Another autumn, the leaves change, the trees turn colours.

Maple leaves changing colour
Cole Harbour Heritage Park
Autumnal Backyard Maples

Fall. It gets colder and darker. Some of the maple leaves are fiery.

Old Lawrencetown Road Trail in Autumn
Autumnal Maple Leaf

And soon the trees are bare again, and we can see to the ocean.

Leaves Mostly Gone

Winter snow soon. For now, always relevant Onion article.


Sun in the west peeked through storm clouds in the late afternoon, and a bright double rainbow appeared in the east, visible all over Halifax. Caught the full arc from work with the wide angle lens of my GoPro:

Rainbow Over Halifax

Probably the brightest rainbow I’ve seen, with the pronounced inner brightening clearly visible. Note the helicopter just inside the outer rainbow, to the left. (Might need to view this at full size to see it.)

Halloween 2021

Ezra was Mario for Halloween, complete with adhesive moustache and plush paunch insert.

Halloween 2021

Meanwhile I borrowed his astronaut helmet and hovered in the window behind the table we had set up on the front porch for trick-or-treaters.

Halloween 2021

It was mostly rainy and windy so we stayed in and did an in-house candy hunt, but were able to do a little trick-or-treating around immediate neighbours (masked and distanced) between bursts of precipitation. That sufficed for this Halloween.

Eastern Passage

Spent a Sunday afternoon at McCormack’s Beach Provincial Park: walking the boardwalk, sitting on the the beach to picnic on some drive-thru chicken nuggets, admiring the view of Halifax.

McCormack’s Beach Provincial Park View of Halifax from McCormack’s Beach

We also browsed through Shore Things and bought a little buoy ornament, then took the kid to a school called Oceanview to play in the playground for a bit.

Shore Things, Eastern Passage NS Oceanview

There was indeed an ocean view.

Apple TV Update

(In case this post accidentally gets first page placement in search results: Here is how to update your Apple TV.)

We’ve been on the same refurbished 2nd-gen Apple TV since 2013 but I figured it was time to upgrade when the old YouTube app said it was about to stop working.

Apple TV (2nd gen) YouTube app deactivation notice

A funny thing happened when I ordered a refurbished Apple TV HD (I really didn’t need the latest 4K version and our non-smart TV is just a 1080 anyway): after it arrived I plugged it in and set it up–and was greeted by a notice that this Apple TV was a “supervised device” from Resignation Media LLC, parent company of The Chive, among other things. They hadn’t properly reset the unit before sending it back in, and Apple’s refurb department hadn’t properly checked it before sending it back out for sale.

Refurb Apple TV issue

Simple factory reset did not clear the corporate supervision lock, so I called Apple tech support to ask if there was a way to remove it remotely from their end. Support rep told me I’d have to take it in to a physical Apple store to properly reset the Apple TV.

“Can’t really take it to the store right now. COVID.”
“Okay, sir. Can you wait till after COVID?”

Ultimately I just did a simple mail-in return and reordered another refurb Apple TV HD, which arrived quickly and worked properly out of the box. There’s been a bit of an adjustment period as I get used to the new UI, swipey Siri remote, and actually being able to install apps from an app store.

Unboxing refurb Apple TV HD (4th gen) Working Apple TV

(lol, lmao “after COVID,” like this is ever going to end)