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February 13, 2019

I’m listening to Sunday evening’s TWiT and they are worried that Spotify’s purchase of Gimlet will take the air out of an innovative open space. To me it feels more like Yahoo buying broadcast.com.


February 11, 2019

re: blackholing big online services, I hadn’t considered the knock-on effects…

“Background noise in general disappears this week because YouTube, Apple Music, and our Echo are all banned—as are Netflix, Spotify, and Hulu, because they rely on AWS and the Google Cloud to get their content to users.”

(from Gizmodo, emphasis mine).


February 08, 2019

This NYT piece on grammarian Benjamin Dreyer has some great bits.

“If you’re going to have a house style, try not to have a house style visible from space.”

“A novel is not a blog post about Your Favorite Things”


February 08, 2019

woof


February 07, 2019

Ideas I had while walking dog this week. (Disclaimer: I’m sure 100,000 people have already thought of these ideas. I know I’m not original.)

(1) This latest FB scandal with the spy-app, paying kids $20/mo to install it with the dev certificate… If that data is worth $20/mo, why don’t they just sell FACEBOOK CLEAR for $20/mo? Zero ads, zero data collection (beyond what’s needed to show your feed/wall/followers). Independent code audits to confirm. For free, you still get the current hellstorm. “We won’t make money from ads!” Yeah, you’ll make money from, like, money.

(2) Which leads to an even better idea: APPLE CLEAR. For $20/mo, Apple will use all available tools to completely black-hole Facebook from your Apple device experience. Apps not available, all known URLs controlled by FB or affiliates blackholed at the system level on all Apple devices connected to your account. If it breaks other apps, so be it. “But that’s tortious interference with FB!” No it’s not. Apple can do what it wants in its App Store; you don’t have to buy this service.


February 05, 2019

A few years ago there was a fatal accident near our neighborhood; single-car into an electrical pole, driver killed on impact. The local paper’s comment section was filled with tearful regrets on the loss of a wonderful person. Lots of religion and family.

I googled his name and the first result that wasn’t a rehash of the original news article about his death was a page from his small business’s website, in which he bragged repeatedly about his sports car and his excellent high-speed driving skills, “and if’n the law don’t like it they can eat my goddam exhaust.” (I paraphrase, but only slightly.)

It’s not like I was going to go into the memorial-chat-thread and say “Actually your family member sounds like a menace and his reckless disregard for the road finally caught up with him. Glad no one from my family was between him and the pole he encountered.”

It just… is what it is. Fictions of the bereaved.

Anyway a 32-year-old was killed last night after inexplicably running around on foot, on the interstate, after dark. I googled him and 6 or 7 years ago he was part of a multi-state felony-theft and burglary ring stretching from Apopka to PCB to Dothan.

I feel bad for the innocent driver who couldn’t react in time. I probably won’t go looking for the memorial tributes to his upstanding lifestyle and religious devotion.


February 05, 2019

Posting this as a bookmark/note-to-self; lotta albums to visit. MWP album recs @ sic magazine


February 04, 2019

Day 3 of #100DaysOfSwift. Easy to say “oh duh this is too basic I already know variables and operators bring on the tough stuff” but it’s still worth taking one’s time… strict types are new to me (being self-taught only in JS) and little differences like “fallthrough” in switch blocks (in lieu of/as opposed to “break” in JS) matter.


January 26, 2019

a book cover next to a calorie counter

This novella, Culdesac by Robert Repino, is 284.4 calories long. Whet my appetite to read its big brother, I think. 📚


January 26, 2019

The Church are touring their Starfish 30th anniversary show in the US again this spring and they’re coming through FL this time.🖤🤘🏼


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