January, 2015

  1. Ultra-minimal iPhone 6 Case →

    I’ve never used a case for my iPhone(s) previously, but I picked up one of these a few weeks ago and I like it. I particularly like the way the plastic stops at the metal edge leaving the rounded glass edge fully exposed (so you get a nice smooth finger-on-rounded-glass feeling when using the back gesture). Granted this reduces protection, but I mainly wanted something to make the phone less slippery.

    I went with white for my space gray phone, it is pretty translucent and barely lightens the gray color. (thanks Dave)

  2. To: Family & Friends

    Date: January 23, 2015

    Subject: Continuing with Clinical Trial

    Hi Everyone, I’m pleased to report that the liver markers in my blood work have improved as hoped after the insertion of the stent and I’ve been able to get back on the clinical trial. I had an infusion on the 15th and another yesterday (the 22nd). Based on the last two weeks it looks…


  3. “It Just Works” →

    I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and a :scare: power user :/scare: since the late 90’s. I use very little of Apple’s software because I’m not their target audience. In many situations Apple’s software breaks when you push it hard enough; in particular the “it just works” part breaks in some way that cannot be fixed/addressed.

    Apple makes software for most of us, not all of us. TextEdit doesn’t try to be BBEdit and that’s OK. Where things break down is when Apple purports to solve a difficult problem and does so in a way that leaves aspects of it opaque and un-fixable by end users/developers. The initial iCloud/CoreData sync is a great example of this.

    I love Apple hardware. I love the OS. I love the apps that developers create for the platform. All software and all platforms have bugs and problems and I’m OK with that. I don’t think that Apple has any more problems than anyone else. However through 20+ years of experience I also have taught myself to discount and avoid certain Apple features because I have a hunch they will be problematic.

  4. To: Family & Friends

    Date: January 4, 2015

    Subject: Clinical trial delayed. :(

    Hi Everyone, After a long battle to get into the clinical trial, I finally got my first infusion on Dec 19th. The treatment cycle is a little different than originally planned. I will have an infusion once a week for 2 weeks, then take the 3rd week off. This is preferable to the twice-a-week infusion…


  5. 2014 in Review

    2014 was both a difficult and a wonderful year. The year began in the middle of a chemotherapy cycle but I was still able to work about an 80% schedule (which I maintained until the fall). I did a video interview with Troy Dean where I talk quite a bit about my work history and…