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Yesterday morning I learned about the suicide of Soundgarden and Audioslave lead singer Chris Cornell just before I was on my way to Silver Spring to attend a one-day conference for people of a certain age who are looking for new career opportunities or are looking into becoming entrepreneurs. I took the Metro and walked through the unusually hot and humid weather (it was 90 degrees and it felt more like August than May) to get to the conference.

When the conference ended I had to make my way back to the Metro in the hot and humidity. While I was walking along Colesville Road on my way back to the Metro station, I happened to be walking past the Fillmore when I saw this tribute to Chris Cornell.

On a different subject matter, for the past week or so I started to notice these empty brown cicada shell casings on the ground. These are normally the ones from the Brood X cicadas, which emerge from the ground once every 17 years. Except some of these bugs are waking up four years early, which has vexed a bunch of experts.

When I arrived home from Silver Spring I saw one of those large bugs just resting on one of the concrete steps outside my home. I took a photo of that cicada for posterity.


This morning I woke up to find out that Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has just died at 52. The news is now coming out that he had hung himself.

Soundgarden was among the bands I listened to back during the early 1990’s grunge era (along with Nirvana, Hole, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains). Sadly I never got the chance to see that band in concert. I still play Superunknown on a regular basis because the music is that good.

The sad part is that Soundgarden had just reunited and the band was playing a few gigs. Chris Cornell made this tweet just a few hours before he was found dead.

That tweet doesn’t look like one that was made by someone who was suicidal. It sounded like he was happy.

I’m just going to end this post by embedding a few videos that show Chris Cornell in action.


How to make a beautiful rug from old t-shirts.

31 Things You Can Do With Peeps That Will Blow Your Kids’ Minds

Crafting Creatively: Picking Perfect Prints and Fabric shows the do’s and don’ts when it comes to deciding on fabric for making doll clothes.

Crafting Creatively: Get Your Knit Together explains the do’s and don’ts of knitting and crocheting doll clothes.

Browse other free tutorials previously mentioned in this blog (along with pictures) right here.


Someone has come up with two of the most optimal road trips across the continental United States, which includes all of the major landmarks (such as Mount Rushmore and the Gateway Arch).

A father and daughter who recreated the film Jurassic Park out of LEGO.

What happens when a man tries to surf the Internet with a 1986 Mac Plus.

10 women who changed the tech industry forever.

5 Ways Outlet Malls Aren’t a Good Deal and Trick You Into Buying Crap.

A fascinating story about a former rock musician named Jason Everman who was fired from both Nirvana and Soundgarden before both bands hit mega-stardom in the 1990’s. He subsequently found his niche when he gave up his music career and became an elite member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

I found the perfect song for the ever increasingly short days and long nights this month: “Fell on Black Days” by Soundgarden.

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