My Post Thanksgiving Rant

Ugh… I remember walking into a Walmart BEFORE HALLOWEEN and seeing Christmas trees up and decorations scattered throughout the store. It seems to happen earlier and earlier every year. I suspect soon we’ll mark the first day of school as the day you put your Christmas decorations up or something.

Don’t get me wrong, Christmas, and the entire advent weeks leading up to the day we celebrate Christ’s birth, is my favorite time for more. I affectionately say that Christmas lights are like Jell-O… there’s always room for more. I have two solid playlists now that will run for weeks during this season to keep my spirits high and my mind contemplative.

But let’s give Thanksgiving it’s due. It’s a time to take a step back, reflect on the abundance of blessings we have, both large and small. Enjoy your family, enjoy some food, and let it linger beyond that single day into a small “season” of it’s own until December. That’s all. Thanks for listening. Continue reading


A Hayao Miyazaki Primer

I recently found out that Amazon is releasing a special “collected works” of most of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. I also realized that with the large volume of movies out there, you may not know where to begin when watching them. While there really isn’t a “wrong order” to watching them, here are the first five I would recommend seeing and the order in which to do them.

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Quick Tip: Don’t Resize the BootCamp Partition

So you created that BootCamp partition and after a night of “install-a-palooza”, you’ve run out of space. [Zut alors!] There are several resources out there that indicate that you can use Disk Utility to open up some free space, then use a partition tool on the Windows side of things to consume that free space. However, there are several other resources, and a bit of personal experience, that indicate doing this may not allow your partitions to be properly identified when the process completes, causing the whole endeavor to fail. Similarly the space might not be visible (or accessible) to one (or both partitions).

In the end, it’s a bit of a pain, but worthwhile to simply flush the partition and start over to avoid the risk. With the speed at which modern computers are running (with SSD/Fusion Drives as well), this shouldn’t take too long. Plus, with cool environment building tools, you can get everything up and running in no time.

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