Because of Safari’s new clearly bad UI changes, I’m not installing the public iOS and MacOS betas. Just listening to people talk about the new UI makes me cringe. I’m super excited about Focus though.

Tried Spotify again after a few years and it still is terrible for managing and listening to actual music libraries. Apple Music (my profile) is a revelation after using the Spotify app for ½ hour. Weird cuz Music app needs more work (and why Albums app is amazing).

Yesterday’s max temperature at my Orland, CA station was 115°F.

weather station chart from MesoWest showing States and a graph of weather measurements

View of the backyard before we shelter indoors from the heat the rest of the day.

Trees. Tomatoes, peppers, and a house with grapevines along a porch overhang. Deep blue morning sky.

Covered up the avocados again in advance of today’s 110°F weather. Every time we do this it gets simpler and better. Wrapping the sheet around a ladder is genius.

Sheets covering two avocado trees

Our peppers are now rapidly ripening. And they are crazy hot 🤤! 🌱

santa fe peppers ripening on a plantred ripe thai, santa fe, serrano, and jalepeno peppers on a cutting board

Windows 11 requires UEFI firmware. I use VMWare Fusion 12 Player (free) for Windows 10. Seems only VMWare Fusion 12 Pro can change firmware from BIOS to UEFI. Maybe VMWare will be nice and enable the UEFI option for Windows 11’s reqs. firmware = “efi” works not.

The lapins cherry we planted last November is dead. It only grew a few leaves. Super bummed. Stark Bro’s is great & gave me a 125% store credit, no hassle (with proof of dead tree via scratch test), so we will try again this winter. I have no idea what went wrong.🌳🌱

Last Monday, on the Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon, we were lucky to see Spotted Towhees. They really blend in to their surroundings!

two spotted towhees in a messy treeadult spotted towhee with dark red-orange sides

Last Sunday at Hoover Dam. Yes, Lake Meade is visibly very low (look at that bathtub ring!) and perhaps the dam is all the more impressive because if it.

Lake Meade upstream of hoover dam with white bathtub ringlooking down the downstream wall of the damlookkng from the south of the damlooking at the intakes and upstream wall of the dam

No surprise why I spent today processing raw photos. Cool that Carrot Weather can report on my weather station.

Big Horn Sheep seen from the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon NP last Monday. The young one hopped up from below and surprised the hikers. Glad I wasn’t there but had my Olympus TG-4 at the ready.

an adult big horn sheep under a rock shelteran adult big horn sheep under a rock sheltera young big horn sheep on the Trail with some hikers

40 tomatoes harvested today at just over 7 pounds. During cooler weather a few weeks back they managed to set fruit, so lots more on the way. Our peppers, grown for mainly hot sauce, are ripening nicely.

harvested ripe tomatoes, piled high in a metal colanderharvested ripe peppers, super shiny and redSanta Fe peppers ripening, red and yellow agains the leavesseranos ripening, red against the leaves

My first flight on a 737-MAX8. Yeah I’m a commercial aviation geek and it’s great to be back in the air.

Southwest 737-MAX8 at the gate.

Went to the Grand Canyon yesterday. Over 250 photos to sort through but here’s two photos from the Bright Angel Trail. Obligatory one of the canyon and then… hops‽

look into the Grand Canyon from the bright angel trailCommon hops with a blurred canyon background

20 months since my last flight. Happily flying on a 737-7H4.

Does anyone else get yearly free download speed increases from Comcast/Xfinity or are they giving rural areas more bandwidth to look better on paper? It’s great 🤗 but I’m cynical 🤨

Six pounds of tomatoes harvested today. Total of 12 pounds this season. Ants have started aphid farming but hoping our mantises keep up! 🌱

Pandoc now available for M1 Macs via Homebrew

The amazing document converter, Pandoc, is finally available from Homebrew for M1 Macs! So I’ve adjusted my journal workflow to be on my M1 Mac mini. I’ll use

jhead -autorot *.jpeg
(instead of Graphic Convertor since I only have one license and I want it on my MacBook Pro) for autorotating photos and
for f in *.md; do pandoc $f -o ./Archive/${f%.md}.pdf -t latex; done
to convert the Markdown files to PDFs.

We harvested 2.5 pounds of tomatoes today. Almost 6 pounds total so far this season. We can’t use them that fast so many go in the freezer for future processing into soup, sauce, jam, etc. Same goes for peppers reserved for hot sauce🤤

tomatoes sitting on a scale reading about 2 pounds

We have a crazy amount of tomatoes ripening all at once — this is just one plant. We have three more.😳 Marigolds we started from seed are finally blooming.

ripening tomatoes on a plant with human hand for scalemarigolds with seranos behind them

I can hardly wait for Shortcuts on MacOS. That’s my favorite announcement from WWDC. Automator never clicked for me. I’m willing to wait so bugs hopefully won’t destroy my Shortcuts or iCloud data.

First ripe backyard garden tomato of the year. 🌱🍅 There’ll be many more to come!

Cultivated California buckwheat (front yard) flowers being buzzed by a honeybee.

white buckwheat flowers

These Santa Fe peppers are prolific! They seem to be more resistant to disease than jalapeños. 🌱