Simon Woods

I asked a question recently and got 10 replies within 12 hours, all worth reading. I am not, I hope, a spam poster or anything like that nor am I known anywhere else for anything.

Shouting into the void indeed. ⭐️

Update: About page edited to swap out some links and fix the Contact link. If you’ve sent a message to that address I didn’t receive it; the correct address is now in there.

I caught up and listened to the latest episode of Analogue, wherein Twitter alternatives are spoken about. It was a lot of fun!

There is a lot of truth in the episode, re: Twitter’s strengths.

Reminder: MB is not a Twitter replacement.

In fun news for Android users, Google:

So much for Pixel vs iPhone.

Micro Blog Core

A lot of the ideas in this thread are almost identical to what the closed web monoliths have been doing for some time, and continue to do so today. As such I think they’re best mostly left to third parties (via apps available on various vendors), whilst the first party MB experience should tread carefully – I’m not saying it should lack features but I believe avoiding bloat ought to be one of the top priorities to maintain it as the core of the platform.

I truly believe the best version of the first-party experience is as the Naked Robotic Core. Either that or we’ll one day be met with Moments and Faves From Somebody You Follow filling up our timelines, rendering this entire enterprise a big waste of time.


Last year, the BBC was all lol omg have you guys heard about POD-CASTING and then this year they ushered in The Year Of The Podcast According To This Authoratitive Source.

Seriously, have you heard about pod-casting?

We do not currently have information on how many of those journals used end-to-end encryption, but any such journals would have been protected against disclosure.

Paul Mayne, Day One Outage Postmortem


A good tip from @abbey regarding the fragility of the post editor. For longer form writing I strongly suggest an editor external to the browser or at least one not dependent on the web for functionality.

It’s National Dog Day and the community is full of GOOD DOGGOS.

Today’s song:

Tear in My Heart (feat. MUTEMATH) by twenty one pilots


You know you’re listening to too much Do By Friday when your (internal) reaction to people talking about odd situations is “CHALLENGE!”

Trump Hate Syndrome is my Clarence Clemons cover band.

If you wanted to talk with a group of people in a private, or at least semi-private online place where would you prefer?

  • Slack
  • Discord
  • Mastodon
  • Email
  • Messenger type (Skype, Hangouts, etc)
  • Other (feel free to suggest something I have missed!)

A photo post via Pico, in honour of National Dog Day.

Another Pico post!

So My Brother, My Brother and Me has 421 episodes… I wonder how long it will take for me to catch up. 🤔

Ugh. Mastodon has PITA linux people because of course it does.

Testing Pico!

Home Screen: August, 2018

Today’s song:

Heathens (feat. MUTEMATH) by twenty one pilots


Bad Tweets

(Image: man appreciating his onions, with captions about twitter; “me” “bad tweets” “Thousands of books, journals and articles I could ever want to read about.")

I can’t stop thinking about this image. It feels like a great representation of why I’m generally done with both the closed web and social media in general, specifically with regard to personal use.

Anyway, I’m with Matt Haughey, Daniel Jalkut, Simon Willison, Marco Arment, and all of the people already using

Let’s get back to blogging.

(sources: Pat’s tweet; Medwyn’s tweet)

Exciting times for those of us using Android:

Got my Podstand profile set up. It’s a work in progress.

I like this idea a lot. Thanks, @stephencoyle!

ℹ️ About page: updated

I have de-emphasised my profiles on Twitter and Mastodon because I don’t pour any real effort into posting on either of them. More often than not it’ll be throwaway comments or links to the rest of my stuff.