• It’s that time of year in Richmond where I need my Flonase with an Allegra chaser.

  • Happy Leap Day! May we greet each other the traditional way: “Oh Boy!”

  • I think my favorite TV show might be Bluey?

  • Finished reading: The Bezzle by Cory Doctorow 📚

    Thoroughly enjoyed this read. Fletch, but if Fletch’s superpower was Excel. My only “complaint” is that I wish there were more stories to read.

  • Currently reading: The Bezzle by Cory Doctorow 📚

  • Finished reading: How to Steal a Presidential Election by Lawrence Lessig 📚

    Great, short read on the gaps in our constitutional system that can be used against democracy in 2024-5 and beyond.

  • I want to congratulate James Taylor for winning the World Series and bringing home the Stanley Cup.

  • One of the most long-term, useful books I’ve ever engaged with is The Mac is Not a Typewriter by Robin Williams. www.amazon.com/Mac-Not-T…

    I trained my muscle memory to option-[, option-], option-{, and option-} for my quotation marks and apostrophes and never looked back.

  • The default directory for Movies in macOS Sonoma is ~/Movies/TV/Media/Movies/

  • Finished reading: Some Desperate Glory by Emily Tesh 📚

  • I really like the ”MagSpeed Electromagnetic scrolling” scroll wheel on my Logitech MX Master 3S for Mac computer mouse. It’s both extremely functional and the best fidget spinner I’ve ever bought.

    It has regular “click click” mode but if it detects you are going fast it goes into “weeeeeeeee” mode.

  • Here’s a little AppleScript I wrote that moves the dock to the right if my MacBook is the only display and to the bottom if it’s not.

    A screenshot of an AppleScript Script Editor window with the code in it
  • Remember Richmonders, we’re in Virginia so please refer to Mayor Stoney’s speech tonight by its proper name: the Commonwealth of the City address.

  • Two Comics I Like in January 2024

    Fantastic Four

    The first is Ryan North’s current, continuing run on Fantastic Four. You may know Ryan North’s work from Dinosaur Comics or his amazing Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. This Fantastic Four run is about family, it’s fun, and you don’t have to know about or read any other Marvel comic to enjoy it. While whimsically silly at times (what would the Fantastic Four look like if they were dinosaurs?), it is also insightful and emotional. One issue is from the perspective of Alicia Masters Grimm (a character who is blind) and attempts to convey one perspective on what comics can mean to a person who has a severe limitation in sight. Another issue made me feel deep sadness for a villain who emerged from a Pokémon Go-like mobile game.

    We’re 16 issues in and the first few story arcs are out in TPB collections. Here’s the first one on Amazon, but I’m sure you can get it at your local library.

    The Sacrificers

    The second comic is The Sacrificers written by Rick Remender and drawn by Max Fiumara. As a person who doesn’t normally care about spoilers, I don’t want to go into too many details of this amazing book. We’re six issues in and it’s been a long, long time since I anticipated each new installment of any comic so eagerly. It’s a universe full of gods, science, magic, and bird-like peasants. The world is built so beautifully and it’s revealed to us at such a pace that allows us space to speculate and wonder. You don’t know exactly what’s going on or whom you’re supposed to care about until you suddenly care very, very much.

    You can get the first six issues digitally or in single-issue form at your local comic book store. The first TPB collection is slated to ship in April 2024.

  • The default, out-of-the-box place for your music files in macOS Sonoma is ~/Music/Music/Media/Music/

  • Inspired by @hotdogsladies@mastodon.social, just having fun with AI tools.

  • I get why a sub-$2000 Apple laptop might not be able to power more than one really awesome external display, but I don’t understand why a MacBook Air can’t drive two crappy external displays.

  • Macintosh->iMac = iPad->Now

  • My latest column is up at the Richmond Family Magazine DadZone, In a Blink:

    When you’re in it, it’s hard to notice that you’re in it. It’s easy to tell yourself to be mindful and to fully experience each moment as you pass through it, but life gets in the way. You get tired, you’re human. You don’t always notice what’s changed until you’re afforded the luxury of a reflective pause. I’m glad I don’t have to carry my kids around anymore, but I can also mourn for the end of the phase where they needed me in that way.

  • George Washington on Political Parties

    From Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796 (emphasis mine):

    I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally.

    This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.

    The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

    Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

    It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.

    There is an opinion that parties in free countries are useful checks upon the administration of the government and serve to keep alive the spirit of liberty. This within certain limits is probably true; and in governments of a monarchical cast, patriotism may look with indulgence, if not with favor, upon the spirit of party. But in those of the popular character, in governments purely elective, it is a spirit not to be encouraged. From their natural tendency, it is certain there will always be enough of that spirit for every salutary purpose. And there being constant danger of excess, the effort ought to be by force of public opinion, to mitigate and assuage it. A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.

  • Finished reading: Recoding America by Jennifer Pahlka 📚

    Excellent book on IT in government, how it got where it is, and ways it is starting to be fixed.

  • Finished reading: Against Elections by David Van Reybrouck 📚

    Highly recommend this essay which advocates for more jury-like, randomly selected democratic decision-making bodies.

  • If you are what you do, recently I’ve been a machine that turns food into completed chess puzzles and watched episodes of Taskmaster.

  • Finished reading: October by China Miéville 📚

  • “I’d never leave them there!” I say shortly before discovering my good gloves are in the pocket of my heavy winter coat.

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