This well observed comment from Anna Havron is why I made @TIL. I’m attempting to be much more consistent with it, as well as make significant improvements for beginners.

This has coincided with 18 months of uncertainty at home, and the unpaid work comes last.

… there’s a lot more recourse if there is a specific lie in mainstream media than there is on a random website that someone’s just put up there.

— David Mitchell, on The Graham Norton Show a few years ago

The whole comment is worth watching. Two minutes of a point well made.

Just fucking do it.

— Terry Grier with some honesty

This is how I’ve been feeling more and more. My iPhone is now one of my computers; the phone part is there until I’m properly positioned (as soon as I have money; I can wait) to switch to a good, reliable mobile phone.

Does that mean that any future famous business-owning government official will have a row of badges? This seems like a recipe for confusion—or perhaps clutter—rather than clarity.

— Ken Kocienda, Thoughts on Twitter Verification

Message boards have this feature. For hobbyists.

Frankly, Apple should have the balls to say okay, we’re moving to two-year macOS major version updates.

— Alan Ralph, macOS Meh


Less-panicked living

In the past year we moved for work (my wife got opportunities that were not available in our previous location) and ended up in a fairly affluent, yet still diverse region; we’re lucky in that there is a good mix of accepting technological changes but not excluding stable, traditional methods of, well, most aspects of life.

Given that, I’ve noticed that without the distortion field of an immediately nearby major urban centre people are much less inclined to be constantly driven by whatever latest shiny waste of time appears, whether from startups or desperate monopolists. Rather, people observe the wider world at a slower pace than heart-attack-inducing and most often continue to rely on well-established lines of communication; specifically, speak to your neighbours as first priority, care about your local politicians above all else, and so on.

This has helped me to understand certain trends and opinions that I’ve observed of people from outside of the tech/web/news bubble that so often dominates and defines online communities. It seems that people have got lives to live, and real changes to make rather than taking up their time screeching at a website.

Overall, this makes me happy. If we’re going to make important changes, and generally improve our world as much as possible we need people who are capable of maintaining perspective whilst doing the best they possibly can.

(this post was inspired by this conversation on

Now actively doing the Glass thing.

Figuring out where and when I want to publish photos has been in the hopper along with a lot of identity-related work I’ve been doing throughout 2022.

Looking forward to also using Flickr and getting back to my photoblog.

The fewer requirements we have, the less of a burden these requirements become. The more often we have the same thing every day, the more likely they are to become a requirement.

– Leo Babauta, lowering your life’s requirements