I’m trying to talk myself out of upgrading my MacBook Air to an M1-based model, but I’m not sure I’m winning.

Seeing rumors that the new iMac sizes will go from 21″ and 27″ to 24″ and 32″. First world problems, I know, but I don’t want to go down to 24″ and 32″ is too big to fit on my desk with my speakers.

You know, I kinda want to upgrade my iMac to macOS 11, but I’m going to hold off off until Super Duper—my backup program—is compatible with it. Or until a 27″ Apple Silicon iMac comes out.

Holy hand grenades—the only program I know that started back on BeOS that still survives to this day, an animation program called Moho (marketed later as Anime Studio for a while), was used for part of “Wolfwalkers”.

Back in Spring Hill, Florida, the town I went to high school in—outside a hip microbrewery. When I lived here (which was not that long ago), it was huge news when the first chain restaurant opened on this end of the county.

The common wisdom is that movie theatres may go the way of the dodo now, but I suspect, in a few years, we may see a revival of the old “movie palace,” much grander theatres owned directly by movie studios.

Somehow Clermont, Florida, became interesting when I wasn’t paying attention.

As an SF Bay Area resident, I shouldn’t idly look at Kansas City real estate. “3BR/2BA 1850 sq.ft. downtown penthouse, $350K!” “3BR/2BA 1800 sq.ft. home built in 1905, walkable neighborhood, $200K!”

Many years ago Tampa tried a “Channelside” entertainment district that largely flopped. For its replacement, Sparkman Wharf, the new owners apparently decided “okay, what if we make it interesting this time.” Good call.

Michelle Yeoh mostly sells it through the sheer power of being Michelle Yeoh, but Star Trek: Discovery’s long and wobbly redemption arc for Emperor Georgiou would have worked better if the first season hadn’t gone in so damn hard on making her irredeemably evil. 📺

San Francisco’s Cliff House restaurant is shutting down, a combination of the pandemic and disputes between the National Park Service and the family that’s run it for ~50 years. I’ll miss using it as a remote office once in a blue moon.

Cliff House's upper level, a bar on the balconyA Sidecar cocktail (I think) at the balcony bar.Sutro's, the fancier restaurant on the Cliff House's lower level. The balcony bar is visible at the top of the picture.

Taking a personal day, and taking advantage of outdoor dining while it’s still available. The weather app says it’s only 63 out, but it is quite warm nonetheless.

I’ve been at my current job over two and a half years—the longest time I’ve been at the same company in two decades. I’m not a job-hopper by choice; I just have a knack for finding companies that have money issues or do big pivots, and I fill in with short-term contracts.

Finally admitting that “nag self to do healthy things” apps just irritate me and moving WaterMinder and Round off my Home Screen.

Finally buying a Blu-Ray player before the Thanksgiving weekend sales disappear. I’m not sure this is a great idea, because it occurs to me (now) that I am historically just not the kind of person who frequently re-watches movies.

“All Things Must Pass,” Colin Hanks’s documentary about Tower Records, is a lot of fun. And it has impeccably typeset titles and captions. (Yes, I am the sort of person who notices that.)

For a few years now my Thanksgiving quasi-tradition has been me and two or three close friends going to a restaurant. This continues this year—sort of: I’m in a “quarantine bubble” with one friend and another is my roommate, and we’ve gotten takeout from Manresa.

Despite often making fun of smooth jazz, I’ve found it’s great to have on as background working music. The downside is that I’m training Apple Music to suggest endless Dave Koz and David Sanborn clones.

Giving Zenni Optical a shot for new glasses. I’m annoyed that they won’t let me enter the separate prescription I have for computer/reading glasses, instead insisting on calculating it from my standard prescription and then telling me the numbers are wrong, though.

I’ve been using Ulysses off and on for years and just figured out what filters are good for. I’m still not sure it can match Scrivener for serious novel-writing, but I’m definitely not sure it can’t.

Trying to figure out how to minimize risk to myself and my mother for Christmas, as I’m supposed to make a cross-country trip (and back). I suspect it involves self-quarantine on both ends of the trip and testing.

It’s been fascinating to go into the Trailers app on Apple TV, or trailer web sites, and see what shows up as 2020 marches on and tentpole features fade. It’s a growing collection of indies, VOD releases, obscure documentaries, imports, and category-defying oddities.

I appreciate this place having outdoor patio seating, but it’s approaching the time of year where they really need some patio heaters. It’s 57 in the sun, but it feels a lot colder in the shade.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but apparently you can fool 70 million people four years and counting.

I am tempted to buy the M1-based MacBook Air despite having bought, earlier this year, a (cough) MacBook Air. I’ll probably resist, though.