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.

So apparently Star Trek: Picard season 3 will basically reunite ST:TNG. I think I’m on board with this?

I seem to have a strange talent for running into edge case bugs in Acorn, my favorite image editor. Only two, but that’s two more than almost all of you have! (It’s a great editor, and I mean, these were pretty edgy edge cases.)

One interesting silver lining to the Studio Display: for the first time since March 2020, I have an external monitor for my work laptop—and for the first time ever, it’s a 27″ 5K (5120×2880) display, rather than 24″ FHD (1920×1080).

This is an interesting opportunity to re-evaluate some of my day-to-day workflow. I’ve been using Drafts as a “temporary text place”, for instance, but it’s way overpowered for 99% of my usage—so now I’m trying Tot, which seems absolutely designed for this.

Well, hopefully things will remain copacetic. I’m watching you, theoretically confirmed-to-be-working computer. 🧐

If you want to hear what the Mac Studio’s fans sound like when they’re REALLY running full bore, run Diagnostics. Holy jet engines, Batman. (Mine comes up with “no issues,” for what it’s worth.)

The new Mac is…working? Twice—in 24 hours—it’s stopped responding to the keyboard plugged into the Studio Display, and I can only fix that by unplugging the Display itself and reconnecting it. And this morning it’s been super slow and juddery when waking up the display.

Seeing “Tweetie2” still referenced by the current Twitter app is a trip, if you’re a certain kind of Mac user. (If you’re not, Tweetie 2 was the third-party client Twitter bought to make their app. Tweetie was arguably better in many ways.)

Nope, that doesn’t solve it, as Safari instantly locked when I started it. Chrome does the same thing. This computer may be going back to Apple; it’s literally unusable for me like this. :/

Hmm. After more head-bashing, I am suspecting my problem is actually Rogue Amoeba’s SoundSource—or more accurately, that Migration Assistant left it in a state where it seemed like it was installed correctly but had not gone through the proper Apple Silicon Security Rituals.

While I’ve gotten everything transferred over to the new Mac without incident, Safari has been locking—spinning beachball of doom, force quit required—literally every few minutes. I’m now deleting everything that remotely looks like a preference file or cache…

I’m somewhat dismayed that the Mac Studio power light appears to stay on all the time, even when in sleep, given that the computer is in my bedroom. I’ll see if it annoys me in practice or not tonight. (When I move later this year, it will get its own office, at least.)

I don’t suppose I know anyone who knows someone at Twitter who can look into a support case for an incorrectly suspended account, do I?

Racing to get a revision outline done in a story brainstorming program, Dramatica, before I can’t anymore: it’s still 32-bit and already needs an Intel-only virtual machine, and by early April I will have no Intel Macs left. (A 64-bit version is coming, eventually…)

I haven’t had really great taco truck tacos for a long, long time. Until tonight.

I am eating peanuts at this microbrewery near my laptop, and peanuts make little bits of peanut dust, and it is making me think “if this laptop still had a butterfly keyboard half the keys would stop working in five minutes and it might literally explode.”