Clive Thompson makes the case that we might finally have arrived at the year of Linux on the desktop” without using those exact words.

September 26, 2022 micro

Andor Depicts War Amongst The Stars

Andor is out now on Disney+Andor is out now on Disney+

I’ll start by showing my cards here by admitting that I can’t wait to see Andor, the latest of the Star Wars shows to premiere on Disney+. The only reason I haven’t already dipped back into the Star Wars universe is that my imagination is currently in Middle Earth, where the harfoots are undertaking a perilous journey and Sauron and his juicy, sunscreen-hoarding orcs are on the move. If I weren’t so deep into the story that Rings of Power is weaving, I would have settled down in front of the big screen with the lights off and watched for that familiar Star Wars logo that has brought joy to me since I was a kid. I’ve been waiting for a while for Andor to come out and I have greater expectations for this show than any of the previous Star Wars episodic TV shows (although I ended up enjoying them all).

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September 25, 2022 culture

The Graying Of The Fun Crowd

An opinionated tweet recently provoked a strong reaction. That happens many times a day and is hardly news. This Twitter firestorm caught my eye, though, because it shows how people today are coming from profoundly different views of life.

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September 24, 2022 faith

True Mathematics

Frank Yang commemorates the 20th anniversary of Ladytron’s Light & Magic LP in a post on his blog Space Echo. Completely unaware of the significance of the date, I was listening to the album the other day. My favorite song remains the track in the pole position, True Mathematics.” I’m excited to see a newly produced video for the song. I’m even happier that the video version of the song is different from the album version and has a bit more punch. The vocals are still in Bulgarian, which gives them a certain edge.

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September 23, 2022 friday night video noise

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something that may not be popular: I think I may like Matter better than Readwise’s new very full-featured Reader app. Change my mind.

September 17, 2022

This Caturday, Snickers just wants to skate.

September 17, 2022 skateboarding

Freestyle Fever

A fellow microblogger has been posting videos of himself freestyle skateboarding and it has reminded me of how artistic the form can be. One of my favorite freestylers is the Rodney Mullen-influenced Japanese skater Isamu Yamamoto. Yamamoto is sponsored by Powell Peralta (yep, that Powell Peralta). Looking for his videos on the Powell site led me to another amazing freestyler, Kilian Martin.

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September 16, 2022 skateboarding

Found Guilty And Sentenced To Use A Dell Monitor

Recently, I had to give up one of my favorite pieces of electronics — my M1 iMac. The process wasn’t easy. It was love at first sight when I saw the new, colorful M1 iterations of the iconic Mac desktop. The aluminum and glass combination was sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and the choice of colors made the machines feel personal. I was grateful to be able to afford a refurbished version. My previous iMac, which I had to give to my son for remote schooling, is over 10 years old (yes, he’s still using it and perfectly happy). I bought the blue iMac with the funds I acquired selling my Star Wars pinball machine.

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September 14, 2022 tech

Culture Wars Come To Middle Earth

Rings of Power on Amazon PrimeRings of Power on Amazon Prime

In Your Favorite Pop Culture Has Just Gone Woke.” Now What? by Jason Morehead, the author examines some perceived changes brought to Middle Earth mythology by the new Amazon Prime series Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power. If you’ve come across any of the common objections to the show, this is a really helpful piece to read. I mention this in large part because Morehead has a good grasp of the material being examined and brings an informed view to the debate. In discussions over nerdery and pop culture, familiarity with the source material and thus, understanding of authorial intent, generally wins the day.

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September 11, 2022 culture

Giving Up The Ghost

I have been trying out the blogging platform Ghost on and off for a couple of years now. It’s a powerful tool and one that many people make good use of.

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September 10, 2022 Tech

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