Dispatches, thoughts, and miscellanea from writer Jon Konrath

Month: January 2021

  • 50

    I am 50 today. FIFTY.¬†HALF A CENTURY. Shit. I’ve covered the various anniversaries and big round numbers in other birthday posts. No need to rehash that. But 50 is very decidedly profound, and I don’t really know how to fully grok the celebration of half a hundred years since I popped out on a remote…

  • Winehaven

    It was unusually nice outside this weekend, like in the low 70s, so I took the drone out yesterday in search of a new place to fly. I ended up in a weird little area called Winehaven. Flying drones is tough out here. You have to find a wide open area (rare) that isn’t a…

  • 1/9

    Been hard to write this week for obvious reasons. I guess I blew that “post every day this year thing” about five days in. Started writing a big diatribe about that, but I can’t get into it right now. Maybe later. I did not step foot out of the apartment for about nine days. I…

  • a series of tubes

    Four posts into this “post every day” nonsense and I’m back on the dumb list kick. That mall post yesterday broke me. It’s by far the longest thing I’ve written on here. I think it’s twice as long as my 9/11 post. I briefly fell down a k-hole reading about pneumatic mail tubes. Paris created…

  • The Death of Flash

    I logged into my Mac the other day, and got a popup for Adobe Flash. Over the last few decades, I’m used to these coming up every other week to annoy me about updating to the latest version. This time, it was almost sad, because it told me to uninstall the Flash plug-in completely. I…

  • Life and Death of the Pierre Moran Mall

    I watched the Jasper Mall documentary a few weeks ago. It was interesting, but there was something bugging me about it, and I couldn’t put my finger on it. A few days later, I figured it out: Jasper reminds me a lot of Pierre Moran Mall in Elkhart, Indiana where I grew up, but in…

  • All the stuff on my desk, 2020 edition

    I did this back in 2013, so maybe it’s time for an update. An Anthro desk, 60-inch wide, “fog” color. Anthro no longer exists, so I’m not sure if they still make them. 2020 MacBook Pro 16-inch (the last Intel one). Lenovo Thinkpad – I don’t remember the number, but about two years old (work…

  • Done editing

    I think I finished editing and republishing old entries yesterday. The grand total is that I have 1,362 posts, with a word count of 1,059,000 or so words. I’m finding that this is big enough that it cripples either of the main SEO plugins for WordPress. That would be a problem if I was trying…