OWC has HomePods on sale for $229 right now. I’ve seen a few good deals in the past but units were always sold out by the time I heard about the sale. Not this time so I finally caved in and bought one. Merry Christmas to me. 🎄

HomePod sale

I believe having and setting reasonable expectations is a key to a happy and successful life. #mbnov

In two days our teenage daughter’s Halloween plan went from “I wanna stay home” to “I’m going trick or treating with my friends and then we’re having a party at our house”.

Parent life 🎃

We’re glad Halloween is here. We dislike the ‘holiday’ but its arrival means we can finally amp ourselves up for real holidays. 🎃

Pollen 📷

One of my great aggravations since updating to iPadOS is the Mail app. And amongst the annoyances is its insistence on showing the Mailboxes list on the left side in landscape mode. No matter how many times I close that list it reappears. Am I the only one? Is it a ‘feature’ now?

PlayStation Vue, Sony’s streaming TV service, is closing down in January. There had been rumors they were trying to sell that business but I’m not surprised they couldn’t. I think it is the first major casualty of the streaming TV wars. AT&T could be next.

The problem both political parties have been avoiding for over a decade. Bet your healthcare isn’t 2.3x better now.

The annual healthcare cost for American families is an average $23,000, up from about $10,000 in 2003

10 year old son burning junk food for science 🧪

Red? Or Blue?

N.B. Rain drops on our cars. I was struck by how similar they were, though of course different colors.

The elementary school and middle school I attended are total losses from the tornado. They’re not yet sure whether my high school is a total loss because they weren’t allowed to inspect the building yet. Odd feelings about the schools. 🌪

TFW a tornado warning goes off in the middle of the night and its a mad scramble to get everyone awake and into the safe room. 🌪

We’re fine. But an earlier tornado south of us collapsed several buildings and destroyed homes. I can’t tell for sure but it looks widespread.

It’s a chill night for me: watching a DJ set from Vancouver on Twitch. 🎶

I find I’m using Catalina’s Sidecar feature a lot more than I thought I would. It’s so smooth and painless I’m willing to connect my iPad at the drop of a hat.

The bad news: our microwave just died

The good news: it is still in warranty

Other bad news: 10 days to get a service tech out. Our kids are 😭

I didn’t feel well the past 2 days and I ended up opening the Twitch app to kill some time. It reminds me of the Internet a couple decades ago before it became all corporate and content-ified. Full of people doing all kinds of things, some good, some bad, and some WTH is that.

The macOS Catalina update was painless on my MBP so I decided to update our iMac today. We purged ourselves of Adobe apps late last year and I already jumped the hoops to get Steam to 64 bit so I’m not expecting issues. But it will be a slow update given a Fusion drive.

After having no fall weather and the warmest and driest September on record, our temperature has been cut in half going from over 90F yesterday afternoon to 45F this morning. Also rain is added to the mix this morning. And all the hoodie fans rejoice!

This has been one of those days where it is hard to see any good news

In less happy news today, my AirPods v1 basically died (got v2s).

My health insurance open enrollment showed a cost increase by 22%. I think I had a heartache. Only good news is after calling in this is almost certainly a mistake so the case was escalated. Waiting hopefully.

Upgraded my MBP to Catalina this morning and it was a flawless experience. Downloaded quickly and installed in the normal time frame. So far everything seems to be working fine, including Sidecar (which I think I’m going to love).

I had already dealt with 32 bit apps. 💻

A launch, framed. 🎈 📷 🌳

A half dozen hot air balloons launched while I was exercising this morning. The past month has been hot and humid with still air. Virtually every day when I take my son to school we see at least one floating by.

Hmm, could there be a glimmer of hope in this?

Romney blasts Trump over ‘wrong and appalling’ call for China to probe Bidens

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Sony finally opened up the PS4 for cross-play.

🔗 It’s about time 🎮