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March 28

Over the years...

 

America Is Becoming Steadily Less Religious

As a believer with a skeptical and logical mind, a passion for understanding our world through science, and a strong commitment to equality and human rights, I can completely understand the decline of traditional religious institutions. In fact, in many ways, I am happy for it. I find the global Christian church's positions on creation and science, climate change, LGBTQ rights, and social justice to be so far removed from Jesus that it frustrates and saddens me. Burn it down so that it can be built back up in the true image of Jesus – a global movement to advocate for human rights, social justice, the protection and restoration of our planet, all for the glory of God.

 

Listened to Connected 236: Rosencrantz Says

After announcing tickets for their live WWDC show and judging their predictions for Apple’s media event and breaking a score between Stephen and Myke, the guys share their impressions of the new AirPods, Apple News+ and more.

By Connected

 

Played Sonic Mania

Played on the Nintendo Switch.

Played for 50 minutes.

 

Played Wheel of Fortune®

Played on the Nintendo Switch.

Played for 20 minutes.

 

Played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Played on the Nintendo Switch.

Played for 45 minutes.

 
 

In this episode, Jeremy Clarkson tests two modernized versions of classic Lancias, one a thorough update of the Delta Integrale, the other a completely new take on the legendary Stratos. Meanwhile, James May looks back at the incredible story of the Porsche 917, from its early days as an unpromising widow maker to its evolution into one of the most successful racing cars of all time. Also in this show, Richard Hammond joins Clarkson at Stansted airport as the pair attempt to speed up the journey from check-in to security to the actual aeroplane by devising two radical takes on the idea of motorized hand luggage.

Watched on Trakt

 

The Fab Five go back to camp to help a scraggly outdoorsman put down roots and create a cool home for his teenage son.

Watched on Trakt

 

Played Sonic Mania

Played on the Nintendo Switch.

Played for 75 minutes.

 

Played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Played on the Nintendo Switch.

Played for 40 minutes.

 
 

I find it truly obnoxious when I make an appointment with my doctor, and they just sit me in a room alone for 45 minutes before finally showing up. So disrespectful of my time.

 

I finally found a mechanical keyboard suitable for @askForCharon! https://datamancer.com/product/the-sojourner-keyboard/

 

Checked into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Hey hey, LA. Saw the new stadium under construction. Looks epic!

 
 

The @Delta SkyClub at SFO has Woodford Reserve Double Oaked at the bar. ❤️

Also, I wish the SkyClubs at LAX weren’t so awful in comparison :/

 
 
 
 
 

The Deck is Shutting Down

1 min read

Innovative ad network The Deck is shutting down for good. From their announcement:

In 2014, display advertisers started concentrating on large, walled, social networks. The indie “blogosphere” was disappearing. Mobile impressions, which produce significantly fewer clicks and engagements, began to really dominate the market. Invasive user tracking (which we refused to do) and all that came with that became pervasive, and once again The Deck was back to being a pretty good business. By 2015, it was an OK business and, by the second half of 2016, the network was beginning to struggle again.

The consequences of walled gardens like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Medium soaking up the majority of internet traffic go well beyond data ownership and privacy. A more decentralized world wide web creates more opportunities for innovation and a system that is harder to "game."

 

Tweetstorms vs. Publishing

2 min read

Today, I read about the launch of an app to make it easier to create "tweetstorms" on Twitter. I'll start by saying that Stormcrow seems like a well-designed, very useful app, and my commentary here isn't meant to take anything away from the developer. That said, the fact that this app needs to exist is a sad indictment of the current state of personal publishing on the web.

From a user experience perspective, tweetstorms are an absolute disaster, both from the creation perspective, and the consumption perspective. Twitter is not designed for long-form content, and tweetstorms are a dirty hack, at best. Nevermind the issue that people's carefully crafted communications are then sent off into the void of Twitter, where the conversation is difficult to follow, algorithmically curated, and controlled by a corporation.

I'm really proud to work for a company who's ultimate purpose is to help people own their digital identity, and its becoming clearer to me that its possible to also provide a better user experience for all involved in the process. I've shared some of my thoughts on user experience and the IndieWeb already, and I plan to continue to think (and write) about the problem in the future!

Also posted on IndieNews

 

Fearlessly updated to the latest @withknown from GitHub. Huzzah!

 

Other Review: Hello From the Magic Tavern

5 out of 5 stars

I recently discovered Hello From the Magic Tavern, a spectacular podcast with a ridiculous premise.

Hello! I’m Arnie. I fell through a magical dimensional portal behind a Burger King in Chicago and found myself in a strange magical land called “Foon.” I’m still somehow getting a weak wi-fi signal from the Burger King so I host a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur, interviewing monsters, wizards and adventurers.

The show primarily features Arnie and his "boon companions" Chunt, a shapeshifter usually taking the form of a talking badger, and Usidore, a wizard with a ludicrously long name. The show is silly, hilarious, and nearly completely improvised on a weekly basis. My commute has been massively improved by listening to Arnie, Chunt, and Usidore, and I highly recommend you join in, too!

Photo Credit: Hien Pham

 
 
 

just got a surprise home repair. Ouch, this one hurts!