Moving Mac cursor using the keyboard

After turning off Bluetooth using the cursor, the Bluetooth mouse no longer works. To move the cursor, use Option-Command-F5 to bring up the Accessibility Shortcuts window. Move through the options using the Tab key to reach “Mouse Keys”. Use Space bar to select that option. Now the Keypad can be used to move the cursor. Number 5 acts as a click.

Europe/England/US Soccer Tournaments and Leagues

Via ChatGPT

There are several major soccer tournaments held in Europe, some of the most prominent ones include:

  1. UEFA Champions League: This is one of the most prestigious club competitions in the world and features top teams from various European leagues such as the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, and Italian Serie A.
  2. UEFA Europa League: This is another important club competition for teams in Europe, featuring clubs that did not qualify for the Champions League.
  3. UEFA European Championship (Euros): This is the biggest international soccer tournament held in Europe, featuring national teams from across the continent. It takes place every four years and is considered one of the most important international soccer competitions.
  4. FIFA World Cup: Although not exclusively held in Europe, the World Cup is a global soccer tournament that takes place every four years and often includes several European teams.
  5. Copa del Rey: The Copa del Rey is a knockout competition for Spanish clubs, with teams from La Liga and Segunda División competing for the title.

England is home to some of the most prestigious professional soccer tournaments in the world, including:

  1. Premier League: The Premier League is the top tier of English professional soccer and is widely considered one of the best leagues in the world. It features 20 clubs and runs from August to May each year.
  2. FA Cup: The FA Cup is the oldest soccer competition in the world and is open to all teams from the Premier League down to the amateur levels. It is a knockout tournament that culminates in a final at Wembley Stadium.
  3. League Cup: The League Cup, also known as the Carabao Cup, is a competition for English professional clubs. It is held annually and features teams from the Premier League, Championship, League One, and League Two.
  4. Community Shield: The Community Shield is a one-off match played at the start of each season, between the winner of the Premier League and the winner of the FA Cup.

The major professional soccer leagues in Britain include:

  1. Premier League: The Premier League is the top tier of English professional soccer and is widely considered one of the best leagues in the world. It features 20 clubs and runs from August to May each year.
  2. English Football League (EFL): The English Football League is a system of professional soccer leagues in England and is made up of the Championship, League One, and League Two. The EFL is below the Premier League in the English soccer league system.
  3. Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL): The Scottish Professional Football League is the governing body for professional soccer in Scotland and is comprised of four divisions: the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Championship, Scottish League One, and Scottish League Two.
  4. Welsh Premier League: The Welsh Premier League is the top level of professional soccer in Wales and is comprised of 12 clubs.

The major professional soccer leagues in the United States include:

  1. Major League Soccer (MLS): Major League Soccer is the top tier of professional soccer in the United States and is comprised of 27 teams. It was founded in 1996 and has grown to become one of the leading soccer leagues in North America.
  2. United Soccer League (USL): The United Soccer League is a system of professional and semi-professional soccer leagues in the United States and Canada. It is divided into three tiers: USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two.
  3. National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL): The National Women’s Soccer League is the premier women’s professional soccer league in the United States and is made up of nine teams.

These are the main professional soccer leagues in the United States, although there are also numerous lower-level leagues and regional competitions. Additionally, many American players also compete in top leagues in Europe, Mexico, and other countries around the world.

Renaming files with date

Found a good tutorial on using Automator to rename files using the creation date. I had several photos with duplicate filenames that I wanted to use in sequence by date.

Automator Quick Action, Run Shell Script with a Workflow receives current “files or folders” in “”

The script Shell: is bin/zsh and Pass Input: “as arguments”. The Quick Action is called RenameWithDate and is activated by right clicking on one or more filenames and choosing Quick Action in the popup menu, then selecting RenameWithDate:

for f in “$@”
filedate=$(date -r $(stat -f %B $f) +%Y-%m-%d);
mv $filepath/{“$filename”,”$filedate $filename”}

This is a link to the YouTube video:

Using the PLUS land use system

Fairfax County now uses the application PLUS to access all planning and zoning records. To find information, use the Search window at the top. Search by address, application number, parcel number, etc.

Application number – If there are multiple numbers, there is likely a Parent application where the Staff Report will be located 2 weeks before the case is heard by the Planning Commission. To find the staff report, click on the Record Information>Related Records. The parent application is listed first and the related applications indented. After selecting the parent application, under Record Information>Attachments (wait a minute for them to appear), should be the staff report.

Parcel number – Use the Validator to check the proper format for the parcel number. Start typing the 4 digit first number, with leading zeros, and options for the next numbers should appear. You can cut and past this number into the general search window of PLUS. However, it will not work in the Parcel number search option of PLUS. Use the general search option instead.

Address – Use the Validator and then the general search option.

QGIS to merge two layers

I needed to find out all zip codes within VA senate and house districts. I obtained the zip codes from Fairfax County GIS data repository as a KML file. House and Senate maps were retrieved from the VA Redistricting Commission as shapefiles. These were added as Vector layers in QGIS. The Union operation (Layer>Geoprocessing>Union) was used to create a new layer with the merged data. Edit>Select>Select Features by Expression was then used to select Fields & Values>SENATEN = 35 for Sen. Saslaw’s 35th District, or any other district could be selected.

Reston Golf Course Redevelopments

Hidden Creek Country Club in north Reston.

Reston National Golf Course in south Reston.

Washington Post article about possible development of Reston National Golf Course: ‘But this case is about more than a golf course. The Metro is coming to Reston, and lots of large development decisions are coming down the pike there. How will Reston’s master plan, using concentrated density to create green space elsewhere, fit with those who would build the next Ballston around Reston’s stations at Wiehle Avenue and Reston Parkway?

Reston’s creator, Robert E. Simon, told me recently [see below] that it fits fine, so long as you still have the recreation.’

Robert Simon to the Washington Post in 2012: ‘He said density was not a bad thing. “Density is good,” Simon said. ”It makes open space possible,” when you use apartments or high-rises to create density vertically. “High-rises are not anti-community,” he said, and he noted that the Stratford apartment complex near Reston Town Center has a community of engaged residents that is “really fabulous.”’

Create an iMovie from photos

In iMovie, under All Projects, Create New, Movie (vs. Trailer).

Under Preferences, set Photo Placement (Fit), Photo Duration (0.5s), Transitions (0.5s).

Under My Movie, Import Media and select all of the photos to be included.

Drag photos in sequence to the timeline at the bottom.

To save the movie, File>Share>File…