On Sunday at 11AM I will deliver my State of the Word address, our annual look at where we’ve been and the road ahead, and even if you can’t make it you can livestream the SoTW and the entire weekend for just $10 from the comfort of your own home.
As copywriters, we have a duty to our profession to remind our peers that there is no such person as a wordsmith in practically any office where copywriters operate with self-respect, dignity, and the freedom to express themselves in words without fear of being slandered by the most terrible of all imaginable portmanteaus.
I don’t know what he’s talking about. I codesmith, paybillsmith, and husbandsmith all day long.
I took a few weeks off of Instagram. Then, I thought, if I were to come back I’d like to have some reason to post. Something with a few constraints (beyond the square crop) and something regular. So, I’ll be posting #travelfeet for 365 days straight. I hope. I’m going to try.
My niece and a few others have already decided to join me in doing so. Maybe you’d like to?
The rules are simple:
I’ll be posting them here on my blog as well. We start on Monday October 27, 2014. I’m @cdevroe on Instagram.
I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed.
Such a sad retelling of her story. I sat on my couch last night and read this and thought about how incredibly terrible a tool the web is for some.
In case you went all o_0 when you saw #tildeclub in my last post. Here is the story of its origin.
That made me think back to posting 4–5 times a day on my own blog, and RSS (and The Time Before Google Reader Was Killed), and even back before that. I tried to think of the ultimate time for the indie web, when I was experiencing my favorite setup during the early days.
There is some amazing stuff going on over at tilde. I think it will be somewhat short lived but I’m soaking it all in while it lasts. Follow #tildeclub on Twitter to see the antics.
Digg has a roundup of beer glass types and which brews to drink with them. Notice, 8 out of 10 glasses are recommended for IPA. IPA tastes great in anything.
I’m loving loving loving this.
So I think I‘ll try doing the same thing here. In the early days of Waxy.org, before I launched the linkblog, I used to blog short posts constantly. Multiple times a day. Twitter and Waxy Links cannibalized all the smaller posts, and as my reach grew, I started reserving blogging for more “serious“ stuff — mostly longer-form research and investigative writing.
So, to recap - we have many people that have come back to blogging far more regularly. People that used to but sort of stopped. People that were tweeting rather than blogging. People that went into professional journalism due to their blogging. People that rarely blogged but are starting to see the delight in it.
I’d link to them all here but I suggest parsing through the archives here and seeing what has been going on over the last few months.
Blogging is back.
Without fail, one of the greatest ‘hands-on’ approaches to learning about wine, spirits (or brews for that matter), is to coordinate a guided tour while enjoying the spoils that come with “vacation”. Actual vineyard growers, winemakers, and owners will more quickly and pointedly debunk myths and elucidate the most important facts about your beverage of choice than 3 months in a classroom, period.
The way Eliza and I ended up learning about wine was first by visiting local wineries for free tastings. This was super helpful because it
Good tips from Wine Library.
/via my friend Gary (whose family owns Wine Library)
Well, this is cool. Ello has raised some capital and in doing so they’ve filed as a “Public Benefit Corp.” and made everyone involved sign a mission statement.
Jonathan Shieber for Aol/Techcrunch:
Here’s the first astrophoto I’ve published since the spring. This is a spiral galaxy called NGC 7331 and its located approximately 40 million light-years away from Earth. This galaxy is similar in size and structure to our own galaxy and is sometimes called the Milky Way’s twin. The fuzzy dots surrounding the picture are also galaxies, there are three prominent ones that appear to be hovering above the main galaxy in this photo.
If I had time I’d write a Spacebit on this I would but — this is a gorgeous photo of billions of objects that are millions of lightyears away taken by a hobbyist. We live in amazing times.
Today, we’re introducing something new. It’s called Inbox. Years in the making, Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters.
That “years in the making” part screams “we thought of this before Mailbox but didn’t get it out before they did”. Which I doubt they did but… it sort of sounds like Instagram’s “we thought of 15 second videos before it was cool too” moment.
Anyway, Inbox looks terrible. It looks like Google+. Which is to say it looks poorly designed. I know, I’m not usually this harsh, and I’d like to say otherwise but it really is. Even though John Gruber disagrees.
Google is building reactionary products and it shows.
Because they are trying to build a product that competes with an already existing competitor — they end up making poor design decisions. Sometimes when you are inspired by others you can wait long enough to make something that is, to some degree, better than that which came before it. But other times you simply try to make something that has the same features but looks different so that people don’t call you out for it.
But often times by doing it slightly differently you end up doing it slightly worse. Mailbox’s gestures and UI for scheduling emails to respond to them at a later date is intuitive and obvious. Inbox’s are just a list. In Mailbox the “Inbox” paradigm is maintained (because it works) yet in Google’s it looks like a social media feed. Which doesn’t end up working very good for email.
I really love Mailbox. I’m using it both on the Mac and on iOS every single day and I have come to rely on its features. Perhaps that is why when I see Inbox I simply think — Bleh.
Speaking of John Gruber, he just published his review of the iPad Air 2 — a review I’ve been patiently waiting for.
I spent a lot of time in this review comparing the new Air 2 to the iPad 3/4. I think that’s fair, because normal people aren’t supposed to even consider replacing their iPads on an annual basis. And from what we’re learning as the iPad era marches on, iPad users aren’t even upgrading them as often as they do their iPhones. They’re more like PCs, where people use them for several years. Anyone upgrading from an iPad 3/4 to an iPad Air 2 is going to be delighted. Anyone upgrading from an iPad 2 or original iPad is going to be amazed.
He’s right, of course. I had an original iPad and, months later, updated to the iPad 2 which I’ve been using every single day since. It still works great (though iOS 8 slowed it down a lot), battery still lasts far longer than I ever expect, and it is a joy to use. It still amazes me daily.
But it is time to upgrade. I could use the iPad 2 until one of Apple’s software updates bricks it, but I’d rather not. This iPad Air 2 seems like the right time to make the jump and I’m planning on doing so. I hope it lasts as long as my iPad 2 has.
Apple’s sharing all kinds of software updates with us these days, and a few of them are especially exciting for power user iPhone photographers. Here are my thoughts on how the new features affect how we create and share images with our iPhones.
People that muck about with photos on their iPhones / Mac should consider this a must-read.
/via The Loop.
Yesterday I watched John Gruber’s presentation at XOXO via YouTube. I’m very familiar with the Daring Fireball story — having been a member and supporter of John’s excellent site since the very beginning — but his presentation was great nonetheless.
One bit he spoke about was an analogy between hairpieces and web design. It was funny. And he mentioned that he had written about it on DF sometime earlier. I didn’t remember the post so I dug around and found it.
Nearly a year ago I jotted down some non-tech podcasts that I was enjoying at the time. However, today I was tagged by Joe Casabona (Cassy) to jot down those that I’m listening to currently. Here is that list:
Starting today, Product Hunt allows following and I’m right here. You know what to do.
I love that Toni Schneider is blogging regularly. In a recent post he tries to find the balance of having an open, collaborative office space and one that allows for private time to execute.
While I share Toni’s observations completely — that having a bit of both is really best, I also think that the people matter as much as the space. In June of this year I wrote about a Wired piece entitled The Myth of the Cool Office. I wrote:
Apple screwed their developers too. It happened more than once.
Good to listen to the other side of this. We’ll see how it plays out over time.
This is the fourth pig carcass that has washed up in Dead Pig Eddy. The bloated creature rocks gently up and down against the beach about 10 feet away from our brewing morning coffee. The pig must go, it’s decided, so Lao Tang and Bob tie a piece of p-cord to a stiff leg and offer the other end to me. Just tie a quick-release knot to your kayak they say. No problem.
Amazing images, great writing.
Pretty cool trick from _David Smith.
Since getting my iPhone 6 a few weeks ago I’ve been continuously trying to optimize the configuration of my home screen. The larger screen means that I now have an extra row of icons to fit onto the screen, but the physical size of device means that I can’t actually comfortably reach them.
Marco says no way. Even though the WSJ is reporting that Twitter is going to try to appeal to developers this week at a conference… he writes:
Twitter will never, and should never, have any credibility with developers again. Enjoy it while it lasts, but be ready for it to disappear at any moment.
Daniel Jalkut on finding the right stuff to publish to a personal blog:
As both a publisher and consumer of multiple blogs I have the exact same problem as Daniel. I do not want to post everything here (though that’d be much easier). I also wouldn’t want to wade through a sea of things I am uninterested in only to find the bits I am for the sites I subscribe to.
Finally, a meet up that is going to be less about technology and more about blogging. I’m excited for next month’s NEPA WordPress Meet up.
Don’t let the name fool you, this one is simply a place for bloggers to chat and enjoy each other’s company. At Coalwork.