Marc’s Micro Blog


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Just went through a day where any strong smell (mouthwash, coconut water, nachos) was suddenly making me feel incredibly dizzy and weak for several minutes. My sense is that I may have been hyperventilating a bit during those minutes. It was very strange. I think/hope I am better this morning. Tested with some strong odors and am normal so far. Wish I knew what this was and what caused it!

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iOS Privacy: Instagram and Facebook can track anything you do on any website in their in-app browser · Felix Krause

This is really disturbing.

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Apple has decided to move the Featured section above the Up Next section in the TV app on Apple TV.

Coming on top of the recent App Store ads debacle, this really bothers me.

The need for “growth” is leading a formerly customer-centric company in a horrible direction.

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Learning about Sortition and the Sortition Foundation as a potential democracy reform. Fascinating, impactful stuff.

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Just discovered the Control D DNS service. Wow. Highly customizable blocking options for ads, trackers, malware, adult content, gambling, drugs, etc. Custom geolocation anywhere in the world per service. Unique profiles per device. This thing is impressive!

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For anyone looking to replace Twitter with another service, pause and ask yourself if you really need a replacement. Do you really need to join a new rat race for followers, likes, shares, etc.? Is that really going to bring you greater happiness or peace?

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Finally finished the first season of House of the Dragon. Too many characters. Too many time jumps with different actors playing characters. Too many deaths of characters I barely got a chance to know. Not feeling it.

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Just learned that Mavis Beacon of “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing” is a character and not a real person. My mind is blown and I’m a little sad.

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Currently reading: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts 📚

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Finished reading: What We Owe the Future by William MacAskill 📚

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Hungry koi at Spirited Gardens on Jeju Island in South Korea.

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5% of the time: Oh, it’s so convenient to be able to turn on the flashlight from my phone’s Lock Screen.

95% of the time: #%!$ how long has my phone’s flashlight been on in my pocket?

(Yes, I know I can disable this feature.)

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Getting into daily notes after several failed earlier attempts. Realizing that the right template to prompt thoughtful entries is key.

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At a Buddhist temple in Busan.

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Busan at night.

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Loved this piece today at a museum in Seoul.

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A piece of art at the DMZ.

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Gangnam style.

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I’ve read so so many posts about using Drafts to post to micro.blog that I’m giving Drafts another try. My first attempt using Drafts years ago didn’t click. Let’s see if this attempt (and post) are more successful.

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Taking a moment.

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My problem as a book reader is that I seem to always be more excited about my next book than my current book.

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Making tough choices that will make you happier in the long run often doesn’t feel great in the short term.

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Trying the AirPods Max again and they still seem too heavy and bulky. Am I the only one who feels this way?

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I both love Chess and am unsure how I can become better at it. I may be stuck playing at my fairly basic level.

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Just doing a little light reading.