I left my iPhone at the Apple Store for a screen repair and a new battery. I’m using my Essential Phone as an actual phone for the first time this afternoon. I do not plan to write a “switching post” though—it’s just temporary. 😀

I find myself shifting my listening time away from podcasts and more toward music lately

I started listening to podcasts in 2008. I think, now, I am, for the first time, burnt out on the medium. I listen to a lot of podcasts while I work, but lately I’ve found I can barely remember what the episodes were about shortly after they finish. I think I am tuning them out.

I am paring back my subscriptions down—way down—to a few favorites and listening to more music instead. It’s symmetrical to how I got into podcast listening: I was burnt out on listening to music all day long, and became uninterested in music for several years.

🎵 I’m back to my wired OPPO PM-3 & HA-2 SE headphones stack today, listening to Foreverland, by The Divine Comedy. It’s an album that slipped by me in 2016. I used to love The Divine Comedy in the late 1990s, and still take Casanova for a spin every six months or so.

Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

This article by Fintan O’Toole in The Irish Times is a few weeks old now, but I keep thinking about it.

Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it.

Mr. O’Toole lays out a simple and convincing argument outlining ideas that I have been mulling over in my head, but not writing much about, since Trump’s election on November 8, 2016. What has happened—at an accelerating pace, I think, since last year—is that the bounds of what is considered normal have been stretched so far into what was previously outrageous that I fear there is no going back. If Trump and the Republican Party are proving that the U.S. president is above the law, and that much of what governed the government was merely tradition, which is disposable for political expediency, then what, if anything, will constrain the power and the actions of future U.S. presidents?

Oh! I’m getting a Microsoft Office update this morning. I wonder what office suites were like in the year 2016…

I have pared back my Twitter following list to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ole Begemann, which is sometimes weird and sometimes delightful, the few moments per week I check in on them.

I’m super pleased listening to these V-Moda Crossfade 2 Codex Edition headphones all day at work, over Bluetooth. (Wireless use is pretty rare for me.) Great sound. Great isolation. The top of my head is a little sore from the headband, though. (They are kind of heavy.) 🎧

I checked out the new MacBook Pros at the Apple Store. The new keyboard looks (feels) like a winner to me. It is quieter, and there’s a good chance it won’t have the same reliability problem as the prior generation. I would prefer a 15” one without the TouchBar, though, but don’t plan to buy one until my 2015 rMBP breaks or is no longer supported.

Our appointment for family photos at the park got canceled today due to heavy rain. We ended up shopping and eating pancakes instead. Not a bad trade-off for the day, but I would have liked to have the photos later.

I both love and hate articles like “The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination”. Handwringing, declinist arguments about baseball are almost as old as baseball itself. “Baseball is in decline” is part of its brand—part that needs to go away, I think.

Baseball is awesome. The players are very skillful, play a game that doesn’t involve hurting each other, and legitimately appear to be enjoying themselves.

I started replaying Bastion on my IPad Pro tonight. I bought it years ago and never finished it. I’m using a controller and headphones this time around, which improve the experience. I’m better at combat than I used to be, but a lot worse at the proving grounds challenges.

The App Store gods are not smiling on me this week. My new app got rejected again. Now things are screwed up in a way I cannot fix. Hopefully it will all work out eventually.

Just got an email from Apple. My new app is in review for the second time. Hopefully it doesn’t get rejected again, and I can finally launch it. 🤞

A git commit somehow disappeared, eradicating all my app code and obliterating at least one evening’s worth of work. I cracked open a Guinness, restored a backup from Arq, recovered about 80% of my work, and re-did the rest. I’m happy I didn’t lose my cool.