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I’m retooling my home office. Out goes the daybed and in comes a mid-century modern couch. And my DYI industrial desk is to give way to a 1950’s-60’s wooden wonder of a bridge table where my iPad and MacBook shall roommate.

For years I’ve worked a clam-shelled 2017 MacBook Pro due to the tender nature of the infamous butterfly keyboard, but Apple finally bit the bullet and now new MacBooks ship with scissor switches, so there ya go. And so does the monitor, and my work flow now needs a smaller form factor.

By that I mean, I’m tired of big displays and heavy graphics, and mice and dongles, and sub woofers and RGB backlighting. I want the intimacy of a 13/14 inch MacBook with an IPad in occasional “sidecar.” I want to squint to see text so I’ll be less inclined to constantly self-edit. And I’m looking to go from six or seven text editors to tops….one or two.

I want simple tools to do simple things in the most complicated of times. I have something to say, and I’m trying to find the best way to do so. That’s not just a statement of purpose, it’s more like a recognition of needed therapy.

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Since the stroke last year, I’ve recovered-let’s say-ninety precent. And that’s good. But what troubles me is under stress slurred speech can return. So it’s my plan to work on that on this post. It’s gonna cost a few bucks. Most of that on a few new tools. And it’s been a while since I’ve streamed audio. And I don’t wanna big rig it. And what I need, above all, is to keep it simple.

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