Switching back to Castro as a podcast player, after switching back to Overcast for the last few months. Overcast has generally been more stable with CarPlay, which may yet send me back, but Castro’s inbox/queue system seems to fit my listening habits better.

While I didn’t technically get AirPods Pro for Christmas, I got a check which just about covers them, so: the trick is just finding a store that still has them in stock!

A silver lining of a layover in Phoenix: one of the best coffee shops you can find at any airport, Cartel Coffee.

Thinking more about it, I really want a plain text editor with Scrivener’s organization and final output tools, BBEdit’s editing capability, and the nice editing appearance of iA Writer or Ulysses. Apparently nobody else does!

Wrestling with the thought of going back to using, you know, a word processor to write stories. Not Scrivener, not plain text this and that, just…a word processor. (Specifically, Nisus Writer Pro.)

It seems like 2020 or 2021 will be the year either I move back to Florida to be with my elderly mother, or move her out to California and find…somewhere we can afford.

The Tampa Bay food scene—including coffee and beer—has really taken off over the last five years. Assuming I do end up back here, it’s nice that it’ll feel like a cool place to (re)discover.

I’m finding myself wobbling between MultiMarkdown Composer and iA Writer on the Mac. I suspect if BBEdit’s syntax highlighting scheme could show italics and bold, I’d just be using it, though.

Using the infotainment/nav system in my mom’s Subaru makes me appreciate the one in my Honda Insight much more.

Hanging out at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel, Florida, which became my go-to beer bar in this area a few years ago. The outdoor mall it’s in is clearly struggling, though, which makes me a bit nervous for them.

As much as I appreciate Away luggage supporting all the tech podcasts, “carry a charger in your suitcase because airports never have outlets” hasn’t been true for several years, has it? Every airport I go to has rows of seats and desks with outlets everywhere.

My favorite web typography curmudgeon contemplates the Brave web browser, pinpointing my own reservations about its “ads but virtuous” business model. practicaltypography.com/the-cowar…

Coming to the decision point for an upcoming two-week trip: iPad-only, MacBook-only, or take both? The last two years I’ve done iPad-only and I’m sure I could do it again. But frustration with iOS and its apps has rekindled my love of the Mac recently.

I have accidentally found a mysterious alleyway Mexican place in Sacramento that has Cafe de Olla on the menu, a drink I referenced in Kismet that I haven’t actually had in 20 years.

Affinity Publisher probably isn’t a true InDesign competitor yet if you need truly serious desktop publishing power, but for $35 it looks and feels surprisingly capable.

Scheduling a Lyft ahead of time for an airport ride at 4am on Saturday the 14th. I’m hoping this works!

Firefox seems to log me out of web sites constantly and breaks functionality of several sites in weird and inconsistent ways. I’ve tried tweaking every privacy/security setting I can find in it and Privacy Badger, but nothing helps. I may be back to Safari shortly.

I don’t really have a bucket list, but I suspect if I did, tonight’s dinner at the French Laundry would cross one item off.

The best thing about Firefox for me is likely EFF’s Privacy Badger—I’m not interested in ad blocking, I’m interested in invasive tracker blocking. (Although in practice blocking the latter blocks an awful lot of the former.)

I’m finding myself going back to MultiMarkdown Composer as my prose writing app of choice. Frankly, I suspect if BBEdit could use italics and bold for syntax highlighting the way some other editors do, I’d stick with it for stories, too.

Update: I have ordered the TV. Now I can spend days wondering if it was a mistake! (I do this after every purchase much over $50.)

Considering finally pulling the trigger on a new television, which would be the first one I’ve bought since… 2007 or 2008? I still love my Pioneer plasma, but it’s 42”, 720p, and the video landscape has changed a lot.

“For All Mankind” causes my receiver to show “Object” where it’d normally show channels, like “3/2.1” for 3 front, 2 rear, 1 sub. It’s Dolby Atmos! But I only have five speakers.

So, I can’t pull up the find and replace panel on iOS iA Writer unless predictive text is enabled. It’s a tiny bug, but there are so many damn tiny iOS bugs, misfeatures and infelicities compared to macOS, and it’s just not trending better.

I checked the sound level of typing on the MacBook Pro’s butterfly keyboard and on a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Clear switches; the latter was only louder by about 3 decibels on average.