I look at all I've done wrong and it's long past time to fix what I can.

Need to start Bravely Default II for the review and start writing my notes for an upcoming phone review, but I'm just wasting my Friday night. Been a long week.

Got a Pixel 5 in today. I really like the phone, but it's specifically for Android 12 testing.

Might start diving back into anime. Got quite the watchlist on Crunchyroll.

"Babylon has fallen into the deep ocean. We sit on the ruins of God; the Lord no longer hears our prayers. Maybe He's already dead in the currents below."

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"All the love in the world is but a drop in the ocean of hate."

This weekend, I finally got a Let's Encrypt certificate for my Synology NAS using a Synology DDNS. I then was able to sync Enpass and my new favorite markdown editor to WebDAV anywhere (was previously limited to my home network). I'm pretty excited.

I'm really liking my 2080 Ti. Cyberpunk looks amazing with a stable frame rate. Destiny 2 is running at 1440p and 144 fps.


I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

“Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

“Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”

“Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”

He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.

I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.

“Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled.

Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.

“Stop right there!” I yelled as I ran. He was faster than me because I always try to avoid stepping on public sidewalks. Our country needs a private-sidewalk voucher system, but, thanks to the incestuous interplay between our corrupt federal government and the public-sidewalk lobby, it will never happen.

I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”

He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

“All right, all right!” the man yelled, throwing down his weapon. “I give up, cop! I confess: I took the bitcoins.”

“Why’d you do it?” I asked, as I slapped a pair of Oikos™ Greek Yogurt Presents Handcuffs® on the guy.

“Because I was afraid.”


“Afraid of an economic future free from the pernicious meddling of central bankers,” he said. “I’m a central banker.”

I wanted to coldcock the guy. Years ago, a central banker killed my partner. Instead, I shook my head.

“Let this be a message to all your central-banker friends out on the street,” I said. “No matter how many bitcoins you steal, you’ll never take away the dream of an open society based on the principles of personal and economic freedom.”

He nodded, because he knew I was right. Then he swiped his credit card to pay me for arresting him.

Gave up on trying to get a 3080 and picked up a ROG Strix 2080 Ti. My 5700 XT is now in my wife's PC and I'm enjoying more power in my games. I might go for a 40-series when Nvidia launches that in a year or two.

I'm really impressed how nicely Pop OS runs on my XPS 13. Battery life is great, performance is awesome on this older laptop.

I'm happy to say that Tom's Guide has offered me the Phones Editor position and I plan to accept once I receive their offer letter. It's a huge step for my career, lets me get back into writing full-time, and it's a pay raise to boot. I'm very excited.

It's looking more and more promising that I'll get this job. Passed the skills test and was asked for references. We'll see, but I'm hopeful.

I received the phone on Friday and the review is due by EOD on Tuesday. Suffice to say, I've done a ton of writing and photographing in the last two days, flexing muscles I haven't used in a year and a half.

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So for this job I'm under consideration for, I had to write a sample phone review using the site's format and general style. This has led to the largest review I've ever written and I still have some stuff to write.

One editorial down, one more and a phone review to go. Phone (Nokia 8.3 5G) arrives tomorrow, review due Tuesday by EOD.

I thought I got ghosted, but I finally heard back about one of the editor positions I interviewed for! I have a follow up interview with this site soon.

I'm also being considered for a Phone/Mobile Editor position with a different site.

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In the running for a Technology Editor position. Could be a great opportunity for me.

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