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Today I give you a funny animal photo, because it’s Monday and my current levels of inspiration could fit into a thimble.

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Photo by Nitty Ditty on Unsplash

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Today’s date caught my eye: 01.12.23, written American style. Sequential, repeating numbers.

There are repeating dates (12.12.12) and palindromes (which read the same forward or backward, like 21.02.2012), squares and primes and of course pi. I have yet to find a name for a date like today’s.

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Made with Polona Typo.

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tl;dr To fix Mac Mail’s link preview problems, go to Settings > Mail Privacy Protection. Disable “Protect Mail Activity” and enable “Block all remote content.”

This post is pretty particular, but I’m posting it here in case you, like me, run into this problem and have a hard time finding a solution. (And if this isn’t your thing, you can still have fun trying to draw perfect circles instead.)

I upgraded to Mac’s Ventura operating system over the holidays and hoped I’d have time to let it settle in before I needed to get back to work. It went… mostly fine, but the bits that were not fine were really, really annoying. 

Today’s example: Link previews in Mail.


Dragging a browser link over to a draft message used to copy over the hot-linked page title, like this: Draw a Perfect Circle. (This is good because I need both title and the link, and there are times when I need to make lists of many, many links.) 

After updating the OS, dropping a link instead popped up an oversized preview image and description, like this:

The only obvious way to get rid of the image is to click the caret symbol by each link and Convert to Plain Link. That left me with a URL and no page title.

Ok, no. I need a list, I need page titles, and I need them for dozens of links at a time. Changing each one and copying over titles is both impractical and deeply annoying. And that stupid caret kept mocking me. Rude!

/insert search montage with sped-up clock in the foreground


In Mail, go to Settings > Mail Privacy Protection. Disable “Protect Mail Activity” and enable “Block all remote content.”

Intuitive? Not at all. Helpful? Yes.

Do I feel better now? Yes, yes I do.

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Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

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Making Space

I had plans for the day, most of which involved relaxing before returning to work tomorrow. Instead, we spent a good chunk of the day sorting out the piles (and piles and piles) of boxes, bags, electronics, cat toys, random kitchen implements, old CDs, and a MacBook G4 with old family photos no one has seen for more than a decade. We now have a pile for recycling, a pile for the trash, and a pile for Goodwill.

We’ve also reclaimed a good bit of room, and I’m looking forward to filling it with more constructive things, like the boxes cluttering up my writing office. Or more space for the cat.

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Photo by Tran Mau Tri Tam ✪ on Unsplash

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To A New Year

“We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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Photo by Bryan Goff on Unsplash

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You Do You

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! And if you’re interested in knowing how many people share your day, The Daily Viz has a fun graphic for that. But no matter how many other birthdays there are out there, yours is still special.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

― Dr. Seuss

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Photo by Robert Anderson on Unsplash

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Programming note: We’re taking a bit of a break this week, so expect more quotes and pretty pictures.

Oh look, a quote! And a pretty picture!

“If this book has a lesson, it is that we are awfully lucky to be here-and by ‘we’ I mean every living thing. To attain any kind of life in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course: We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it and even, in a multitude of ways, to make it better. It is a talent we have only barely begun to grasp.”

― Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Photo by Paul Pastourmatzis on Unsplash

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In the End

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

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Photo by Joshua Sortino on Unsplash

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Brief social media aside:

So, Twitter continues to be a cross between a quagmire and a cesspool, and many users are looking for greener pastures. If you are one of them, or just happen to have an interest in other forms of this thing called social media, you may have heard of Mastodon. It operates on a decentralized platform, it’s cool and it’s just a tiny bit confusing.

In the interest of clarifying the model and the process of getting started, Joanna Stern over at The Wall Street Journal (of all places) put together a short, free explainer.

How to Use Mastodon, the Social-Media Platform Blocked by Elon Musk’s Twitter – WSJ

Important note for those of us who are still five at heart: messages on Mastodon are called toots.

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Photo by saeed karimi on Unsplash

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Snowed In

Like so many today, we’re snowed in and making the most of it.

“Oh lovely snowball, packed with care, smack a head that’s unaware! Then with freezing ice to spare, melt and soak through underwear! Fly straight and true, hit hard and square! This, oh snowball, is my prayer. I only throw consecrated snowballs.”

― Bill Watterson, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat

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Photo by Akshay Chauhan on Unsplash

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