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Value Propositions with Free Services October 19, 2017
I see a lot of value in some free services, but why don’t we as consumers value our own privacy, time, and attention in the same way?

I signed up for Google Photos recently because it is free photo storage and the one thing that comes out of having kids is photos. Every time I sign up for a free service these days, however, I struggle with why these types of services exist. Yes, people like free stuff, but in a world where free isn’t really free, you’d think that there would be a different value proposition involved.

This line of thinking was further spurred by an article by Mike Monteiro that I linked to earlier this afternoon, in which Mike discusses the fact that Twitter started out as a rather mundane idea, turned into something that fostered real friendships and connections, and finally became what it is today: a haven for abuse and harassment. The fact is that social media in and of itself should be a rather harmless idea, but instead it has become one that political outcomes and entire wars have been predicated upon.

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Microblog Context: Mike Monteiro Just Blew My Mind October 19, 2017

Twitter never saw Donald Trump as a problem, because they saw him as the solution. As Upton Sinclair so eloquently put it:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

When I started writing this essay I was wondering whether to close my Twitter account. To be honest with you, all the Twitter shit was bringing me very fucking close to a mental health red flag, which is a thing I need to look out for. I still haven’t decided whether to close it or not. But I have decided that in writing all this shit down and having said my peace I can step back a little bit, at least for a little while. This isn’t about Twitter anymore. This is about something bigger. When Donald Trump tweets us into war, the bombs don’t fall inside Twitter. When Donald Trump tweets us out of the social contract, citizens who’ve never used the service are left to suffer.

What happens when the thing that might save you is also the thing that might destroy the world? What do you do? Where does your responsibility lie?

Twitter set out to change the world. It did.

-Mike Monteiro, One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end, Medium

Microblog Context: Covenant and Coming Out October 11, 2017

The most profound portion of the sermon in my opinion is from around seven minutes and forty-three seconds in and an excerpt is included below, though I suggest listening to the whole sermon. I don’t often talk about religion here in general, but if church-goers who are seeking the right path to following the model of Jesus—one of acceptance and assistance to those in need—aren’t speaking up, nothing will ever change within the church-going context. Nor will non-religious people ever see virtue in church-goers because the worst of us are often the most prevalently iconized. To those who are making difficult decisions about coming out today, I pray that you find those who will be your support, as I attempt to be a support to all LGBTQIA+ people in my area of influence.

Like other stories, the story of Abraham, Sarah, and the three strangers has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The strangers arrive, they accept Abraham’s hospitality, and then they depart. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, invites the church to practice this ancient moral code but with a different outcome. What if the strangers arrive but never leave, what if the story of hospitality—Philoxenia—has a beginning but no end?

In most Bibles, like the reading we heard today. Romans 15, verse 7 is translated as Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God.” But I prefer a different translation and it goes like this: Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

I think there’s a difference between welcome and accept. Sometimes I think of welcome as friendliness, a handshake and a smile when a visitor walks into a church and friendliness is very important, but Paul in Romans is asking us for more. The Greek verb he uses doesn’t mean courtesy to a visitor but enduring relationship, to accept one another as a companion, as a friend. It literally means to take, in exactly the same sense we sometimes use that word in our marriage vows: I take you to be my wife; I take you to be my husband; I take you to be my partner.

Paul wants us to take others into our lives, so for Paul, hospitality is more than a friendly outcome, a friendly welcome. He wants us to accept one another, just as Christ accepted you. A welcome can be transitory, acceptance is for a lifetime.

-Andy Lang, Sermon, October 8, 2017, First Congregational UCC

Microblog Context: iPhone Speed As A Technological Dilemma September 29, 2017

In many ways, guessing at the internal components of an iPhone from 2027 is easier than guessing at the larger software advances or reading the tea leaves of patent disclosures. Here’s the only statement in this piece that’s guaranteed to be true: the processing power will be dramatically greater and the battery capacity will be higher in the iPhone XX. Why? Because of the inevitable march of technological progress. … Apple has been steadily making incredible progress with their A-series of processors which now include an Apple-designed GPU as well. Over the next 10 years, we can expect this trend to continue, and unless Intel miraculously gets its shit together, it really seems like Apple is running away with the crown.

Just comparing the new iPhone 8 with the A11 Bionic chip to high-end Android flagship phones is a joke. That damn thing is even faster in a heads-up test against a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

-Mike Rundle, iPhone XX Futurology, Medium

Microblog Context: Lisa Schmeiser Nailed It This Week September 28, 2017

From So What, Who Cares (vol 3, issue 58) How Sleeplessness Reflects Structural Inequalities”:

Women need more sleep than men. I was overjoyed to learn this last year when I read the results of a Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center study last year. And as to why women need more sleep? Their brains demand it:

Women’s brains are wired differently . . . so their sleep need will be slightly greater,” says Professor Jim Horne, the director of the Sleep Research Center. Women tend to multi-task — they do lots at once and are flexible — and so they use more of their actual brain than men do.”

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As to why women are using more of their brains? Blame multitasking, which literally requires more energy for your brain. But here’s the thing — multitasking isn’t necessarily a sex-linked trait. It could be linked to how people have learned how to solve problems based on societal and cultural factors. So the fact that western women need more sleep may, in fact, be linked to the realities of most western women’s lives: women do a disproportionate number of time-sensitive domestic tasks,” as the Wall Street Journal put it, leading to an extra ten hours of multitasking per week compared to the men in their households.

This raises the question: If the domestic division of labor were more equitable, both in terms of time and cognitive labor, would women still need more sleep? It’s a question that is illuminating the sleep research that examines how wider societal factors affect our forty — or thirty, or twenty — winks.

Microblog Context: An Issue Of Discovery September 25, 2017

It’s pretty ironic that a show called Discovery has issues with ease of content access.

Microblog Context: On Political Welfare September 24, 2017

Under the revised text, the bill’s authors now project increases in federal funding for Arizona (14 percent), Kentucky (4 percent) and Alaska (3 percent), which would have seen declines under the previous version, according to a leaked analysis from President Donald Trump’s health department. All three states are home to pivotal GOP swing votes who either have opposed or expressed concerns with the bill — Sens. John McCain, Rand Paul and Lisa Murkowski.

-Rachana Pradhan, Graham, Cassidy revise Obamacare repeal bill, Politico

Microblog Context: With Castro, Something Clicked September 21, 2017

As my list of podcasts grows and my preferences change, I’m finding it tougher to organize my shows in an effective and intentional way. With Castro 2.5, though, something clicked. Through a combination of the inbox-queue methodology and drag and drop for my podcasts, I’ve been able to rethink how I listen to my feed.

For those unfamiliar with Castro, it features two locations for your podcasts to live: inbox and queue. When the latest episode of your show comes out, it’ll automatically drop into the inbox, either to be left for later or moved to queue to be played. As you might expect, moving multiple episodes over to the queue could be tedious, requiring you to transfer them one at a time; however, Castro now supports in-app drag and drop on iOS 11, making it easier to swap them back and forth.

-Jake Underwood, Castro’s Latest Update Transforms Podcast Organization, MacStories.net

Microblog Context: WatchOS 4 September 19, 2017

But you needn’t look further than the Lock screen to see signs of forward movement in watchOS 4. The watch’s PIN pad has been enlarged and emboldened, making numerical input more pleasant on even the 38mm watch size. Gone is pretty much every page-based horizontal interaction, with watchOS opting instead for a Digital Crown-controlled vertical view. (Real talk: We never needed horizontal swipes on the watch, anyway.) We’re still stuck horizontally swiping between watch faces, but beyond that, the new Flashlight tool, and Workout views, it’s card-based scrolling all the way down.

-Serenity Caldwell, WatchOS 4 Review, iMore

Microblog Context: Sit and Rest September 18, 2017

It’s not that I don’t consider the opportunity to move to a new device when the opportunity arrises. One recent instance of this actually came from a seemingly unlikely source — i broke my iPad mini. It fell off a table onto a concrete coffeeshop floor screen first and shattered. I use my mini a lot. It’s my second most used device. I was crestfallen. So, in considering whether to do nothing and go without, have the screen repaired, replace the it, or go another direction, I considered the option of moving to a iPhone 6 or 7 plus. From those I know with them they have replaced both their iPhones and iPads with one single device. This idea of replacing two devices with one appealed to me and I gave it some serious consideration. But, then a good deal came up on a brand new iPad mini 4 better than the one I lost. Sometimes, fate shows you the way.

-Patrick Rhone, One more thing… Newsletter

There comes a time in each person’s life when they must find happiness in what they have. The sentiment reminds me of The Giving Tree when, in the end, an old man with nothing to show from a life of chasing material things just needs a place to sit and rest.

I think I’ll rest with my current iPhone for a little while longer.

Microblog Context: Sit and Rest September 18, 2017

It’s not that I don’t consider the opportunity to move to a new device when the opportunity arrises. One recent instance of this actually came from a seemingly unlikely source — i broke my iPad mini. It fell off a table onto a concrete coffeeshop floor screen first and shattered. I use my mini a lot. It’s my second most used device. I was crestfallen. So, in considering whether to do nothing and go without, have the screen repaired, replace the it, or go another direction, I considered the option of moving to a iPhone 6 or 7 plus. From those I know with them they have replaced both their iPhones and iPads with one single device. This idea of replacing two devices with one appealed to me and I gave it some serious consideration. But, then a good deal came up on a brand new iPad mini 4 better than the one I lost. Sometimes, fate shows you the way.

-Patrick Rhone, One More Thing… Newsletter

There comes a time in each person’s life when they must find happiness in what they have. The sentiment reminds me of The Giving Tree when, in the end, an old man with nothing to show from a life of chasing material things just needs a place to sit and rest.

I think I’ll rest with my current iPhone for a little while longer.

Microblog Context: Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson September 14, 2017

From my reading page, where I keep track of the books I have read recently:

This Audible Original audiobook gained a lot of attention in certain circles when it was first released. I was once into audiobooks a lot more than I am now due to the nature of previous commutes (i.e. driving to work versus riding the bus), but I am a reader at heart more than a listener. This book is available (at least as of now) in audio form only and, honestly, I could listen to Richard Armitage read all day long. All that aside, David Hewson has adapted other Shakespeare plays into novels before and the idea intrigued me enough to purchase this. In short, this is possibly the best adaptation I have ever read/heard. The idea of taking a classic work of this magnitude and making it better is no small feat, but going a step further to revitalize and expound upon it is amazing. And I love Juliet as a strong-willed, intelligent, and much more feministic character.

Check out the Audible page for the book here.


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Microblog : Streaks is a Well-Designed App October 22, 2017
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Microblog : Under the Sea, Indeed October 19, 2017
You can't tell me Happily Ever After happened for Ariel, living in an ocean side community, where fresh fish was a main source of protein and economic growth.

Value Propositions with Free Services October 19, 2017
I see a lot of value in some free services, but why don’t we as consumers value our own privacy, time, and attention in the same way?

Microblog : iOS MDM Apple Fail October 19, 2017
How is the JAMF Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution better than Apple's own implementation?

Microblog (with Context) : Mike Monteiro Just Blew My Mind October 19, 2017
When you really think about it, social media makes all of the sense and none of it.

Microblog (with Context) : Covenant and Coming Out October 11, 2017
On the occasion of National Coming Out Day, I thought I would share the sermon from the church we have been attending that is Open and Affirming for over 25 years now.

Microblog : This Coffee Isn’t Offensive October 11, 2017
The least praise someone can bestow on coffee that is still praise is simply a lack of offense to its taste.

Microblog : Is that Dropbox Purple? October 10, 2017
The new Dropbox design elements are disturbing.

Microblog : Stop the Looping GIFs October 10, 2017
I might be alone on this, but GIFs in presentations and emails that can't be paused are the bane of my existence.

Microblog : A …-Proof Phone October 10, 2017
Kids help you to understand why waterproof and shatterproof phones are so high on the collective phone features desired list.

Microblog : AirPrint Enigma October 4, 2017
The first time you use AirPrint, you realize it should be much more popular.

Microblog : The Airport’s Missing Ecology September 30, 2017
Let's discuss the insanity that is a lack of solar panel use on airport property. It seems like a missed opportunity.

Microblog (with Context) : iPhone Speed As A Technological Dilemma September 29, 2017
I will admit that I want my phone to be fast, but I’m unsure I’m prepared for it to make my iPad or (worse) my MacBook Pro feel slow.

Microblog : Achievement Unlocked: My Wife Liked Black Coffee September 29, 2017
I count it as a personal victory when I can get my wife to drink black coffee and like it, all thanks to Blue Bottle Coffee.

Microblog (with Context) : Lisa Schmeiser Nailed It This Week September 28, 2017
I definitely read the header statement incorrectly as “Women need more sleep than they need men”; both statements are probably accurate.

Microblog : Is Perfectionism Hereditary? September 27, 2017
It's hard seeing yourself in your children when it's not the flattering things.

Microblog (with Context) : An Issue Of Discovery September 25, 2017
I can honestly say for a variety of reasons that, at this point, I look forward to The Orville more than Star Trek: Discovery.

Microblog : Desktop No-File System September 25, 2017
There is almost no reason to allow files to be placed on the Desktop.

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You really shouldn’t be able to make state-level concessions on a federal-level bill in order to “win” votes for a bill that affects the whole of the country.

Microblog : Fatherly Paradox September 24, 2017
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Microblog (with Context) : With Castro, Something Clicked September 21, 2017
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Microblog : Just Finished “Dawn” September 20, 2017
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Microblog : iOS 11 and iPad September 20, 2017
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Microblog : That Gain Commercial September 20, 2017
Even the least of creepy explanations for creepy behavior doesn’t negate a behavior’s creepiness.

Microblog : The Biggest Problem For Podcasts September 19, 2017
You can certainly like someone and recognize their intelligence while simultaneously disliking the sound of their voice with every fiber of your being.

Microblog (with Context) : WatchOS 4 September 19, 2017
I honestly cannot wait for WatchOS 4; looks like a great update.

Microblog (with Context) : Sit and Rest September 18, 2017
Patrick Rhone is always working to define “enough” for himself and I think the iPhone 7 is enough for me.

Microblog (with Context) : Sit and Rest September 18, 2017
Patrick Rhone is always working to define “enough” for himself and I think the iPhone 7 is enough for me.

Microblog : Most Engaged Tweeting September 16, 2017
The way to get more Twitter activity: be confused for someone famous or tweet about a David Hewson book. ;-)

Microblog (with Context) : Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson September 14, 2017
I finished David Hewson’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and I cannot recommend it enough.

Microblog : iPhone Upgrade Program Oddities September 13, 2017
Might as well ask: I have a 128GB iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 will drop me down to 64GB. Worth it?