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The 1905 Collection at Jos. A. Bank is excellent.

My barber spent more time talking to me about my weight loss at my haircut than my doctor did at my physical.

Amazon returns at Kohl’s makes me mad at Amazon AND Kohl’s.

My son’s pumpkin had an Easter egg on the back this year: an angry robot that he designed.

Robot carved into a lighted pumpkin

Wipr FAQ

Recent versions of Safari have Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which is a cool but relatively conservative way to limit tracking. Wipr is ruthless.

This dev knows how to FAQ.

Next in Google’s Quest for Consumer Dominance—Banking - WSJ

The company will have to convince a public that is increasingly wary of how tech companies are using personal data that it can be trusted with people’s finances.

Spoiler alert: they can’t.

Book Review: No-Drama Discipline 📚

I really enjoyed reading The Whole Brain Child last year by these authors. In many ways, I treat parenting books as a la carte. I take the bits that I think are useful, and leave the rest. The same is true for this book.

Honestly, I got some really good insights. But overall, I think The Whole Brain Child was a more useful book. It may be simply be the ages of my kids, but I felt like I was eating my vegetables reading this book.

I’m going to keep reading parenting books, I’m just ready for something else. The psychoanalysis has its place, but should always be considering in context.

Would I recommend: NO

ISBN: 978-0345548061

The Ordinary People Who Brought Down the Berlin Wall - WSJ

He gathered his men and said, in effect, that either they were going to start shooting or they were going to open up. In a moment that changed history, Jäger decided to open up

Blood Draw

Son had some blood drawn.

Quiet, pale, flush, then sick. Yikes!

He got over it.

Finished reading: No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel, MD and Tina Payne Bryson, PhD 📚

Biggest U.S. Milk Company Dean Foods Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - WSJ

consumers’ decadeslong move away from traditional cow’s milk, as beverage sales shift toward bottled water, fruit juices and milk alternatives made from soy and oats.

Not me!

Nice to be in the library. 📚

The Transition book on a library shelf

It’s the middle of November and I’m still waiting on HomeKit Secure Video and HomeKit routers.

Bug in Facebook App Accesses the Camera in the Background - MacRumors

Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen this morning said that it “sounds like a bug” and that Facebook is looking into it, but Facebook has not officially commented on the issue.

Bug or feature?

It took FedEx SmartPost six days to move a package 200 miles. It passed within five miles of my house on its first night in transit.

What a joke.

I spent quite a bit of time on my retreat this weekend thinking about the best way to use my devices. I’m currently going through and reorganizing my iPhone and iPad.

Lazy Journalism

I can’t stand lazy journalism, especially when it fails to provide consumers even the least bit of context. As a pilot, I notice this laziness frequently in aviation reporting.

CBS News ran a segment about “dozens” of 737NGs being pulled from service “worldwide” due to cracks in their pickle forks. This critical component was designed to never need to be replaced, so these cracks are of concern.

Later in the segment, the banner said that “up to 50” 737NGs were pulled from service. CBSN cited Southwest Airlines and Qantas as each pulling three airplanes from service. They failed to mention that the SWA fleet is over 800 and Qantas operates 71 737NGs.

It takes almost a full a minute into the two-minute segment before the reporter briefly notes that there are over 6,800 737NGs in service worldwide.

.0076% of Boeing 737NGs in service were found to have cracked pickle forks as of the publication of the piece.

CBSN’s sensationalism is a disservice to us all.

How to Have a Recovery Day With the Apple Watch – Shawn Blanc

Play, Mind & Body, Flexibility, Climbing, Indoor Cycle, Core Training, and Strength Training

Wow! I need to investigate these “other” workouts.

Indoor climate control is a wonderful thing.

Veterans Day

Scourge of global war,

A day to thank those who fought,

For a noble peace.

Google’s Secret ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans - WSJ

Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients

I can’t believe this news.


It’s troubling that many merchants and employers no longer follow the Federal Government in closing on Veterans Day. It’s true that many Americans fail to observe the day in any meaningful way, but the significance of the memorial cannot be understated.

Our global community has suffered through two World Wars in the past century. While our approach to those wars may be academic, war is anything but. The gruesome nature of the fighting, particularly the First World War, whose ending we commemorate today, exacts a huge toll on all involved.

Today, I pause to remember the countless men and women who gave of themselves for the cause of freedom. Everything that I have today, the peace and security that my family enjoys, is thanks to their selfless sacrifice.

Apple Arcade is not for me.

Return to Home

A nice, restful break.

Recharged, now ready to serve.

Hello, family!

Retreat Experience

This past weekend, I went on a retreat at a local retreat center. It was my first private retreat in twelve years.

I left all of my devices at home. I didn’t read a book, I just existed. I dove into my thoughts, walked the retreat center’s grounds, and relaxed. It was a deeply peaceful experience.

Taking time away from commitments, responsibilities, and even communication was cathartic. I can’t wait to make my next one.