Mandaris Moore

A vast horizon of things to conquer.

I'm making progress through the iOS 13 SwiftUI tutorials. It's slow going because of the amount of time that I can direct towards it, but I'm not going to let that become a deterrent.

I don't know how far I'll make it, but I feel that I've been given one last chance to buckle down and really accomplish this and I don't want to miss out.

I'm going to do it.

I'm going to make that App that I've always been placing in the background.

This is the year that I finish what I started and make the move.

WWDC 2019 Keynote invite image.

This is the day before WWDC 2019 and I'm not feeling too excited about it.

Normally, I'm caught up with all the buzz about what is going to happen next. I'm thrilled about what new technology is going to be the subject in all the blog posts and podcast that I consume.

Instead, I'm afraid of what I won't be able to get.

I don't have money for new gadgets.

If the new version of the OS doesn't work on my current set up, then I've got to let this stuff go and focus on a new technological stack.

Another sad moment for me.

When I got on my computer this morning, I saw the dialog that I wouldn't be able to update the Safari Preview that I've been using as my default browser.

I'm not too surprised as WWDC is next week and my Mid-2010 iMac cannot run Mojave and certainly won't be able to run whatever else is coming down the pipe.

I had just hoped that I would have more time to enjoy the new features since I can't get it running on my laptop.

For me, this is a causes a wedge between me and Apple.

Other browsers, such as Firefox1, allow you to have access to newer builds regardless of what OS you are running.

  1. I'm not a chrome hater but I just feel that we are in danger of having another browser monopoly situation. It's not "web-standards", if only one company is setting the rules. 

I want to get back into basic writing again and I feel that one of the great topics to write about is to write about my writing.

In the past, I've written about what things I've accomplished with the theme for my blog.

Mind map of blog accomplishments.

What I would like to focus on, finishing up the JSON plugin that I started working on a year ago and placing this theme in a grid.

There are still a couple of accessibility questions regarding how I'm supposed to get the index page to work with a screen reader that is boggling the mind. I'm hoping that by making the json feed work correctly long time readers1 will prefer it.

  1. I don't think that I have any at this point. 

The pega logo files high.

I've been working in a development environment called Pega for the last couple of weeks and I kind of like it. It's software that is specialized in handling case management. It's fast to get up and make changes with. It is focused on moving a case through a particular life cycle.

I think the biggest competitor is SaleForce at this point.

To be honest, I'm very cautiously optimistic.

On one hand, this is development work that I'm getting paid to do. I'm excited by it.

On the other hand, this is another proprietary system that I'll learn without knowing if I'll be able to take the techniques to other places.

I'm going to roll with it for now.

I've been using streaks and the fact that I've been feeling a little lost to start journalling a little more seriously recently. Things are falling apart in little ways here and there.

It feels like my wife and I are definitely on different pages and stuck in a rut as it were.

Our home has problems with mold again.

Our youngest is having trouble walking.

And we have to face the possibility that we won't be able to move up to better housing at the end of October.

Very stressful.

One of the few things that I have control over is my time journalling and how I approach this problem.

I don't want to feel too overwhelmed.

Beef cooking on the grill.

One of my co-workers is Catholic and was going to give up his daily routine of drinking a Coke Zero Sugar and I thought it would be nice to do something similar as a sign of solidarity.

I wasn't thinking...

I decided to give up BOTH BBQ sauce and comics.

I've been fiending for both since that moment.

In fact, I woke up on Ash Wednesday fiending for something smoothered in sauce.

For comics, I've even stopped myself from watching anything that is animated because I think of it as a moving comic.

It's been hard to relax, but it has made me look into other sauces and I'm doing a lot more work around the house.

I decided to do this for a couple of reasons.

The first:

I've grown a little tired of DropBox taking a lot of resources to sync files that haven't changed. Sometimes, I'll see my computer seemingly ground to a halt for while as DropBox tries to re-index everything. I use it on my families computer and they are already not a fan of the other little utilities that take up resources.

The second:

I want to experiment with some other tools. DropBox is still the defacto tool for sync for a lot of people. I still have it installed on my devices1, but I see a lot of new applications that would allow me to be a lot more flexible. For example, if I place the files in a git repo, I can have more control of sharing and version history.

  1. It's where I currently place my resumé and other related stuff to easily send to others. 

I really like that my children are going to see a Science Fiction movie. When I was a kid there weren't a lot of heroes that looked like me. Sure, there were black super heroes. But they were usually some buff side kick or characature; mostly muscle and charisma.

I like the fact that they are showing women in movies that are more than just a side character.