How to engage Reader mode in Safari by default

Go to Safari -> Preferences -> Websites -> Reader,  select at bottom right When visiting other websites: On.

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How to disable Spaces

  1. System Preferences > Mission Control: uncheck everything. Set shortcut for Mission Control to “-“.
  2. System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control: uncheck everything.
  3. In a Terminal.app window, enter:
    defaults write com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled -boolean TRUE
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Scottish gritter truck names

Today I learned that Scotland names its gritter trucks! 😂

Here’s the map link: http://scotgov.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2de764a9303848ffb9a4cac0bd0b1aab (from https://trafficscotland.org/wintergritterinfo/)

My personal favourites: Gritty Gritty Bang Bang, Luke Snowalker, Sir Andy Flurry, and Sir Salter Scott.

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Landscape printing bug in High Sierra

I noticed this annoying bug when using Numbers.app in High Sierra: if my page setup says landscape, when I print the page it is chopped off and in portrait mode! (The king of annoyingHigh Sierra bugs is still the blurry rendering bug seen every goddamn time you turn a page in Preview.app.)

The solution to the cutoff-portrait printing bug is to reset the printing system, as follows. Before doing so, be aware that the price involved is rebuilding all printer presets. Take a note of them before starting.

    1. Go to System Preferences, select Printers and Scanners.
    2. Right click on the printer and select “Reset Printing System”. This will remove all saved printers and their preferences but will not delete the drivers.
    3. Add back all of the printers using the + button.
    4. Rebuild all of the printer presets.
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Setting Reader mode in Safari for particular (or all!) websites

Reader mode in Safari is one of its best features, for me. I absolutely hate the gaudy clutter on most news websites — especially anything that moves (video autoplay is pure evil). So imagine my joy when I realized that you can enable Safari’s Reader mode automatically for any given website, or even for all of them! All you do is click and hold on the reader icon to the left of the URL bar; you then get to select whether you want Reader mode enabled by default for this particular website. Easy peasy!

 

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Fixing icalBuddy

icalBuddy — or, more accurately, the way I was using it — broke in Yosemite, and I only recently found the solution. Using brew.sh instead of macports restored my GeekTooly calendar goodness: yay!

 

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Tanya Tagaq appreciation

On November 25th 2016, I went to a live Tanya Tagaq concert at Trinity-St Paul’s church in downtown Toronto. It was absolutely astonishing. Such musical talent, vocal range, political voice, and rhetorical fire! She and her musical colleagues on stage were intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically transfixing and re-animating. Huge admiration. Tagaq is a musician to watch. Please support her work by buying her art! And if you get the chance to hear her live in concert, DO IT.

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Here is a sample of her immensely powerful lyrics. All credit is due directly to Tanya Tagaq, and all mistakes in transcription are entirely mine. Please contact me at http://ap.io/p.html if any corrections are needed. Thank you.

Retribution

our mother grows angry
retribution will be swift
we squander her soil
and suck out her sweet black blood
to burn it
we turn money into God
and salivate over opportunities
to crumple and crinkle our souls
for that paper
that gold
money has spent us
left us in small boxes
dark rooms
bright screens
empty tombs
left investing our time
in hollow philosophies
to placate the fear
of our bodies
returning back into our mother
demand awakening!
the path we have taken
has rotted
ignite!
stand upright!
conduct yourself like lightning
because
retribution will be swift

Cold

if you take a gram of water
and apply 1 calorie of heat to it
you will raise its temperature
by 1 degree celsius
but you need to apply 81 calories
to ice simply to change it to water
at zero degrees celsius
the latent heat of change
of state of ice to water
is as 81 times more available heat
than rising the temperature of water 1 degree
once all the ice is melted
the once covered ice area
will heat up 81 times faster
there will be no stopping it
a new steady state
of high heat tolerant life may
hopefully
rapidly evolve
but human civilization as we know it
will no longer exist
’cause gaia likes it cold
’cause gaia likes it cold
’cause gaia likes it cold
the loss of ice cover
will catapult our climate
into an uncharted apocalyptic era
of rapid heating
there will be no stopping it

 

 

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How to stop voice activating on iPhone 7

VoiceOver and Siri on the iPhone are revolutionary for blind or partially sighted folks. Great accessibility innovation. I am sure I will need it someday myself.

But at the moment, I can’t stand either of them, because they totally mangle comprehending my variably NZ/UK/US/Canada accent. Sadly, the iPhone 7 has shortcuts set by default to activate the damn things.

To turn them off,  go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut and uncheck everything on the list.

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Gorgeous Labour Day long weekend weather

It was *glorious* for Saturday Sunday and Monday. I went on three favourite bike rides in three days and lapped up the sunshine and blue blue skies.

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Nice skies

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