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Thank God for the Bob Appetit Test Kitchen on YouTube. Hours of entertainment.

 

No *you’re* crying during the Schitt’s Creek finale.

 

I’ve named my digital sign for notifying my family of my work status (Do Not Disturb, Quiet Please, and Available) the “Daddyboard.” Today, I also spent a little time integrating it with Hammerspoon, so I can switch statuses with keyboard shortcuts. Lua FTW!

 

Set up the tent in the back yard for some “glamping” with the kiddos tonight. We are watching a movie using the projector, and snuggling up. 🏕🎥

 

Hey, Siri... Don't Bother Daddy!

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In the new world, where many of us are working 100% from home, it can be really difficult to find quiet and focus. Distractions abound, especially if you have kids. As I mentioned yesterday, closed office doors don't seem to get the message across to my children, so I thought it would be great if I could have a digital sign on my offce door. Well, I made it happen.

I'm really happy with how it turned out! How did I do it? It was pretty simple, really. I had a really old Amazon Fire tablet that hasn't been used in years, as the kids have both transitioned over to iPads. So, I charged it up, installed a "full screen browser" app and a hack that lets you keep the screen awake perpetually. Then, I wrote a quick web service to track state, and hooked it into HomeKit and Siri using Homebridge and this excellent plugin.

Tada! Now I can toggle the state of the sign using just my voice, or with automations. I can even automatically flip the status to "Don't Bother Daddy" when my calendar shows that I am scheduled for a meeting.

 

I now have a battery-powered, Wi-Fi connected, Siri-enabled digital status sign on my office door. I'll post some pictures, videos, and details later, but its pretty awesome to be able to say "Hey Siri, don't bother daddy!" 🙅🏻‍♂️

 

I do have a very old Amazon Fire tablet that we don’t use anymore now that the kids have iPads. Perhaps I could hack that up? Plugging it in to see what I can do... would be nice if I could jailbreak it...

 

I’m in the market for a battery-powered, Wi-Fi connected programmable sign. I want to attach it to my office door so that I can tell my family (well, mostly my kids) when its OK to enter, and when I need silence. Any ideas?

 

Schitt’s Creek this week 😢😆👌🏻💔

 

All of the sudden, when I join a Zoom with my XLR interface set as the audio input, people only hear me out of their left audio channel. This didn't used to happen, but either with a recent Zoom update, or with macOS Catalina, something changed. Any ideas?

 

Is the Magic Trackpad 2 the only pointing device that is fully supported in iPadOS 13,4? I’d love to take advantage of the support, but don’t want to spend $129...

 

Finally got around to trying Sidecar on macOS Catalina today. I am massively impressed. It works better for me than Luna Display!

 

In these dark times where none of us can go to the barber shop, its important that we remember the existence of Flowbee. – https://www.flowbee.com/

 

If you’ve ever asked yourself why we should have a strong social safety net... *gestures around wildly*.

No, universal healthcare and basic income aren’t radical ideas. They’re essentials. This isn’t our first crisis, and it won’t be our last. Its time.

 

Now that you’ve understood that feeling of shared fear, stress, and uncertainty, I’d encourage you to consider your situation. Imagine if your safety nets disappeared – money, expensive education, family name, etc. How does that shape your behavior?

 

Today was a day, y’all. My goodness. We’ve got a long road ahead. Everyone is impacted. Your friends, family, neighors, and strangers. No one is exempt. Now is a good time to understand the true power of empathy – everyone is feeling the way you are. Does that give you comfort?

 

A new rug arrives for my office tomorrow, but we still need to sort through some boxes that are cluttering up the space, and I’d like to add some art to the walls. Still, its a nice start, and I’ve gotta say, I am enjoying the IKEA/Sonos speakers 🥰

 

If there’s one thing that this crisis has taught me, it’s that I don’t have enough sweatpants.

 

In these trying times, at least we get to enjoy streaming our Sunday morning worship services from the most tech-savvy church staff member’s iPhone on Facebook.

 

Since I’ll be working from home exclusively for a bit, it was a good time to upgrade the office. Ordered a new desk, lamp, and more from IKEA. That’ll make a nice weekend project to keep me occupied!