Jeremy Felt

Thoughts for the week's end

I’ve started using NetNewsWire as a partial alternative to Feedly. It’s weird to say this, but even though I’m reading web content, I kind of like having a separate app for it outside of the browser. I also really enjoy that it’s free and open-source software.

I reported for jury duty on Tuesday morning—my first time ever. It took over a year to get a proper invitation after I finally tempted the system with a blog post.

It was an interesting experience and very different from some of the assumptions I had built via Grisham novels and McConaughey movies. The thing I least expected was the narrowing down of a juror pool by asking all 30 of us questions at once. I had imagined a drawn out scene where each juror candidate was grilled individually by the judge and lawyers. Instead, it took about an hour and a half of basic group questions to build the jury.

And I was selected!

After jury selection was finished, we were sent to the juror room for a short recess. We ended up waiting about 45 minutes, which seemed a bit strange. After finally filing back into our seats to get started, we were informed that the trial was ending due to a mistrial and we had fulfilled our duties as jurors!

Super anti-climatic, but still an interesting process.

One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is that you can see a hawk almost any day by just looking up at the sky for a few minutes. It never gets old to watch their heads shift back and forth in an almost mechanical movement scanning the ground while they soar up and around thermals.

A downside of living in the Pacific Northwest is magpies.

I’ve had all traffic to Facebook, Instagram, and whatever else is associated with AS32934 blocked for over a week now and have experienced absolutely no issues. There were probably a couple Instagram links on Twitter I would have clicked if I knew they would have loaded, but I was also okay skipping on by.

This process did make me want to find other ranges of IP numbers that I could block for good. I may need to spend some time looking for predatory tracking companies and the IPs they use.

Adam, at Adam’s Apples, posted a reaction to the sudden increase of traffic to the site over the last week. In a comment below the new post, he says:

Funny thing is, I wasn’t trying to build anything, really, except my own knowledge.

– Adam, on Adam’s Apples

Which is an excellent reason to have a website.

This is probably my dozenth attempt at a “what would it look like to track some notes over the week and schedule it to publish on Friday” post. We’ll see if it works. I even put little separators in between the notes. 😎

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