One of my favorite forms of research when reading fiction is to look at character names, in particular the etymology, and various forms of the name through history. That can lead you to the well of information your author drew from.


The main disadvantage to reading a book while connected to the internet is that is that you run into discussions of the book you’re reading. Just a few words can spoil plot points. This is why we can’t have nice things.


Is there any greater privilege than sitting down with a good book and an iPad for quick reference to a map or to recorded history or even botany?


Is there a way to rip 5.1 audio from a DVD to import into iTunes libraries? I found a tool that will rip to WAV files, which Plex handles well. I can rip the stereo audio to Apple Lossless, which of course is perfectly lovely. But if I could preserve the Dolby aspects, that would be cool, too.


Candidate description for what I do: I solve word problems

Yes, I work in technology. No, I will not fix your computer.


And yet, the tiny targets for performing critical app functions prevent me from using app features I want.


I’d never do this, but if I had a stream of all of the accodental screenshots I have taken on iOS, I could publish a lot of content for a long time. I’m getting tired of everything waking my phone and every surface and action activating something.


“Silent H” was a category on Jeopardy, today. I feel seen.


Had lunch with an old friend today. He is shipping overseas soon and for a long while. I was not prepared for how much it would hurt, for how sad I would feel. Making plans to celebrate his return.


I found a book with witches and vampires and alchemy, set in Oxford. So, naturally, I’m up too late