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Average Beach

Average Beach

Limantour beach in Point Reyes.

Jupiter from Casini Ranch

Jupiter from Casini Ranch

A short 4K UHD timelapse featuring Jupiter rising over the Russian River:

Shot from Casini Ranch near Duncan Mills, California. It's a shame it's not Saturn and Cassini Ranch.

Catfood Earth 3.43

North Korea moves back to UTC +09 on May 5, 2018

Catfood Earth 3.43 updates the timezone database to 2018e. The big change is that North Korea is moving back to UTC +09 today (May 5, 2018). The time zones layer in Catfood Earth shows the current time in each zone at the top of your screen and color codes each country and region. You can also display a list of specific places (either an included list of major cities or your own custom locations).

Catfood Earth is dynamic desktop wallpaper for Windows that includes day and night time satellite imagery, the terminator between daytime and nighttime, global cloud cover, time zones, political borders, places, earthquakes, volcanoes and weather radar. You can choose which layers to display an how often the wallpaper updates.

Download Catfood Earth.

(Previously, Previously)

I just want to get rid of Windows 10 Notifications with one click

I just want to get rid of Windows 10 Notifications with one click

910 days ago I vented my frustration at Windows 10 notifications.

Well someone in Redmond must be listening. They 'fixed' it.

The problem was that dismissing a notification did not actually get rid of it. Clicking the little x in the corner just sent it to the Action Center where you could enjoy reading it and dismissing it again.

Like some kind of cargo cult Toyota, Microsoft asked the one why, and changed the little x to an arrow. Now it's more obvious that you're just shuffling the notification around the desktop. Ticket closed. But I still have to handle every fucking notification twice.

Which makes the announcement of the April 2018 Update especially ironic:

"With this update, available as a free download today, you get new experiences that help minimize distractions and make the most of every moment by saving you time. Our hope is that you’ll have more time to do what matters most to you whether that’s to create, play, work, or simply do what you love."

I'm guessing they're all on Macs?

Book reviews for April 2018

Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3) by Liu Cixin

Death's End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #3) by Liu Cixin

5/5

 

The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2) by Liu Cixin

The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past, #2) by Liu Cixin

4/5

 

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Liu Cixin

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past #1) by Liu Cixin

5/5

 

The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy #3) by Jason  Matthews

The Kremlin's Candidate (Red Sparrow Trilogy #3) by Jason Matthews

3/5

Decent ending to the trilogy but I forgot how much I hate the recipes.

 

How does the Nest Learning Thermostat work?

Nest learning thermostat, learning

Not only does it know when you're home but the Nest Learning Thermostat also knows when you're nearby. Here's how it works.

You crank up the heat to 70 and walk away. Nest then immediately returns to 62 degrees.

Thinking there must be something screwy with the algorithm you turn it back up to 70. Nest knows that it's in trouble so it displays a comforting message like 'Heat set until 10pm', waits for you to leave and then sets the temperature back to 62 degrees.

Giving up on the learning part you use the app to manually program it to keep the heat on. Nest now uses its WiFi connection to phone the gas company and disconnect your service.

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San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden

Bay Bridge Approach

Bay Bridge Approach

Book reviews for March 2018

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson

3/5

 

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3) by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3) by N.K. Jemisin

3/5

 

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2) by N.K. Jemisin

3/5