Short Stuff: 10/23/20

Cache dump of ideas, recommendations, humor, observations, and whatever.

2020/10/23:  The blog will not be transformed into the media site I originally intended.  Too large an undertaking and not enough topical knowledge on my part.  So I’m still looking for another purpose for the blog.  Something a little bit more in my wheelhouse.  The site will be a shell out there until I can muster up a purpose for it.

2020/10/23:  If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.
  — Dave Barry

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Goodbye Apple Platform

Well, almost.  Within the last year or so I began to regret my getting caught up in the Apple platform.  I’ve been on Apple products since 2006, or possibly a little earlier.  As others may agree, once you’re hooked, over time it becomes harder and more expensive to get off or stay on.

    Current setup includes:
  • Somewhat beefed up Mac mini, 18 months old
  • iPhone XR, almost 2 yrs old
  • iPad (6th generation), about 3 years old or more
  • Apple Watch Model 3, about 9 months old
  • Apple iPod about 14 years old,  a relic, my first Apple purchase, a non used antique

As you can surely agree, I’m in too deep.  And once you become a multi-device user, and have them sharing data, it becomes very hard to back away.

I am seriously considering backing off this scenario.  My objective is to have the Mac Mini be the only Apple device left standing.  I like it.  I have a good file backup scenario in place in addition to Apple’s Time machine.

I’ll get an Android phone with good reviews, a flip if I can find a good one.  It will need email, multiple addresses would be nice but not required.  That would allow me keep some handy info on that phone.  And possibly a tablet later on to do web stuff, sitting comfortably on the sofa.

Here’s hoping I can make this more than a pipe dream.  And get it done quickly.

Daydreams of Utopia


Lately, the reason for my long time between posts is my fear of returning to old habits.  Repeat of my old ways of rant and rage, often comical in its presentation, and lacking in civility and all the facts.  But, here I go, forgive my blatant naivety…

I believe the human race is in its final stages of existence.  I doubt it will survive the century. The benefit here might be giving the planet and other species time to recover from the abuses of those placing governing power over the masses and greed above all else.

If any humans do survive, it needs to be those who live the good life.  Those who care about people and the Earth.  Those having no racial bias, greed, religion, or any of the other abusive and hateful activities to make themselves feel whole.  Those who do not need to own land, make laws, or set up borders.  Those who will use science and discipline to address and heal themselves, others, and the earth, from the abuses of their predecessors. 

Dream on, old man, dream on.  Way too many Star Trek’s and Twilight Zone’s for you. The reality is the scenario I dream of has no way of preventing some (or all?) of the the abusive and antagonistic players from surviving as well.  

It will all just start over again.