Sick and struggling in Coal Country

From Binghui Huang at The Morning Call:

The region is a study in contrasts. Cutting across mountains, waterfalls and lakes, it’s as flush with beauty as it is with coal. Houses peek out of the green, tree-lined valleys that spawned famous Americans such as writer John O’Hara, actor Jack Palance, musicians Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and former Vice President Joe Biden. But violence and disaster also mark the rugged terrain — from the massacre of striking Lattimer miners and the hanging of alleged Molly Maguires in the late 1800s, to the tragic breach of the Knox Creek Mine in 1959.

The industry that once defined and supported the people living there has burned out. In its place are poverty, sickness and addiction.

This is the first article in an absolutely fantastic series of articles about the region of PA that I’m from and where we now live (we’re in Tamaqua, a neighboring town of Lansford, which is mentioned heavily in the article).

Things are really, really bleak for a lot of people out here in the sticks and it’s pretty sad.

New year, new… design?

If youve been here before, you’ll notice that everything got a fresh, new coat of paint. If you haven’t been here before, well… everything got a fresh, new coat of paint 🙂

For the past couple of months, I’d been using Twenty Fifteen — the old default WordPress theme — because a) it works, and b) I don’t hate how it looks. My plan had always been to eventually replace it with something custom again, so I started building the theme you’re currently looking at about a week ago.

A few notes:

  1. I built a dark mode to go along with the default light theme.

    The icon in the nav will toggle between the two. Switching themes also sets a cookie that is used to remember your display choice. This means you’ll see your last-used theme if you leave and come back to the site at some point.

    I’ve been considering some other theme-related features, such as support for automatically changing the theme based on the visitor’s time of day and/or support for macOS Mojave’s dark mode, but havent decided yet if they’re worth implementing.

  2. The theme uses a system font stack, which means the site uses your operating system’s default font (San Francisco on macOS and iOS, Segoe UI on Windows, etc.).

  3. A fancy new tagline that I consider a pretty good way to look at life in general.

  4. If you still use RSS, you can subscribe to the RSS feed right here. If you’re an Apple News user, I’ve got you covered, too. You can subscribe to the site in Apple News to get updates whenever I post.

As always, I’ll be tweaking things and playing with things pretty regularly. If there are any particular features that you’d like to see or have any questions, please leave a comment below, find me on Twitter, or send some feedback.

Apple officially releases Smart Battery cases for iPhone XS/Max/XR with Qi charging support

From 9to5Mac:

Apple today has officially released Smart Battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This comes after 9to5Mac discovered various pieces of evidence within iOS hinting at the existence of such cases.

The cases are priced at $129 for all three phones. Further, the iPhone XS/Max/XR Smart Battery cases are available in white and black.

You can get the cases here: