🎵 I’m trying something different tonight: a K-Pop playlist of BLACKPINK. I think I like it. At times, my brain certainly is getting scrambled. 😅

We are getting a ton of tall, wobbly pine trees taken down in our backyard today, because they are at risk of falling, and tend to lose boughs whenever there is a windstorm. It is a bit traumatic—the noise, especially—but it will be nice to not have to worry about falling boughs and trees. I guess we’re going to see a lot more of the sky and of our neighbors than we are used to. 😀

I am still struggling to get my app rewrite done in UIKit. Next year, for real this time, I’m going to learn Swift UI.

Oh, nice! It’s iPadOS 14 beta 2 time.

I tried Apple News again to see if the experience is any better on the iPadOS 14 beta. Sadly, for me, it is not. Apple News feels like a junk drawer full of some news content plus a bunch of headlines that are really ads, because they lead to listicles full of affiliate links. Ironically, Google News—from a company that makes most of its money selling ads—seems less ad-filled and spammy to me.

I finished reading another novel to my daughter tonight, the fourth Emily Windsnap book. My daughter loves reading time, and I do too. It is the best thing I do all day.

I bought Axiom Verge for the Nintendo Switch tonight and really like it so far. It is giving me Super Metroid vibes!

I have been listening to thunderous fireworks for about an hour now from my home. I thought all the fireworks celebrations had been cancelled. Surely my neighbors can’t be responsible for all these booms.

I have been using Xcode for so long and I just now realized that Control+Command+Left/Right Arrow goes back and forward in the editor’s navigation stack. Is there a head-smack emoji? 😅

I am back to tracking my food intake—because, well, reasons (haha)—with the Keto app. I am not on a keto diet, though. I don’t know how that would be possible for me with only going to the grocery store once per week now. Salad greens don’t last that long.

My buy-and-hold strategy with flip-flops finally paid off tonight, in that I threw out my worn-out pair from last year and swapped them for the identical copy of them I bought at a tremendous discount off-season last year. I still have one more pair for next year.

Oh, cool, my new Anne Pro 2 keyboard supports Bluetooth, and here I am, clicking away, wirelessly, on my Mac. 😀

Does Xcode 12 beta 1 crash less than Xcode 11.5?

📚Based on the prologue I read last night, which was a lot of fun, I think the next novel I’m going to read is Dan Moren’s “The Caledonian Gambit.” I hope I can stick with it. Lately, I have been starting books and dropping them well before finishing them.

iPadOS 14 beta 1 is great so far!

My day one experience with iPadOS 14 beta 1 is astounding. It is fast and stable. All my third party apps work. The UI updates to the Music app, which I use all the time, are most welcome. The Scribble feature with Apple Pencil exceeds all expectations; it isn’t perfect, but it is really well thought out, and it reads my printing and cursive writing. The new three-column layout for Apple apps looks great, too.

Well, my Schiit Magni Heresy just got fried. 😢 While listening to it over headphones, it made a popping sound, then started humming and crackling loudly. I hope Schiit honors their warranty, because I loved that thing. I use it as a headphone amp and a preamp for my desktop speakers, the latter of which have just been rendered useless.

I decided to install the iPadOS 14 beta on my iPad Pro. Let’s see how it goes!

I just had my butt saved by Microsoft Outlook’s “did you forget to attach a file to this message” feature. 😅

Right now, my family is in a weird state of (1) seeing each other more often again without PPE, and (2) starting to panic more about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide. We are all concerned about schooling in the fall; both in-person and distance learning seem fraught.

One cool thing about the Anne Pro 2 ⌨️ is its tap layer. It does not have arrow keys, but the cluster at the lower right of the board (right shift, FN, FN2, and Ctrl) act as arrow keys when you tap them, and as normal modifier keys when you hold them. It works perfectly.

I love mechanical keyboards, and I treated myself this week to an Anne Pro 2, which is a 60% board with Kailh Box White switches (clicky!), RGB lighting, multiple function layers, and Bluetooth connectivity to up to four devices. I’m really happy with it so far.

The iHeartRadio ads that are now intercut into the “Slate Political Gabfest” podcast are so irritating that I am considering unsubscribing entirely. If I wanted to listen to annoying radio ads, I would listen to the radio.

When iOS 14 comes out, will there be a third party app that basically is Mail.app from iOS 12? I would make it myself if I had the time.

Hmm… I don’t think my MacBook has enough disk space for a new partition to install the macOS 11 Big Sur. Almost half my disk is full of “Other”, whatever that is. 😕

😷 My first reusable facemask

I got my way-too-expensive, but hopefully useful for a long, long while, reusable facemask from Tom Bihn delivered today. I feel a little silly buying it, considering we still have a stack of disposable facemasks left, and they started showing up in stores around here (finally) a couple weeks ago. That said, I feel like we will be wearing facemasks—at least sometimes—for a long, long time.