Likely my last time doing some remote work at the irrationally pretty business park in San Ramon.

Pretty sure I want to get back to Il Fornaio at least once before I leave California. I’m not sure people outside the area know how great some Italian restaurants here actually are.

I drifted away from the iPad completely after getting my M1 Air, but lately I’ve been carrying the iPad Air again, with the thin “Folio” keyboard and an external mouse. There is something neat about going this light, I’ll grant.

Apparently the cloud version of Microsoft PowerPoint handles conflict resolution with “keep your slide or the other person’s and delete the other one forever,” no “keep both and resolve the difference manually” option. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

One thing I do like about the iPad, which you can only do with a true external keyboard: portrait mode is great for writing.

For no particular reason, I’ve headed out for an afternoon remote-working with the iPad Air rather than the MacBook Air. Let’s see how this goes.

Pretty sure I’ve seen dance clubs with a less elaborate stage lighting system than this secondary theater at Apple Park.

In line for the Talk Show Live at Apple Park’s new developer center. Feeling lucky I get to say goodbye to living this close to Apple Nerd Central this way.

I am finding the state of modern PHP frameworks more exhausting than ever; I may have been on the right track starting to build NINAF (“NINAF is not a framework”) last year.

I bought a Magic Keyboard that supports Touch ID today, and now wonder just what I was thinking. They’re great keyboards for what they are, but I’m pretty sure I’ll just keep switching between the two mechanicals I’ve been using.

The Laravel tutorial that I’m working through to refresh my PHP credentials uses the Tailwind CSS framework, which everyone says you will love once you get used to it. I’m still waiting.

I’m pretty sure this is the closest I’ve been to a wild coyote—probably about 50 feet. I wish I’d had my real camera for this!

Remember when 5by5 was the up-and-coming tech podcast network?

Because it seemed like there should be one, I have made a version of the Nord color scheme for BBEdit.…

Tempted to walk around the mostly empty office building and chirp “are we feeling collaborative yet?” at random coworkers.

After watching “Severance,” I would like to expand my catalog of defiant jazz.

This week is my first with mandatory in-office days since March 2022. On the one hand, it’ll be nice to see coworkers in person; on the other, they closed our great downtown San Jose office and I’ll be going to a boring business park.

(Re-)learning Laravel, the PHP framework, in my spare time, and I’m very impressed with what the PHPStorm IDE is doing in Laracasts’ instructional videos. I’m obstinately returning to Panic Nova as a test, though; the flakiness of earlier versions seems largely gone. We’ll see!

Discovered Apple Music—and other streaming services—now have the cast albums for two musicals based on Alan Parsons Project albums, both of which were staged (to some acclaim, I gather) in Germany in the 1990s. They’re…odd?

I have ordered an Ember “Smart” Coffee Mug and feel bad about myself for having done it. ☕️

Plugged my MacBook Air into my Studio Display for the first time this morning, and immediately questioned whether I should actually have bought the Mac Studio. Oh well.

As much as I love the modern era of thin and light laptops, I miss being able to lock my laptop to a table at a coffee shop with a Kensington-style cable.

There may be no more more convincing proof of Satan’s existence than the Hacker News thread on “Elon Musk makes unsolicited bid to take Twitter private”.

Realizing I have an old Logitech K380 keyboard that’s no longer “attached” to anything has gotten me to set it up with my iPad mini—and set the iPad up with more “real” productivity/creative apps finally.

Part of me wants to hang on to this, but I don’t even know if it’s still readable—and I doubt any modern PCs could even run it.