All this moon/space talk got me relistening to one of my favorite pieces of music: Eno - Ending (An Ascent) from the Apollo album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It4WxQ6dnn0
This was prompted by this great podcast on the Ezra Klein show, where undivided attention to others was described as an act of love. I took that to heart and realized I could be more loving to those around me, with my phone (the constant attention magnet) being something that gets in the way of that.
So far, it’s been great! I’m down from 2 to 2:30 hours a day to less than 30 minutes a day. I make that up a bit with extra laptop time, but it’s dedicated time that I can’t sneak in while talking or hanging out with other people.
Which is all to say, that’s why I’m tooting in bursts of five recently, instead of sporadically.
I’m experimenting with removing anything from my phone that might cause me to pay attention to it rather than the people around me. So, goodbye to Slack, Mastodon, Instagram (etc) on the phone. I even blocked all websites except Google and DuckDuckGo, so I can check the results pages if I need quick info but can’t click through to the sites. I kept any app that I used as a tool in a specific situation (i.e. Google Maps).
I gave my wife the passcode to unlock, so I can’t cheat.
Exciting newly commercially viable solar tech that I wasn’t aware of. https://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/power-from-commercial-perovskite-solar-cells-is-coming-soon
We're making progress on Bug Drop, our upcoming game, @stevekemsley keeps on adding polish and animations to it and it's feeling really really good. Please watch, ouch.gif
Right after turning 3, the toddler went and upped her question game.
Q: “What does it feel like when you die?”
Q: “When will you die?”
Q: “How did the dinosaurs get killed?”
Q: “If a lion comes in the house when I’m sleeping, will you chase it away with a broom?”
I can’t help but feel my answer game isn’t up to snuff.
A: “Don’t know”
A: “Don’t know”
A: “Big space rock”
@Cornellbox People find the subject line concept useful, even if using CW to accomplish that results in some negative consequences and annoyances. I don’t think the solution is to get rid of CWs. It’s probably just to add a “subject” feature that behaves like we all want it to.
Responding to the retoot @Cornellbox posted about CW usage as a title (not responding to that thread because that guy is seriously volatile). The way people use CW on here (as a subject line) is clearly like a desire path across a field where there should probably be a sidewalk.
Ann Arbor Observer
So, I read this regularly because it’s one of very few local publications, but this bit of editorializing is so dumb and out of place. They’ve been trying to get these caucus names to catch on since before the election, and I’m pretty sure no one else uses them. I think their other caucus name is similarly biased; the “Activist Caucus” or similar.
Google decoupling status
After 3 months without Google Maps, I’ve had no problems with Apple Maps. It’s improved a lot.
Switching from Gmail is slow going. I purchased a FastMail account but haven’t fully switched. I set up forwarding and auto-replies to contacts of my choosing, letting them know of the change.
DuckDuckGo is good for 90% of my searches, been using it for about a year. For those times where Google is better, I add !g to the query in DDG, which searches Google with tracking off.
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