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Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-25 16:37, modified at 16:41

I’ve been hearing a lot of comments from the Apple commentariat that they miss things about the old WWDC. I don’t doubt them, but for me the keynote and sessions are way better than they’ve ever been and I’ll be disappointed if they go back to the old format next year.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-23 14:29, modified at 14:31

What a beautiful idea. Good movies as old books. The Hot Rod one may be my favorite.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-22 17:06, modified at 17:07

Gotta say, I love the quicker pace of the WWDC Keynote this year.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-16 23:07, modified at 23:08

Just reaffirmed to myself that modern web development is 95% dependency management and 5% web development. Is this what developer experience means?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-15 23:02, modified at 23:03

As I watch COVID-19 rates increasing around the country this seems appropriate.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-15 18:04, modified at 18:05

A few days in with fiber internet and am very happy with it. Download speeds are about the same, but upload speeds are much much much better. In addition I don’t have little connection losses the way I did before. Just sent my cable cancellation request. Feels great.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-11 22:14, modified at 23:08

PS5 industrial design is pretty fresh. I prefer the next Xbox’s monolith look, but I like seeing people try new things. The design of the PS5 controllers is awesome.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-11 03:52, modified at 03:58

I’m sure the article is interesting but I can’t stop looking at the illustrations long enough to read it. Just stunning.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-09 17:21, modified on 2020-06-11 03:58

Craig Mod’s writeup of the state of software hits home for me. It’s not a macOS vs iPad vs web issue, it’s a software development culture and practice issue.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-06 18:06, modified at 18:12

Happy that my wife is out marching against systemic racism and police brutality with other physicians and healthcare workers in Seattle today. Let’s keep this wave rolling. Seems appropriate on the anniversary of D-Day when Americans stormed the beaches against fascism.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-06-03 17:08, modified on 2020-06-11 03:59

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-29 23:07, modified at 23:10

I keep hearing rumors about over-ear Airpods coming at some point from Apple. I would love that if they don’t hurt my ears because of my glasses. At this point I’m switching between over-ear headphones and AirPods every video conference. Trading inner ear ache for outer ear ache.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-28 18:07, modified at 18:11

Toast with Peanut Butter 👍
Toast with Butter + Peanut Butter 🥳🎉

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-27 23:43, modified at 23:45

The AirPods Pro are pretty great. Transparency mode and noise cancellation are awesome. The biggest issue I’m having is finding the right in-ear headphone fit.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-27 22:47, modified at 22:52

My son, the conqueror, surveying his domain.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-25 17:00, modified at 17:02

Had a great afternoon at Deception Pass with the family on Friday.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-24 00:23, modified at 00:24

Started rewatching Monk with my wife. It’s the perfect quarantine detective show. The Fraidy Cop episode truly is an inspiration.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-21 18:39, modified on 2020-06-11 04:00

There’s a new version of Mind Vault coming soon. It has been years of fits and starts, but I’m excited. I wrote a bit about my journey as an app developer.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-15 22:38, modified at 22:39

Oh upload speed, oh upload speed, how pathetic is thy progress.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-14 22:54

Trying the Star Wars machete order with the family, but we keep stalling trying to watch the prequels. It’s such a chore to get through them.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-13 21:05, modified on 2020-06-29 16:46

This great video on the history of Polaroid reminds me of a paper I wrote on the subject for business school.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-12 14:45

Considering a cookie jar for my desk. Good idea or terrible mistake?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-11 23:39, modified on 2020-05-14 20:06

Almost all cooking and baking at my house for years has been vegetarian, and for the last 6 months or so it’s almost all vegan. In baking I’ve found good substitutes for eggs and butter. Cheese, on the other hand, is still rough going, despite Miyokos being great.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-08 23:11, modified at 23:16

The affordances of physical books always surprise me with how well my mind can map them when I compare it to attempting to recall the specifics of something I read in an ebook.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-07 18:33, modified at 18:35

Roblox has given me a new parenting opportunity: explaining internet scams to children.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-06 22:42, modified at 22:43

Sourdough. I’m in too deep.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-05-04 21:59

The Clone Wars finale was amazing. I’d rather forget The Rise of Skywalker (easy to do), but between The Mandalorian and Clone Wars, it’s still a very good year to be a Star Wars fan.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-29 18:30, modified at 18:31

Some recent entertainment thoughts

  • The last few episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars have been amazing! Dave Filoni should run everything Star Wars.
  • 1917 is intense and beautiful. Roger Deakins’ work is something to behold.
  • Tigertail is heartbreaking, but I really liked it.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-24 21:48

Everyone working from home should be a shot in the arm for ISPs who provide fiber service. I can’t wait for it to become available in my neighborhood someday so that I can kick cable and its abysmal upload speeds to the curb.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-24 04:22, modified at 04:25

My Magic Keyboard arrived tonight. Spent time designing in Figma in the browser on the iPad. It’s so close to parity with the desktop now. Just little things to adjust and it will be there. Super excited.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-22 02:18, modified at 02:20

Hell is being the family IT resource during 2020, the year of sudden homeschooling.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-21 18:29, modified at 18:31

Great article on the history of Tyndale’s Bible translation.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-17 22:04, modified at 22:06

This post has been passed around a lot, for good reason. I recommend it.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-14 15:58

One of the most clarifying things about the Coronavirus is the live demonstration of where power really lies. Ben Thompson’s take is interesting as always.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-12 18:56, modified at 19:01

Rewriting Goblet of Fire today. “Durmstrang Forever! This is for you Hermionini!” Crumb cried to the sky as Cedric breathed his last under the crushing foot of the Hungarian Horntail.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-12 13:32, modified at 13:33

Pascua is here again.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-09 05:07, modified at 05:10

Cycling in the mountains really can’t be beat.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-09 01:44, modified at 01:50

I heard somebody doesn’t like voting by mail. In Washington state we vote by mail by default and I love it. Turnout is high and it’s easy to do. Can’t wait to vote by mail this fall. I hope that people who don’t like voting by mail like who I’ll be voting for, but they’ll probably be disappointed.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-08 15:22, modified at 15:24

My oldest just got her first phone and sends me approval requests to install apps a few times a day. I do not understand the things she wants to install.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-07 16:38, modified at 16:41

Sewed myself a face mask. Feels pretty great and I think I might like sewing.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-06 16:52, modified on 2020-06-11 04:01

I’ll be fasting on Good Friday, you could too.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-04 05:02, modified at 05:04

Onward was delightful.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-04-03 19:27

Tried a new kind of salsa today. It was a battle. Spice was falling like ash from the sky, heat underfoot like hell itself. In a war like this, emerging alive is the only victory.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-31 20:15, modified at 20:16

Put a kettle bell next to my desk to use during breaks. Not sure if it’s genius or not.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-30 17:13

SLC friends, Banburry Cross is still open. You just have to call an order ahead or go through the drive through.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-26 22:43, modified at 22:45

Added an audio player for blog posts. First example here. I’m hoping to make more use of it if you’d rather listen to my writing than read it. Next step is a podcast feed.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-25 19:46, modified on 2020-06-11 04:00

I wrote about my hopes for what happens after COVID-19.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-19 22:01, modified at 22:03

Consumer internet service appears to not have been built assuming everyone would actually use it.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-18 20:53, modified at 20:55

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-18 18:23, modified at 18:24

Probably wishful thinking, but what if cursor support is part of a plan to use iPads as ARM dev hardware after a processor transition announcement at WWWDC?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-18 16:57

The new Magic Keyboard supports the previous generation iPad Pro. That is unexpected and very nice! I’ll probably stick with my current iPad and buy the new keyboard in May. It’s my favorite computer.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-18 16:45, modified at 16:46

With the full-featured trackpad/cursor support coming to iPad soon, I’m really curious what Figma can do to be a little more usable on the iPad. It’d be really nice to knock design off the list of things I still can’t quite do on iPad.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-18 16:38

Was this close to ordering the new iPad Pro, then I realized the cool new keyboard doesn’t ship until May. I guess I can hold off until then.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-17 20:25, modified at 20:26

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-12 18:59, modified at 19:01

My secret iOS wish: with schools cancelled and many people working from home, Apple engineers realize that Screen Time is broken and fix it.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-10 23:07, modified on 2020-06-29 16:47

Well this looks delightful.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-10 22:34, modified at 22:39

WFH Lunch: Vegan Nachos

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-10 21:47, modified at 21:49

If COVID-19 doesn’t end up killing everyone, McDonalds has got it covered.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-06 18:54, modified at 18:56

Had a great quick gravel ride this morning.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-05 20:20, modified at 20:22

I’m just blowing my nose because there were spicy peppers on my sandwich. It was just the spicy peppers, you’ve got to believe me.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-05 17:45, modified at 17:48

I’m going to purchase my first typeface license in years. Why? Downloadable font trials. Why wasn’t it always this way and why don’t all foundries offer them? *I know why, I just love trials*

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-05 17:32, modified at 17:33

I’m not sure what I think about the BMW logo yet, but a part of me thinks maybe thinkpieces are everything that is wrong with modern logo design.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-05 17:29

Took the bus to work this morning in Seattle. COVID-19 is keeping everyone home. Emptiest I’ve ever seen it, ironically probably the safest transit ride health-wise in months.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-05 06:53

The new BMW logo announcement is interesting, but I really want to see it in use.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-05 06:29

Some new bike parts are on the way. Always exciting!

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-04 22:33

Explored some of the gravel riding available within a couple miles of my house. Loved it. Gonna be a regular thing for sure.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-03 19:27

Whenever I see a news article outraged about tech industry privacy abuses my favorite game to play is to see how many trackers that news article’s website tried to use on me. I love that people are paying attention to this, just wish news orgs would hold up a mirror.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-02 23:03

My new favorite way to look at the news is CNN’s lite version. Love the idea of a super stripped down version for a lot of websites. Loads fast, no-nonsense.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-28 18:28

Garrett Dimon’s thoughts on front-end frameworks are compelling. Modern front-end JS frameworks put the burden of developer convenience on the end user.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-26 21:08

Was not expecting this mash up, but I’ll definitely be watching. I’m not much of a gamer anymore, but gaming focused products have a way of improving life for the rest of us computer users.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-26 21:04

You don’t realize how nice NetNewsWire’s arrow key navigation is until you try to do it in other apps and nothing happens.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-18 17:24

I love that so many people in Seattle ride bikes. One benefit is that there are little bike repair shops that can fix things for you in an hour or two so you can get back on your way for the ride home.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-18 15:30

Had a great President’s Day hike with the family.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-13 19:02, modified at 19:04

Wonderful to see migration while waiting for the bus this morning.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-13 18:54, modified at 18:59

When the dog insists on joining an outing without knowing beforehand it was a bike ride.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-12 00:51, modified at 00:53

I thought that Alibaba was just Amazon for China, but I recently realized you can use it to find manufacturers for anything. My mind is blown, it’s like I’ve seen inside the Matrix.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-10 17:12

I’ve heard the 80:20 rule used enough ways now that I’m pretty sure it means whatever you want it to mean.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-04 23:30, modified at 23:33

The new X100V looks amazing. My X100T is my favorite walk-around camera, and the new one (2 generations newer) seems like a great move forward.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-04 06:10, modified at 06:11

It feels so good to be working on a logo design again. It’s been so long.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-02-03 23:29, modified at 23:30

It’s a beautiful day in Seattle. Can’t wait to ride my bike home.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-31 23:49, modified at 23:51

So we’re not even gonna pretend to try with this whole impeachment thing…

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-30 21:42, modified at 21:45

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-30 18:19

Craft 3.4 admin UI is very nice, very nice indeed.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-29 23:27

The Star Wars Resistance finale was pretty fun. Doesn’t rise to the heights of Clone Wars or Rebels, but the kids and I enjoyed it.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-29 20:07

Jeremy Keith hits on something real, again.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-16 23:52

Almost through this week’s snowmageddon in Seattle. Growing up where people clear roads I’m continually baffled by Seattle. However, it’s not going to change so we’ll probably be swapping out for AWD vehicles this summer to avoid problems next year.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-13 19:13, modified at 19:14

Devoured Blood Letters by Lian Xi this week. A searing read, devastating and inspiring.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-13 19:08, modified at 19:28

Finished reading The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings last week. Fascinating read, makes me wish I had a group like that.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-10 19:44

Maple old fashioned is the correct donut. There are almost correct donuts that will do in a pinch, but I’d rather be correct.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-01-10 16:21, modified at 16:22

What’s a blog for?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-25 02:32

Time for the annual Elf viewing.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-23 18:51, modified at 23:08

Haunting and beautiful piece of writing.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-20 23:50, modified at 23:51

BRB, off to see a Star War.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-19 19:23, modified at 19:28

It’s time for Typographica’s yearly review of typefaces from the currently-ending-year - 1. It’s so good. Empirica, Reforma, FS Kim, Heldane, and Salvaje Display look particularly lovely.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-16 17:39, modified at 17:41

This feels true, and I would extend its application to many types of teams.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-12-08 03:37, modified at 03:38

The Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler in B.C. is probably the most beautiful drive I’ve ever done.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-26 17:52, modified at 17:59

Is there anything better than chicken enchiladas with mole poblano? It’s my ultimate comfort food. My cousin made them for our whole family on my birthday last Saturday and there’s enough mole left to freeze and use for weeks to come. I’m very happy about this situation.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-26 00:56, modified at 01:01

Sobering article on online ad performance. Read to the end, the last few paragraphs are real gems.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-22 18:43, modified at 19:01

Cybertruck design is polarizing. Not my taste, but I’m excited to see cars of the future not looking like boring cars of today (Model S and Model 3 fall into the boring category IMO). It’s moves like this that move visual culture forward.

Permalink - Posted on 2019-11-21 00:04, modified at 00:05

Bike is in the shop for some tune-ups, repairs, and upgrades. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to start bike commuting again soon.