October, 2014

  1. Family and Friends Cancer Update Emails

    I’ve published a set of email updates I’ve been sending to my family and friends to keep them up to date on my progress since my diagnosis back in January 2013. The best way to view these is probably via this thread which presents them in a chronological timeline. I decided to publish these in…

  2. On Medical Leave

    About a month ago I made the decision to take a medical leave of absence from Crowd Favorite. My goal is for this to be a relatively brief hiatus. I love our team and can’t wait to get back to doing cool things with them. In the interim, I’ll be focusing on my health (more…

  3. To: Family & Friends

    Date: October 27, 2014

    Subject: Back pain returned and now receding

    3 weeks ago things were going so well with my back pain that I was backing off my meds and thinking about how best to up my physical activity. Last week I got hit by the proverbial truck. Thankfully, I’m already making progress managing coming out the other side. My current cancer treatment (Regorafenib) has…


  4. BBEdit 11.0 Release Notes →

    Two big things that are now off my wishlist:

    There is a new control in the status bar at the bottom of text views; it displays the current magnification of the view and allows you to change it. The control can be hidden (or shown) using the “Text Magnification” option in the Appearance preferences.

    This means I no longer need to use another editor when presenting on a projector, etc. I also like larger views for writing prose, so I’ll probably use BBEdit more for that now as well.

    There is now an adjustable split between the Currently Open Documents list and the Project list.

    Now I can go back to using BBEdit as I did so lovingly pre-version 10 (when the open document list was in a drawer)! I submitted a ticket requesting that this pane be made resizable in 2011. 🙂

  5. When you eat a PB&J sandwich do you hold it with the peanut butter on the bottom* or the jelly on the bottom?

    * Correct answer

  6. Photos from Maine

    I took a few photos in Maine during our extended weekend stay post-Monktoberfest. We stayed at an awesome 1800’s farmhouse that had been nicely renovated; had a fantastic house concert from Liz Longley, and visited Fort Popham.

  7. A few hours dinking with my 2013 Moto X shows me that it is the overall case size (not the 4.7″ screen) that I struggle with on my iPhone 6.

  8. WordPress vs. a Roll-Your-Own Blog Engine

    Inspired by Brent’s consideration of an off-the-shelf blog engine, Santiago Valdarrama has written a post outlining the problems he has with off-the-shelf blog engines. What was so interesting to me about this was that a self-hosted WordPress site addresses nearly every one of his concerns. 1) You don’t have to deal with updates to the…

  9. To: Family & Friends

    Date: October 13, 2014

    Subject: Not much to report

    Hi Everyone, There isn’t *too* much to report since my last email, but it’s generally good news. I’ve made consistent progress in rebounding from the debilitating back pain I was experiencing. I’m still down about 15 pounds (and struggling to put that back on), but my back pain is largely gone. I’ve got to credit…


  10. Casual iPhone Earbuds (w/ Mic)

    The ear buds that Apple provides with the iPhone have always fallen out of my ears. I embarked on a journey of discovery recently and tested out a set of Panasonics and a set of Samsungs. Both work well and are under $15. I’m littering them in strategic places around the house and in my…