George Black


April 5, 2020

I’m up late, and I’m making scrambled eggs because that’s what I have left in the fridge.

Here’s a foggy sunset in my neighborhood; this was on my way to the grocery store a few days back. I’ll need to go back in the morning.

Walk to grocery store

It’s not as apocalyptic as it looks of course – just apt timing for the photo. The following afternoon was sunny, with plenty of folk playing/walking/running in the park (with a safe distance between them).

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The Paradox of Preparation →

March 18, 2020

The thing is if shutdowns and social distancing work perfectly and are extremely effective it will seem in retrospect like they were totally unnecessary overreactions.

Lake Michigan This Evening

March 3, 2020

Lake Michigan evening

Just a nice photo of Lake Michigan this evening. Nothing special – hope you enjoy.

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The Wall of Technical Debt →

February 8, 2020

Tech debt is usually hidden to everyone but the engineers themselves. Making it visible with a physical “wall” is a brilliant idea.

Lyft Conversations: John McAfee

February 1, 2020

My Lyft driver, a few weeks ago, paraphrased:

“In order for society to work, people have to act a certain way. There’s a norm, there’s behavior we consider normal, you know? There are expectations.

“You are young, so I expect something different from you than someone who is older. But you are educated, yes? Then I expect you to speak as an educated person in society.

“Someone who is older, well, we expect wisdom from them.

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Verdict with Ted Cruz →

January 30, 2020

I found myself unexpectedly interested in the legality of milk on the Senate floor, gossip in the cloakroom, and most surprisingly, the impeachment trial itself.

Whether or not you like Cruz – the podcast is refreshingly unfiltered and free from “headline noise”. It’s concise and well-explained for the majority of Americans (myself included) that have tuned out – all without condescension.

I appreciate that.

Apparently, something is resonating. It’s the number one podcast in the U.S., and has been for almost a week.

I would love more shows of this format in the future – not just from Republicans, and not just on matters of impeachment, either.

How We Are Going to the Moon →

December 31, 2019

A whole new generation (myself included) will experience a moon landing for the first time – I couldn’t be more giddy about this!


It also includes a dedicated lunar station in orbit around the Moon, called Gateway. … Gateway is the ideal hub between Earth and all that lies beyond.

We’re not only going back, we’re staying.

More info on Artemis can be found here.

Stab a Book, the Book Won't Die →

November 20, 2019

If habits define identity, then given the amount of time so many of us devote to reloading Twitter, opening Netflix, checking reddit, et cetera, are most of our identities that of media addict?

A Small Handful of Mac Apps

July 5, 2019

I freaking love macOS. I joined the club when cat names were cool. My first Mac was a Mac mini rocking Mountain Lion.

Apple’s WWDC19 revealed a glimpse into the future of building software for macOS. No longer will it be siloed with its own UI framework. Instead, apps can be composed with UIKit and SwiftUI, neither of which is Mac-only.

As someone that loves a good native Mac app, the future of the platform looks bright.

Before Apple opens the floodgates with the release of Catalina, I wanted to share my list of beloved Mac apps that are here and now.

macOS app icons

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Push Your Shoes Down the Stairs

November 10, 2015

Abstract cave

I was sitting in a large open stairwell, with gaps beneath each stair that led to the lobby area below. I work as a leader at a children’s summer camp, and right now we’re in what we call “small group time”. I’m sitting in this stairwell with several other kids (think 8 to 11 years old) discussing what we learned today.

Clearly bored with the discussion, one kid decides to push objects through the opening in the stairs, sending them plummeting into the lobby below.

The first object he chooses is his own shoe.

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