No federal party offers clear path on how to wind down fossil fuel production

There you go. That’s the Canadian election in a nutshell, and by extension our government for the last 6 years. I’ve been saying it ad nauseam for years but it’s true: there is no plan.

Figuring out how to wind down our financial reliance on oil money is Canada’s existential problem no 1, and evidently the government has zero people working on it.

I love Genevieve Guenther’s reframing of the words used to talk about climate change, and this is a year old but I just learned of it:

[S]he wished the moderator hadn’t framed the question as whether Pence “believed” that man-made climate change was making extreme weather worse. “It’s not the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus. The question is: Do you ‘understand’ or ‘accept’ climate science?” she said.

And this old favorite of mine:

She has written that, instead of thinking of climate change as something that “we are doing,” most people should think of it as “something we are being prevented from undoing.”

I’m fed up of reading people running to incorrect conclusions about Apple and privacy. First of all, no, Apple is not going to “scan” your device. Two, Google and Facebook do “scan” your entire life and behaviour and you’re all numbed blind to it. Get a grip and redirect your anger. Geeze.

For all the talks of people not trusting vaccines and not trusting science, it is the science that has delivered during this pandemic, and politics and policies that have not. Science has given us sound advice and vaccines, but the policies to use them and distribute them are subpar.

My wife and I have puzzled over the awkwardness of people bitching about their spouse, the person they chose to be with, the person they’re supposed to love and cherish:

But bonding over a ‘joking’ disdain for your spouse is more than an innocuous social phenomenon—it’s become a bandaid for the broad simmering resentment in so many American marriages.

In particular, I’m amazed that gender equality within relationships is retreating, not improving.

“No more talk, time for action” sometimes sounds like this:

I just want to be alive. I want all of us to just be alive. It is hard to accept the way things are, to know that the fight is outside the realm of argument and persuasion and appeals to how much it all hurts in every way. It is terrifying to know that the prize for many who care may be prison or worse. But all the right words about climate have already been deployed.

There should be a setting for not wanting to be bothered by surveys. Yes I bought a thing and I used a service from you. I voted with my money. Leave it at that.

I haven’t tried macOS Monterey yet, but the new Safari tabs and URL bar UI intuitively seems like a usability no-no. Unpredictable location of a UI elements? Adding clicks for commonly used functions? Loss of color recognition signals in identifying UI elements? None of these things sound like a good idea in terms of UI design. Smells like form over function. Will I change my mind once I’ve tried it? We shall see.

Well it took 36 hours but my 2nd dose side effects did subside. That was unusual for me since I rarely get sick and I can only remember one flu vaccine that made me feel down for a day but not like this. So glad it’s done!

Whoa they weren’t kidding that the second vaccine dose might come with more side effects. I got all of them today. Sore arm, weakness, headache, aches, fever. I hope tomorrow will be easier.

I got my second vaccine shot tonight. The nurse who administered it was so lively and happy. She was going down the aisle of people waiting, approaching each one as if they were the first person she was giving the vaccine to, not like she had done this thousands of times already. Truly a humbling and enjoyable experience. Thank you to all the healthcare workers out there! ❤️

As a general privacy and safety rule of thumb, I don’t browse the web while logged in and I don’t use social login. That means when I go to a site, I log in with email and password, do my thing, log out. Nobody needs to know when I’m logging in somewhere, nor where I’m browsing to after that, thanks.

But then there is Medium:

“Medium does not support passwords.”

Sure, the proliferation of accounts and passwords is a pain, but these alternatives are not the solution.

Great plea from Lauren Goode to let people control what memories we want to be reminded of, if any at all:

The internet is clever, but it’s not always smart. It’s personalized, but not personal. It lures you in with a timeline, then fucks with your concept of time. It doesn’t know or care whether you actually had a miscarriage, got married, moved out, or bought the sneakers.

I wish someone made flip phones cool again. Seriously. Look at a smartphone today. Cut it in two, slap a hinge between the top and bottom, et voilà. Same concept as the cheap flip phones of old, but with two screens, one for the display and one for the input (keypad, keyboard, etc). If Apple made one that only supported calling, texting, notifications for say $300? I would totally buy it.

I’m very happy with the 1Blocker new firewall feature that blocks in-app trackers. The iOS 14.5 requirement for apps to ask permission to use the IDFA is good, but nothing like blocking apps from using other means to track me. This thing is gold. ⭐️

Yesterday, CBC broadcasted the Rebellion episode on The Nature of Things. Interesting timing and interesting tone considering Biden making climate a priority again in the US, and Canada announcing new targets this week along with a fair amount of money for climate initiatives in the new budget. I’m glad to see this issue come to the forefront again, despite the pandemic!

I love that the NHL made a North division so all Canadian teams only play against Canadian teams for the entire season. I know it’s because of COVID and probably temporary, but deep down I really hope we keep it that way. I love it.

I love this so much. It perfectly expresses thoughts I’ve been having about the madness of human complexity, and how straightforward common sense is too often lacking.

The boat is stuck.

That’s all there is to it.

I installed Microsoft Edge on my Mac yesterday to test something and was surprised to see that it uses an installer and the dreaded Microsoft Updater thingy. Also the app comes up full screen, hiding everything else. So not Mac-like. Apparently Microsoft is institutionally unable to make anything simple and self-contained. I uninstalled and cleaned up but now I feel like my laptop has cooties.

LinkedIn has this new “Remember and sign out” feature where “You won’t need to enter your sign in information the next time you visit LinkedIn.” So, huh, how does that count as signing out again?

I always find it interesting that “mortgage” has the French word for “death” in it. I looked up the etymology. It is indeed from the Latin “mortuus” meaning death, but I can only surmise that it means engaged in this contract until death. Great.

I intuitively would have guessed that reading code partially involves areas of the brain related to language, but it appears not to be the case. From an MIT study published in December 2020:

Instead, it activates a distributed network called the multiple demand network, which is also recruited for complex cognitive tasks such as solving math problems or crossword puzzles.

However, although reading computer code activates the multiple demand network, it appears to rely more on different parts of the network than math or logic problems do, suggesting that coding does not precisely replicate the cognitive demands of mathematics either.

The fact that understanding code is a distinct skill makes sense but it’s interesting that there is evidence of that in brain activity.

With the US presidency shit show behind us and their return to appropriate climate policies, I’ve been reflecting how little action (none?) there is from the Canadian government. It’s very much clear that there is no plan. And let’s be clear, the bare minimum of a carbon tax is not a plan. We’re not working to reinvent our economy, we’re just riding the oil train as far as it will take us without proactive emergency action.