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November 14, 2023 // Web version //

TimeMachiner. Tech, culture, nostalgia. By Aaron Crocco
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We're officially in the 'fast-forward' part of the year. In some ways it's nice but in others I will admit it makes me a bit prickly. Fall is a great season where the heat of the summer finally breaks and the air gains a crispness that feels nice. Nature looks pretty in the seasonal change and there is a feel of 'getting back to normal' with school back in session.

Fall is a whole lot of Pumpkin Spice and roaming the fields for apples and pumpkins. Before it gets quite chilly out, it's really nice for some quality family-time weekends. But then... you-know-what is coming.

Long gone are the days where we'd get a lead up to Thanksgiving and then its big day. Now we go from Halloween on 10/31 to instantly thinking about Christmas on 12/25. Even though a major American holiday is still in between, the "Christmas Creep" has never been stronger. Frankly we already get Christmas in stores in mid-October these days.

The one piece of pushback I'm appreciative of the fact that stores are once again closed on Thanksgiving. It always irked me that profits and money were put so far above people, employees were forced to work on a day specifically about spending time with family. Finally, enough CEOs got it through their heads that it's not a good look and major stores finally are closed again on a day that matters. I admit not everyone shares my views on this, but I feel that employees should have a choice to work on turkey day or not.

Regardless of what you want to focus on for this fall and upcoming winter, I hope it's one that makes you happy and brings some quality time with loved ones.

I hope you have a great week.


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East Coast vs West Coast Butter
Generally, we think of coastal rivalries involving sports teams or rappers, but in a twist, there is also a difference in the world of butter. That's right, butter, which I have never thought about in any way except when I need to use it or buy more, has a whole different look on depending on where you live in the US. Luckily, the butter itself is basically the same. The biggest difference is whether you want salted or unsalted, which is the same choice in New York and California. The size, weight, and shape are what sets it all apart. Lindsay D. Mattison at Taste of Home has more. It turns out that the East Coast and West Coast have different sticks of butter. It’s not something most people would notice unless they’ve moved cross-country! West of the Rockies, butter is short and stubby while East Coast butter is longer…
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The WhyMac
Apple's transition to their own in-house chips, Apple Silicon, has been a humongous boon for the Mac. For years the Intel-powered computers were good but Apple was at the mercy of Intel's roadmap. And many times it was underwhelming. The first M1 computers were stellar in every way, none more striking than the redesigned iMac. But lost in all the excitement was a simple observation: Apple seems disinterested in the iMac altogether. The M-series iMac was released in May of 2021. Apple redesigned the whole thing. They went back to a set of colors, invoking the whimsy of the original. They made it so thin, the headphone jack (remember those??) had to be placed on the side in order for a 3.5mm plug to fit within. And it had nice color-matched accessories down to the power cord. It was great, especially with the jump the M1 had over the Intel…
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