- 10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety – These simple tips will help you relax and put things in perspective — in between washing your hands, of course.
- A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers – Good tips from HBR
- A cough, and our hearts stop: Coping with coronavirus anxiety and fear – More tips
- How to Introvert & Save the World – Didn’t read yet.
- Spacejoy – Get expert help to design and decorate your Home online | Interior design services – Looking at redoing my office, need help.
- @jeffjarvis/COVID / Twitter – Jeff Jarvis has a good list of COVID experts on twitter.
- Desktop-Class Productivity for iPad – Things Blog – Cultured Code – Release notes with cool tips.
- Individual vs collective climate action – Those who are concerned about the climate crisis need to do a better job at highlighting that more than 70% of the climate problem is caused by just 100 corporations
- Not a ‘math person’? You may be better at learning to code than you think – New research from the University of Washington finds that a natural aptitude for learning languages is a stronger predictor of learning to program than basic math knowledge, or numeracy.
- A High-Resolution Audio Primer – a report on a scientific article presented at last year’s AES meeting, in which the authors used test tones and a modest audio system (albeit in an anechoic chamber) to prove that listeners can discriminate between high-rez and CD-rez audio.
- Don’t think twice – Billy Strings – I recently learned how to play this. But not like Billy does.
- My Ordinary Life: Improvements Since the 1990s – Gwern.net – Worth a scroll through
- A Text Renaissance – “Text though, is definitely going through a renaissance, and as primarily a producer of text, that’s what interests me the most. What comes out the other end may or may not look anything like blogging. It might be a case of a New Blogging as an Elder Medium in an explosion of new textual media.”
- Overview of how ONIX handles various rights attributes – Some work-related research.
- Beatings, Burns and a Broken Promise – Powerful reporting from the NYTimes on mistreatment of people with developmental disabilities.
- Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine – Whoa. This is a fantastic read about data harvesting at Amazon.
- What We Lose by Hiring Someone to Pick Up Our Avocados for Us – I use Prime Now for grocery delivery a few times a month, this piece clarifies some of the fears/thoughts I’ve had around using the service. Will I stop using it? Probably not until it’s too late for it to matter.
- How to Deal with Running Out of iCloud, Google, and Dropbox Space – TidBITS –
- reddit.com -Bluegrass guitar resources
- Introducing my Blogger Workflow – Always interesting to read how other people handle writing/posting/curating.
- Scatterbrained: Revisiting the “doing” CLI – This post was part of my inspiration for finally sitting down and polishing my iOS shortcut for logging to Day One.
- Opinion | Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills? – Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills? The same people who should be fixing them.
- Why are pop songs getting sadder than they used to be? – Alberto Acerbi & Charlotte Brand | Aeon Ideas – Are popular songs today happier or sadder than they were 50 years…
- How Google Got Its Employees to Eat Their Vegetables – The tech giant is engineering a way to encourage its employees to eat healthier — and it might just help the rest of…
- Mac Open Web, by Brian Warren – Good collection of apps, all of which are useful in a variety of ways for independent web writers/coders.
- Publish To Apple News – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org – Started pushing out my RSS feed to Apple News this week, here’s how.
- 100 greatest bootlegs: #127 BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – Paul’s Mall, Boston 1975 (Flac) – Building up my collection of lossless live show recordings.
- Pollstar | Hotstar: Billy Strings Goes Beyond Bluegrass – Good read on a great guitar player. Billy’s origin story gets richer every time it’s told.
- Getting the iPad to Pro – excellent review of the iPad usability issues by Craig Mod.
- Pollstar | Hotstar: Billy Strings Goes Beyond Bluegrass – more backstory than I’ve ever seen before on Billy.
- 5 Cheap(ish) Things to Make the Perfect Cup of Coffee – The New York Times – I switched to black coffee, looking for tips on making a better cup of coffee.
- Auction Sniper: eBay Sniper and eBay Bidding snipe, bid sniping for eBay – Notes
- Welcome to Offi | Embrace Media Storage or Tables – cool coffee table
- A Year in Health and Fitness: 2019 – More quantified self stuff, around fitness. This guy has done a great job of using python to report on this data.
- Portal app mixes sights, sounds & Hue lighting to relax you – 9to5Mac – “The app is a simple one: it displays slow-moving video clips of nature scenes on the iPhone or iPad screen while playing real-life sounds from the same location through any AirPlay speakers.”
- World Cafe Nashville: Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound Studios : World Cafe : NPR – been doing a deep dive on Auerback’s recordings/studio. My heart loves the sound by my head knows it’s just the audio equivalent of an instagram filter trying to make digital feel like analog.
- The Black Keys – EMusician – see above
- Studio spotlight: Easy Eye Sound | Watch Listen Show | telluridenews.com – see above.
Other stuff? My dog ate my Kindle. I had the base model and upgraded to the fancier Paperwhite. Since I use the JUMBO FONT to read without my glasses on, that extra 300dpi really looks nice! Highly recommend paying the extra $30.
Also, been doing a lot of work building out my HiFi setup with an Intel NUC running Roon/Qobuz and loving it. Will do a writeup next week when I’m not so busy.
- Instapaper Saves for This Week:
- Nine hard-won lessons about money and investing – Haven’t read through this yet.
- The Food That Helps Battle Depression – Have been going really veg-heavy lately and totally notice a difference. Interesting read.
- How Generation X will change the world: Future of Human Population P1 – Haven’t read yet but saved for weekend reading: Before centennials and millennials became the darlings of the 2000s, Generation X (Gen X) was the talk of the town. And while they’ve been lurking in the…
Pinboard Saves for This Week:
- JetBrains Mono: A free and open source typeface for developers | JetBrains: Developer Tools for Professionals and Teams – Adding to my Terminal.app arsenal of fonts for coding.
- Listen to the playlist Qobuz WOW! by Qobuz US on Qobuz – This is the playlist that Qobuz uses to show off the quality of the hi-def audio that they offer.
- I’m Dan Mackta from Qobuz USA and we are educating music fans about audio quality and Hi-Res streaming. AMA : audiophile – Interesting Q/A, confirms my understanding that any time you’re using bluetooth, you’re sacrificing resolution.
- Billy Strings Honors Jerry Garcia At The Capitol Theatre –
- Music and Shortcuts — A WEBSITE – This guy does a deep dive using shortcuts to manage his listening habits. Interesting as much for the notes about listening as it is for the shortcuts.
- To split or not to split your Mac’s Fusion Drive | Raoul Pop – As discussed below, this article talked me out of splitting my drive.
- SOLVED: How do I split Fusion drive on Mojave / APFS? – iMac Intel 27″ EMC 2639 – iFixit – reference
- How to clone your Mac so you can use it as a backup | iMore – reference
- Useful macOS Tricks – Tricks that make your Mac more productive – From the folks at iA Writer, some interesting general Mac tips.
- The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything : NPR – Older piece, but I’ve been thinking a lot about the role that critics play in our consumption of art/entertainment and came across this good piece.
note: forgot to hit publish on this on Friday 🙁 will try to do better this week!
How To Expand Launchpad
Hard for me to imagine Launchpad ever being as useful as Alfred for launching apps. That said, this tip for expanding the rows/columns of Launchpad might make a more compelling use case. Via Chris Hannah via @JPEGuin
On being able to write about whatever the hell you are interested in:
As someone with a bunch of interests, I’m all for a non-directional approach to blogging (via Josh Ginter and Initial Charge). I’m tired of reading commercial sites, have stocked my RSS app with independent publishers and have no regrets, especially when blog authors stray from their usual topics.
Joe Henry – Welcoming Flies at the Picnic.
Reeder 4 tips
This old review (from May, 2019) of Reeder 4 has some interesting usage tips/hints that I wasn’t aware of, worth a read if you use Reeder for your feeds.
Ambitiously titling this post Friday Links thinking that I may be able to do it again next Friday and the one after that. We’ll see!
Anyway, some links I’ve enjoyed from around the web over the past few days:
When you support free, you support billionaires. When you pay, you support sane businesses and real creators. Start paying for things that cost money. If you can’t afford to, use fewer things, which generally make you happier anyway.
Very long but interesting post about Flickr. Where it is now, where it came from, etc. I haven’t renewed my Flickr Pro account in forever and don’t expect that I will simply because I have no need for it but we will definitely lose an important piece of Internet history if Flickr can’t sustain itself.
A few years ago I started making playlists in iTunes that only contained 3-5 albums and listened to those tracks exclusively for a few weeks before rotating them out. There is something about becoming really familiar with a recording, a whole album preferably, that rewards in a way that superficially skimming the surface of Spotify just doesn’t deliver. Thinking about restarting this practice somehow.
Learned this phrase this week. the prevailing character or atmosphere of a place. Love it.