• 🎸 How come Fender never released a guitar called Bender?

  • Please consider supporting the “Dev Community Supports Black Girls Code” initiative started by @ishabazz and Kevin (@BFormations). There are many ways to help. ishabazz.dev/blog/2020…

  • Today we went on a hike and it included real sand dunes, which I didn’t even know existed in our province. Some of the dune face climbs, up and down, were pretty steep. #mbaug

  • OH: Kid 1: what’s Prime Video? Kid 2: it’s Amazon’s Netflix.

  • My friend, with whom I wrote Dark Sun, went to the studio today to record drums for my new song, which is otherwise almost done. For me, it’s at the next level of songwriting and production, so can’t wait to share it. And I’ve found a good singer for it, too. So grateful. 🎵

  • A friend brought my attention to the solo of Dream Theater’s song “Breaking all illusions”. This is first, easier part. I didn’t study further yet. Beautiful melody.

  • 🎵Listening to the new album by Kansas, which was released last night. Very progressive yet melodic, great violin 🎻parts. music.apple.com/ca/album/…

  • Sometimes the prairie skies are just magnificent. These evening colours are the best.

  • Fixing incorrect Creation and Modification dates of PDFs downloaded in Big Sur beta

    I’ve found a bug (filed as FB7987637) in Safari in Bug Sur betas (1 and 2), which manifests itself when saving PDF files from the built-in PDF viewer using the button on the floating button at the bottom of the PDF view.

    Images saved by right-clicking on them and selecting Save Image to “Downloads” exhibit the same problem, as I found out later.

    Button in Safari PDF Viewer


    What happens is that the saved file has a modification and creation dates (as seen in Finder) to Jan 1, 1970 UTC (displayed in your time zone) instead of the expected ones.

    I didn’t find a way to change the creation time from the command line (the touch only appears to be able to change the modification time).

    I modified a Python script that I found online to do the work of setting the creation and modification time to the current time. I also wrote a quick Swift command-line tool to do the same, and it works on my Mac, but releasing command-line tools is not so simple and required too many hoops for this simple utility. The Swift code is below for those interested. You can download the Python script from dr.apparentsoft.com/HEQhQL. You may need to set the executable flag on it:

    chmod a+x touchCreationModification.py

    It can be used similarly to the regular touch command, by passing a file name as the first argument.

    As a user of Hazel, I created a quick rule for the Downloads folder which monitors for files with creation date before 1971 and invokes TouchCreationModification on these files. Hazel does not work well on Big Sur yet, though, so getting to the Edit Script stage was tricky (had to go through its “Run Apple Script” option first, to make the editor load.

    Hazel Script for TouchCreationModification

    Hopefully, all this will be unnecessary in the next beta. But in the meantime, programming for the win!

    Swift code (has better error management than the Python script):

    import Foundation

    let args = CommandLine.arguments
    guard args.count > 1 else {
    print(“Error: Pass a file name argument”)

    let filePath = args[1]let fm = FileManager.default
    guard fm.fileExists(atPath: filePath) else {
    print(“Error: File (filePath) doesn’t exist”)

    do {
    let now = Date()
    let dates: [FileAttributeKey: Date] = [.modificationDate: now, .creationDate: now]
    try fm.setAttributes(dates, ofItemAtPath: filePath)
    } catch {
    print(“Error setting attributes of (filePath)”)

  • Here we go. Apple Silicon inside.

  • Still stoked that my new song is now on Spotify and other music services. It’s positive and with catchy 🎸 lines. Listen and follow, if you like it for more songs I’m working on.

  • 🎵My latest song is now also available in Spotify and Apple Music. Listen, like and follow please, if you use these services. 🎸

  • See me play the 🎸solo of Seven Years and Seven Months. The song will be out on music platforms on June 30. The full song is available in other locations for now. I did later notice that i played the first phrase not as in the original 🤦🏻‍♂️. Well, I was playing live. 🎵

  • UPS 9am: package will arrive tomorrow Canada Post 9am: Package will arrive today UPS 11am: Ding. Here’s your package. Canada Post 9pm: 🦗 🦗

    With all the technology, delivery notifications are still a mystery.

  • After installing, the beta of macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) decided to show me notifications. It showed notification (from different apps) that went as far back as 2017. This is both impressive and disturbing at the same time. I didn’t know notifications persisted. And for so long.

  • Apple Service Status page is… unavailable. Where’s the status page for the status page

  • My new song’s video is premiering on YouTube now. Join in. www.youtube.com/watch

  • The song will also be available on other platforms (like Spotify/Apple Music) on June 30th and I hope to release a lyrics video before that. In the meantime, this Bandcamp link is the only place it’s available and you can listen to it there. 🎵🎸

  • 🎵 NEW MUSIC 🚨 My song “Seven Years and Seven Months” is out on Bandcamp now. The song is a light and bright pop-rock, with some jazzy harmony, dedicated to my daughter. It’s also a good day to support musicians on the platform today, as they waive their fees this Friday.

  • 🐕 Sparky got groomed yesterday. I could barely recognize him as I was picking him up. Luckily, he did recognize me, so I knew it was him ;)

  • A new original song is coming soon. It’s quite different from my regular writing, and it’s dedicated to my daughter.

  • It’s 🏳️‍🌈 month. If you use an iPhone and want to add some pride-related spice to your photos, our app Socialite, has free pride frames and stickers, among other free content. No cost at all.

  • Pleasant weather in the backyard today.

  • The new normal

  • My parody cover of John Lennon’s Imagine, called “Imagine, there’s no Facebook” has just reached 1000 views on YouTube, the second of my videos to do so. Axel F cover is looking forward to be the third.

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