Missing GeoCities

Basically, I miss Geocities. I miss the feeling of any given webpage being a moment in time, a familiar blaze on an unfamiliar trail, a place where URL hacking was a shortcut and not state manipulation. I want apps to look like I’ve been there, not like the Ghost of Material Design has. I want the web to look like my living space, which is neither clean nor limited to a six-color palette. The one-page webapps that neatly shunt us into text areas do so beautifully, but all the content we can ever create won’t break the surface of their style guide. They tell us to make more things that look like this and act like this. There’s comfort in consistency, sure—but that horizon in the distance is only a landscape, painted on a sheet.

Source: Bless This Mess

Props to Kevin Barrett from Postlight for the pang of nostalgia.

We’ve got all this hype around authenticity and individuality and being creative. Meanwhile we’re rearranging grey boxes on our screens and calling it cutting-edge design.

Coding is the new frontier of blue-collar work.

These sorts of coders won’t have the deep knowledge to craft wild new algorithms for flash trading or neural networks. Why would they need to? That level of expertise is rarely necessary at a job. But any blue-collar coder will be plenty qualified to sling Java­Script for their local bank. That’s a solidly middle-class job, and middle-class jobs are growing: The national average salary for IT jobs is about $81,000 (more than double the national average for all jobs), and the field is set to expand by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than most other occupations.

Source: The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding | WIRED

Agreed. “Coding” can apply to a very, very broad range of roles.

What a time to be alive.

That’s how we will overcome the challenges we face: by unleashing the power of all of us for all of us. Not just for those of us who are fortunate, but for everybody. That means creating not just a quicker way to deliver takeout downtown but also a system that distributes excess produce to communities where too many kids go to bed hungry. Not just inventing a service that fills your car with gas but also creating cars that don’t need fossil fuels at all. Not just making our social networks more fun for sharing memes but also harnessing their power to counter terrorist ideologies and online hate speech.

Source: Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive | WIRED

Criticism over lack of iPhone headphone jack = criticism over lack of Adobe Flash

This was the choice Apple faced: support Flash and shut these critics up; or continue to not support Flash, take the criticism, and just wait a few years for everyone to forget about it, while former Flash proponents enjoy a better experience that they never would have gotten if Apple had listened to them.

Source: Daring Fireball: ‘Courage’

Point taken. Not to mention there’s a $10 adapter that adds a 3.5mm headphone jack to your iPhone. And, generally speaking, I’m not charging my phone while listening to it, so this yet-another-Apple-dongle does the job just fine, I think. 🙂

Somewhat aside: I’m holding off on getting an iPhone 7. Waiting until the (presumable) release of the 7S next year.

Phone cases mean the colour doesn’t matter.

If you’re going to put your iPhone in a case, then it doesn’t really matter whether you get regular black or jet black, because when encased, they’re nearly indistinguishable.

Source: Daring Fireball: iPhone 7: Jet Black vs. Black

I’m frequently complimented on the bamboo case for my iPhone 5S (photo below, taken with my Macbook’s webcam, apologies for potato quality). It’s relatively distinctive and adds a non-negligible layer of protection.

Bamboo iPhone case

I subscribe to the notion that phones should always have a case, because this is a friggin’ expensive piece of equipment that will be exposed to all sorts of abuse. And since I try to run on a 3-ish year hardware refresh cycle, the device needs to hold out for that long.

(It’s the same reason I have a hardshell for my Macbook Pro. It adds a layer of protection, and also gives me a guilt-free surface to place stickers on!)

Now I get that not everyone agrees with this philosophy. I see all those unprotected phones when I’m on the subway. And I get that the aesthetics of a naked phone matter greatly to some people.

But if you’re going to put your phone in a case, the colour doesn’t matter.