for a few years. When...
25 Apr 2021

canal bank road

I did a moderately-to-severely dumb thing today. It started when I got into a wikihole and ended up on the page of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. It’s a fascinating piece of civil engineering, the thing that enabled the reversal of the...
13 Apr 2021

thirteens

If you had told me on March 13, 2020, that I was done traveling for at least the next thirteen months, and that I’d be working from home every day during that time, I’d have probably been shocked at first. I thought we were just going ...
29 Mar 2021

waning

via today’s NYT I’ve been watching that 70% dot move tantalizingly closer. As interesting and important as this graph is in its own right, perhaps more interesting has been how it has been changing over time. Two weeks ago, the Times...
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...