It’s just been me and the kids for a few days. My wife left Thursday for an academic conference, and doesn’t come back until Tuesday.
A couple years ago, we bought a Ford Transit, thinking that with eight kids we’d be using it all the time as a people-mover. This for various reasons turned out not to be true. In fact, the only time we regularly used it for all the kids was to go church Sunday morning. So a couple months ago we sold it (for more than we paid, as it happens). Looking at usage and gas costs and all that, this was the right decision! But when I had to make two trips this morning to bring everyone to church, I did kinda wish we still had the Transit.
While at church, we discovered that our youngest, age 3, had gotten a tick on her back at some point (impossible to say precisely when, but probably yesterday). I had myself all geared up to deal with an uncooperative little girl—but she was docile as a lamb while I pulled it out.
Also at church today, we had a visiting deacon (he was stopping on his way to visit family in Tennessee). Once again, I was struck by how much more fluidly the liturgy flows when a deacon is present. Not my call, of course, but I’ve begun to think that perhaps every Orthodox mission/parish should take as its second goal (the first being “full time priest”) the cultivation or acquisition of a deacon.
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Although in practice these days an email address is case-insensitive, strictly speaking—that is, according to the standard—it doesn’t have to be. As Beattie notes in the talk linked above, in the early days most email travelled on Unix systems, on which alice, Alice, and alicE are all equally valid, and, importantly, separate users. Mail administrators, even today, could theoretically enforce this if they had a reason.
But there is an important exception to this! The current email standard, RFC 5321, which updates RFC 821 (August 1982) and RFC 2821 (April 2001) requires in section 4.5.1:
Any system that includes an SMTP server supporting mail relaying or delivery MUST support the reserved mailbox “postmaster” as a case-insensitive local name.
Daniel Berrangé has come out with exactly the sort of software tool I like: it’s simple and, strictly speaking, it’s unnecessary, but it’s still great because it makes things easier. It’s called Bye Bye BIOS. Its sole purpose is to be run against an OS image (say, for a VM) which is set up only to boot via EFI and, if you try to boot it via (legacy) BIOS, tell you that you need to use EFI.
I do not mind paying actual money for useful software.
I do not mind purchasing an ongoing subscription for software which which provides a useful service on an ongoing basis, or which continues to improve.
I very much mind paying actual money for software which then still tries to show me ads.
I flatly decline to purchase a subscription for an essentially static app.
Also, I don’t have strong feeling about this, I just think it’s kind of odd how many apps I’ve seen where the lure to the paid rather than free version of an app is…being able to change the app icon. I mean, if that’s important to you, I’m not criticizing. The little icon square is just not something I care about. (Okay, fine, I care a little; I’m not going to buy an app with a swastika for an icon, or whatever.)