In the bathroom, I splashed cold water on my face and took some deep breaths. I didn’t feel like I was going to throw up, but I also didn’t not feel like I was going to throw up. I figured mind over matter,” and tried to will myself to feel better. I prayed that the next course would be somewhat more palatable, maybe a PB&J or a matzoh ball soup.

Instead it was raw squid on grilled koji.”

Adam Roberts - on his meal at Noma. I’ve always admired the food philosophy of the chef at Noma, Rene Redzepi, but I fear that my reaction would be much the same. I don’t want to eat a fish eyeball, no matter how nicely prepared.

April 29, 2024

Inbox Zero is fake productivity. Inbox Fuckit is getting shit done in the real world. Relax. Embrace Fuckit. Give it a try and see if anyone notices.”

Warren Ellis,

March 25, 2024

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March 13, 2024

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March 10, 2024

I can’t count how many times in the past couple of years I’ve gone to the online Apple store to buy a new computer, but decided against it partway through as I configure it to have adequate RAM and storage.

A sample:

Model Pricing
MacMini M2 Pro: 10‑core CPU, 16-core GPU, 16‑core Neural Engine $1299
add 16 gigabytes of ram + $400
add 1.5 tb of storage + $600
Total cost $2299

This is just bananas. The 16 gigabytes of ram and 1.5 tb of storage add $1000 to the cost, which is only $299 less than the cost of the entire base computer.

I really love the Mac platform, have been using it for 40 years (what!?!), and have regularly upgraded my computers every couple of years (except for my Mac Pros, which always tended to last a good long time. But that was back in the good old days where you could upgrade RAM and storage yourself with perfectly good third-party components (which, yes, would sometimes cause kernel panics.) Now that everything is soldered to the motherboard those days are long gone and, frankly, I think Apple’s pricing for upgrades is an abuse of the their customers.

I’d love to continue using Macs, but for two years I have been unable to push the order button because of the sour taste in my mouth. Do better #apple.

March 9, 2024

iOS autocorrect woes I was pretty excited by the new, improved, AI-assisted autocorrect that was supposedly a part of the newest iOS, but it’s worse than ever. I type you” and it autocorrects to YouTube”. When responding to an email from Tony” it autocorrects to Toni”, which is by far the less common spelling (and why is there no context-awareness. That Apple hasn’t given us the ability to correct and fine-tune the suggestions is just plain dumb, but at least it now allows fuck” and doesn’t change it to duck”. Baby steps, I guess.

February 24, 2024