I’ve successfully transferred this site to a new (more modern and less expensive!) host, and converted all of the content to a new blog engine. Check it out, and let me know if everything works.

Maybe I’ll even start writing again.

Has anyone else started seeing errors like this (& other stuff) when restarting/restoring sessions in Apple Terminal.app?

date: illegal time format
usage: date [-jnRu] [-I[date|hours|minutes|seconds]] [-f input_fmt]
[-r filename|seconds] [-v[+|-]val[y|m|w|d|H|M|S]]
[[[[mm]dd]HH]MM[[cc]yy][.SS] | new_date] [+output_fmt]
-bash: Saving: command not found

See also this: it’s coming from weird interactions in /etc/bashrc_Apple_Terminal (& similar for zsh). Is this widespread or rare?

With “mascara” and “dial”, I was hoping for “Songs from the Replacements’ ‘Tim'”. (On purpose, I hope…)

Puzzle #123

Devastated to hear of the death of Nick Kaiser: collaborator, friend, mentor. He helped bring me to CITA in 1994 and we worked on two of my favourite papers, minor works in his influential oeuvre. Simultaneously one of the smartest & nicest people I’ve had the privilege to work with. RIP.

Is anyone else seeing a blank iOS @NYTimes widget like this? (It’s been this way about a week.) Even a handful of responses that it is still working for you would be useful…

Update: I’ve had a response from “NY Times Customer Care”:

We have reported this issue to our developers. They are working on a fix for this and we hope to get a fix out soon. Please keep an eye out for an update.

Update 2: … and now seems to be fixed as of this evening’s update…

I made scones for a picnic yesterday, cut into triangles from the dough before baking. I was told by my (English, otherwise complimentary) friends that they obviously couldn’t be scones because they weren’t round.

I assume the correct answer to “Do you want to get recognition for this review on Publons?“ is no? (Especially since it’s owned by the company that calculates the infamous “Impact Factor”…)

RIP Harry Lorayne, expert at magic & memory. In my sordid youth as an aficionado of magic (Magic Camp!) Lorayne’s sleight-of-hand was my favorite. Best was “Triumph!” involving shuffling cards upside-down & rightside-up & yet pulling order (& the chosen card) out of chaos.