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Finished reading: The Beautiful and the Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald 📚

Why did I waste so much time with this one? Anthony Comstock Patch should have died poor and desolate.


🔗 The Last Kid in Ninth Grade Without an iPhone

An ongoing conversation I’ve had with Ashley is when to introduce certain technologies with the kids. It can be tough to balance.


🔗 8 Google Employees Invented Modern AI. Here’s the Inside Story

Interesting article outlining those involved in the Transformer research paper that kicked off today’s AI craze.

via Kottke


📘 Make Something Wonderful | Steve Jobs

To me, Apple exists in the spirit of the people that work there, and the sort of philosophies and purpose by which they go about their business. So if Apple just becomes a place where computers are a commodity item and where the romance is gone, and where people forget that computers are the most incredible invention that man has ever invented, then I’ll feel I have lost Apple. But if I’m a million miles away and all those people still feel those things and they’re still working to make the next great personal computer, then I will feel that my genes are still in there.


🔗 Firehouse Five and the Cinderella Surprise

I love this post by Cabel Sasser about The Firehouse Five Plus Two. I especially love this reminder:

Also, a Cabel reminder to always buy the music you want to keep forever — these albums can, and will, disappear from streaming services at some point in the future.


🔗 John Graham-Cumming’s blog: The original WWW proposal is a Word for Macintosh 4.0 file from 1990, can we open it?

I love the dedication to restoring such an important document. It’s a bit sad to think of what is lost due to progress and the lack of backwards compatibility.


Going back in time. Finished reading: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 📚


🔗 The 10 Rules of Being Human

“There” is no better than “here”. When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain a “there” that will look better to you than your present “here”.

Realization.


Finished reading: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 📚I picked this up before my recent trip for work. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pandemic portion hit a little close to home though.


Temperatures over 90°F paired with unhealthy air quality makes for a rough day in Nashville.


📺 I Created Clippy

Stumbled across this blast from the past via Kottke. I definitely carry a soft spot in my heart for this time period of computing, even though I was only in middle school.


🔗 Who killed Google Reader?

Google Reader may be the only Google product that I actually miss. I migrated to Fastmail a few years back and I rarely use Google Search these days.


Our flower garden produced a unique bloom on our Gerbera Daisies. I feel like there is a name for when this happens, but I’m failing to find one. It reminds me of meiosis.

Gerbera Daisies with one flower exhibiting a unique deformity reminiscent of meiosis.

Finished Ted Lasso last night. I hate to see it end, but I am quite content with how it wrapped up. The ending was tight, but left ample possibilities of a spinoff.


I watched Whisper of the Heart tonight with the family. I loved it. I can’t get over how much I have enjoyed each Studio Ghibli we have watched. The only negative with this movie is that I now have Take Me Home, Country Roads stuck in my head. I suppose there are worse things.


I am resting after spending a few hours in my backyard, attempting to clean up our flower bed. The plants there were ravaged by the extreme freeze we had in December. I feared all of the plants were dead. However, some seem to be coming back. I have begun pruning the dead limbs back.


I have tried to cut back on the amount of goods I purchase on Amazon. When I do purchase something, I choose the slowest delivery option because I am usually not in immediate need of the product. Amazon usually ships it much faster than the delivery option I choose though. Mildly irritating.


After a long hiatus, I resumed play of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild last night. I was on the fourth quest when I stopped playing previously. The timestamp on the safe file was March of 2022. Difficult to believe that it has been over a year since I last played it.


When you realize that you’re an adult and can just go buy cake anytime you want.


I enjoyed Tetris on Apple TV+. I know the story is embellished for entertainment, but it’s a fun watch.


Monterey Bay is stunning as always


Bird of Paradise at the Hayes Mansion in San Jose


🔗 Daring Fireball: U.S. Treasury: All Silicon Valley Bank Depositors Will Have Access to All of Their Money Starting Tomorrow

They say there are no atheists in a foxhole, but there are more of them than there are libertarians in a bank run.

Gruber has been on fire lately.


It’s difficult to plan any short Spring Break vacations. We had scheduled a trip to California for months and had the unfortunate luck of landing during a very wet week. Even with that, we are attempting to make the best of it.


I understand that there isn’t an avenue for enforcement, but if you park an oversized vehicle in a compact spot or a gas guzzler in a green spot, that’s a jerk move. If you specifically occupy two compact/green spots in an oversized gas guzzler, you are a jerk.