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Nov 26, 2022

Migrating from Heroku

Yes, I do still do site-related things (sometimes) in my free time. And Heroku kinda forced my hand by announcing they were sunsetting their “Free Tier” at the end of November 2022. (This month! The upcoming Monday 11/28, to be exact.) Leading to me having to evaluate if it was worth the trouble of figuring out a new home for my 2 sites where I am still a dedicated (and lonesome) visitor, Cocktailist and Repost Repo.

Of course, since I’m a hoarder by nature, I didn’t want to throw them away. The next step: how to move them. Thankfully I started planning this early on–pretty much right when they announced it, in August–because this took some work that I did over several weekends:

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Sep 18, 2022

2022 Keyboard Family Photo

Brief house update: the contractors have started! Actually they started 3 weeks ago, and given the project is meant to be 3-4 months long, that implies they’re ~20% of the way done? It seems like most of the large demo is complete (relative to other renovations though, ours doesn’t have a ton of demo) and they’re starting on electrical and plumbing in earnest now. We’re about to start the wood stripping too. I’m taking lots of pictures along the way but I think I’ll wait til the process is wrapping up to comment in more detail about it; it’ll be easier to get an idea of the major milestones after the fact.

Back to the REAL reason for this post: 2022 keyboard family picture! After being in this “hobby” for 2.5 yrs now (it’s even documented in here–I started back in April or May 2020), I apparently own 12 keyboards. 10 pictured here, 2 are at work so pictured at time of build:

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May 10, 2022

A Surprising House History

The work to get started on the work in the house is slow going, but it goes. In the meantime, I’ve found some pretty interesting house history (at least, I think it’s the same house) in some old Brooklyn newspapers.

First off, it’s pretty cool that the Brooklyn Public Library digitally archives a lot of these historical newspapers online. I learned about this through some unrelated articles on Brownstoner.com. Then I figured, “Why not try searching for our address just on the off-chance something comes up?” Little did I know that these old newspapers report on pretty much everything, and in fairly personal detail too.

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