Not thrilled about HEIF

I don’t know how I missed this, but Apple has started encoding photos taken with iPhones in a format called HEIF (high efficiency image format), while the entire rest of the world uses JPEG. I learned this while trying to use an iPhone photo on this blog, and WordPress doesn’t recognize HEIF without a plugin.

Turns out there’s a not-too-tough workaround (in MacOs’s Preview app, save the HEIF as a JPEG). But…(a) I had to figure it out and (b) it’s now one extra step between my photos and publishing. What the heck was wrong with JPEG?

I know, I know, progress and all, but this is why people get tired of using modern tech. Just when you think you’ve got it, the rules change.

First flight

Yesterday, I took my first flight in over a year. It wasn’t what I expected. The airport was busy and gate areas crowded and full.

Wearing a mask aboard the flight was a little uncomfortable, but manageable. Everyone was well-behaved, wore their masks, except two or three of the usual white guys who think the rules don’t apply to them. Funny how you can always pick them out of a crowd – they give off this “I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks…” vibe. One guy close to me had to be reminded 3-4 times by the patient flight attendants.

But all in all it was worth it. See reason above.