Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man;
and writing an exact man.
— Francis Bacon —
Who I Am
Well, if you’re going to stick around, you might as well know about your humble host. I am a twenty-something living in Washington, DC with my wife, Savannah, and our dog Felicity. Where I work for a boutique public relations firm. I grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (which is the size of Connecticut, btw) until I left for college. This brings me to 23 months I spent in Lynchburg, Virginia from which I emerged with a degree in political science and my, aforementioned, lovely wife (though we met many years earlier).
I enjoy drinking and collecting whiskey, of all sorts, ideally paired with a good cigar. I’m a hiker, a camper, and an Eagle Scout. I’m a tinkerer and technology enthusiast; some time web and graphic designer.
I have many opinions. Few of them are popular.
What I Do
Esotericish is the blog that used to live on this website. It’s a catchall newsletter for my various interests. Politics? check. Tech? you betcha. Whiskey? uh huh. Subscribe and see what kind of email potpourri lands in your inbox.
Kyle on Music is a newsletter for a new project I’ll be starting in the coming weeks. I will be listening to and writing about all 500 of Rolling Stone’s greatest albums of all time. I hope you’ll subscribe and listen along.
Web & Graphic Design
A good explainer on how to install third-party shortcuts can be found here.
Audio Read Later
Audio Read Later is a Shortcut I created that allows your phone to read you articles. Here’s how it works: You share a safari web page into it and shortcuts will grab the title, author, date, and body, save it to a text file in iCloud. Then, if you run the shortcut from the Shortcuts app it will query the directory, let you select a file, and then read it to you.
Random Album was a trickier Shortcut to build than I expected. As best I can tell, there is no way to pass an album identifier to Apple Music to play. So I had to find songs that are track 1 on disk 1 as a stand in for the albums in my library. From there I used the select random item from a list action to grab a random track. Then a find music action searches for songs whose album matches the randomly selected song. If more than one song exists for that album (it’s not a single) then it plays them in album order otherwise it starts over with another random song.