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I’ve just started reading the third Travis McGee Novel, A Purple Place for Dying. McGee, a PI who described himself as a “salvage consultant,” starred in nearly two dozen books by author John D. MacDonald; I read the first book as quasi-inspiration for my two Florida noir shorts, and I’m considering getting back to that character/series. But yikes, the book kicks off with casually misogynistic action/narration, in that sort of sublimated, ambient way that I suppose one might expect in an adventure story written in the 1960s. Fifty-odd years later, though, it’s…disconcerting at best.

On the one hand, I’m surprised no one’s successfully made a movie or TV series about McGee. They came close in the early 1980s, with a TV movie starring Sam Elliott that inexplicably traded Florida for California, something Elliott thought was a mistake. On the other, one can argue that there effectively was a successful Travis McGee TV show in the 1970s that also traded Florida for California—and named the main character Jim Rockford.

Trying to learn how to stop multitasking is quite a struggle now.

Finally giving Spotify a good trial run after years of using Apple Music, and…eh? I like Apple’s “For You” better than Spotify’s “Daily Mixes,” but neither has a real edge—but I really miss iTunes/Music’s miniplayer mode

Blue Apron has just informed me “Important update! Your order has changed,” by which they mean “your order has been cancelled.” Well then.

The more I play with other editors, the more I realize what I really want is BBEdit with two modern big-ticket features it currently lacks: integrated package management, and Language Server Protocol support. (Which could be a package, if BBEdit expanded its event model a bit.)

Realizing that I have an Apple developer account which has expired—and is associated with a company that no longer exists, even though it is my personal email address. I bet fixing this will be fun!

Since I’ve been blocked on a theoretical sequel to “Kismet” for…two years, maybe I can come up with a novel or novella around Fixer, the eponymous protagonist of two 1970s Florida noir shorts. This seems like a good time for noir.

Microsoft is closing its retail stores. This is a retreat from the consumer market, which makes me wonder about their long-term plans for the Surface line.

I am usually fairly reticent about installing beta OSes on my devices, but I really want to install a beta of macOS 11 on my laptop to try and adjust to the new look. (My iMac, meanwhile, is still hanging out on Mojave.)

www.theverge.com/2020/6/24… This makes me sad and a little nervous about my great (and woefully underused) PEN-F camera.

I just realized that Reeder, my RSS app, has a “Reading List” account that can save any web page for reading later. I’ll have to see if I like it more than Instapaper…

Teriyaki quest update: I made a version earlier this week which was good but not correct, and this has sent me down a bonkers rabbit hole of competing recipes and food science questions. But I have concocted a new recipe to try next week sometime.

Visual Studio Code with Intelephense is so good for PHP work it’s making it hard for me to give Panic’s upcoming Nova editor a truly fair shake. I’m trying, though—Nova is pretty neat.

True confession: I really miss mall chicken teriyaki, and am probably going to have to break down and learn a copycat recipe.

In my ongoing effort to make a work-from-home setup that involves a personal iMac, an office-supplied MackBook Pro, and a pretty small desk, the MBP is now set up on a stand in front of the iMac, This isn’t bad, but it’s weird.

So, on my first day out to see Sunnyvale’s new outdoor dining area, I can back to find my car covered with pine sap that two car washes have only smeared (and, to be fair, cleaned). How’s your day?

A little weird being in Sacramento with so few people wearing masks compared to the Bay Area.

You know, I didn’t actually hate Apple’s butterfly keyboard until I bought the new MacBook Air with the Magic keyboard, and then went back to my work laptop. Yikes.

Trail at Sabercat Historical Park in the Fremont hills. C736115A-995F-45BC-98DB-1B828CD3A3B9.jpg

Finally making my way into the second season of “Counterpart,” and Olivia Williams is SO GOOD in this episode. I mean, she’s been good throughout, but holy hand grenades. 📺

I kind of want a new Mac mini, but I’ve already bought too many gadgets in the name of End Times Blues.

Man, some people on Hacker News get super cranky when you say web fonts make sites more consistent across devices than using whatever fonts are available on the user’s system. It’s not a moral judgement, people, it’s the literal definition of “consistency.”

After years of a muddled music library, I’m revamping it all to have local music entirely out of iTunes, and may consolidate my streaming entirely onto Spotify.

I seem to be starting the process of semi-seriously looking for a home in Vallejo. I’m as surprised by this as anyone.