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A brief bit of joy in the morning...

Animation of the Diamond Cubic structure, from Wikipedia

There isn't a lot of joy in commuting, or in being a member of the daily grind set. You have to dig for bright spots, like diamonds scattered and hidden among the dust.

Today featured one of the few bright spots in my morning. After a long commute, I get to the escalator out of the dark and dusty Metro and hear the wonderful bright voice of Emma G performing at 7th and Maryland SW in DC. She always bring a smile to my face. I highly recommend checking out her music at

In unrelated news... Per normal, there will be another ridiculous episode of Bomb Shelter Radio this evening, 8PM in the usual place. Check out for details.

In related news... BSR on 7/18/2019 is now tentative. Next week is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and we hope to attend some of the celebration.

I hope you will be able to join us tonight.



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