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Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

This Obsidian app is really very good. It may replace Simplenote for me.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro is very fast.

After six weeks, my PHP script for moving my photos into their proper locations (local, backup hard drive, and One Drive) is working well. I’m considering building a simple web interface for it. See also.

Follow-up on using Spotify for podcasts: They have a very long way to go before they are on par with even the most basic podcast apps. This leads me to believe they will have a standalone, free, podcasting app by year end.

New 16-inch MacBook Pro is en route. Suddenly current 13-inch MacBook Pro feels more sluggish than a few days ago. Does it know?

Unmark version 2020.1 has officially rolled into master today. This is a huge milestone with tons of new features and improvements. It has been running on Unmark.it for months and purrs like a kitten. Unmark is still my favorite app I use every single day.

After less than a day on Spotify for podcasts, I can say the desktop experience is not very good but the mobile one is OK. They have a lot of work to do to catch up to the status quo in the podcast player space.

I’d like to shoot a photo for an album cover.

I see people handing out book recommendations. Fun! Here are mine. I’m going to spend some time looking through all of yours.

I’ve long been a fan of Spotify. I don’t think it is arguable that it is better than all other streaming music services at recommending and surfacing music based on your habits. With Joe Rogan moving to Spotify, I’m going to test it podcast listening for a few weeks. Normally I use Pocket Casts on all platforms.

Now that my new day job has settled into a groove, and I’ve been able to complete a few paid gigs, I’ve updated my hire page to reflect that I have some availability.

Jeremy asks what our favorite photo is. Very hard question. But I’d have to choose Disfarmer #41383.

Nick Carver is giving away 2 seats to his online light metering for film photography course for those that may not be able to afford it.

Starting to feel stir-crazy. I need a new photography project to keep my mind off of being stuck at home.

Another “modern web” annoyance; visit a site, start reading the text, and it bounces around while you’re reading for about 60 seconds while all of the ads and autoplay videos load. I’m going back to books.

I hope my comprehensive crash reports that I’m sending to Twitter a few times per day are helpful for their team. See example.

I really hate most web sites these days. You click a link and are bombarded by pop-ups, “lazy” loading images, scroll-jacking. There is zero attention to the content just your own attention.

I also backed up my site locally – including media and database – something I do not do often enough.

Finally did something I’d been putting off for far too long. My site now has appropriate titles, as in the HTML title, for every URL – archives, search, dates, statuses, photos, audio clips, dates, tags. Long overdue.

I can now say I’ve interviewed a Pulitzer Prize winning artist. I interviewed Barry Blitt on The Watercolor Gallery in 2015. Congrats to Blitt.

Me, laying down, waiting in line for tickets to Star Wars in May 1999.

Image Credit: Times Tribune Archives

For those with Instagram, I post a lot more photos there than I do here on my blog. Largely because of how easy it is. I’d like to make posting photos to my site as easy as Instagram some day.

Jeremy’s post on Star Wars has me thinking; now that the Skywalker story is “finished”, I wish they never made the prequels or films 7, 8, 9. I’d like the original trilogy to stand on its own, keep Rogue One and Solo, and have a new trilogy based on Rey without any ties back to Skywalker. Oh, but his ordering is approved by me.

I’ve never used an ad blocker. Instead I do not visit sites that seem to use an egregious number of ads. Also, Firefox does a lot of blocking out-of-the-box. Lately, however, I’m reconsidering. The web is a mess. I’d also want to turn off scroll jacking and lazy loading.

It is so odd listening to my newly published podcast episode, which I recorded in mid-January, as it was an entirely different world.

Thursday is my new Friday.

Apple has hundreds of billions of dollars in cash reserves… more than any company in the history of mankind. It is using this money to bring back Fraggle Rock. I wholeheartedly approve.

Magic Leap blaming COVID-19 for why it has to lay off 1,000 people is just a terrible bit of messaging. They have raised nearly $3B. And they can’t raise any more right now. And the FB deal fell through. So they have no choice regardless of this pandemic.

Finished Contact by Carl Sagan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The horrific and avoidable loss of life notwithstanding I believe many will wish quarantine life to continue when things begin to open up once again. I know I may be among them.