Highlighting

There are lots of things I love about ebooks, including their portability and their searchability. But one of the things I love most about them is their highlightability. I’ve never had any desire to mark up paper books. I’m one of those people with a deeply rooted sense that books should be kept inviolate; I […]

RIP, Bernie DeKoven

I just learned that Bernie DeKoven, a.k.a. “Blue,” has died, of cancer. Bernie was my high school friend Elyon’s father. In high school and college, I had a hard time interacting with most of my friends’ parents, but Bernie was different. He was one of the leaders of the New Games movement. I had grown […]

March for Our Lives

Some assorted notes about today’s March for Our Lives rally in San José: Followup on my previous post: I was glad that the march started at 11:00 a.m. That gave me time to have a leisurely start to my day and still arrive before the march started. When I first arrived, the crowd nearby was […]

Marching

What I want to do today: Laze around the house, reading and watching TV and labeling photos and maybe doing laundry. What I’m going to do today: Go to the March for Our Lives in San José. I’m generally oddly reluctant to attend marches and rallies and such. They involve a lot of people, and […]

Paying their rent

I recently listened to James Keelaghan’s version of the shanty “Roll Down,” by Peter Bellamy, and was struck by this line: Then, sweet ladies of Plymouth, we’ll pay all your rent I thought, Huh, that seems like an odd thing for the sailors to do. More like a charitable foundation than like stereotypical sailors on […]

Movie week

There are a bunch of movies currently in theatres that I wanted to see, so I decided to see them this week. So far: Monday: A Wrinkle in Time Tuesday: Annihilation Wednesday: Tomb Raider Plan for next few days: Thursday: Love, Simon Friday: Black Panther again (saw it a few weeks ago, want to see […]

Spring

This morning’s northern-hemisphere vernal equinox was a couple hours ago, so here’s my traditional spring post, even though it’s raining here this week. For winter's rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remember'd […]

What is the subject of this document?

Probably the most common problem that I see in technical documentation is a failure to say upfront what the thing is that you’re documenting. I feel that in most cases, one of the first pages of the documentation set should have a sentence early on in the page that says something like “[Product name] is […]

Influx of chess sets

The other day, I discovered that the only physical chess set in my house was one that doesn’t belong to me. (Not counting the Star Trek 3D chess set, which is useless for playing ordinary chess.) So I ordered a chess set online. More accurately, I ordered four of them: one with metal pieces and […]

What are the sanctions?

I’ve now looked at 7 articles about the new sanctions on Russian people and organizations. The closest any of them came to saying what the sanctions are is a couple of brief indications that the individuals’ financial assets (one article said in the US, another said in US dollars) are being frozen, and that they […]

To party or not to party

I’ll be turning fifty in a couple weeks, and I haven’t yet decided whether to have a party. As I noted to Karen this morning: On the one hand, parties are great! On the other hand, parties are terrible! I like the idea of parties. Gathering together people I like, and hanging out with them! […]