• The Monet Exhibit

    I took my mom yesterday to what we thought was an exhibit and visual art show about Monet. It ended up being just a powerpoint of biographies of major Impressionists, followed by sitting in a room while someone’s moving art collage project was displayed on the walls.

    We’d previously been to the Van Gogh exhibit by the same company, which was much better. There were several rooms with examples of his work arranged by time, with plaques explaining them in detail. The art collage project was much better done too, more focused and with better transitions. We enjoyed ourselves much more than this Monet exhibit. But hey, you don’t know until you try!

    Outside the Monet exhibit was this staircase filled with flowers, which I share as the best part of the experience.

  • Mental health day in progress. I’ve journaled for half an hour on the train. Something about the rhythm of the rails steers me closer to sanity.

  • Hey everyone: 1. Go to Google.com 2. Search for “cat”. 3. Click the paw icon. 4. Click anywhere in the window.

    Enjoy! 🐈

  • Note to bosses: never ok a vacation request first thing in the day. Your workers will spend all day researching flights instead of doing work. ✈️

  • I have found the perfect birthday card for my friend, and since they don’t read this blog, I can share it here!

  • The comedy night was just ok. I wasn’t impressed with the starters who thought offensiveness and edginess equaled laughs, and the energy didn’t recover after they’d left. Good beer, though! 🎭🍺

  • It’s the kind of hot day that makes you think, what the hell am I doing that outweighs a comedy night in a cool bar with beer?

  • I was planning on sticking to my diet…

  • “Gremlins never went away, they just became digital.” - From a work call today.

  • Walking Alec Soth

    I’m thinking of taking in the local Institute of Contemporary Art soon. This is a nice reminder of how to be in a museum and admire the works.

  • Act like you give a carp!

  • iOS, I am nowhere near my workplace, and I’d be done with work even if I was there. Why are you asking this of me now?

  • Just finished The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. Outstanding. On top of great writing and an ability to make the reader as giddy with awe as he, Brusatte is humble about his own contributions and effusive in praise for his colleagues past and present, of all genders and specialities. His big heartedness is the shine that makes this enthralling book stand out. 🦕📚

  • Just had the opportunity to snuggle and pet a coffee-with-cream colored corgi! My day is brighter now. 🐕

  • I am unreasonably excited for my weekend bike trip. It’s just a drive to western Massachussetts and some bike trails, and maybe seeing some friends, but no, it’s a mental reset that’s very much needed. 🚲

  • Now that it’s finally concluded, let the binging of Obi-Wan Kenobi begin!

  • “To Hell With Postivity” - Found on my walk home from a meetup last night.

  • My favorite local bakery/cafe just won recognition of its union! I hope it inspires more local businesses to organize. ✊

  • You’d think at least one booth at this pride event would have a decent bisexual bracelet.

  • 70° in the shade, birds chirping, waiting in a friend to take a walk with.

  • Who needs metal mounting brackets when you have velcro? Now I can mount and I mount my baskets at will in just a few minutes, no panniers required! 🤘🚲

  • Biking in a city isn’t so bad, once you get used to it. You may even find some elements to be the same as driving.

    For example, my ability to hit every. Single. Bloody. Red. Light.

  • Apple and MLS to present all MLS matches for 10 years, beginning in 2023 - Apple

    The joy of this will be watching my Apple detesting, MLS loving friends squirm upon learning this. ⚽️

  • Jurassic World Dominion: I suppose they had to wrap it up somehow. The biblical plot references and Tim Cook lookalike villain were a little too on the nose, though. ⭐️⭐️📽

  • (Delayed) Thoughts on the WWDC22 Keynote

    • I figured out what makes it seem more artificial and less authentic. Every other sentence has this attitude setting statement. “It’s so easy!” “Now watch how I do x - isn’t it amazing?” And it’s the same across all the speakers, the same buzzwords and cadence. It comes across less as genuine enthusiasm than the marketing team trying and failing to come across as authentically enthused. It’s telling instead of showing, and comes across as off putting instead of engaging.

    • Stage Manager seemed to harken back to the early days of OSX. It has that inventive playful feel, at least in the demo. I don’t think I’ll use it, though - it looks like it takes up way too much space on screen, and places artificial limitations on how to arrange windows. macOS already has a good system for this: Spaces. If they’d made that feature easier to access and more understandable instead of hidden in Mission Control, that would have been enough. (Also, this looks like the perfect use for the much maligned Touch Bar, which I’ve come to appreciate more and more.)

    • I do not want Carplay as my dashboard! That interface should be purely mechanical! I’d be happy with the ability to collect data from my car that I can give to my mechanic, like medical data could be shared with a doctor, and the ability to access the radio without having to exit CarPlay. Everything else, though? You’re one software crash away from not being able to use your car safely.

    • The M2 chips and the new hardware models sound fine. I’m a big believer in reusing computers, though, and think the M1 is fast enough for my own and most users needs.

    • The core Apple apps are playing catch-up, and they’re still in last place. That would be fine, if the release cycles weren’t so slow.

    • I’m most excited about focus modes and lockscreen improvements. They look like fun and useful improvements to how I use my devices, and could enable me to control my temptation to waste time on them.

    • Apple Pay Later sounds like something Steve Jobs would have fired someone over. I’m not happy with the idea of an Apple Card to begin with, but this? It sounds like a straightjacket trap for the mind.

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