July 1, 2017
Hello from the wonderful West Coast of Michigan! We've been here for a week of vacation staying in Saugatuck. This is our second time here, the first was four years ago and we've loved it both times. This time we took full advantage of the gorgeous beaches and spent a few hours everyday at the beach just hanging out. The kids had so much fun! 👨👩👧👦 It was a joy just to be part of it with them. If you haven't been to this area we highly recommend it. There are a lot of microblog entries from the beach. 😊
When I designed my workflow for Weekly Thing I wanted to make sure I could do it on my iOS device anywhere I happened to be. This trip was a test for that. I left my laptop at home and just had my iPad Pro and a Magic Keyboard for periods of more typing. It’s worked out just fine. No blog post this week, blame vacationing. I did add a new section this week, Now Reading 📚. I'll include this occasionally when I want to share a book I’m currently reading.
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High winds and threatening clouds coming into the West Coast of Michigan, water looking threatening as the sun sets.
Jun 24, 2017, 7:36 PM
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💬 This is a start, but I think we need to go further. Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace by Larry Lessing makes this point in a big way. If technologists are creating the worlds in which we interact, the structure of those worlds is important in more ways than we know. Ethics is completely missing in this discussion inside our industry.
💬 I've had my eero WiFi routers for a few months now and really like where they are going. This newest offering to bring better family controls and security at the network level makes a lot of sense. I’m not sure I love the idea of my WiFi network becoming a subscription though.
💬 The reviews of iOS 11 on the iPad are so compelling I’m tempted to install the betas for the first time. I've always waited for the big reveal on the final release. The iPad specific improvements here look amazing.
💬 Gruber writeup going back and reflecting on the iPhone 10 years after it’s launch. I think he's right that the iPhone is the most impactful device that the technology industry has shipped thus far.
💬 Reading about success stories is fun, but you don't learn as much. This very thorough and transparent writeup from Anders Kierulf on the unsuccessful launch of SmartOthello is a worthwhile read. Certainly a couple of the issues he hit were just bad timing, but there is definitely stuff to learn from in this.
💬 Interesting insight into some of the telemetry sports teams get off players. I’m sure this is absolutely the most basic stuff out there, but it made me think of what the data people in major league sports must be collecting from the players and using it to make better decisions.
💬 This is the kind of scam/garbage that was warned about when top-level domains were opened up for sale. Now we have an entire TLD that is nothing other than a scam. C'mon people, we can do better than this.
💬 I’m a big fan of Le's Encrypt and I’m very happy to see it being adopted as widely as it has been. Amazing success story and what a great mission. Let's Encrypt is a major milestone to a completely encrypted web. Also worth reading the EFF writeup on this milestone.
💬 I've wondered when Day One would introduce a premium offering. I use their sync service for my Day One journals and I currently use 1.07 GB of storage that I've never paid a dime for. I'd love to see them continue to add more server based capabilities. I expect this is one I will sign up for.
💬 Interesting writeup of tooling that PagerDuty uses to support a diverse and inclusive workplace. This also falls in the category of improvements that everyone benefits from.
💬 I really enjoy Kourosh Dini's writing on GTD and OmniFocus. He's also an amazing pianist and author. This article on "tidying up" and how that applies not just to our physical space but also our GTD space is a worthwhile read.
💬 I've had Drafts on my iOS devices for a long time but I've never really "got it". I recently tried some Workflows that used Drafts and gave me a glimpse into it’s power, but this article goes deeper into how to use Drafts in even more ways.
💬 Building a data-driven culture and organization is something I've been thinking about a lot lately. I think I know the basic ways to get that into technology organizations pretty well, but successful companies now have to get that culture organization wide and the technology team plays an important leadership role in doing that. This writeup has some good fundamentals to consider.
💬 I love everything about this. A DIY project kit delivered to you once a month to do with your kids. I also love the addition of "Arts" into STEM, making it STEAM!
💬 Great blog post sharing insights that developers learn when supporting their systems in production. Honestly this seems like basic stuff, but it’s worth reading again and again.
💬 I took a flyer and got this app for my iPad to see how it compared with the power tools for photo editing. It’s amazing. The touch interface is so intuitive and it is extremely responsive.
Richly illustrated and meticulously researched, American Eclipse ultimately depicts a young nation that looked to the skies to reveal its towering ambition and expose its latent genius. On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon’s shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas.
We are going to St. Louis later this summer to experience the total eclipse this year. I’m very excited about the trip and am already thinking about how I can capture the kids reaction for them to see in the future. Tammy got me this book to read on the history of the last total eclipse in America. I've just gotten started with it but it’s a fun read thus far!
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