David Dykstal

Not getting rid of the Canon 6D ii, but the G3X’s days may be numbered.

The camera on the iPhone 13 Pro is making me rethink my camera usage.

Tested negative prior to visiting my dad in Florida next week. Hoping I come back that way. 🤞

Apple is acquiring Primephonic. Good news: somewhat decent classical music discovery and streaming from Apple at some point in the future. Bad news: Primephonic goes off-air on September 7th and doesn’t reappear until Apple gets its act together. Sigh.

Woke up at 4:30am again. Third day in a row. I’ll need that nap today. 😎

Finished reading: Naturalist: A Graphic Adaptation by Edward O. Wilson 📚

Our little travel group (6 couples) has a trip scheduled to NZ in February/March. I’m skeptical about being able to pull it off.

I have yet to find a scheme for general stuff that can take the place of Circus Ponies Notebook. It had pages and sections. Each page was an outline and handled attachments with ease. OneNote sort of comes close but doesn’t quite hack it. Anyone else miss this?

Testing Ulysses

This is a test. It is only a test. Don’t get so worked up about it. :)

Testing some formatting

  • I’ve not posted from Ulysses yet.
  • Let’s see how this works.

Here is some inline code: cd /home/ddykstal.

Here is some code that I use to reformat text in Drafts.

// Get the full text of the clipping as an array of strings
let a = editor.getText().split("\n");
let b = [];
let knownSources = [
    {suffix: " - The Washington Post", source: "The Washington Post"},
    {suffix: " - The New York Times", source: "The New York Times"},
    {suffix: " : NPR", source: "NPR"},
    {suffix: " - POLITICO", source: "POLITICO"},
    {suffix: " | MPR News", source: "MPR News"},
    {suffix: " | Star Tribune", source: "Star Tribune"},
    {suffix: " - StarTribune.com", source: "Star Tribune"},
    {suffix: " | MinnPost", source: "MinnPost"},
    {suffix: " | The Hill", source: "The Hill"},
    {suffix: " | The New Republic", source: "The New Republic"},
    {suffix: " - Washington Times", source: "Washington Times"},
let found = false;
// copy from a to b, adjusting the Title: line and adding a Source: line if necessary
for (let i = 0; i < a.length; i++) {
    let line = a[i];
    found = false;
    if (line.startsWith("Title: ")) {
        for (let j = 0; j < knownSources.length; j++) {
            let s = knownSources[j];
            if (line.endsWith(s.suffix)) {
                found = true;
                b.push(line.slice(0, -s.suffix.length));
                b.push("Source: " + s.source);
    if (!found) {
// Set the full text of the clipping


Cheboygan Light

Five minutes before we were able to cross the bridge, the bridge closed due to some sort of security incident. Now waiting along the beautiful Lake Huron shore in Cheboygan Michigan. 😐

On the road again. Ann Arbor to Manistique. Crossing the Mackinac Bridge on the way.

Currently reading: From Yao to Mao: 5000 Years of Chinese History by Kenneth J. Hammond 📚

Currently reading: Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way by Ursula K. Le Guin 📚

Finished reading: It Can’t Happen Here (Signet Classics) by Sinclair Lewis 📚

Finished reading: The Case of the Lady in the Luggage by Cheri Baker 📚

Finished reading: The Case of the Lady in the Luggage by Cheri Baker 📚

Finished reading: EndTimes by Bryan Walsh 📚

The subject matter is grim, especially on the existential threats we create for ourselves. The book was released in 2019, and accurately predicted the way the science-denying Trump administration would “handle” a pandemic. Fortunately, while SARS-COV-2 was serious, it wasn’t the big one. Other anthropogenic topics covered are the AI apocalypse, nuclear annihilation, climate change, bioterrorism. Add to that the natural existential threats of supervolcanoes and asteroid impacts and you have a book that makes for some interesting reading. The science is presented well.

I “read” the Audible audiobook. The narration was OK, but the narrator tried to assume the accents of the people who are quoted. That didn’t work for me. I would have preferred to actually read the text.

Finished reading: Figuring by Maria Popova 📚

The funny thing about all of Popova’s writings such as BrainPickings is that you want to take notes. Lots of notes. She works from a wealth of sources, although she obviously has favorites, and you want to see just how all this stuff is connected. This holds true for this book as well. I didn’t avoid that temptation at first, and it made the book slow-going. After I gave up trying to tie everything together and just read the damn book, it became much more interesting.

If you are interested in finding out about the influences of several historical figures (mostly women) in literature, art, and science then you’ll find this fascinating. Major figures include Maria Mitchell, Harriet Hosmer, Margaret Fuller, Emily Dickinson, Caroline Herschel, and Rachel Carson. Appearances by a host of others including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Johannes Kepler, Herman Melville, etc.

I plan in re-reading this at some point.

My three favorite inks at the moment are Iroshizuku kon-peki, Iroshizuku yama-budo, and Colorverse Quasar. The yama-budo is currently in a broad nib Kaweco Sport that doesn’t really do it justice. I may end up breaking my “no new pens” vow. Sigh.🖋️

🖋️ My shimmering ink problems might have been due to a new nib that wasn’t properly cleaned. I’m now using the J. Herbin Gris Orage ink with a Pilot Metropolitan with an italic nib. Seems to work fine.

Fountain pen people – I have a couple of glittering inks, but I’m having difficulty with them. I’ve been using a 1.1mm stub nib in my TWSBI Diamond Mini. Maybe the reservoir is too big? Any advice?

I’ve been taking a couple of hours each day the past week to play with Mathematica. Just stumbled on the image processing suite. Fun and perhaps useful.

📚 It’s not all work and no play. I’m also reading The Case of the Lady in the Luggage by @cheri.