But it is not only our own self-preservation that is at stake here. As social animals, our agency impacts on those around us, and improper believing puts our fellow humans at risk.
Internet speed at the new place was terrible. An hour of re-jiggering cables and settings and it’s gotten better. I can live here now.
Moving day starts now. Time to unplug everything and spend what may be an ENTIRE DAY off the internet. :
Just relaxing on my final Saturday evening in this house. Music, Macallan 12, and a nice book.
I’m keeping Fuzzball open in a browser window all day.
…more and more I am questioning the news cycle and my relationship to it. There is so much news, and almost none of it is important, but you would not know that from a visit to social media, the grotesque excuse for a piazza where we are supposed to connect with people who are yelling at us, or any of the 24-hour websites that provide us with an overwhelming deluge of inanity.
As such, I have come to believe that an essential form of self-care is consuming as little national news as possible, and I will argue that this is an ethical choice.
the general idea that Joe Citizen can and must do something about a horror that is being perpetrated beyond his control — and can be successful in halting that horror — is not just psychically harmful but logically backward
According to Merriam-Webster’s Time Traveler, these words were first used in print the year I was born (1964):
- barf bag
It could almost be construed as predictive.
My mom has already begun putting the Christmas decorations on her dollhouse
I’m not a person who normally uses dark themes, but with all the hoopla around Dark Mode in Mojave I thought I should try it for a month and see if I liked it as much as everyone else seemed to.
Nope, I don’t like Dark Mode.
I guess one person’s “eye bleach” is another person’s “proper contrast and color” 🙂
When I switched back to Light Mode (or “Normal Mode” as I like to call it), I felt a sense of relief. Dark Mode just felt too heavy-handed.
Mac apps already tend to look very similar. There’s a list of things in a sidebar on the left, detail on the right. Sometimes something else in the center. Dark Mode seems to make this worse. Mail, DEVONthink, MarsEdit, etc. all seem to blend into a single pile of exactly the same-looking things. Also, small dialog windows tended to get lost for some reason. I’d think a file copy was finished but nope, the progress window was just difficult to see.
Anyway, I’m happy for all the people who’ve been looking forward to a system-wide dark mode, but I’ll be keeping it light.
It’s just you and me now, IKEA.
Some people cruise through Wikipedia links like a community car wash, letting the always-churning trivia brushes scrub their worries away, but I want my brain powerwashed by AskHistorians. AskHistorians is a subreddit run by a strict community of historians that don’t tolerate your internet nonsense. You make jokes? You don’t cite your sources? You’re history.
I don’t have the energy to participate in every battle, so I’ll have to be content losing most of them.
Sometimes I switch up my apps/workflow and immediately start writing a blog post about it. But then, before I finish that post I’ve switched back already.
A few photos from Aidan’s final “Bandtasia” concert. He did a great job with his solo.
What is it with people driving pickups? I swear if one more aggressively-postured Super Duty rides my ass I’m going to lose it.