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  • Why use 1 hashtag when 25 will do? 😊

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  • Brent Stitcher on owning your audience

    Brent Sticher, who writes a lot about my favorite programming language PHP (don’t @ me), writes about the history of his personal blog and Twitter account and how he now owns his audience. The entire post is worth a quick read. I wanted to back him on on this bit: I’ve managed to build a […]

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  • Recent Mastodon vibes

    There is a lot being written about Mastodon lately. And it isn’t just being published on Mastodon. Both Time and Wired have published about Mastodon and its creator within the last week. I wanted to post my current thoughts about the platform to capture the moment. Things are changing rapidly. A lot of things are […]

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  • What I saw somewhat recently #97: November 22, 2022

    Enjoying a martini and Leon Bridge’s Tiny Desk concert There aren’t enough links in the world to describe the amount of information I’ve been ingesting lately. The Twitter takeover, the FTX fraud, the hacking of FTX, and the crypto winter. All while maintaining my steady diet of whacky ephemera and art inspiration topped with a […]

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  • The bricking of an iPhone in three waves

    The above series of images were made on a recent trip to Ocean City Maryland and are very likely the reason why my iPhone became what is known as a brick. Let me back up. I’ve used my iPhones underwater ever since Apple said they were IP-rated for a reasonable amount of water resistance. I’ve […]

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  • I took a nap. Can’t recommend it enough.

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  • We’re going down down in an earlier round, and sugar we’re going down swinging. 🎶

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  • TIL Vivaldi, in addition to building a browser chocked full of features like email, to do lists, contact management, and note taking, also has a blogging service and now a hosted Mastodon instance. Productive team!

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  • Poll, of sorts: How do you balance creation vs consumption? I often wrestle with myself on how much I read or watch compared to how much I write or make or create. My desired ratio is 90/10. Unfortunately it is more like 10/90.

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  • I’m at the age where I totally understand why Mister Rogers changed his sweater and shoes when entering his home.

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  • I wish Apple would transition away from using photos from Yelp in Maps. First, license the photos in such a way that we no longer need to navigate out of the Maps app. Allow people to submit their own photos to locations. Slowly remove Yelp altogether.

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  • Matthias Ott on publishing

    Matthias Ott: Longtime readers will recall Stop worrying, hit publish. Ott’s post is a great example of the point he is trying to make. In the post he is simply relaying a story he heard on a podcast. Of what value could that be? By sharing how that story moved him, he moved several others. […]

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  • Skittish is closing down

    Andy Baio reflects on his decision to shutdown the quirky and cool Skittish: I always knew there would be risk building something like this during the pandemic. Fortunately, I built it in a way where nobody would be burned: we fully honored the terms of our grant funding, it never had investors, never took on […]

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  • Wordle is showing a full cover nag screen and The NY Times is advertising the official board game in pre-roll ads on Twitter. They must be having trouble making that milly back.

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  • Any tips to achieve better focus when using a lens adapter? I picked up an adapter to use FD mounts on my 90D. The results are dreamy! But, I wouldn’t mind the ability to dial in focus.

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  • People seem to retweet things they disagree with, or they think is downright false, thus amplifying that which they think is wrong. 🤔

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  • Instagram is slowly turning into a worse version of YouTube and TikTok.

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  • If I were to direct a documentary about YouTube I would title it “Added to Watch Later”.

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  • I wonder if people that are banned on a social network know that they don’t have to spend millions or billions on acquiring a competitive social network — they can just start a blog for free. *shrugs*

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  • Stupid now supports Dark Mode. It automatically switches with your device settings. Keen eyes may notice a few accurate constellations fly by. Also, a new featured artist Daniel Howden.

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  • A Day in the Life – Pennsylvania, USA. Fall and winter is hot tub time ‘round here.

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  • If you use Apple’s Podcasts app, be sure to check the Downloads section. You may have a ton of episodes downloaded unintentionally. And they take up space.

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  • Tolkien did an awful lot of work to create the world of middle-earth and its histories, peoples, languages, etc. And yet he kept the month names from the Gregorian calendar?

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  • LOL at Joey Sneddon’s write-up on Vivaldi. “Furthering its unstated, but much evident ambitions to replicate absolutely everything in existence inside itself, the latest version of the Vivaldi web browser comes with a new productivity feature.”

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  • I’m starting to like Elon’s plan for Twitter more and more. Just get it over with already.

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  • Stop relying on Google

    Slowly, over the last decade, I’ve been pulling myself away from using Google services. Over 10 years ago I tried Duck.com instead of Google Search. It took a few years, but once it stuck, I haven’t turned back. I bet the number of searches I make on Google per month is in the single digits. […]

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  • I would like about 50% more money per year. I don’t need it. And, if I had that, I worry I’d want 50% more.

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  • NASA’s DART Mission was fun to watch last night. Waking up to impact observations from around the globe. So fun. Space stuff happens often now. It is great.

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  • I’m imaging the slide decks of cryptocurrency-related startups. Slide 1: Not a scam. Slide 2: Not hacked. Slide 3: Web3. Slide 4: Profit!

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  • Austin Mann’s iPhone 14 Pro camera review

    As usual, Austin Mann’s review of the latest iPhone camera system is excellent. Be sure to give it a read. In the review, he mentions something I’ve been wanting on iPhone for a long time; Night mode. Night mode with all-red display: After seeing the all-red Night mode on the new Apple Watch Ultra, I […]

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  • 🟥🟩 Stupid 263 2/0/2 I hope everyone who plays is enjoying the daily games.

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  • Switching Stripe Transfer‘s email services from Hover to iCloud+. Too many messages ending up in spam folders using Hover.

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  • Listening to a proper football (soccer) game live while at work. My grandfather would be proud.

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  • Take care of your blog

    Robin Rendle: There will be lonely, barren years of no one looking at your work. There will be blog posts that you adore that no one reads and there’ll be blog posts you spit out in ten minutes that take the internet by storm. Checks out. I blog a lot. I’ve blogged for decades. And […]

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  • What I saw somewhat recently #96: September 9, 2022

    The end of a dry, busy summer Three months is a long time to go, even for me, without publishing a post in this series of links. But this summer has been extraordinarily busy at work – in a way that consumed a lot of my creative and just overall energies. But of course, I’ve […]

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  • Spring ’83 – a fun internet protocol

    Robin Sloan: What follows is a narrative description of a protocol that I believe might open up some interesting new possibilities on the internet. My goal here isn’t to “sell you” on its design; rather, I just want to lay out my thinking as clearly as I can. I’m long, long overdue on reading Sloan’s proposal for a […]

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  • Have you ever scrolled down to the bottom of an article on a local news website? Thar be dragons!

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  • The crazy summer of work is almost over. I am hoping for a less stressful fall.

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  • Glass observations – an update

    One year ago I wrote Glass observations, a post wherein I wrote about the state of sharing photos on the web, and what I thought about the photo sharing app Glass. This morning I read that post anew to see if my opinion still stands – it does. So if you missed it and were […]

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  • Montaigne – Blog with Apple Notes

    Montaigne: Build a website, blog, or portfolio using nothing but Apple Notes. Pretty cool.

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  • Accidentally wrote some code that did 360 billion lookups against a database. Oops. My Mac processed it in 7 seconds. Computers are amazing.

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  • Apple One’s Family Plan should have more storage options. Currently you can purchase 200GB of extra storage for the entire family. Optionally, you can add additional iCloud+ Drive space for $9.99/month but that makes it more expensive than Apple One’s Premier Plan. 200GB for a family was enough in 2005. Today plans should start at […]

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  • Moved all of my accounts from 1Password to, iCloud Passwords (is that what it is called? it isn’t KeyChain, is it?). Now to move Eliza’s and we’ll be done.

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  • Photographers be aware, WordPress may convert your JPEGs to WebP soon

    This isn’t a “the sky is falling” post. However, photographers that use WordPress should be well aware of upcoming changes regarding image file formats. Sarah Gooding, writing for WP Tavern: WebP, an image format developed by Google, which is intended to replace JPEG, PNG, and GIF file formats, will soon be generated by default for […]

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  • WordPress mobile apps to be simplified

    Paul Von Schrottky on the Make WordPress Mobile blog: Over the years, the WordPress app has evolved to meet a diverse range of site administration needs and use cases. Features like Stats, Reader, and Notifications were introduced with the hope of meeting some of these needs. However, these features require the Jetpack plugin or a […]

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  • There needs to be a dry cleaning service for AirPods.

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  • Does everyone feel more, less, or as anxious as I do all the time?

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  • I haven’t been blogging much. Work is super, super busy and that will likely continue through mid-August. And Stripe Transfer is busier than ever. No complaints! But I do miss my blog, shooting photographs, and making new projects. I shall return!

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  • I’m in a phase where I have an absolute ton of work to do and everything is working great on my computer. So, I don’t want any software to be updated for 60 days or so. I seem to hit this sweet spot about once a year.

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  • Twitter is down hard.

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Writing helps me think more clearly and to form or transform my opinions. I write about what interests me such as blogging, photography, technology, social media, and my personal creative projects.