Simon Woods

The inability to remove Apple Music from the Music app is bad enough.

That you can’t do it when you’re not subscribed, and instead it turns entire sections of the app into nothing more than a billboard is gross.

What happened to “We can’t ship junk.”?

Published another batch of updates for TIL earlier on, including a new post type and filter.

The most fun was redesigning the posts footer, including category buttons:

Screenshot of the new posts footer for Today I Learned; including the post date, permalink, and category button.

Thanks to @amit for his code and to @frostedechoes for sharing said code!, expectations, and communication

Clearly need to communicate this better.

Manton Reece

Some rambling thoughts:

  • The homepage has;
    • the Discover timeline prominently placed with posts from 15 months ago;
    • a link to Brent Simmons from four years ago;
    • the team featured at the bottom with no links to anything.
    • Nothing at all about recent updates, like some sort of news alert message or… anything really.
  • Maybe redirect my old Updates blog to News, or wherever you will show updates? Or just replace that blog with a new update-based blog? The last posts on there might leave a bad impression with regard to activity.
  • Activity on the News blog is good at times, but at times sporadic and still seems to be basically another of your blogs, Manton. I think people often expect “a company voice”; it’s familiar and an indicator that this isn’t just an indie side-project.
    • I thought there was some promise in the official news releases for the big 2.0 updates.
  • Even with News considered, there are also other blogs and the Help forums and different things at different times. It’s all quite disparate, which is great for the indie ethos but not good for clear and consistent and reliable communication.
  • If there was one main blog for the team with each post authored – using the Teams feature obviously – that could help.
  • Although there is still the issue of what is being said. Is it enough? Can you know without looking at all of the posts together; the dev posts, the community posts, the big-picture posts.

… And this is mostly stuff that is insular to, the timelines, and whatnot. Beyond that there is the Twitter account, which is ok but again not what I think most people expect.

I know decentralisation and going slow are both important to but there’s a point at which you have to compromise and go where people are used to going; to offer a hand rather than stay in your spot and expect people to be as motivated as the heart of your community.

I think about when a few years ago Belle Cooper said “It feels to me like we’re all at a party at Manton’s house.” and how I didn’t consider that to be too much of a problem at the time, given that it was still the early stages in the development of Now, however, I think it’s correct to expect to have a clear representation of how the product is not just “for Manton, by Manton” but so much more.

Last week I brought @TIL back after the holiday break, which means in 20 minutes the weekly catch-up email will be published.

You can read more about ICYMI on the site, where you can also sign up.

The bloke’s an arsehole


I spotted a Ghost blog without any labels on it.

Unsure if I should list that as a skill or problem.

The Pinebook Pro looks interesting

I miss my iPad… it was still too limited for what I need in a primary machine but as a detachable, terminal screen it’s just perfect. Reading, concept work, video calls… just a great compliment to the computer.

To the people defending the thievery of Wordle by saying “but Lingo the TV show”:

Apps =/= TV shows

As soon as has account-switching on the web, I’ll be back on Safari. Firefox is… not going well.

Searched for “wordle” on the App Store. Have no idea which one is real and which ones are clones/scams.

Good job, Apple. 👍

Been catching up on Seth Godin’s podcast. Good stuff.

Today I Learned returned yesterday, and now I have released a new update that includes the new domain for the site:

I’m happy to have also updated the site with the new footer, the design of which is now settled until 2.0 (months from now) at the earliest:

Screenshot of the new 3-column footer for the bottom of the Today I Learned website.

The Prices of the Free Web

Google search isn’t as good as it used to be—I suspect foul play through SEO

Rene van Belzen

These days we’re often looking for a search engine that provides high quality results for specific questions, for free.

The problem here is that Google has sold everybody the complete lie that this is possible. Their results, their service, their websites, are all worse because products built on the back of money-free business models inevitably trend to that point.

Here are the different prices:

  • money
  • work
  • attention

The more you leverage the third one – the one that the mainstream web is now built upon – the worse your product becomes over time.

Of course, Rene has put some work in – two hours no less! – and he still has to deal with an inferior product. It’s as if a bad standard has spread throughout all of Google Search. When the foundation of a platform is built with rotten ingredients, the rest is doomed to crumble into useless crap.

We have to change the way we think about things. It’s one of the lessons I learned thanks to; the perception we had of the web as a result of the monopolistic behemoths, is false. Much of it is false, with very little effort put towards sustainability or any of the necessary energy required to build a healthy environment.

In a lot of ways it the web works better for you if you take on an older mindset; say, 5 to 10 years back, and spend less energy relying on whatever marketing spin comes from your behemoth service provider. I do this for every piece of tech I own and it serves me well.

Oh, as for Rene and his question, unfortunately I don’t have the answer. I only know that it isn’t so simple, or at least not as simple as a mega-corp’s marketing department would have you believe.

I’m relieved to see that Doppler made it onto the Mac. I’m going to get it as soon as I can, and then dump the Music app.

I’m going to work on my blog and make it look better. However, I’m also going to intentionally use it to experiment with features, especially for the timeline. So I’ll put up some disclaimers because things might get weird and/or spammy at times.

Apologies in advance!

Why do I blog? Why do I share? What is the point?

I read this and all I can think is:

Yep! Also, replying is hard.

(also: the Mac app is convinced I’ve typed over 400 characters at this point)

I made this terrible post yesterday, in which I expressed myself with toxic words and an awful attitude.

Instead of stopping to consider the impact of my words, I selfishly pursued the ambition of gatekeeping and righteous intolerance.

I am sorry for saying these things.

Looks like you can’t upload HEIC to Flickr in Firefox for Mac 😬

My biggest fear for is that it will turn into Facebook for bloggers.

Authenticity is important. All the way down. Even in the ways that might make us feel uncomfortable per our biases.

Everybody deserves the room to be who they are, and change.

Films are great because they’re enclosed stories.

They end.

They try to say something.

They are searching for meaning beyond filling time.

If all you do is talk about apps and services, you’re not really blogging.

I couldn’t give a shit about how you spent your money in a vain attempt to escape your real feelings.

Where are your fucking essays? Your small thoughts about big things? Your real talk?

Fucking. Write.

That thing wherein you’re struggling for sleep, feeling unhealthy, have miserable moods…?


  • Stop looking at screens so much.
  • Spend some time just concentrating on your breathing.
  • Let your mind wander and think over whatever is there.
  • Be honest about what is good for you.

I’m thinking more about blogging and small businesses.

I know a lot of people – especially on – like to hype up the indie alternative to Meta.

We have to remember that, for many people, the alternative will never fully replace the strengths of Meta.

And that’s ok.

The universe is both expanding and has no edge.