I put Tetris 99 on my Switch and you may not hear from me for a very long time. It’s super fun! I never would have thought of a Battle Royale version of Tetris! 🎮⏎ February 15, 2019
We’ve been fans of Brandi Carlile for a while, and this performance at the Grammy’s was amazing! 🎶⏎ February 14, 2019
Good reminder for everyone preparing for machine learning to take over the world. Let’s first figure out Valentine’s sayings. 😁⏎ February 13, 2019
Schneier is very savvy and smart, and this direct takedown of blockchain is to the point. I’ve gotten more comfortable with the idea that blockchain is a technology solution for trust, but Schneier’s arguments for why that simply isn’t true are strong. 😳⏎ February 13, 2019
I use eero devices at home. I always suspected that eero would be purchased by a bigger company. I didn’t think it would be Amazon though.⏎ February 13, 2019
I’ve always enjoyed Bob Costas. I’m not a huge sports person, but Costa’s has a way of bringing stories together in a way that is very compelling. The reaction to him speaking out about brain injury issues in the NFL is at best dissapointing.⏎ February 13, 2019
This article is written referring to product management, but nearly all of it can be applied to any 1:1 context. This is a topic I keep wanting to investigate as it is not well defined in most companies. Just the statement here referring to 1:1’s as a “coaching technique” is a compelling way to frame these sessions.⏎ February 13, 2019
Reading this, along with Jess Fraz’s writeup makes me want to go and re-read Soul of a New Machine again too! It’s a great book. 📚⏎ February 13, 2019
Neat tool to specifically help you with unsubscribing from bulk mail. Sadly it only seems to work with Gmail at the moment. 😴⏎ February 13, 2019
Slick examples of what you can do with Python’s
Reflections from the CEO and Founder of Gumroad on building the business and the significant ups and downs. He grounds back to delivering value. It seems obvious, but that is really what matters.⏎ February 13, 2019
Is “complexifier” a word? If not, I want it to be one. What a bunch of slime ball stuff. Glad Bezos didn’t capitulate.⏎ February 13, 2019
If you find buildings and architecture interesting this is an amazing look at the new Bloomberg London location. The first half was the most interesting to me covering the mechanics of the building. Amazing space. Thanks to Nick for the link.⏎ February 13, 2019
These ARPU numbers are amazing.
For each dollar of digital ad growth between 2011–2018, Google took $1.00, Facebook $3.70, while the NYT took only 32 cents.
😯⏎ February 11, 2019
These seem like worthwhile actions to make sure you are adjusting your trajectory in a thoughtful way.⏎ February 10, 2019
I dig cool little font projects like this. 👏⏎ February 9, 2019
The first cuff links I would actually enjoy wearing! 🎮⏎ February 9, 2019
I’m a fan of Vitamix blenders. We have two of them! I had no idea that they were one of the very first infomercials made. This is fun to watch. 📺⏎ February 7, 2019
Craig Mod sharing some perspective on the recent rise in newsletters. This newsletter, the Weekly Thing, is part of that rise. I have found some, but not all, of the particular and unique aspects of newsletter writing that is described here. I do love the “unmediated” aspect of email. There isn’t a spot for a company in the middle to profit from it (the reason I’m circumspect of ventures like Stoop).
These newsletters are the most backed up pieces of writing in history, copies in millions of inboxes, on millions of hard drives and servers, far more than any blog post. More robust than an Internet Archive container. LOCKSS to the max. These might be the most durable copies yet of ourselves. They’re everywhere but privately so, hidden, piggybacking on the most accessible, oldest networked publishing platform in the world.
Long live email! 📧⏎ February 7, 2019
This seems like a cool capability for smaller projects or for just trying things out. Looks like it’s read only. Reminds me of datasette.⏎ February 6, 2019
Handy tool for helping with CSS.⏎ February 5, 2019
It’s clear to me that online multiplayer games like Fortnite are not just games, but are something bigger. What that bigger is I don’t know. It’s not my wheelhouse but I know that people spend a lot of time engaging friends via these platforms. This concert from Marshmello inside of the game is an interesting example of how this can extend beyond traditional gaming. 🤔⏎ February 5, 2019
The Event Sourcing pattern is a solid one and has been adopted a lot in recent years. This is a take on the complexity associated with event sourcing and some things to watch out for, or be aware of. It’s not an incrimination, but a survey of things to be prepared for.⏎ February 5, 2019
Facebook paying $100,000 for this service is laughable, and should mostly serve as further assurance that Facebook doesn’t see value in solving this problem. It’s also crazy to me that Snopes highlights that there is no API and there isn’t an easy way to flag content. Clearly Facebook knows how to make API’s and how to make user experiences easy, at least when they want to.
“With a manual system and a closed system — it’s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,” Green told Poynter in a phone interview. “Do you need fact-checkers to stop and do all this manual work? Or should fake websites just be reported through other means and supply a body of evidence that these people shouldn’t be on your platform because of their nefarious activity?”
I like this focus on engaging directly with their actual customers.
“It’s hard for me to concern myself with making Facebook successful when it’s so hard just for Snopes to be successful,” Green said. “Our community isn’t just on Facebook. We prioritize our readers first.”
Honestly, Facebook doesn’t lack resources to solve this problem.⏎ February 5, 2019
My friend Patrick Rhone outlines his approach to creating websites. Focused on benefits and the visitor, very good. 👍⏎ February 5, 2019
Neat tool.⏎ February 5, 2019
This isn’t the first time that large amounts of cryptocurrency have been lost.
Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday.
I wonder how much inflation bitcoin has had due to lost currency. 💸⏎ February 4, 2019
I love that Bob Mould is still making those giant guitar sounds. I’m looking forward to this new album.⏎ February 2, 2019
Homebrew makes using your Mac so much easier, and now with support for Linux and Windows 10 Linux subsystem.⏎ February 2, 2019
Robust graphic library with a variety of images for people.⏎ February 2, 2019
I continue to find Lua a bit fascinating, and dig the idea of putting Lua right in the web server.⏎ February 2, 2019
Another simple blogging platform. Let’s keep these options flourishing!⏎ February 2, 2019
This is a great overview of how to go about user experience design, just using some paper and pens. Teams often over complicate the tooling to get these design concepts created.⏎ February 2, 2019
I have the same use case as Frederico, using iCloud to store state for Shortcuts in JSON files. If you need to deal with JSON on iOS this is a nice tool to do it with.⏎ January 31, 2019
Great reflections on the breadth of responsibilities that come with being a principal engineer.⏎ January 31, 2019
This story as well as the one about Facebook is getting a lot of attention. A number of people have seemed to think that Apple pulled the enterprise certificates because of the privacy issues with these applications. I don’t think that has anything to do with it. These certificates are meant to be used to distribute internally developed applications to your employees, not outside your company. That is the reason they pulled the certificates.⏎ January 31, 2019
At this point nothing should really surprise us from Facebook right? 🤦♂️⏎ January 31, 2019
Turns out generating mazes is pretty complex.⏎ January 31, 2019
I’m a big fan of Larry Lessig. I had no idea that he was an advisor to Second Life. Seed sounds like SimCity taken to the extreme.⏎ January 31, 2019
These are a lot of fun!⏎ January 31, 2019
I like seeing new email newsletter platforms popping up that are focused on more grassroots things, versus serving marketing teams. This is a lot more powerful than TinyLetter. Not as powerful as Mailchimp, but it’s also way easier to use. If you are lookin for an easy way to start a newsletter this seems like a good option.⏎ January 31, 2019
This is absolutely brilliant.
Normally, human technicians spend hours working with amputees to manually adjust robotic limbs to work well with each person’s style of walking. By comparison, the reinforcement-learning technique automatically tuned a robotic knee, enabling the prosthetic wearers to walk smoothly on level ground within 10 minutes.
Use AI to get the computer to adapt to the human faster! 💙⏎ January 31, 2019
I didn’t think of this but it’s right, it would be really easy to make a shortcut that pulled a copy of all sorts of data from your phone and then had the user send it to you. To be clear, the user would have to willingly go along for the ride. It wouldn’t be possible to do this automatically. But you could pretty quickly fool people I would think.⏎ January 31, 2019
This is really janky and you have to build it yourself with Xcode but I it’s pretty cool to be able to run a Shortcut on a schedule like cron.⏎ January 31, 2019
There are a few people who subscribe to this newsletter via Stoop. I haven’t tried it, and don’t plan to. I don’t have a problem routing newsletters to the right spot to read when I have time. I would also be paranoid of putting a company in the middle of the content I’m reading. But, I’m sure some will find this a great option for newsletters.⏎ January 31, 2019
I’m a proud supporter of the EFF.
Zuckerberg ends his op-ed with a call for government regulation codifying the principles of “transparency, choice, and control.” But in reality, Facebook is tirelessly fighting against laws that might do just that: it is actively battling to undermine Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act in court, and the Internet Association, of which Facebook is a member, has asked California legislators to weaken the California Consumer Privacy Act, and is pushing for a national law only if it “preempts” and rolls back those vital state protections.
Follow the money.⏎ January 31, 2019
Altman does reference getting lucky in this, but I would suggest adding a new “0. Get Lucky”. I agree with his recommendations, but those simply tip your odds. You also have to get lucky. 🍀⏎ January 31, 2019
I agree with Newport’s primary assertion here, that Jobs’ would not have wanted a device to become so constantly integrated into our worlds. Mostly I would say that based on his lifestyle. The fact that he didn’t pitch a store and was downplaying third party apps, I suspect, had to do more with Apple not being ready to pursue that strategy at the time.⏎ January 31, 2019
Neat program to route stdin and stdout to an external process and make it accessible via WebSockets! 🛠⏎ January 26, 2019