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Tetris
There is so much Tetris here! History of the game, variants of it. But most notably, a program to read a Tetris game using a webcam and then "play" it using the standard controls. A computer playing Tetris!
21 hours ago
Verizon Admits Defeat With $4.6 Billion AOL-Yahoo Writedown - Bloomberg
**$4.6 billion** writedown. This was always a bad idea. It makes one wonder where does the support for something like this come from?
21 hours ago
Introducing the new GitHub Status Site | The GitHub Blog
GitHub has become part of many automated systems inside of companies. Extending their status site to be more specific, and importantly callable via an API, makes a lot of sense.
21 hours ago
Twin Cities-based movement gives retired men a place to talk, give back and feel valued - StarTribune.com
This seems like a perfect Minnesota thing.

> The Men’s Sheds motto: “Men don’t talk face-to-face. They talk shoulder-to-shoulder.”

Actually, isn't this just ice fishing but without the fishing? 😁
21 hours ago
Scripting API now in public beta! | Minecraft
I sense a sudden surge of kids learning Javascript!
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21 hours ago
'Gorogoa' for iOS — Tools and Toys
I love the new, innovative games that have come to the iPad.
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5 days ago
On Blogs in the Social Media Age - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Interesting analogy from Cal Newport. Is the open web more of a market based system? I can see the logic behind that, and it does make sense.

> As any serious blog consumer can attest, a carefully curated blog feed, covering niches that matter to your life, can provide substantially more value than the collectivist ping-ponging of likes and memes that make up so much of social media interaction.

This is why I don't get any of my incoming information via social media. None of the links I highlight come from social media.
5 days ago
Stop Checking Your Email All The Time (How to Break Your Inbox Dependence And Get Real Work Done)
Everything in this is so true.

> The average person checks email 77 times a day, sends and receives more than 122 email messages a day, and spends 28 percent or more of their workweek managing a constant influx of email.

That is a ton of time, and even more when you consider the mental distraction of it all. I find this problem to be very difficult to solve though. Particularly in the workplace people have gotten used to sending emails and expecting immediate awareness. Any time you send an email "Are you coming to this meeting?" you reinforce that in your culture. To some extent, the adoption of messaging in business has been a welcome reprieve from this but not enough.

Personally I use Sanebox to keep emails in different bins, so I can check them on a more appropriate schedule based on the sender and content of the email. It’s a game changer! But I still would like to get to less time in email and more time focused on things that deliver more value.
5 days ago
AlphaZero: Shedding new light on the grand games of chess, shogi and Go | DeepMind
The results of AlphaZero are amazing. It’s shocking how quickly it developed winning strategies only using basic rules and playing games against itself and other algorithms.

> However, it was the style in which AlphaZero plays these games that players may find most fascinating. In Chess, for example, AlphaZero independently discovered and played common human motifs during its self-play training such as openings, king safety and pawn structure. But, being self-taught and therefore unconstrained by conventional wisdom about the game, it also developed its own intuitions and strategies adding a new and expansive set of exciting and novel ideas that augment centuries of thinking about chess strategy.

I like how this article positions that human players will be able to develop new tactics and strategies by working with AlphaZero. That hybrid human plus algorithm approach will be common in a number of areas in the future, and already is in many. Before readers assume this means AlphaZero can do anything, remember that games are closed-systems with extremely specific rulesets. The world we all occupy is nothing like that.
5 days ago
Writing Workflows | Title Page
Interesting book on writing and the workflows around it.
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5 days ago
Glengarry Glen Christmas: Elf Motivation - SNL - YouTube
I’m a huge fan of [Glengarry Glen Ross](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glengarry_Glen_Ross_(film)). I've probably seen that movie 30 or more times. Not just the scenes that everyone talks about, but the whole movie. It turned me on to [David Mamet](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mamet) and his [amazing dialogue](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Mamet#'Mamet_speak'). This Christmas version of it is absolutely hilarious, and done by Alec Baldwin himself. Point of trivia, this scene with Alec Baldwin is one of the most quoted of the entire movie, and it didn’t exist in the original play. It was added for the movie rendition to give additional punch.
5 days ago
Microsoft Edge: Making the web better through more open source collaboration - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog
In 2009 I wrote a blog post on what [Microsoft could do to get "nerds" back](https://www.thingelstad.com/2009/my-solution-for-microsoft-to-get-nerds-back/). I should have titled it "geeks", but oh well. One of the two suggestions was to stop working on their own web engine, at the time Trident. It took 9 years, but Microsoft has announced they shifting their browser engine. Just one thing left, although you might argue that Windows Services for Linux is pretty close to the other recommendation I had.
5 days ago
New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Everything you ever thought Facebook might do with your data that you don't want them to, they are doing. The end of this article hits it right:

> No matter how Zuckerberg slices it, your data is at the center of Facebook’s business. Based on these documents, it seems that Facebook sucked up as much data as possible through “reciprocity” agreements with other apps, and shared it with insufficient regard to consequences for users. Then, after rolling back its permissive data-sharing APIs, the company apparently used privileged access to user data either as a lever to get what it wanted from other companies or as a weapon against its competitors. You are, and always have been, Facebook’s most valuable product.

I continue to happily live in an Internet, with my 1Blocker setup, that doesn't include any Facebook properties. They simply cannot be trusted with any data, and they have the most of it.
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6 days ago
Stripe Atlas: Guide to scaling engineering organizations
Very thorough and detailed overview of how Stripe builds out their technology teams from recruiting to onboarding. A lot of great practices!
6 days ago
Fujitsu ScanSnap 64-bit Software Update — macsparky
I have a ScanSnap scanner and was worried they were not going to make a 64-but release! Whew.
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7 days ago
Apple ID Data & Privacy
I didn’t know Apple had this tool to allow you to get at your data, and even have it deleted if you wish.
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7 days ago
Events, the DNA of Kubernetes · Do not go gentle into this good night. Rage.
Very approachable read on how Kubernetes handles internal communication.

> Event-driven design has many more advantages and can address a lot of problems in distributed systems (back-pressure, queuing, retries, scale-out, etc.). However, it’s not a new idea. Not at all! For example, relational databases work the same way (transaction log). The database is said to be the (stale) cache of the immutable log 😄.

Neat! 🤓
7 days ago
Show your skills with Pokémon GO Trainer Battles! - Pokémon GO
Trainer Battles in Pokémon Go look like a great addition to the game!
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7 days ago
5 books I loved in 2018 | Bill Gates
[Educated](https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Educated) has shown up on a lot of book lists. I’m not sure about the Harari book. My book club read Sapiens and liked it, but then read followup materials that suggested it was not sound science. It’s crazy to me that I’m a [Headspace](https://www.headspace.com) subscriber but didn’t know that there was a book!
7 days ago
Software Sprawl, The Golden Path, and Scaling Teams With Agency – charity.wtf
I like the concept that Majors' puts forward here. It’s all carrot and no stick. I do a similar concept in tech teams. There are great support options to help your team, but to get them you need to adopt certain patterns and technologies.
8 days ago
Gendered Linguistics: Why Words Matter - YouTube
Gendered language is something that I have thought about a number of times lately. The topic is coming up more in job postings when recruiting, and I've also considered it when companies write policies or training material. This talk is thought provoking regarding where gender coding of language comes from. Is it the language or the usage?
8 days ago
Twilight of the Taj - BBC News
I got to visit the Taj Mahal when I was in India this year. It’s an amazing site and I hope that the government of India takes action to reverse these issues.
8 days ago
How to Start Amazon FBA - My FBA Experiment 2018 - Updated Regularly
This is an interesting journal of all the activity this person is taking to sell a product on Amazon. It goes through each step in the process, and highlights the myriad of things that need to be dealt with. It’s an interesting read.
8 days ago
The Total Incompatibility of Mindfulness and Busyness
Article from [Jon Kabat-Zinn](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Kabat-Zinn), one of the leaders of mindfulness practices.

> Precisely because if we are overloaded to the point of being overwhelmed, it is likely that we will be so agitated, so distraught, so self-preoccupied that we won’t be able to meet anybody or any situation from a place of ease within the fullness of our own being in that moment, and that includes, most importantly, even an authentic meeting of ourselves and those we most care about.

This is worth reading a few times, just to make sure it sinks in. Via [Leah Cunningham](https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6474770166122102784).
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8 days ago
Apple presents the best of 2018 - Apple
Many "Best of…" content lists for 2018.
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8 days ago
Hackers breach Quora.com and steal password data for 100 million users | Ars Technica
Another day another giant breach. This reminds me I don't need a Quora account since I don't use it.
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8 days ago
@bfeld v53.0 - Feld Thoughts
Writing letters to yourself on your birthday, or commemorating the year and looking ahead, is a fun thing and I like reading these when people share them. It is a way to capture a little bit of wisdom for free.
8 days ago
After 12 draws, Magnus Carlsen is once again the chess world champion - Time is of the essence
The state of Chess at the highest level is amazing.

> The result is human chess that increasingly resembles computer chess. Chess.com has developed a metric, Computer Aggregated Precision Score (CAPS), which compares a player’s moves to those of a top engine. Mr Carlsen scores higher than any other champion; his moves parallel those of the engine’s more than 85% of the time, and his overall choices are better than 98% as effective as those of the computer.

These players are literal human computers. ♟
9 days ago
Tesla API
First car I’ve had with an API. 😁
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9 days ago
Marriott: Data on 500 Million Guests Stolen in 4-Year Breach — Krebs on Security
This is a giant and deep breach.

> Marriott said the breach involved unauthorized access to a database containing guest information tied to reservations made at Starwood properties on or before Sept. 10, 2018, and that its ongoing investigation suggests the perpetrators had been inside the company’s networks since 2014.

**Four years** is an incredibly long time for an attacker to have access. 😳
9 days ago
PlugShare - EV Charging Station Map - Find a place to charge your car!
This is the most comprehensive map I've found of charging stations for electric cars. I was looking for one in Faribault by our cabin and this is the only one that had the *single* station there.
12 days ago
The 40 greatest family games, from Guess Who to Catan.
Just in time for the holiday shopping season! 🎁
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13 days ago
Amazon Quantum Ledger Database
Amazon introduced this highlighting that it was a technology they built in-house and are now making available to the public. It looks interesting.

> Amazon QLDB is a new class of database that eliminates the need to engage in the complex development effort of building your own ledger-like applications. With QLDB, your data’s change history is immutable – it cannot be altered or deleted – and using cryptography, you can easily verify that there have been no unintended modifications to your application’s data.

There is a lot of overlap with [Event Sourcing](https://www.martinfowler.com/eaaDev/EventSourcing.html) concepts, but I’m not sure it is applicable to that. This is marketed as providing the audit history trust of a blockchain, but not using decentralization.
13 days ago
Amazon Textract | Extract Text & Data | AWS
Pulling text data out of forms isn't glamorous, but it’s an important problem and one that a service should do very well.
13 days ago
We Wasted Ten Years Talking About Performance Ratings. The Seven Things We've Learned. – JOSH BERSIN
Like this perspective on performance management systems. Things of note:

1. Curious to see [BetterWorks](https://www.betterworks.com) highlighted. They seem to show up in this topic more than most. Noting to look into their solutions more.
2. The feedback topic highlighted is a component of why I've been pushing to provide more structure and guidance to the 1:1 functions in our teams. There is an incredible amount of time and investment in 1:1's, and I think many of them do not have clear goals and objectives.
3. I like seeing OKR's highlighted here.
4. I like the way this framed the engagement topic, and how a manager should think about team engagement in their overall work.

Good things to consider as your organization evolves and grows. Via [Juselly French](https://www.linkedin.com/in/jusellyfrench/).
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13 days ago
AWS DeepRacer – Go Hands-On with Reinforcement Learning at re:Invent | AWS News Blog
How do you get a bunch of developers to learn machine learning techniques? Give them a cool 1:18th scale autonomous car and have them build self-driving code for it! This is a pretty neat idea. I ordered some for our team at SPS to play with and learn.
13 days ago
Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights – Fast, Interactive Log Analytics | AWS News Blog
Amazon will continue to make log analytics better. Companies like [SumoLogic](https://www.sumologic.com) and even [Splunk](https://www.splunk.com) will need to continue to invest to stay ahead.
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13 days ago
Amazon FSx for Lustre | AWS News Blog
Shared file systems are a pain to do well, and are often times not a great solution, but sometimes they are needed. Doing them **fast** is even harder. Grid computing applications need highly performance shared file systems, and now there is one of those coming for the cloud.
13 days ago
GraphQL: A Retrospective - Verve
I like this article because it is written after having made the transition to GraphQL, so it has the benefit of time and experience. Overall a positive endorsement for GraphQL as a solid way of connecting systems together.
13 days ago
The Greatest Sales Deck I’ve Ever Seen – The Mission – Medium
Nice breakdown to create a compelling and engaging story to connect with a prospect. This structure would definitely engage better than the typical sales presentations that are all about the vendor, and not about the problems you, the potential customer, are trying to deal with.
13 days ago
Workplace Collaboration: Do People Actually Want to Work with You? - Matt Norman
As a leader, you should think about and engage on these four questions posed in this article. 🤔
13 days ago
Firecracker
Firecracker is an open source virtualization technology that is purpose-built for creating and managing secure, multi-tenant containers and functions-based services. 🧨
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14 days ago
Amazon’s own ‘Machine Learning University’ now available to all developers | AWS Machine Learning Blog
Joining the ranks of other companies sharing internal training materials publicly, Amazon is now making their ‘Machine Learning University](https://aws.training/machinelearning) available to all.
14 days ago
Information Attacks against Democracies - Schneier on Security
Bruce Schneier is a security expert, not a politician, but for this summary of the paper he did provides interesting perspective.

> This framework not only helps us understand how different political systems are vulnerable and how they can be attacked, but also how to bolster security in democracies. First, we need to better defend the common political knowledge that democracies need to function. That is, we need to bolster public confidence in the institutions and systems that maintain a democracy. Second, we need to make it harder for outside political groups to cooperate with inside political groups and organize disinformation attacks, through measures like transparency in political funding and spending. And finally, we need to treat attacks on common political knowledge by insiders as being just as threatening as the same attacks by foreigners.

It’s thought provoking to consider the attack surfaces of political systems in this way.
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15 days ago
Is it finally time for media companies to adopt a common publishing platform? » Nieman Journalism Lab
As a former media CTO I found this article an interesting read, and close to a topic that I have owned previously in my career. I think this is a really tough call, even today. My perspective on the matter is influenced by some key thoughts.

1. In general, for digital companies, if it’s your business then you build it, if it’s not your business you should buy it. To be clear, "buy it" may not always mean buying it, you may use an open source product. I just mean _don't_ build it. Media companies make content. **Content is their business.** By that thought, you should build this. It’s expensive, but the options that you have to present content to customers is a key market differentiator and if you don't build it you will not be able to differentiate as well as another company.

2. The article references "unique content edge cases". My background in content publishing is all financial services, and that content definitely had "unique content edge cases". Financial stories reference companies and stocks, and those references have meaning that most generic content systems cannot deal with. If you carve out "unique content edge cases" is there anything left? Shouldn't all media companies have a unique content edge?

3. The market of companies that buy these solutions is not great. You have media companies, which are struggling with digital transformation. The lack of investment in that sector will limit the providers selling into that market. I would wonder if you will get a vibrant community of providers for such a small market that has a wide variety of growth rates.

This is a tough call for the digital team at any media company. I think you have to go to the core value that your company delivers, and be really honest about it, and then make the call. Deal with the limitations or benefits that that provides after.
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15 days ago
Welcome · Practical Cryptography for Developers
This looks like.a very well done and comprehensive guide.
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16 days ago
Errata Security: Some notes about HTTP/3
QUIC is a brand new transport layer under HTTP that is now being branded HTTP/3. This is a fairly easy-to-read overview of what is coming with HTTP/3. It is all very transport layer.
16 days ago
How to Simplify the Holidays : zen habits
A lot of good recommendations here for the holidays.
16 days ago
Ditching the MacBook Pro for a MacBook Air | Brad Frost
I got one of these new MacBook Airs as well and I’m really liking it!
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16 days ago
The End of Trust (McSweeney's 54) | Electronic Frontier Foundation
This looks like a very cool book. Wish I could have got a copy of it ordered before they ran out.
16 days ago
The One Where I Announce I’m Joining Mac Power Users – 512 Pixels
I listen to Mac Power Users from time-to-time and it’s funny — I got the sense that Katie Floyd was less into the content in recent episodes, or something was off. It didn’t surprise me to hear that after.a **10 year** run she's stepping aside. I think it will be interesting to see if the podcast gets some new spirit with a new cohost.
16 days ago
Best EDI Software | 2018 Reviews of the Most Popular Systems
Nice to see SPS Commerce in the top spot, by a ways!
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17 days ago
Things I learned from working at Shopify - Yellowstroke.com
This is a fabulous set of learnings for anyone to think about in their career.
21 days ago
I hate manager READMEs – Camille Fournier – Medium
I’ve never jumped on this bandwagon. I’ve always felt that it was a bit presumptuous, and had the wrong polarity. Your job as a leader is to adapt to your people, not to expect your people to adapt to you.

> If you want to build trust, you do that by showing up, talking to your team both individually and as a team, and behaving in an ethical, reliable manner. Over, and over, and over again. You don’t get it from writing a doc about how you deserve their trust.

I’ll pass on this.
21 days ago
The future of photography is code | TechCrunch
I've been amazed at the innovations that have arrived via *computational photography* and I am sure that there are many more coming. I tend to think that our phones will be able to get amazing pictures, and displace so much of what traditional cameras do. However, I still see nothing that will be able to replicate a long telephoto lens with a really fast shutter. Nearly every other scenario, I think computational photography will likely surpass.
21 days ago
Kubernetes 101: Pods, Nodes, Containers, and Clusters
This is a very easy to understand breakdown of the basic components of [Kubernetes](https://kubernetes.io). It’s a good read if you are just trying to ground yourself with the basic terms. Via [Leah Cunningham](https://www.linkedin.com/in/leahcunningham/).
21 days ago
A Different Photography Workflow – The Sweet Setup
I’m in a similar camp with the author of this rethinking my cameras and where I keep my photos. The amazing developments in mobile photography have changed so many of the tools and processes that photographers use today.
21 days ago
Mini Kubb | Table Top Block Toppling Game | Scienz Games Co.
None of these table top Kubb games are very playable, but they are still kind of fun.
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21 days ago
Home Screen Icon Creator: A Shortcut to Create Custom Icons for Apps, Contacts, Solid Colors, and More – MacStories
Immensely powerful shortcut from Viticci. This looks like a great addition to Shortcuts, and I’ll bet a good example shortcut to learn from.
22 days ago
Pivot or Fail? – AVC
I’ve heard startup teams announce that they are pivoting as if it was the next natural step in their plan. That’s never made sense to me. A pivot is recognizing that the original path doesn’t work, and pivoting to a new path.

> So my view is if you’ve failed, accept it, announce it, and deal with it. Shut the business down, give back the cash, and rip up the cap table. Then do whatever you want to do next. If it is another startup, do it from scratch and keep as much of it as you can. If it is something else, well then do that too.

I’m surprised Wilson doesn’t highlight to me the main reason people pivot instead of doing what he suggests — to avoid failure. If you pivot, sure there are some downsides, but you didn’t fail, you pivoted. Neat! Do it a couple more times and still, no failure. If you actually do what is suggested here you have to acknowledge the thing you are avoiding at all costs.
22 days ago
When to put down the tools – Mike Monteiro – Medium
I like this perspective from Monteiro. What is the line for the employees of Facebook and Twitter?
22 days ago
iPad Pro 2018 review: A computer, not a PC - Six Colors
Very thorough review of the new iPad Pro as a primary device to get things done.
22 days ago
How to Make This the Most Intentional Work Year of Your Life - Matt Norman
I track my time and categorize it as well, and I dig the learnings that Matt Norman is highlighting here. I’ve had similar realizations from doing this myself. I’d suggest OKR’s over the 90-day sprint idea though. 👍
22 days ago
Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all | Ars Technica
This new Nintendo Switch Pokémon game looks like it will be a lot of fun for any Pokémon fans you know. Good Christmas present! 🎁
22 days ago
The Industrial Revolution was the most important event in history - Vox
Wow! This graph is a great illustration of the extraordinary times that we are living in!
22 days ago
A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads - The Verge
I don’t think most users realize how much private data can be gleaned from your photos. I won’t store my photos with Google or for sure a social media company. This patent shows just some of the use cases that companies like Facebook can get from mining your personal photos.
22 days ago
Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Software Engineer · Ana Ulin
What a wonderful list. Some of these made me chuckle, some cringe. A lot of truth here.
22 days ago
Tim Bray · Post-REST
Thoughts from Tim Bray on the points of evolution for API transports on the web. I like the depth of history Bray brings to this. 😎
22 days ago
Statusfy - A marvelous Open Source Status Page system
There are a number of open source status page options, but this one looks more complete than many of them. The paid services that do this need to keep innovating!
22 days ago
How Zapier Reached $35M ARR With This SaaS SEO Strategy
I like a lot of what Zapier is doing, and this analysis of their search strategy is superb.

> Rather than trying to pitch users on the value of integrating tools, Zapier realized early on that people were already looking for specific integrations. To capture this existing intent, Zapier decided to make the app partners in their integration ecosystem the stars of their marketing and piggyback on their success.

I’ve found these landing pages many times from various searches. It’s impressive how well they thought the process through beyond discovery, all the way to initial value!

> After creating login credentials, Zapier doesn’t waste that user intent by dropping new users into a central dashboard or control panel. Instead, users are dropped right into the integration set-up flow where they can get the integration from the CTA up and running.

Very impressive and good results. Plus the strategy gets stronger with more connectors!
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25 days ago
When is someone ready to manage managers? – Camille Fournier – Medium
Good direction for managers seeking to move into bigger roles. This part about feedback is critical.

> So many line managers think that they are temporarily embarrassed CTOs, and don’t realize that they are lacking in many critical skills. If you bristle at every bit of corrective feedback, if you have an outsized ego that everyone can see, or even if you simply never actually act on the feedback that you get, you’re not going to be top of the list when the opportunities come about.

If the above isn’t happening, you never move ahead because you don’t learn from feedback.
25 days ago
The Simple Joy of “No Phones Allowed”
This article is a great reflection on how our devices have changed certain events.

> People were visibly enjoying the opening band, at least in part because that band no longer compete with the entire internet for the crowd’s attention. Even the crowd’s milling around and chatting between acts was so much more lively. People were either talking to their neighbors, or taking in the room. And everyone taking in the room was taking in the same room. It felt great.

I had heard that Jack White did this for his shows and I have want to go just to experience it, plus the music is great.
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25 days ago
Shortcuts Archive – MacStories
Updated and thorough collection of Shortcuts for iOS. Shortcuts is one of those tools that is best learned bully doing, and checking out examples like these is a great way to learn. Frederico and the MacStories team make some amazing Shortcuts.
25 days ago
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