Skies have been clear in these parts every day except for mid-morning through mid-afternoon on eclipse day. Still, at the appointed time, we were able to view the eclipse through eclipse glasses, during brief hazy breaks in the dark clouds overhead. The clouds made for a diminished show, but one still worth seeing. I'm saving the glasses for the next total eclipse on April 8, 2024.
About three weeks ago, the sound quality on my laptop suddenly degraded badly, which is annoying because I like to listen to music or NPR when I'm using it for mundane tasks. I did a little digging and couldn't identity the problem, and had been planning to try a system restore. I decided I would do that this morning, but before I did so, I checked my phone messages on line. The sound quality of the messages was good. After that, I tried a few videos and discovered the sound quality is A-OK again. It was not okay as of yesterday. My suspicion was that an update was the initial culprit, which is why I was going to try a restore, but I don't think there was another update overnight that would explain the sudden return of normal audio.
California is considering a bill that would downgrade from a felony to a misdemeanor, knowingly exposing another person to HIV. The bill's author says that people are avoiding testing because they're afraid of potential legal liability if they know they have HIV. He also claims that the current law is discriminatory because it singles out HIV, and not other diseases. As to his first claim, I'd like to see hard evidence. Regarding the discrimination, change the law to include HCV, herpes and other STDs.
Season 2 of Leah Remini's Scientology: The Aftermath began airing last week. It's worth watching. Also excellent, the Netflix documentary series The Keepers, about a Baltimore Catholic nun murdered in 1969, shortly after she learned about the rapes of her students by priests working at the all-girl's school where she had been teaching.
I'm not ordinarily a fan of animation, but see In This Corner of The World if it plays at a theater near you. X-ometer rating: 97/100
A final note: As I suspected, calling Comcast to reduce services will get you a new package for less money, even though the new package is exactly the same as the old package.