Month: January 2023

Remember what’s important

Six years ago a good friend of mine passed away due to cancer. She was just shy of her 65th birthday and deserved so much more time....

USB-C is simple, right? Well…

One of the nice things about USB-C is its simplicity, right? No more figuring out which side is up to plug into a device. The connector is super-friendly. But… that’s where the simplicity stops....

“The Dispatcher” by John Scalzi

Took me a while to get around to it, but I finally picked up John Scalzi’s The Dispatcher yesterday morning and polished it off before bed. Some mild spoilers (depending on your definition of “spoiler”) below....

A little Calibre trick: Set series order in metadata

Many book series do not make it abundantly clear what order the series is in by book title. If you are reading, say, Larry Niven’s Ringworld series, it’s not clear from book titles what order the series is in. So you finish Ringworld and then you are ready to...

Listen to this: Steve Lawson “Episode 50: A New Hope”

Fresh new music for the first week of the new year, Steve Lawson’s Episode 50: A New Hope is two epic-length tracks of introspective goodness. I’ll turn the floor over to Steve to describe the release: Turning 50 after 5 months of chemo to try and get rid of...

The scorpion strikes: Still speaker-less after 11 votes

Clearly nobody taught Kevin McCarthy and the rest of the establishment GOP the lesson of the frog and the scorpion. It would be funny if it was a plot on a modern West Wing, but it just seems like a harbinger of more problems to come. After 11 tries,...

MacBook Pro 2015 update: The winner is Pop!_OS

After a few tries to put Fedora on the MacBook Pro 2015, I auditioned a number of other Linux distros and wound up going with Pop!_OS. I gave Chrome OS Flex a brief spin, but it wasn’t quite my jam. If you like Chrome OS and have an old...

Bubby and Sir Wobbles

Love the relationship these two have. Bubby and Sir Wobbles got along immediately the first time they met and Sir seems to have a little bit of hero worship going on with Bub....

Two observations about Mastodon in early 2023

Tonight, not for the first time, I learned about a “breaking news” item from Mastodon. That’s been happening more often over the past few weeks, whereas this time last year I’d have gotten this kind of thing via Twitter first. This seems significant to me because Mastodon is making...