Mandaris Moore

The last couple of days, I spent time doing what I told myself I wasn't going to do.

And that's work on my old blog and dabble with the colors on my new one.

Still, I like the way that everything came out and it kind of clears the way for me to get back to my other projects.

Website on with new colors

Now back to Xcode!

National Novel Writer Month Logo.

This year, I'm doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) because my daughter is doing it as well. I want to show her that I can put my heart into something and follow through with it.

The problem is that I've gotten out of the habit of writing and it's very hard to focus on something like this when there are crazy things like the election, covid, social unrest1, and everything else going on in this world.

Still, I'm going to continue doing the best that I can even though I'm a loooooong way from finishing this thing.

Current value of novel.

Sometimes it's hard for me sit down and get in the mindset for it.

One other thing that I'm going is writing more in my Day One journal. I really want to keep a good streak going on but sometimes it gets a little weird.

  1. Remember that the protests are still going on. Just because they aren't on the news, doesn't mean that things are great all of sudden. 

About this 2009 Macbook Pro.

I've had this laptop since 2009. It was a gift that was given to me by my wife and mother and I've been using pretty consistently since than.

All my personal projects.

Every experiment and pretty much most of my writing has happened on this laptop and a lot of my identity revolves around how I use this.

But the sad reality is that time is marching on without us.

Applications both commercial and open source are no longer supported.

Homebrew warning in iTerm.

If that wasn't enough, I've had the following problems.

  • The speakers have been blown out
  • Excesive heating when plugged in
    Service Battery warning.
  • The trackpad is starting to not work

Still, I'm not going to give up on my laptop. I want to continue using it until we are parted.

So in that spirit, I'm going to use my laptop to create as much stuff as i caan before the end of the year.

I'm removing all the micro posts that I place on this blog. For the foreseeable future, I'm going to be placing all my short thoughts on the service and then have this site show them on a side bar.

The transition should take about a week depending on how much free time that I'm going to allot to personal projects like this.

Ok, I've set up the domain for and I've announced to the world that I'm going to be focusing on swift development.


What are my next steps?

The first step is to carve out some time in order to do all this.

The site that I've put together is just a chronicle of what I'm doing related to swift.

Who knows, maybe I'll be writing tutorials for swift on it before the end of the year.

MindMap of my Good Omens Review.


I vaguely remember this book from reading it in junior high or high school. I remember it being a fairy quick read, and probably being the first time that I read something that was humorous and religious.


The show works at its own pace. There were some places in it that felt like it was a stopping point before the next scene and I felt that there where at least an episode or two that could have been cut from the show and no one would miss them.


This is where the show really shines and Michael Sheen and David Tennant really make the it work for me. Honestly, if they weren't on the show I don't think I could have finished it and it's only 6 episodes. If anything, I'd love to see more of their exploits throughout time.


It's a decent show but I don't think I'd watch it again for another season.

I got an email recently telling me that I had to take an image down because it was in violation of copy right.

I took it down and then spent an hour and a half working on test content for my blog theme.

It's one of those nights when I should have just gone to bed.

I'm about to head to my first officers training for ToastMasters. I'm hoping that it will go alright. As the Sgt of Arms, I don't have many tasks assigned to me, but you never know sometimes if there might be something that I'm missing. Another thing is that I don't want to commit to much time to the task or it might scare future prospect from doing it.

Other than that, I've been thinking about what other tasks are waiting for me.

Working on being the best person that I can be. I know I'm flawed but I have a lot of strengths.
I've got a couple projects that I want to finish.
We have to find ways to grow together.

A Day One call to action.

Years ago, I set up IFTTT to save my tweets and liked tweets to Day One. Unfortunately, I'm not a big fan of Day One, but I've had a hard time coming up with a reliable replacement. When they made the transition to a subscription model and moved to their own syncing solution, it was very difficult for me to see their point of view on things.

Neverthe less, I'm back to using it on a more regular basis.

This week, I got an email from IFTTT stating that the connection was broken and I have re-evaluated whether I want to continue saving these little bits of social interaction1.

As of this writing, I've got 1336 things being stored in my journal. I don't know if I'll go back and read stuff from years ago, but -like all journals and digital hoards- I don't want to get rid of it.

  1. Why should big social media companies have all the fun/information? 

Computer maintenance over task maintenance.

I think this goes hand in hand with my post from yesterday where I spent an hour updating other things tangental to my blog in the hopes that I'll be able to actually post something about my SwiftUI progress.

It's hard to change a habit.