An entry for an 88-ft wide mural in the center of my town offends me. You can vote.

April 17, 2021 Update: I’m offended and sad that this is the message that Montgomery County agreed on to represent my home, Wheaton, to the greater metro area. Nicole: I enjoy and respect your other work; can you please consider an update?

Nicole Bourgea’s Entry for Montgomery County, Maryland’s Wheaton Mural Contest

It’s still bugging me. I can’t ignore Black and brown people entertaining a white boy in this mural contest entry for my city. …

“Hey Bear, make it look like you’re doing something smart.”

July 21, 2020

As both a Dad and a Google Partner, I know that setting up Google for Families can be just as tough as managing gSuite and Chrome for hundreds of employees — without help that is! This note is far from perfect, but I hope that it helps you and I hope that I can learn something from your comments.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, working and learning from home saves lives. It also saves you time and money from commuting on any day. We’re all learning, but even our preschooler is getting self-sufficient.


School provided Google accounts in…

“Trailblazer Codey Bear” photo by R. Taylor, Katmai National Park and Preserve (June 16, 2018)

You’ve decided that you want to interact with your Salesforce data via REST. You want read, sync, or update records. Before you consider paying for a service or downloading a library to do these things for you, you want to see how things work and try to communicate with Salesforce yourself.

Among the many ways to connect with Salesforce, you can use OAuth to exchange your Salesforce credentials for an access token. Then, you can use that token to interact with Salesforce.

Disclaimer: Salesforce reminds us that this “special scenario” OAuth flow is not for everyone. It requires you to…

I appreciate reading about the pop music that my friends listen to for nostolgia, fodder for design work flow (Csikszentmihalyi), and procrastination/well-deserved breaks from work. I especially appreciate and look forward to Ian McCowan’s sorta-regular long format and Matt Price’s facebook posts. Someday I’ll find time to aspire to those levels and relate what I’m listening to to my life, but for now, these lists are a start. These lists are a kind of working note-to-self to build efficacy for more writing later.

A couple more notes before the lists:

  • I have always loved listing to albums in their entirety…

Remove the “invisible characters” notepad inserts at the top of the file in Nano or Text Edit or Sublime or Notepad++ or Microsoft owned editors like Atom or VS Code, or just throw your Windows out the window because your too lazy to care that it’s not Notepad’s fault that my.ini is not ANSI friendly and changing character encoding via the font>script menu is just weird.

In friendlier words, Aakash Goyal, reveals the culprit characters red handed.

My Mac’s host environment variable was set to x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0. Seems like others have problems with it being set like this too.

$ env | grep HOST

This causes npm startto fail in my Create React App folder.

Attempting to bind to HOST environment variable: x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0
Error: getaddrinfo ENOTFOUND x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0
at GetAddrInfoReqWrap.onlookup [as oncomplete] (dns.js:67:26)
Emitted 'error' event at:
at GetAddrInfoReqWrap.doListen [as callback] (net.js:1498:12)
at GetAddrInfoReqWrap.onlookup [as oncomplete] (dns.js:67:17)
npm ERR! errno 1
npm ERR! zaxapp@0.1.0 start: `react-scripts start`
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Failed at the zaxapp@0.1.0 start script.
npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional…

Do you have multiple Google Accounts? Like school, home, work? Are you going crazy when Chrome keeps signing you out of your “primary” account? Or do like keeping your Chrome sessions isolated?

Take a look at:

If you would like to stay signed in to Chrome with one account, while logging into Google Services with multiple accounts, turn this off. Do this if you like to keep all your passwords tied to one account. This also solves the “problem” of paused browser syncing.

On the other hand, if you like to keep your browsing sessions (and passwords) between organizations separate, leave it on.


  1. Download the original image
    Do not: long press or right click
    Do: use download links
  2. Upload the original image
    Facebook app? Enable HD uploads in the app settings
    Making a facebook album? Check the“high quality” box
    Apple mail: Stop sending “small” versions of your images


From Amazon Cloud Drive

When viewing a photo, tap it to see a download icon at the top of the screen. Alternatively, from the folder view, select (check) a folder (or several files) and use the download icon at the top of the screen. Details from amazon here.

From Google Drive and other Services

Here’s how do download files from Google Drive. Other drive services…

In this three part video review, we systematically and meticulously unbox, examine, compare, and review the main features of the Peak Design Slide and Slide Lite camera straps, version three of both: SL-BK-3 and SLL-BK-3.

Part 1: They Slide
Part 2: Bear is being annoying

Part 3:

Part 3: Sliding fast!

Summary: they slide.

Multiple Cursors for Multiple Selections after Search

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  2. Enter a search term (e.g. regex: <sup.+)
  3. Find All
  4. Option + Enter to add cursors to selections

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