Nice try, dentist, but I saw Soylent Green during its theatrical run.

Couldn’t wait

I can’t wait to take this out. Eagle Rock this weekend!

Once you understand that op-ed pieces are basically “the comments,” except for the professional managerial class’s hivemind and not a given article or post, you know not to read them, same as any other comments, and you are liberated.

All in all I’m pretty happy with the switch to M1 Macs: We have an Air and a mini in the house, with the mini as my daily driver. The occasional thing that’s not supported is really jarring. Case in point, Pandoc – which needs GHC, which is not working on ARM right now. It’s the sole reason I’ve got two Homebrews on the mini – the ARM one in /opt for most stuff, and the x86 one in /usr/local for GHC so I can have a working Pandoc for this one little document toolchain I whipped up years ago.

Correction: “This one little unholy kludge of LaTeX, JSON, ERB templates, Rake, and Pandoc I tortured into existence years ago.”

More shots from Smith Rock. It was a spur-of-the-moment stop on the way back from Lava Lake in the Three Sisters Wilderness, and I’m so glad we did it. We ended up hiking across bits of the Canyon, River, Misery Ridge, Mesa Verde, and Rim Rock trails for about seven miles worth of walking. The Misery Ridge trail was pretty strenuous both as a hard hike up to the summit, then as a precarious descent where periodic stretches of scree across the trail forced us to inch down. It was all worth it, even if we wish we’d taken along our hiking poles for the descent. It was also surprisingly uncrowded for a park so close to the highway on such a beautiful day: Plenty of people on the lower trails, but Misery Ridge, Mesa Verde, and the River trail were all pretty quiet. I’ve got more pictures to put on SmugMug, but these are my ten favorite.

Lightroom Classic for M1! .

“Adobe says ‘most operations […] including launching, importing, and exporting will be ‘about twice as fast’ as they were on an equivalent Intel Mac.”

So, from “twice as slow as molasses” to “merely as slow as molasses.” I’ll take it.

I’ll share more and better from Smith Rock later, but:

I was taught early on to keep humans in the frame for scale. I did that here, but I’m not sure if people on phones will be able to spot them.

“Misery Ridge Trail” is aptly named, btw. Kept my HR to 150, but only just.

The things you find digging through Emacs docs:

“Always remember that to argue, and win, is to break down the reality of the person you are arguing against. It is painful to lose your reality, so be kind, even if you are right.” — Haruki Murakami

Here’s a pretty nice guide to beautifying org-mode for prose writing.

As my team moves to more written and asynchronous decision-making, I’m spending more time in a text editor. I don’t much care for Google Docs as an authoring tool, so I’ve been trying to live with Ulysses, which uses Markdown as its home base, and I’ve been playing with org-mode again.

That link above proposes using the Spacemacs light theme along with decent fonts you can install with Homebrew. I like most of the choices, but found that I sort of prefer a monotype face for body type over a proportional one. Maybe it’s from years of just thinking of Emacs that way, or maybe I just haven’t found a proportional face I like.

Ulysses has a big advantage over a lot of editors in the form of its export options, and I wasn’t sure Emacs/org-mode would do well there: It’s nice to write something up in org syntax, but when it comes time to share with others living in a Google Docs workflow, how do you bridge the gap? It turns out org-mode’s HTML “export & open” option is perfect:

  1. Write your prose in org-mode syntax
  2. Export to “HTML” and “open”
  3. Wait for your doc to load in your browser
  4. Copy and paste into a clean Google Doc. All the formatting comes over, and it comes over semantically correct: Your level one headings in org paste in as H1, etc.

Ulysses doesn’t have any provisions for templates (you can just make one and recopy it each time, but there are no provisions for placeholders, etc. org-mode leverages Emacs, so it has access to yasnippet. I org-ified a copy of my team’s RFC template, which is handy: By the time everything goes through the export-to-html-and-paste circuit, it passes with no tweaking.

Though that post is thinking about org-mode as a prose tool, I took a look at a few of my todo org files and it’s … not bad. Nothing to keep me from using it, but I’ve always been a little weirded out by productivity tools that try to use pretty typography as opposed to whatever the system faces are. I expect I’ll get used to it (or write a function that lets me shift between prose view and productivity view).

Oh wow. William Burroughs via Gus Van Sant on “the discipline of Do Easy,” if you’ve exhausted your patience with “implementing” GTD for your work and want to fix yourself in meatspace:

Work is beginning to tip back into that state where there are enough different things happening in enough different areas with enough different kinds of stuff to track that 3x5 cards, pieces of paper, and iOS Reminders aren’t cutting it anymore. And my role has changed enough recently that I don’t even know what I think of all the tools I have on hand:

  • OmniFocus
  • Things
  • org-mode
  • Trello
  • Notion

org-mode feels like the front-runner: One of the things that is absolutely thrilling me about how my team is thinking about our hybrid-remote future is growing consensus that more stuff needs to be happening in long-form writing. org-mode is awesome at blending the act of tracking the stuff you need to do with that. Once you’ve done that writing, it’s easy to get an artifact you can squirt into whatever your document ecosystem is: A Google Doc, a Markdown file, etc.

beorg has gotten pretty good, too. A little wonky sometimes, but it works fine as an inbox on a mobile device.

It is still on my wishlist to have a really good iOS text editor that understands org syntax and supports it with a few keyboard shortcuts. Like, “Ulysses but with org syntax.”

Sometimes I wish I had the songwriting and animation staff of Schoolhouse Rock at my disposal when I’m trying to explain how a process should work.

First “normal” thing. (Previously:…)

“Light rain for the next hour”

Happy place. (Burnside Whiskey’s Goose Hollow bourbon in there 🥃)

Of all the masking tribes (full-timers, in-passing-ers, no-maskers, noseys, etc.) the least explicable to me are the “tippers.” There’s a mask around the neck & a gesture is made sort of akin to the last days of hat tipping: Just … brushing it with the fingertips in passing.

After exhausting all available What We Do in the Shadows, Last Kingdom, For All Mankind, and Servant, we’ve moved on to a rewatch of Mad Men.

A few notes at about ¾ through S1:

It is both harder to watch and easier to watch than it was when it first came out, in 2007. It turns out a lot can happen in 14 years in terms of sensitization, for me anyhow.

What’s harder: There are small moments I simply didn’t register in 2007 that are so much more obvious to me now. The men in the office are more menacing. Their over-sexed leering isn’t what’s new to me … it’s the quieter moments, when a woman walks into a room full of men and they have this predatory glint. It’s knowing Joan Holloway’s arc ahead of time. And it’s knowing that while the social order may gain in dynamism season over season, the nauseating core of the show is that every twist, turn, and threat to the existing hierarchy will be absorbed and repurposed into consumerism’s many distracting spectacles. Everything sincere will be punctured, sucked dry, stuffed with gears, and mounted on the walls of the fun house. In the first nine episodes, I’ve had so many moments of low, gut-churning dread. In one episode, I said to Alison “there’s a Chekov’s gun thing going on here, but the gun isn’t that gun on the screen … it’s Pete and his curdled entitlement.”

The thing that makes it easier to watch is that its popular culture moment has passed. I commented to Alison that it is an easier show to accept when there’s not a full “Mad Men Collection” window display downtown at Nordstrom’s, exhorting people to dress like their favorite office predator. Without the miasma of marketing tie-ins and Facebook avatars, it stands more alone, and I have less doubt about the creator’s intent. I’m not required to grapple with the moral vacuity of the marketing effort, which wanted to make the shared cultural experience one of nostalgia for an era and style, eliding the show’s underlying themes of alienation, emptiness, precarity, and sheer, grinding injustice.

Maybe not good bedtime reading, but good reading.

evening stroll to Woodstock with the Funleader. “Five-mile walk after work? Sure!” wasn’t really super common before this past year.

Today had a few moment of “this is weird” so I put on the Funleader 18 and got out while the sun was getting low and went with the weird.

Wahkeena Falls Trail, Multnomah Falls, East Wind Drive-In

Floodplain, a little better


Shot #2 is in my arm. The National Guard private who took my info had a 13-year-old address on record for me. I corrected it and said “this is why the thought of a one-world government doesn’t scare me” and she snorted.