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Mar 29, 2023, 05:01 PM
 
hmm maybe I should update then
     
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Apr 10, 2023, 05:04 PM
 
Aaaaand, my 6s got yet another security update today. IOS 15.7.5.
     
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I did the last update and now my lockscreen time is an ugly font.
     
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Huh? Nothing changed on my lockscreen.
     
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Apr 11, 2023, 07:17 AM
 
When were the new fonts introduced? It might be 16.
     
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May 19, 2023, 02:24 PM
 
On an up note, I have once again been invited to enjoy Sunday’s qualifications for the 500 from the comfort of a turn-2 suite. I’ve been in the suite a few times, and it’s a great spot to watch the action. Oh, and free buffet and an open bar. And garage and pit passes.
     
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I saw a Sox game from a box suite once, which included a full-time employee to put condiments on your hot dog.

We passed cups of beer from the open bar to the people in regular seats below us.

The whole experience basically ruined going to games for me.
     
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May 19, 2023, 04:07 PM
 
Yeah, ever since we started getting semi-regular invites to the suite, I really can’t imagine sitting anywhere else on the property.
     
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May 19, 2023, 08:37 PM
 
I’ve been to a bunch of box suites and I’d take regular seats any day
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Our son and daughter-in-law surprised us with a visit today, with a belated mother’s day gift and an early father’s day gift. They gifted me with a bottle of The Shin 15 year old japanese malt whiskey. Man, is it good! Dangerously good.
     
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My “uniform” top is a black, Duluth Trading, long-sleeve, long-tail T-shirt. Randomly decided now was the time to turn some of them over, and they’re having a 30% off sale. Ordered 16, saved $140.

Uniforms are also a minor pleasure. I can’t remember the last time I’ve expended effort deciding what I’m going to wear.
     
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Jun 18, 2023, 07:02 PM
 
we like their overalls. the shirt I ordered was too small alas, so I'll have to try again.

I can appreciate the time savings of a uniform, and certainly there are days I just throw things on with no coordination or care in the world... but there's times when clothes are fun.
     
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I’ve been a fan of Duluth Trading for years. Originally because they were the ones who started the “tool bag” instead of “tool box” revolution. The clothes were just a sideline then, but they slowly pivoted to almost all clothes. Made me sad, but Custom Leather Craft bought a bunch of their patterns, so most of the important ones are still available.
     
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Jul 9, 2023, 07:09 AM
 
Happy 42nd birthday Donkey Kong! Which, of course, makes today Mario’s 42nd birthday, too.
     
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Ironic it’s the SMB theme I can’t get out of my head now.
     
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Nov 7, 2023, 06:18 AM
 
Better Rename

Also available on the Mac App Store.

I do a ton of batch renaming, and this thing is a godsend. Sequential numbers with proper padding is its bread and butter, but the options for renaming criteria are so exhaustive I have yet to run into a renaming task it couldn’t accomplish.
     
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iOS autocompleted the word “fucking”.
     
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Wow!
     
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iOS has your back, subego.

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Nov 28, 2023, 03:28 PM
 
... but he was trying to write "furniture".
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Nov 28, 2023, 09:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by christ View Post
... but he was trying to write "furniture".
But what kind of furniture? Adjectives are important.


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Nov 29, 2023, 09:44 AM
 
Ducking furniture. For ducking.
     
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Nov 29, 2023, 11:45 AM
 
subego sidelines at witch trials.
     
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Sofa King.
     
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Dec 14, 2023, 10:15 AM
 
If you type “thank my driver” into the search bar at Amazon and click the result, your driver gets a $5 tip.
     
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Dec 14, 2023, 11:03 AM
 
Hey Amazon, how about you just pay a living wage?
     
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Dec 14, 2023, 11:11 AM
 
Yeah… that specific point made me consider whether I should post it, and whether this was the proper thread.
     
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Dec 14, 2023, 12:58 PM
 
I miss Amazon Smile. The EFF got a lot of donations out of that, with a modest sum coming from my purchases.

Didn't know about the driver tip - thanks.
     
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Same and same.


Edit; never changed the link in my bookmarks though, so at least I’m forcing Amazon to pay for some bored server to do a redirect.
( Last edited by subego; Dec 14, 2023 at 01:21 PM. )
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Yeah… that specific point made me consider whether I should post it, and whether this was the proper thread.
I had seen a few people throw it on facebook and assumed it was one of those "Copy and paste this message to facebook and then they can't steal your identity anymore!" thing that old people always post. I saw you post it here and went ahead and did it.
     
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Dec 15, 2023, 10:10 AM
 
me too. Seemed to work! doesn't mention $5 just "Thank you for your appreciation! We'll share your thanks with your driver."
     
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Dec 15, 2023, 08:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Same and same.


Edit; never changed the link in my bookmarks though, so at least I’m forcing Amazon to pay for some bored server to do a redirect.
I’ve kept the same bookmark as well. And my browser “suggests” URLs based on the first few characters, so I type “sm” and bingo, I get the Amazon main page. So it’s even simpler to make ‘em keep paying for the extra redirect.

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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
me too. Seemed to work! doesn't mention $5 just "Thank you for your appreciation! We'll share your thanks with your driver."
Amazon actually does mention it: “ We have received more than 2 million "thank yous", concluding the promotion offering $5 per "thank you" to eligible drivers. You can continue to thank your drivers and we will share your appreciation with them.” And “ 6) I heard about the drivers being given $5 per "thank you"? Is that promotion still live?
The promotion where eligible drivers received $5 for every thank you, was for drivers who received the first 2 million 'thank yous' starting December 12, 2023. We have already received over 2 million thank yous and the promotion is now over.”

I didn’t hear about it until today, so I kinda think that 2 million “thank yous” in a couple of days is pretty good.

In contrast, a couple of weekends ago I had a FedEx delivery that was dropped at the wrong house. We’re used to some things being delivered to “1234 Oak St” instead of “1234 Pine St”, as there is a street just a block away with the same house numbers. But this was dropped of at “9934 Quarry Rd”, an address on the street between my “Pine” and “Oak” with the same house numbers. Really guy? Not even the right number, just the last two digits? Wow.

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macOS Calendar. If you want to view a previous or future month, I've always clicked the back-forth buttons to change months.

Turns out you can just scroll the month-view of the Calendar. Roll the scroll wheel, and the months roll by. Only noticed this about a week ago.
     
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Fatherhood.gov keeps a public database of
Dad Jokes.
I am completely fine, happy even, with my tax dollars going to this.
     
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Finally retired the 10yo iPad Mini I use as car infotainment.

     
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scroll wheel
Apple trackpads are honestly a minor pleasure. Past the pleasant feeling surface and eerily convincing haptics, two-finger scrolling kicks the everloving shit out of scroll wheels.
     
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I seriously love my Magic Trackpad for everyday work. I’ve never been able to quite get the hang of using it in Illustrator or Photoshop, though.
     
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The trackpad on my work computer and even my MBA's trackpad in Boot Camp really make me appreciate OS X. Actually something about an iDevice's scrolling and inertia just feels right, I've never used an Android device that got it right.
     
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Originally Posted by Thorzdad View Post
I seriously love my Magic Trackpad for everyday work. I’ve never been able to quite get the hang of using it in Illustrator or Photoshop, though.
Yeah. Its big flaw is detail work.
     
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To be fair, detail work is the achilles heel of darned near every trackpad. At least every trackpad I’ve ever used, anyway.
     
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How is it that Wacom trackpads can manage fine detail but Apple can’t? Serious question. Is it the stylus, the sensors, their software? Or is it about longevity? Asking because I’ve always wondered about using a trackpad or digitizing tablet for playing with graphics (I use GIMP, which supports just about everything).

My minor pleasure today was hot chocolate. This morning my wife and I helped take down our neighborhood’s Christmas lights in 30-34F temperatures. This afternoon, while at a local outdoor mall (for the Apple Store) it was 42F, but there was a pretty hefty overcast and a north wind that promised tomorrow’s forecast rain was really on the way. So this afternoon I actually felt colder walking around the mall than taking down lights this morning.

There’s a Barnes and Noble book store at this mall, and their “B&N Cafe” made a mean cup of hot chocolate. Just right…. Ahhhhh.

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I’ve never used a stylus with a trackpad, which is usually too small for stylus use. My Magic Trackpad is certainly too small, anyway. I think you’re talking about a tablet and stylus.
     
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In my neck of the woods, the go-to lab for getting blood-draws and any other labwork ordered by your doc done is Quest Diagnostics. I really have to give them a thumbs-up with how streamlined (a.k.a. automated) the whole process of ordering the labs, scheduling an appointment, and checking-in is. It's super-smooth, with very little friction throughout the process.

Bonus points: Their techs are genuinely good at what they do. I'm super needle-phobic (as in, I have been known to pass-out,), and every blood draw I've had done there (like just this morning) has been utterly anguish-free. Admittedly, some of that has to do how good/tiny the needles have become, but the whole process has always bee done before I know it's started.
     
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Yes, I was confusing trackpads and tablets.

Blood draws (and related tasks) are often done best by the people who do almost nothing but that. But you keep people that are good at that stuff by paying and treating them well.

Around here, I only see Quest picking up labs. A lot of people are sent to Concentra facilities for pre-employment labs, plus Concentra has other kinds of facilities like PT clinics. A friend who worked as a PT for Concentra said they were really good at treating professionals appropriately.

When I was in the hospital last July, a 20-ish enlisted technician showed an RN lieutenant how to start an IV on me. Well she tried. The lieutenant tried, but either nicked the vein or went right through… The tech then smoothly started one on a challenging spot: the thumb side of the wrist. There’s a decent sized vein there, but it’s challenging because the wrist bends right there. That IV was not the most comfortable one I’ve had, but it worked from the start.

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Jan 24, 2024, 10:15 AM
 
Pulled out my old Raspberry Pi and loaded up OctoPrint. Grabbed a cheap webcam from Target and now I have wi-fi 3D printing with full video monitoring and auto timelapse capabilities.



I'm trying to get OctoDash working on the 5" screen I have but I'm running into setup problems, which is more of a minor irritant.
     
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My A1C was 0.8.
     
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Better than mine!
     
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Yeah, oops. The 0.8 was my PSA. My A1C was 5.
     
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Still better than mine! I thought you might have meant 8
     
 
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