I’d been wanting to upgrade to mesh WiFi at home since installing a few wireless mesh access points a couple of years ago at work. In one of our locations, before the wireless was mesh, it was a mess. I cobbled together a solution using two ISP-supplied wireless routers -one on the second floor, one on the first- with an off-the-shelf router also on the second. This one, I located along a wing of offices, which, probably because of the building’s construction, wasn’t able to get a wireless signal from anywhere else in the building.

The router on the first…


Yesterday, I was out taking a few pictures and decided to drop by RD Seafood for a fish sandwich. RD, located in Elkridge, looks like a food truck, but it’s a trailer and it’s in the same exact place every day. The food is pretty good, especially the aforementioned fish sandwiches, even if their default bread choice seems to be a bun and not white bread. They must be good, as they’re always sold out of whiting when I show up.

After I placed my order, I went back to the car and grabbed my camera. The order was going…


By Maryland GovPics — Flickr: The 138th Annual Preakness, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26249426

Thirty four years ago, after Mayflower trucks pulled out of Owings Mills, carting the rotting carcass of a once-proud Baltimore Colts franchise out of town, many around here knew that even if Robert Irsay took the team and the history out of Baltimore, so long as the team wore blue and white, a horseshoe, and called itself Colts, there was no way to ever take Baltimore fully out of the team. Baltimore gave the team that name, a nod to the history of horse racing in Baltimore, embodied in the second jewel of racing’s triple crown, the Preakness Stakes.

And…


First post of the year. I didn’t mean to wait this long to post something here, but I kept waiting and waiting and here we are. No particular reason. So, Happy New Year. Lots going on in my life, lots of changes, but I’m rolling with them. And then some. And I’m still here. Just as the fourth Nor’easter of the year hits.

Right after I woke up around 8 this morning, my aunt told me some County (for any out-of-towers reading this, in Baltimore parlance, “County” is a stand-in for any or all of the various counties that surround…


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AIM Logo

AOL was not the Internet. In the early days, the late 80’s and early 90’s, they sold it to you as such, but it wasn’t. You could get access to Usenet, and eventually to the larger Internet, but that’s another story. Still, using the online service could be a fun experience and perhaps no part of the service outside of the iconic “You’ve Got Mail” sound was more popular than IM. Before there were Twitter followers and Facebook “friends,” if you were on AOL, you had your buddy list. Unless you used IRC or ICQ, bulletin boards, or some type…


Pratt and Light Streets

From questions about school funding to the passing of TIF bonds to fund Kevin Plank’s future “North Haverbrook on the Patapsco,” and the cancellation of the Red Line, to the most recent, contentious issue of mandatory minimums for handgun violations and even the question of monuments to the Confederacy, it hasn’t been the best of times for the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore.

Yet, when the time called for decisive action, the government of Baltimore City finally answered. Before any repeat of Charlottesville could take place and before local activists could take the matter into their own hands like…


Photo by Adrian Pelletier on Unsplash

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”

― Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

A suddenly distressed Obi-Wan Kenobi utters these words as he feels the destruction of the planet, Alderaan, through the Force. In the previous shot, the Death Star’s megalaser blasted the planet, turning it to dust. …


A few weeks ago, I came across a tool from Google I hadn’t encountered before, Google Takeout. Takeout allows you to download a backup of your Google data. You can get much of the data you generate when using Google including your Gmail inbox and the data I was interested in, Google Drive. I believe in having multiple backups and while Google Drive can function in this manner, it’s never bad to have backups of your backup.

I go to Takeout and first request a backup of all my Google data. Then realizing that this particular data set might have…


I went full-speed ahead with a yes when my sister asked me to look at her book-in-progress. Or, to say it more accurately, we did not ourselves settle on a specific word to describe what I would be doing. I figured I’d do what I usually do in these situations, some mix of proofreading, copy editing, line editing, and maybe rewriting a thing here or two (though at this stage, it was pointless, since she’ll be doing a lot of rewriting herself). It’s what I often do when I look at something for someone, depending on my relationship with the…

Christopher A. Kess

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