I’ve been using an iPhone XR at work for testing and I really like it. Makes me want to upgrade to it from my 7.

Let’s get this show on the road. R.I.P. Neil.

Today’s picks: Chiefs over Texans Seahawks over Packers

I’ve been reading through the VVVVVV source code and I notice some tiny contributions I could make. Not that they’re necessary changes mind. It’s fun spelunking through C++ code. Hats off for making it easy to read and understand. Bravo, sir!

Flynn has had it.

Today’s fantasy NFL picks:

Minnesota over San Francisco

Tennessee over Baltimore

Reality NFL picks:

San Francisco over Minnesota

Baltimore over Tennessee

The coffee shop in Exeter we were regulars at has a new home. It’s amazing. The new Exeter Coffee Co.

Nifty, it’s snowing. ❄️

Calling BS now. 😀 It doesn’t snow here.

New Orleans over Minnesota Seattle over Philadelphia

To call the weather in Charlottesville baffling is the understatement of the year.

I love watching kitties wash their face. I find it relaxing and beautiful in a way.

Interesting. Inexpensive ARM based Linux laptop.

Had to capture this. Fun coincidence.

These poor people. Good thing climate change isn’t a real thing. ☹️ www.insider.com/28-photos…

I haven’t added my work Slack to my phone because I wanted a clean separation of work and home. Now I kind of need it because I’m sitting outside the office waiting for someone to show up. Kind of makes me wonder if we have the day off?

Mac Pro Mud Tires f67.us/194

“Who is going to make aftermarket wheels with mud tires on them for my Mac Pro?” f67.us/193

The weather in Charlottesville is just weird. It’s 9:30AM, December 30, and the temperature is 63 degrees? I’ve seen days in the high teens but mostly we’ve been in the mid-30’s. Just weird.

Customize that Mac Pro

Yesterday I asked a few folks I know to have Mac Pros if they’d heard of anyone having their cases anodized. I heard back from Stephen Hackett, perfectly reasonable response. Some folks don’t like to mess with perfection. Dr. Wave and John Siracusa haven’t responded or decided not to respond. That’s perfectly fine.

There is, of course, always a group of people that like to customize their stuff. Cars are a perfect example or perhaps gaming PCs. Just because Apple doesn’t offer a Mac Pro in a style you like don’t let it get you down? You can always customize it after purchase.

My Custom Mac Pro Build

How about we start with an anodized case? Seems like a reasonable and fairly straight forward modification. Personally I’d go with orange but a finish close to Apple’s own gold might be better suited for a Pro device, don’t you think? Let’s go with that for now.

Another area of customization that comes to mind are the wheels. When the Mac Pro was announced I thought to myself ”wouldn’t a set of y mud tires look great on that thing?” I don’t really believe that but the thought of it stuck in my head. Who is going to make aftermarket wheels with mud tires on them for my Mac Pro? Let’s pretend they exist for our custom Mac Pro build.

I’m sure I could go a bit more crazy if I gave it some thought but here’s my finished custom Mac Pro. I think it looks pretty good. 😀

Custom Mac Pro

No Mac Pros were harmed in the making of this post. I promise.

Why, Dropbox, why?

Heh, I didn’t realize the 2019 Mac Pro was anodized. I figured it was just polished aluminum. Learn something new every day.

Dave Winer on Writers Flow

Scripting News: ”Flow is the writer’s problem for blogging. I have been working on this since I started in 1994. I solved the problem for myself in 1997, and ever since I’ve been working on solving it for everyone else. Had WordPress designers simply looked at Radio UserLand, shipped in 2002, and copied its menu structure, they would have had a much better flowing blog platform. But since then Facebook and Twitter have matched or bettered Radio in flow. There’s a new benchmark. WordPress appears oblivious. So no I don’t think Gutenberg, which is a new text editor for WordPress, is the answer. It is the answer to other problems, how to mix text and other elements in a blog post. Certainly a good thing to do. But WordPress imho remains the klunky monolith that it always has been.”

I can see where Dave is coming from. I recently switched from WordPress to Micro.blog for a few reasons but one that really stands out is simplicity.

When I want to create a new post I have a choice of Web, Mac, and iOS clients. They’re all very easy to use.

When you land on the Micro.blog homepage, after signing in of course, this is what you see.

Micro.blog Timeline

Since Microb.blog aggregates posts of people you follow it’s also a micro social network, but that’s not where it really shines in my opinion. The ease of publishing a new post is where it really shines.

To create a new post you simply: 1. Tap the New Post button 2. Start typing 3. If you go over 280 characters the Title field will display 4. When you’re ready tap on the Post button. 5. Done!

A Gangster in the White House

The Atlantic ”Donald Trump will not be bound by any rule, even after he has been caught. He is unrepentant and determined to break the rules again—in part by punishing those who try to enforce them. He is a president with the mind of a gangster, and as long as he is in office, he will head a gangster White House.”

I will dance the day this horrible human being is ousted from the White House.