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I’m going to spend some time planning out my blogging over the weekend. There are specific ideas and subjects about which I would like to write, and it has become clear to me that I need to put some intentional effort into said writing if I’m going to publish anything at all.

I can’t get over that letter from Apple to Hey, especially that particular paragraph. It reeks of the worst accusations from Apple’s detractors; egotistical, cruel, deluded, almost dystopian in fact.

Baffled as to how that copy passed even a basic standard of editing.

I have a single hardware wish for the Apple keynote on Monday:

  • The rumoured 10.8 inch iPad Air.

Micro.blog subscribers:

If Hey email was priced closer to Micro.blog subscriptions, would you consider it an appropriate value?

Imagine defending a $1.5 trillion company against the villainous behaviour of… /squints/ … independent developers?

I’ve thought of an ending for my book… ‘And he lived happily ever after… to the end of his days.’

😔

Turns out it was a good thing for Micro.blog that Warren Ellis lost interest in the platform.

This is exactly why I was relieved to see the recent updates for stronger user-controlled moderation.

Safety + privacy controls on the timeline are table stakes.

Just quit Facebook.

— People for whom absolutist positions carry few, if any real consequences.

Definitely can’t rely on the iPad as my primary computer. Now begins the wait for the ability to afford a MacBook.

“What are we going to do, just change everything because some people got offended!?”

Yes. That’s exactly what we’re going to do because it’s fucking easy and costs NOTHING. Most importantly: you can’t change culture until you change the objects made within that culture.

As somebody who doesn’t have a particularly strong connection with Apple, it’s fascinating to see how their transition into Monopoly Microsoft is affecting different people within the Apple fan community.

I miss working on Today I Learned. However, I’ve finally made progress on re-shaping my schedule for my primary jobs (carer and home-maker) and now have a different POV:

Working on Today I Learned will be a reward, a project I can work on once my day jobs are in better shape.

Me: I’m likely to stop playing video games pretty soon tbh.

Annapurna: We’re publishing a game in which you play as a cat.

Me: … damn it.

One of the reasons the independent web will fail against FACEBOOK is that too many of its loudest proponents spend little-to-no effort in talking about why people use FACEBOOK.

Your argument carries no weight when it is vague and includes sweeping generalisations.

🎮 Video game confession (h/t @zorn):

Apart from Uncharted 4, I doubt we’ll buy anymore games. Currently playing through a bunch we had gradually bought over the past two years but after that I might be done with digital games altogether.

Challenge! @Gabz @burk @dominikhoecht

Imagine putting more effort into caring about keeping a statue standing than, you know, questioning our life-destroying behaviour.

I just copied text from my iPhone to my iPad. ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED.

Over the past two months I’ve transitioned from a desktop-PC computer user to an iPad-only computer user. This was a very good decision to make, since I am now much happier in general.

A lot of other things also happened at the same time but this change has been important.

You don’t have a real blog until you spend at least one day per month talking about how blogs are great.

Here’s to the people concerned about their privacy when it comes to contact tracing apps, whilst posting publicly next to their name and photos of themselves. 🍺