Weird Apple image-display bug

The other night, I discovered a completely weird Apple image-display bug: Apple Mail and Preview and Quick Look are displaying at least some images with noticeably reduced color saturation. Details: The designer who’s designing a book cover for me had sent me a JPG image as an email attachment. I looked at the image in […]

Nebraska mother sentenced in abortion case

“A Nebraska mother who helped her teenage daughter obtain abortion pills to end her pregnancy [at 29 weeks] and later disposed of the fetus’ remains was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday” (Quoted from a Forbes article.) This situation has apparently been in the news for over a year now, but I hadn’t […]

“10 Reasons Why Your Dog Ignores Your Commands”

Recent spam subject line: “10 Reasons Why Your Dog Ignores Your Commands” I didn’t read the email, but here’s what I assume it said: You don’t have a dog. Your commands are illegal, and your dog knows not to obey illegal commands. Your dog is an anarchist, and doesn’t believe in hierarchies. Your dog just […]

Red, White & Royal Blue (movie)

I watched the movie Red, White & Royal Blue last night, and enjoyed it a lot. It’s a romcom. Sweet and funny and a bit larger-than-life, with no particular uncertainty about how it’s going to turn out. But I enjoy that sort of thing when it’s done well, as it is here. (Content warning for […]

Pachelbel’s chord progression

The other day, Simply Piano added a chords-only version of Maroon 5’s song “Memories.” So I played the chords along with their recording of the song, and something sounded really familiar about that sequence of chords. I thought about it for a while, and hummed it, and then realized: it’s the same chord progression as […]

Update on hearing aids

Short version: I had a hearing test and a hearing-aid consultation yesterday; they both went fine; I hope to be getting hearing aids in November. My overall impression is that the process of getting hearing aids is (a) super slow, (b) super expensive, and (c) hard to get information about. At least at PAMF. Long […]

Additions to my website

A couple months ago, I noticed that for the past six years, a big part of my WordPress website (the section labeled “Hodgepodge”) had consisted of a placeholder page containing a paragraph of lorem ipsum text. Ever since then, I’ve been transferring everything over from my old static pages to WordPress. I’ve now finished doing […]