2019-05-21: I am not sure I’m interesting 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: 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

2019-04-09: I just purchased my ticket to “Avengers: Endgame”. I got a Monday night showing, because …

2019-04-07: Journal 2019-04-07

2019-04-05: My (Former) Hobby: Home Media Streaming

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: 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: 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 …

2019-03-12: 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.

2018-10-25: If it weren’t for Windows’s forced reboots that interrupt my work day, how would I ever find time to …

2018-10-24: I keep thinking I should move my email from Gmail to something more private (Hover hosted email, …

2018-10-24: My Switch is here! But I can’t play on it yet, due to the day-job, then dinner, then bedtime, then …

2018-10-24: I’m expecting my Nintendo Switch to be delivered today, which is exciting, but it coincides …

2018-10-24: I had a dream last night that the Dodgers scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th and won the game, even …

2018-10-23: I just discovered that you can ask Siri to “show me pictures of X”. It has been a great …

2018-10-23: I’m debating voting by mail for the next election and all subsequent ones (that’s how …

2018-10-23: I really enjoyed reading John Gruber’s iPhone XR review this morning. I am thinking of waiting …

2018-10-22: I have been dithering on the issue for a couple weeks, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a …

2018-10-22: The project I am working on right now is on the “Jeremy Bearimy” timeline from “The Good …

2018-10-19: I am thrilled that the Red Sox have made it to the World Series. I am a little dismayed, however, …

2018-10-19: I will miss the Inktober posts on Micro.blog once the month is over.

2018-10-17: This Red Sox/Astros game is too crazy to turn off, but I really have to go to bed.

2018-10-16: An update on the new Chromebook I just finished setting up my daughter’s new Chromebook. I bought her an Asus C302C. …

2018-10-16: Now that Drafts has a preview for the Mac, I wonder if it is time for me to try to migrate from …

2018-10-16: I just got a new Apple Watch Series 4. I’m still getting used to the larger screen and I am a …

2018-10-16: A new Chromebook I just ordered a new Chromebook for my daughter, based on Wirecutter’s recommendation. It was …

2018-10-15: This is a park in New Jersey that was not nearly as deserted as this photo would suggest.

2018-10-15: Without really planning to, I realized that, over time, I have reduced the number of podcasts I …

2018-10-14: Nope. I do not think I can handle watching the Red Sox/Astros game tonight. 😬

2018-10-12: DuckDuckGo is actually pretty great Switching my default search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo this week has been painless. Search …

2018-10-12: Is the Aeneid a Celebration of Empire—or a Critique? I found Daniel Mendelsohn article in The New Yorker about The Aeneid to be engaging and fascinating. …

2018-10-10: Ever since my son learned to use the word “again”, bedtime story time has become a lot …

2018-10-09: Wow, what a finish to the ALDS! I feared that the Red Sox were going to lose it due to …

2018-10-09: I am old and unhip now because I have not set up Siri Shortcuts to do anything yet.

2018-10-09: Perfect Passwords I still use GRC Perfect Passwords all the time to create new, randomly generated …

2018-10-09: I am excited about the Red Sox’s prospects in the ALDS. If only runs could carry over to the …

2018-10-09: 🎵 Norah Jones has a new single out, which she wrote with Jeff Tweedy (who plays guitar on the …

2018-10-05: Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros I used to be concerned about things like this, but now I accept it as part of the cost of doing …

2018-10-05: I wonder just how much of the Red Sox/Yankees series this weekend I will be able to watch.

2018-10-04: I am on the iOS 12 beta on my iPad Pro, quite by accident (I forgot to disable the beta profile …

2018-10-04: The orchard called these shiny yellow apples “Yellow Ribbon”, which is either a variety name they …

2018-10-04: Apple picking, when it’s early enough that no one else is around.

2018-10-04: “How is The Good Place so Good?” This is relevant to my interests.

2018-10-03: I don’t know why—and is surely isn’t healthy for me—but I’m trying to figure out a …

2018-10-03: Too many, and too few emoji Apple is adding more than 70 emoji in iOS 12.1. While I don’t see that as a bad thing, I find …

2018-10-02: The past couple weeks I have fallen down the YouTube hole, watching as many photography tutorials as …

2018-10-02: My wife and I voted for the school budget today. It was the first time we brought the kids to the …

2018-10-02: This sort of parade happens a lot around here.

2018-10-01: I upgraded AnyList, the iOS grocery list app I use, to the Pro version once again, so I could use …

2018-10-01: We Aren’t The Only Ones Who Like Apples My family encountered a butterfly while apple-picking on Saturday.

2018-09-30: Apple Pay is now accepted at CVS (at least my location). I’m surprised I didn’t read about this in …

2018-09-30: This is a Minnie toboggan, I think.

2018-09-30: These mums, on our deck, are the only flower our deer friends have not eaten yet this week.

2018-09-30: I liked this tree, which stands at the back of the pumpkin patch, but it was too big for me to fit …

2018-09-29: We will be returning to this pumpkin patch in about a week, I think.

2018-09-28: Supermarket twilight

2018-09-28: I heard Erin Ryan for the first time on the “Pod Save America” podcast. She is smart and …

2018-09-28: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire

2018-09-28: New Jersey

2018-09-28: R.E.M.’s “Automatic For the People” hits me so much harder as an adult than it did …

2018-09-27: I don’t feel like I accomplished much this week, but I did ship two app updates, which is no …

2018-09-26: Wondering if the AnyList Apple Watch app is any good now I’m debating whether I should pay for AnyList Pro again, just to use the Apple Watch app. I …

2018-09-26: SwiftoDo Desktop’s macOS Mojave update is stuck in App Review limbo for the time being. …

2018-09-25: I wonder what it would be like if all the multi-exposure/HDR/Machine Learning technologies in the …

2018-09-25: Tonight I finally coded new and better input forms for Simple Call Blocker, my free iOS call …

2018-09-24: ⚾️ 106 wins for the Red Sox! That’s a franchise record. I can’t believe it, at least compared to how …

2018-09-24: ⚾️ The last two Red Sox/Indians games felt like playoff baseball: close games, extra innings, …

2018-09-23: My wife baked a delicious apple cake (yes, cake, not pie) this afternoon. We dusted it with …

2018-09-23: I’m launching my Mac for the first time in about a week tonight. It’s time to get back …

2018-09-23: Autumn artwork with my daughter

2018-09-19: X

2018-09-19: Ocean Grove, New Jersey

2018-09-17: New Jersey

2018-09-17: Last night my wife and I watched the Mr. Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor. It was …

2018-09-17: Blog post: SwiftoDo Developer Notes, September 2018

2018-09-16: It certainly felt hot today as I took my family to a town fair and planted mums. When does fall …

2018-09-16: New Hampshire

2018-09-15: I am very pleased with macOS Mojave. It is not an exciting upgrade, I guess, but it is a solid one. Everything works. Everything is …

2018-09-15: Mojave’s dark mode is much nicer than I expected it to be. I am definitely going to support it …

2018-09-15: Partly cloudy

2018-09-14: So, of course, hours after I upgraded my Mac to the Mojave beta, Apple releases another beta. Not …

2018-09-14: Mohave I am upgrading my MacBook Pro to Mojave today. This is the latest into September I have waited to …

2018-09-14: I think I need to re-watch “The Good Place”. (It’s available on Netflix.) And, …

2018-09-13: I will be pretty upset when Apple ditches the charging port someday. My favorite headphones depend …

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2018-09-13: New Hampshire

2018-09-13: Google is discontinuing its Inbox Email App. Oh. Google is discontinuing another product. It must be …

2018-09-13: Sigh. No stainless steel Apple Watch for me (probably). MacStories has a good overview of the Apple …

2018-09-12: I am happy about all the Apple announcements today. I may not buy any of the new hardware—though the …

2018-09-12: I have unsubscribed from so many podcasts that I have run out of things to listen to. Hopefully …

2018-09-12: It’s time to find out what we already know about the new Apple Watch and next-gen iPhone X.

2018-09-12: Community art, from a street fair in Bethlehem, New Hampshire

2018-09-08: New Hampshire

2018-09-08: I actually have to buy new silverware for our big dinner tomorrow.

2018-09-07: New Hampshire

2018-09-07: I am sad that Exponent, one of my favorite podcasts, has entered an indefinite, and maybe permanent, …

2018-09-07: I found out that Toad the Wet Sproket re-recorded their greatest hits from the 1990s. All You Want …

2018-09-07: 🎵 Today’s listen: Fine Young Cannibals’ The Raw and the Cooked on my V-Moda Crossfade 2 …

2018-09-07: My late-evening de-stressing video game sessions have moved from Transistor, which I played through …

2018-09-06: I don’t remember hopscotch being drawn this way, but I’m glad my driveway has WiFi.

2018-09-05: I’m thinking of writing an iOS app that will simply pick a random album from your Apple Music …

2018-09-05: I tried to up my lunch game today. Note: I did not eat the entire ribeye!

2018-09-05: 🎵 I don’t always listen to “Josie and the Pussycats” but when I do, it’s Kay Hanley singing.

2018-09-05: Drinking oolong tea is good, but I need to get a Red Sox mug.

2018-09-05: A sunflower in the backyard. My daughter loves these, but we don’t admire them often enough.

2018-09-04: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

2018-09-04: As of right now I have upgraded all of my iOS devices to the iOS 12 beta. I’m happy to report …

2018-09-04: Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post? I did not do well on this quiz. The latest influence campaigns also imitated posts by legitimate …

2018-09-04: I am using, and enjoying, the new version of Sunlit. For privacy reasons, my wife and I don’t …

2018-09-04: New Hampshire

2018-09-03: This is the sky around my house. It’s nothing special, but will make a nice background for my iPad.

2018-09-03: The Jersey Shore I’m testing out a zoom lens I bought for my new Olympus EM-10 Mark III.

2018-08-30: I have rarely been bothered by the iPhone 7’s (and subsequent models) lack of a headphone jack. But …

2018-08-30: 🎮 Transistor I finished the game Transistor last night. I played it on my iPad Pro with a MFi controller. It was …

2018-08-29: Cryptocurrency Mining Now Accounts for Approximately One Percent of the World’s Energy Consumption This is shameful. In his testimony, Narayanan estimates that Bitcoin mining now uses about five …

2018-08-27: My family hates this picture, but I think it’s pretty cool. Look at the colors and the detail on …

2018-08-27: How One Silicon Valley C.E.O. Masters Work-Life Balance Articles like this one from the New York Times are meant to be inspiring, I think. But learning how …

2018-08-27: 🎵 Vocal Jazz with the V-Moda Crossfade Wireless 2 Today felt like a good day to listen to a long vocal jazz playlist through my V Moda Crossfade …

2018-08-26: My speakers over the years While I was on vacation, I wrote a series of blog posts about all my old speaker systems. My goal …

2018-08-26: I miss Apple's Aperture What Stephen Hackett’s piece says about Apple’s Aperture—mainly about its …

2018-08-25: My daughter and I made a new friend in the backyard today.

2018-08-23: I fixed a crash. Now I am a golden god! 🧜‍♂️ I fixed the SwiftoDo chrasher that I griped about this afternoon, and, to future-me’s chagrin, …

2018-08-23: Transistor on iOS is a really good game. I started it around 11 PM last night and completely lost …

2018-08-23: Alas, no SwiftoDo update submission to the App Store today Today I was planning to submit to the App Store the current build of SwiftoDo, which I have been …

2018-08-23: My 1-week free trial to Marvel Unlimited trial ends today I have to decide if I’m going to end it, roll it forward month-to-month via an App Store …

2018-08-22: I picked a bad week to try to fit 60 minutes of exercise and 120 minutes of overtime into every work …

2018-08-22: Apple’s Music app needs multiple selection on its playlist editor. It is tedious to remove albums I …

2018-08-21: Joe Steel's Guide to Mastodon This blog post is a great overview of Mastodon. In conversations I’ve had over the past week, it’s …

2018-08-20: I’m debugging iOS Files access in SwiftoDo this evening. It feels like ages since I worked on …

2018-08-20: It looks like iOS 12 will extend the life of my old iOS hardware I bought my iPad Air 2 almost a year after it was released, only a few months before the first iPad …

2018-08-20: The New Dark Sky App Dark Sky released a ground-up rewrite of their flagship iOS app today. The most noticeable change …

2018-08-20: I am fully back from vacation now, trying to get back into the swing of things at work. Fortunately …

2018-08-17: I finally bought MarsEdit 4 today!

2018-08-17: My vacation is almost over.

2018-08-06: I rewatched “Avengers: Age of Infinity” and my loved it. I actually liked it better the …

2018-08-04: Today is the big trip up north in the car. It’s a 5-hour trek that somehow takes my family 12 …

2018-08-03: I’ve got only 5 days until vacation. Hopefully I can shift gears from programming and data …

2018-07-31: I’m impressed that my old, USB-2 iPad Camera Connection Kit still seems fast to me.

2018-07-31: After this today’s meeting, my database project has become 10 times larger but 25% simpler. I …

2018-07-30: My work day started off far more slowly than expected. Therefore, I’m coding—maybe all day—for …

2018-07-29: I took my (old) Sony RX 100 camera to the splash park to take pictures of the kids and got dozens of …

2018-07-28: I beat Bastion tonight. What a great ending. I may do the second playthrough, New Game+, though I …

2018-07-28: I’m looking forward to a visit with the family to the county fair tonight. Last year’s …

2018-07-27: I have been seriously considering holding on to my iPhone 7 Plus for a third year. I just got a new …

2018-07-27: Bastion is so much fun that I bought the developer’s subsequent game, Transistor.

2018-07-27: I spent most of the day coding an Access app for work. I’m coding VBA now almost like …

2018-07-26: I’m enjoying this week’s Accidental Tech Podcast.

2018-07-25: Blog post: SwiftoDo Development Notes, July 2018

2018-07-24: Introducing my latest iOS app: Simple Call Blocker Simple Call Blocker is a free app for blocking unwanted calls on iOS. It provides a basic way to …

2018-07-24: I replaced my old, crumbling, extra- extra large Grifiti wrist rest with a new one, suitably sized …

2018-07-23: 🎵 Tonight I’m working overtime and listening to The Hold Steady, which almost makes it all right.

2018-07-23: Vacation is wonderful, but boy does it feel like a due date for everything that’s open at work.

2018-07-20: I left my iPhone at the Apple Store for a screen repair and a new battery. I’m using my Essential …

2018-07-19: I find myself shifting my listening time away from podcasts and more toward music lately I started listening to podcasts in 2008. I think, now, I am, for the first time, burnt out on the …

2018-07-19: Hot take: The 12.9” iPad Pro I’m working on right now is not large enough!

2018-07-18: Blog post: On Internet Trolls

2018-07-17: 🎵 I’m back to my wired OPPO PM-3 & HA-2 SE headphones stack today, listening to Foreverland, by …

2018-07-17: Trial runs for fascism are in full flow This article by Fintan O’Toole in The Irish Times is a few weeks old now, but I keep thinking about …

2018-07-17: Oh! I’m getting a Microsoft Office update this morning. I wonder what office suites were like in the …

2018-07-16: I have pared back my Twitter following list to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ole Begemann, which is …

2018-07-16: I’m super pleased listening to these V-Moda Crossfade 2 Codex Edition headphones all day at work, …

2018-07-15: I checked out the new MacBook Pros at the Apple Store. The new keyboard looks (feels) like a winner …

2018-07-15: Our appointment for family photos at the park got canceled today due to heavy rain. We ended up …

2018-07-15: I both love and hate articles like “The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination”. …

2018-07-14: I started replaying Bastion on my IPad Pro tonight. I bought it years ago and never finished it. …

2018-07-12: If I was smart, I would save $100/month for a new MacBook every 4 years or so. I am not smart.

2018-07-10: Blog post: Re-committing to Pinboard, after many months away

2018-07-10: The App Store gods are not smiling on me this week. My new app got rejected again. Now things are …

2018-07-10: SwiftoDo 2.13.2 is now available in the App Store. It fixes a Reminders import bug.

2018-07-10: Just got an email from Apple. My new app is in review for the second time. Hopefully it …

2018-07-10: When will it not be news that people act like asshats on Twitter?

2018-07-09: A git commit somehow disappeared, eradicating all my app code and obliterating at least one …

2018-07-08: I found a headphone case whose brand name really gets at my peculiar affliction.

2018-07-08: Based on this article, I predict that HBO is going to start to get a lot worse under its new …

2018-07-08: Salsas at my family’s favorite Mexican restaurant: Queso: not hot Verde: not hot Ranchero: …

2018-07-06: Apple’s App Review rejected my new app, primarily because its name had the word …

2018-07-06: Thomas Finch’s iOS 7+ Icon Generator is a nice, little utility. It takes a square app icon and …

2018-07-06: I’m happy to read a favorable review of “Ant-Man and the Wasp”. I’m apt to see it …

2018-07-06: I love Assembly by Pixite. It’s an easy to use vector drawing app for iOS. Their new icon …

2018-07-05: I just submitted a new iOS app to the App Store tonight. My fingers are crossed when it comes to the …

2018-07-05: SwiftoDo 2.13.1 is now available in the App Store. It fixes a reverse-sort-order bug.

2018-07-05: I’m happy today feels like a Thursday because all day yesterday felt like a Sunday.

2018-07-04: It is too hot and muggy to do much of anything today. My family’s trip to the beach became a …

2018-07-04: App review and package delivery are on schedule today despite the holiday. I’m not upset, but …

2018-07-02: These Master & Dynamic MH40 headphones are something special: premium materials, crystal clear …

2018-07-02: Were there scads of newspaper articles published I n 1935 about the file of radio (the day’s …

2018-07-02: I suppose I will watch the Red Sox/Yankees series from the weekend, where the Yanks absolutely …

2018-07-01: I was finally smart enough today to bring the magnetic induction burner we never use outside to make …

2018-07-01: I’m trying to get back on the MyFitnessPal horse today. I haven’t logged my food in six months and …

2018-06-30: I finally got to see “A Quiet Place” this evening. What a excellent film! It is taut, …

2018-06-30: My kids love the public library. My family had a nice trip there to get out of the heat today. …

2018-06-28: I would subscribe to Apple Music + News + TV for $149/year (or a little more for a family plan), but …

2018-06-28: I think I will give Peter Davison-Reiber ’s Fantastically Good Event Parser for Drafts 5 a …

2018-06-28: The mail I definitely don’t need to open right away is always convening labeled for me. They …

2018-06-27: This inexpensive little device works just fine for microwave popcorn. It amazes me that we used that …

2018-06-27: As Kennedy Retires, the Supreme Court’s Attack on Labor Unions Is a Sign of Things to Come No kidding, The New Yorker, no kidding: For years, conservatives complained about activist liberal …

2018-06-27: I have not been blogging as much recently because I have been disturbed so much by the onslaught of …

2018-06-26: My clever, well-written new app currently does everything it’s supposed to do…except the main …

2018-06-26: Tower 3.0's release and new pricing model I have been beta testing Tower 3.0, which is a very nice Git GUI client, for the past few months. …

2018-06-25: I have learned a heck of a lot about clean iOS app architecture from Dave Delong’s “A …

2018-06-25: I’m starting a new thing at work today. It will be an uphill climb for a little while, I …

2018-06-24: Today I took the time to delight in the company of my wife and children. We went to the shore, which …

2018-06-23: I’m thinking of trading in my V-Moda Crossfade 2’s plus $100 to upgrade to thier Codex …

2018-06-22: My wife and I are going to see “In the Heights” tomorrow night, and I am super-psyched. If you …

2018-06-22: The Last of the Tiger Parents is a lovely article that provides a different, more introspective …

2018-06-22: I found the article published last week that links to my iOS to-do app, SwiftoDo, my old todo.txt …

2018-06-21: Koko the Gorilla, Who Used Sign Language and Befriended Mr. Rogers, Dies at 46 Koko the Gorilla was a subject of fascination for me as a child. But, like many my age, I suspect, I …

2018-06-21: The whole family went to the optician tonight to pick up my one-year-old son’s first pair of …

2018-06-21: To my surprise, and somewhat to my dismay, I have discovered that Swift Playgrounds on iPad works …

2018-06-19: General Electric Dropped from Dow It’s the end of an era. General Electric, the last original member of the Dow Jones …

2018-06-19: Apple Didn't Kill Appkit... This article, quite rightly, made me feel bad about not pushing through the troubles I had porting …

2018-06-19: I have been wrestling all day with an Access query with a ton of parameters that causes a crash when …

2018-06-19: Apple’s “Embracing Algorithms” presentation from WWDC 2018 inspired me to try to …

2018-06-18: I’m wondering, as one of my domain names is set to auto-renew, whether domain names increase …

2018-06-18: My work goal for the week is to build a system to automate lots of grunt work I will otherwise have …

2018-06-17: My app sales went way up this weekend, and I have no idea why. 🤷‍♂️

2018-06-17: Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. 😀

2018-06-15: Today is a good day for me to catch up on WWDC videos while I build databases for my real job.

2018-06-13: Apple gave me a free, full replacement for my 11-month-old iPad Pro with backlight bleed on one …

2018-06-12: Learning the Core Data Framework Lately I have taken it upon myself to finally teach myself Core Data. I had avoided it for years, …

2018-06-12: Apple hardware woes As much as I love Apple hardware, I’ve got a bunch of Apple hardware problems all of the …

2018-06-11: Blog post: A Hardware Keyboard Shortcuts Tip for Drafts 5

2018-06-11: I’m not sure what to make of anything in the news these days. I’m going to pay attention …

2018-06-09: I’ve been sick in bed with a cold most of the day, which has scuttled my family’s …

2018-06-07: Today was a great day. My daughter had a school concert that we all attended, my work day was light …

2018-06-07: I finally figured out how to point micro.mjdescy.me to mjdescy.micro.blog. I didn’t realize that I …

2018-06-06: Blog post: What would make me upgrade my Series 1 Apple Watch

2018-06-06: Edit for iOS Edit for iOS is the second ultra-simple text editor for iOS—that I have noticed—that has been …

2018-06-06: I wrote a semantic version number struct in Swift 4.1 that someone might find useful.

2018-06-06: It looks like my career path is taking a slight turn once again. Hopefully that means good things …

2018-06-05: MacBook Pro 2013 Forever? Reviewing macOS 10.14 Mojave System Requirements makes me think I may only have one year of useful …

2018-06-05: I thought I understood the delegate pattern many years ago, but I keep finding more and more uses …

2018-06-04: The transformational Siri enhancements developers and pundits were hungry for were not announced at …

2018-06-04: If Microsoft wanted to scare everybody in the developer community, they would buy Stack Exchange …

2018-06-04: Microsoft bought GitHub just in time for WWDC to bury the news. I get the feeling that whatever led …

2018-06-03: I love this article about iOS app architecture: Cocoa Touch is (I suspect) deliberately very …

2018-06-03: The drop shadows on all the WWDC promotional images and the new WWDC app icon are making me very …

2018-06-02: I am digging my old, blue, knockoff Apple Watch Sport Band again. I kind of wish I bought the real, …

2018-06-02: It’s a muggy day in New Jersey, which is a great excuse to go to the beach. Plus there are …

2018-06-01: My wife and I are way back in the auditorium, waiting for “An Evening with Stephen Sondheim” to …

2018-05-31: SwiftoDo 2.13.0 is now available in the App Store. New features include a new hardware keyboard …

2018-05-31: I finally “retired” my 9-year-old AeroPress today, in favor of a new one. The plunger …

2018-05-31: It’s silly, but I am a little disappointed that AirPlay 2 will not be available on both Bang …

2018-05-31: I’m finalizing another minor version update to SwiftoDo this week, despite the development …

2018-05-30: Here is a wrapper class to hide implementation details in Microsoft Access VBA projects: …

2018-05-30: This VBA class helps you work with temporary tables in Access VBA projects: …

2018-05-30: I decided to make use of GitHub Gists again. My first gist in several years is LoggedInUserName.bas: …

2018-05-30: This New York Times article comfirms some of my suspicions that a lot of what we recycle does not …

2018-05-28: 🎙 I am a sucker for an Upgrade draft episode: The WWDC keynote Draft 2018

2018-05-27: All weekends should be 3 days long…if not 5! 😀

2018-05-27: Yesterday was a lot of fun. My family enjoyed great weather, and oceanside fair to attend, lots of …

2018-05-25: I unfollowed about 275 accounts on Twitter this afternoon. My Twitter feed had started to resemble a …

2018-05-25: I did not expect the Red Sox to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment to make room for Dustin …

2018-05-25: SwiftoDo 2.12.0 is now available in the App Store. New features include a default option for new …

2018-05-24: It looks like Essential is going away Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone - Bloomberg Current discussions are …

2018-05-24: 📺 I’m enjoying the “remix” version of “Arrested Development” season 4 …

2018-05-23: I was so busy today that I forgot to blog! Hours of data analysis and database development will do …

2018-05-22: I’m pretty proud of my Ulysses library setup—at least the top level folder structure. My …

2018-05-22: 🎵 First listen: Mean Girls (Original Broadway Cast) Mean Girls (Original Broadway Cast) is up for the Tony for best musical this year, and I think it …

2018-05-22: 🎧 Headphones review: Sony MDR-1AM2/B.

2018-05-21: I used my iPad Pro and Pencil to teach my (kindergarten-age) daughter (👩‍🔬) some bedtime math for …

2018-05-21: I just submitted SwiftoDo 2.12.0 to the App Store. Hopefully it’s good enough! 😅 Expect a …

2018-05-21: So much to do today, I don’t even know where to begin…

2018-05-20: I took a new pair of headphones for a spin this evening. I think I may have a problem. 🎧😂

2018-05-20: Blog post: “Recess” and “Good Bones”, or selling the world to my children

2018-05-18: I’m still testing and fixing things in my dev build of SwiftoDo 2.12.0. It feels weird to have …

2018-05-18: 🎵 Carry On On this bad and sad news day, remember: If you’re lost and alone Or you’re sinking like …

2018-05-18: 🎵 Frozen: The Broadway Musical Listening to the cast recording of “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” for the first time is …

2018-05-18: While I think I want a Nintendo Switch, I’m trying to make due for now with what I already have—an …

2018-05-17: Blog post: The calm before the WWDC storm

2018-05-17: Google’s attractive but less information dense redesign of Google News may be the thing that finally …

2018-05-17: Google's music and video streaming strategy is a mess Engadget has it right. I have no idea what Google audio/video service I should ever consider …

2018-05-17: My brain’s boot-up time is taking longer than usual today. ☕️☕️☕️

2018-05-15: The cast of Solo certainly is appealing, even if the movie itself may be largely inconsequential. To …

2018-05-15: SwiftoDo 2.12.0 was looking pretty dire last night, but is now looking like it may be ready for …

2018-05-15: Work has been heating up for me lately, which is good all around, but a change nonetheless. …

2018-05-15: Am I late to the game with using semaphores, or are all the cool (cool?) kids using them these days?

2018-05-15: I’m loving the second season of “Westworld” so far. I can’t wait to see how …

2018-05-14: I have been testing what I thought would be SwiftoDo’s next release build all day. All day, …

2018-05-13: Today was a great Mother’s Day. Probably the best I can remember. We just spent it at home, …

2018-05-11: From Spotify to Indie and Beyond: A Top Dev Interview With John Sundell I enjoyed this interview with Swift expert, blogger, and podcaster John Sundell (@johnsundell): From …

2018-05-11: 🎵 Frightened Rabbit singer commits suicide 😥 (My original title was just an expletive.) Body confirmed as missing Frightened Rabbit singer - BBC …

2018-05-10: Pure Gold from Pinboard's FAQ I came across this tonight, as I was perusing Pinboard’s FAQ, trying to learn something …

2018-05-10: I decided to install some iOS games with MFi controller support on my iPad Pro. But…will I …

2018-05-10: I discovered this great primer on the New York Times crossword puzzle (and crosswords in general) …

2018-05-09: I am finding new people to follow every day or so on Micro.blog—mainly through the Discover feature, …

2018-05-09: The Best Trackballs according to Wirecutter Wirecutter updated its trackballs review today. Their recommendations are basically unchanged, which …

2018-05-09: Improving Dropbox-related error messages in SwiftoDo I’ve done a lot of work rewriting the Dropbox code in SwiftoDo. At this point, any error …

2018-05-08: 🎵 Okkervil River's back catalog Listening to Okkervil River’s new album, In the Rainbow Rain, today gave me an excuse to dive, …

2018-05-08: Trying to get back into Pinboard, or, maybe I am over-complicating things I am trying to get back into Pinboard, the reliable and, a few years ago, faddish, …

2018-05-08: Micro Monday: Follow @matigo. He’s a lot like me, but lives halfway across the world (in Japan …

2018-05-07: Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them This article inspired me to install Hiya on my iPhone to block spam calls. I will find out …

2018-05-06: Google Plus still exists. Why? I haven’t thought about this in a long time, but I am actually surprised that Google Plus …

2018-05-06: I’m making 12-bean soup today, in an effort to get back to eating home-cooked, wholesome …

2018-05-04: My 300th post on Micro.blog According to my Account page, this is my 300th post on Micro.blog. I thought I would share some …

2018-05-04: Google News is getting more video Google News is getting a revamp with more video and faster load times - The Verge Google is giving …

2018-05-04: 🎵 Groundhog Day the Musical Groundhog Day is my second favorite Broadway musical of last year (closely behind “Dear Evan …

2018-05-04: Listening to Podcasts without Voice Boost I am so accustomed to listening to Podcasts with Overcast’s “Voice Boost” feature …

2018-05-03: The 2017 Panic Report The annual Panic Report is always worth a read. I use a lot of their apps, and have long considered …

2018-05-03: Note to past self: Remind me again why you decided to rewrite, yet again, the Dropbox-related code …

2018-05-02: I didn’t know about this action to post directly from Drafts 5 to micro.blog, with or without …

2018-05-02: Two of the best platformers I've played on iOS are getting their due today from Apple Today, Apple’s US App Store is highlighting two great games that are among the best on the …

2018-05-02: Remote login Inception At work, our clients are far more interested in information security than they used to be. …

2018-05-01: Who cares about Apple earnings reports? Do Windows fans care about Microsoft’s earnings? Do Android fans care about Google’s? I …

2018-05-01: 📚 Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline Earlier this year, I completed reading _Ready Player One_ by Ernest Cline. It was the first novel …

2018-05-01: The best part of working from home is the ability to take a nice walk after lunch. Spring weather …

2018-05-01: I quit my iPhone for a basic Nokia and it was hard but worth it This article on Quartz about limiting smartphone use is both sublime and ridiculous. I want to be …

2018-04-30: Blog post: Premature Optimization

2018-04-30: Introducing The New Yorker Crossword Puzzle The New Yorker just launched a crossword puzzle. Most of our readers have e-mail addresses now, and …

2018-04-30: Prolific Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo departs KGI Securities, likely to focus on companies other than Apple Kuo’s departure comes hot off the heels of Apple’s recent “leaked” memo about leaking that …

2018-04-29: Blog post: My slide into audiophile territory, Part 3

2018-04-29: Om Malik's Shinola Canfield headphone review Om Malik wrote a thoughtful review of a rather high end headphone, the Shinola Canfield. He includes …

2018-04-28: I started using the Activity Digital face today. I never liked it before, but I’m trying to …

2018-04-27: Blog post: SwiftoDo Development Notes, April 2018

2018-04-27: I miss Caesar salad It seems to me that massive outbreaks of food borne illness are becoming more and more common. That …

2018-04-27: 🎬 Batman Ninja is easily one of the weirdest movies I have seen—and that includes actual anime. I am …

2018-04-27: 📚 How We Got To Now I recently finished reading Steen Johnson’s How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern …

2018-04-27: Finland Has Second Thoughts About Giving Free Money to Jobless People Finland is letting its yearlong experiment with Universal Basic Income expire. It turns out giving …

2018-04-26: Amazon is increasing its Prime membership fee Amazon is increasing the price of Prime membership: Amazon also said it will hike its Prime …

2018-04-26: I would pay good money to stream “Avengers: Infinity War” to my living room, so I could …

2018-04-26: Mac apps are harder than iOS apps I agree with Matt Ronge’s article “Mac apps are harder than iOS apps”. I was surprised when a …

2018-04-26: 1Blocker X I picked up 1Blocker X based on this review from John Voorhies on MacStores. The first thing you …

2018-04-26: I’m doing a type of work I haven’t done in about a year, and am feeling…rusty this …

2018-04-24: This is my life now.

2018-04-24: I got to be reminded today just how long VBA takes to run when used inside SQL Queries in Microsoft …

2018-04-23: AirPods batteries drain much faster on phone calls I thought my AirPods batteries were already aging out of their useful life span, due to quick …

2018-04-22: 🎧 I had a lot of fun testing out the V-Moda Crossfade 2 headphones last night. My review is on …

2018-04-20: I’m eagerly awaiting my new V-Moda Crossfade 2’s to be shipped. I want something that …

2018-04-19: 🎵 Frank Turner is—all at once—literate, angry, cynical, hurt, sad, and tender on Love Ire & Song …

2018-04-19: I am coding VBA and ripping CDs like it’s the year 2000 today.

2018-04-18: Git Tower vs. Atlassian SourceTree I am enjoying using Tower over Atlassian SourceTree. SourceTree has many, many features, and is free …

2018-04-17: Coding on my late 2013 15” MacBook Pro while watching MLB.TV at 60 FPS on the biggest TV in …

2018-04-16: 🎵 Taking a trip down memory lane with Guster’s Keep It Together this evening, on my MacBook …

2018-04-16: I’m starting to write the import routine I should have written when I first imported the data. …

2018-04-16: This BeoPlay M3 speaker is a better fit in my kitchen than two feet away from me at my office desk. …

2018-04-15: I’m feeling pumped for work tomorrow, which is…12 hours too early. 🤷‍♂️

2018-04-15: 📚 At long last, I have finished reading _Team of Rivals_ by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It (the last …

2018-04-13: I am grateful that the grounds crew I hired cleaned up my yard today. The constant noise from their …

2018-04-13: I must be perverse or something, but one of my favorite apps on iOS is Apple’s Mail app. I tried …

2018-04-12: I excitedly signed up for the Ulysses 13 beta today. The feature I am most looking forward to is …

2018-04-12: I deactivated by Facebook account today. I can’t muster up the gumption to delete it, and …

2018-04-12: I’m trying to catch up to current Red Sox games on MLB At Bat. I’m still a few days …

2018-04-11: Somehow my simple feature update in my app ballooned to a 38-file refactor. 😳 I’m in a better …

2018-04-11: The spring cleanup landscaping quotes I got this week have a range of $1,400 for the same work. It …

2018-04-10: 🎵 “Space Gun” by Guided by Voices sounds just as good and just as vital as their old …

2018-04-10: My current background task, while I work, is secure erasing a bunch of old, small, unneeded hard …

2018-04-09: Sometimes you can program on your hobby projects after work, but sometimes you have to clean house. …

2018-04-09: 🎵 I’m really digging Bleachers’ “Gone Now” right now. I like everything that …

2018-04-09: I’m getting back in the swing of things at work now. I’m in the groove. Here’s to a productive week.

2018-04-09: SwiftoDo 2.11.2 is now available in the App Store. No new features this time, but the code has been …

2018-04-08: Today is a rebuilding day after 2 days in NYC. The city is fun but we are all happy to be back at …

2018-04-04: I was not happy to learn today that OPPO Digital is going out of business. They make my absolute …

2018-04-03: It may be too soon to tell, but I’m afraid Digby Forever has ruined my life.

2018-04-03: 🎵 I re-listened to The Decemberists’ I’ll Be Your Girl today, and was surprised that all …

2018-04-03: Did you know you can filter Excel spreadsheet columns by color? You sure can! It came in handy …

2018-04-01: Someone just tried to hack into my Apple account. Scary! I’m glad I have two factor …

2018-04-01: Our plans today include Easter egg dying and a Passover Seder with family. I prefer brisket to …

2018-03-31: We’re going to Six Flags Great Adventure today on the first warm-ish day of spring. I’m …

2018-03-30: My Mac came back from the stalled OS update, but I decided to nuke the hard drive and reinstall …

2018-03-30: SwiftoDo 2.11.1 is now available in the App Store. It improves hardware keyboard support in the task …

2018-03-30: Once again, a macOS point update has stalled on my old MacBook Pro. It has been stuck for nearly 8 …

2018-03-29: Hot take: Swift 4.1 is .1 better than Swift 4.

2018-03-29: It’s a big Apple software update day today! iOS 11.3 and Xcode 9.3 finally were released. I …

2018-03-29: There’s nothing quite like learning new T-SQL commands. I’m learning more about window …

2018-03-27: I just signed up for the Git Tower Version 2 Public Beta. I’m not sure if I want to pay so …

2018-03-27: I am fixing more bugs in my iOS app this week. The bugs are mostly related to navigating a table …

2018-03-27: Presuming I trade in my iPad Air 2, the new iPad looks pretty compelling to me. I’m not sure …

2018-03-26: Do any Micro Bloggers host their own RSS feed reader back-end? I’ve been curious about Tiny Tiny RSS …

2018-03-25: 🎵 Max Richter's "Sleep" I am unreasonably excited to learn about Max Richter’s 8 ½ hour album …

2018-03-24: I’m not so good at Micro Monday recommendations for whatever reason, but I do try to reach out …

2018-03-24: 🎭 Last night my wife and I saw “Motown: The Musical”. We enjoyed it but thought it was too sanitized …

2018-03-23: SwiftoDo 2.11.0 is now available in the App Store. It adds a URL scheme to add task …

2018-03-22: 🎙 I missed Om Malik’s spot-on take on Facebook from February, before the Cambridge Analytics …

2018-03-21: The main reason that I still have my Facebook account is that potential employers view people …

2018-03-20: 🎬 Rewatching “The Last Jedi” I am enjoying “The Last Jedi” a lot more on the second viewing. I didn’t like it when I first saw it …

2018-03-19: 🎵 I’m trying to form an opinion of The Decemberists’ new album, “I’ll Be …

2018-03-19: 🎙 “The Menu Bar” is a surprisingly good podcast. Episode 8 shifts drastically from …

2018-03-17: SwiftoDo 2.10.1 is now available in the App Store. It adds tons of hardware keyboard shortcuts and …

2018-03-16: I kicked my Twitter addiction this year, but how do I kick my Google News addiction? It is a …

2018-03-16: SwiftoDo 2.10.0 is now available in the App Store. It changes how the Postpone function works, …

2018-03-15: The Nest temperature sensor I wanted a remote temperature sensor for my Nest six years ago. I’ve lived too long without it …

2018-03-15: Correction: Excel is making me hurt today.

2018-03-15: I am making Excel hurt today.

2018-03-14: 📽️ Justice League 📽️ I saw “Justice League” last night and really enjoyed it. I had very low expectations, …

2018-03-14: Raspberry Pi’s new model is an unexpected Pi Day treat. I use two older Pis as specialized …

2018-03-14: Happy Pi Day, everyone! I told my daughter to tell her kindergarten class that this morning, and she …

2018-03-14: Stephen Hawking’s death was the first notable death since 2009 that I did not learn first …

2018-03-13: I feel like hardly any apps use the iOS 11 Files app integration that Apple introduced last year. …

2018-03-13: The third nor’easter in three weeks has screwed up our plans yet again.

2018-03-12: Apple buying Texture Apple buying Texture is interesting and unexpected to me. I subscribed to Texture for a couple weeks …

2018-03-12: I realized this morning that what I was coding last night was an implementation of the Strategy …

2018-03-11: My son has figured out how to turn on the flashlight of my Apple Watch. No wonder battery life took …

2018-03-11: My wife let me sleep in today. 🙏😀👍❤️

2018-03-10: Blog post: My slide into audiophile territory, Part 2—What does it mean, to me, to be an audiophile?

2018-03-09: 🎵 I have become a huge Lana Del Rey fan recently. I can’t get enough of her lushly produced …

2018-03-09: Blog post: SwiftoDo Development Notes, March 2018

2018-03-08: Based on the MacBook Pro keyboard-related gripes of Daniel Jalkut and the guys on the ATP podcast, …

2018-03-08: 🎵 “If I had my time again” is my favorite song from Tim Minchin’s “Groundhog …

2018-03-08: SwiftoDo 2.9.2 is now available in the App Store. It adds a filter option for prioritized or …

2018-03-07: Thundersnow!

2018-03-07: Judging by the nearly mashed-up news headlines, I think that The Weather Channel missed an …

2018-03-06: Swift, multi-threading, closures, callbacks, and UI-blocking alert controllers are colliding in …

2018-03-05: Google Voice’s voicemail transcriptions can be chilling sometimes.

2018-03-05: I have to create dozens of Active Directory user accounts on a domain controller today, and the …

2018-03-04: My daughter has trouble falling asleep. This past week she has started to complain about noise …

2018-03-03: Hi, @orionp. I heard your interview on The Omni Show. You are a very interesting fellow!

2018-03-02: We all survived the six hour blackout tonight. It was cold but we were able to get pizza delivered …

2018-03-01: I actually solved a user’s problem with my iOS app today by asking “have you tried …

2018-02-28: This is the best explanation I’ve found for why Excel outputs my graph series in the opposite …

2018-02-27: The light-to-dark progression in my app screenshots is oddly satisfying to me tonight.

2018-02-27: This article about “Jane Walker” scotch is hilarious. As ham-handed as Johnny Walker’s marketing …

2018-02-27: My daughter is far more excited than is absolutely necessary at the mere prospect of visiting the …

2018-02-27: If I had my gumption, I would convert SwiftoDo to the Coordinator pattern and get rid of (actually, …

2018-02-26: SwiftoDo 2.9.0 is now available in the App Store. It adds an edit mode for your todo.txt file, opens …

2018-02-26: Here we go again!

2018-02-25: Dear Apple: I do not want to upload 10 screenshots. Sigh. 😅

2018-02-25: I finally got my app to crash tonight…and that’s actually a good thing.

2018-02-24: Saturday has become my day to eat way too much food, which is not a good development. Hopefully I …

2018-02-23: Today I am grateful for Spring Training and the return of Major League Baseball. ⚾️ I watched two …

2018-02-23: SwiftoDo 2.8.1 is now available in the App Store. It adds a Solarized Light and Solarized Dark …

2018-02-23: I would never replace my AirPods with the new ones rumored today just to upgrade them, but if I …

2018-02-23: Alto’s Odyssey has, predictably, lowered my productivity the past two days. Still, there are …

2018-02-21: I learned of a service that makes RSS feeds out of Twitter users’ tweets: TwitRSS.me. I added …

2018-02-21: The weather was unusually warm today. I spent some of my lunch break walking outside.

2018-02-21: Current mood.

2018-02-20: 🚀 I finally installed Rocket on my Mac. It’s a lot nicer to use than Character Viewer …

2018-02-19: 🎙 This week’s episode had me Googling for ‘longest episode of “The Talk Show” with John Gruber …

2018-02-19: Blog post: A/B/C testing: “August and Everything After”, in 24-bit, 96kHz FLAC vs. 16-bit, 44.1kHz …

2018-02-18: 🎵 If you like The Weakerthans as much as I do, you will find this interview with their singer, John …

2018-02-17: We had an enormous house party today. It was a lot of fun, but boy are we wiped out! 🎈

2018-02-16: 🎬 I saw “Thor: Ragnarok” today and thoroughly enjoyed it. The “Thor” and “Captain …

2018-02-16: Another SwiftoDo update will come at the end of next week, as long as I can get the timing right …

2018-02-15: I am listening to music from my MacBook Pro today, via the Oppo HA-2SE. One benefit is that it …

2018-02-15: Adding my Nest thermostat to HomeKit via HomeBridge has made my life a little better. I do have a …

2018-02-14: I downloaded Visual Studio Code on my Windows work machine today. I don’t see how it will be …

2018-02-14: My wife baked a delicious Valentine’s Day treat. ❤️😄

2018-02-14: Blog post: My Slide into Audiophile Territory, Part 1

2018-02-14: Tonight I set up HomeBridge on an otherwise unused Raspberry Pi to control my Nest thermostat via …

2018-02-13: If Apple really is slowing down and fixing bugs, rather than adding features, I wish they would work …

2018-02-13: I’m coding a user-requested feature this evening. I started really late after a 2-hour trip to …

2018-02-12: I may be helping out my employer with podcasting in the next few months. It is surprising to me that …

2018-02-12: 🎙 It’s Monday morning, so I am listening to “This Week in Tech”.

2018-02-12: I just pre-ordered Alto’s Odyssey even though I think preordering apps is stupid, because …

2018-02-12: I don’t watch the Winter Olympics. It is not for me. Enjoy it, everybody else!

2018-02-11: My wife, daughter, and I enjoyed the Purim-related children’s activities at the temple this morning.

2018-02-10: I’m thinking about writing a series of blog posts about how I, somewhat accidentally, went …

2018-02-10: Looking forward to seeing Roger’s & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” soon. I …

2018-02-09: Blog post*: Strategies to increase diversity on Micro.blog *(repost because this link didn’t …

2018-02-09: Replacing “Keyboard-” with the keyboard emoji (⌨️) solves a minor problem I have in the …

2018-02-09: Blog post: SwiftoDo Developer Notes, February 2018

2018-02-08: I have finally switched over from Drafts 4 to Drafts 5 (beta) as my daily driver. Its such a cool …

2018-02-08: My wife inspired me to cook apple & sweet potato mash for my son this evening.

2018-02-08: I’m on hour 7 of writing data database loading routines. Writing queries in Access is uniquely …

2018-02-08: 🎵 In high school and college, I used to measure how long it took me to write a paper by the number …

2018-02-07: UITableView moveRow(at: IndexPath, to: IndexPath) works differently when …

2018-02-07: 🎤 I have fallen 15 episodes behind in my “Security Now” listening. I do like the …

2018-02-06: After reading all the reviews, (like this one) I really want two HomePods with AirPlay 2 working. …

2018-02-06: Today at work I thought: “I wish I was better at Awk”. The last time I thought that was …

2018-02-06: On my lunch break I submitted a new build of SwiftoDo to the App Store. My release philosophy has …

2018-02-06: Work today is more about juggling priorities than anything else: data mining, sampling, database …

2018-02-05: I have been enjoying the Roughly app’s complication (on the bottom, in the picture) for the …

2018-02-05: Fact: Decaf coffee does not count as real coffee!

2018-02-05: Goal #1 for the week: Reduce coffee consumption to one cup per day. But…does decaf count? …

2018-02-04: 🏈 My Super Bowl menu: sirloin steak, caramelized onions, garden salad, French bread with brie or …

2018-02-04: 🏈 I am excited about the Super Bowl but I am feeling very conflicted about football in general now. …

2018-02-04: Ain’t Misbehavin’ at NJPAC was absolutely wonderful tonight. The performers were …

2018-02-03: I’m not sure what the biggest headache was for me today: my actual migraine, or my trip to …

2018-02-03: I realized recently that Google’s killing of Google Reader made me never trust them again as a …

2018-02-02: Based on my podcast listening for the week, I’ve concluded (and I’m being half serious …

2018-02-01: I’ve got a couple releases lined up for my iOS app, and need to think about a total rewrite …

2018-02-01: I’m thoroughly enjoying Matt Birchler’s “HomePod Testing” playlist on Apple …

2018-01-31: I spent my evening figuring out how to transfer an 18-year-old domain name and several personal …

2018-01-31: The program I wrote yesterday has been running, with no output whatsoever, for over 12 hours now, …

2018-01-30: I’m coding something new for work today, mostly because ACL can’t read my enormous data …

2018-01-29: Every font on all my devices somehow looks different to me today. What the heck happened to my eyes?

2018-01-29: Today was unexpectedly full of proposal work for me. I think I need to help revamp how we write …

2018-01-28: The New York Times crossword puzzle app and, of course, Micro.blog, have now taken over the time I …

2018-01-28: I really liked this back-to-basics post by John Sundell about type composition in Swift. I think …

2018-01-27: 60° F and 20 MPH winds have made it both too warm and too cold for a proper Winterfest for us today.

2018-01-27: I submitted SwiftoDo 2.7.0 to the App Store earlier today, and tonight I made enough bug fixes and …

2018-01-26: I am too busy coding tonight to order a HomePod. The audiophile part of me really wants one, though. …

2018-01-26: I did some complicated sampling today. ACL’s new APPEND command made short work of combining 4 …

2018-01-26: I diagnosed and fixed a memory leak in my iOS app using Instruments and Xcode’s memory …

2018-01-25: 📚 I resumed reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln last night. It’s …

2018-01-25: I’m back to Access database work today. It looks like I will have to do even more Access work …

2018-01-24: I’m heading home after two good, productive, and ultimately exhausting days in Baltimore. It will be …

2018-01-23: I was not thrilled that today’s New York Times mini crossword’s first word contained numbers. I …

2018-01-23: People on Reddit are bitching tonight about Apple’s “bug fixes and improvements” …

2018-01-23: I’m heading out for a team dinner. Maybe I should loosen my belt now rather than later. 😀

2018-01-23: Oh, thank goodness for ☕️. I’ve got 15 minutes to down another cup before I head over to the office. …

2018-01-23: Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is nice. I’m glad I recognize the area in which I’m …

2018-01-22: I’m on my first Amtrak ride in about five years. I forgot how much lateral motion there is as …

2018-01-22: I’m all packed for my business trip to training in Baltimore. It’s been a while since …

2018-01-21: Am I the only one who kept thinking “Jake Jortles”* during the Pats/Jags game tonight? 🏈 …

2018-01-21: Cleaning the house for a 2-hour play date is very intense and takes about 3 hours!

2018-01-20: I drew and colored this under the expert tutelage of my 5-year-old daughter, just before we played …

2018-01-20: This afternoon’s docket for my family includes lunch with the in-laws and a rare visit to the …

2018-01-20: Is it awful that I kind of want a HomePod? When I first watched the product announcement, my …

2018-01-19: I made another change to SwiftoDo to help a user with an abnormally large task list load their file …

2018-01-19: Good news! I can hear as well as I ought to at my age. I just hear a ringing that isn’t there: …

2018-01-19: For some reason I am really nervous about my ENT appointment today. Hearing tests are nerve wracking …

2018-01-19: I brought my daughter out to the school bus today, which I don’t normally do, due to my work …

2018-01-18: I pulled a bunch of samples in ACL today for work, and have to do it again tomorrow. I caught up on …

2018-01-18: Unpopular opinion: Calendars 5 is better than Fantastical. I have had both on my iOS devices for …

2018-01-17: I’m adding some very basic URL handling support to SwiftoDo tonight, based on a user request. …

2018-01-17: SwiftoDo 2.6.3 is now available in the App Store 📱. It fixes a couple bugs and improves scrolling …

2018-01-17: Blog post: Eye round roast recipe

2018-01-16: I resubmitted SwiftoDo 2.6.3 to the App Store after several more days of testing. It looks good to …

2018-01-16: Slate pushed a redesign today. I used to love Slate, but I’m afraid I aged out of its target …

2018-01-16: Blog post: Chicken sausage and escarole soup recipe

2018-01-15: My wife’s and daughter’s strawberry swirl mini muffins turned out nicely, but bedtime had to be …

2018-01-15: It’s a speed run in our kitchen tonight. My wife and daughter are rushing to make mini muffin …

2018-01-15: Micro Monday: The “🙌 likes” that @eli shares are a nice addition to my usual RSS feeds.

2018-01-15: It’s a quiet workday. I am coding and debugging in C# once again, at least until more audit …

2018-01-14: We had a good friend over for dinner tonight, which we don’t do as often as we should. It was …

2018-01-14: This eye round roast came out magnificently, too. Am I starting a food blog now? (Is that annoying?)

2018-01-14: My chicken sausage escarole soup came out so delicious that I’m thinking of posting my recipe. Do …

2018-01-14: What a clinic the Patriots ran against the Titans tonight. 🏈

2018-01-13: The Crayola Experience was…OK, I guess. My daughter said she liked it. The rest of the day was a lot …

2018-01-13: It’s a road trip day for me and my family. Picking the driving music 🎵 is the hardest part. We …

2018-01-12: In my 20s I only drank Manhattans straight up. Now, deep into my 30s, I prefer them on the rocks—but …

2018-01-12: Every few days I have to talk myself out of buying another pair of headphones. I don’t need …

2018-01-12: The budget I was working on is complete, and soup I made on my lunch break is cooling in the …

2018-01-11: I think it is really cool how many people are hacking away at projects to integrate their sites with …

2018-01-11: I feel like I’ve been editing and formatting this Excel budget spreadsheet since the beginning …

2018-01-11: When I woke up today, the TestFlight version of the app I’ve been working on all week …

2018-01-10: I submitted a new SwiftoDo build to the App Store for a “Bug Fixes and Performance …

2018-01-10: The performance enhancements I coded for SwiftoDo this week required me to replace some clean, …

2018-01-09: The dining room is looking better now, too. I can’t believe we didn’t put anything up on that wall …

2018-01-09: Blog post: Plaintext Productivity: Still productive after all these years, a status update to my …

2018-01-08: For Micro Monday, I want to recommend @gio. I love his photos of New Jersey locales. I’m from …

2018-01-08: I posted some photos I took in my son’s room. I hope he likes flowers. (He’s a baby.)

2018-01-08: I am righting the ship, compared to this morning. I scrapped my C# solution and started fresh. I …

2018-01-08: I am getting that sinking feeling again that I have overthought everything. I get this a lot while …

2018-01-07: I am lazily cooking salsa chicken thighs for either lunch or dinner.

2018-01-07: Tonight I made my first commit to SwiftoDo since mid-December. I fell behind on development last …

2018-01-06: I don’t even wish I was actually this good at solving The New York Times Mini Crossword Puzzle.

2018-01-05: My prediction for “The Good Place” series finale (which hopefully will be several years …

2018-01-05: Here are my top three divergent punctuation preferences, compared to everybody I have ever worked …

2018-01-05: It happened slowly, but preferred music playback device size and wire count have gone up for me over …

2018-01-05: My wife and I are really enjoying “The Great British Bake Off”, “The Marvelous …

2018-01-04: Dear Apple Music: Just because I listened to Sixpence Non The Richer’s cover of “There …

2018-01-04: So far the snowfall hasn’t been so bad—only a few inches so far. It is windy, though, and very cold. …

2018-01-04: Blog post: Picking a great writing font. Do you like good writing fonts? I’m loving Plex Mono …

2018-01-03: I hope I set up mirroring to GitHub correctly. It is a geeky feature, for sure, but I’m not …

2018-01-03: We are bracing for a blizzard tonight, which is expected to snow us in all day tomorrow. School is …

2018-01-03: It looks like I will be doing some C# coding for work this month. That stuff is more interesting …

2018-01-03: I like TweetBot a lot more than I like Twitter.

2018-01-02: It must be January 2, because I just created a literal “Laundry List” in Reminders.

2018-01-02: It’s back to work for me today, and I a digging out of my email inbox. Sometime later I will …

2018-01-02: Blog post: Things I wish I could stop doing, but probably can’t, a to-don’t list for 2018.

2018-01-01: I cooked a New Years Day feast for my family today. I ate so much I feel food drunk right now. …

2018-01-01: Reading people’s New Years Day posts has been both electrifying and chilling. 2017 a tough …

2017-12-31: We are at my neighbors’ house for a simulated 7:30 PM ball drop. Fun NYE party!

2017-12-31: My daughter’s cookie decorating skills are advancing! I’m so proud of her. 😀🍪

2017-12-31: Blog post: Top posts of 2017, and some year-end thoughts on blogging

2017-12-30: I don’t love how en-dashes (–) and em-dashes (—) look identical in Ulysses. I know it is …

2017-12-30: It was a really close game!

2017-12-29: I’m demoting TweetBot to page 3 of Spingboard. I’m not sure how long that will last.

2017-12-28: This article is the best thing I’ve ever read about Star Wars.

2017-12-28: “Ready Player One” looks promising. I’m one chapter in, and it’s fun.

2017-12-28: The 2017 news cycle has worn me out. I am looking for something purely escapist to read. I’m …

2017-12-28: I am vacillating between being lazy and productive today. It is a vacation day, so I shouldn’t be …

2017-12-27: I am finally seeing “The Last Jedi” tonight. Hope it is good!

2017-12-27: After an eventful trip to see family, we are back at home. Today is a rebuilding day: unpacking, …

2017-12-25: And when they say that all is lost All is not lost, all is not lost And when they say that all is …

2017-12-25: Merry Christmas everyone!

2017-12-24: We are heading off to see family for Christmas today.

2017-12-23: I made banana bread, too.

2017-12-23: I baked Snickerdoodles for the family today. They are really, really good!

2017-12-23: I bought Castro 2 this week because I like the design and it was on sale for a pittance. I am not …

2017-12-22: I made a batch of Christmas cookies tonight with my daughter. Such fun! She pressed chocolate chips …

2017-12-22: A long lunch with the family was a great way to complete my work week.

2017-12-22: So much of all programming, and really all work in general, is developing a common vocabulary, and …

2017-12-22: I am up too late. What exactly is happening right now? 🙃

2017-12-21: According to Dark Sky, a Christmas morning snowstorm may interfere with my holday travel plans. I am …

2017-12-21: I’m relieved to have finished all my billable work for the week already. It was a tough week, …

2017-12-21: I wonder how many people still have to use VBA for Excel and Access automation at work, like I do. …

2017-12-21: Blog post: Micro Blog mjdescy.me/2017/12/2…

2017-12-20: I spent some time this evening starting to code something new for work in C#: a tool for comparing …

2017-12-20: Twitter is abuzz about UIKit, perhaps, going to the Mac late next year. We’ll see. I would …

2017-12-19: It’s the last work week of the year, and the busiest I’ve had in about six months. I had …

2017-12-19: I’m happy to join the micro.blog community today!