Somehow I have found myself at a drag show held at a community center at an RV park in rural-ish Florida, and I feel like I have stepped into an episode of “Somebody Somewhere”

I’m doing a little bit of cursory spot-checking, and my general feeling that restaurant food was often cheaper back in Silicon Valley than it is in Tampa and Orlando may actually be correct.

Debating between “try and line up another job in tech writing before current job ends” and “take a break and work on other things”. I think I really want the latter, but there’s always the worry that if one does take a break, getting back on the hamster wheel will be that much tougher.

Currently reading: Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree 📚

My timing with finally switching to Betterment “Premium,” so I can talk to a financial advisor, earlier this month seems rather ironic now. Topic of the first call: so what financial strategies do you recommend for unemployment?

I have been informed that the C-level execs at my company refuse to give me an exception to keep working remotely, so within two months I must start coming into the office. Given that I now live ~2400 miles from said office, this is a challenge.

Cleaned up my passwords in iCloud Keychain finally; I’ve been using 1Password for years, but let Safari save passwords inconsistently. I’m considering moving back to iCloud only, but remain unsure how wise that is.

I’ve been using Arc for months, but I’m taking macOS Sonoma as an excuse to go back to Safari for a while. I suspect I’ll find I still prefer Arc’s spaces to Safari’s tab groups, but…

Hooray! It’s time for “what fresh hell awaits me transferring a phone number between two phones” day! (It has never gone smoothly, and it is not going smoothly now, either.)

I am literally years overdue for a haircut, but I have long hair and don’t want a barber who just does Generic Man Cut. My test may be “give me the hair of Trent Crimm”; if they don’t respond “The Independent”, they’re not the right stylist

I’m letting my iPhone 12 Pro live out its last week caseless, trying out the leather sleeve I bought as an experiment. My two thoughts after less than a day: first, these phones look really good without cases. Second, I hope titanium is less of a fingerprint magnet.

So far I have not ordered a case for the new phone, but have ordered a sleeve. I’ll see how long I really hold out on that…

Good: the Audioengine HD3s are clearly better speakers than the Studio Display. Less good: I don’t know if they have better bass. (Really wish I hadn’t given up my Audyssey media speakers, which punched way above their weight class.)

Predictably I gave in and ordered an iPhone 15 Pro, and a USB-A to C cable for CarPlay.

And I have bought a new Apple Watch, my first in stainless steel. This has shaped up to be an expensive week even before a new phone. (Contemplating an iPhone 15 Pro, not Max, in “natural” titanium. But, maybe not until another paycheck.)

After poking at cheap-but-not-too computer speakers, I’m getting Audioengine HD3s—mostly good reviews and a decent headphone amp. I was tempted by the iconically weird Harman Kardon Soundsticks, but putting all the inputs and controls on the subwoofer is bafflingly inconvenient.

I decided to move my big-for-computer-speakers Vanatoo Ones from my desk into my bedroom and added a Wiim streamer, and it’s great. And the Studio Display has solid speakers for a monitor. But after a month…I think I want better computer speakers again.

Incidentally, is it just me, or is it a lot nicer to use the web interface for on the iPad than either the official app or Gluon? They’re great phone apps, but…just great phone apps.

Back in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was born in Dallas, lived briefly in upstate New York, and grew up in Tampa Bay, but NorCal—and the Pacific Northwest at large—feels like home. I don’t know if I can afford to return here when the time comes, but Sacramento, or further up the coast…

Apparently I not only signed up for the “T2” waitlist, yet another attempt to make a new Twitter, but incredibly, T2 has survived long enough for me to get an invite. I think it’ll probably fall into the same bucket for me as Post and Threads: “I’m not actually there.”

I’m having the disquieting thought that I might be able to shake off my current feeling of ennui and isolation by getting a co-working space and “going into the office” one or two days a week. (After the current “uptick” in Covid cases goes back to being a downtick, at least.)

Part of me thinks my mythical story-structure program should be an Electron app, or even a web app, to be fully cross-platform. But Dramatica Pro was just bad at being a good Mac citizen despite being native, and their 64-bit version is still Coming Real Soon Now We Promise. So.

I’m at a brewery to write and completely flatlining, so instead I’m poking at a crazy Theory of Story, which is associated with an even crazier plan to learn enough Swift to write a story structuring program that could replace the moribund Dramatica Pro (based on its own crazy Theory of Story).

Very strange to go look up information about something in the dim past of the web (Joyent’s shutting down of TextDrive), finding a TechCrunch article about it, and discovering the TechCrunch article links to…my blog post on the subject.

Now that my “office” shares space with the den my A/V system is in, the computer may not need great external speakers—the Studio Display is surprisingly good for non-critical listening, and I can dig out my headphones when I want more. But now what to do with the Vanatoo bookshelf speakers? Hmm…