SeaTac is turning into a condensed local shopping mall, with everyone from Beechers and Skillet to Elliott Bay Books. I hope this works well for everyone. (Just wish I could buy ebooks from Elliott Bay instead of supporting the local behemoth Amazon.)

The key to building a new habit, I’m told, is to repeat it every day for a few weeks. And the key, for me, to do something every day for a few weeks, is to set up a trigger for it. Either it stacks on some other activity, or I set up an alarm for it.


Technology I want: Video game audio listens to ambient noise level and adapts automatically: louder while the washing machine is running, quieter when it stops.

I have never had a Facebook or Instagram account. If I set up a WhatsApp account, how much data about me will Facebook have?

I’m a bit puzzled by the iOS document scanner. Why is it in Notes instead of Camera? And how can I move scans to Photos?

If you legally inherited some elephant ivory trinkets (crafted back when hunting was legal), what would you do with them? Display? Donate? Destroy?

My iPhone speaker audio has been super-quiet today, while trying to play YouTube and Twitter videos. (Still plenty loud on Bluetooth earbuds.) Any ideas how to fix it?

Finally getting to try the SwiftUI tutorials. It may be a year before I can put this in production code, but it is SO FUN to play with!

Enjoying the sounds of the creek and the wind in the trees overhead. But I really wish the neighborborhood dogs would stop barking so much.

It’s been a tough, busy couple of weeks, and I think the next two weeks will be as well. Finding it hard to relax and recharge in between.

Anyone using and having it shared over here to I’d like to set that up and am not even sure the right search terms for my questions.

I almost called someone out for an unnecessarily gendered metaphor. Then I did some research and learned that “balls out” refers to a steam engine running at maximum speed. #TIL

If you’re out of cream cheese, string cheese is okay on an everything bagel. American cheese? Not so much.

I really wish I could “Find my Kindle” as easy as I can find my iPhone. Might be time to glue a Tile to it…as soon as I find it again…

Now that it’s not my day job any more, a little black box testing to help pin down a crash is fun again! Can I crash it reproducibly? In fewer steps? And when the dev can follow my steps to repro it too…jackpot!

The easiest, hardest thing in Objective-C

The easiest difference between Swift and Objective-C is ;. In Objective-C, every line of code must end with a semi-colon. The main exceptions are } and the line of code before {. I say this is simple because it fits in 2 sentences, but it’s also surprisingly hard to learn (or unlearn!) the habit of ending each line with a special character. To compound the problem, the compiler errors can be quite cryptic when ; is inevitably forgotten.