My Mac is awesome, so why worry?

Nearly everything about my Mac experience is wonderful. macOS is, in my experience, far superior to the alternatives for my needs. My new iMac is big, beautiful, and a joy to both look at and use. My 2016 MacBook Pro is solid, svelte, gorgeous, and tight. I've never used a…

Coping with the mechanism

I am fully aware that putting together the copingmechanism.com blog is probably a mistake. I couldn't help myself. But what is it? I feel like it has to be more than just another tool I use to post the usual stuff. That's what baty.blog and micro.blog are…

A few favorite objects

I noticed that a few of my favorite objects had arranged themselves on a corner of my desk. Clockwise from left: General Electric alarm clock. I had a clock just like this on my desk when in high school, maybe earlier, and have used it ever since. It finally died…

Essays of E.B. White

Reading Essays of E.B.White is a pleasure that never dwindles. Reading his essays makes me want to write essays. They make me want to move to the country and enjoy a quiet, purposeful life. I want to wake up early, drift down to the kitchen in my old…

FiiO M9 Portable High-Resolution Audio Player

I'm old, and thus prefer my music to be either pressed onto vinyl or carefully filed into folders on hard drives. Ever since I started using Roon for managing and playing music, I've been more aware of the advantages of using higher-res, lossless files. I'm no audiophile, but I do…

Installing Windows 10, just for "fun"

I thought it would be fun to install Windows 10 on my old ThinkPad Carbon X1. I was wrong. I had Manjaro i3 on the ThinkPad and was getting weary of having to look up everything I wanted to do. The nerdiness of it was fun, but I found it…

Text File Fatigue

I originally wrote the following in 2015 (on a blog I seem to have misplaced). Text File FatigueI've spent years using Vim, and more recently Emacs/Spacemacs. When I go plain text, I go all text. This makes me feel great for a while. It's portable! It's future-proof! It's flexible!…

Dynamic and Startling Interactive Media (circa 1996)

I finally found a copy of our first fusionary.com website from 1996. It looked like this: Fusionary.com v1, 1996 I love that we called it "The Atomic Age Page: Dynamic and Startling Interactive Media". And I really love the original artwork (by Brad Yarhouse). I'd been unable to…

Sending an Emacs buffer to Day One

I have mostly given up trying to keep my digital journal in anything other than org-journal. I do also use Day One as a photo log, and sometimes I consider moving my daily journals back there, but it doesn't happen. In order to hedge my bets, I'm sending each day's…

Seeking the productive life - Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram: Often I’ll do a meeting where I have lots of people in case we need to get their input. But for most of the meeting I don’t need all of them to be paying attention (and I’m happy if they’re getting other work done)…