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While we were here, this lump of ice apparently decided that it was small enough to finally leave the glacial lagoon and float out to sea. It made it most of the way down the connecting water way and then got stuck here.

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I don’t think I ever finished talking about electric propulsion (electric 🚀!) NASA just recently awarded a contract to build the Power and Propulsion Element. Should be a fun few years and hopefully we’ll be flying to the moon very efficiently and demonstrating high power solar electric propulsion for future deep space missions.

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I need a new Mac. My 2015 MacBook Pro’s battery is swelling and its time is coming to an end. I need some help figuring out what to get:

  • I don’t really need portable.
  • I have some decent monitors but would be interested in upgrading. I will want to calibrate any monitor solution.
  • Photoshop is the most demanding application I use. 40 meg RAW files, processed in Adobe Camera Raw. I don’t use Lightroom.
  • I want quiet. No loud fans all the time. possbile most important.
  • I think I want a T2 chip?

The iMac 5k is probably the best bet, but it has no T2 chip (and that is the state of the art, right?), and I am worried about fan noise right in front of my head. It sounds loud from what I’ve read. The iMac Pro fits the bill but is expensive. And lastly, a Mac mini has a crummy GPU. I might outfit a Mac mini with an LG 4K screen, approaching iMac 5k price.

Portable is nice, but I can always use my wife’s MacBook. Work supplies a laptop for me and I hope to switch to a MacBook this year if I can. So even though I’ve been using Mac laptops for close to 20 years, I think I’m moving back to a desktop.

I’m leaning towards a Mac mini? Am I going in the right direction? I could also get an iPad Pro with the cost delta compared to the iMac 5k I configured…