Life updates

My return to work has taken up most of my brain and energy and time for the past three weeks, but I’m gradually getting back to a state of being able to do and think about other stuff too. Some assorted updates: I joined the Alphabet Workers Union. I haven’t done anything as a union […]

A City in Winter, by Mark Helprin

I loved Mark Helprin’s novel Winter’s Tale when I read it circa 1990, so I was disappointed to later learn that he’s a conservative commentator. His 1996 short book A City in Winter has been sitting on my bookcase for a couple of decades now; part of my delay in reading it has been hesitancy […]

Tuning my notifications

I’ve been having problems with notifications in various computer contexts for a while now. For example, notifications that I missed were a contributing factor to the awfulness at work that ate up half of my year last year. More recently, I’ve been getting lots of iOS notifications from Mary Anne’s calendars despite having turned off […]

How to migrate from Things 2 to Things 3

The Mac task management app Things 3 came out in 2017 or so, but it removed an important feature that I relied on heavily in Things 2. (The ability to sort the Today task list by date.) So I kept on using Things 2 at work all this time. But Things 2 recently stopped working, and I decided to […]

My favorite new-to-me movies in 2021

I watched about 65 movies in 2021, including rewatching about 15 that I had seen before. Of the ones that I hadn’t seen before, here were my favorites, in approximate descending order: 1. The Milagro Beanfield War (1988). Lovely, funny, charming movie full of great character details. Liked it a lot. 2. In the Heights […]

Donations 2021

Here are the organizations I’m donating to in 2021. Most of this list is repeated from 2020 (and earlier years), but since that last post I’ve removed a couple of organizations and added a couple of others. (In 2020, I apparently failed to add a couple of new organizations, so I’m marking those as new […]

At-home COVID tests

For the past few months, I’ve been using the at-home COVID test that my workplace provided to employees. It’s called Cue Health. It’s not a PCR test, but it’s apparently roughly as accurate as PCR; like PCR, this is a NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test), which looks for and amplifies the virus’s RNA. It therefore […]

Happy solstice!

The winter solstice arrived here in the northern hemisphere about 45 minutes ago. (And the summer solstice in the southern hemisphere, of course.) Here’s my usual reposting of two winter-solstice verses. First, from T. S. Eliot‘s “Burnt Norton” (1935): At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; […]

R.I.P., Sally Gwylan

I was sad to learn on Saturday that author Sally Gwylan died in October, “after being struck by a car” (quoting Worldcon’s In Memoriam page). We published Sally’s superb novelette “Rapture” in Strange Horizons in 2004, in two parts. (Part 1, Part 2.) In my SH Flashback writeup in 2016, I described it thusly: “A […]