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Tue, 14 Nov 2017

They are not lying. The new Firefox is really fast

I just upgraded to the new Firefox (version 57, in case you're playing along at home), and it is a lot faster than the previous version.

Speed is the one thing that drove me away from Firefox and toward Chrome, and truth be told I would rather run Firefox and have Google spying on me just a little bit less.

The other thing that I need in a browser is the ability to have maybe 20 tabs open with the abilty to switch between them without pain. That's a big reason why Chrome became my go-to browser.

If Firefox can handle multiple tabs, it will be a whole new game. I commend Mozilla in advance, and I'll tell you how it goes.

Sun, 12 Nov 2017

A dedicated social blog?

I'm thinking that it's time for me to break out these social-style posts into their own blog.

I haven't done a hard analysis, but if I had to guess, I'd say I'm putting out 50 social posts for every traditional blog post. And since the social posts are in a subdirectory (aka a category), it's easy to go to that category and see all of the social posts, or see all the posts, traditional and social.

But there's no way to exclude the /updates directory and see everything but what's in that part of the filesystem. I'm sure I could code this into Ode, which is nothing if not flexible, but the more "natural" way to handle this is to have a separate blog for social posts, keeping this one for traditional, long-form writing.

It's an idea. The good thing about Ode and its flat-file structure is that I could move all of the "old" social posts into the new blog by simply copying the directory and its contents into the new site's /documents directory.

I'm not ready to do it just yet, but I am thinking about it. If I'm only putting out 10 social posts a day, I think a single blog is manageable for the reader. I am probably doing 25 some days, five on others.

So I may stick with the current arrangement (the preferred choice of the lazy), but another thing having two sites does is simplify the sending of posts to social-media sites. With two separate blogs, there would be no contortions to get traditional updates (post title and post link) automatically sent to Twitter with social updates (post body only) either excluded (I'm using my Blog Poster app to send them to Twitter) or sent automatically.

'Big Little Lies': Best thing on TV in months

I've been watching the seven-episode "Big Little Lies," starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern, which is written by 1990s TV powerhouse David E. Kelley, and it's probably the best thing I've seen on TV in the past six months or year.

Not that the competition is all that stiff. "This Is Us" is not my thing. "Victoria" is good but not great. I did like "I Love Dick," but HBO's "Big Little Lies" is better. It's also better than the most recent season of "Orange Is the New Black" (which improved with its ground-breaking pacing). "Transparent" is flagging. I really like "Casual," but "Big Little Lies" is better.

"You're the Worst"? Also running on fumes. "Love" from Netflix? Not as good.

"Poldark" is great, but "Big Little Lies" is still better.

So now that I've done super-mini reviews of every show I've watched in the past year, I can tell you that we're just starting the final episode of the seven-installment "Big Little Lies," and in terms of writing, acting and directing, this is the best that television has to offer.

Sat, 11 Nov 2017

I have a "now" category

When my Blog Poster script isn't posting a "social" entry, it drops the files in the "now" directory/category. I figured that "now" was a good a way as any to describe these quick posts that aren't meant as direct social media posts. They go to Twitter as a "normal" blog post, with title and link (instead of post body with no title or link).