There is a map showing Hamilton shootings in 2020 …

www.thespec.com/news/crime/2020/09/18/teen-hurt-in-east-hamilton-shooting-overnight.html?utm_source=facebook&source=the%20hamilton%20spectator&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=&utm_campaign_id=&utm_content= MUST-READ (1 min) Teen hurt after overnight shooting in east Hamilton (from The Spec)

A 17-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting overnight in east Hamilton. Hamilton police were called to the shooting on Tragina Avenue North — a residential street north of Main Street East and east of Kenilworth Avenue — around 1:22 a.m., said Const. … ⇢ Read more

UPDATE: All my iOS 14 devices now perform really badly in FaceTime. Continuous reconnecting/disconnecting or constant failure to connect. iOS 13 devices and MacBooks are working just fine in this respect.


If some images on a webpage suddenly fail to load in Safari on your #iOS14 devices, try switching off Lazy Image Loading from Settings – Safari – Advanced – Experimental Features. This might be a bug of the very first version.

The quickest way to update the firmware for your AirPods (Pro):

1. Put on AirPods and play music or other type of audio for at least 30 seconds;
2. Put the earbuds back into the charging case and close the cap;
3. Connect the charging case to power using a Lightning cable;
4. Wait 30 munutes and reconnect earbuds to your iOS device;
5. Check firmware version: Settings — General — About — Your AirPods (Pro).

As of today, the latest firmware for AirPods Pro and AirPods (Gen 2) is 3A283.

This. Is. Damn. Cool.

www.engadget.com/2017-10-26-hondas-2018-gold-wing-is-the-first-motorcycle-with-carplay.html MUST-READ (1 min) Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing is the first motorcycle with CarPlay (from Engadget)

Honda Most of the automakers announcing their adoption of Apple’s CarPlay have mentioned them in reference to cars, and for good reason: It only works with screens, which are starting to become widespread on new 4-wheeled vehicles. … ⇢ Read more

Boxy cars never fail to amaze me, and that’s why the 2020 Kia Soul EX finally became my pick today. Many thanks to Ray for his company. A fun fact: the Kia salesman Mr Jack Kang eventually had my business because he was the only one, considering the sheer number of Kia dealerships in my area, who quoted me honestly enough that I decided to travel 60 km to meet him during COVID-19. I simply hated little mind games of all kinds.

Katy’s music may pall on listenership, but the definition of pop is not written in stone.

www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/09/katy-perry-and-end-pop-smile-album/615757/ MUST-READ (10 min) How Pop Music’s Teenage Dream Ended (by Spencer Kornhaber)

“I am a walking cartoon most days,” Katy Perry told Billboard in 2010, and anyone who lived through the reign of Teenage Dream—Perry’s smash album that turned 10 years old on August 24—knows what she meant. … ⇢ Read more

But I do love melancholy songs saturated with negativity, whatever the tempi.

www.bbc.com/news/amp/entertainment-arts-53167325?__twitter_impression=true MUST-READ (8 min) Pop music is getting faster (and happier) (from BBC News)

Hits by Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles and Doja Cat are bucking the trend for slower, melancholy songs “This is my dancefloor, I fought for,” Lady Gaga sings euphorically on Free Woman, a track from her new album, Chromatica. … ⇢ Read more