For iOS 14 Shortcuts, seems the volume control function for AirPlay devices is only reliable after the audio begins. So for a DarkNoise shortcut, it switches to an AirPlay device, then DarkNoise plays, and finally after a four seconds wait the volume is controlled.

Coconut-Gochujang Glazed Chicken With Broccoli is pretty good. We added Gochugaru (Korean pepper flakes) for extra heat. Would recommend serving as a rice bowl though. It begged for a bowl.

Tess of the Road was excellent so now reading where it all started: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman 📚

Billions of almonds waiting to be hulled.

Western Toad finally makes a reappearance in the backyard and it has GROWN. Wish I had something for scale.

The Annie Cat is so displeased that the game controller isn’t working right.

Excellent sourdough shape, crumb, and pretty good flavor (48 hour refrigerator proof).

Accidentally scrolled to the bottom of Sunlit app credits 😉

Today’s obligatory wildfire smoke scene. Halide app made it dead easy to override auto white balance.

Winds started after midnight here and dramatically warmed the air from ~75 to ~87°F. Likely katabatic winds.

Blue Jay yelling at everything this afternoon. Maybe it’s angry at the wildfire smoke.

Can confirm.


Good morning: light of sunrise reflecting off the smoke.

Today starts an oppressive heat wave. At least the humidity is low. The smoke from California fires is thin today so not getting much help from it.

A scrub jay checking out the new bird feeder. Birds haven’t taken to it yet. They’re still eating grapes and desiccated elderberries.

Finished The City We Became (great book) and now currently reading: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman 📚

August Complex smoke this afternoon. Silver lining is the smoke cooled the air temperature down several degrees.

Our trio of Scrub Jays are leaving almond hulls behind. Maybe they’re giving us gifts for providing water? We do compost….

We love this homemade smoked beef salami — could use a bit more paprika but great first try.

A day of discovery making salami for the first time with a smoker we were given. Smells and looks great but it may be a bit loose.

Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken

Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe by J. Kenji López-Alt is an excellent recipe — those with lower spice tolerance may want to drizzle the finishing sauce instead of liberally brushing. We did not make the sandwich, but served simply with white rice and kimchi.Kimchi-Brined Fried Chicken

Still currently reading: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin – and enjoying it! Making me look through my photos of New York. Oh look, Brownstone buildings! But hardly anything of The Bronx and no surprise: nothing of Stanten Island. 📚

Large ash flake that landed in my safe backyard — over a dozen miles away from the August Complex on the Mendocino National Forest. This had a lot of atmospheric lift to make it this far. You can see the leaf pattern!