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August 7

Over the years...

 

Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his dilapidated boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal – a discovery that will change the future of medicine.

Watched on Trakt

 

As the hotel reopens, the Baeumler family moves "back of house" to keep their personal lives and remodeling projects behind the scenes. Then, the ongoing solar panel installation and outdoor dining area construction disturbs the resort's first guests.

Watched on Trakt

 

The Baeumlers balance construction on the villas and the watersports hut with creating an exceptional hotel guest experience. Then, giving up control proves to be an unexpected challenge for Sarah.

Watched on Trakt

 

Bryan and Sarah face the reality of running a fully functioning resort with only limited guests permitted on site during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, they continue their work on the property's boutique, the oceanfront deck and the new access road.

Watched on Trakt

 

Listened to SEC CIVIL WAR, POD PEOPLE EDITION

HOTTY PODDY, Y’ALL. We revisit a beloved classic Fullcast format, and game out what might happen if (when) the newly expanded SEC goes to war … with itself. Jason is our Dan Carlin Dungeonmaster, as always.Naturally, this all leads to a number of gumbo arguments.Featuring a surprise Split Zone Duo guest! Don’t worry, it’s not Godfrey.The whole gang agrees on something for the first time in show history.We have had another online commerce incident. Still not Ryan’s fault!!NEW BUSINESS IDEA: Wingstop + Zales??? See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

By Shutdown Fullcast

 

New romances hit roadblocks as Melissa meets someone unexpected and Emma reveals a secret. Mildred seizes a chance to increase her power.

Watched on Trakt

 

Amid hurricane season and ever-changing travel restrictions, Bryan and Sarah must figure out how to successfully re-open their hotel during a global pandemic. Meanwhile, the Baeumlers hit the wall while updating backsplashes and wallpaper in guest areas.

Watched on Trakt

 

Listened to Dear Internet Episode 31 – The Shrek Betrayal

Dear Internet, Quarantine time continues with another installment of Dear Internet. On this weeks show, we go all in on love sounds, the current obsession with Shrek, and cutting your SO off from half of their property with mystery. Stay gold, XOXO We are a new show, and would greatly appreciate if you could leave us a 5-star review on your podcast app of choice! If you want more Dear Internet, please consider supporting us on patreon through Dear Internet. Sincerely, The coHosts- Nick Bristow, Jennifer Cheek, Michael DiMauro, and Tim Lanning! Apple Podcast, Spotify, RSS – follow us on Twitter!

By Dear Internet

 

Listened to 309: Ancient Mac Archaeologist

This week we cover Apple’s newest iMacs, Phil Schiller’s job transition, some formerly secret Apple emails, and Apple’s surprisingly strong financial results. Also, Jason launches his new “20 Macs for 2020” project.

By Upgrade

 

The summer reality hit BIG BROTHER will debut its 22nd season with an All-Star cast who have one thing in common - they all have something to prove. The two-hour live move-in premiere event.

Watched on Trakt

 
 
 
 
 

Listened to Ranking the ACC by ACC Coastal-ness

The 2020 ACC Coastal preview has arrived as normal. Why wouldn’t it? - Our 2020 preview series incorporates the B.E.L.K. method - “Moon Snakes” - “Space Sandwich” - “Nap House” - Buy the Sinful Seven, a book you’ll like by five people who did a good job making it - All conference divisions are foolhardy - How ACC Coastal is Notre Dame? - Time to stress-test Homefield Apparel dot com’s order-processing capability

By Shutdown Fullcast

 
 
 
 

Listened to Upgrade 257: The Amount of Money Available on the Planet

Money is in the air! Apple’s making more of it on wearables and services and less on the iPhone, and its credit card is starting to roll out. We also have some follow up on Siri surveillance and Catalina security, and make a very long-term bet.

By Upgrade

 

Played Sonic Mania

Played on the Nintendo Switch.

Played for 30 minutes.

 
 
 
 

It was finally time to upgrade my Synology NAS, a four bay DS415+. I just ordered a five bay DS1019+, which is faster, more expandable, and has hardware acceleration for h.264 and HEVC. Anyone want to buy my old unit? It’s great, I have just outgrown it!

 

Samsung beating Apple to market with an overpriced, easily breakable, questionably designed foldable phone isn’t worth celebrating. Beating Apple to market on an inexpensive, LTE-enabled, 23-hour battery life, ARM-powered laptop? That’s a different story.

 
 
 

That said, there has never been a better time to join the and Micro.blog has made it easier than ever before. I can’t recommend it enough.

 

Seeing a lot of my Twitter connections considering abandoning the platform. I’m getting close to that myself. It’s becoming abundantly clear that Twitter’s values don’t align with mine.

 

I’ve suddenly got the urge to build a retro-gaming handheld. The only kit I’ve found that comes close to what I want is the Freeplay CM3, but it has no analog sticks. Hmm... what to do?

 

This is my new favorite thought experiment.

https://twitter.com/dberkholz/status/1027033539987038208

 
 
 

Checked into brio coastal kitchen and bar

brio coastal kitchen and bar

Dinner with my little boy.

 
 
 
 

Checked into DreamHost West

DreamHost West

All day meetings with partners from Australia today and tomorrow.

 
 
 

What’s Next for Progressives? - The New York Times

Krugman does a good job reminding progressives that politically viable solutions are better than idealogically perfect ones, especially when it comes to large, polarizing issues like healthcare:

... some progressives — by and large people who supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries — are already trying to revive one of his signature proposals: expanding Medicare to cover everyone. Some even want to make support for single-payer a litmus test for Democratic candidates.

So it’s time for a little pushback. A commitment to universal health coverage — bringing in the people currently falling through Obamacare’s cracks — should definitely be a litmus test. But single-payer, while it has many virtues, isn’t the only way to get there; it would be much harder politically than its advocates acknowledge; and there are more important priorities.

The key point to understand about universal coverage is that we know a lot about what it takes, because every other wealthy country has it. How do they do it? Actually, lots of different ways.

Look at the latest report by the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund, comparing health care performance among advanced nations. America is at the bottom; the top three performers are Britain, Australia, and the Netherlands. And the thing is, these three leaders have very different systems.

Krugman then goes on to point out that the Dutch system works quite well, and is quite similar to the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that improving the A.C.A. is the best path forward. I tend to agree, and hope that my Bernie-supporting friends won't be lured by the temptation of idealogical purity, and will instead embrace the rational, steady progress that comes with compromise and pragmatism. After all, its what made the Obama administration work!

I have nothing against single-payer; it’s what I’d support if we were starting fresh. But we aren’t: Getting there from here would be very hard, and might not accomplish much more than a more modest, incremental approach. Even idealists need to set priorities....

Well said. Well said, indeed.

 
 
 

@admiyoung not everyone has the privilege of just ignoring 45 and just saying "we'll be fine, eventually."

 

Feeling proud

Feeling proud

Colette and I played a game where you write or draw as many things in a category as you can in one minute. The category was "superheroes," and she drew three. Wonder Woman, Batman, and... Daddy!

 

Jirafs: Manage your JIRA tickets from the file system

For all of you developers out there that can't stand the JIRA UI, this tool will let you manage your tickets from the command line using your favorite text editor.

 

Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker | Williams-Sonoma

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An automatically brewed pot of perfect pour over coffee from an insanely beautiful machine? I know what's going on my new kitchen counter.

 

Tufte CSS

Nice, open source set of CSS and assets to craft Edward Tufte style content for the web.

 

The Economist on the Republican debate

Excellent post by The Economost on the first major Republican debate of the cycle. It points out the surprising amount of actual journalism on display by Fox News, who typically avoids such things.

My favorite bit was the summary of Donald Trump's performance:

Mr Trump has dominated the race in recent weeks by telling disaffected, angry voters that America could be magically stronger if only someone as smart and tough as Mr Trump sat in the Oval Office. But tonight he was exposed as an unelectable boor and narcissist. His poll numbers in coming days will reveal much about his backers to date.

Updated polls aren't out yet, but I'm willing to bet that the same narcissism, blustering, and shock value that makes Trump unelectable are what his current supporters – the most base of the Republican base – find appealing.

Time will tell.

 

Mid-year performance reviews! That time of year where you have to remember a six month period all at once. Joy!