Friday, July 13, 2018

My Week

Like this, except I'm waiting for Landsat imagery to load.

Also, my chair doesn't roll.

Sunday, July 8, 2018



This is a thing!

Tours, talks, activities, and all sorts of fun next Saturday (July 14). More information right here.

Monday, July 2, 2018

This Month's First Read

"Consider an adult who tends to the traumas of a child ... Children do not yet know that the world does not revolve around them.

"As grown-ups, dare we admit to ourselves that we, too, have a collective immaturity of view? Dare we admit that our thoughts and behaviors spring from a belief that the world revolves around us? Apparently not. Yet evidence abounds. Part the curtains of racial, ethnic, religious, national and cultural conflicts, and you find the human ego turning the knobs and pulling the levers."

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Hopping on Facebook today has been strangely heartbreaking because of this.

As far as I can tell, there are exactly two acceptable scenarios for the disappearance of Poet's Table:

1. Forest fire, because there's no ultimate control there.

2. A park decision. I'd be pissed about that, but as they are the official landowners, they would ultimately have the right to pull things out. (And in theory, would be willing to preserve the history of the area in an appropriate fashion.)

This, though?

This is just plain wrong. Besides being confusing as hell, it goes against the very idea of the table itself as a peaceful destination in the woods. At the heart of things, it's disrespectful, shortsighted, and just plain mean.

Saturday, May 26, 2018


An xkcd from a week and a half ago is speaking to my soul this weekend.

This has something to do with my role as various people's personal IT guy, a couple of fun phone calls, and the brakes on my bike (which, luckily, fell into that under-2-hours section). I do, however, fear for Sophie's air conditioning, knowing how long that one might take.

Never a dull moment.

Monday, May 21, 2018


Actual decades have passed since I started school (almost three of them) and I have, at last figured out how I prefer to study.

Yeah, that works.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Well, Hello.

"So, Ashley, what are you up to these days?"

It's a question I've come to dread. The expected answer seems to be, "Oh, not much," since I lack Big News. But that answer is also a blatant lie. That's the answer that implies nothing of interest.

Allow me to fill in a few blanks. Here are some things I haven't been doing:

- Moving to Denver. Actually, I now have an apartment in RC with the other Ashli since the previous Denver gig fell through. Thanks to multiple circumstances -- like Ashli, The Plumber, and Daz's move to SLC -- Denver is no longer in the cards. This decade, anyway.
- Staying caught up with whatever show you're watching.
- Riding my bike enough.
- Travelling. This one makes me sad.
- Robbing banks.
- Writing here.

... I should work on a couple of those.

What I HAVE been doing is feeding 80 tiny humans on a daily basis for a few months now. It's not glamorous, but it leaves my afternoons open to pursue a bunch of other things. And while I have plenty of amusing stories to tell in person, I'll refrain from telling them here because this is the internet and they're small children.

My afternoons have been full of a fun collection of things. Job searches. Classes. Occasional hikes. Books. My biggest topics lately:

- Changes to South Dakota's Title 35 (the full text of government bills should be in everyone's reading lists).
- Long-range Mars things, like learning a new language (I love Duolingo).
- Sewing and other craft projects, often for specific purposes. Like these.

A very, very specific purpose.
- An ArcGIS specialization on Coursera.

Here's the thing: I cannot figure out why it took me this long to pay attention to GIS. I've been fascinated by maps and blueprints since I was about 6 (I adore P&IDs) and here's this massive tool available for me to build my own maps. It's just plain silly I haven't tried before.

When all else fails, there's always something going on in Rapid.

I'm not sure if this means you'll be seeing more of me here. Coming back after an accidental hiatus is always a little awkward and I have some things I might be moving around on here. But I figured I should stop by and say hi.

Now, back to my map...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018