• 2020 M1 13-inch MacBook Pro Thoughts

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    I was due for a new work laptop a while back, and ended up getting a 2020 M1 13-inch MacBook Pro to replace my aging, beloved, MacBook Air.

    I loved that MacBook Air. The size was great, I didn’t need many ports for my laptop, and did I mention the size was great? Sadly, it was slowing down, noticeably.

    My new MacBook Pro is anything but slow. This thing is super speedy, and it isn’t even Apple’s latest and great processor. It is a bit thicker and heavier than my beloved MacBook Air but I honestly don’t notice it that much. Overall, this is a great computer.

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    I like everything about it other than one thing: the Touchbar. The touchbar is one of those things that seems like a great idea until it is on millions of laptops and you realize it kind of sucks. I don’t hate it, but I would be happier with old fashioned buttons.

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  • Always own the means of production

    TweetbabyI have no plans to leave Twitter, but it looks increasingly likely (though still unlikely) that Twitter will be leaving us! My internet pal Brent Simmons has some thoughts about the time After Twitter:

    The internet’s town square should never have been one specific website with its own specific rules and incentives. It should have been, and should be, the web itself.

    Everyone should start up a blog again. It is fun!

    I’m enjoying blogging a little bit more around these parts, I must admit. Though it comes and fits and starts, but that’s ok. I really blog for myself, and if you’re reading this (for some reason) that’s just icing on the oatmeal cookie (I’ve been eating way too many of these as of late).

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  • I know gerrymandering is a problem, but this is ridiculous

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    The Republicans have created a “special” Oklahoma and have floated it in the Gulf of Mexico! THIS TIME THEY HAVE GONE TOO FAR!

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  • You’re fired! Oops, not you.

    Some of those who are being asked to return were laid off by mistake, according to two people familiar with the moves. Others were let go before management realized that their work and experience may be necessary to build the new features Musk envisions, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information.

    Twitter Now Asks Some Fired Workers to Please Come Back – Bloomberg

    I’ve never been particularly impressed by Elon Musk. Sure, he’s rich but he always struck me as kind of a jerk who really wanted to be a dudebro but couldn’t pull it off.

    Imagine working for a company that was so interested in firing people that it couldn’t get the list of people to fire right?

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  • Halloween 2022

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    This was the first Halloween that the boys really got the idea behind the whole thing. They knew what they wanted to be (Sammy – Pumpkin, Declan – Ghost) and they knew that they wanted to get themselves a lot of candy. And they sure did!

    First, let’s have a closeup of each of the boys!

    Sammy, the pumpkin:

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    Declan, the ghost:

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    Now, Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays. Once I realized I could just buy myself the candy that I liked without having to dress up like a vampire and beg door to door I was pretty over it. However, since I am a dad now (which seems like some sort of mix up, if you ask me) I had to dress up. Here I am as a pumpkin (as picked by the boys):

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    Our 2022 Halloween actually started before Halloween, because that Saturday a bunch of stores near us were hosting trick or treaters (one assumes because it is fun and also in the hopes that the kids might pop into Tiffany to get some candy and mom and dad might buy a diamond tennis bracelet whilst there).

    Before we headed out to trick or treat the boys ran around in our building’s front garden for awhile:

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    The most exciting thing for the little boys was the giant crane parked in front of our building hoisting AC equipment to the top of a building.

    And good thing that crane was there and the street was closed because just as we started walking towards the stores to trick or treat Sammy vomited all over the sidewalk (a couple of times). We’ve been dealing with two sick kids for, seemingly, the last 3 months. It seems to have finally cleared up, but for awhile Sammy would run around and then cough so much that he would vomit.

    Super gross.

    Since Sammy still wanted to trick or treat we took a moment to watch the crane on the curb as everyone re-settled into their bodies:

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    Once everyone’s stomachs settled we hit the stores. We had to pick up a map at a local bank, and they were also giving out candy. The man at their stand presented a large bowl of candy to Sammy and said, “Take as much as you like!” Sammy took several handfuls; much more than the man was expecting I think. Declan, on the other hand, only took one. That process pretty much repeated itself as we visited several stores. Sammy didn’t last that long, but it certainly felt like they got a good trick or treating experience.

    We live in a big apartment building, which hosts trick or treating on Halloween for the kids that live in the building. That means we could hit a bunch of houses on Halloween without actually leaving the building, an ideal solution for me!

    We spooked up our doorway:

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    Popped on our costumes, were joined by a friend, and headed out to find some frickin’ treats:

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    The boys are something of mini-celebrities in our building which is largely populated by old Jewish people, so even though they only had the stamina to visit a handful of floors they managed to get a huge candy haul. That may have had something to do with their trick or treating technique. They would knock, and as soon as the door opened they’d just walk into the person’s apartment. We tried to stop them, but they were like, “What’s the problem? I need some candy!” And candy they got.

    It was fun to see how much the boys enjoyed themselves, but I enjoyed getting glimpses into our neighbors’ apartments without having to engage in much conversation. Plus we got candy. What more can you ask for?

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  • Masks are cool, people

    The Washington Post posted an article titled “Still afraid of covid: The people who are still isolating and masking ,” and as someone who is still masking and taking the relatively easy precautions one must take to avoid contracting and spreading COVID the article hit home as much as the title pissed me off.

    This quote, in particular, resonates:

    “I didn’t feel draconian before, and I feel draconian now,” says Grimaldi, 36. “Everyone seems to have abandoned the things that were de rigueur before.”

    I also really question the choice of photo of the couple. “Let’s make them look like we ambushed them and they are slightly paranoid!”

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    Now, I like to think that I am the sort of person who really doesn’t care about what other people think of them. I’m fine being the only one in a room wearing a mask. I will admit, however, that I had a moment of doubt and weakness the other morning when we dropped the boys off at preschool.

    When Marisa said she wanted the boys to go to preschool I was of two minds. One, I knew that it would be good for them (and Marisa!) to interact with people other than us. Two, preschools are little, filthy petri dishes at the best of times and a pandemic isn’t the best of times.

    The preschool we enrolled them in had a masking policy (everyone needed to wear one) so that made me feel much better. Then we went to a little parents open house and among the first things one of the owners said to me was, “We’re working hard to get rid of this mask mandate!”

    I wasn’t the right audience for that conversational gambit.

    Sure enough, after the boys’ first day at preschool the mask requirement was gone (I wasn’t too shocked given the way things are going generally).

    We decided that the boys would still wear masks (as well as any 3 year old can!) and that worked well for several weeks.

    Fast forward to the other day and as we told the boys to sit on a bench to put their masks on and I thought, “Do we really need to do this?” I asked Marisa and she agreed that we could relax our mask stance for the boys since they probably weren’t great about wearing them anyway. We gave them the choice: mask or no mask. Declan opted for wearing a mask and Sammy opted for no mask. In they popped to school and all was well.

    The evening rolls around and what do I find in my email but an alert from the preschool letting us know there was a confirmed case of COVID at the school. Sigh.

    Now, the school is now requiring masking and testing which is sensible. And I think we’ll be requiring our boys to stay masked up after they rescind their masking policy.

    I feel like I should say that while I think wearing a mask is a sensible and easy thing to do, I don’t judge people who aren’t wearing masks (too much). I will say that I think it is bonkers to go on a plane or public transportation without a mask on but you do you, non-mask wearing people!

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