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This is new for Christmas 2021... white pelicans in our central lake.

(Might not look like much on video but they're so much larger than all our other native birds, I was really surprised seeing them in person. I don't think I knew pelicans came this far inland -- I'm 40 miles or so from the gulf.)

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If you asked me how often I use VLC, I'd say "eh, not really that much," but every year I'm delighted by the traffic cone wearing a Santa hat...

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screenshot of app saying I actively use my phone 24 hours a day

I don't actually use ScreenTime, but I do notice the chart on the home screen every now and then. For several weeks now it has believed that I'm actively "on" two websites -- everynoise.com and clarkesworldmagazine.com -- almost all day, every day. Weird.

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New M1 Apple Silicon iMac. Day one: setup. Day two: it disconnected itself from my Apple ID, forgot my fingerprint, and locked up irrevocably in System Preferences, requiring a full-on yank-the-cable move. Cool. Cooool.

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Might seem unimportant but... tonight after a long Thanksgiving Day I'm grateful that my crazy-go-nuts dog was reasonably well-behaved and everyone enjoyed her company.