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This site is a collection of short updates and on-the-go observations. I occasionally write longer pieces about education, leadership, and the arts. As an educator, I advocate for the responsible use of social media.

Timeline… 📰

Anybody else on iOS find that universal search isn’t working?


The production number in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga always makes me smile.


I think that’s enough tweaking of the website for today. I tweak way, way too much. But my mistake this morning was visiting @vincent’s beautiful site, which is really what my site wants to be when it grows up.


Typography aficionados: auto-hyphenate a website or no?


🦃 As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!


Would this mean I can’t be a Tottenham fan anymore?


Enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with all three of my children. Two are now adults living their best life and one is just months away from his high school graduation. Very special. 🥲


I just filed additional information on previous feedback I submitted to Apple about the notable difference in one’s on-screen depicted location and real-time location in Apple Maps. Now I’ll wait for them to ignore it.


Today is the first of two Thanksgiving celebrations for us. My wife’s and my children will be joining us today. Tomorrow we will go to my in-laws’ home. For various reasons, they haven’t been able to host Thanksgiving dinner since we’ve been together, so this one will be special.


I’ve cut back on the websites I maintain for others. I’ve volunteered my time for the last couple of years because any income I receive doesn’t make the tax headache worth it. But tonight, I had to invoice for spending a stressful chunk of my day fixing GoDaddy email issues. 🤯


My Apple Watch Ultra has arrived. It’s beautiful.


I’m going to settle in and try to watch Andor again. I slept through the first episode a few nights ago. My fear is that I might actually not be a fan of the Star Wars universe of shows. But that would break young @gdp’s heart, so that can’t possibly be true.


🥶 Supervising the outdoor portion of a middle school event. It’s c-c-cold!


Our Annual Christmas Movie Watchlist

Every year during the Christmas season, which for my family, always starts on Thanksgiving Day, we make our way through a list of well-loved holiday movies. I can recommend each of them for your viewing pleasure without any hesitation. In no particular order…

  1. Nativity!
  2. In Bruges (dark, and not very Christmasy, but it’s a great movie and takes place at Christmastime)
  3. Love Actually
  4. The Holiday
  5. The Polar Express
  6. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (not a Christmas movie, but one we usually watch together)

Die Hard and The Nightmare Before Christmas might get promoted to the family list this year. Might.

There are others we watch separately because not everyone gives them a thumbs up. My wife enjoys Elf and A Christmas Story. I like It’s a Wonderful Life. We’ll probably watch these movies on our own.


☕️ What’s in the cup? Big Trouble from Counter Culture Coffee


I was positive at one time that Evernote would die. But, against all odds, it’s still around and has been acquired.

Old school HT


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South Carolina Emergency Management Division tweet asking why it should leave Twitter because disasters are their thing

Bringing the week to a close by a nice fire on a crisp fall evening.


Let me tell you about my morning...

For context, my day job is in education but I maintain a relatively active performance schedule. One of my gigs is as a section leader of a parish choir. It pays well enough and the people are wonderful.

It was evident from the moment of my arrival that today’s service was going to be loooong. Here are my “notices and wonders,” as they accumulated this morning.

  • There is a double introit because the handbell ensemble is also playing, in addition to the choir. 🔔
  • Someone “fixed” the clock at the back of the church. That’s not good, because the head priest likes to visit with the parishioners. That’s not at all a bad thing, but this particular priest loses track of time easily and frequently starts services five or more minutes late. Normally, the clock is set five minutes ahead to help mitigate this. No, I don’t think he knows someone sets it ahead; but today, it was actually a minute behind, so we were definitely starting late. 🕰️
  • Why is the order of service 20 pages long today? [mild panic begins to set in] What’s happening? Oooooooh! A baptism. Baptisms always make the service longer, plus there are more people to take communion, which adds even more time. 😱
  • Who’s preaching today? Oh, Father Dan,1 the priest with the longest homilies. 🙄
  • We’re going to be here for a little bit. 🥱

To help offset what was going to be a very long service, we needed some drama. And drama we got.

Today, we celebrated Veteran’s Day. The Scout troop attached to the church presented the colors in the processional at the beginning of the service. When they posted the colors, they did so just a skosh too close to a candle. As we finished the processional hymn, I smelled incense. “That’s odd,” I thought. “This church doesn’t use incense. Why is Father John1 carrying the flags? He shouldn’t be bothering the flags. Is that… Is that smoke coming from the flags? Oh! The flags are on fire. The flags are on fire!

THE FLAGS!

ARE ON!

FIRE!

How they put out the flaming nylon without requiring an evacuation, I have no idea. I should point out that, at over 260 years old,2 this church building is one of the oldest in the United States, and it could go up in flames very quickly. So, thankfully, whatever they did worked and we all lived. The service continued for another hour and a half.

And, that’s my story for this mid-November Sunday afternoon.


1Names changed to anonymize the complicit.
2The congregation itself is over 300 years old. There’s a lot of history there.


🏁 After wrestling with MacOS all day, I get to have dinner with two of my kiddos.


How My Saturday Morning Is Going (Hint: Not Well)

  • Install MacOS 13.1 public beta 2
  • Get locked out of my MacBook Pro
  • Downgrade to release version; all is well except…
  • Can’t access Apple Music library because “it was created with a newer version of Apple Music”
  • Reinstall MacOS 13.1 beta 2 because maybe the first one just glitched somewhere, right?
  • Get locked out of my MacBook Pro again

I can get by without my MBP for a day or two, maybe more. Should I chuck the beta and install the release version and just rebuild my Apple Music library? Or should I wait to see if Apple gets back to me on the feedback I submitted?


I have no idea what Wibblur will entail, but what does it hurt to join the waitlist? ¯_(ツ)_/¯


🤬 Now that I’ve downgraded to the release version of MacOS Ventura, I can’t access my Apple Music library because “it was created with a newer version of Apple Music.” The beat goes on—or, in this case, it doesn’t.


🥱 MacOS Ventura reinstalled successfully as far as I can tell. Now for some sleep while TimeMachine works its magic.


Well, damn. The latest MacOS update has me locked out of my MacBook Pro.