What I Learned in 2021 Week 10

  1. We have been lied to by all our health classes in High School. The Great Sperm Race is…a bit over-masculinized.
Screenshot of an iPhone showing a message, "Volume Should Be Turned Down: Based on your headphone usage over the last seven days, you've exceeded the recommended..."
  1. The new iOS update, or maybe my new phone, now forces the volume down when it detects that the headphone usage has been too high. I applaud apple for watching out for everyone’s hearing; that’s a good thing. I was going to be all upset about this because this message popping up is due to my bluetooth line-in plug for my car. And that needs to be volume 100%. Every time it popped yesterday on my longer drive it would turn down the volume. That was highly irritating.
  2. Turns out the iOS volume monitoring for bluetooth can be adjusted by assigning different categories to the bluetooth devices that are connected. All I had to do was assign the car bluetooth as “car stereo” rather than headphones. Works like a charm.
  3. “Bluetooth” should be capitalized, but I refuse. Bluetooth has become like xerox and kleenex and frisbee. It’s too ubiquitous for me to capitalize it.
  4. Speaking of bluetooth, I also learned that good-quality noise-cancelling headphones are amazeballs.

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What I Learned in 2021 Week 9

A picture of a kitty litter box adorning a tile bathroom floor.
Retraining the cat to pee here, not over there —>
  1. When you have a cat who gets a perineal urethostomy he might just decide to pee on anything everything. Casualties so far: Bean bag. various piles of clothes.
  2. How to backup your iPhone using iTunes to a place not on your local hard drive. Because if you have a 256 GB iPhone and only a 400 GB hard drive, that won’t work after a while. Make sure you follow ALL the instructions.
  3. Moving over 100,000 images from various locations on various hard drives and external hard drives into a brand new, Lightroom-managed photo catalog, and creating all their thumbnails takes three full days of computer time on my computer. But hey, now everything is in one spot, thank god.
  4. On the same theme, Lightroom is currently moving at a pace to do the auto face recognition thing on 100k photos in about 5 days of run time.
  5. Lots of other things I didn’t write down.
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What I Learned in 2021 Week 8

  1. It’s week 8 already. Time flies.
Felt foot on the bottom of a wooden chair leg
  1. I learned some methods for getting these stupid felt feet to stick to the bottom of my wooden chair in my home office. Here’s one. Here’s another that honestly looks dumb so I’m not going to do it. There are others but it seems that the way to go is to clean/sand/level the chair legs and then reapply and hope for the best.
  2. I learned that I had absolutely no idea how to spell “Perseverance.” Go Percy! The first image they showed at the press conference post-landing was the shot of the rover from the descent stage. I shouted “wow!” out loud in my office.
  3. Once again I remembered the utility of pressing SHUFFLE on my enormous collection of music on the supercomputer in my pocket. I’ve got over 60 GB of music and audio on my phone. Maybe 2% is regularly listened to. It’s useful to have it serve up things I don’t normally, ’cause once upon a time I found something likeable about that music.
  4. Speaking of music, been listening to this album quite a bit the last couple weeks. Good stuff by Lemoncello.
  5. Bean bag chairs are apparently an excellent substitute for a litter box by our post-surgical cat. Whee.
  6. La Citadelle de Lille in Lille, Fr. Wow. Check this out. Here’s a zoomable map of the layout of the fortress.
Plan view of La Citadelle de Lille, Fr.
Source: https://militarymaps.rct.uk/war-of-the-spanish-succession-1701-14/siege-of-lille-1708-plan-de-la-citadelle-de

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What I Learned in 2021 Week 7

Griffin running around the Lassiter High School football field.
Griffin says hi.
  1. I still have not learned how to switch the new fancy-schmancy WordPress Block Editor into an HTML mode so I can see the code. It literally took me weeks to be able to list things using list numbers in a way that didn’t break.
  2. And now I have. Turns out there is a triple-dot icon on the top right of the screen, next to the Settings button which I’m assuming is why I never clicked on it before. That will take you to Code View, thank god. All the time I’ve been writing on the Web, since the web 1.0 for dog’s sake, I’ve been doing it with the HTML right in front of me. I’ll say, the Block Editor is nice because I know it’ll be compliant, but sometimes it tries to be too helpful, just like any other GUI.
  3. I learned how to play Mancala. I also learned that there are at least 3 different distinct games played that are all called Mancala. As I was taught to play by a 7 year-old, I went and looked up the rules afterward and there were some serious variations demonstrated online, all of which materially affect game play. Here’s the rules to Mancala we’re using when we play.
  4. I learned about NAICS numbers for classifying businesses in North America. My firm would be under 541330 for Engineering Services.
  5. There is a website that tracks the planes of dictators.
  6. The Baen Bar is shutting down (temporarily) because of the amount of political violence being bandied about there. If you follow me on twitter, you may remember this: