Mon, 13 Jan 2020

AirPods Followup

Me, working, with a Ziggy assist

A couple of years ago, I posted about my then-new pair of AirPods.

They’ve proven themselves as one of my favorite ever technology purchases. As a result, I was eager to check out the AirPods Pro that Apple brought out in the fall.

After using them for 3 months, I’m happy to say that they were worth the upgrade. The in-ear design, with multiple insert sizes, mean that they stay in my ear much more securely than the first-gen models. The noise cancellation works well, and the transparency mode is really remarkable for the times when I need to hear what’s happening around me without removing them. I daresay the new physical profile (the shorter stalk, poised at a “jaunty” angle in the ear) is an improvement as well.

They’re still not cheap (indeed these are even more expensive), but they’re worth every penny to me.

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Tue, 07 Jan 2020

Silently Judging You In 2020

Ziggy, perched

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Tue, 24 Dec 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

And to all, a good night!

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Sat, 30 Nov 2019

El Aguila Bakery, El Sereno, California

Bakery display

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Sun, 17 Nov 2019

Rooibos Reloaded

Rooibos tea steeping in a clear cup


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Tue, 05 Nov 2019

Our Sleepy Little Toffee

A tuckered out young boy, May 2019

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Sat, 02 Nov 2019

My Kitchen Radio

I grew up with my parents having a transistor radio in the kitchen. It was usually playing news or sports or my Dad’s favorite jazz station. I always liked the idea of having one in the kitchen, to accompany meal prep, cleanup, dishwashing, etc.

Raspberry Pi 3b

A few years ago, I decided what I really wanted in the kitchen, though, was a streaming radio / remote speaker. I realize I could have gone with a smart speaker or a simple Bluetooth speaker, but I really wanted something flexible, and I liked the idea of building a DIY radio with off-the-shelf parts.

It was pretty easy to build a Raspberry Pi system and get Volumio running on it. In addition to supporting playback of local media, Volumio also supports web radio and can work as an AirPlay remote speaker.

I added a USB laptop speaker with a built in DAC, similar to this one (it fits perfectly on the counter ledge, hidden behind a small plant) and I was ready to go.

small speaker

Quite often, I’ll want to stream audio from my phone, when streaming an EPL match, for example. This is pretty straightforward — I just need to switch my audio output to my fancy kicthen radio.

NFC card

Thankfully, IOS 13 adds some nice automation options that make this as simple as can be. I keep a credit card-sized NFC-enabled card in the little nook where the radio lives. Now, all I need to do is wave my phone past the card and the audio output is redirected to the kitchen radio. This triggers a Shortcuts automation so that I con’t even need to unlock my phone or go fiddling with audio settings.

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Thu, 31 Oct 2019

The Hit Parade

Discarded 45s, Detroit, 2019-Oct-30

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Mon, 14 Oct 2019

Sandwich Making, The Next Generation

I can now use my Apple Watch to approve sudo requests on my Mac and it’s freaking adorable…


The bits to do this are here. Some assembly required.

requires: macOS Catalina+, watchOS 6+

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Thu, 10 Oct 2019

Typical Day

Download Video: h.264: "MP4" mkv/vp9: "MKV"

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Wed, 02 Oct 2019

Happy October

Orb weaver, busy weaving

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Mon, 30 Sep 2019

Ebony Steel Band - Pan Machine

I really love Kraftwerk, so trust me when I tell you that this album of steel drum covers of Kraftwerk songs is more fun than a basket of puppies.

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Fri, 27 Sep 2019

Public Image Limited, Metal Box, 1996 CD Pressing

PiL Metal Box, 23 years later

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Thu, 26 Sep 2019

Negotiations Begin

Red dragon

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Wed, 25 Sep 2019

La Gloria Bakery, Mexicantown, Detroit

Rainbow sprinkle cookies

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Tue, 24 Sep 2019


Monster cereals!

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Mon, 23 Sep 2019

Rituals of the Fall

Homemade pasta sauce, canned

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Sun, 22 Sep 2019

Hello, Fellow Kids

Stoked. Yeah.

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