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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox May 7th, 2021

Thoughts From My Inbox
May 7th, 2021

Checkers (not a sport), Severed Fingers, and Determination

I compile articles for this update as the week goes on, not really paying attention to the big picture.  Instead, I find worthwhile articles and set them aside.  As I was putting together the formal document this afternoon, I realized that I only had one tech-related piece this week.  Everything else is completely random, but things I thought you might find interesting or worthwhile.  Thanks to Apple for pushing out some security updates, so I could have at least one item that has something to do with technology that we support!

 

 

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Apple Security Updates

Apple doesn’t release security patches on a set schedule.  Rather, they release them as they see fit, and even then, with great secrecy.  I published a link to one set of Apple patches last week, and there’s another set out this week.  These apply to various devices and operating systems, and are based on exploits which can be delivered directly from websites you visit (as opposed to needing to download or click on something).

 

 

Checkers

The World Anti-Doping agency banned Russian athletes from competing under their nation’s flag through 2022, due to continued violations.  Evidently, somebody thinks people who play checkers are considered athletes.  At a recent international competition, a Russian ‘athlete’ had their flag removed, and it led to quite the outrage.

 

 

Rental Cars

Coming back from Miami on Sunday night a few weeks ago, our flight was cancelled.  Figured we’d have to spend a night in a hotel, only to find out that the next available flight out wasn’t until Wednesday.  So we decided to rent a car and drive home – it’s only 17 hours.  But there were no cars to rent. In all of South Florida.  Now we know why ( and how appropriate that the header image for this article is at Miami airport).  For those of you who know me, you can imagine how calm and happy I was as the search for a car or flight (and a hotel room) was taking place.

 

 

Severed Digits

Next time you cut your fingertip off, make sure to keep it.  You might need to unlock your phone.  And fingers sans hands seem to still do the trick.

 

Nature For Kids

It’s been awhile since I’ve been involved with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy (back then it was still the Chagrin River Land Conservancy), but I still get their emails.  They have two upcoming Nature Field Days for Kids (May 15th and 24th) during which WRLC naturalists will lead kids (ages 4-9) on hikes along the banks of the Chagrin River.  Speaking from experience, these are a lot of fun!

 

Determination

We were out to dinner on Wednesday night and ESPN was on the tv over the bar.  On the crawl was mention of Drew Robinson, playing his first baseball game in AAA after having survived a suicide attempt last year.  I’d never heard of him and didn’t pay much attention.  Then an article showed up in my inbox. Warning- it’s a verrrrry long story, but also amazing.  Robinson shot himself in the head and lived to go back to playing professional baseball. After he called 911 for himself.

 

 

Housing

My inbox was flooded this week with topics related to housing, all of which I find rather interesting.  There’s a shortage of lumber due to all the projects underway, causing a big price increase as well as delays. In addition to new housing starts, there’s been a huge uptick (as you’ve probably heard or been involved in) in home remodeling, since people are spending more time at homeHousing prices are through the roof, and availability is at an all-time low (too bad it can’t be both a buyer’s and seller’s market at the same time), and all of this makes one wonder if this is the start of an inflationary period.

 

As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great weekend. The Tribe is headed home after a 6-1 road trip, and we’re getting a new puppy tomorrow.  We have a list of prospective names, but if you have anything good, feel free to send it my way.

 

Best,
Jim

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