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Created March 22, 2024 21:45
A Quickie Voice Log Spec (2022-06-22)

A Quickie Voice Log Spec

Short Version

By invoking a quick phrase, Siri captures a sentence or two of dictated text and adds it to a bucket where I can then do something with it later. Critically, it should also automatically capture the location where the note was made as well as the date and time of the note.


I'm new to riding a 70 lb. ebike on which balance can be tricky and the 20mph+ speeds mean I really prefer to keep both hands on the handlebars and ready to hit the brakes. I don't even like using one hand to adjust a mirror or signal a turn—let alone trying to fiddle with a device like my Apple Watch or iPhone.

Every day, somebody's born who's never seen "The Flintstones"

Cincinnati's independent UHF channel 19 (WXIX, get it?) used to have a "1 O'Clock Movie" that ran for two hours every weekday afternoon. They were mostly old black and white films that, even with all the commercials, often ran shy of the 120-minute block allotted.

When they had to fill the extra time, they'd run a "Questions to the Station Manager" segment, where viewer letters were read and the manager responded on-air. Why'd you stop running Ultraman? (Too violent). Why'd you stop showing pro wrestling? (Too violent). How come you show so many commercials? (Well. We're a business and stuff).

Anyhow. One time a viewer expressed her frustration that WXIX was still showing reruns of The Flintstones, a dumb kid's cartoon that hadn't even been on the air in almost a decade ferchrissakes.

The manager calmly explained that, in addition to lots of kids enjoying the show, you have to keep in mind that, believe it or not, that show is still

Merlin's First Fruity Pleaser


  • Peychaud's Bitters | 3-5 squirts
  • Angostura Bitters | 2-5 squirts
  • Regular Crappy Bottled ReaLime® | 1+ capful
  • Seltzer Water | 12 oz | Chilled


myname@mysynology:/usr/sbin$ cd /usr/sbin/
myname@mysynology:/usr/sbin$ sudo /usr/sbin/ntpdate -u
Exiting, name server cannot be used: Temporary failure in name resolution (-3)28 Nov 18:58:43 ntpdate[12680]: name server cannot be used: Temporary failure in name resolution (-3)
myname@mysynology:/usr/sbin$ nc -z -v 80
-sh: nc: command not found
myname@mysynology:/usr/sbin$ wget
--2023-11-28 19:00:43--
Resolving failed: Temporary failure in name resolution.
wget: unable to resolve host address ''
merlinmann /
Last active March 17, 2023 06:16
sous vide cooking times

Sous Vide Cooking Times

CANON! pork chops, MED 1:30 143°
CANON! prime rib roast, MR 6:00 129.5 Works every time!
CANON! pork chops SUPER thick 1:45 142° solid MR+
YES ribeye, frozen, R 1:30 126° Awesome at low temp
YES thick pork chops, MR 1:30 142° SO good
XXX filet mignon, MR 1:30 130° XX

All the rage was the Scarlet Johansson-branded protective helmet. It's a colorful helmet, it is a planter with 11 specific draining holes, and it's an important crucible for ideas.

We met at a media event held at a junior high. Scarlet was polite, but perfunctory.

Then there was a very small hotel room with glass walls and doors. Stocked with Herbal Bourbons — ice machine didn't work. Scarlet said "No way am I drinking that shit." She was serious and smart. Might be Las Vegas.

merlinmann / things that need a name
Last active October 14, 2022 19:04
things that need a name

Things That Need a Name

  • The Chicken Problem
  • The Photoshop Problem
    • cf. Unix
    • How do you know enough to know which five commands are twenty times more important than all the others?
    • banner vs. cd
    • "Posterize" vs. "Unsharp Mask"
  • The Kawaii Marriott Reaction
merlinmann / Pet
Last active June 13, 2023 04:53
pets - Over ten years of Mann Family ideas for things to name notional pets.


  • 🐑💩
  • Sprinkle
  • Noodles
  • Come Here!
  • Pancake (dog)
  • Mittens
  • Crackers
  • Scraps (dog)
When I… …my intentionality is to… …and not …so I will.
take a walk look for the chimneys not get absorbed in my usual bummer thoughts gently incline myself back to the chimneys
foo bar baz bat
merlinmann / pig-area.txt
Created July 13, 2022 22:43
Pig Cursor Resting Area
⌨️ Official Cursor-Resting Area:
│ > 🐽 < │