Quarantine reading and writing

A chorus girl, Pasha, is in her dressing room watching her lover Kolpakov lounge around in his slippers (clearly, he’s there often). The weather is hot outside, they’re waiting for the day to end to go for a walk.

Suddenly there’s knocking at the door. Kolpakov…

Just my notes …

(These are my personal Combine notes. It’s not meant to be a tutorial, but a refresher for someone who is learning Combine).

Combine is the recent framework from Apple that gives you a pub-sub model for data handling in a Swift (and SwiftUI app).

There are…

Quarantine reading and writing

This is a long story in seven parts. It’s one of Chekov’s best stories, written after his active work in prison reform. More on this to come.


At the Progonnaya Train Station in the town of Progonnaya, somewhere in Russia, Matvey Terehov is singing at…

Reading in the time of the quarantine


Kunin is a young man of thirty. He returns from Petersburg to his home distict and sends for the local priest, Father Yakov Smirnov (yes, like the comedian).

They’ve never met. Kunin is surprised by the youth of the priest: he’s twenty-eight.


At the speed of quarantine.


A man is standing on the bank of a river waiting for a ferry boat. The torrents of spring have overflowed the riverbanks and flooded both sides.

The stars above are so plentiful, they too seem to have come out for the holiday procession he’s…

The short stories, one at a time.

Another story about priests. Interesting thing about the Bishop, written in 1902, as Chekov was dying. He was writing about how it felt to die, staring at it nakedly, the way Rembrandt stared at himself with remorseless seeing in his self portraits.


The short stories, one at a time.

Last night I read, “The Bishop.” The story is told in four parts.


The story begins with a priest — a Bishop — leading the Palm Sunday service in his church. It’s a beautiful service but hot and foggy with incense, and as he’s serving people palms, flooded with…

Testing HTTPS with Charles Proxy on iOS Apps

  1. First, make sure your iOS device and the Mac you’re running Charles on are connected to the same WiFi network. This MUST happen.
  2. Second, go to your WiFi settings in iOS, select the WiFi network you’re using, then scroll all the way…

with a mac host running a mac guest

I use an HHKB 2 keyboard. Works great with a Windows VM and Ubuntu VM on a Catalina macOS host.

The problem is with a Catalina macOS guest, on a Catalina macOS host.

The problem is, shift-2 no longer gives me an…


More Neanderthal DNA markers than 95 % of 23andMe customers. Don’t give me your pro-Cro-Magnon propaganda.

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