October 15, 2021

Sonic XGS Fiber Comes to Santa Rosa

The Press Democrat:

Santa Rosa-based Sonic, the largest independent internet provider in Northern California, with about 150,000 customers from Watsonville to Fort Bragg and in parts of the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas, decided last year to invest $10 million in a new fiber optic broadband network in its hometown.

As a former Exactus BBS user, it’s exciting to be even tangentially involved in bringing 10,000 Mbps internet service to Santa Rosa. :)

October 12, 2020

I Voted

I Voted

May 21, 2020

1,000 Rings

1,000 Rings

January 17, 2020


Obviously, you should support whichever Democratic nominee floats your particular boat. Bernie would probably be great. Biden will probably… be fine. Buttigieg… sure. Whatever, right?

But I’m with Warren. I like what she says and how she says it. She’s the best candidate in the race. I know she could win. I know we deserve better than *looks around* this.

I hope you’ll join me in throwing a little cash her way.

But if she’s not your cup of tea I hope you’ll join me in supporting these other folks:

December 30, 2019

Hugo, Goldmark, and SmartyPants

I’ve been very pleased with Hugo since switching away from my beloved, custom-admin themed Movable Type setup earlier this year. (I’ve written three whole posts since then!)

In November though, Hugo switched Markdown processors to Goldmark. And Goldmark seems to have a somewhat unsophisticated implementation of a SmartyPants-like punctuation processor which doesn’t properly handle apostrophes.

So now, when using the default Markdown processor, my site renders with straight single quotes in place of apostrophes. Fortunately, you can configure Hugo to use the former Markdown processor. (That’s good!) But the former Markdown processor is also cursed. (That’s bad.)

For some reason, Blackfriday (the former Markdown Processor) no longer converts certain characters (like < and >) to HTML entities (like &lt; and &gt;) when they’re within a code block. Which is something that it absolutely should and used to do!

Meanwhile I sit here, obstinately refusing to learn either enough Perl or Go to contribute to solving this problem in any meaningful way. Praying that this issue irritates enough people for someone with more free time on their hands to fix these issues. :)

December 18, 2019

“No one’s ever really gone.”

Cutting this one a little close. Previously… Episode VII and Episode VIII.

The Rise of Skywalker

Rey is such a fantastic character. We don’t deserve her.

The Rise of Skywalker

The new costume is great, the lightsaber is repaired…

The Rise of Skywalker

…and the last Jedi is all out of bubblegum.

The Rise of Skywalker

Would. You. Look. At. This.

The Rise of Skywalker

Spitty lightsaber!

The Rise of Skywalker

Reforged mask!

The Rise of Skywalker

Adorable droids!

The Rise of Skywalker


The Rise of Skywalker

I’m not crying. You’re crying. Shut up.

The Rise of Skywalker

What are they all… looking at…

The Rise of Skywalker

♫ Naaaiiillld it! ♫

The Rise of Skywalker

Can’t wait. :) Keep ’em coming, Disney.

June 8, 2019

New Toy Story Posters

New Toy Story posters

I strongly approve of these new Toy Story posters. 😀

June 5, 2019

Apple Pro Display XDR

Apple Pro Display XDR

$4,999 for the display. Plus $999 for the stand. Plus $999 for the optional matte option.

I wish Apple had announced an “Apple 5K Display” in 2016 rather than partnering with LG on the LG UltraFine 5K Display. I still hope they’re planning to release what’s essentially the UltraFine panel (which I assume is basically the 5K iMac panel) in an Apple-branded case. But given the way the display market has played out over the past 2.5 years, and given the displays that most companies tend to buy for Mac laptops these days, the UltraFine is a fantastic display and it’s insane that you apparently can’t get them anymore.

Flashback: The first iWalt.com post on record includes me dreaming about spending nearly $8K on a 22-inch Cinema Display and a PowerMac G4. So this post is extremely on-brand.

April 5, 2019


RIP Movable Type. Of all the apps I have encountered in my travels, yours was the m-most… bloggy.


I’ve migrated the site over to Hugo and we’ll see how that goes for a while. (Sure builds a lot faster, I’ll say that.)

Want to feel old? Thanksgiving was a week ago.