Watched Palm Springs from Hulu

When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

A modern take on Groundhog Day, that is mostly romantic comedy with just a little bit of science fiction, currently streaming on Hulu. Starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, and J.K. Simmons, Palm Springs is a highly entertaining film with a running time of a mere 90 minutes.

For months, I’ve experienced a weird bug with Amazon Prime Video’s iOS app and this week I finally tracked down the cause (and a workaround, but sadly not a solution).

First, a description of the bug. When watching a video in Amazon Prime Video on my iPad, the video would randomly (or so I thought) stop playing and return to the movie or show title card. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening and when I asked on Twitter, none of my friends reported encountering the same issue.

Then, this weekend, I finally tracked down what was going on. The bug would occur whenever I launched Safari on my iPhone while watching Amazon Prime Video on my iPad. At first, I had no idea what the two things had in common, until I went to change to a different tab in Safari.

When I tapped on the tab switcher, I noticed Safari displayed that my iPad had a page open from Amazon.com. I tapped on the page to open it in Safari on my iPhone, and, sure enough, it was the Amazon.com page for the movie I was watching in Amazon Prime Video on my iPad.

I knew that Safari was using the Handoff feature to display open pages from my other devices, so as a test I disabled Handoff on my iPhone. Then, I resumed playing Amazon Prime Video on my iPad as well as browsing with Safari on my iPhone. Unlike countless other times before, Amazon Prime Video did not stop playing the video!

Knowing that it was a Handoff issue, I was able to find an Apple Support Communities thread documenting how others have had the same issue.

I don’t believe it’s a Handoff bug, as that’s working as designed. I assume the bug is either with Safari treating Amazon Prime Video’s app as an open page or with Amazon Prime Video’s app somehow running as if it’s an open web page. For now, though, I have “resolved” the issue, but I’m still not certain with which company I should report the bug.

Watched The Last Dance from Netflix

The Last Dance is a TV mini-series starring Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, and David Aldridge. Charting the rise of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

I’ve never been a big fan of the NBA (I much prefer NCAA basketball where there tends to be considerably more defense), but in the 1990s I was very much a fan of Michael Jordan. This ESPN documentary (currently available on Netflix in the United States) is a fascinating look back at Jordan’s career and (what we thought was) his final season and NBA Finals run in 1998.

Bookmarked Tools and Gear

Distributed workers rely on a wide range of software, hardware, and other gear to stay connected and productive. In this guide, we’ve collected some of our distributed-work-enabling favorites.

Despite my terrible work-from-home setup, I’m still working as productively as ever during this pandemic. When I finally decide to make some changes, I’ll definitely be returning to this guide by Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic.

Read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

While I work through my tsundoku, I’m interspersing books from Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot stories. I’ve read countless mysteries over the years, but The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is quite possibly the best mystery I’ve ever read.

There’s not much I can add to the above summary without spoiling it, but if you enjoy mysteries, I highly recommend reading this masterpiece.

RSVPed Attending Getting Started with WordPress, an IndieWebCamp Pop-up Session

This will be a broad-based introduction to the IndieWeb session specifically focused on using WordPress. Our aim is to help people get set up and running a self-hosted IndieWeb-based website with WordPress though some of our discussion will work for WordPress.com versions as well. Grab a cup of coff…

I’m looking forward to attending this IndieWebCamp session. It’s been years since I last spent a lot of time working with WordPress, so any advice I can glean will undoubtedly be very helpful.

Read ‘We Could Be Feeling This for the Next Decade’: Virus Hits College Towns by Shawn Hubler

Opening bars and bringing back football teams have led to new outbreaks. Communities that evolved around campuses face potentially existential losses in population, jobs and revenue.

Despite working in higher education the majority of my career, I’d not thought about this aspect of schools going largely online during the pandemic. I’ve worked in one small college town, but it was home to a small university (approximately 2,500 students), so I don’t think the town depended on the university population nearly as much as the towns mentioned in this article.