Blog Happenings (Update): We’re Back…And Here’s How To *Not* Miss A Post!

We’re back in the blogosphere, but wanted to let our followers know that one change you’ll notice is that new posts will only show up in the WordPress Reader, unless you subscribe to receive email updates below.

Here’s what you can expect for the remainder of 2021 and in 2022: food, ferments, follies, fowl, fiction, (armchair) philosophy…and more. Hope you come along for the ride!

Musings: On Why Remote Work Makes Sense

During the height of the pandemic, working from home became the new “normal” for workplace settings. Even companies that had previously not embraced remote working got on board – perhaps because it was the more palatable choice (as compared to shutting down offices or having workers not show up for work).  As someone who favors telecommuting, the arguments against it simply don’t hold water.

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Tech Talk: I Think Apple’s Lost Its Luster

Apple Campus Sign - 1 Infinite Loop

I have been an Apple “fanboy” for many years. I purchased my very first Apple product in late 2003 – a white iBook G4. In the years since, I have owned countless Apple products: iPhones, MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads, Airport routers, an Apple TV, and multiple iPods. I even worked as an Apple “Genius” for a couple of years.

However, since Steve Jobs’s death in 2011, I have increasingly felt that Apple is not the same company under Tim Cook’s leadership. Continue reading “Tech Talk: I Think Apple’s Lost Its Luster”

Over It: Why We Dumped Instagram


Today, we said “goodbye” to Instagram. While we’ve enjoyed (virtually) meeting great people in many countries, we struggled with a fundamental conflict that we cannot, personally, satisfactorily resolve: how to be part of social media without sacrificing the privacy of our personal information to the whims of a company that answers to one master – its shareholders.

Facebook, Inc. is a business (as are the other entities it’s assimilated, including Instagram), and its provision of this platform isn’t driven by altruism: despite the appearance that it’s free, there is a cost to using Instagram. That cost to users is allowing Facebook, Inc. to use users’ personal information for a number of purposes, including those that fall under “research”. That may sound relatively innocuous, but it’s not: for example, how would you feel about not having access to certain features that you know other users do? Without knowing why? On its face, it sounds discriminatory…and practically speaking, it’s just annoying.

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