2021-12-07: My wife and I had parent-teacher conferences with my daughter’s teachers. My daughter is doing great …

2021-12-07: 🎵 I’m enjoying “The Weeknd Essentials” playlist while I work this morning. I have learned to …

2021-12-07: I wonder what specifically happened this week to make “web3” a topic on every tech news site and …

2021-12-06: ⌨️ My expensive Planck EZ keyboard with the broken LEDs is being replaced with a new one. The …

2021-12-05: My main (or only) contribution to gift-giving for my kids this holiday season My main (or only) contribution to gift-giving for my kids this holiday season was a biggie: I bought …

2021-12-05: Feeling dispirited I had a couple dispiriting meetings toward the end of the week that killed the enthusiasm I had for …

2021-12-04: A Hanukkah COVID exposure scare In the middle of our Hanukkah celebration tonight my wife got a text that informed us that our son …

2021-12-04: The elliptical machine and the treadmill stand proudly in my basement like dusty monuments from a …

2021-12-03: Tonight I fell asleep in my chair in front of my whole family. I have officially become my dad. 😅

2021-12-02: Success Today, after almost two months of not having any usable time work on it, I finished coding the …

2021-12-01: Final revision Today I made my final revision to the article I wrote for my company newsletter. It is an article …

2021-12-01: ⌨️ I have been walking through the troubleshooting steps that ZSA customer support sent me, but …

2021-12-01: I am starting to miss coding in Swift every day. I must get back to it.

2021-12-01: 🎮 I bought myself a ton of Nintendo Switch games that were on sale for Black Friday and Cyber …

2021-11-30: Hanukkah is a great holiday, but does it have to be eight nights in a row? It’s night three and I am …

2021-11-29: I swapped the keyswitches on my Planck EZ and now the per-key LED lighting does not work at all. I …

2021-11-27: I will be driving most of the day. Thanksgiving is over and now I am looking forward to Hanukkah, …

2021-11-26: Stephen Sondheim Stephen Sondheim died today. The world has lost a titan. My wife and I were lucky enough to see him …

2021-11-25: I finished the article I was writing last night just in time for Thanksgiving. I am relieved and …

2021-11-24: Trying to land the plane Right now I am trying to finish the article I am writing for my company newsletter. At turns I love …

2021-11-24: My day was actually really good. My mom and I had a nice time together on the long car ride from her …

2021-11-23: I am driving to Connecticut tonight to pick up my mom and bring her back tomorrow for Thanksgiving. …

2021-11-22: My car cat The oddest thing happened to me today. My neighbor texted me this morning saying that she heard a …

2021-11-21: My wife and I went grocery shopping together (without the kids), for the first time since my …

2021-11-20: This is my handiwork for the night. Most of the kids’ Hanukkah presents are wrapped. 😮‍💨

2021-11-20: Writing to move forward…in my career After a week away from it, I finally sat down and wrote a little bit more of my article for my …

2021-11-19: A rebuilding year A real “rebuilding year” is when a sports team is broken down and reassembled, basically from …

2021-11-19: 🎵 I have listened to Adele’s new album, 30, about five times today. I’m into it!

2021-11-18: The Stevenote My wife teaches a public speaking course, and from time to time we talk about what examples of …

2021-11-17: I don’t journal anymore, and I think…”what am I hiding from myself?”

2021-11-17: 🎵 I can’t wait to listen to Adele’s upcoming album, 30, which is coming out on the 19th. I have been …

2021-11-17: My wife and I brought her car into the dealer tonight because its passenger-side-mirror …

2021-11-17: 🎮 Shantae I started playing Shantae on the Game Boy Color last night, and was blown away by its ambition and …

2021-11-17: I gave my presentation today. It went very well. It was all I achieved today, though. As soon as it …

2021-11-15: My next presentation for work is tomorrow morning. I am really looking forward to it. I think I …

2021-11-15: 🎮 I beat Metroid Zero Mission tonight. It is a fun game, and much better than the original game …

2021-11-14: How I try not to be rude when accidentally talking over someone at work When I cut somebody off in an online meeting, I now apologize to the person I spoke over and say …

2021-11-14: Why do Americans work so hard? Two reasons: Culture. The Puritan work ethic is one of the foundations of our culture, and has been …

2021-11-13: Instant Pot beef stew update My Instant Pot beef stew came out very well. I didn’t use a recipe; otherwise I would share it. I …

2021-11-13: Instant Pot beef stew I’m attempting to cook a beef stew in the Instant Pot right now. I’m not sure if it will …

2021-11-13: 🎵 Red (Taylor’s Version) One thing I didn’t expect when listening to Taylor Swift’s honest-to-goodness money-grab …

2021-11-13: 🎮 I am enjoying my retro handheld very much. Yesterday I played through Super Mario Land for the …

2021-11-12: I don’t know what I want for Hanukkah or Christmas. I feel like I’m letting down the people in my …

2021-11-11: I learned that I can actually do something about my awful, monolithic office furniture setup I have a corner desk that is connected to a second, straight desk, which looks really cool, but is a …

2021-11-10: Genius In college, one of my humanities professors, Prof. Klein, told me that genius is being able to look …

2021-11-09: Sharing presentations One fun thing I did with my daughter tonight is to compare the slide decks we are developing. I’m …

2021-11-09: Time to bail I have been writing for an hour and forty five minutes tonight and have come up with, maybe, one …

2021-11-09: One of my coworkers called me today and, before talking about business, he praised me for my …

2021-11-09: 🎵 Cool jazz This is my music find of the week. I asked my Amazon Echo speaker to play “cool music” while I was …

2021-11-08: Writing for three hours at night sure makes me hungry. It’s nearly 11 PM. Do I risk eating a snack …

2021-11-08: Inflation and stock market highs One of the disheartening but more interesting things you learn in business school is that most of …

2021-11-07: 📺 The Americans My wife and I started watching The Americans this weekend. We stumbled upon it when browsing Amazon …

2021-11-06: Why I have been playing so many video games lately Looking back on last week, I played a lot of video games. A lot more than usual actually. It’s a …

2021-11-05: 🎮 I finally beat Metroid Dread! I thought it would be impossible, but I persevered. What a cool …

2021-11-05: My daughter got her first COVID-19 vaccine today. I am grateful that she will be fully vaccinated …

2021-11-05: 🎵 Best of You Do I like Foo Fighters now? Today I’m loving when their tracks come up on my randomized Apple Music …

2021-11-05: 🎮 25 years late to Pokémon My retro handheld, perhaps understandably but not by design, has become a dedicated Pokémon machine. …

2021-11-04: 🎮 Giving Up on Raven Beak I may never beat _Metroid Dread_’s final boss, Raven Beak. I’m just not fast enough on the …

2021-11-03: The New Jersey governor’s election is certainly a nail-biter! Maybe Phil Murphy will pull out …

2021-11-02: New Jersey Polls If, after enjoying double-digit leads in Monmouth University and Fairleigh Dickinson polls last …

2021-11-02: I’m working on an article for my company newsletter right now, and it feels like I am just pushing …

2021-11-02: Election Day It is Election Day today in New Jersey. Everyone in my family voted early, by mail (as it should …

2021-11-01: Sen. Manchin says he's not ready to back Biden's $1.75 trillion budget package Barbara Sprunt reports for NPR today: Sen. Joe Manchin has announced he cannot yet support the …

2021-10-31: I carved a happy jack o’lantern this Halloween.

2021-10-31: Double chocolate cupcakes for Halloween.

2021-10-31: 🎃 Lots to do today for Halloween! We’re making cupcakes (my kids can’t eat much candy due to …

2021-10-30: You are not how others perceive you In America, we could all unite politically, but only if we all decided to be Republicans. That is …

2021-10-29: A vaccination, blood test, and an MRI all in one 24-hour period was too much for me. 😮‍💨

2021-10-28: Today I watched some videos from Great Art Explained on YouTube. The videos on Van Gogh’s The Starry …

2021-10-28: I just got my Moderna booster shot. They are in such demand that CVS called me and asked me to come …

2021-10-28: I have completed the New York Times crossword puzzle every day for years, but for some reason I …

2021-10-27: 🎵 I listened to Lana Del Ray’s new album, Blue Banisters today, plus a new single by Beach Bunny, …

2021-10-26: On the divine right of kings One thing I certainly do not believe in is the divine right of kings. When considering why this is, …

2021-10-25: Sex education, but not the TV show this time The latest controversy in my area is another type of fight between conservative parent activist …

2021-10-25: I have been working all evening on my InsurTech presentation and totally blew through my …

2021-10-23: I'm voting by mail from now on I mailed in my request for a mail-in ballot for all future elections. (My state has an off-year …

2021-10-23: My daughter’s iPad wont take system updates because over a third of its storage space is taken …

2021-10-22: I have been loving the new Metroid game and it has been kicking my ass. 😂 It is the toughest and …

2021-10-22: I was so tired this afternoon that i couldn’t talk good (er…) and stuff at my last …

2021-10-22: 💉💪 I scheduled my COVID-19 booster shot appointment. I hope to be able to vaccinate my kids soon, …

2021-10-21: Saying something old, but saying it better I have thought so many Big Thoughts about the InsurTech presentation I am working on that I have …

2021-10-20: 🎮 Starting out with retro gaming I spent some time today trying to set up my new Retro handheld gaming system. I flashed ArkOS on it …

2021-10-19: A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance This video from University of California Television hit close to home (literally) for me: Follow a …

2021-10-18: The new MacBook Pros…wow! Today’s new MacBook Pro models are the first in a very long time that seem too …

2021-10-18: 🎮 I ordered a retro handheld 😅 I was very excited early this month for the release of Metroid Dread so I watched a bunch of videos …

2021-10-17: Working on my slide deck, in the zone I have been diligently working on my InsurTech webinar slide deck this evening. I was so locked in …

2021-10-16: Popularism I learned about something new today from three separate podcasts I listened to, and a New York Times …

2021-10-15: Breaking things down I have tons of different “extra-curricular” projects right now, mostly for my job, but also to …

2021-10-14: An InsurTech webinar Tonight I started preparing a slide deck for a presentation on the topic of InsurTech that I, and a …

2021-10-13: Cake day It’s my birthday today. My in-laws bought me dinner and my wife baked and decorated a delicious …

2021-10-12: I fixed my office ergonomics and ruined everything else A few weeks ago, prompted by a flare-up or RSI pain in my wrists and forearms, I moved my keyboard …

2021-10-11: Sex Education My wife and I have been watching Sex Education season three. True to its title, the show actually …

2021-10-10: In Praise of Folly One of the more memorable books I read in college was assigned to me in comparative literature …

2021-10-09: ⌨️ Keybr I have been practicing typing on Colemak-DH on my Planck keyboard regularly all week, after a two …

2021-10-09: ISO 2145 I never knew there was an ISO standard for numbering document sections. I kind of love it and kind …

2021-10-09: Metroid Dread is really fun. I spent a couple hours on it last night. It is really fun. It is weird …

2021-10-08: 🎮 Metroid Dread My copy of Metroid Dread was just delivered. I am so excited to play it, but I’m not sure when I’ll …

2021-10-07: A boring dystopia One of my favorite subreddit names is “a boring dystopia”. It is certainly not one of my favorite …

2021-10-06: Breakthrough! After hours of struggle last night on an automation project I am doing for work, I had a …

2021-10-05: Why did I let that in? This morning, I just had to click on a news story about somebody’s kid who tragically died of COVID. …

2021-10-04: Tough conversations My daughter learned about slavery and the Civil War today in school. We talked about both—mostly …

2021-10-03: Don’t mistake domain-specific knowledge for intellect. While you’re at it, don’t compare yourself to …

2021-10-02: Gratitude Today, to thank my in-laws for all the help they give to my family (which is a lot), I cooked them a …

2021-10-02: You are not your work I have two seemingly conflicting ideas in my mind right now: You are what you do. You are not your …

2021-10-01: The story is less important than the telling Today I listened to a lecture that Stephen Fry gave to Nokia Bell Labs a few years ago. He told …

2021-09-30: Perfectionism, or why I blog now One reason I decided to publish something (even something short, as long as it is creative) to a …

2021-09-29: Sense memory Every year, when the air starts to get chilly, I flash back to this sense memory: I am four years …

2021-09-28: Material obsessions I have two collections that I love but cannot justify: high-end headphones (each is sub-$500, but …

2021-09-27: ⌨️ I got back to practicing Colemak-DH typing this evening. I am still not great at it, but I …

2021-09-27: What do people actually do a work all day? I have worked from home for more than half of my career. I’m no stranger to working in an office, …

2021-09-26: I am nearing 2,000 posts on my micro.blog, which is about 1,950 more posts than I have made on any …

2021-09-26: A Chemical Hunger I have been fascinated by this anonymously published paper/series of articles about the obesity …

2021-09-25: I’m not great at weekends. Today I did too many chores, then did way too little of anything, and ended up eating too much ice …

2021-09-24: ⌨️ An update on my Colemak-DH experiment I have temporarily stopped practicing on, or changing to, the ColeMak-DH keyboard layout. I haven’t …

2021-09-24: Yesterday at work I was asked to give a status update on my team’s status call, which is a Webex. I …

2021-09-24: I played too much Scott Pilgrim vs. the World this week, and have been rewarded with wrist pain in …

2021-09-23: The tree service my wife and I hired accidentally severed the internet connection cable outside my …

2021-09-22: 🎮 “First you were ve-gone, but now you will be gone.” On a whim this weekend I purchased the beat ‘em up game Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World for the Nintendo …

2021-09-21: Writing for other people I have been busily writing a bunch of stuff for other people this week. First there were work papers …

2021-09-21: Two of my wife’s students went home today because they came to school with COVID. We’re doing great. …

2021-09-21: “He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.“—Swedish proverb.

2021-09-20: The conservative mindset I characterize the mindset of American conservatives—specifically the ones who are blasé or …

2021-09-19: Parenting is indeed a verb I have been emotionally exhausted from all the deep conversations I’ve been having with my daughter …

2021-09-18: I do this every day On Thursday I embarked on an ambitious project related to my job. I am writing a white paper based …

2021-09-18: 📺 I, for one, thought that yesterday’s divisive Coach Beard dark-night-of-the-soul episode of Ted …

2021-09-17: The importance of a classical education Viewing this wonderful lecture on the importance of a classical education made me wonder if I had, …

2021-09-16: Move slow and fix things.

2021-09-16: Grace is accepting others’ limitations. Humility is accepting your own.

2021-09-15: Incremental improvement I think all the products Apple announced this week are great. I am tired of hearing that some people …

2021-09-15: I have been working at a more measured pace to increase accuracy at work. Hope no one notices in a …

2021-09-15: Wisdom is neither quickness nor intellect. It is seeing the world how it really is.

2021-09-14: I learned yet another horrible thing today that I wished weren’t true According to the superintendent of schools, some parents in my town are sending their children to …

2021-09-13: What I am dealing with now that school is back in session My daughter has been in school three days so far this school year. Every school day, our entire …

2021-09-13: I need laundry folding TV I can’t clean my office because I’m too busy to do anything with it all day, even though I am …

2021-09-12: Pasta party On Saturday, my nine-year-old daughter hosted a pasta party for the family that she had been …

2021-09-12: A good skill to know in case society collapses I got my first job when I was sixteen. I was a dishwasher at a restaurant for about half of summer. …

2021-09-11: ⌨️ Chording I have just started to use my new Planck keyboard for work for a short, short time each day. It has …

2021-09-10: ⌨️ Shifting One challenge with the Planck that I did not anticipate is that I have trouble hitting the (little) …

2021-09-09: ⌨️ Chunking I have been typing more and more each day with the Colemak-DH layout on my new Planck keyboard. I …

2021-09-08: Lost sleep Tomorrow is my daughter’s first day of school—in-person school—since March 2020. Thinking about the …

2021-09-07: Another humbling thought We are all replaceable. That is written into our biology. Our social and economic structures reflect …

2021-09-07: Humbling thoughts You don’t have to be smart to be right. Just because you are smart doesn’t mean you’re right.

2021-09-06: Rosh Hashanah L’Shana tova for all those who celebrate. Let’s hope for a better year ahead.

2021-09-05: Bias doesn’t make sense. That’s why it is bias. When I was in business school, back in the early aughts, I did a team presentation project on the …

2021-09-04: Teaching YA Lit in High School English Class In the 1990s, the old guard of educators—mainly white men like Harold Bloom—decried the decline and …

2021-09-03: I am proud of my wife today After getting very upset at our daughter’s elementary school’s plan for lax COVID safety protocols …

2021-09-03: I didn’t get everything I wanted to do done this week. I’m OK with that. Life intervened. Stressful …

2021-09-03: I am trying a new keyboard layout, Colemak DH, and have switched around keys and reprogrammed the …

2021-09-02: COVID mask mandate temperature exceptions make a mask requirements a joke My daughter’s elementary school will not require masks if the outside temperature is 75°F or over. …

2021-09-01: Vulnerability Vulnerability is a new ideal masculine trait. Being open, honest about, and comfortable with your …

2021-08-31: The philosopher next door When I was in college, I longed not to be learned but to be wise. I was learning rapidly, and …

2021-08-30: I have a voice but nothing to say I can write. I always could. In high school, I wrote cogently and forcefully, like someone who read …

2021-08-29: Full Decaf My caffeine experiment is almost at its end. For the past week, I have only drunk decaffeinated …

2021-08-28: Oryx, Wally, and Planck Today I started flashing custom layouts to my new Planck EZ keyboard. It runs QMK firmware, but the …

2021-08-27: What do you do? I help people. I always used to dread meeting new people. They always asked “what do you do?” And what I do (for …

2021-08-27: 📺 Ted Lasso Season 2 Isn’t In A Slump, It’s Headed For A Breakdown: This is a great …

2021-08-26: We stayed at the beach until it got dark tonight, which was a first for us. We like to go at dinner …

2021-08-26: Work has become stressful again. I don’t have enough time to do everything I have to do—not …

2021-08-25: Colemak I have started to learn the Colemak keyboard layout on my new ortholinear keyboard. Colemak is a …

2021-08-24: A COVID vaccine for under-12 kids cannot come soon enough. It looks like Pfizer is a few months …

2021-08-24: My birthday present arrived a couple months early: a Planck EZ 40% ortholinear keyboard. Please …

2021-08-23: The reason we should study literature In college, I studied literature. What I learned about literature is that history, religion, and …

2021-08-22: It doesn’t matter if it’s good. It matters that it’s yours. When I was in high school, I was a guitar teacher. I was probably a terrible guitar teacher, but it …

2021-08-21: Controls To err is human. To forgive, divine. But to have a good chance to detect and correct mistakes, you …

2021-08-20: Drip, drip, drip After over twenty years as a coffee drinker, I am now the owner of a drip coffee maker for the first …

2021-08-19: Quarter Decaf Last night I told my wife I was going to go entirely to decaffeinated coffee starting today. After …

2021-08-18: Presenting Today I, along with a small team, gave the biggest presentation I’ve done in years: a webinar for my …

2021-08-17: 📚 Dubliners I read James Joyce’s classic short story collection, Dubliners, while I was on my vacation. I read …

2021-08-16: Background music and Endel Sometimes when I’m working, I want music playing, but I don’t really know what I want to listen to, …

2021-08-16: Today is my first day back at work after my vacation. I have found that, now that I consume less …

2021-08-15: After thinking about it quite a bit (too much really) I ordered a 4-pack of Apple AirTags. I think …

2021-08-15: My wife and I are unpacking and cleaning house after our time away from home. I always need this …

2021-08-14: My day will be all about packing and driving, and a visiting my mom for a little while, too.

2021-08-13: Half-decaf I have been lowering my caffeine intake over the past month or so. While I don’t drink that much …

2021-08-12: I am at the point I my vacation where I am contemplating how I can be a better person after I return …

2021-08-12: I am not able to attend Micro.camp due to vacation travel-related reasons. I wish everyone the best. …

2021-08-11: This afternoon at Burns Lake in Whitefield, New Hampshire.

2021-08-11: Lake Winnipesaukee is a fun, low-key place. We spent an afternoon there with some old friends …

2021-08-10: I’m driving to Lake Winnipesaukee today. We are going to see one of my wife’s college friends who we …

2021-08-09: Lies I tell myself, vacation edition One of the lies I told myself when I packed for vacation is that I would spend more time writing and …

2021-08-08: Today’s activity was blueberry picking at a nearby farm. My kids really loved it. We have a ton of …

2021-08-07: We found a new lunch spot today at Moore Resevoir, and had a conversation about the Connecticut …

2021-08-06: We spent the afternoon at Echo Lake in Franconia State Park. It is a great place for the kids to …

2021-08-05: Here is a view of “our lake” in New Hampshire. We spent the afternoon there a couple days ago. The …

2021-08-04: Monuments to a Loser, or the Second Lost Cause One frequent and inescapable sight on the rural roads of New Hampshire is the Trump campaign sign. …

2021-08-03: The Old Man of the Mountain My family’s plans for a picnic lunch and an afternoon of swimming at Echo Lake, in Franconia State …

2021-08-02: Beaver Brook Falls Today I drove the family to a tiny park in northern New Hampshire that consisted of a picnic area, a …

2021-08-02: It’s day three of my vacation and my sleep schedule is already completely messed up. 😬

2021-08-01: A low-key day in Littleton, NH After a sunny, exciting day at the fair, today was overcast, cool, and low-key. We took the kids to …

2021-07-31: The North Haverhill Fair My family and I very much enjoyed the North Haverhill fair today. We had perfect weather, and I …

2021-07-31: Somebody please tell me I don’t need a $245 ortholinear 40% keyboard! 😱

2021-07-31: My vacation starts today. My family is going to the North Haverhill fair in New Hampshire. We always …

2021-07-30: 📚 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man I read James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man this week. I approached it in nearly …

2021-07-29: Procrastination Procrastination is just a fancy word for avoidance. Socially, it is acceptable to procrastinate. …

2021-07-28: Who here wouldn’t want to buy a “I’m really big on Micro.blog” T-shirt? 😀

2021-07-28: My wife took this picture while I was working today. I missed a beautiful day at the lake. …

2021-07-27: One syllable An exchange between myself and my wife, about someone else we know: Her: It’s hard to say no to her. …

2021-07-26: Back to Feedly (for now) I have given up on Reeder 5’s native RSS feed handling with sync via iCloud. I had expected my …

2021-07-25: The Work-ation It’s a uniquely American thing, I have read, to work while on vacation. I have had to, as recently …

2021-07-25: The Lie I missed David Rothkopf’s article, “We Still Won’t Admit Why So Many People Believe the Big Lie” …

2021-07-24: Apple to Pull 'iDOS 2' DOS Emulator From App Store I am neither surprised or disappointed by Apple’s impending pull of “iDOS 2” from the App Store. The …

2021-07-24: The Cleveland Guardians I like the new name of Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team. I think the team’s old name, the …

2021-07-23: Tonight I learned my son has a LinkedIn profile. What’s more, he works for Microsoft. My son is four …

2021-07-23: My family is at the county fair this evening. It is a little hot but we are having a fun time. The …

2021-07-23: I’m going to be driving most of the day tomorrow, so, via Ulysses, I’m scheduling tomorrow’s blog …

2021-07-23: Playdate Panic’s bright yellow pocket game system, the Playdate, looks cheerful and cute. I want one, plus …

2021-07-22: What Lies Beneath Ted Lasso Elizabeth Nelson wrote the best, most accurate take on Ted Lasso (the character) that I have ever …

2021-07-21: The double-entry bookkeeping system and the tyranny of spreadsheets If there is one thing I would like my kids to learn from me, it is that one of the greatest, most …

2021-07-20: Call a spade a spade When I was a kid writing essays for school, I always peppered my writing with big, fancy words in …

2021-07-20: My new grill was delivered today, but it arrived damaged and I had to refuse it. No grilled …

2021-07-19: Love is an action you must repeat ceaselessly. I read this quote years ago in a novel called The Gargoyle that fundamentally changed my life: Love …

2021-07-18: You are the story you tell to yourself. Make it a good one.

2021-07-18: Today we are going to a family birthday party, then restocking the fridge for a week’s worth of …

2021-07-17: Failure is a great teacher, but it is not the only teacher. It is popular now to lionize failure. Both fictional stories (thematically) and nonfictional …

2021-07-16: The Coddling of the American Mind I think about education a lot, not only because I have kids, but also because my wife is a high …

2021-07-15: The Steam Deck The Steam Deck looks fantastic. It’s like a Nintendo Switch for Steam games. Considering I wrestled …

2021-07-15: Going back to the classics I have been having a lot of trouble finding books that excite me lately. Over the past month, I read …

2021-07-14: Winget I decided to upgrade my Windows laptop to Windows 11 yesterday. It was an awful slog, replete with …

2021-07-13: Too Smart I enjoyed reading Morgan Housel’s blog post on the Collaborate Fund blog. The ideas in the post are …

2021-07-12: The nuclear option, or how I gave up completely (on my music library) 🎵 💣 💥 I have been an Apple Music subscriber from the service’s very first day. I was an iTunes Match …

2021-07-11: You Really Need to Quit Twitter I saw this article by Caitlin Flanagan on Om Malik’s blog. It’s a …

2021-07-11: Preference vs. duty What you would prefer to do isn’t the same as what you would be willing to do. I think that …

2021-07-10: The cake I made for my wife today came out tasty but a little messy. I am wildly inconsistent when …

2021-07-09: After ten years of service, my gas grill rusted out to such an extent that it is unusable. I thought …

2021-07-09: Pfizer says it's time for a Covid booster; FDA and CDC say not so fast Maggie Fox of CNN reports: Hours after Pfizer issued its statement, the FDA and Centers for Disease …

2021-07-08: Transloader: A remote control downloader for iOS and macOS I learned about the app Transloader thanks to a MacStories article that popped up in my RSS feed …

2021-07-08: I have a bunch of half-finished blog posts lying around, but not enough time to spruce any of them …

2021-07-07: Just be yourself...or not When I was in fourth grade, my family moved to the town across the river. The move was not …

2021-07-06: The hourglass Life experience has a definite shape to it. Time isn’t a straight line. It’s a funnel. Well, really, …

2021-07-05: What does America mean to me? I find myself thinking this, on the fifth of July, after enduring with fusillade after fusillade of …

2021-07-04: What I’m looking for in an open source project repo When the Micro.blog client apps were open-sourced, I reviewed the Github repos for the two I use …

2021-07-04: Reading the news is a waste of time On Thursday I configured NextDNS to block (for my personal devices only) news.google.com. Google …

2021-07-03: Some of my neighbors appear to have town-sized budgets for their Independence Day fireworks …

2021-07-02: On open-sourcing the Micro.blog client apps This week @manton open-sourced the iOS and macOS Micro.blog apps. I think that is a great move in …

2021-07-01: My carpal tunnel flared up so much today that I won’t be writing a proper blog post. 😕

2021-06-30: On bullies, or why I have character I often joke with people that I am not as nice as my wife is. It’s a self-deprecating remark, but I …

2021-06-29: The Cut I have recently finished crafting a slideshow, and writing a talk to go with it, that is the best …

2021-06-28: De-camped One of the difficulties my family has had due to the pandemic is finding a suitable summer camp …

2021-06-27: I keep eyeing the AirPods Max listing on Amazon. The price is dropping below $500 now. They don’t …

2021-06-27: I cleaned out my closet today, which is both exhilarating and depressing. So many clothes to get rid …

2021-06-25: We visited the beach tonight and really enjoyed it. Sunset is my favorite time there.

2021-06-25: Trying to change my mindset My work week has overflowed with head-desk moments, turnarounds, and setbacks. It has been …

2021-06-24: All speech is persuasive speech My wife teaches speech, debate, and dramatic arts to high school students. I love it when she asks …

2021-06-23: “Real artists ship”; or, at what point did I lose my nerve? “Real artists ship.” Steve Jobs said that to motivate the Macintosh team in 1983. It’s a statement …

2021-06-23: I just had to reboot my iPad due to some wonkiness. I wonder when iOS/iPadOS 15 developer beta 2 …

2021-06-22: 📺 My wife and I watched the first episode of Hacks tonight and thought it was a hoot. The writing is …

2021-06-22: 🎧 I turned on the crazy hi-res audio settings on my Mac tonight. I want to justify why I have an …

2021-06-22: Why do we begin emails with “Dear so-and-so”? I write a lot of email at work. Almost every one I write starts with “Hi, <name>.” It seems …

2021-06-21: I finally got a Prime Day Deal, but it was from Best Buy I picked up a Product (RED) Apple Watch 6 at Best Buy for my wife for a great price. Her Apple Watch …

2021-06-21: Ted Lasso Season 2: Is it going to be…too cute? Ted Lasso season 2 has unexpectedly huge shoes to fill. I have not been heartened by either of the …

2021-06-21: The bad guy thinks he’s the good guy One of the best lessons that literature has taught me is that the bad guy thinks he’s the good guy. …

2021-06-20: I think this is the best Father’s Day I have ever had. I think the work I put into being a better …

2021-06-20: As of right now, I am very glad that, twelve months ago, I bought the extra temples for my …

2021-06-20: I don’t think my Father’s Day post made it to the M.B. timeline for some reason. Here it is.

2021-06-20: Problems and questions: a Father’s Day post I am teaching my daughter how to solve problems. Math problems. I find or think up challenging math …

2021-06-19: Father's Day Blanket I already know that one of my Father’s Day presents is a nice warm L.L. Bean blanket. …

2021-06-19: It looks like someone stole my credit card info again. Fortunately, I was able to lock the account …

2021-06-18: This is me showing up Seth Godin says that everyone should have a blog. Moreover, everyone who has a blog should blog …

2021-06-17: I hit a technical snag at work that is absolutely killing me right now. The first step in fixing it, …

2021-06-16: The UIKit Date Picker 😠 Last night I became unreasonably upset that UIKit does not let me use an inline date picker (the …

2021-06-15: One my my heart’s dull aches is my memory of driving up the Maine coastline with my parents every …

2021-06-15: Pipeline Investigation Upends Idea That Bitcoin Is Untraceable Nicole Perlroth, Erin Griffith and Katie Benner report, in The New York Times, on how the Justice …

2021-06-13: I wish I could be more methodical at work, but my stupid, whimsical mood is hard to overcome. I get …

2021-06-12: We are going (in person) to a (real) birthday party today, for the first time in…oh, never mind. …

2021-06-11: I’m installing the Xcode 13 beta on my new Mac mini and I’m installing iOS 15 developer …

2021-06-11: My wife and I had only time enough to watch the opening number in In the Heights so far. We …

2021-06-11: This is turning out to be a terrible year for Apple device spending for my family. I had to buy my …

2021-06-10: I had forgotten that Apple said Siri will operate on-device starting in iOS 15. Tom’s Guide says it …

2021-06-10: I can’t get enough articles about the In the Heights movie. Vulture has a fascinating one about how …

2021-06-09: Many People Have a Vivid ‘Mind’s Eye,’ While Others Have None at All I have been following stories about aphantasia with interest because I am 99% sure I have it. Carl …

2021-06-09: I am looking forward to watching Loki tonight or later this week. Truth be told, it is the Disney+ …

2021-06-09: I have been listening to Apple Music’s “Made for Spatial Audio” tracks all morning with my external …

2021-06-08: I am appreciating the lossless tracks on Apple Music. I probably don’t have the ears to actually …

2021-06-08: You can change the Windows 10 mouse cursor color?! I discovered today that Windows 10 lets you change your mouse cursor’s color as well as its size. …

2021-06-08: 🔥 Climate change 🔥 My region’s climate has changed significantly in my lifetime, and, seemingly to me, more quickly …

2021-06-08: Oh, cool: Apple Music’s lossless audio quality tier is now live. Check out iOS Settings > Music …

2021-06-07: Huh. No new hardware was announced at WWDC. I can’t wait to hear hot takes about that all this week …

2021-06-07: I’m looking forward to watching WWDC while thinking about the last virtual conference I attended, …

2021-06-06: 🎬 My daughter and I watched Raya and the Last Dragon this afternoon, partly because it is too hot to …

2021-06-05: 🎬 I rewatched Wall-E today with my daughter and enjoyed it even more than the first time I saw it.

2021-06-04: I have one hour to work on important stuff right now, and here I am, looking at my Micro.blog …

2021-06-03: It’s my third day of attending a virtual conference. I have seen too many presentations in a row, …

2021-06-02: I am feeling much better about the slide deck I am creating for a data calls talk that I and my team …

2021-06-02: We had a one-second power outage in my neighborhood two nights in a row, after 11:00 PM. I can’t …

2021-06-01: I have been attending a virtual conference most of the day today. Technically, today is the …

2021-06-01: Boycott all the sports press conferences! I am sympathetic to Naomi Osaka’s mental health-based arguments for skipping press events during the …

2021-05-30: 🎮 I started another run at Hollow Knight after quite a while away from it. I have missed a step or …

2021-05-29: ‘60s pop like The Four Seasons sounds great from the tiny, terrible, mono Amazon Echo speaker in my …

2021-05-29: I’m spending this rainy morning listening to jazz and reading The New Yorker.

2021-05-29: Burnout: Modern Affliction or Human Condition? I enjoyed Jill Lepore’s recent article on burnout in The New Yorker: Burnout is a combat …

2021-05-29: I have been very much into playing Good Sudoku again lately. I am trying to master its Pro level, …

2021-05-28: Today was a good day because I got to spend all morning outside with my kids, and because the family …

2021-05-28: Republicans Block Independent Commission on Jan. 6 Riot. It’s shameful. I don’t think we need an …

2021-05-28: Micro Camp sounds like it will be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I’ll be traveling during it, so I …

2021-05-28: I am on Zyrtec, so I don’t get many allergy symptoms anymore, but I think this is the longest and …

2021-05-28: I have the day off to spend with the kids today. 😀

2021-05-27: The washing machine is installed and running an empty load as a test. After that, it will be deluged …

2021-05-27: I am waiting for a new washing machine to be delivered to my house. Let’s just say that my family …

2021-05-27: I don’t drink that much coffee each day, but I missed my afternoon caffeine dose yesterday and felt …

2021-05-24: 🎵 I love the new Bleachers single “Stop Making this Hurt.”

2021-05-24: I just learned that I get Friday off as a “bonus holiday” before Memorial Day. Now my schedule is in …

2021-05-22: I actually achieved all my objectives at work this week. I am still floored by that! 😅

2021-05-22: It is starting to get hot outside and it is not even June yet.

2021-05-20: Apple support came through for me again this evening. I brought in my iPad Air 4, which appeared to …

2021-05-20: Plasticity of Mind, or Lack Thereof This week, I programmed for many, many hours. Often when I do this, while I wait for builds to …

2021-05-20: Lossless Music Discussion on ATP Podcast The latest episode of Accidental Tech Podcast has a great discussion about lossless music, which is …

2021-05-20: I am a little too excited to be getting Office 365 installed on my work laptop tomorrow. I have been …

2021-05-20: I am going to try to not do any programming today. It has been a huge part of my job lately, and I …

2021-05-20: This morning I decided to add one more feature to the app I’m developing for work. Twelve hours of …

2021-05-19: Google wants to build a useful quantum computer by 2029. If it does, I’m sure it will cancel the …

2021-05-18: I look forward to reading the 2021 M1 iMac reviews later, even though I will likely never buy that …

2021-05-18: WebEx has virtual backgrounds?! A software update at work pushed out the virtual backgrounds feature for WebEx. Since my home …

2021-05-17: I’m up late coding. I have been up late coding many nights in a row now. I’m trying to get some of …

2021-05-17: I did not have to wait long for the Apple Music announcement to drop.

2021-05-17: Apple Music can release its rumored lossless tier any minute now. I’m waiting with my best …

2021-05-03: Debugged! Phew! I finally fixed a bug that bedeviled me for days. (Well, nights, because it is in my hobby …

2021-05-02: My daughter and I made some flower cookies to celebrate the lovely spring day.

2021-05-01: Is a higher-quality Apple Music tier on the way? I hope so. I am a sucker for lossless codecs, even though I probably can’t hear the difference …

2021-04-30: Apple is Poised to Lose its Antitrust Battle I think that Apple is going to lose whatever antitrust cases are eventually brought against it in …

2021-04-30: I have been using SQL for 25 years and I just learned today that SELECT [...] FROM Table1, Table2 is …

2021-04-30: I unblocked Reddit.com earlier this week because the domain keeps coming up in tech question-related …

2021-04-29: ⌨️ Durgod Zeus Engine Upgrade To my complete surprise, I discovered today that Durgod released an update to their keyboard …

2021-04-29: Report: Apple’s M2 chips may launch as soon as July 2021 Napier Lopez reports in The Next Web: Apple only just released its new iMacs featuring the …

2021-04-29: I am very conservative about cities re-opening too soon, considering the pandemic has not ended. But …

2021-04-29: 🎵 I’m going to lean into my New Jersey-ness today and listen to a ton of Bruce Springsteen. First …

2021-04-28: I did really well at my presentation today. Practicing over and over definitely paid off. The talk I …

2021-04-28: Microsoft is changing the default Office font and wants your help to pick a new one Per Tom Warren In The Verge: Microsoft is changing its default Office font next year and wants …

2021-04-28: I’m rehearsing for an online presentation to my entire company later this morning. I feel good about …

2021-04-27: 🎵 I think it is cool that Counting Crows is releasing a new album next month. It has been seven …

2021-04-26: I’ve been coding a lot over the past week. I’m coding right now. I’m taking the …

2021-04-26: Laughably, for no good reason, seeing a bunch of bad takes on new Apple products last week sapped my …

2021-04-19: The Sequence 🎮 Yesterday I decided to re-play a game I loved a few years ago called [The Sequence]. It is a puzzle …

2021-04-18: Fez 🎮 I am delighted that I discovered a video game that is new to the Nintendo Switch, but not at all new …

2021-04-16: The shooting likely lasted one or two minutes. I am unsettled today by yet another mass shooting in my country. It seems like not a day goes by …

2021-04-16: iPhone 13 mini could be the last 'mini' iPhone, says Kuo Stephen Warwick reports in iMore: Kuo says that next year Apple will drop the 5.4-inch model and …

2021-04-15: My First NuGet Package Last night, I published my first NuGet package: TodoTxt.Library. It is a code library meant to help …

2021-04-14: I filed my taxes and now I can spend my after-work time on more productive things again.

2021-04-13: Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 4 with choice of Intel or AMD processors Tom Warren’s article on The Verge caught my eye: Microsoft is refreshing its Surface lineup with …

2021-04-13: Siri Reveals Apple Event Planned for Tuesday, April 20 I’m assuming that somebody’s job, every day, is to wake up in the morning and ask Siri “When is the …

2021-04-13: I spent some time tonight working on my tax filing, and some time learning how to create and publish …

2021-04-12: I never would have predicted that in 2021 I would be using a text-mode file manager from the 1990s, …

2021-04-11: Tonight I published a huge update to the website for my first iOS app: SwiftoDo. What was once a one …

2021-04-10: I have been up way too late for the past three nights, because I am working on a website. I bet a …

2021-04-09: James Hoffman’s AeroPress video Last year when I was looking for something soothing to watch on YouTube, I came across James …

2021-04-09: Linux on the M1 Mac Mini The Linux kernel is gaining Apple M1 support. I have been wondering if, years from now, I can move …

2021-04-09: Relearning how to type without arrow keys Yesterday I turned off the tap layer on my Anne Pro 2 keyboard which is basically only for using Fn, …

2021-04-08: I both wish that I could give up coffee and that I could drink twelve cups of it a day. 🤷‍♂️

2021-04-06: My (first) failed attempt to flash QMK on my mechanical keyboard I wasted an hour last night trying to install QMK firmware on my work computer’s mechanical …

2021-04-06: 🎵 I’m listening to Gaslighter by The Chicks again today. It is one of my favorite albums of 2020. …

2021-04-05: Today I discovered that there is an open-source community creating a modern GUI file manager for …

2021-04-04: We are getting ready to go to the zoo today. It will be our first post-pandemic outing as a family …

2021-04-02: Today I made the mistake to look up someone I knew while I was in high school. I was reading an …

2021-04-02: Apple Arcade just got a huge update of new games, including some mobile classics As reported by Andrew Webster in The Verge: Apple’s gaming subscription service just got a massive …

2021-04-02: Fully vaccinated people may travel, CDC says As reported by Lena H. Sun and Lori Aratani in The Washington Post: Federal health officials gave …

2021-04-02: ⚾️ For the first time in over a year I have a baseball game on in the background as I work. I hope …

2021-04-01: Today I was very happy to find a command line todo.txt app that works on Windows.

2021-03-31: 📺 The Sopranos My wife and I started watching The Sopranos a few days ago, and we are hooked. Both of us watched …

2021-03-30: After a few evenings of work, I completed an update of my Simple Call Blocker app and submitted it …

2021-03-30: 🎵 I’m enjoying the new album, Obviously, by Lake Street Dive. I think, though, that if I heard …

2021-03-29: After a few days of work, I just published my new, Hugo-based website for one of my iOS apps: Simple …

2021-03-29: OpenAI’s text-generating system GPT-3 is now spewing out 4.5 billion words a day James Vincent reports in The Verge: The best-known AI text-generator is OpenAI’s GPT-3, which the …

2021-03-28: One inexplicable thing I discovered today was that the git repo for one of my iOS apps did not have …

2021-03-28: I am putting the finishing touches on the website I am rebuilding with Hugo. I hope to go live with …

2021-03-27: Today was mostly about family time and the Passover Seder. It was a great day.

2021-03-26: There is no perfect template—just pick one I stayed up late last night drafting a new, Hugo-driven version of one of my websites. I went from …

2021-03-25: The organizational rabbit hole This is a short, short version of what happened to me over the past week when I decided to get …

2021-03-25: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier 📺 I watched episode one of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier this week. It’s a show about two MCU …

2021-03-25: The menu key I was thinking about creating a training presentation to help my coworkers with keyboards shortcuts, …

2021-03-25: 🎵 “Canada’s Country”: I’ve been enjoying this laid-back playlist while I work. Honestly, I didn’t …

2021-03-24: People on LinkedIn still use a lot of #hashtags non-ironically. Who are they tagging content for?

2021-03-24: Does anybody know if scheduled posts, posted from Ulysses, show up in the timeline? I think my 1:00 …

2021-03-24: Zach Snyder’s Justice League I was not I initially interested at all in the Snyder Cut of Justice League but I ended up watching …

2021-03-24: Alt+F4 I have been using AutoHotKey for many years, and I never thought until today to map Windows+Q to …

2021-03-23: Intel invests $20 billion into new factories, will produce chips for other companies Chiam Gartenberg reports in The Verge: At the company’s “Engineering the Future” announcement …

2021-03-23: Seven mass shootings in seven days Josh Berlinger of CNN reports today that the Colorado attack is the 7th mass shooting in 7 days in …

2021-03-23: 🎧 on, and getting into the ⌨️ zone now. Maybe I shouldn’t have stayed up till 1:30 last night, but …

2021-03-23: Ulysses and Micro.blog It is amazing that Ulysses supports posting to Micro.blog now. I love the functionality, and its …

2021-03-22: I have been feeling behind at work, even though I am probably no more behind in my work than anyone …

2021-03-19: Regular Expressions App for macOS I was bummed to find out that my favorite regular expressions editor for the Mac, Oyster, completely …

2021-03-19: I deleted my LastPass account today. I have switched over to Bitwarden and love it.

2021-03-19: CDC Says Schools Can Now Space Students 3 Feet Apart, Rather Than 6 As Anya Kamenetz, Cory Turner, and Allison Aubrey report on the NPR website today: The Centers for …

2021-03-19: 🎵 I’m currently listening to Chemtrails over the Country Club by Lana Del Ray for the first time. I …

2021-03-19: Friday is time for Inbox Zero I have been an Inbox Zero guy since the early 2000s. Now I can’t keep up with my email; it comes in …

2021-03-18: I am investing some time trying to see if I could implement a Johnny Decimal system for my files at …

2021-03-18: Apple's new iPad Pro leaks ahead of rumored event Corinne Reichert and Stephen Shankland report in CNET: Apple will launch a series of new iPads in …

2021-03-17: Effective Presentations When it comes to creating effective PowerPoint presentations for work, my reach still exceeds my …

2021-03-16: 🎵 The Hold Steady’s latest album, Open Door Policy, is growing on me. I know reviewers love it, …

2021-03-16: Apple discontinues original HomePod, will focus on mini Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch reports: Apple has discontinued its original HomePod after four …

2021-03-15: The COVID-versary I guess, based on the occurrence of a President Biden speech, that this week marks the one-year …

2021-03-15: There was a brush fire yesterday not too far from where I live. Brush fires are incredibly rare …

2021-03-15: I’m probably being a climate-change alarmist right now, but I think we have never had such frequent …

2021-03-12: I have been well this week, but not in the blogging mood. I am working on gaining momentum now on …

2021-03-09: I am grateful that the weather has changed from snowy and blustery to warm and calm. I have been …

2021-03-09: 🎵 I loved all of the “Playlists from Visionary Women” that were front-and-center on Apple Music for …

2021-03-07: Aeterna Noctis This game looks 100% like a Hollow Knight rip-off, but maybe it will be the best Hollow Knight …

2021-03-06: I watched Frozen 2 again with my family today. We still could not really understand some of the …

2021-03-06: I really wanted an iMac Pro at one point. I was most excited about its cooling system, of all …

2021-03-06: 'This Is The Reality Of Black Girls': Inauguration Poet Says She Was Tailed By Guard Matthew S. Schwartz reports for NPR: To millions of people around the world, the young poet Amanda …

2021-03-06: Mermaid 🧜‍♀️ for flowcharts Tonight I learned about Mermaid, which is a plaintext markup language and renderer for creating …

2021-03-05: I realized today that part of my job is writing a short, really boring book about how I do my job. …

2021-03-05: Ulysses invited me back into their beta testing program, and now I can test direct publishing to …

2021-03-05: I’m setting up a new Celeron based mini PC. It came with Windows 10 Professional on it, which …

2021-03-04: Gen: Lock I watched “Gen:lock” over the past week. I was disappointed that it introduced a premise-breaking …

2021-03-04: Jay-Z sells majority stake in Tidal music streaming service to Jack Dorsey's Square Per Mark Sweeney in The Guardian: “Why would a music streaming company and a financial services …

2021-03-04: The first time I heard the term “NFT” was yesterday, and I’m already sick of it.

2021-03-03: I am grateful I received my COVID vaccine, but yesterday’s second dose has really knocked me for a …

2021-03-03: Google to Stop Selling Ads Based on Your Specific Web Browsing Sam Schechner and Keach Hagey report in The Wall Street Journal: Google plans to stop selling ads …

2021-03-03: Neera Tanden is Biden’s first Cabinet-level nominee to withdraw Ella Nilson at vox.com reports: But much of Tanden’s résumé was overshadowed by her proliferous …

2021-03-02: Today i will receive my second COVID-19 vaccine. I am excited to be so close to finished with the …

2021-02-27: Microsoft OneDrive iOS Files Integration 🙄 I just looked at the latest release notes (see picture). So that’s why I couldn’t save my files to …

2021-02-26: Having tons of meetings all the time is kind of killing my impulse to micro-blog. Perhaps it is …

2021-02-22: Programming has got me pulling my hair out today. There seems to be no good way to do the simple …

2021-02-22: Spotify’s new lossless tier isn’t enough to make me switch, but I would pay Apple more …

2021-02-21: I have come to the conclusion that the best way to automate moving data around in Excel and …

2021-02-21: The “projects” listed on my Hugo-based website are hyperlinks when I run it via hugo server but are …

2021-02-21: I created a landing page for myself I updated my home page/landing page using Hugo: mjdescy.me. I definitely don’t have the hang …

2021-02-20: Mo Willems and The Storytime All-Stars Present: Don't Let The Pigeon Do Storytime! My wife and i accidentally found the Mo Willems special, “Mo Willems and The Storytime All-Stars …

2021-02-19: 🎬 I enjoyed Pixar’s Soul quite a bit.

2021-02-19: I installed Hugo a fifth time tonight. (Is this a record?) My network is being stupidly slow, and …

2021-02-19: It’s amazing how little I paid attention to the lyrics of OK Computer in the 1990s. It is way …

2021-02-19: Apple reportedly plans March 16 event with new iPad Pro, iPad mini and AirTags. This is just a rumor …

2021-02-19: As if I didn’t already have enough to worry about, my county—which administered my first …

2021-02-18: Microsoft Excel Power Query—Who know all it could do? This week, I have been watching educational videos on YouTube about Excel Power Query. My wife …

2021-02-18: I think we got a foot of snow today! It’s not as fun for us, though, now that school is …

2021-02-18: Bravely Default is a classic RPG series designed for lapsed fans I’m a lapsed fan of RPGs in general. I wish I had time to play them. The demo of Bravely …

2021-02-18: I migrated from LastPass to Bitwarden’s $10/year plan last night. Bitwarden is equally …

2021-02-17: New Model M Is an American-Made Keyboard That Puts a Spring Back in Your Typing I don’t want this, but it does resemble my first (or maybe second) PC keyboard. I didn’t …

2021-02-17: I have been writing good meeting agendas for work lately so I don’t have to think so hard at …

2021-02-16: Sennheiser says it’s open to selling its consumer audio business. This could be bad news for …

2021-02-16: Living at the Office Seth Godin: …many people are working from home–which is very stressful, because what it really …

2021-02-16: Do any micro.bloggers trust Bitwarden as their password vault? I’m a longtime LastPass user looking …

2021-02-16: Trust Trust relies on three things: Competence—can you do something well? Benevolence—are you doing good? …

2021-02-16: Trying to learn Hugo I have been slowly teaching myself Hugo tonight. I haven’t gotten to the fun part yet, I …

2021-02-12: Covid Vaccines for Kids Are Coming, but Not for Many Months I wonder about when my kids can get Covid vaccines every day. What the New York Times reports today …

2021-02-12: Much to my surprise, Marco Arment is in the exact same quandary I am in regarding dealing with a web …

2021-02-12: After a long work day, I finally caught up on “WandaVision.” It is weirdly delightful. I like to …

2021-02-10: For some reason, I really do not want to install homebrew, npm, or Hugo on my new Mac mini. I have …

2021-02-10: Websites moved to Linode...mostly complete I transferred all my websites, other than my hosted micro.blog of course, to a single Linode …

2021-02-09: My webhost got hacked and is going out of business. I can migrate my blog here, but I will need some …

2021-02-03: I have been building tiny bots in Automation Anywhere this morning. It has taken me a little bit of …

2021-02-02: Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia announces retirement from MLB Joon Lee of ESPN reports: Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who hasn’t played …

2021-02-02: I found myself reading the Wikipedia entry for _Groundhog Day_ this morning. I doubt I have time to …

2021-02-01: NYU researchers find no evidence of anti-conservative bias on social media Kim Lyons reports in The Verge: “The contention that social media as an industry censors …

2021-02-01: The winter storm in New Jersey today is more likely than not to delay my COVID vaccine appointment. …

2021-01-30: I really like the simplicity of the Keysmith app, but I can’t find any use for it.

2021-01-29: Fullmetal Alchemist While I have been working a ton lately, I can’t work every second of the day. I have been watching …

2021-01-29: Little Voice My wife and I recently discovered the Apple TV+ show “Little Voice” and very much enjoy it. It is …

2021-01-28: I have been super, super, super busy today, and it just won’t stop. It looks like I’ll be working a …

2021-01-27: The Business of Influenece with MKBHD I found this fairly long interview on The Verge with Marques Brownlee (MKBHD on YouTube) to be very …

2021-01-27: My name got mentioned three times on the all-team call at work today, which is three times more than …

2021-01-26: I don’t really want to criticize TapBots for making TweetBot version 6 a subscription app. I would …

2021-01-26: The Covid-19 Vaccines Are Amazing. Let’s Quickly Get Them into People’s Arms. Jason Kottke’s blog post offers some great advice that we all should heed: So what can you do about …

2021-01-26: I wrote a support email to Ulysses last week inquiring about micro.blog support. I got a response …

2021-01-25: I can’t believe that Tom Brady is going back to the Super Bowl. Then again, it seems like the …

2021-01-24: New iPhone Day After dithering on it for several weeks, I finally ordered a blue iPhone 12 mini late Friday night. …

2021-01-20: Children's books to read next The following children’s books are on the docket for me to read aloud to my daughter: A …

2021-01-20: I have never watched an inauguration before, and don’t plan to today, though the rest of my family …

2021-01-19: This is old news, but I just discovered it this week. If you use Arq for backup on the Mac, you can …

2021-01-18: Note to self: just use rsync to sync files. Stop avoiding the terminal!

2021-01-18: I’m doing the usual Monday morning brain boot-up sequence right now. I hear the hard drive platters …

2021-01-17: Today, I read the second-to-last chapter of A Little Princess to my daughter, and chose the next …

2021-01-15: 2021 MacBook Pro will ditch the Touch Bar and bring back MagSafe, say reports. I don’t know …

2021-01-15: COVID vaccine rollout in New Jersey is disorganized and haphazard. After a few days of nail-biting …

2021-01-13: My cheap plastic iPhone 7 Plus case broke and now I want a new phone. 😠😳😢😅

2021-01-13: A noisy server that I once again love I spent about two hours last night trying to figure out if I can move my FreeNAS server, which …

2021-01-13: Impeached twice. Not a good look. Let’s hope for the sake of the country that this is a …

2021-01-13: I haven’t had my M1 Mac mini for very long, and have only done a little Xcode work on it thus …

2021-01-13: I have been very busy automating processes at work. I just got access to Automation Anywhere, which …

2021-01-13: The House of Representatives is voting for impeachment along party lines so far, which is …

2021-01-11: SteerMouse On my M1 Mac mini, KensingtonWorks software somehow disables double-clicking on my Kensington …

2021-01-11: Record low flu cases show how COVID-19 is more contagious and 'less forgiving,' experts say This article in USA Today confirms my suspicions that all the anti-COVID measures would drastically …

2021-01-11: 🎵 I’m trying out PlexAmp again, and am listening to Herbie Hancock’s “Gershwin’s World” (in ALAC) …

2021-01-10: My thought of the day, as I do my house tidying: Systems of human behavior break down when people …

2021-01-10: I have been writing Amazon product reviews thousands of words long this evening, on products as …

2021-01-09: Barry Season 3 Delay Has Allowed Season 4 Scripts to be Finished Ahead of Schedule Per Ethan Anderton on SlashFilm, quoting Bill Hader: “Right when the lockdown happened in March, we …

2021-01-08: I made the mistake today of turning off my home media server (HP N54L) for a few minutes to see how …

2021-01-08: Music for Programming is definitely not for me, but I love the all-text site design.

2021-01-08: Why did I get a webcam again? 😂 I just got a Logitech C920 webcam to use for video calls at work. Testing it out has shown me that …

2021-01-07: Pelosi, Schumer Join Chorus Of Calls For Invocation Of 25th Amendment Against Trump. I cosign. Swear …

2021-01-07: When “American Carnage” is the Tone at the Top I was having a pretty good day yesterday, full of minor but meaningful personal and professional …

2021-01-07: I realized today that in, ACL, a scripting language I use at work, I have been using a mixture of …

2021-01-06: It appears that the M1 Mac Mini I ordered is going to spend 8 hours today riding around on a …

2021-01-06: Neil Young and Jimmy Iovine sold part or all of their music catalog publishing rights to Hipgnosis. …

2021-01-06: I posted my “Publish to Micro.blog” Scriptable script on the Automators forum to help share it with …

2021-01-06: I published a Scriptable script that lets you publish text posts to Micro.blog from any iOS text …

2021-01-06: I have been using the Magnet app on my Mac for years now, and I still can’t remember any of the …

2021-01-06: I am working on a Scriptable script to publish to Micro.blog via iOS share sheets, so I don’t …

2021-01-05: I submitted a small but vital bugfix to one of my iOS apps this evening. It feels good. 😀

2021-01-05: I created a Siri Shortcut to send my daughter a “Word of the Day” email (which is based …

2021-01-04: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposes national lockdown on England to combat new Covid …

2021-01-04: Microsoft planning ‘sweeping visual rejuvenation of Windows. I use Windows for work at least 8 hours …

2021-01-04: Google workers announce plans to unionize. This is, potentially, a great development. I am curious …

2021-01-04: Chipotle launches cauliflower rice nationwide as consumers cut grains from their diets. This is a …

2020-12-30: Making pound cake in a bread machine does not result in the softest, most perfectly baked cake. Next …

2020-12-30: If Sen. Josh Hawley follows through with his objection to the electoral college results, he deserves …

2020-12-30: I am making poundcake in my new bread machine today just to see if it will work. 👨‍🍳

2020-12-30: I’m back to late-night debugging: a nasty bug has gotten worse, not better, since I started …

2020-12-28: I’ve gotten to the point with my cooking that I always think that I have no idea what I am doing, …

2020-12-28: My pinboard.in subscription is lapsing in two weeks. I think I will let it expire. I have been a …

2020-12-27: 🎬 Wonder Woman: 1984 was all kinds of just OK. I mostly enjoyed the set pieces but through the whole …

2020-12-25: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is Great I got a chance to play a few hours of Ori and the Will of the Wisps over the past couple days, and …

2020-12-25: Merry Christmas I have been busy with family most of the time the past few days, mostly doing Christmas-y things. I …

2020-12-23: His Dark Materials Renewed for a Third Season on HBO and BBC “His Dark Materials” is another “limited” series that has been reviewed for …

2020-12-22: How can there be no emoji for “idiot?” 🤯

2020-12-22: Ted Lasso Likely to End After Season 3 Per Russ Burlingame on ComicBook.com: “Ted Lasso is a three-season show. After the third …

2020-12-22: Last night I started playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps on the Switch. I only had about 15 …

2020-12-21: I like Reeder 5, but I have been dissatisfied with feed syncing over iCloud for the past few days. …

2020-12-21: Netflix and Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate agree to dismiss lawsuit over Sherlock Holmes’ emotions From Adi Robertson in The Verge: The Enola Holmes case hinged on Sherlock Holmes’ complicated …

2020-12-21: I am taking a Robotic Process Automation online course for work today. Maybe, after I complete it, I …

2020-12-21: Switch games to play next year I took advantage of the Nintendo eShop sales this week to buy a bunch of games, at varying …

2020-12-18: I started getting emails that frontline medical workers in my area have already received the …

2020-12-18: Boba Fett show heading to Disney Plus in 2021 From Julia Alexander in The Verge: The show, The Book of Boba Fett, was not included as an …

2020-12-17: I was right to be concerned about snow removal, because our snow plow guy just quit and passed us …

2020-12-17: Eric Lander, who is a genius brimming with charisma, is probably the best Armchair Expert podcast …

2020-12-17: 🎮 I am happy to see that Hades is getting some “game of the year” nods, from Polygon and …

2020-12-17: I woke up to a decent amount of snowfall, which totally surprised me. I am unsure how we are going …

2020-12-16: I finally got an Apple TV+ free trial. 😎

2020-12-16: The snowstorm started and my kids are excited.

2020-12-16: Chris Welch’s AirPods Max review asks the question “Apple still doesn’t offer a lossless …

2020-12-16: The local news is predicting 6-8 inches of snow today in my area. Dark Sky is predicting about an …

2020-12-15: Got the new iPad 4 and bought Reeder 5 to use on it!

2020-12-15: A robotic kitchen for rich people is kind of a cool idea, I guess, but the setup looks pretty scary. …

2020-12-15: I am eagerly awaiting for the shipment of a new iPad Air 4 today.

2020-12-14: Live: Here Are the Electoral College Results, By State. Why on earth would I want to track this …

2020-12-11: I took a required course in ethics this morning, and wish I could have just watched a few episodes …

2020-12-10: Taylor Swift to Release New Album, ‘Evermore,’ Tonight. 👀 I guess if there’s no new Bleachers …

2020-12-10: First impressions of the Apple AirPods Max are starting to trickle in. I am looking forward to …

2020-12-09: Democrats Want To Bring Earmarks Back As Way To Break Gridlock In Congress Per Susan Davis on NPR: When earmarks were a regular feature of congressional business, Rep. …

2020-12-08: Apple announces $549 AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones, coming December 15th. Wow. Apple’s “December surprise” actually happened: By moving into the premium …

2020-12-08: When I was a kid, I was fascinated by Chuck Yeager and by test pilots in general. I did not know he …

2020-12-07: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Everything Will Change” by The Postal Service. It’s the …

2020-12-07: It could just be end-of-the-year malaise, but I have given up on Inbox Zero. I will probably just …

2020-12-07: I would have thought that Bob Dylan’s entire song catalog, which he sold to Universal Music …

2020-12-07: I’ve become so accustomed to global warming that I now expect December temperatures to be …

2020-12-04: 🎵 Today’s listen: “My Woman” by Angel Olsen. I am a huge fan of her newer album, “All Mirrors”, so I …

2020-12-04: After about eight years of service, the right-click button on my trackball just stopped registering …

2020-12-03: I enrolled in the Apple Small Business program today. I am grateful for it, even though I am among …

2020-12-02: Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses. I’m sad to see this observatory …

2020-12-02: Trump Has Discussed With Advisers Pardons for His 3 Eldest Children and Giuliani. Yep, nothing to …

2020-12-02: The podcast landscape is changing apace. Spotify seems to be doing well with its exclusive podcasts …

2020-12-02: Apple Names App of the Year Winners. I guess this is important. I haven’t bought an app for …

2020-12-01: 🎵 Some good news for fans like me: The Hold Steady Announce New Album, Share New Song.

2020-12-01: I have blocked reddit.com at the DNS level because I can’t stop wasting time there. 😒 Now that …

2020-12-01: WTF Happened in 1971? I heard about this site, which is full of scary economic charts, on TWIT. …

2020-11-30: 🎵 I found a new Bleachers single today, featuring Bruce Springsteen. I was hoping for a new album …

2020-11-29: I probably shouldn’t have baked this tonight, but I’m glad I did.

2020-11-28: The Taylor Swift “_folklore: the long pond studio sessions_” film on Disney+ is phenomenal.

2020-11-25: I’m happy my work week is over, and I’m looking forward to desserts tomorrow.

2020-11-24: This metal monolith in Red Rocks is quite an expensive, and bland-looking, prank.

2020-11-24: I’m weirdly not into Thanksgiving this year. I don’t even want to bake a pie (I love …

2020-11-24: Elon Musk is now world’s second-richest person, as net worth has grown more than $100 billion this year That Elon Musk’s wealth grew by $100 billion this year is super alarming to me.

2020-11-23: Jeopardy! will start filming new episodes with Ken Jennings as interim host Who else but Ken Jennings could possibly take the helm?.

2020-11-23: I Lived Through A Stupid Coup. America Is Having One Now Indi Samarajiva compares Trump’s refusal to acknowledge his loss of the election with a coup …

2020-11-20: iJustine’s M1 Macs review video is absolutely hilarious.

2020-11-20: I find, the more I work with git, the less good I seem to be at it! Yes, this seems to be the …

2020-11-19: ‘Reach Out to Trump Supporters,’ They Said. I Tried. Wajahat Ali, writing an op-ed in the New York Times, has given up on Trump supporters: We cannot …

2020-11-19: This article has something interesting to say about Ron Howard’s films, but I disagree with …

2020-11-18: John Gruber’s suggestion of a progressive, tax-bracket-like system for Apple’s App Store …

2020-11-18: Apple’s biggest App Store critics are not impressed with its new fee cut for small developers Nick Statt in The Verge reports: Epic Games and Spotify, united in their fight against Apple, each …

2020-11-18: New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise Eliza Shapiro reports in The New York Times: New York City’s entire public school system will …

2020-11-18: The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done I very much enjoyed Cal Newport’s rumination on Getting Things Done (GTD), and Merlyn …

2020-11-17: Gruber’ s review of the M1 Macs is the only one I plan to read closely. I want an M1-based Mac Mini …

2020-11-16: I don’t know if it is my imagination, or just my desire for a new computer, but Xcode 12 seems …

2020-11-15: I have updated my very old MacBook Pro to Big Sur, and am pleased that it actually works and is …

2020-11-15: This is pretty great, isn’t it?

2020-11-13: It seems really weird to me that Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Has to Be Stored at -80°C. How unfortunate. …

2020-11-13: I’m looking forward to watching the next episode of “The Mandalorian.” It is my …

2020-11-12: None of the Trump flags (huge flags!) in my neighborhood have been taken down yet. All but one of …

2020-11-10: I still don’t fully understand how iOS apps will run on the Mac without a touchscreen. I am very …

2020-11-10: I updated my late 2013 MacBook Pro to the Big Sur release candidate this afternoon. It was an …

2020-11-10: Ooh! An Apple Silicon Mac Mini. I am excited to see that!

2020-11-09: I very much enjoyed the “His Dark Materials” season 2 premiere last night. I also hope …

2020-11-09: Pfizer’s Early Data Shows Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective As reported in the New York Times (and elsewhere): The company said that the analysis found that …

2020-11-08: Alex Trebek has died. It certainly is the end of an era.

2020-11-07: My wife and I watched the Biden-Harris acceptance speeches with our daughter, who has never seen …

2020-11-07: I was at first surprised that Trump gained voters across the board since 2016. But then I recalled …

2020-11-06: I am puzzling a lot of things out right now, and trying to focus on physical and mental health.

2020-11-06: I wonder if Apple silicon Macs will have good/better/best processor options like the Intel ones …

2020-11-06: I can’t believe that the Red Sox re-hired Alex Cora.

2020-11-06: If I were more of a gamer, I would be more excited about the new Xbox and PlayStation reviews …

2020-11-06: News outlets started calling the presidential race for Joe Biden this morning. In no sense should it …

2020-11-06: I am wondering if a new, faster Mac would make me more excited about coding in Xcode again. Xcode …

2020-11-06: 🎵 Today’s listen: “All Mirrors” by Angel Olsen. I love this album. It has the sort …

2020-11-05: iOS 14.2 is here. I’m still hoping Apple will fix some of the glitches I’ve been …

2020-11-05: I hope the orthopedic I’m going to today helps me fix the stoop in my back after I stand up. (I …

2020-11-05: A pot of chicken soup is bubbling on the stove, and some bread is in the oven. I’m looking …

2020-11-05: I’m trying to get back into the swing of things this morning. I’ve been working at night to make up …

2020-11-04: My mood improves when I am near my headphones and my music collection. They have gotten me through …

2020-11-03: Nothing that will happen today will astonish me, I’m afraid.

2020-11-02: New Jersey made it easy for me to vote by mail this year, but I usually visit Vote Save America for …

2020-11-02: I am trying to think of what to do tomorrow night, instead of watching (incomplete) election night …

2020-11-02: OK. I just wrote a link post. Now, time to concentrate on work again.

2020-11-02: Raspberry Pi 400 The always interesting Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new “desktop PC” form …

2020-11-01: It’s dreary inside my mind right now, The dank weather isn’t helping. 🌧

2020-10-29: 🎮 I played the Hyrule Warriors: Age Of Calamity demo for about an hour and a half and left it …

2020-10-28: Breath of the Wild prequel gets Nintendo Switch demo Per Patricia Hernandez in Polygon: The surprise Nintendo Direct at the end of October ended with …

2020-10-28: N.J’s Largest City Shuts Down Again as Virus Cases Surge Per Tracey Tully and Kevin Armstrong in the New York Times: Newark required nonessential businesses …

2020-10-26: I am taking online workplace harassment training, and I have to say, the acting in the demonstration …

2020-10-23: 🎵 Today’s listen: “New Adventures in Hi-Fi” by R.E.M. I kind of forgot about this …

2020-10-23: I am trying out the new Microsoft Edge for my work-related web browsing. I know that is based on …

2020-10-23: 🎵 A new Bruce Springsteen album is always welcome. I can’t get over how he keeps putting out …

2020-10-23: I think I am really into headphones again, after a six month retreat into speakers. Luckily for me, …

2020-10-22: 🎮 After about 20 runs, I finally beat Hades tonight. What a fun game.

2020-10-21: My most frequently visited web page this past month has been Wired’s guide how to solve a …

2020-10-21: I have a car. Whenever a new car comes out, I don’t read all the reviews and imagine what it …

2020-10-20: iOS and iPad OS 14.1 dropped today. I hope they clear up the screen freezing on my iPads. 🤞

2020-10-20: The Real Divide in America Is Between Political Junkies and Everyone Else Per Yanna Krupnikov and John Barry Ryan in the New York Times: For partisans, politics is a …

2020-10-19: Doctors May Have Found Secretive New Organs in the Center of Your Head Per Katherine J. Wu in the New York Times: A team of researchers in the Netherlands has discovered …

2020-10-19: I’m puzzling over if it makes any sense for me to upgrade from Reeder 4 to Reeder 5. Maybe I …

2020-10-19: As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place From Davey Alba and Jack Nicas in the New York Times: Maine Business Daily is part of a …

2020-10-19: Apollo for Reddit is an app that I install and uninstall on a weekly basis.

2020-10-11: Holmdel Park

2020-10-09: Hades is a fun game. I finally made it to Elysium (the third area) tonight. 😅

2020-10-09: I have a new nephew today! 👶🏻

2020-10-08: Postal worker in N.J. faces charges for dumping bundles of mail, including nearly 100 election ballots From NJ.com: A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier has been charged by federal authorities for …

2020-10-07: Up Spell looks pretty fun, but, in my opinion, most of these “spell as many words as you …

2020-10-07: Why in the world are these (stupid) debates not being filmed remotely?

2020-10-05: My hi-fi pet peeve is the “record needle popping and scratching” track on lots of modern …

2020-10-05: 🎵 I’m listening to Ben Kweller and flashing back to the early aughts.

2020-10-04: Holmdel Park

2020-10-03: Holmdel Park

2020-09-29: I’m glad I didn’t waste my evening watching the presidential debate.

2020-09-28: Coding, coding, coding…🤖🤖🤖

2020-09-26: I am baking a carrot loaf cake for a family dinner tomorrow. I don’t know what got into me. I …

2020-09-25: I often think, before I go to bed, about the music I plan to listen to at work the next morning. …

2020-09-24: I have been coding too much (at the day job) to think about writing (microblogging, journaling) this …

2020-09-24: I didn’t realize that Amazon was having a hardware event today. Am I the only one who has been …

2020-09-20: The lovely blue sky above Thompson Park today

2020-09-19: It is sad that Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. She was a a towering judicial figure, but it was selfish of …

2020-09-19: We woke up to slipper weather this morning! I love this time of year.

2020-09-17: I made matzoh balls tonight and chopped veggies so I can make matzoh ball soup in time for dinner …

2020-09-17: Rubik's Cube After reading this article about Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, I ordered myself a …

2020-09-16: 🎮 To see if I should buy the “Super Mario 3D All-Stars” game for the Nintendo Switch, I …

2020-09-15: I am looking at pictures of trees and wondering which park my family and I should go to on Saturday.

2020-09-15: With their iPad Air and their Apple One offerings, Apple is continuing its strategy of offering too …

2020-09-15: I can’t save money with Apple One, because I am not interested in most of the bundled services.

2020-09-15: Pixelmator Photo Adds ML Super Resolution Powered by Apple’s Neural Engine and Split-Screen Preview …

2020-09-15: The new iPad Air looks very, very compelling. It leaves me with no reason to want an iPad Pro …

2020-09-14: Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup won’t have high-refresh 120Hz displays, says analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. People …

2020-09-14: 🎵 I am very late to the “lofi hip hop radio - beats to relax/study to” craze, but I am …

2020-09-14: Feds proudly announce seizure of ‘counterfeit Apple AirPods’ that are actually OnePlus Buds. Well, …

2020-09-13: The turkey chili I made to repay my father-in-law for fixing our kitchen sink today was a really big …

2020-09-12: I am trying to find ways to make PowerShell/Windows Terminal more useful. I’m not an admin, so …

2020-09-12: Holmdel Park

2020-09-12: Holmdel Park

2020-09-12: My mantra for today is “I have been overthinking things.”

2020-09-11: Zoom completely failed today for my daughter’s classroom. The teachers’ stream had …

2020-09-11: My favorite internet search thus far today was: “calming music that is not annoying.” …

2020-09-11: Silly me. I thought my (real) work was a basically done for the week and I would have an easy day …

2020-09-10: I am trying to find ways to make PowerShell/Windows Terminal more useful. I’m not an admin, so …

2020-09-10: The stress level at my house is extremely high. The first week back at school sure is fun. 😳 …

2020-09-10: I am grateful that I don’t have to experience directly the California wildfires. If things had …

2020-09-09: ☕️ I am enjoying a freshly steeped cup of Yorkshire Gold (loose leaf) tea.

2020-09-09: I slept through a little earthquake this morning that was centered only a mile or two from hy house.

2020-09-08: I should take photos of my kids every day. I don’t know why I don’t, but I should.

2020-09-07: Because it is back to school time, my mind has once again turned to collecting new recipes to try …

2020-09-06: Thompson Park

2020-09-06: 📚 I am enjoying Dan Moren’s latest book, The Aleph Extraction.

2020-09-05: I decided I wanted a universal snippet on my Mac to use to insert the date in the format I want it …

2020-09-05: There are thousands of COVID-19 cases at colleges and universities in the news this week. What …

2020-09-05: I gave myself a haircut today. It seems that it takes longer to do the less often I do it. It has …

2020-09-04: How can it be that the teapot emoji hasn’t existed until this year and that Apple …

2020-09-04: I’m thrilled and relieved to discover this morning that the reason my desktop stereo stopped …

2020-09-03: My AnyList subscription is expiring soon. I am strongly considering switching to Paprika 3 for my …

2020-09-03: Lord & Taylor is closing all its stores. Pier One closed all their stores earlier this year. …

2020-09-03: I am wrapping up a huge project at work today and tomorrow. It feels good.

2020-09-03: School is starting today for my wife, who is a teacher, and for my daughter, who is a student in a …

2020-09-03: Nintendo bringing Super Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy to Switch. This is great news for me, because …

2020-09-02: After about a month I am still playing several games of Good Sudoku by Zack Gage every day. I …

2020-09-02: At this point in the pandemic, I am still limiting grocery store trips to once per week, but I …

2020-09-02: I am pretty sure that I need scissors to open my new scissors. 🤦‍♂️

2020-09-02: As Apple pundits debate whether or not a new product announcement looms in the near future, I am …

2020-09-02: Amazon’s Alexa has been a pretty lackluster addition to my household. It gets our …

2020-09-01: Tonight I assembled a desk that my wife bought, so she could work from home more easily.

2020-09-01: Now that it is September, it is finally time for me to upgrade my iPhone to the developer beta. I …

2020-09-01: It amuses me that Gruber and Moltz are recommending “Ted Lasso” on “The Talk …

2020-08-31: Prepping pancakes to surprise the kids in the morning.

2020-08-31: I have been enjoying Apple Music’s new iOS 14 beta feature for infinite playback of similar …

2020-08-31: If I am lucky, this week will be a return to normal working hours and stress levels. If I am not …

2020-08-30: 🎵 Today’s listen: “The Third Gleam” by The Avett Brothers. I had no idea this …

2020-08-25: This article, about the uselessness of blockchain for just about anything, really tickled me. I have …

2020-08-21: Kamala Harris Goes Beyond the White Pantsuit Come on, New York Times. This type of article is sexist and demeaning. What is Joe Biden wearing? …

2020-08-19: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Gimme Fiction” by Spoon. I remember not liking this record as …

2020-08-19: Coronavirus is in the air. Here’s how to get it out. Brian Resnick’s article on Vox summarizes some of the issues we are all facing in the …

2020-08-19: Stormy weather. I am glad I’m inside.

2020-08-19: We’re having a morning thunderstorm right now. The sky is black. The barometric pressure is …

2020-08-18: I spent some time tonight editing vacation photos, mainly because I was too tired to do any …

2020-08-18: I basically figure that I am old and anxiety-ridden now, because my big, exciting delivery from …

2020-08-18: 🎵 There’s a new EP by Norah Jones.

2020-08-18: “Apple Music 1” is not nearly as fun to say as Beats 1.

2020-08-13: I very much enjoyed listening to Antony Johnson’s interview of Dan Moren on the Writing and …

2020-08-13: 📺 I finally watched “Picard” this week. Overall, I enjoyed it, but I thought the ending …

2020-08-04: I am reading on the porch, during a steady, soothing rain, after a large meal with my family. It is …

2020-08-04: The Good Sudoku game has really grown on me. Despite some early bugs, which were quickly fixed, and …

2020-08-04: We are getting a ton of rain today in New Hampshire. I enjoy the rain when I am out in the woods a …

2020-08-04: If I had a NY Times crossword micro blog, my posts would consist solely of the puzzle date and …

2020-08-02: I am on vacation with my family, enjoying simpler things like walking outside.

2020-07-30: I was amazed this week to learn that my Game Boy Advance, which is nearly 18 years old still holds a …

2020-07-29: Apparently, iPhone 12 price leaks are suggesting expensive prices in line with what we have today …

2020-07-29: I am astounded by the sheer number of keyboard shortcuts I have memorized, and how I can keep them …

2020-07-29: The best tech thing I did all week was to create a PowerShell script that opens the most recently …

2020-07-28: My work computer is generating data extracts in Excel via a PowerShell script, and I’m afraid …

2020-07-28: I’m working really, really hard this week. (Sigh.) I’m hoping for a chance to take a …

2020-07-27: 🎵 Orville Peck has a really cool voice.

2020-07-27: I just noticed that the analog clock widget in the latest iPadOS beta does not display the correct …

2020-07-27: Two of my independently hosted WordPress sites were down for several days last week due, I presume, …

2020-07-27: 🎧 My speakers and headphones sound so clear and exciting again now that I’ve got my equipment …

2020-07-27: My favorite piece of Schiit came back to me in the mail today. Now that my Magni 3 Heresy is …

2020-07-26: I spent some time today preparing for my family’s vacation—about a week ahead of time. …

2020-07-24: Hmm…I don’t mind them myself, but I think the swears on Taylor Swift’s new album …

2020-07-24: The Fn key on iPadOS 14 Developer Beta 2 I noticed something strange on the latest iPadOS developer beta. The Fn key on my Apple Magic …

2020-07-24: My daughter is going to freak out when I tell her that a surprise Taylor Swift album dropped today. …

2020-07-20: Someone needs to inform The New York Times that black text on a white background, even in dark mode, …

2020-07-20: John Gruber’s Return and Enter Are Two Different Keys has got me thinking about all sorts of …

2020-07-20: Work this week and next are shaping up to be an absolutely epic grind for me. After today I expect …

2020-07-20: NextDNS I decided to retire my pi-hole install yesterday, in large part to reduce the pain points I was …

2020-07-20: Thunderbolt 3 Dock I finally got my work laptop connected to a Thunderbolt dock that charges it, drives my peripherals, …

2020-07-20: 🎵 I am really enjoying the new album by “The Chicks”. That band wasn’t on my radar …

2020-07-15: Cable management in my office is kind of a nightmare. I am now having crazy thoughts of buying …

2020-07-14: Podcast Mentorship Myke Hurley’s Podcast Mentorship program is a really good idea: TL;DR: I want to mentor …

2020-07-14: I rewatched the first episode of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” last night to gauge how …

2020-07-09: 🎵 I’m trying something different tonight: a K-Pop playlist of BLACKPINK. I think I like it. At …

2020-07-09: We are getting a ton of tall, wobbly pine trees taken down in our backyard today, because they are …

2020-07-07: I am still struggling to get my app rewrite done in UIKit. Next year, for real this time, I’m …

2020-07-07: Oh, nice! It’s iPadOS 14 beta 2 time.

2020-07-07: I tried Apple News again to see if the experience is any better on the iPadOS 14 beta. Sadly, for …

2020-07-05: I finished reading another novel to my daughter tonight, the fourth Emily Windsnap book. My daughter …

2020-07-05: I bought Axiom Verge for the Nintendo Switch tonight and really like it so far. It is giving me …

2020-07-04: I have been listening to thunderous fireworks for about an hour now from my home. I thought all the …

2020-07-04: I have been using Xcode for so long and I just now realized that Control+Command+Left/Right Arrow …

2020-07-04: I am back to tracking my food intake—because, well, reasons (haha)—with the Keto app. I am not on a …

2020-07-02: My buy-and-hold strategy with flip-flops finally paid off tonight, in that I threw out my worn-out …

2020-07-02: Oh, cool, my new Anne Pro 2 keyboard supports Bluetooth, and here I am, clicking away, wirelessly, …

2020-07-01: Does Xcode 12 beta 1 crash less than Xcode 11.5?

2020-07-01: 📚Based on the prologue I read last night, which was a lot of fun, I think the next novel I’m …

2020-07-01: 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 …

2020-07-01: Well, my Schiit Magni Heresy just got fried. 😢 While listening to it over headphones, it made a …

2020-07-01: I decided to install the iPadOS 14 beta on my iPad Pro. Let’s see how it goes!

2020-07-01: I just had my butt saved by Microsoft Outlook’s “did you forget to attach a file to this …

2020-07-01: Right now, my family is in a weird state of (1) seeing each other more often again without PPE, and …

2020-06-30: One cool thing about the Anne Pro 2 ⌨️ is its tap layer. It does not have arrow keys, but the …

2020-06-30: I love mechanical keyboards, and I treated myself this week to an Anne Pro 2, which is a 60% board …

2020-06-29: The iHeartRadio ads that are now intercut into the “Slate Political Gabfest” podcast are …

2020-06-26: When iOS 14 comes out, will there be a third party app that basically is Mail.app from iOS 12? I …

2020-06-25: Hmm… I don’t think my MacBook has enough disk space for a new partition to install the …

2020-06-25: 😷 My first reusable facemask I got my way-too-expensive, but hopefully useful for a long, long while, reusable facemask from Tom …

2020-06-25: I have been coding quite a bit at night lately. The visible UI of my app rewrite is nearly complete, …

2020-06-23: The best WWDC takeaway for me is that all of my hardware—even my 7-year-old MacBook Pro—is still …

2020-06-18: Apple vs. Hey I have tried to avoid most of the talk about the Apple vs. Hey kerfuffle about in-app purchasing …

2020-06-18: CloudFlare's 1.1.1.1 for Families Both of my kids now are on iPads all the time, and I started to worry about them running into porn …

2020-06-10: It’s certainly a hot day when I have to turn on my office air conditioner before noon. …

2020-06-09: I’m working my “day job” now because time no longer has any meaning.

2020-06-09: Re-opening is beginning now in my state. I don’t plan to go out any more than I have been for …

2020-06-09: The recent buzz about ARM-based Macs maybe being announced at this year’s WWDC is pretty …

2020-06-08: 🎵 I have been enjoying the Breaking Singer/Songwriter playlist on Apple Music quite a bit today.

2020-06-08: WHO: Data suggests it's "very rare" for coronavirus to spread through asymptomatics Axios reports: Contact tracing data from around the globe suggests that while there are instances …

2020-06-08: Programming Style I code in C# at work and in Swift in my home life. Each language has a default indentation style, …

2020-06-07: 🎵 10,000 Maniacs Tonight I’m taking a trip down memory lane with 10,000 Maniacs. “MTV Unplugged” was a …

2020-06-07: I’m grilling and enjoy the day, which is a nice respite for me, because the last few days were …

2020-06-04: Wondering tonight… What is an effective way to counter a bad-faith argument? Do you call out the …

2020-06-04: I can’t think of a NYC mayor more hapless than Bill DeBlasio. I don’t know enough about …

2020-06-04: Obsessing about scores The credit card companies have trained me very well to be really, really concerned about my credit …

2020-06-03: It’s day two of me learning new keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Excel (on Windows). There are …

2020-06-03: Cop Shows This article by Constance Grady on Vox argues something I have been thinking a lot about …

2020-06-02: Maybe—and I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here—but maybe Mark Zuckerberg …

2020-06-02: Upgrade Episode 300 I enjoyed episode 300 of Upgrade, which was part victory lap and part looking forward to the future. …

2020-06-02: Oh, so Microsoft Office does have a command palette! It’s accessible via Alt-Q. I knew that …

2020-06-02: The Alt key in Office One of my personal projects this week is to train myself to use the Alt key-based keyboard shortcuts …

2020-06-01: Wegmans was twice as crowded as usual tonight because everyone brought their spouse to the store. It …

2020-06-01: I wish AutoHotKey didn't have its own programming language I wrote an AutoHotKey function today to paste decoded URL-encoded strings, which I have to do quite …

2020-05-29: My wife and I watched Jerry Seinfeld’s “23 Hours to Kill” Netflix special tonight and …

2020-05-28: I found a Visual Studio Code extension for todo.txt today. I am happy. I don’t think any …

2020-05-28: I’m not 100% sure about this, but I am finding that I prefer tabs over spaces for code …

2020-05-27:  Another head-desk moment tonight I have spent many hours over the past week trying to do something that can’t really be done: …

2020-05-26: I have been self-editing an awful, awful lot lately. I think it’s due to the mixed up …

2020-05-26: All work weeks should begin on Tuesday. 😎

2020-05-13: I finished reading all the Kenzie-Gennaro books by Dennis Lehane last night. I’m going to try …

2020-05-13: This is a test post from iA Writer This is a test post from iA Writer on iOS. It is cool that iA added MicroPub support. 😀 I had some …

2020-05-04: My state (New Jersey) announced today that school is closed for the remainder of the school year. …

2020-05-03: I am reading a lot more lately, basically to try to tamp down the level of stress and existential …

2020-04-20: My son’s preschool announced today that it is closing for the remainder of the academic year. …

2020-04-18: I just set up a “Windows” style keyboard (it’s a Razer BlackWidow Lite) with my Mac for …

2020-04-18: Well, my wife and I gave me a haircut this afternoon, and now I know exactly what I will look like …

2020-04-18: I still haven’t attempted to cut my own hair during this “social isolation” …

2020-04-18: Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper? My wife and I area asking ourselves …

2020-04-17: Right now, I’m thankful for my good BlueTooth headphones, a Radiohead playlist on Apple Music, …

2020-04-17: The new iPhone SE looks like a great option for me if I break my current phone, which is a …

2020-04-17: Just wondering, does anyone use the “menu” key on the bottom right of their computer …

2020-04-13: I find myself listening to fewer podcasts, but more podcast ads (I don’t skip them as often), …

2020-04-10: I learned this morning that lawn services are up and running my neighborhood. I guess they are …

2020-04-09: I spent more time tricking out my Visual Studio Code install today. I installed the Local History …

2020-04-09: I kind of wish I had COBOL skills to help out my state right now. Why can’t the state …

2020-04-09: I created an even more useful Excel VBA module that lets you resize the currently selected chart to …

2020-04-09: I created an Excel VBA module for resizing the active chart to a (hard-coded) standard size. This …

2020-04-08: The March 2020 Visual Studio Code update just came out. Microsoft and the community are adding …

2020-04-08: I don’t know what took me so long to think to do this, but today I coded a VBA module with …

2020-04-08: Arq Backup 6 was released Arq Backup 6 was just released. It is really compelling software if you want to “roll your …

2020-04-08: Bernie Sanders dropped the race. It is amazing that I didn’t get a New York Times news alert …

2020-04-07: This story about Wisconsin’s primary election is very upsetting. It is yet another symptom of …

2020-04-07: Neutron stars are so strange. I was recently trying to explain them to my daughter, who just got …

2020-04-07: Pixelmator Photo, my photo editing app of choice on iOS, dropped a new version with more great …

2020-04-06: 🎵 I am enjoying “Future Nostalga” by Dua Lipa.

2020-04-06: Most of my “social isolation” reading has been the Kenzie-Gennaro series of detective …

2020-04-06: It looks like I’m not the only person who moved to Apple Books recently. Bradley Changers at 9to5Mac …

2020-04-05: Sort of by accident, and mostly because it is the default choice, I have switched my ebook reading …

2020-04-05: Corona beer halts production during coronavirus pandemic. This is so stupid, but I get it.

2020-04-03: I am not super thrilled about the articles and online advice entreating us to make our own …

2020-04-01: Well, I just (and finally) submitted my household’s census form. It was really quick and easy. …

2020-04-01: Adam Schlesinger Dies of Coronavirus Complications at 52. This sucks. Fountains of Wayne is one of …

2020-03-31: In a way, I’m happy that Apple is acquiring Dark Sky, because it is a great weather service, …

2020-03-18: I haven’t been microblogging lately because I just don’t know what to say anymore.

2020-03-02: 🎵 Today’s listen: “I Miss Britpop.” So do I, Apple Music, so do I.

2020-03-01: I am currently rebuilding my macOS Photos library, which is something I never wanted to do. …

2020-02-24: 🎵 Today’s listen: “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” by The 1975. I must …

2020-02-21: I am starting to enjoy drinking Yorkshire gold tea (loose leaf) with a dollop of heavy cream and a …

2020-02-20: WestWorld season 3 keeps looking better and better. I wonder if it will be its final season. There …

2020-02-20: Good(?) Old Games When I bought the Nintendo Switch, I thought a lot more of my time playing it would be spent playing …

2020-02-19: Andrew Yang joins CNN as a political commentator. Is that the best he could do?

2020-02-19: 🎵 Today’s listen: The “Andrew Bird Essentials” playlist on Apple Music. I …

2020-02-18: I’m working overtime, late at night, after a long day at work. I was on the phone about 7 …

2020-02-18: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Honeymoon” by Beach Bunny. I’m a big fan of the lead …

2020-02-17: I bought “Frozen II” for the kids to watch today, because it was not a school day. …

2020-02-17: It is going to be a long, long, long work week for me, I’m afraid.

2020-02-14: I got bookshelf speakers today, set them up in my office, and absolutely love them. Of course, now I …

2020-02-13: The President’s decision to expand his power post-trial has stunned Washington. Has it, …

2020-02-12: “The French Dispatch” appears, from its initial trailer, to be the most “Wes …

2020-02-12: Should I stop trying to keep all my original photos on my MacBook Pro? Uh-oh. Apple Photos started saying my full-resolution photos will no longer fit on my Mac. I have 80 …

2020-02-12: I just learned the specs of my new, upcoming work laptop. For the first time since 2000, I think, it …

2020-02-11: Google’s head of HR is stepping down, but that won’t fix the company’s internal problems Shirin Ghaffary at Recode reports that Google’s head of HR, Eileen Naughton, is stepping down. …

2020-02-11: One thing I started doing recently with my almost-8-year-old daughter is saying “I’m …

2020-02-11: I’m interested in the New Hampshire primary results, but what I am really thinking about …

2020-02-11: Michael Bennet Drops Out of the 2020 Presidential Race I thought that I kept up with politics pretty closely, but I don’t think I even realized this …

2020-02-11: Andrew Yang Ends His Presidential Campaign Andrew Yang dropped out of the presidential race tonight. He certainly stayed on brand when …

2020-02-07: 🎵 I like the new Nada Surf album.

2020-02-07: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Out of Time” by R.E.M. This is one of the foundational albums …

2020-02-06: App Review approved my app update within an hour of my submission of it tonight. That is a new speed …

2020-02-06: My daughter got a ukulele and is starting lessons. I just ordered one for myself so I can play with …

2020-02-06: Now I’m a crank who hates the new Google Maps icon.

2020-02-06: Tech pundits' election security advice is well-meaning, but backwards There is a lot of confusion surrounding election security, and how voting machines should work. …

2020-02-05: 🎧 I haven’t been listening to all my awesome headphones nearly as much for the past week, …

2020-02-05: I wonder if/when Mitt Romney will be booted out of the Republican Party.

2020-02-05: Rejoice! The bottom toolbar of the iOS mail app is changing back to its prior, more sensible layout …

2020-02-05: ⚾️ The Mookie Betts trade, which was rumored for months, is still disappointing enough to me to …

2020-02-04: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Old Dominion” (2019) by Old Dominion. This is a pleasant …

2020-02-04: I am looking forward to the upcoming Hamilton movie. I like that it is just the filmed stage …

2020-01-31: My third (third!) 12.0” 2017 iPad Pro is starting to exhibit backlight bleed on the bottom …

2020-01-29: Jeremy Egner, of the New York Times, interviewed show runner Michael Schur about “The Good …

2020-01-28: Today’s listen (#2): “Songbook” by Frank Turner. Disc 1 is basically a Frank …

2020-01-28: 🎵 Today’s listen: “WestWorld: Season 2 (Music from the HBO Series)” by Ramin …

2020-01-28: The iPad Awkwardly Turns 10 John Gruber does not like the iPad multitasking interface: The iPad at 10 is, to me, a grave …

2020-01-27: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Manic” by Halsey. Overall, I like it. But, after one listen, I …

2020-01-27: This afternoon my cable internet provider’s tech support told me there is something wrong with …

2020-01-24: Reading this article about an article about an article about TV streaming service subscriber counts …

2020-01-24: I have been giving my ears a multi-day rest from headphone listening, because I have had terrible …

2020-01-23: Google’s ads just look like search results now. This is yet another bad move by Google. I’m …

2020-01-23: My internet connection has been on and off sporadically today. It’s day #2 with a new cable …

2020-01-23: I’m cancelling FIOS over the phone now. Where I live, I have two ISPs to choose from, and …

2020-01-23: 📺 Cool! “Star Trek: Picard” is getting some good reviews, like this one.

2020-01-22: This morning amounted to a last-minute doctor appointment and a trip to the pharmacy. Winter colds …

2020-01-20: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Is Now the Worst-Reviewed ‘Star Wars’ Movie Per Matt Golderberg at Collider: Now, the final Rotten Tomatoes tally has come in, and it looks …

2020-01-20: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Kiwanuka” by Michael Kiwanuka. With its mix of soul, Afrobeat, …

2020-01-20: 🎵 "Gotta Get Up" in "Russion Doll" I was thinking of “Russian Doll” and put on “Gotta Get Up” by Harry Nillson. …

2020-01-20: 📺 The Morning Show is actually pretty good I was sick all weekend and, consequently, watched way more TV than usual. I watched most of the …

2020-01-18: I am giving up on Marvin 3 (an iOS ePub reader) once again. The app cannot remember my place in the …

2020-01-17: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Free Yourself Up” by Lake Street Dive, which is a fun, …

2020-01-17: I’m all for dropping “Fox” from 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight studios, now …

2020-01-16: 🎵 Today’s listen: “69 Love Songs” by The Magnetic Fields. This is an amazing …

2020-01-15: Maybe this version of Xcode (11.3.1) will be good. 😅

2020-01-15: 🎵 Today’s listen: “Immunity” by Clairo. It’s studio-produced lounge pop from …

2020-01-15: I wish that Corbin Smith’s article “Red Sox manager Alex Cora’s firing and Houston …

2020-01-14: 🎵 Today’s album: “Heard it in a Past Life” by Maggie Rogers. It’s a decent …

2020-01-13: 🎵 Today’s listen: “1989” by Ryan Adams. It’s a melancholy, largely acoustic …

2020-01-13: Cory Booker dropped his presidential bid. I really like Booker, though I was never convinced that …

2020-01-13: Joker’s Oscar Nominations Are a Joke Dan Kois, on Slate, rips into “Joker”, which today was nominated for a surprising 11 …

2020-01-09: 🎵 Today's listen: ["Reveal" by R.E.M.](https://music.apple.com/us/album/reveal/1445846667) This album is probably known as one of R.E.M.’s lesser efforts. When it came out in 2001, I …

2020-01-09: 📺 “Russian Doll” is a really trippy take on the Groundhog Day-type plot. It has managed to get …

2020-01-08: I’m working overtime now because life is unfair sometimes.

2020-01-08: My iPhone 7 Plus has—for a second time, due to a battery swap over a year ago—gotten to the point in …

2020-01-08: 🎵 Today’s album: “The King is Dead” by The Decemberists. It’s acoustic, …

2020-01-07: 🎵 Today’s album, “Cut & Stitch” by Petrol Girls. It’s fun, furious, …

2020-01-06: ❓Do any micro-bloggers use reusable grocery bags? I’m trying to find something suitable for huge …

2020-01-06: 🎵 Today’s album: “Diatom Ribbons” by Kris Davis Kris Davis is a jazz pianist, …

2020-01-05: I need to start thinking of exercise as an excuse to watch TV rather than as punishment for eating …

2020-01-03: 🤫 Don’t mind me, I’m just testing new 🎧 today. 🎵😃🎵

2020-01-03: As with the original Segway, my thoughts on this new product are: “why would anybody want …

2020-01-03: 🎵 In lieu of music this morning, I’m listening to the folks at The Incomparable overanalyze …

2020-01-02: This article about ChromeOS’s shortcomings made me wonder just how much better the web would …

2020-01-02: 🎵 Today’s album: “Two Hands” by Big Thief. I saw this album on the top of Bob …

2020-01-02: I forgot this guy was even running for president.

2020-01-02: 🎧 Does tremolo that ping-pongs between the left and right channels bother everybody who listens …

2020-01-02: 🎵 I can’t decide on an album to listen to this morning. I wish there was a playlist for …

2020-01-02: This list of the 50 best shows on Netflix cheats a bit by actually recommending 100 series. The …

2020-01-01: I want to start coding every night once again. I kind of fell out of the habit last year due to …

2020-01-01: When Christmas Day and New Years Day fall on Wednesdays, the end of the year feels like a series of …

2019-12-31: I am not planning to look back and reflect on 2019. Instead I will look forward to the future.

2019-12-21: 🎬 I really enjoyed Rise of the Skywalker. Sure, it contains fan service, but, honestly, all sequels …

2019-12-20: 🎵 Album of the day: Better Oblivion Community Center’s eponymous debut. B.O.C.C. is the duo of …

2019-12-20: When I read articles about the obesity rate in the United States, like this one, I’m surprised …

2019-12-20: I’m really looking forward to latkes all of a sudden.

2019-12-19: 🎵 Album of the Day: “Designer” by Aldous Harding. It is a quiet, intimate, folksy album …

2019-12-19: Obamacare Insurance Mandate Is Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court Abby Goodnotes reports in the New York Times: A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down a …

2019-12-18: Pop mastermind Jack Antonoff is N.J.’s artist of the decade Bobby Oliver posted a profile of one of my favorite current musicians (songwriter, producer, …

2019-12-18: I bought my ticket to “Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker” and can’t wait until …

2019-12-18: The Miseducation of the American Boy Peggy Orenstein’s article in The Atlantic exploring the sorry state of musculinity, as …

2019-12-18: 🎵 Album of the day: “U.F.O.F.” by Big Thief. I found it on several “best of …

2019-12-17: I’m releasing updates of two of my apps this week, with very minor updates. I have found it …

2019-12-17: NPR Music Staff Picks: The Best Albums Of 2019 If I were smart, I would listen to every album on this massive list-of-lists, over the next few …

2019-12-17: LogMeIn is being acquired by a private equity firm. I hope this doesn’t make LastPass, which …

2019-12-17: 🎵 Today’s album: “So” by Peter Gabriel. It’s a masterpiece. I kind of forgot …

2019-12-17: Maybe I am unplugged from things because of my age or something, but it seems to me that hardly …

2019-12-17: I have reached the time of year in which my hands are so dry that fingerprint sensors no longer work …

2019-12-16: I really like this video in which audiophile YouTuber DMS describes all the jargon you need to know …

2019-12-16: 📺 “Watchmen”, which ended last night (spoilers ahead if you read the linked article) is …

2019-12-13: The reviews for “Frozen II” might be lackluster, but I really liked it, and think that …

2019-12-13: 🎵 Today’s listen: Hawksley Workman’s “For Him and the Girls”. The …

2019-12-12: The real problem with robocalls, contrary to what is in The Verge today, is that they have …

2019-12-11: Van Halen’s “1984” is a great album and still holds up today, I think, even with …

2019-12-11: Plex is a great music player on iOS. I’m playing lossless tracks (from my old CD rips) stored …

2019-12-11: I’m spending some time pruning my music collection, which I barely listen to anymore, but is …

2019-12-09: FreeNAS Plans - 2020 and Beyond! It looks like FreeNAS is, eventually, going to run on top of Debian Linux, not just FreeBSD. VP of …

2019-12-09: Social media is a scam. Who knew? Davey Alba reports in the New York Times: […The] report …

2019-12-09: Our dishwasher broke over the weekend. I washed dishes for hours Saturday and Sunday, and we are …

2019-12-06: The rumor that Apple’s 2021 iPhone will have no ports disturbs me for one big reason: CarPlay. …

2019-12-06: If AirPlay 2 really is cracked, and will work soon in shareport-sync on Linux, that is pretty …

2019-12-04: 🎵 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Today I learned that the Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is widely reviled. From the …

2019-12-04: Peak TV is exhausting to me. I recognize about half of the titles on this best-of-2019 list, and I …

2019-12-04: 🎵 I’m changing pace today with a classic rock album: “The Kids are Alright” by The …

2019-12-04: 🎵 I’m taking the “COMPLEX Best Alternative R&B Artists” playlist on Apple …

2019-12-04: JDS Labs Element II I have been eyeing the JDS Labs Element II desktop DAC/amp for about a week now. It looks great (I …

2019-12-03: 🎵 House music, which is not normally my thing, sounds much more exciting with my more bass-heavy …

2019-12-02: 🎵 Green, by R.E.M. I spent most of my workday listening to music today, and really enjoyed it. One album I revisited, …

2019-12-02: 📺 “Watchmen” is still fantastic. I’m going to miss it once season one is …

2019-12-02: Today is day one for my diet, once again. Thanksgiving turned from a one meal deviance to a …

2019-11-29: I’m not a big Black Friday shopper, but I did pick up a bunch (too many) Nintendo Switch games …

2019-11-27: The gingerbread looks good to me. I’m excited to try some tomorrow.

2019-11-27: Prepping to make gingerbread later

2019-11-26: Baking snickerdoodles

2019-11-26: Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't the Lee Scoresby we remember from _His Dark Materials_, but he isn't meant to be. Lin-Manuel Miranda is both (1) the primary reason I got interested in the “His Dark …

2019-11-26: We changed my son’s crib into a toddler bed today, and he hasn’t gotten out of it yet! …

2019-11-25: I don’t mind that Apple removed user reviews from the Apple Store website. Honestly, those …

2019-11-25: AirPlay and an audiophile DAC/Amp on Ubuntu I did a little audio geekery this evening. I set up shairport-sync on the little Ubuntu server that …

2019-11-25: Why do I keep wanting to buy new audio equipment (DACs and amps, mostly, now that I have so many …

2019-11-24: I canceled my Apple Arcade subscription. It was…not for me, which surprised me, to be honest. …

2019-11-23: 🎵 I am enjoying the album “All Mirrors” by Angel Olsen.

2019-11-23: I was doing pretty well with the New York Times crossword puzzles this week—until this morning, that …

2019-11-22: 📺 I watched Bears from Disneynature tonight with my kids. The photography is just incredible, and it …

2019-11-22: One thing holding me back from ordering more Amazon Echo Show devices, for other rooms in my house, …

2019-11-22: I wish there was a social club for people who want to go to concerts that aren’t too loud for …

2019-11-22: I can’t wait until the day that Google announces that Android is canceled. That has to be …

2019-11-22: Google is shutting down its Cloud Print feature in 2020. Never rely on Google to keep anything …

2019-11-22: I’m doing some work out of order today because I just discovered something that will make …

2019-11-21: Tonight was another night when the Apple two-factor authentication popup started alerting me over …

2019-11-21: 🎵 I love “Dream Boy” by Beach Bunny. It’s such a fun song, and everything about it …

2019-11-21: The Kids Who Love ‘Frozen’ and the Parents Who Love Them My daughter is a little like the kids in this light article by Kevin Noble Maillard: What’s the …

2019-11-21: Disney+ Nature Movies I am going to start trying to get my kids to watch the nature documentary-style movies on Disney+ …

2019-11-20: I’m pushing a small bug fix update out for one of my apps, and re-thinking my git branching …

2019-11-20: I got over my last cold-turned-sinus-infection late last week, and I am already coming down with the …

2019-11-20: I am updating my FreeNAS box right now, not because I need to keep it current (it’s working …

2019-11-19: My personal life today consisted of no news, then bad news, then good news, all on different fronts. …

2019-11-19: I am happy that I have subscribed to the “Poem-a-Day” email series from Poets.org. Each …

2019-11-19: The Mister Rogers No One Saw Jeanne Marie Laskas’s article in The New York Times is absolutely wonderful: “If you make him …

2019-11-18: I started my day by putting “do something great” at the top of my task list. The greatest …

2019-11-18: The credit card my wife and I use the most got compromised again yesterday. It happens about once …

2019-11-18: I have to do required ethics training today for one of my audit certifications. Unfortunately, …

2019-11-17: I hope to start to get more meaningful programming work done this week. I have been sick or on …

2019-11-16: There’s nothing like an unscheduled play date in a few hours to get me to clean up the messy …

2019-11-10: Democrats should not move to the left or the right to win in future elections. They should move to …

2019-11-09: The amount of family disruption that has started since our 2-year-old son discovered he can boss …

2019-11-08: Thoughts on Apple Arcade So far, I have found Apple Arcade to be overwhelming, in terms of number of games available, and …

2019-11-07: The Wonderful world of Chinese Hi-Fi I enjoyed this article about Chi-Fi from at The Verge: The factories that make the drivers don’t …

2019-11-05: I voted in my town’s local election this evening. It worries me, in a way that it hadn’t …

2019-11-05: I am not sure why, but I keep thinking lately that I need to read poetry by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

2019-11-04: I had to reboot my iPad (iPadOS 13.2) to get the Files app to show me the same files on iCloud Drive …

2019-11-03: Call me crazy, but the last thing I want to read is “How Trump Reshaped the Presidency in …

2019-11-03: I think the clock change today actually allowed my family to catch up on a little sleep today. …

2019-11-02: I have a cold. 🤒😤

2019-11-01: I made it through Halloween without eating any candy! I did eat a little homemade brownie, but I …

2019-10-31: I both (1) don’t want everything to be partisan, and (2) don’t understand why two …

2019-10-31: Foul weather, though not as foul as expected, canceled my daughter’s Halloween parade this …

2019-10-30: Teal Pumpkins Make Halloween Less Tricky For Kids With Food Allergies Tove Danovich writes about the Teal Pumpkin project on NPR.org: Having a teal pumpkin on the …

2019-10-30: Twitter Will Ban All Political Ads, C.E.O. Dorsey Says Kate Conger of the New York Times reports: Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, said on …

2019-10-30: I ordered an Apple Watch Series 3 for my wife last night. I hope she loves it. I wonder if we will …

2019-10-30: 🎵 R.E.M.’s Monster is an underrated album, though it certainly is very much of its moment (the …

2019-10-29: I am currently baffled that Apple’s NSDataDetector will not identify the “tel:” …

2019-10-29: The Secret Ingredient That Improves Meat Every Time is mayonnaise. Nope. No, no, no! I think …

2019-10-29: My wife really wants an Apple Watch. I can’t believe it. She is eyeing the Series 3 (the lower …

2019-10-29: Sony to shut down PlayStation Vue in January 2020 Samit Sarkar reports about the impending closure on Polygon: “Unfortunately, the highly competitive …

2019-10-29: 🎵 Peter Buck and Mike Mills (of R.E.M. fame) are in a supergroup that only performs original songs …

2019-10-29: Maybe macOS 10.15.1 will stop Xcode edit windows form tearing and revealing snapshots “The Matrix” …

2019-10-29: Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters. I hate to admit it, but I love reading a good pan of an expensive restauarant. Case in point, …

2019-10-28: Once again, WinSCP is making me happy. It would be even nicer if I could drag from one instance of …

2019-10-28: 🕹 I got the Xbox Wireless Controller that I ordered today, after a weekend of telling myself I will …

2019-10-28: 📺 I remain excited for the “His Dark Materials” series. The last preview I saw made me …

2019-10-28: Apple introduces AirPods Pro Dan Moren, on Six Colors, reports: Boasting a new design with flexible ear tips, the AirPods Pro …

2019-10-25: 🕹 “Hollow Knight” kicked my ass this evening. I tried to beat The Trial of the Fool for …

2019-10-25: The Curious Design of Mail’s Message Action Toolbar in iOS 13 John Gruber took note of the terrible UI decisions Apple made on its iOS Mail app. The new toolbar …

2019-10-25: 🕹 I just used the last of my birthday money to purchase an Xbox wireless controller, which I can use …

2019-10-25: 🕹 I started a third playthrough of “Hollow Knight” last night. I am eagerly awaiting its …

2019-10-24: My commit history, in my apps and in my life (if that is a thing), is a mess.

2019-10-24: 📺 I watched the premiere episode of “Watchmen” a couple days ago and am still a little …

2019-10-24: I noticed that Lucas/”AppleProgramming” is posting new tutorial videos to YouTube, after …

2019-10-24: 📺 I got to watch it a bit late, but I was please that “The Good Place” returned to form …

2019-10-24: Tech podcasts have been a huge bummer to listen to lately. Tech used to be fun (for the most part), …

2019-10-24: ⚾️ MLB At Bat has been crashing on me every time I try to watch a World Series game this morning. 🙁

2019-10-24: 🎵 I have been listening to all the singles and EPs from Us the Duo while working the past couple …

2019-10-17: I noticed a big price drop on the Chord Mojo, a highly rated headphone DAC/amp combo. I have …

2019-10-16: 🎵 There’s a new, remastered version of “Jollification” by The Lightning Seeds out …

2019-10-16: Things don’t look too good for “Sunnyside”, which looks to be cancelled in all but …

2019-10-16: At some point, Apple Music started supporting a lot more terrestrial and online radio stations. …

2019-10-15: I don’t know what to say re: everything at the moment. 🤷‍♂️

2019-10-15: Beats announces Solo Pro on-ear headphones with noise cancellation Chris Welsh from The Verge reports: Beats is today introducing the Solo Pro, a $299.95 set of …

2019-10-08: 🎵 How did I not know there was a new Avett Brother’s album?

2019-10-07: I have learned that my 2013 rMBP is too old to be compatible with Catalina’s Sidecar feature. …

2019-10-07: Apple Releases macOS Catalina With Find My, Screen Time, and No More iTunes My Catalina upgrade was a headache. Here is a bullet list of my woes: The install process stalled …

2019-10-02: The local high today is predicted to be 93º. I really miss fall, which is a season we used to have …

2019-10-01: 🎵 I discovered new albums by “The New Pornographers” and “Belle & …

2019-10-01: Apple's New Map, Expansion #5: Northeast U.S. Apple Maps is significantly better in my part of the world (New Jersey) than it was a couple days …

2019-09-27: I should start a “Why did I even read this article?!” link blog.

2019-09-26: 📺 I am excited that “The Good Place” is returning tonight. This season will be its last. I hope they …

2019-09-25: I long for the days where the tech podcasts I listen to are less politically charged than the …

2019-09-24: I know the iOS 13 beta season was rough, but iOS 13.0 (non-beta) was not so bad for me. I think the …

2019-09-24: Nancy Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry of Trump. (Sigh.) Finally.

2019-09-24: I just learned that to replace the busted blender jar and lid in my kitchen will cost $175 + tax. …

2019-09-23: How to Boil the Perfect Egg I am 100% on board for a new food column in the New York Times by J. Kenji López-Alt: Years ago, in …

2019-09-22: I hope that today wasn’t the last day this year that my family will visit the beach.

2019-09-21: 🕹 I will probably hold off on trying Apple Arcade until it is available on Apple TV. I prefer gaming …

2019-09-21: I am giving Icro 2.0 a serious go right now, and I am very impressed.

2019-09-21: Cooking updates: Homemade chicken soup is still delicious, even after three weekly iterations. As a …

2019-09-20: Web browsers I use, ranked in the order of how much I like them Safari: This is the only browser I use on Apple’s platforms. It is fast, has just enough …

2019-09-20: For non-work browsing on Windows, I’m switching back to FireFox.

2019-09-20: Doctor’s offices seem to be asking for coinsurance payments up front lately rather than sending me a …

2019-09-19: I just kicked Calendars 5 off my phone. iOS 13’s Calendar, NotePlan, and Drafts’s …

2019-09-19: I really like the new watch faces that come with watchOS 6.

2019-09-19: I’m upgrading my iPhone 7 to iOS 13.0. 🤞 I am debating whether to jump on the iPadOS 13.1 beta for …

2019-09-18: Cooler autumn weather means roasted chicken, chicken soup, and home-baked bread for my family. I’ve …

2019-09-17: 🎵 Amazon Music HD I have the premium headphones and DACs that would make Amazon Music HD, it’s new hidef tier, …

2019-09-17: 🕹 I wonder why no one is saying much about “Oceanhorn 2” in regards to Apple Arcade. I …

2019-09-17: watchOS 6: The Birchtree Review Matt Birchler posted his review of watchOS 6 today: watchOS 6 is not a massive update to the …

2019-09-16: 📺 I didn’t think I would like “Good Omens” but I definitely do. It is funny and I …

2019-09-16: I think it is funny that many video game and tech sites are expressing surprise today that Apple …

2019-09-14: My pie was good but the crust did not meet my standards. I absolutely nailed the Apple filling, …

2019-09-14: Looks OK so far. It will be difficult to wait till after dinner to try my Apple crumb pie. I think I …

2019-09-14: Today, I am trying to make the first pie I have made in a very long time.

2019-09-13: I wish there was something like RSS for Apple Music. I want “show me everything new by these …

2019-09-13: Why don’t I just use an IDE for everything?

2019-09-13: Why don't I just use an IDE for everything? I have been working on a PowerShell and SQL-heavy project at work for about a week now. To …

2019-09-12: I have noticed that, since the Apple Card was released, the other credit card companies that I have …

2019-09-12: HBO’s His Dark Materials adaptation will premiere on November 4th Per Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge: After months of teasers and trailers, HBO has finally announced …

2019-09-10: I expect to be getting a new, very powerful Windows 10 laptop soon. I plan to install Visual Studio, …

2019-09-10: It looks like somebody at TidBits forgot to replace the boilerplate text in one of their RSS feed …

2019-09-10: Apple Watch Series 5 has an always-on display and comes in titanium or ceramic finishes Per Brian Seifert of The Verge: The big new feature this year is an always-on display option so you …

2019-09-10: Why is Amazon Cloud Drive turning off all third-party app access? Is that service being folded? …

2019-09-10: I will try to watch the Apple keynote later and get a hint of what my next iPhone will be, next …

2019-09-09: I feel really good about the work-related code I wrote today for loading a database (via T-SQL and …

2019-09-09: As great as git is, every six months or so I find a way to completely mess up one of my …

2019-09-09: I’m digging through documentation into the SQL Server bulk copy command (BCP) this morning, so …

2019-09-07: Tonight, I’m fixing more bugs that I wish my app did not have. 😬

2019-09-07: We took the kids to the park, and later ate lunch outside, to take advantage of today’s lovely …

2019-09-06: I picked up “Dead Cells” for the Nintendo Switch this evening, and had a blast going …

2019-09-06: 🎵 Try to Remember I love the richness of Jerry Orbach’s baritone on this recording of “Try to …

2019-09-06: Howard Schultz, Former Starbucks Chief, Won’t Run for President in 2020 From Matt Stevens of the New York Times: In a letter to supporters, Mr. Schultz said he had …

2019-09-05: I have spent a ton of time this evening and last with Xcode’s memory graph afeature nd in …

2019-09-05: Apple Music launches on the web Chaim Gartenberg of The Verge brings some exciting and long overdue news from Apple: Apple Music is …

2019-09-05: I RMA’d my daughter’s ChromeBook yesterday. There was about one week left before the …

2019-09-04: I baked and ate some desserts over the holiday weekend, and now my keto-adapted body is, once-again, …

2019-09-04: John Sundell (@johnsundell) is (still) killing it with Swift by Sundell. I love his new, statically …

2019-09-04: The Apple Tile-like Device Per Joe Rossignol and Steve Moser in MacRumors: Apple is developing a Tile-like accessory that will …

2019-09-04: Of course, on the day before school starts for my daughter, her $500 ChromeBook dies due to battery …

2019-09-04: I’d like to extend a hearty thank you to whoever invented Safari Reader Mode. I miss it so …

2019-09-03: I do not think my apps will be updated in time for iOS 13. Fortunately, it appears that iOS 13 will …

2019-09-03: I don’t want to wear my Apple Watch to sleep. I did so with a FitBit for a couple years and …

2019-09-03: Getting back into the school day routine It’s my wife’s first day back at school (she’s a teacher) and Thursday is my …

2019-09-02: I find classical music to be far more joyous when heard in person rather than on a recording.

2019-09-01: I signed up for Disney+ using the promotional rate I learned about on the “TV Talk Machine” …

2019-08-31: My grocery store has rolled out its enormous Halloween candy display. It is still August.

2019-08-31: The terrible thing about being a programmer is that you regularly run into periods of incompetence …

2019-08-31: 🎮 I should probably stop playing “Breath of the Wild” (I’m in the middle of my second play-through) …

2019-08-30: 🎵 I am very much enjoying NPR’s New Music Friday playlist today. It helps to have two Lana Del …

2019-08-29: Deaths From Red-Light Running At A 10-Year High, AAA Study Finds Per Bobby Allyn of NPR: Deaths caused by motorists running red lights has risen to a 10-year-high, …

2019-08-29: 🎵 I am immune to the charms of “Baby Shark.”

2019-08-29: Democratic Candidates Jostle, and Gripe, as Debates Winnow the Field Reid J. Epstein’s article in the New York Times captures, pretty well, the frustrations of the …

2019-08-28: As a fan and user of Apple Mail on iOS, I am not looking forward to the iOS 13 release. There have …

2019-08-28: The Joys of Being a Late Tech Adopter Per Brian X. Chen of the New York Times: I’m neither a Luddite nor a cheapskate. But after testing …

2019-08-28: I am trying to get back into drinking tea. For today: oolong.

2019-08-28: I have no appointments on my calendar today. I’m suspicious. It’s almost too good to be …

2019-08-27: My mind feels cluttered today. I am very busy but not very productive. I’m getting something done, …

2019-08-23: Apple Music Introduces ‘New Music Daily’ Playlist From Ryan Christoffel at MacStories: What was formerly known as Best of the Week has been changed …

2019-08-22: Zero (the fasting app for iOS) mjdescy.me

2019-08-22: Zero I am a big fan of the Zero app, which is a tracker for intermittent fasting. It is free, attractive, …

2019-08-22: Five Years Later, It’s Time To Admit We Overreacted About Apple Putting A Free U2 Album On Our Phones Culture critic Steven Hyden argues that U2’s Song’s of Innocence was unfairly maligned. …

2019-08-22: Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America mjdescy.me

2019-08-22: Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America I read this article in the New York Times with interest, because I am an information security …

2019-08-21: What the heck is Eck talking about? ⚾️ Red Sox broadcasts have been somewhat incomprehensible to me since Dennis Eckersley started doing …

2019-08-21: The Keto Diet Is Popular, but Is It Good for You? mjdescy.me

2019-08-21: The Keto Diet Is Popular, but Is It Good for You? As a ketogenic dieter, Anahad O’Connor’s article about ketogenic diets is pretty …

2019-08-20: All my WordPress sites stopped working via XML-RPC, so I cannot publish to them with Ulysses or …

2019-08-20: Opting out of forced arbitration for the Apple Card took me literally 5 seconds over iMessage.

2019-08-20: Ubuntu Linux on my Toshiba Satellite Laptop I was finally brave enough to install Ubuntu Linux on the laptop sitting in my home office that …

2019-08-20: I must be old. I am more excited about getting a new pair of eyeglasses this fall than learning …

2019-08-18: Thoughts on Apple Card I got the Apple Card about a week ago, and just started using it this weekend. Here are some initial …

2019-08-18: Sabbaday Falls

2019-08-18: We got back from vacation last night after midnight. Today has been a busy day of unpacking and …

2019-08-16: My vacation ends tomorrow. My family had a lot of fun and some relaxing days in the mountains, but …

2019-08-14: What Makes a Red Sky at Night (and at Morning) This article by XKCD creator Randall Munroe amused me. My dad used to always say “Red sky at night, …

2019-08-09: Paradoxically, my children appear both to eat constantly and consume no food all day long.

2019-08-09: Another Baseball Mystery: Why Do Players Seem to Live Longer? I think the answer to the mystery is found the final paragraph of Nicholas Bakalar’s story: …

2019-08-08: It’s amazing how much faster LTE is after 10:00 PM.

2019-08-08: Can Britain’s Top Bookseller Save Barnes & Noble? David Segal’s article poses the question. I hope the answer is yes. Barnes & Noble has …

2019-08-07: Nicolas Cage on his legacy, his philosophy of acting and his metaphorical — and literal — search for the Holy Grail. I really enjoyed this profile of Nicholas Cage, by David Marchese. I wanted to know why Cage, …

2019-08-03: The best part of vacation packing this year is not having to find a place for a massive stroller in …

2019-08-02: Monmouth County Fair

2019-08-02: Facebook to Add Its Name to Instagram, WhatsApp From Alex Health in The Information: In a big shift, Facebook plans to signal its control of …

2019-08-02: 🎵 The New Pornographers are releasing a new album on September 27 (via Jazz Monroe of Pitchfork). I …

2019-08-02: iPhone Home Screen I am trying something new with Apple organization: Three apps in the home row instead of four, and …

2019-08-01: Peanut allergies My wife and I learned today that my two-year-old son has severe peanut allergies. My daughter does …

2019-08-01: After Decades of Music, Tanglewood Talks Seeing this article, by Michael Cooper, today, a couple days before I leave on vacation, made me …

2019-07-31: Monmouth County Fair

2019-07-31: A giant of Broadway theatre has died: Hal Prince, Giant of Broadway and Reaper of Tonys, Dies at 91 …

2019-07-31: Monmouth County Fair

2019-07-31: Monmouth County Fair

2019-07-31: Sleater-Kinney Asked St. Vincent for a Creative Spark. The Trio Blew Up. From what I have heard of Sleater-Kinney’s new album, “The Center Won’t …

2019-07-31: I wish TidBITS posted more content, because their site loads so damn fast.

2019-07-30: G&T

2019-07-30: I am wondering right now whether a gin-and-tonic is in my near future or my far future.

2019-07-30: Where Did It Go Wrong for Beto? Mimi Swartz, for the New York Times, ponders something I have been wondering about, too. The once …

2019-07-29: Oh, another big data breach. Just wondering, does anybody pay for their own credit monitoring? I …

2019-07-29: My wife and I worked on packing clothes for our vacation—starting Saturday. We are really ahead of …

2019-07-29: Monmouth County Fair

2019-07-29: The Monmouth County (New Jersey) Fair

2019-07-29: Sony’s latest RX100 camera finally gets a mic jack Via The Verge: Sony may have only released the RX100 VI last year, but the company is already back …

2019-07-29: I upgraded my hosted micro.blog’s Photos page to the new, built-in one that @manton released …

2019-07-29: I am thankful for Panic’s Transmit app today, as it tears through terabytes of file moving on …

2019-07-28: I use git almost every day, and I still have to look up commands and workarounds to error messages …

2019-07-28: My family and I enjoyed the local county fair this weekend. We went right after it opened for the …

2019-07-28: The “Bat out of Hell” Broadway musical is oddly fascinating to me. I actually love how …

2019-07-26: I got my first iTunes “Uploaded with warnings” message for my Mac app tonight. It was …

2019-07-26: 🎵 It’s a bright and cheery “Country Caffeine” afternoon for me, as I close out my …

2019-07-25: I started the most important part of packing for my vacation: syncing some TV shows to my iPad via …

2019-07-25: I wish I had purchased my first pair of (good) open-back headphones about 8 years ago, when I …

2019-07-25: The $60 Gadget That’s Changing Electronic Music I enjoyed reading this article from the New York Times: Estrada was playing a Pocket Operator, a …

2019-07-25: Faxing in 2019 😠 I just had to re-send a fax to my health insurer because the prior fax, sent last week by a third …

2019-07-24: Panic’s Nova code editor, which is entering private beta soon, looks incredible. I wish I were …

2019-07-22: I was thrilled to re-learn today that WinSCP can connect to SharePoint sites via WebDAV. I know …

2019-07-22: I updated my iPad Air 2 to iPadOS 13 Developer Beta 4, which is the only device I have that I can …

2019-07-20: I don’t think the person who put a hard-coded limit on Excel file path names, one that is way …

2019-07-18: I may finally set up a RetroPie “for the kids”. 😀🕹

2019-07-16: I had a plumber repair my bathroom faucet today, and I am starting to question the intelligence of …

2019-07-16: In 2020 Democratic Fund-Raising, Five Candidates Stand Out I think that every bit of this article from the New York Times illustrates what is wrong with the …

2019-07-15: Sometimes I think I should run for office so I can share my political opinions endlessly and, just …

2019-07-15: Like a true nerd, I am drafting a technical document for work using five Markdown tabs in a Sublime …

2019-07-15: I think another Amazon Prime Day will pass me by without enticing me to purchase anything.

2019-07-12: I’m proud of myself for teaching myself so much of Microsoft Powershell this week. I really get it …

2019-07-01: I don’t know what’s better: (1) having an email address that is not tied to Gmail, or …

2019-06-30: My summer project is to get into drinking fizzy water…which is not particularly ambitious. 😃

2019-06-25: I added some “pages” to my Micro.blog I fleshed out my hosted Micro.blog with a few new …

2019-06-25: Just fixing bugs on one of my iOS apps tonight while my work PC chugs away generating analytical …

2019-06-25: I just upgraded my Mac’s external display from a large but mostly awful 28”4K TN panel …

2019-06-24: I’m super happy that I did not install the iOS and iPadOS betas on any of my devices yet, …

2019-06-24: Potential uses for a Raspberry Pi 4 Once I figure out how to fit them on my shelf, I will probably pick up at least one Raspberry Pi 4. …

2019-06-24: Raspberry Pi 4 I’m excited about the newly announced Raspberry Pi 4, especially about the news that it will …

2019-06-22: I set up a new email address at my own domain, and now I’m deleting almost every email from my …

2019-06-18: Facebook may have too many users for its cryptocurrency to fail — even if you don’t trust it From Vox: Facebook doesn’t have much consumer trust. But it does have a hell of a lot of consumers. …

2019-06-17: 🎵 I was happy to discover today that NPR has added curated playlists to Apple Music. It will be …

2019-06-11: SwiftUI for My Apps SwiftUI is definitely the way forward for development on all Apple platforms, and I am excited about …

2019-06-10: My wife and I baked a cake for her mother’s birthday. It was really good!

2019-06-10: 🎵 Somehow I made it from Beats 1 to Robyn Hitchcock’s “Chronology”, which is a fun …

2019-06-10: 🎵 It’s a Beats 1 morning for me. I don’t often listen to Beats 1, but today I had no …

2019-06-09: Thompson Park

2019-06-09: Thompson Park

2019-06-09: Marlu Lake

2019-06-08: Turtles at Marlu Lake

2019-06-08: Marlu Lake

2019-06-08: One of the bat houses I saw today. For some reason, I thought they were really cool.

2019-06-07: 🎵 Texas 25 is a great pop (ahem, blue-eyed soul) album. The band reworked eight of their hits, and …

2019-06-07: Ocean Grove, New Jersey

2019-06-07: My MacBook Pro came back to me with a brand new top case and all its data intact. It looks great. I …

2019-06-07: Ocean Grove, New Jersey

2019-06-07: My Apple Support Laptop Limbo Is Ending (I Hope) Today FedEx just sent me a text saying I have a delivery scheduled today, which can only mean that my …

2019-06-06: Ocean Grove, New Jersey

2019-06-06: Ocean Grove, New Jersey

2019-06-06: 🎵 “What’s Up Danger?” by Blackway and Black Caviar. (I’m starting my day in …

2019-06-05: I took my 2013 MacBook Pro to the Apple Store yesterday to get a new battery. It’s quite an …

2019-06-05: Answers to the most common questions about SwiftUI Answers to the most common questions about SwiftUI: SwiftUI is not compatible with earlier versions …

2019-06-04: 🎧 Listening to ATP’s WWDC live show at the top of my work day.

2019-06-03: iOS 13 Sherlocks Simple Call Blocker My Simple Call Blocker app won’t be that useful once iOS natively allows users to block all …

2019-06-03: It looks like the iPad Air 2 is not supported by iOS 13, at least based on the beta downloads …

2019-06-03: I’m looking forward to watching the WWDC keynote and state of the union later today. I am …

2019-06-03: Thompson Park

2019-06-03: Thompson Park

2019-06-03: Marlu Lake

2019-06-02: As I feared, my 2013 Macbook Pro has a swollen battery. Cycle count is low, but battery life has …

2019-06-02: Marlu Lake

2019-06-01: Thompson Park

2019-06-01: Soaring

2019-06-01: Thompson Park

2019-05-29: I’m going to try using Fork instead of SourceTree for my Mac Git client. SourceTree is great, …

2019-05-29: Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Today, Bose announced its long-awaited successor to its flagship headphones, the QuietComfort 35 II. …

2019-05-27: I got to the end of “Hollow Knight” last night. There are still some (impossible) bosses …

2019-05-27: We took the kids to the splash park today. They had a blast.

2019-05-25: We watched turtle races today at the Staten Island Zoo. It was silly and fun. The kids there got …

2019-05-24: I wrote 1,800 words for a new headphone review (it’s not complete yet, unfortunately), and …

2019-05-22: I wish there was a definitive test for “is this a cold, or is it allergies?”

2019-05-21: The new MacBook Pros Apple’s new pro laptops sound fast, but until they get an entirely new keyboard design, I am …

2019-05-21: “Westworld” season 3 looks fascinating. I’m excited, as always, to see where this …

2019-05-21: I am not sure I’m interested in seeing Toy Story 4. (The final trailer dropped today.) I …

2019-05-20: The Game of Thrones Finale I thought the “Game of Thrones” finale was a fitting end to the show. Like the rest of …

2019-05-20: This accessory may not be supported I thought that iOS 12.3 made my headphone DAC/amp not work anymore. Luckily, switching to a new …

2019-05-18: I don’t expect to read about Micro.blog or the IndieWeb in The New Yorker, but when I do I am happy …

2019-05-16: There is nothing quite like silencing 100 compiler warnings in Xcode when you think a “right …

2019-05-14: I have not watched nearly enough baseball this spring. I have followed my team, the Boston Red Sox, …

2019-05-13: Game of Thrones Season 8 has become yet another thing for everyone to be angry about I did not hate the latest “Game of Thrones” episode. I actually liked it, thought it was …

2019-05-08: Bye bye Homebridge support for Nest I noticed an email from Google in my Spam folder this evening (copied, by someone else, here) …

2019-05-08: I may have just done the last commit for SwiftoDo Desktop version 4.0. 🤞

2019-05-08: After being professionally-speaking, out to sea for about a week, I am now taking a different tack. …

2019-05-08: My FreeNAS server is back from the dead! My FreeNAS server is back from the dead. After it stopped working and wouldn’t boot, I needed …

2019-05-07: FreeNAS Server - I should not have tempted fate The same week I wrote a blog post about how great my FreeNAS server is, it has decided to die, or at …

2019-05-06: Now that the new trailer is out, I can conclude that the next Spider-Man movie looks delightful.

2019-05-06: 🎵 I’m listening to Aja on my V-Moda Crossfade 2 🎧 tonight. Steely Dan isn’t always my …

2019-05-06: Let’s not talk about the $150-off sale on Hifiman Sundara headphones, OK?

2019-05-06: Much to my surprise, I think I prefer the Razer Orange switches on this keyboard (pictured) to the …

2019-05-06: I am using MarsEdit more and more for microblogging. I like it being “write-only”, as …

2019-05-04: Maybe writing a todo.txt app with a task list and a text editor mode is not the best idea. So…my new SwiftoDo Desktop app for the Mac would be 100% complete right now, if I …

2019-05-04: 🎵 I never get sick of Lana Del Ray, especially when a song of hers shows up in my “Chill …

2019-05-04: I think AppKit will be around for a long, long time.

2019-05-03: My Hobby: Moving Files Around I have found that my home server hobby is more a “moving files around” hobby. I have reached this …

2019-05-03: This week, Apple Music’s recommendations for me are completely ruined by all the …

2019-05-03: Since I started dogfooding my new Mac app, I have found a few new bugs that I never noticed before. …

2019-05-02: After months of development, it feels nice to be testing my newly updated (completely rewritten) Mac …

2019-05-02: 🎮 The biggest lie I told myself this week is “I will not play ‘Hollow Knight’ for …

2019-05-01: I think I need some time late in the evening to listen to music with my really nice headphones and …

2019-04-30: Hadestown 🎵 I’m giving “Hadestown” a first listen tonight. I never heard of the show until …

2019-04-30: After seeing “Game of Thrones” and “Avengers: Endgame” over the past two …

2019-04-25: Initial impressions of Reeder 4 for iOS I’m trying to get my mind around Reeder 4 for iOS. It looks great, has a very nice article view and …

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2019-04-22: I normally wouldn’t post pictures with family members in them on my blog, but I’ll make an exception …

2019-04-22: Monmouth Battlefield State Park

2019-04-22: Carole Cadwalladr: Facebook's role in Brexit -- and the threat to democracy I listened to this TED Talk yesterday, via the TED podcast. Carole Cadwalladr’s message was …

2019-04-21: Monmouth Battlefield State Park

2019-04-18: 🎵 Nancy Wilson, who I have known about forever but have never really listened to, is awesome.

2019-04-18: Holmdel Park on a cloudy day

2019-04-18: Longstreet Farm

2019-04-18: Longstreet Farm

2019-04-16: As much as I love Auto Layout, I also, in equal measure, hate it, too—mostly when I can’t …

2019-04-16: I took my son, in the stroller, on a long, long walk through a local park on Sunday, while my wife …

2019-04-16: I did not ever expect to see giant ray-, octopus, and squid-shaped kites, but now they haunt my …

2019-04-16: The Notre Dame fire, or, upsetting things are upsetting The burning of Notre Dame shook me to my core yesterday. The images and videos made me so upset that …

2019-04-12: I have been in a weird state lately in which I am not excited about any company’s recently …

2019-04-12: Thanks to the couple of warm-weather days we had this week, I discovered that I need to replace not …

2019-04-11: 🎵 Temporary, by Feathermerchants

2019-04-11: Temporary, by Feathermerchants I was poking around my iTunes library, found an old album I loved from senior year of high school, …

2019-04-09: I just purchased my ticket to “Avengers: Endgame”. I got a Monday night showing, because …

2019-04-07: Journal 2019-04-07

2019-04-07: Journal 2019-04-07 This weekend was great. On Saturday, my wife and I took the kids to the Staten Island Zoo. One of my …

2019-04-05: My (Former) Hobby: Home Media Streaming

2019-04-05: My (Former) Hobby: Home Media Streaming For someone who is, now, only marginally interested in television and movies, I have spent a lot of …

2019-04-05: ⚾️ My hot take on the Red Sox vs. Diamondbacks game: 😢🤷‍♂️😤

2019-04-05: Ulysses, I can’t quit you. If only I knew how to to publish from you to micro.blog.

2019-04-05: 🎵 The new Sara Bareilles album is really good.

2019-04-04: Classic Margarita My favorite warm weather alcoholic drink is the classic margarita—but not just any margarita. It has …

2019-04-04: Iced Tea My favorite non-alcoholic warm weather drink is iced tea—but not just any iced tea. It has to be …

2019-04-04: ⚾️ Dennis Eckersley uses the word “cheese” an awful lot when he is calling a game. 🧀

2019-04-03: I finally deleted my Facebook account today. I had deactivated it a long time ago, but I decided …

2019-04-03: Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand I could have written this article from Ars Technica, because I don’t trust Google to stick …

2019-04-03: ⚾️ It is very early in the season, but it has been difficult watching the Red Sox lose so many …

2019-04-02: Why do my children love Daniel Tiger so much, and why does it cause so many problems?

2019-04-01: Thanks to it being April Fool’s Day, I can save some time by not reading the news today. That …

2019-03-31: There is a forest fire in New Jersey, very far away from where I live, but it has been smoky and …

2019-03-28: I submitted Simple Call Blocker to App Review tonight. The update is practically nothing, but it …

2019-03-28: My wife and I watched another (very old) episode of the Great British Bake-off tonight. It’s a …

2019-03-28: One of my minor projects of the week was, essentially, moving terabytes worth of media files around …

2019-03-27: The Swift 5.0 Migration I started updating my apps to Swift 5.0 today. It has been a pretty easy migration for me, so far, …

2019-03-27: My thoughts on Apple Card, written in the Apple style of trying not to say “the” before the …

2019-03-27: Apple Card Apple announced Apple Card at its event on Monday. Details are incomplete, but its announcement …

2019-03-27: Today I learned that you can delete files older than 30 days from the Recycle Bin in Windows 10.

2019-03-25: I am a little baffled that the most exciting announcement from Apple’s event today is a credit …

2019-03-22: Unlike most iPad users, I can write apps for the platform, and know an awful lot about iOS APIs. …

2019-03-22: I brought my iPad Pro with the LCD backlight bleeding problem to the Genius Bar tonight, and they …

2019-03-22: I am super late to it, but I may just like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” even more than …

2019-03-20: Journal 2019-03-20

2019-03-20: Journal 2019-03-20 I have been working pretty steadily on finishing version 4.0 of SwiftoDo Desktop. I feel pretty good …

2019-03-20: I had no idea that MLB has to ship tons and tons of dirt to make “safe”, regulation …

2019-03-20: Sign me up for these new AirPods. My AirPods’ batteries are almost toast. They last about 30 …

2019-03-20: I have one more feature to create for my huge SwiftoDo Desktop update. After coding that, plus …

2019-03-15: I’m trying something new on the big blog: occasional longform journal entries. Journal …

2019-03-15: Journal 2019-03-15 I am going to try to post a journal entry now and then, because I have been neglecting my blog, and …

2019-03-12: iPad Pro Backlight Bleed As of today, my second 2017 iPad Pro has also developed backlight bleed on the bottom edge of the …

2019-03-10: I don’t know anybody who objects to Daylight Savings Time, as a thing. Everybody I talk to …

2019-03-09: I’m coding and listening to Guster. I think about the one live Guster show I saw in Boston …

2019-03-09: I love Lin-Manuel Miranda, and am excited to see his guest spot on “Brooklyn 99” someday (I …

2019-03-08: Friday evening now means homemade chicken soup and (not homemade) challah for dinner at my house!

2019-03-08: I had thought that more Americans used LED light bulbs than this New York Times article reports. I’m …

2019-03-08: One of my favorite podcast hosting teams is the Political Gabfest’s combo of Emily Bazelon, …

2019-03-07: I made a last-minute decision to go see Captain Marvel tonight. I hope I like it. 🤞

2019-03-07: I miss listening to “Marketplace” on my commute home. Now that I work from home, I …

2019-03-07: I’m listening to Counting Crows after listening to an episode of the “Underwater …

2019-03-06: I felt really good about the data analysis work I performed this morning, until I discovered that …

2019-03-06: I just bought my first app in a long, long time: iA Writer. I hope it will be useful at work, …

2019-03-06: The more news stories and gadget blog entries about foldable phones trickles in, the more I think …

2019-03-05: Yesterday was a rough day. I was ejected from an exclusive online club for no reason, and had a …

2019-03-04: I have been spending so much time in the past couple weeks working on my new macOS app that I have …

2019-02-21: I moved my work computer and all its peripherals yesterday, and have not been able to put them back …

2019-02-20: But how will we pay for it? Suggested answers for progressive presidential candidates to the question “but how can we pay …

2019-02-19: I think writing the preferences UI for my new Mac App is taking ten times the amount of time that …

2019-02-18: I enjoy listening to Tim Goodman’s TV Talk Machine a lot more than I enjoy actually watching …

2019-02-18: I am wondering today if anybody else has as many problems as I do getting Microsoft One Drive to …

2019-02-15: Hollow Knight developers announce a full sequel, Silksong I’m pretty sure I’ll buy Hollow Knight: Silksong as soon as it comes out. Hollow Knight …

2019-02-15: Trump Declares A National Emergency Per the New York Times: In a televised announcement in the Rose Garden, Mr. Trump said he was …

2019-02-14: Yesterday was my son’s second birthday. The family had a great time celebrating him last …

2019-02-12: “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.” There is actually a Wikipedia …

2019-02-12: School was canceled due to snow, so it is a full house today. It didn’t actually snow until about …

2019-02-11: VFEmail hacked and all US data destroyed In 2001 I paid $14.99 for a lifetime account at VFEmail. I used it as my primary email host for a …

2019-02-11: US iPhone users spent, on average, $79 on apps last year, up 36% from 2017 Per TechCrunch: As is typical, much of that increase can be attributed to mobile gaming, which …

2019-02-11: Amazon Acquires Eero John Gruber’s take is dead on. For privacy reasons, there is no way I’ll buy an Eero …

2019-02-08: I keep thinking that I should use my iCloud email address for “personal” email, and my Gmail address …

2019-02-07: My daughter was moved to a higher math class on Monday and is doing well so far. I am so proud of …

2019-02-07: 🎵 While I’ve been working this morning, I have been listening to Apple Music’s …

2019-02-07: I miss Katie Floyd’s presence on the “Mac Power Users” podcast, but I really enjoy …

2019-02-07: At every meal now, my almost-two-year-old son cries out “Hey Siri! Play ‘Uptown …

2019-02-06: Parenting tip: I wholeheartedly recommend putting your baby to sleep at their bedtime, rather than …

2019-02-06: I didn't exactly *forget* about the Responder Chain, but... I had to look up Apple’s documentation on the Responder Chain once again tonight. …

2019-02-06: For a few hours today, Overcast’s podcast recommendation engine thought I could speak fluent …

2019-02-06: I will be very surprised if iOS 13 does not contain a system dark mode, and all the new system …

2019-02-06: Does OneDrive work very poorly with iOS Files integration, or is it just my experience?

2019-02-05: FE File Explorer I hope that iOS 13 brings a Files app update that will add direct access to file shares. Until then, …

2019-02-05: 🎵 It’s an “Automatic for the People” day for me. That amazing R.E.M. album has …

2019-02-05: Stuck in a loop Sometimes, as a developer, I get stuck. This week, I have been stuck by some kind of endless loop or …

2019-02-04: I both downloaded Night Owl and created an Automator application to toggle Dark Mode on my Mac. I …

2019-02-04: I love WNYC’s American Standards. I put it on every evening when I put my son to bed, and he …

2019-02-04: The Spotify/Gimlet deal portends more of the same to come Spotify’s reported offer to buy Gimlet Media for an estimated $200 milliion makes me think …

2019-02-03: I want to link blog, it all my thoughts lately about articles I have read have been: “this is …

2019-02-01: I am neck-deep in Access and VBA coding at work, now that I am back from our annual training …

2019-01-31: By some miracle, I was able to fly home from Chicago yesterday, in the middle of the polar vortex. …

2019-01-28: I’m looking forward to this (-24°F) soon. 🙄

2019-01-28: I am happy to learn that I am not the only person who has to charge their AirPods all the time now. …

2019-01-28: Marc Marin’s interview with Aaron Sorkin was really good.

2019-01-27: While packing for my business trip tonight, I spent far more time looking for the pill pack I always …

2019-01-25: Where I have been the past week I have been working very hard on the next version of SwiftoDo Desktop for the past week or so. And …

2019-01-20: Thinking about music and distraction I think I enjoy music because I can listen to it while doing creative endeavors, such as writing or …

2019-01-19: 🎵 One of the joys of an “all you can eat” music subscription is that I never miss new albums …

2019-01-19: Who picks the colors for municipal gymnasiums? (It looks more drab and greener in real life.)

2019-01-18: I have noticed that, since December, Amazon has pretty much completely stopped shipping to my house …

2019-01-15: I am happy that the Exponent podcast is back now. Fortunately for me, its hiatus was short and not a …

2019-01-15: After Her Brexit Deal Is Crushed in Parliament, Theresa May Faces a No-Confidence Vote The bad Brexit news continues. The whole situation is baffling, like so much else that has happened …

2019-01-15: I spent half the morning researching how to evaluate the results of attribute sample testing—once …

2019-01-14: I’m happy that Dialog is out of beta today. It’s great to have a real, out-of-beta …

2019-01-14: I helped my daughter with her homework, in which she had to draw a bunch of random things. I tried …

2019-01-14: My 2013 MacBook Pro, which I mostly use in clamshell mode connected to a big display, keeps dying …

2019-01-14: I have been playing “Breath of the Wild” way too much lately, but mostly late at night …

2019-01-12: After many years of avoiding it, my wife and I are seeing “Stomp” tonight. Ot was part …

2019-01-11: My new version of SwiftoDo Desktop is shaping up nicely so far.

2019-01-10: 🎵 I am a sucker for reverb on a well-produced track. Case in point: “Rill Rill” by Sleigh Bells.

2019-01-10: The New York Times identified today a “trend” that I first was a part of 15 years ago, …

2019-01-10: I am unreasonably excited to be receiving New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe tomorrow.

2019-01-02: Every January 2nd, I spend some time archiving the prior year’s emails and files on my …

2019-01-01: I need to get back into the blogging game. I have been coding in all the “free time” I …

2018-12-27: I just traded in my 15-year old car, bought a new one, and drive it home. Of course, it is so dark …

2018-12-24: I just finished packing the car for our Christmas trip. Now…to find my children! 😀

2018-12-21: Tonight’s cookie bake was sugar cookies. My daughter helped roll out and cut them. She chose the …

2018-12-20: Coding again, after a couple days of uncertainty I spent the past few nights on hold with my Todo.txt app rewrite because I thought the changes I …

2018-12-20: I am thinking about whether I should merge my WordPress blog into my (hosted) micro.blog. I’m …

2018-12-19: I am not optimistic about Elon Musk's latest boring publicity stunt If Elon Musk’s Boring Company can somehow bring down the costs of digging tunnels, that would …

2018-12-19: I got a new toy this week: a large, Marshall Bluetooth speaker. I’m evaluating as best I can, …

2018-12-19: I do not understand why the repair brush in Apple Photos is available only on the Mac and not on the …

2018-12-18: My kids seem not to notice that Mozart is playing in the house. I consider that a win.

2018-12-18: I really enjoyed this profile of Donald Knuth, a towering figure in computer science whose name was …

2018-12-17: I am already baking cookies for Christmas. Tonight: chocolate chip.

2018-12-15: I have been coding, rather than microblogging, furiously over the past few days. I have started to …

2018-12-12: My daughter has been complimenting my cooking profusely this week, which is as mystifying as it is …

2018-12-12: I upgraded my home server to FreeNAS 11.2. I simply deleted my old, highly customized jail, and …

2018-12-11: S-Town Redux I started listening to “S-Town” again this evening. JOHN DESPISES HIS ALABAMA TOWN AND DECIDES TO …

2018-12-11: I can’t remember the last time I used BitTorrent. Probably a few years back to download a …

2018-12-11: 🎵 I’m re-listening to Adrian Legg’s “Guitars and Other Cathedrals” today. …

2018-12-11: Just once, I want to write release notes that simply state: “all your wildest dreams came …

2018-12-10: Who knew? A female computer scientist invented the word processor! I never knew that Evelyn Berezin, who died on Saturday, invented the word processor, but I am …

2018-12-10: Mulling over the FreeNAS 11.2 Upgrade I have been debating updating or not updating my home server to FreeNAS 11.2. It is a big update for …

2018-12-10: Why You Start Things You’ll Never Finish One solution: Start fewer things: There’s a “predisposition of humans to underestimate the time it …

2018-12-07: Celebrities should stop posting things to Twitter. (Except for Lin-Manuel Miranda.)

2018-12-07: I just did my first ECG on the Apple Watch Series 4. (The update enabling it just came out …

2018-12-07: 🎵 The Grammy Awards are really, really stupid. Still, you should listen to some Brandi Carlile, who …

2018-12-06: Cool. The new heart monitoring and ECG features are hitting the Apple Watch Series 4 today.

2018-12-05: Siri Shortcuts is suggesting I call our favorite pizza place right now. Things have gone horribly …

2018-12-05: My wife and I paid off our newer car today, which feels great after 3 years of monthly payments. Of …

2018-12-05: The best news I will hear today came pretty early: “The Good Place” Renewed for Season 4 …

2018-12-03: I envy people whose voicemail boxes are full.

2018-12-03: 🎵 River of Dreams I’m not a huge Billy Joel fan, though I do have all his albums and respect him as an artist. I …

2018-12-02: My home cooking tip to add a vegetable and a sauce to stovetop chicken breasts One of my simple kitchen techniques to spruce up skinless, boneless chicken breasts is to throw a …

2018-12-01: I bought my wife the iPhone XR tonight at the Apple Store. She and I had fun setting it up. If it …

2018-11-30: My Micro 4/3 Camera is all kitted out I have just about every accessory I would imagine I would need for my (still) new Olympus OM-D EM10 …

2018-11-29: Kodex: An iOS code/text editor I just discovered I just discovered a versatile code (and text) editor for iOS called Kodex. It is a free app with …

2018-11-29: I’m fixing minor UI bugs in one of my apps this week. I’m doing necessary work, but the …

2018-11-28: Removing Dropbox, and Finding a Replacement for Editorial on iOS I’m working on retiring Dropbox from all my systems. For personal files, I am all in on …

2018-11-26: Am I the only one who thinks that Facebook’s commercials for its video chat gadget, the …

2018-11-23: There are actually some good Black Friday deals on Master & Dynamics and Bose QC 35 headphones …

2018-11-22: Here is my obligatory Thanksgiving turkey photo.

2018-11-22: I just got up. Time to start cooking!

2018-11-21: The NY style crumb cake I baked this evening looks so amateurish that I dubbed it …

2018-11-21: I think I need Apple’s “Screen Time” feature only for The Legend of Zelda: Breath …

2018-11-20: Most of my cooking and cleaning plans today were derailed when my kitchen sink detached from the …

2018-11-19: 🎵 I have enjoyed Regina Spektor’s Remember Us To Life for the past two years. Her evocative …

2018-11-19: I am working only one day this week. I wish every week was like this one!

2018-11-17: After a nice lunch with my family, I will say that I am thankful for the little Italian market and …

2018-11-16: I don’t really like how Mastodon posts are now in the auto-generated Discover sections for …

2018-11-15: I am happy that I was able to cook homemade chicken soup for my family this evening.

2018-11-15: I can’t believe we got a couple inches of snow on the ground today.

2018-11-15: I am disappointed in the current slate of Broadway musicals. I thought last year was particularly …

2018-11-14: Do any Micro.bloggers have any suggestions for a good iOS guided meditation app for beginners? There …

2018-11-09: I’m happy that the Accidental Tech Podcast hosts got invited to the Apple Mac and iPad event, and …

2018-11-07: 🎵 I’m listening to a bunch of different versions of what is probably the greatest Bossa nova …

2018-11-06: Chrome (on Windows 10) does not take that long to load, but it takes long enough for me to forget …

2018-11-06: I voted!

2018-11-06: My favorite line from @gruber’s 2018 MacBook Air review: The Esc key works perfectly. I am …

2018-11-06: 🎵 I thought to myself this morning: “Why don’t I just play all my songs on shuffle?”

2018-11-06: My employer is changing its email retention policy to discourage employees from keeping email …

2018-11-06: I am excited to go vote today. My wife and I made a voting plan and everything. Thankfully it is not …

2018-11-05: 🕹 I have been playing a lot of Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey the past couple weeks. I …

2018-11-05: I bought a “fast” lens for my micro 4/3 camera to take pictures of my kids indoors, where the light …

2018-11-04: No one told my kids that Daylight Saving Time has ended. 😴

2018-11-01: VoteSaveAmerica’s voting guide is very well done. I was able to quickly learn about the …

2018-11-01: I have not been looking at polls, because I don’t want to drive myself crazy, but I am really …

2018-10-31: Halloween with the wife and kids was fun. It was unusually warm and we didn’t have many …

2018-10-30: This article, about an actor’s family finding an apartment as they move to NYC, is kind of …

2018-10-30: Oh, now Lana Del Ray and Jack Antonoff are on stage. This is the best Apple event in many years.

2018-10-30: Is anyone else hearing the distorted Halloween echo whenever Tim Cook is speaking at the Apple iPad …

2018-10-30: 🎵 How have I never listened to “The Last Waltz” before? I guess because I thought it …

2018-10-30: Both my kids fell in love with the book, song, and music video (!) for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom this …

2018-10-29: Fall

2018-10-29: 🎵 I do not listen to nearly enough Neko Case. For the first time in forever, I just spun up her 2002 …

2018-10-29: 🎵 I’m trying to listen to the Original Broadway Cast recording of “Pretty Woman: the …

2018-10-29: Now that the World Series is over, maybe I can watch less TV and do more exercise again in the …

2018-10-28: ⚾️ What a Series! I’m really going to miss baseball this winter.

2018-09-17: SwiftoDo Development Notes, September 2018 Files integrationIn late August I released a version of SwiftoDo that added sync support for any …

2018-08-17: Altec Lansing M650 iPod Speaker Dock After enjoying the Philips Revolution speaker dock for a while, I started to look for a better …

2018-08-16: Philips Revolution Motorized Portable Speaker Dock for iPhone/iPod The iPod had a monumental impact on how people listened to music. Not only did it turn people onto …

2018-08-15: Harman Kardon Soundsticks II Speaker System In my mid 20s, I decided to move from boring (but nice) suburban Connecticut back to the Boston area …

2018-08-14: Altec Lansing Computer Speakers Over winter break, during my sophomore year in college, I bought my first new computer: a beige Dell …

2018-08-13: My first computer speakers I got my first computer when I was in seventh grade. It was an IBM AT/XT that we upgraded several …

2018-08-12: Sony CFD-510 Boombox A week before I left for college I bought a Sony boombox to use as a bookshelf stereo. It had …

2018-08-11: My first speaker system My parents bought me my first CD player at the JC Penney Outlet. It was a damaged, open-box, no-name …

2018-08-10: Speakers over the years I love music, and I love headphones, but, oddly enough, I have no special love for speakers. The …

2018-07-25: SwiftoDo Development Notes, July 2018 I took a break from SwiftoDo development to build a new app, Simple Call Blocker, which I posted …

2018-07-25: Introducing: Simple Call Blocker Recently I released a new iOS app: Simple Call Blocker. It is a free utility that lets you block …

2018-07-17: On Internet Trolls “DON’T FEED THE TROLLS, AND OTHER HIDEOUS LIES” is a great article by “Film Crit …

2018-07-10: Re-committing to Pinboard, after many months away I’m re-committing to Pinboard, after a year or more away from it. I’m happy with what I am doing …

2018-06-11: A Hardware Keyboard Shortcuts Tip for Drafts 5 Drafts 5 is a great app for capturing thoughts, drafting notes, and capturing tasks, and quickly …

2018-06-06: What would make me upgrade my Series 1 Apple Watch I love the Apple Watch. I didn’t always, though. When I first tried on a Series 0, a couple …

2018-05-20: “Recess” and “Good Bones”, or selling the world to my children There’s more beauty in this world than you can guess Recently, with the help of someone on …

2018-05-17: The calm before the WWDC storm WWDC is in a little more than two weeks. As a hobbyist developer, I don’t go to big, expensive …

2018-04-30: Premature Optimization In programming, there has long been a warning in computer science to avoid premature optimization. …

2018-04-29: My slide into audiophile territory, Part 3 This is the third in a series of posts about my realization that I have become an audiophile. The …

2018-04-27: SwiftoDo Development Notes, April 2018 Weekly updates to SwiftoDo came to an end in early April, but work on SwiftoDo has continued apace. …

2018-03-10: My slide into audiophile territory, Part 2 This is the second in a series of posts about my realization that I have become an audiophile. The …

2018-03-09: SwiftoDo Development Notes, March 2018 Today I released the ninth update to SwiftoDo in about ten weeks. What is driving all these small …

2018-02-19: A/B/C testing: August and Everything After, in 24-bit, 96kHz FLAC vs. 16-bit, 44.1kHz ALAC vs. 256 kbps AAC I’m listening tonight to a “hi-res” 24-bit, 96kHz lossless version of …

2018-02-14: My slide into audiophile territory, Part 1 This is the first in a series of posts about my realization that I have become an audiophile. …

2018-02-09: Strategies to increase diversity on Micro.blog Jean McDonald, Community Manager of Micro.blog, posted an essay today entitled “Diversity and …

2018-02-09: SwiftoDo Developer Notes, February 2018 SwiftoDo is a passion project for me. I love working on it, but, due to work and family obligations, …

2018-01-17: Eye Round Roast Recipe Notes At my local grocery store, eye round roasts are relatively cheap and plentiful in the cold …

2018-01-16: Chicken Sausage and Escarole Soup Recipe Notes This is a hearty, pasta-free soup, fit for a winter meal. Lots of vegetables, sausage (either …

2018-01-09: Plaintext Productivity: Still productive after all these years I am still using the Plaintext Productivity system that I wrote about in 2013. It is a productivity …

2018-01-08: Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Recipe I’m posting this for the benefit of Traci on Micro.blog. This is a simple, lazy recipe for the …

2018-01-04: Picking a great writing font One thing to do when you’re supposed to be writing is to fuss about your writing environment. Not …

2018-01-02: Things I wish I could stop doing, but probably can’t The beginning of the year is a time for setting goals. I have set some goals, and may post them here …

2017-12-31: Top posts of 2017 I started this blog in the summer, and since then I have published 30 posts, including this one. As …

2017-12-21: Micro Blog I started a micro blog at mjdescy.micro.blog this week. It is not to replace this blog, but to …

2017-12-06: Drafts for iOS Drafts is a tinkerer’s DIY dream of a text editor. It nails the basics, and allows you to customize …

2017-12-03: What I want is Twitter that isn’t Twitter I love Twitter. So much information and commentary is shared there, so quickly, that it is a vital …

2017-12-02: Ghost, a leaner, faster, WordPress alternative I learned about the Ghost blogging platform today. It looks awesome, especially with its simplified …

2017-11-30: Back to RSS and the Indie Web At the end of last year, I quit using RSS. It was a big step for me. I had been using RSS …

2017-11-06: Ulysses, a peerless writing tool I love Ulysses. This post on the Ulysses blog illustrates its value proposition. It is a …

2017-11-02: Interesting Updates to the Essential Phone The Essential Phone has been making some interesting moves in the market lately. Essential dropped …

2017-10-29: What makes you love or hate a smartphone? I wonder this, as smartphones are maturing into what may be their final form: bezel-less slabs of …

2017-10-27: Thoughts on Android and iOS UI evolution One of the Essential Phone’s core features is that it runs stock Android, rather than a flashy but …

2017-10-26: Jannis Hermann’s blog post: The iPad as main computer for programming Jannis Hermann’s blog post about developing full time on the iPad Pro is fantastic. I’ve heard about …

2017-10-21: SwiftoDo Development Notes, October 2017 As an iOS developer, my job is never done, even though my app, SwiftoDo, is internally simple and …

2017-10-20: The Essential Phone Early last month, I had the opportunity to acquire my first Android phone since the 2009 Motorola …

2017-10-09: Contexts in Getting Things Done and todo.txt One of the great insights of the Getting Things Done (GTD) system is that tasks not only have …

2017-10-05: Three ways to create nested projects in todo.txt The todo.txt format does not support nested projects, which is something outline-based formats such …

2017-09-26: Comparing todo.txt and TaskPaper formats I am a huge fan of managing my tasks using plaintext files. I mostly use todo.txt, but I have …

2017-09-15: Deciding Whether to Upgrade to the iPhone X Last year, prior to Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 7, I had hoped for the “all-screen” design …

2017-09-14: Sublime Text 3.0 Officially Released Sublime Text, my text editor of choice on Windows, Linux, and sometimes on the Mac, released version …

2017-09-08: New A List Apart wants you! I am a fan of the open web, and also a fan of people asking their audiences directly to pay to …

2017-08-30: The iPhone home button There is news today that Apple’s next-generation iPhone—the rumored high-end one—is not only …

2017-08-26: Programming on the iPad It seems that many programmers who are actually programming on iPads are writing code that runs …

2017-08-24: Setting up a new iPad Setting up a new iPad is an opportunity to start over with a clean slate, and fix whatever problems …

2017-08-22: Choosing an iPad Pro Case and Stand Having given up on a keyboard case, I felt adrift in subpar options for an iPad stand and case. I …

2017-08-11: Software subscriptions I just spent $30 on an annual subscription to Ulysses, my favorite writing app (it is not quite a …

2017-08-02: Choosing an iPad Pro Keyboard iPads are great for writing, but if you are a touch typist, you need an external keyboard to have a …

2017-07-27: If the 12.9" iPad Pro is a computer, is it no longer a decent tablet? Choosing between iPad Pro sizes There’s a definite trade-off between size and portability when …

2017-07-24: Starting a blog in 2017 Why did I start a blog in 2017, when nobody reads blogs anymore? Simple: I want to own my content. I …

2017-07-22: Upgrading to the iPad Pro, generation 2 When iOS 11 and the new iPad Pro were announced at this year’s WWDC, I was very excited and …

2017-07-20: Coding something new Somewhat to my surprise, I have started coding a new text editor for iOS. I usually have no ideas …

2017-07-19: Hello First posts are often hopeful paeans to blogging, and promises to post regularly. This isn’t …