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    Beluga: Neat Idea, Wonky Implementation

    Beluga is a neat idea. It is “designed for nerds,” as they say, but the entry hurdle is not so difficult that most folks couldn’t figure it out. (Ignore all of my posts about the onboarding process because I was overthinking everything.) But…

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    Choosing a Weather App

    Image shows several different types of weather, from lightning to a beautiful sunset, to afternoon sun and cloudsI recently had a conversation with a colleague about the winter weather concerns we face as school administrators. Until a few years ago, we could expect two or three cancellations due to ice or snow. However, in recent times, we seem to be more affected by severe spring-like weather during winter than by snow or ice. (Here’s the TL;DR)

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    In Bruges - ★★★★★

    In Bruges might not find its way onto many Christmas movie lists, but the festive season serves as the backdrop to this darkly comedic tale. While Christmas is never explicitly addressed in the storyline, the film earns a spot on our holiday watchlist.

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    All Quiet on the Western Front - ★★★★½

    All Quiet on the Western Front is a sobering and sad look at the end of World War I from the perspective of hopelessly idealistic German soldiers.

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    The Family Plan - ★★

    Mark Wahlberg returns to a role he’s quite comfortable with in this not-quite-awful-but-definitely-not-good Apple TV+ movie.

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    M2 ≯ Intel

    Everybody talks about what a jump it was from Intel Macs to the M series Macs. My hot take is this. Now that I’ve used an M2 MacBook Air with 8 GB of RAM at work (I had no say it what machines they purchased) for four months, when I have the option, I always reach for my personal Intel MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM.

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    Fight Club - ½

    I watched Fight Club for the first time tonight. I know my opinion will be in the tiny, tiny sliver of a minority, but it’s one of the top five worst movies I’ve ever seen.

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    Two men and a woman. The woman is on the right pointing excitedly to the men. The men are wearing stage makeup because they have just finished a showing of the musical The Little Shop of Horrors.
    Treasure

    My wife points to my son (in the middle) and one of his best friends. Both are her former vocal students and have just finished their first college musical, Little Shop of Horrors, in which they both held lead roles, Mushnik and Orin.

    Black and white image of a historic white church building
    Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina
    Three children embrace and show laughter
    Embrace
    Water falls over brown rocks in Greenville, South Carolina's Reedy River. Trees on the ledge above the river display the bright red and yellow colors of fall. Office buildings in downtown Greenville tower in the background.
    Fall on the Reedy River
    Medieval Wall Arches at Canterbury Cathedral
    Medieval Wall Arches at Canterbury Cathedral
    The US Capitol
    The US Capitol, part of the (tattered?) fabric of American life
    Black and white image of one of Boeing's Dreamlifters, a modified 747 aircraft used for transporting parts for Boeing's 787 assembly facilities in Charleston, South Carolina and Seattle, Washington. The white plane is set against dark storm clouds.
    The Boeing Dreamlifter
    The wood and glass ceiling of the indoor garden at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina
    The ceiling of the indoor garden at Biltmore House
    A performer tosses flame sticks in front of a red background at Walt Disney World’s Ploynesian Village Resort
    Red
    A young girl displays fear in an elementary school play. She is wearing a white spaghetti top with bright pink pants.
    Panic
    A black and white image of a redhead female looking pensively to the viewer's right
    In retrospect…
    Five red, white, and blue demonstration F-16 fighter jets of the US Air Force Thunderbirds ascend from right to left against a deep blue sky
    Off we go into the wild blue yonder
    USAF Thunderbirds F-16C (Fighting Falcons)
    A black and white photo of a medieval cistern at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, England. The cistern itself is a cylindrical add-on to the main part of the building and appears on the left side of the image. Rising in the background is the cathedral's bell tower.
    Medieval Cistern at Canterbury Cathedral
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