Watching: One Great Thing to Watch

Watching: Five Great Things to Watch:

A scene from “Gravity Falls.”Disney
‘Gravity Falls’
Crossing the leisure-time sibling dynamic of “Phineas and Ferb” with a much smarter version of the comic mysteries of “Scooby Doo,” this lively and sweet animated series is about Dipper and Mabel Pines, 12-year-old twins who are shipped away to the middle of Oregon to live with their crazy “Grunkle” Stan. Stan runs a beaten-down tourist trap called the “Mystery Shack,” which becomes the nexus of supernatural happenings. Voiced by Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal, the twins have a winning banter that’s underscored by real affection.

I cannot recommend Gravity Falls enough. If you have access to this show, watch it.

Library Patronage

I renewed my Chattanooga Public Library card. It cost me $50 because I no longer live in the city. My town, for reasons perhaps lost to time, doesn’t participate in the greater Chattanooga library system.

The town library does some things: readings for kids; events, or did in the before times; sells used books; and … hmmm … not much else.

I wonder about the rationale to keep the local library independent of the city system.

Anyway, if you are not part of your local library system or a nearby larger one, consider doing so. Libraries are wonderful resources. Support them.

Very Bad Ideas: InHome Edition

Walmart to expand InHome Delivery to Chattanooga households:

InHome is designed to give time back to customers by delivering fresh groceries, everyday essentials and more directly into their homes, including placing items straight into their kitchen or garage refrigerator.

This. Is. A. Very. Bad. Idea.

Unless you have a very specific use case, such as dealing with some chronic health issue that makes grocery shopping potentially dangerous and no home care options exist, do not sign up for this. There is no level of convenience “for busy families” that warrants allowing strangers access into your house. Even if you have video surveillance, letting these people – maybe W*mart employees or maybe contractors – cross your threshold is a significant risk.

Also, why is Channel 3 doing Walmart PR?

Scratch that GBBO Itch

If this isn’t available with English translation in the US I will collapse a soufflé:

Unless you for some reason hate wholesome television (or more likely cooking contest shows), you’ve probably been drawn in by the charms of the U.K.-based televised baking contest The Great British Bake Off. With lovable contestants, comedic hosts, exciting challenges, beautiful and tasty-looking pastries and cakes, and only the slightest bit of drama, it’s become an international sensation, more than just any old reality show.

Luckily for fans of the original Britain-based show who have already binged all of the episodes available online, there are lots of international spinoffs, including the most recent one that appeared on Amazon Prime Japan: Bake Off Japan.

(Via SoraNews24)

※ Are we living in the golden age of Emacs?

It’s my sense that the Emacs “ecosystem” is growing and innovating at a very healthy clip. The richness of ELPA, the frequency of new releases from the core developers, and the adoption of Emacs/Org in places like academia — all these are examples.

This appears to be happening in the world of professional coding too, despite very capable competitors like VS Code. Here’s a recent quote from Jon Sander’s blog, “The fact — as evidenced by Org-mode and Magit — is that Emacs is at the forefront of editor/IDE development.” 

Ponder that: “at the forefront.” 

I have no data on the actual number of Emacs users, or on the rate of production of new packages or counts of new lines of code, but it’s my anecdotal sense that Emacs is modernizing and thriving. Not least, its reach is extending beyond the English-speaking world. 

Is this the golden age of Emacs? Was it ever better than now?

(Via u/tdavey on Reddit)

I’m using Emacs more than ever. I’m at that stage where I resist making more than modest changes to my config as it is a daily driver for me – and I am not in a technical role any more.

What Exactly Are You Supposed to Do When a Hair Stylist Massages Your Head?

What Exactly Are You Supposed to Do When a Hair Stylist Massages Your Head?:

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is one thing you should avoid doing at all costs. “The one response that can get a little strange comes from the ‘groaners,’” Norris explains, adding that the “groaners” might be the most prevalent response after quiet, eyes-closed enjoyment. “It’s like they forget they’re in public, or that their stylist isn’t their partner,” she says. “I understand that a scalp massage can feel good, but I always prefer ‘that feels nice,’ to loudly moaning with pleasure.”

I shall endeavor but no promises.

For those interested in reducing your social media use, here’s an idea I’m trying to improve/regain my ability to focus:

  1. Open Instapaper (or other reader app of choice).

  2. Sort articles shortest-to-longest.

  3. Read. 

This could help.

(Via Patrick Rhone)