πŸ”— Manton Reece - An update on the pricing update

Micro.blog is such a great value. Like omg.lol, Micro.blog is a positive community built by people who didn’t see exactly what they wanted on the web, so they decided to make it.

Bilby, 2018 - β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

This short is, indeed, extremely cute. But it's also impressively executed in terms of the writing and the animation.

Parenting pro-tip: Shorts like this one are good to keep handy for when you need to extinguish a tantrum without starting a longer watching session.

πŸ‘‘ That feeling when you've been reading The Hobbit to your kids and your four-year-old daughter insists, and I mean INSISTS, that the friend she made recently at dance class, whose name she had trouble remembering until just now, is named Thorin

πŸ”— QuickLink Opener – FlohGro

I do something similar (even in name), with quicklinks.lol, but Floh Gro’s solution using an action in Drafts for iOS is faster, and private.

πŸ”— Manton Reece - Recommendations and blogrolls on Micro.blog

I’ve long meant to get a blogroll up on this site, and it’s another testament to the fact that I’ve chosen the right community that it was recently integrated into Micro.blog, including auto-updating, public OPML and JSON exports.

Bilbo is, ever was, and ever shall be, my people.

β€œBack now to the Mountain!” cried Thorin. β€œWe have little time to lose.” β€œAnd little food to use!” cried Bilbo, always practical on such points. – The Hobbit, Chapter 15, The Gathering of the Clouds, by J.R.R. Tolkien

A quote image from chapter 15 of The Hobbit: Back now to the Mountain! cried Thorin. We have little time to lose. And little food to use! cried Bilbo, always practical on such points.

πŸ”— U.S. versus Apple: A first reaction – Six Colors

I haven’t read the complaint yet, but this was… not what I expected Attorney General Merrick Garland to have his people focused on…

πŸ”— Scholarfy | Google Scholar bookmarklet by Johan Ugander

This is a useful bookmarklet to move a standard Google search to Google Scholar. I use it with modified version I made with ChatGPT to search an exact phrase, for use in searching for legal opinions.

Here’s “my” code:

javascript:location = ‘scholar.google.com/scholar"’ escape(document.forms[0].elements[‘q’].value) ‘"';

πŸ”— 32-Bit Cafe

The best part about the 32-Bit Cafe is that we’re trying to move the internet forward productively in the ways we can make an impact, participating in the creation of web services, websites, and weird, wacky web projects. We want to bring back the idea of personal websites to the many of us who have been stuck in social media cycles since the emergence of Web 2.0. Not to mention, we’re not just helping people build their first websites; we’re also making our own hosted services for anyone to use and participate in to help with decentralizing hosted services.

This is exactly the kind of thing I love to see.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 2013

Watched on Tuesday March 12, 2024.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012

Watched on Friday March 8, 2024.

βš–οΈ It is an uncharacteristic misstep, in terms of both litigation strategy and public relations, for Apple to poke the EU bear by terminating Epic’s developer account. Whether Apple is right about Epic's intentions is irrelevant. This move looks petty and, worse, calculated to avoid exactly the kind of competition from exactly the kind of competitor the Digital Markets Act intends to encourage.

πŸ˜” Yahoo is accelerating its enshittification of Engadget, in a move that really surprises absolutely no one because, well, it's Yahoo:

"Engadget, which is operated by Yahoo, will lay off 10 employees, according to people with knowledge of the situation who say staff were β€œblindsided” by the decision. In addition to cutting staff, the editorial team will split into two sections: 'news and features' and 'reviews and buying advice.' The news teams will focus on traffic growth, while the reviews teams will report to commerce leaders."

This is sad. I have been an Engadget reader since the beginning, and while its glory days have been gone for a while, the writers keeping it alive have done great work.

Chris Geidner at Law Dork has the best explanation of why the 5th Circuit’s jurisprudence has become so, to use a legal term of art, whacky:

At the end of the day, there are essentially three groups of active judges on the Fifth Circuit: There are β€œmad vibes” judges, legally conservative judges, and legally moderate (or more left) judges.

Geidner is so insightful and prolific that, and I mean this as a high compliment, it irritates me a little.

A quote screenshot from an article by Chris Geidner in his Law Dork newsletter, which says:&10;&10;At the end of the day, there are essentially three groups of active judges on the Fifth Circuit: There are β€œmad vibes” judges, legally conservative judges, and legally moderate (or more left) judges.

The top seven free apps in the news category of the iOS App Store are a mix of proudly user-hostile mismanagement, fear mongering, hyperlocal hate, and Nazi monetization.

The image shows a screenshot from an iPhone of the iOS App Store displaying the 'Top Charts' section for free apps. The top seven apps are listed: 1. Reddit - Social Forum & Community Chats, 2. X - Formerly Twitter, 3. Nextdoor: Neighborhood Net..., 4. NewsBreak: Local News & Alerts, 5. Citizen: Local Safety Alerts, 6. Substack - A home for readers, and 7. Police Scanner. Icons for 'Today', 'Games', 'Apps', 'Arcade', and 'Search' are at the bottom of the screen. The device's status bar indicates it's 9:15 with Wi-Fi and battery level at 86%, and a 'News' widget is visible in the top right corner.

πŸ”— Haier hits Home Assistant plugin dev with takedown notice

Bill Toulas, writing at Bleeping Computer:

Targeting open-source software developers tends to backfire for companies, as others fork or clone the code repositories to prevent the projects from disappearing.

At this time, the Haier home assistant plugins have been forked 228 times, many occurring since the news of the legal threats.

Now?

1,462 forks.

These were niche plugins for niche software for a niche audience before Haier let the lawyers loose.

Hey Haier, Ms. Streisand called… she wants her effect back.

β˜„οΈ I’m watching this Yaccarino interview very long after it occurred, but time has not dulled the stings of how uninformed and naive she was about Twitter and Musk.

It’s hard to believe a seasoned executive fell so far so fast, but there’s no denying the descent when you’re standing in the crater…

https://youtu.be/hYymRU-bfpQ

Stop turning awesome apps into internet noise machines

The news aggregating app Artifact is shutting down.

Jarrod Blundy wrote at his blog HeyDingus:

I do wonder if it would have had a brighter future without the ability to add comments. I never engaged with that social aspect of the service, and I expect it contributed massively to its complexity and moderation costs.

I think about this every time a good news or link aggregation app goes away. These apps are, fundamentally, trying to help you sort the signal from the noise in an overwhelming “media ecosystem” or whatever we’re supposed to call it these days.

As soon as they add their own social layer on top of the news and the links, they have betrayed their best use case and their most loyal users. It’s like buying a pair of earplugs, only to have them turn into in-ear headphones or hearing aides you don’t need and never asked for.

Engagement, which they thought would spike after going social, craters. Resources, which were optimized and sufficient and scalable with increasing revenue over time, are siphoned off, as Jarrod wrote, into moderation and increasingly complex development cycles.

It’s a kind of death spiral that most founders notice too late, so kudos, of a sort, to Artifact’s founders for knowing the telltale signs of a terminally ill app, and letting it die with some dignity.

There are already plenty of places to share links and half-baked hot takes. The real challenge, for Artifact’s founders and anyone else with the leadership, technical and fundraising skills to tackle it, is to build something extremely useful to individuals without draining all of its lifeblood into a push for “social” that ultimately just turns it into another internet noise machine.

Finished reading: Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White πŸ“š β€” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Skip and dance, jump and prance! Go down through the orchard and stroll in the woods! The world is a wonderful place when you’re young.

It sure is.

What a hell of an amazing book to relegate to the unjustly dismissed “children’s” shelves. This book gets five stars, no question about it.

White manages to address, in my opinion, so many of The Important Things We All Should Learn About Rather Young If Possible, including misogyny/clueless men, bullies, transactional acquaintances, competition, the joy and sorrow of freedom, the dilemma of the naive but intelligent, parenting (well, let’s be honest, mostly motherhood), the distinction between pathology and an innocent’s rational-from-their-perspective perceptions, the rarity and value of adults who are aware of the immediately preceding concept (like the inimitable Dr. Dorian), evolution, religion, birth and death, and, of course, the intergenerational power of real, no-but-seriously-really-real friendship that reaches out beyond its originators and enriches those who come after, in ways known and unknown, for years or decades to come.

Like I said, just a hell of a book.

πŸ“± Someone please tell me which non-leather bifold wallet case to get for an #iPhone 14 Pro, preferably in pink. Extra points for MagSafe compatibility but it's not required.