I’ve had doubts about this season of Ted Lasso but the Amsterdam episode is a welcome return to form. 📺
“There’s always been this myth that really neat, fun people at home all of [a] sudden get very dull and boring and serious when they come to work, and it’s simply not true. So if we can again inject that liberal-arts spirit into this very serious realm of business, I think it would be a worthwhile contribution.”
I love this quote from Steve Jobs. With my own ageing my work persona has become less serious. I have no desire to be dull and boring.
This special guest episode of Hemispheric Views features the wonderful Scot Hacker, author of The BeOS Bible. We talk about the past, present and future in this great extended episode covering BeOS, photography and writing books.
Djeran is definitely my favourite season in Perth. Perfect amount of warmth, I’m not getting sunburnt, and relatively little wind. I love it.
I just became moustachioed!
I’ve liberated the archive of tweets from my
@andrewcanion account, and set them free. Unfortunately the larger
@canion archive remains on my local storage only. Thanks @manton for building this feature into micro.blog.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie, 2023 - ★★½#
Hits all the Mario tropes, and I got a few chuckles along the way. Mainly one for the kids, though.
Tomorrow I am flying to Karratha to commentate the NBL1 basketball game between Geraldton Buccaneers and Perth Redbacks. It will be streamed live at 7pm (+8GMT) if you want to watch. 🏀
Air, 2023 - ★★½#
A basketball movie about business - my kind of film! Would have benefited from some tighter editing, but it’s always a pleasure to watch Damon act.
I’ve been watching this video of hit songs via kottke. My two takeaways: the 1980s was the era of epic bangers, and strong sexual innuendo in music video clips arrived around 2005.
Finished reading: The Dry by Jane Harper 📚 I ruined this excellent whodunnit mystery by taking far too long to read it. Shame on me.
Thank You for Smoking, 2005 - ★★★★#
I was excited to rewatch this movie, until I saw the opening credits where both Elon Musk and Peter Thiel were listed as Executive Producers. Urgh.
Using an iPad in Centre Stage with a Studio Display is kind of compelling. I’ve just been bouncing between apps, servers, local servers, etc. With Spotlight to jump between it doesn’t feel terrible.
On the Hemispheric Views Discord I diagrammed my cable connections after my recent setup change. I thought it would be fun to post it here, as well.
New Mac Setups#
Today I restructured my computing setup. For about 2 years I’ve been running a MacBook Air M1 as a satellite device, keeping my 2019 Intel iMac as my centralised ‘home base’. The iMac had a nice screen, 40GB RAM and apart from at boot, never felt slow.
To the iMac were connected a bunch of devices, including a Stream Deck, JBL speakers, an EVO-4 audio interface, and a Time Machine drive.
Today, I got sick of the whole setup. The slow load time and the flakiness it was showing with regard to iCloud Drive sync pushed me over the edge.
I’ve promoted my MacBook Air to ‘home base’ status. I’ve retired the JBL speakers, Stream Deck and Time Machine drive.
For the time being, I have access to a Studio Display, which I’m using as a great monitor. If I lose access to this, I can see myself buying another (perhaps even with nanotexture glass). The MacBook Air feels faster with a bigger screen!
The iMac isn’t entirely retired, although I’ve moved it into a retirement home, setting up a new computer desk in my front ‘library’. Now I can choose my computing location - study or library. It might be nice.
In all the changes, I considered promoting my mac mini to ‘home base’ but the fact that I bought it with only 8 GB RAM, and the noise that its attached 4-bay Thunderbay drive array made meant that idea was short-lived. That machine is back in the closet running as the headless media server once again.