Matt Edwards

September Month in Biking

Getting cooler out and losing daylight in the mornings and evenings, which certainly slows down the pace of outdoor riding. Vacations and other family activities kept me from riding too much on the weekends, as well. Am on track to close out the year in the 2,000+ mile range - which was my goal! - so there are things to enjoy about another season of biking....

The Twitter Texts

From The Atlantic: The texts are juicy, but not because they are lurid, particularly offensive, or offer up some scandalous Muskian master plan—quite the opposite. What is so illuminating about the Musk messages is just how unimpressive, unimaginative, and sycophantic the powerful men in Musk’s contacts appear to be. Some secrets to success: Luck. Timing. Proximity to other successful people. Being born wealthy. ...

A Collision in Space

From The Verge: Telescopes around the world (and a few in space!) are now turning their attention to the scene of the collision. They’ll be watching to see how much the impact changed the movement of Dimorphos. The crash is part of the first practical planetary defense experiment — a trial to see if humanity might one day be able to redirect the path of an asteroid headed toward our planet....

Good Coffee

Jason Diamond writing “Good Coffee Is Now Bad”: But it’s all part of a larger problem, about how everybody thinks they’re a coffee snob now because supposedly “good” coffee is easily attainable. It’s the same with beer or wine and especially with cocktails. 15 years ago, most bars’ versions of “cocktails” were two-ingredient drinks, but then owners caught onto the “mixology” trend and saw a new way to charge more for drinks even if the quality or care wasn’t there....

August 2022 Month in Biking

Lots of early morning rides this month, out in search of a bagel or a croissant. Nice to get out before the sun makes the pavement too hot and the air takes on that feel of being “too humid”. The year is starting to wind down. And that’s sad....

Stephen Hackett reviews the M2 MacBook Air

From 512 Pixels: In my head, I know that the 14-inch MacBook Pro is the right notebook for me and the work that I do when away from my desk…. There’s something about the design of this machine [the Air] that I can’t escape. The footprint is pretty similar between the two notebooks, but in my backpack, there’s a huge difference. Don’t get me wrong: I am thrilled that the MacBook Pro has beefed up to be a better computer, but I’m drawn to the clean, simple look of the Air....

The Growler Era

Jim Vorel writing at Paste: If you’re a drinker whose induction into the world of craft beer came fairly recently—say, in the last few years, or in what we’ll surely still be calling the “pandemic era” decades from now—then it’s entirely possible you’ll have no conception at all of the concept of the “beer growler.” Great read. Good to revisit that history. I never owned one of the fancy CO2 pressurized growlers, but I did own some double-wall insulated ones and plenty of glass ones....

July 2022 Month in Biking

About doubled the mileage from June. Not much traveling in July, and the trip to Asheville involved a lot of bike riding. All good news to help bump up these stats. Quite a bit of variety, too, with rides and hikes across many parts of NJ and PA. I’m already a week into August and I do not think I’m on track to beat the month of July. Oh well. Bike riding is about enjoying the time you spend doing it, and not worrying about spending more and more time out on the bike!...

A Trip Upstate

To upstate New York, that is! Kristin had a bachelorette party to attend over the weekend, leaving me free to my own devices. I had been noodling on a motorcycle camping trip since getting the bikes last fall, and following a handful of misfires earlier this summer the independence I would have it seemed like a fine time to load up the saddlebags with a tent and sleeping bag. This would not be the first trip camping off the back of my bike, but it would be the first one where I would be entirely detached from the world and making my own way as I saw fit....

Trying Apple's Migration Assistant

Today I took delivery of a new MacBook Pro, with M1 Pro processor1. In order to move all of my data over to the new machine, I decided to give Apple’s Migration Assistant tool a try based on the recommendation of John Gruber. Migration Assistant does what it says on the tin; it migrates data from one machine to another. Similar to restoring an iPhone or iPad from an iCloud backup, but there are certain advantages which really blew me away!...