Today’s anniversaries

Today is the 43rd anniversary of my mother’s death. And today would’ve been my father’s 84th birthday. (It’s been nearly 19 years since he was killed.) I’m musing about what they might be like if they were still alive. It’s not so hard for me to imagine Peter at 84; I’m sure he would’ve continued […]

A knock on the door

(Content warning for description of opening my front door when someone knocked on it. I know that some of you get very upset about the idea of opening one’s door; you may want to skip this post.) The following is a description of a puzzling incident that happened in April (iIrc)—I wrote the description at […]

My recent medical stuff (all is fine)

A post about assorted recent and forthcoming medical stuff. Nothing bad here, all is well. (The thought of the comments that I would likely get on such a post was stressing me out, so I’m closing comments on this.) Content warning for a little bit of stuff about weight and BMI, though not much. This […]

Hamas and Israel

In our current social climate, it can be difficult to express dismay about atrocities and war crimes perpetrated by one organization or government without coming across as a partisan of an opposing one. For example, expressing dismay about Hamas killing people can easily come across as Islamophobic, or anti-Palestinian, or settler-colonialist; and expressing dismay about […]

Nearly fell for a phishing scam

Wow, I just almost fell for what I now assume was a phishing scam. It was an email that claimed to be from “Facebook Ads Team”; I didn’t (at first) look at the email address that was attached to that name. It told me that FB had received complaints about my ad (I’ve been running […]

Coming back to Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin was one of my favorite TV shows. But in mid-2018, in season 4, there was a storyline that I found hard to watch. I thought that storyline had ended, but I was still a little tense about the show, so I paused for a while between episodes—and somehow didn’t pick it up […]

Transposing guitar chords

One of the issues that I have with playing some of the songs in Rise Up Singing on guitar is that I feel like the chords are often written for someone with a slightly higher voice than mine. (My vocal range is mostly somewhere in the bass/baritone area; a voice teacher once told me that […]

Weird Apple image-display bug

Update: This issue has been more or less resolved; it turns out that the images in question had CMYK color profiles attached rather than RGB color profiles, so Apple software was (possibly correctly) displaying them in a way that the designer hadn’t intended. Leaving the post in place for historical purposes. The other night, I […]

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 […]