Simon Woods

Federico Viticci’s damning conclusion with regard to the state of Stage Manager is the latest in a list of reasons that I am glad to have switched my primary computing from the iPad to the Mac.

Gruber’s latest post regarding the new version of the Mac’s System Settings and SwiftUI made me immediately think about @manton’s insistence that Apple should have chosen to further improve development of their existing technologies.

Change for the sake of change is never good.

Sometimes I’ll thread my posts as replies, whilst other times I’ll make a separate short post or a long post. provides me with the flexibility to do this and I never have to think about algorithms, anonymous hate, or dysfunctional updates.

Per my cloud-fist-shaking regarding the disatisfying experience of music via streaming and social media, I continue to be relieved and pleased with the continued development of Doppler. You select the music and it just plays, instantly, as if you’re using a computer!

Currently listening: To My Soul by Jerry Folk 🎵


✨blessed morning walk✨

I find the tools and gadgets of the web interesting, however I can only get excited if they serve a purpose and clearly aren’t just searching for the fastest exit. For example: our very own Vincent Ritter’s approach to social media and advertising and Adam Newbold’s work with

Slept through the high temperature of the day. Eh… a little extreme; I think half as much would get the trick done.

The Play app, by Marcos Tanaka, now includes support for Vimeo and for YouTube playlists. A very nice update.

I’ve become wary of people who justify every single feature request for software with the “table stakes” argument.

This is a tired good boy, who passed his qualification as an assistance companion today and is now a permanent member of our family. 🥳

A golden retriever dog, lying down on a carpeted floor with some of his soft toys in the background.

We’re in a boat, rowing together, & we cross the finish line together or not at all.

Kent Beck, “Better?"

People are not machines. Writers and artists aren’t machines.

Neil Gaiman’s Entitlement issues… continues to be one of my favourite blog posts.

Putting Music in its Place

Just now, over my morning coffee, I’ve been listening to an album from the 70s, deep in the Era of LPs. Fortyish minutes long, twenty-odd minutes to a side.

Robert has been considering the language used between LP and CD, and it immediately made me think of a conversation within this household as of late.

My wife and I have been talking about our plans for music; we’re both in agreement that we need to get CDs back into the home, and she even surprised me by suggesting the addition of vinyl. My memories of the latter are much weaker, though we do have a five-year age gap and she grew up in more of an affluent environment.

My feeling of resistance against streaming and all of its internet-dependent and closed infrastructure has only grown. Given how digital music removes the enforced structure of physical storage (there are no sides in bits, of course) and yet there are still people who apply arbitrary limits on the web, I feel even less inclined to include streaming at all; it just feels dishonest, you know?

At this point I have Apple Music but have set it as no-download, stream online only; it is entirely an option only available whenever I happened to have access to a decent internet connection, and I think that works well since it is now in a distinct and appropriate context.

I’m confident that, at least for now, we’re ready to stay clear of what is bound to be an absolute mess of phrasing within the ever-muddled world of streaming and online music.

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

— Douglas Adams

A drink for @vincent who is currently handling a lot of feedback for the new profile card. 🥃

I searched for “Stationery near me” on Apple Maps and one of the results was for a bookkeeper who happens to have the word “pen” in the name of their company.

There are times when it feels like you could fool Apple software with the trick, “Look! Over there!”

A new tab for profiles: Recommended

Posts from the timeline that you flag for sharing (via button alongside “Bookmark”, et al), which can then be seen from your profile.

Essentially an individual version of the Discover timeline.

Profile changelog:

  • added “Writer, coffee-drinker, and herder of small beasts.”

My blog’s changelog:

One of the fun things about working on 2.0 for TIL is finding website tech that might just work well with hosted blogs.

oh… tumblr does the gross account sign-up wall now as well? And look, an advert for… jobs at Automattic.


1 day no soda

We now live in “people leave the roof of their convertible down in a public car park” territory.

Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll ever be a city person again.

Weezer’s Keep Fishin' is probably still the best music video I have ever seen 🎵