I opened my WordPress app to dash off a comment that probably was better left unsent. Guess what appeared to me – an invitation to use WordPress’s God-fucking-awful block editor, Gutenberg. And it let me know they conveniently enabled it for me by default to be the default. Fuck!

This just in — Gutenberg is hot, hot garbage. It followed a boom in sites like Medium, sites that have since fallen on hard times and changed their business model two or three times since. Writers didn’t care enough about the block editor to stay with Medium. Block editing was all the rage, and the rage has passed.

Worse is WordPress injecting their garbage editor into my WordPress experience EVEN THOUGH I HAVE AN ADD-ON THAT EXPLICITLY INDICATES I DON’T WANT THIS!

Automattic and WordPress can fuck the hell off and go fuck themselves in the process. I literally decided three hours ago to stay with WordPress for my site and they pull this jack-wagon nonsense.

FUCK YOU, WORDPRESS!!!

BTW, I’m also displeased with DreamHost, my hosting provider, for letting Automattic and WordPress pull this bullshit on their customers. They, too, can go fuck themselves,

/me backs up site to move elsewhere

I cannot believe I am typing these words:

I will watch the VP debate.

There are two key reasons why I will watch this one and actively avoided the Presidential debate:

⒈ Both Trump and Biden are old; Pence or Harris might end up being president in the next 4 years, and

⒉ This one will presumably have two adults debating instead of a mental toddler throwing a tantrum and Biden.

Maybe I’m setting myself up for disappointment. Maybe there will not be a TV event with an occasional tidbit of useful insight.

Good times!

p.s. – also testing my Mastodon posting

Events in the News, be they Coronavirus or Black Lives Matter or unidentified federal agents running amok in Portland or … well, you get the idea … they overwhelm me. Little is within my control, and thus I choose to refocus my attention and energy to what is. Today’s Daily Stoic entry sums it up for me nicely:

“It can be so easy to get distracted by, even consumed by, horrible news from all over the world. The proper response of the Stoic to these events is not to not care, but mindless, meaningless sympathy does very little either (and comes at the cost of one’s own serenity, in most cases). If there is something you can actually do to help these suffering people, then, yes, the disturbing news (and your reaction to it) has relevance to your reasoned choice.”

Excerpt From: Ryan Holiday. “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living.” [Emphasis is mine.]

The “mindless, meaningless sympathy” section can be a post all on its own, one that I’ve been drafting in my head for years. Until that post comes to this site, keep in mind the conclusion to Holiday’s entry:

“If emoting is the end of your participation, then you ought to get back to your own individual duty—to yourself, to your family, to your country.”

Those three right there are more than enough to fill one’s day and consume one’s energy and focus.

Sushi tacos:

“Sushi tacos” sounds like something you’d only find far, far away from Japan. It’s the sort of thing you expect to find at a strange, independent fusion cafe run by a guy who’s never had the opportunity to eat authentic Japanese food, or that your semi-Japanophile college buddy would press together out of two half-eaten sets of leftovers since his palate isn’t fully adapted to Japanese flavors yet.

But as it turns out, you can get sushi tacos in Japan right now, and at one of the country’s largest kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) chains, Sushiro.

My first skeptical reaction was “how can a warm dish like tacos meet a cold dish like sushi?”

My first reaction was spot on: they don’t.

It’s a hard taco, with a crunchy tortilla shell, and inside you’ll find ground beef and pork, shredded lettuce, sliced onion, cheese, and vinegared sushi rice.

No sushi to be found other than it is delivered in a sushi restaurant.

I have eaten ceviche, fresh seafood pickled or “cooked” in citrus juice, presented in a tortilla like a taco. That is as close as I’d care to come to a sushi-taco fusion dish.

Recently a lot of Apple-ish writers spent their e-ink reserves reviewing the new iPad Pro Magic Keyboard. The reviews vary from Very Good to Glowing. I’m going the other direction. I’m getting rid of my iPad Pro.

I had a clear use case when I got the iPad Pro 12.9″ S2 (2017?) in Japan a few or more years ago. The 2015 MacBook Air issued by work was underpowered with a low resolution screen. I asked for a MacBook Pro 13″ but was denied (a topic for another post). I realized that I could do almost everything I needed on the iPad. What bits I could not work on with the iPad rarely had any urgency, so those bits waited for the MBA. I registered my BYOD iPad Pro in the corporate MDM.

Part of my use case was the Japanese work day: I would travel by train into the office or a client site, I would move around to other sites and coffee shops, and I would go home by train. Sometimes, a drinking party after work popped up. All of these were easy places to lose a laptop, which would be a thing. The iPad? Remotely wipe-able and less easily hackable.

The iPad Pro pencil was kind of nice. I could pair a Bluetooth keyboard for heavier work. I bought the keyboard folio which I then rarely used because it was so bad for my typing experience. Pairing a Magic Keyboard was far more useful, or even the old Logitech K810 was better for me than the Apple product. I sold the iPad Pro keyboard folio for the same price I purchased it.

Personally the iPad was good for consuming occasional media, though the case I bought – a generic hard case with a folio-type lid – lacked the rigidity I had come to expect from the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (which I sold to pay for the iPad). The result was that the iPad would sometimes smack me in the face after I fell asleep with it propped up on my chest. The F… fine thing split my lip more than once. I’m still surprised I didn’t fling the thing off my 37th story balcony out of frustration.

Regardless, and made better by my not having made it an illegal flying disk from my balcony, by the time I left Japan I recouped my sunk investment in the iPad Pro. It delivered enough utility over the two-ish years, personally and professionally, that it was a good investment.

When I returned to the US my workflow changed. The new work-issued MBA, an underpowered 2019 model, had a better display if lousy keyboard (and a US keyboard at that – I vastly prefer the Japanese keyboard, but that’s another post). The customers I supported didn’t allow extra devices in their sites. My work issued iPhone XS Max was the one mobile (read: non-laptop) device allowed. When I was out and about on my own time I detested pulling out the iPad because of its size.

I commented on this site about a year ago that I should have bought an iPhone SE instead of the iPhone XS Max and an iPad Mini instead of the iPad Pro. I don’t have an SE, but I bought myself a 5th generation iPad Mini for my birthday. It is almost the perfect device for me. There was rarely an instance where the iPad Pro was a better choice for me than the Mini. It had become a sometimes third monitor for my work MBA. I do wish the iPad Mini had more storage.

Now it is repurposed as a general purpose machine for my sister’s family while they remote school their kids and telecommute for work.

To be clear, I think the iPad Pro is one of the best pieces of technology available today. The hardware is the best an average person (with the appropriate budget) can get. The OS is the weak link with the cost of the accessories the second biggest drag on the platform.

The new iPad Pro Magic Keyboard is not for me, just like the iPad Pro is not for me. My needs will change, and maybe these tools will become useful to me again. Your mileage may vary.

For those considering an iPad Pro, I suggest saving money by going with a 10.2 model (or Air or Mini) with a regular Magic Keyboard and a Magic Trackpad. The whole thing will cost less, weigh less, be more portable, and offer more flexibility. YMMV.