I miss the days when you could tell what your computer was doing from the sound of the disk spinning, from the fans turning, from hum of the transistors, the pitch of the monitor, or the purr of the modem.

I want a new browser for today’s web. Tabs are fine for web pages as documents, but web apps need to integrate with the rest of the OS. Let me ⌘-tab between them, resize panes, pop them out into separate windows/palettes, tile them, organize them in the rest of my workspace.

I am so grateful to those who were so supportive as I dropped everything when I had Covid and to all my colleagues and students who have been patient with my multi-week long replies taking care of my family during daycare closures. My heart breaks for everyone who is struggling.

Trois semaines épuisantes sans crèche montrent à quel point on a la chance. On peut tant critiquer le gouvernement—il y en a de quoi le faire !—mais la France est le pays européen qui a le plus maintenu les crèches et écoles ouvertes depuis le début de la crise.

Listening to the new Offspring album and suddenly I'm transported back to undergrad — connected to the CS department's Ultrix server from my vt420, using screen to alternate between hacking out C++ in vim and a telnet session into my ircII account.

Every time I hear the word "mentee," I die a little inside. The battle is lost and it has been recognized as a word for over 50 years, but a mentor mentors a protégé·e.

A big Thank You to wine, cheese, potatoes, and salt for helping me get through this past year.

Every time I have to search under Vegetables while weighing my tomatoes at the supermarket, I hurt a little inside.

More Big Sur thoughts: the new design language is too subtle. I still have a hard time telling which window has focus. I have a hard time telling when there's a disclosure triangle. Or how I can interact with things (e.g. magically appearing close buttons, back buttons, etc).