Finished reading This Is How You Lose the Time War. Turns out this book everybody said was really good was really good! Who knew. đź“š

Starting a new programming project is often a Catch-22 for me: I don’t feel like I can start coding until I have some idea of the UI in mind, but I won’t have a real idea of the UI until I start coding. (And while for two decades “programming” has meant “web” for me, this is a real macOS app idea.)

I’ve still kept my electronic library card from California, because I’m not sure Florida libraries are allowed to lend out books anymore.

Hmm. I thought, “Maybe I should try to get a technical writing gig with a software company I love,” but nearly all of those are tiny indies. I have no idea if any of them would be open to having a contract technical writer edit/improve their existing docs, and cold calling is not my forte…

Whether you think Apple’s new Vision Pro is the coolest or the stupidest product ever, or fall somewhere in between (hi), Nilay Patel’s excellent review at The Verge will give you more to think about.

Me: While I have a pretty big financial “safety net,” I am unemployed now, so I should avoid unnecessary expenses. Also me: Ooh, this is a pretty weather app, and only $15 a year!

I’m always surprised by “airport food is always terrible” jokes/comments made after, oh, 2005 or so. Most major airports have solid food, coffee, even beer and cocktail options. The secret is layovers long enough for table service, so you’re not rushing for sad fast food.

By nearly all accounts, Zack Snyder’s “Rebel Moon” is terrible, but Drew Margary’s review in SFGATE is truly award-worthy.

Apparently generative AI is either a job-destroying scam with no redeeming qualities pushed by capitalists and their stooges, or the most amazing invention since fire, only objected to by luddite haters. Eventually I will write an article titled “GPTs: eh, whatever” and everyone will hate me.

I think this is not only the first haircut I’ve gotten in several years (!), it’s the first time I’ve had hair this short in at least a decade.

A selfie of a new shorter, but still almost shoulder length, haircut

Pixelmator Pro seems to get all the love, but Flying Meat’s Acorn has always fit the way my brain works a lot more—and it really is very powerful as a Photoshop alternative.

As a tiki nerd desperately looking for silver linings in being stuck in Florida, I am unreasonably excited about Don the Beachcomber’s return.

A pointed commentary from the Duke University Library system: “Why We’re Dropping Basecamp”.

Swapping my modded Keychron Q3 keyboard for my Matias Mini Tactile Pro for a while. I really wish Matias would update their physical designs, or better yet, make versions of their switches compatible with de facto standards—this is still just an unparalleled feel. (If ridiculously loud.)

While I’m comfortable reading recipes off an iPad for cooking, my mom manifestly is not, so I tried out Mela’s recipe printing last night. Unsurprisingly, it’s just as pretty as its on-screen display—and much nicer than most “print views” from recipe sites.

After a bit over a year back, there are a lot of things I’ve discovered (or rediscovered) to like about Florida. If only it wasn’t for the—how might one put it?—the DeSantis of it all.

Okay, I am now a full convert to the way of dry brining.

The last few years of Silicon Valley in general and OpenAI over the last 24 hours in particular leads me to propose that “unicorn” in the VC sense should henceforth be replaced with “platinum-plated clown car”

Science fiction great Michael Bishop has died. I haven’t read anything by him in years; from what I can tell, he mostly stopped writing in the 1990s. But he was a huge inspiration, one of the most literary—in the best sense—sf writers I can recall. (And a good poet, too.)

Watched the trailer for Zack Snyder’s “Rebel Moon”, and its tagline “There are no heroes, only rebels” crystallized my problem with it: he (and Netflix) want this to be a new Star Wars, but Star Wars is literally the Hero’s Journey. Myths need heroes. Bitter antiheroes won’t cut it.

Well, with my upcoming downtime, it’s time to dust off the Hacking with macOS Swift course that I almost completed back in July, and see if the project I had in mind has any chance of actually going anywhere…

I’m not sure how many companies need short-term contract technical writers, but I may put effort into finding out next year. I feel like I’m sort of done with full-time work, even remotely, unless it’s a truly exceptional opportunity. (Never say never.)

I would say I am bidding a fond farewell to Linode, but the truth is I bid a fond farewell to them nearly a year ago, and I am bidding a Bye, Felicia to Akamai.

An unexpected thing from earlier today: the financial advisor asked if I was going to look for new work or just retire early, in a way that suggested he thought “retire early” was, you know, actually plausible. I plan to keep working, but that seems very encouraging, somehow.

Between the time I booked my first call with a financial advisor at Betterment and the time the call happened (this morning), I was informed my job would be ending on December 8th due to the company ending remote work. So the call was—not quite what I originally planned.