• Thank god for cmd + + in Safari.

  • 18.4

    The workout 18.4 of this year’s CrossFit Games Open has been announced:

    For time: 21 deadlifts, 225 lb. 21 handstand push-ups 15 deadlifts, 225 lb. 15 handstand push-ups 9 deadlifts, 225 lb. 9 handstand push-ups 21 deadlifts, 315 lb. 50-ft. handstand walk 15 deadlifts, 315 lb. 50-ft. handstand walk 9 deadlifts, 315 lb. 50-ft. handstand walk

    Time cap: 9 min.

    I signed up for the WOD class tonight. Just a walk in the park…

  • ★ To the Don Quixotes of the Open Web

    Jason Kottke’s blog turned 20, recently. It’s been an inspiration of mine for a long time. It’s one of the old web’s bastions against the hegemony of internet monopolies that want to dominate our attention.

    The web itself now turned 29. Like web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, you could paint a grim picture of what it is today and what is seized to be:

    The web that many connected to years ago is not what new users will find today. What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms. This concentration of power creates a new set of gatekeepers, allowing a handful of platforms to control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared.

    In this dystopia of social media, it brings me joy to see independent writers, even with small audiences, still going strong.

    One of my favorite bloggers, Marius Masalar - whom I’ve ironically come to know through Twitter and Medium - recently re-celebrated his optimism for writing for the web:

    It’s important because blogging is less about the information and more about its means of transmission. It’s not about the news, it’s about how your friend tells you about the news. Each blog is a re-framing of the world through the eyes of someone whose personality you’ve come to know, whose opinion you’ve come to trust, and whose views either challenge or support your own in constructive ways.

    I firmly believe that’s a crucial part of any media consumption diet these days.

    As part of a (renewed) theme of scaling back this year, I try to become more deliberate about the sources I follow and how I navigate the web. Newsfeeds, timelines and instant notifications have wreaked a lot of havoc on my attention span in recent years. They hardly ever made me a better informed or better connected person, though.

    In 2018, my phone is dinging less. I have turned off all notifications and only gradually turned those back on that I depend on, after all. I still haven’t checked Facebook and I no longer use Twitter. I thought about maintaining the ladder to follow only selected persona (inspirational figures like Elon, companies like Tesla, captivating topics like space exploration or CRISPR and people like Marius) but Twitter is a rabbit hole. “Mindful usage” of social media is not how it works for me.

    So, what’s the viable alternative? If the small guys like you and me keep on writing, what’s telling us that someone cares about what we have to say? After all, being read is one of the joys of writing.

    I hope that we have the right glue to keep us together.

  • Better not to name your child Donald Trump

    Here is a glimpse of the bad luck that might follow if you name your son Donald Trump.

  • The extended range battery for my Boosted Board V2 will ship in two to three weeks. I’m very excited for Spring to come!

  • Guy who claimed to get his news from print papers didn't really turn off Twitter

    I feel sorry for linking you guys to the piece of Farhad Manjoo yesterday. Even though he brags about unplugging from Twitter in his story, he probably just scammed us:

    The evidence is right there in his Twitter feed, just below where he tweeted out his column: Manjoo remained a daily, active Twitter user throughout the two months he claims to have gone cold turkey, tweeting many hundreds of times, perhaps more than 1,000. […]

    He retweeted news stories from others and commented on others’ tweets about the news on most days during his period of being “unplugged.” […]

    After trying, and failing, to get him to own up to the fact that his assertion that he had “unplugged” from social media was not true, I asked him whether perhaps his use of social media was messing with his own self-perception. He didn’t respond to that question.

    It’s fine if you use social media. None of us can probably avoid it completely. Just own it. Don’t claim how “unplugging” has made you a better person, when in fact you just stayed the same dude.

    Nick Heer:

    Beyond that, it’s 2018 — telling people not to follow news accounts on Twitter is just yelling into the wind.

    Only the “I get my news from Twitter” is a mantra with tech writers, bloggers and podcasters all around the web.

    Sticking with the analogy, “mindfulness guidelines” on how to use Twitter and Facebook for news are the “filter and light cigarettes” of our days.

  • Slow Jammin' the News

    Farhad Manjoo in a story for The New York Times:

    In January, after the breaking-newsiest year in recent memory, I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers […].

    I have reduced my digital input significantly in recent months, as well. It had all become a cluttered, noisy and attention-draining mess. I still get my news from selected online sources only, though, and I tend to avoid paper whenever possible as it tends to always grow in piles. Piles only grow bigger, never get read and tend to stress me out. I have curated my news sources down to what I believe to be a reasonable balance between breadth, inclusivity and personal sentiments. However, I haven’t used Facebook and Twitter in all of 2018 and so far I haven’t missed a thing.

    Turning off the buzzing breaking-news machine I carry in my pocket was like unshackling myself from a monster who had me on speed dial, always ready to break into my day with half-baked bulletins.

    The “newsfeed” is the new smoking.

  • The World's Oldest Message in a Bottle

    Tonya Illman found the oldest message in a bottle ever recorded on a beach in Australia. It had been set adrift from the German ship Paula over 131 years ago in 1886. Megan Specia in a story for the New York Times:

    When the bottle was set adrift, Grover Cleveland was the president of the United States, Queen Victoria was shortly to celebrate 50 years on the throne of England, and the Industrial Revolution was in full swing.

    The Illmans created a website dedicated to the bottle and its backstory.

  • Horror story of the week: "When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home"

    Kathryn Schulz in a story for The New Yorker:

    Stone and Zimmerman live just outside Landrum, South Carolina, in an A-frame cabin; upstairs in their bedroom, French doors lead out to a raised deck. That week, autumn had finally descended on the Carolinas, killing off the mosquitoes and sending nighttime temperatures plummeting, and the previous evening the couple had opened those doors a crack to take advantage of the cool air. Now, sitting in front of the TV, Stone suddenly realized that she’d left them open and went up to close them.

    Zimmerman was still downstairs when he heard her scream. He sprinted up to join her, and the two of them stood in the doorway, aghast. Their bedroom walls were crawling with insects—not dozens of them but hundreds upon hundreds.

    I can’t stop scratching myself.

  • ★ Unfounded criticism of third-party apps on Apple Watch

    For some bloggers, third-party apps on Apple Watch have hardly any value. It’s either because the frameworks to develop apps for the watch suck - which might be the case - or just in principle because the whole app on the watch thing is a failure and Apple should focus on the watch as a timepiece instead with customizable watch faces and an always-on display.

    I don’t get this criticism at all. On the contrary, I’m glad Apple still regards third-party watch apps as a priority.

    To me, third-party apps are what make the Apple Watch a great device, one that I wear daily and don’t leave the house without. Perhaps, with deeper support for developers, third-party watch apps could be made even better, but the truth is there is hardly stagnation in development for the watch.

    In recent months, many watch apps have received great updates that take the functionality of the watch to yet another level. For instance, Slopes, my favorite app for tracking ski and snowboard runs, and Carrot Weather, probably the best app ever, have become so good with their latest updates that if Apple somehow cut watch support for them, it would break my heart. Besides the aforementioned, I use complications for Just Press Record, a better voice recorder, and WaniKani, a tool to learn Japanese Kanji - two apps that go beyond fitness tracking and notifications which supposedly are the only things the watch is good for.

    On the other hand, I don’t think making the watch a “better” timepiece would make it any more compelling to me. Depending on the implementation, I would probably be annoyed by a shining always-on screen on my wrist which has to be micromanaged and turned off anytime I find myself in dimly lit situations like in a car after hours or in bed. Also, I would rather have only Apple’s current line of watch faces than an AppStore flood of poorly designed free-with-ads custom watch faces.

    I would be less compelled to wear my watch if Apple somehow turned back the clock on third-party app support. If anything, make the watch an even better platform for developers.

  • The craziest line a snowboarder has ever done

    I was surfing the web for Transworld Snowboarding magazine before my winter vacation in the Swiss Alps. You know, checking out the pros to kinda get the mojo flowing. This was when I stumbled upon the cover shot for the March 2014 edition. The picture features snowboard legend Jeremy Jones standing in a 21,500 foot high vertical wall of icy spines that makes the Pass of Caradhras look like snow kindergarten. The whole thing got my nails so rolled up, I had bad dreams for days after watching the behind the scenes and the video of the actual descent.

  • How the loudest iPhone critics come crawling back

    Vlad Savov writing for The Verge:

    Then the iPhone X came out and for a couple of blissful months I shrugged it off. I thought the notch looked goofy while having the potential to be iconic, and I knew from the reviews that the camera was no threat to Google’s Pixel greatness. I also blanched at the $999 price tag, which inevitably spiraled up into four figures. So that was that, I would learn to live with the Pixel 2 XL with the iffy screen and accept life’s imperfections. But then I got an iPhone X in my hands at the start of this year, and that’s when all the trouble started.

    Interesting to see how most of his former issues with the iPhone - the lack of a home button, the notch, the price-tag and the lack of the headphone jack, are eventually becoming non-issues.

    These self-declared skeptics ring the click-bait bell against any new Apple product for a couple of weeks, until they come back.

  • Skiing Robot

    You gotta love this skiing robot. He takes a hard beating racing down the slopes, though. It reminds me of my own early days on two planks. Lots of crashes then, too.

    I feel you, little guy.

    Me racing in style

  • Vainglory 5v5

    I’m excited for the upcoming Vainglory 5v5 update. It looks pretty rad.

    Vainglory is the game that has stuck with me far longer than any other. It’s de facto the only game I play. Continuous updates for many years, amazing artwork, no crappy in-app money snatching, great performance and graphics - it’s the poster child of games on iOS and Android.

    Also, it’s the only game that has ever survived an Apple keynote. (Remember those DOA keynote games like Clumsy Ninja, Mario Run and Anki Drive?)

  • Now watching the Falcon Heavy launch live stream. I so hope all goes fine…

  • Among all the HomePod reviews released today, iJustine’s is by far my favorite.

  • When will camera apps on iOS get rid off these annoying camera shutter sounds?

  • Today’s WOD

    This one was a doozy:

    2 rounds of 3 AMRAPs @4min (a total of 6 AMRAPS)

    16 cal row 8 thrusters @43kg 4 lateral burpees over the bar 16 cal AirBike 8 power snatches @43kg 4 lateral burpees over the bar

    4 min rest between each AMRAP

    8 min rest after 3 AMRAPS

    It started off easy but quickly turned into a delirious struggle. I found it practically impossible to work through more than one round of each AMRAP.

    I finished at 321 reps.

  • Those who call for a Snow Leopard strategy for iOS and macOS today, are the ones who’ll cry “Apple has lost its mojo” tomorrow.

  • Please more driverless transportation

    I love this concept by a startup called Nuro.ai, founded by former Google engineers.

    Nuro is focused on deliveries, specifically the kind that are low-speed, local, and last-mile: groceries, laundry, or your take-out order […].

    There’s no driver seat because humans were not meant to operate this vehicle.

    Delivery driver is a job with no future. I can’t wait for the broad-scale arrival of automated, electric vehicles carrying goods through our cities. Less congestion, pollution, noise and faster, simpler deliveries. Solutions like Nuro’s or this six-wheeled sidewalk robot are desperately needed.

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