Audacity Microphone Fix in MacOS Catalina

Hey! I’m back with another quick and dirty tech tip, this time for Audacity in MacOS 10.15, aka “Catalina.” Currently, the powerful audio editor is officially incompatible with Catalina because it isn’t allowed permission to access the microphone. The Audacity team has addressed this in a recent blog post and provided this same workaround there as well.

The workaround is to simply launch Audacity via Terminal and allow Terminal to access the microphone when prompted. You may have to go into System Preferences > Privacy & Security > Privacy > Microphone to do this.

The command to launch Audacity from Terminal is:


I have personally verified that this issue persists and the workaround still works as of April 17, 2020, running:
• Audacity 2.3.3
• MacOS 10.15.4

Hopefully you found this helpful! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, leave a comment. Also, please consider giving the video a thumbs up and subscribing to my YouTube channel and this blog for more helpful content!

ACNH – Fish Prices

While in quarantine, my family and I have been spending a lot of time playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on our Nintendo Switch. We created the awesome island of Dagobah and have been having a ton of fun! Sometimes I stream over on Twitch if that’s the kind of thing that interests you.

But that’s not what this post is about. As usual with these types of games, my favorite activity is fishing so I figured I’d start keeping track of the value of the fish when I sell them at Nook’s Cranny for personal reference, but also why not post it online so it might be helpful to someone else? So that’s what this is. It will be updated fairly regularly and, if there’s a price missing, please comment and let me know so I can add it.

Okay, enough rambling. Here’s the prices:

Fish NamePriceFish NamePrice
Black Bass400Carp300
Crawfish200Crucian Carp160
Dace240Freshwater Goby400
Loach400Sea Bass400
Sea Horse1100Squid500
Zebra Turkeyfish500
Last Updated: April 6, 2020

Fell Off the Wagon Over the Weekend

In more ways than one.

Like a lot of mistakes, it started with beer. I’m not an alcoholic by any means as I don’t drink much at all, but I’d planned on not drinking any alcohol until I got down to my goal weight (more on that in a minute). There I was at the grocery store Saturday night and I was really craving beer, so I caved and bought a 12-pack of Coors Light. Not the best beer at all, but relatively cheap and it was my dad’s beer of choice so it has some sentimentality to it.

Saturday and Sunday saw me going through a couple of beers – literally 2 ½ so not getting “drunk” by any stretch of the imagination – but last night (Sunday) I got a bad craving for potato chips.

This is where the diet comes in. Since January 1st I’ve been on a low-carb/high-fat diet, not quite as strict as “Keto” but basically the same thing, and I’ve lost over 10 pounds. Beer is high in carbs, though the “light” beers aren’t too bad which is why I let myself cave-in to the beer craving. Potato chips, on the other hand, are pretty much pure carbs.

So, long story short, I had some Spicy Nacho Doritos, some Sour Cream & Onion Ruffles, and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. I probably had 3 times my carb allotment for the day. Ouch.

You know what, though? That’s okay. I just had some bacon and eggs with some sugar-free lemonade and my vitamin supplements. I’m climbing back on the wagon today.

It’s not a big deal to fall off from time to time, as long as you get up and get back on instead of giving up and feeling sorry for yourself.

Have a great day, and remember:

You got this!

Updates. 😒

Current screenshot from my Windows 7 VM that I use for school labs.

Before this little rant to make myself feel better starts, I don’t want you to get me wrong: Windows updates are important and shouldn’t be disabled or ignored (unless it’s the problem-prone upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809 but that’s a rant for another time).

Good FSM, though, they are annoying sometimes. I’m sitting in class right now needing to get some lab work done but have to wait on the new Windows 7 VM that I installed to do its updates.

Being a VM, I originally thought about just leaving it offline and not worrying about updates but some of my class labs require Internet access so I guess I’ll install updates. If I were smart, though, I’d have left my laptop on last night updating and been ready to go this morning.

Obviously, I’m not all that smart. 😅

I could also go and find a Windows 7 class machine and do my labs there but I’m so tired of having to find one, get it working, create a new user, then fight with problems that other students have left behind because nobody seems to care. I just have to get through this update phase then this will make class work so much easier….

~Rafe 🐵