Mandaris Moore

A Day One call to action.

Years ago, I set up IFTTT to save my tweets and liked tweets to Day One. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of Day One, but I've had a hard time coming up with a reliable replacement. When they made the transition to a subscription model and moved to their own syncing solution, it was very difficult for me to see their point of view on things.

Neverthe less, I'm back to using it on a more regular basis.

This week, I got an email from IFTTT stating that the connection was broken and I have re-evaluated whether I want to continue saving these little bits of social interaction1.

As of this writing, I've got 1336 things being stored in my journal. I don't know if I'll go back and read stuff from years ago, but -like all journals and digital hoards- I don't want to get rid of it.

  1. Why should big social media companies have all the fun/information? 

Computer maintenance over task maintenance.

I think this goes hand in hand with my post from yesterday where I spent an hour updating other things tangental to my blog in the hopes that I'll be able to actually post something about my SwiftUI progress.

It's hard to change a habit.

Two Cautions signs.

I spent some time going down a rabbit hole this evening. I've been putting the time in so that I can learn how to program with SwiftUI when I came up with the idea of putting things on my site so that I could show the world my progress.

When I thought about that, I was reminded that I wanted to spruce up the css on the site so that it would look nice.

So, I took some time to load up the static version of my site so that I can see what changes would look like when I update it without regenerating the whole thing with a build of pelican.

I notice that I didn't have an example of several blocks of text (like what you see now).


I spent 5 minutes getting a copy of lorem ipsum because I always think "This is going to be the last time that I'm going to need that. I spent 5 more minutes adding emphasis, bold, links and code to it when I realized that I should have something a little more familiar.

That's when I looked up alternatives to "The quick brown fox".

I created a new paragraph using it and then placed that in both my test information and my static site.


Ultimately, I spent more time just setting up this demo information for the site then posting about my iOS development.

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.