• Recent feature updates to my blog are the Search and Now options at the top of the page. Click Now to learn more about me and what currently has my attention. It has a easy to remember URL: http://frankm.info.

  • I think micro.blog needs a new Discover category for plugins, to make it easier to know when plugins have been updated and to find new plugins.

  • Ice cream outside on a summer day

  • What one must do to protect their coffee on a windy day when sitting near a shedding cedar tree.

  • This is much better, temps in the 70s with a breeze, although the humidity is still north of 50%.

  • I’ve recently purchased a Lenovo Duet, which is a Chrome OS 2-in-1. I am a long time Chromebook user and own a Pixelbook, but the Duet is the first Chrome OS tablet I’ve used and the first time that I’ve installing other Android browsers like Brave. Chrome OS really doesn’t like that there is more than one browser on the Duet because every time I click a hyperlink I get a prompt asking me which browser I want to open it in. There should be a way to override this so I can tell Chrome OS only open hyperlinks in Chrome and don’t bother asking me, but I haven’t found one it exists.

  • I’ve added a Search option to my blog to enable readers to find topics that I’ve written about. The option is a work in progress, right now after to click through to read an entry in the search result, clicking Back does not return you to the search results, instead you have to re-initiate the search. The option is available to me as a micro.blog plugin.

  • Dave says Puerto Rico was the canary in the coal mine of how Trump would, and has, handled COVID-19. Why that was not seen that way is that most Americans do not view Puerto RIco as one of us. I don’t just mean those who support Trump, I mean all of us.

  • Hello world. Typing this at you via the Gluon app running on my Lenovo Duet. Gluon is a microblogging app for Android and iOS and while I use it on my phone, I realize that I can also use this on the Duet. Hope to be able to edit posts in the not to distant future.

  • I finished reading two books over the holiday weekend. Check them out.

  • If change and growth are not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage—as if it were God!

    Richard Rohr, Falling Upward

  • The irony of our time is that the phrase on those hats, “Make America Great Again” were prophetic four years ago. The problem is that Americans don’t seem to understand that greatness is not self-declared. Greatness can be aspirational but for it to be so requires an understanding of how others define greatness.

    On the eve of America’s anniversary—our two hundred and forty-fourth—much of the world believes that the country is racist, battered and bruised. “Europe has long been suspicious—even jealous—of the way America has been able to pursue national wealth and power despite its deep social inequities,” Robin Niblett, the director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, in London, told me.

    To the World, We’re Now America the Racist and Pitiful

  • It’s one o’clock on a Saturday, first Saturday of the month.

  • If you want to hang on to the past you must also take responsibility for the past.

  • Using Chrome on Chrome OS tablet mode makes me wonder whether anyone at Google even uses this configuration. Why no gestures to move between tabs?

  • I got a Lenovo Duet Chromebook today that I am trying out now with this post. It is interesting to use as a tablet because it is a rectangular shape rather than square and so it’s much longer in portrait mode than I’m used to in a tablet. Rather than type this with the on-screen keyboard I’m using the voice to text recognition that is working very well.

  • I’ve made two purchases from Best Buy online since COVID-19, which is a bit unusual because I normally order from Amazon. What I am even more surprised by is that I prefer Best Buy’s shipping because they use UPS. I find Amazon’s in-house delivery random and unpredictable where as UPS deliveries are part of a regular route by the same guy at nearly the same time. Further, they provide GPS tracking of the delivery truck so I can see where my package is in route to my house on the day of delivery, which enables me to be ready to receive the package so it isn’t waiting outdoors. I also get text messages of the delivery status. Amazon provides notices but no real tracking. Further, since Amazon delivery is random, packages can end up in all sorts of strange places. Amazon saves money, but I find their customer service has taken a hit in the process.

  • It’s a bad weather in a Bermuda way today.

  • So Frank, what are you doing on your vacation?

    1. Not work
    2. Be outdoors as much as possible

    We live in a large condominium that has plenty of green belts and trees, and that is what I like most. I can walk for miles, which I try to do every day.

  • Not Folgers in this cup, but the caffeine is the same.

  • Enjoying that start of a four day weekend. Temperatures are destined to be in he 90s but right now it is cool in the shade and not a cloud in the sky.

  • I don’t know why Fauci goes to the Senate, it’s not like they are going to do anything or provide any leadership.

  • The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk — just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen.

    Associated Press

  • Incompetency is demonstrated as much by what one does not do as much as one does. At this point in time I think because Republicans have not started whole sale jumping ship from Trump demonstrates a lack of competency. I understand the thinking they don’t want to repeat the 1980 Democrat Primary in which Ted Kennedy challenged their incumbent POTUS candidate, Jimmy Carter, but their current course of path is more damaging. At this point in the past the party would have split, with a new, party formed supporting a more viable candidate.

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