Perhaps it’s a stupid and basic question in biology, but when you put a bean (as a seed) in the soil, how does it know to grow the root down into the earth and shoot the stem up through the soil?

Playing chess. It’s been a while, frankly.

Last evening: teaching kids the intro to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters. Oh, the memories of learning it myself at my son’s age.

This is an interesting social project: A non-tracking search engine which uses income to plant trees around the world. Over 46mil tree planted. Ecosia.

Took care of my Fender Stratocaster last evening and this morning. Shielded the insides, polished frets, replaced all pickups with Suhr V60LP, and installed new festive strings.

Yesterday I learned that there’s an atmospheric effect of ice crystals that create so called Light Pillars. It looks pretty awesome as you drive around the city and see all these… pillars of light. Apparently it’s pretty rare.

For the first time in my life I did a bit of downhill skiing. Starting at age 40 is not the best but hey, there were no broken bones, so that’s a good start in my book.

The whole city of Winnipeg is shovelling snow from their driveways today.

My cover of the guitar solo on Money

I’m quite proud of how my playing of David Gilmour’s solos on Money sound. Somehow I never learned any of the solos on Dark side of the Moon. This one was a long time on my list. Surprisingly, it took me less than two evening to study it and record. It’s not perfect but enough to be happy with it and move to the next thing. Watch here:

It’s beautiful outside. Hoar frosts create a magical atmosphere.