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A Hard Day

Received news that a friend has been diagnosed with (very treatable!) cancer. It’s brought back a wave of pretty negative emotions as I recall the diagnoses that were given to my step-sister and step-mother alike, both of whom passed away due to their illnesses.

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Watching someone switch from Android and to iOS for the first time is a really interesting experience. The ease of wirelessly transferring data between operating systems (and devices!) and automatic installation/configuration of apps like they’re set up on their iPad is pretty magical. The near-automatic warning that they’re out of iCloud space and thus need to pony up a monthly payment to Apple is the only jarring part of the experience so far; Apple really needs to increase the default amount of storage provided to at least 10GB or so.

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Migration: Accomplished

Since the summer I’ve managed to port over, and re-categorize, over a thousand posts from a previous personal blogging website (Quirks in Tech) that I hosted with Tumblr. While there’s still some stuff to do — fixing up the tagging structure as an example — I’m glad that the most laborious activity has come to an end!

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It’s absurd that I have to carry expenses for multiple months before universities will reimburse me for expenses incurred speaking at their events. It shouldn’t take 160+ days to reimburse speakers who put aside multiple hours to prepare presentations, travel to location, present, etc.

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I’m certain that it’ll eventually drive me mad, but at the moment I’m enjoying the holiday music that’s playing in the coffee shops I work out of. Bring on Christmas and the holidays!

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I’m Not Linking to the Clickbait

The title of an article The Verge put up today — “My $2,000 iPhone X” — is the worst kind of clickbait. The article’s title is misleading (the phone was about $1500) and doesn’t actually inform the reader of the topic (the author bought extra stuff). It’s stuff like this that best exemplifies the bait and switch problems with online writing.

And no: I’m not linking to the clickbait.

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One of the long(er) term goals of this site is to host my personal thoughts. But it’s meant consolidating stuff from medium-personal (as opposed to journal-like) sites. Today marked when I migrated + published more than 600 items. Only multiple hundred left!