26 October

@sashaperigo:

With ADHD I have exactly three types of work days:

✔️ Get absolutely nothing done

✔️ Get 4 hours of work done, at a random time of day

✔️ Get 40 hours of work done in 8 hours

@TylerGlaiel:

I wonder if apple and google realize that the main reason there’s such a huge pool of programmers to pull talent from right now is because we all grew up in an era where computers were very open and it was super easy to get started learning how they work

25 October

I’m trying to edit a photo by switching between Procreate on the iPad and Photoshop on the Mac (via iCloud, which I guess must be the most efficient) and it feels like I’m back in 19992bedited_final.

Ca donne étonnamment peu de goût, mais je vous conseille quand même les myrtilles surgelées au-dessus du riz pour le fun

It only took me the whole day but I’ve finally ordered a printer that I’m inevitably gonna hate and curse when it gets here.

I’m looking for a color printer and there should be laws to prevent each brand from offering so damn many models with unfathomably subtle differences.

@_LucasRizzotto:

The way Facebook is handling accounts in VR is setting scary precedents and we need to talk about it.

Imagine if Apple or Microsoft had the power to ban you as a PERSON from using any Apple or Microsoft product ever again.

This is what FB can do in their new computing platform.

24 October

On the other hand, Stadia’s impressive. Playing on wifi (and not a particularly fast one), I had a few brief freezes, but most of the time it really felt just as responsive as if it were running locally. It’s easy to imagine that this is the future of mainstream gaming.

Finally got to play the Fenyx demo. Making a transparent Breath of the Wild clone only to slather it with obnoxious meta narration that undercuts the story at every turn is certainly… a choice. I now understand why the trailers left me cold: this is a theme park, not a world.

How nice that I’m finishing a Grindstone daily grind in the top 100 just as my Apple Arcade sub is about to expire

23 October

The hardware’s great — Pencil 2.0 is so much more convenient to use than the first generation. I blame software, but also ADHD. (There’s that nice perk where stuff completely disappears from your brain if it’s not in front of your eyes. So notes are more useful on my desk.)

When I bought my iPad Pro a year ago, I told myself this time I’d use the Pencil to take handwritten notes and draw diagrams and organize them digitally.

When Apple announced iOS 14’s new handwritten note support I told myself…

I finally caved and got back to my paper notepad.

Est-ce que c’est difficile de s’intuber soi-même pour que les corticoïdes arrivent directement aux poumons sans affecter les cordes vocales ? 🤔

@_LucasRizzotto:

So apparently deleting your Facebook account deletes all of your Oculus purchases. Permanently. Anti-consumer and makes no sense.

It’s like Facebook is asking to be broken up. [twitter.com]

C’est l’heure de sortir la vodka et ouvrir Grindr par habitude… puis fermer Grindr et doubler la dose de vodka.

Apparently there are people getting allergic reactions to some chemical in the silicone tips of Apple and Beats earbuds. Ask me why I googled this 😒

L’atmosphère est diffractieuse ce soir

@random_walker:

The sunk cost fallacy fallacy is when you put a lot of time into a project, find your motivation running out right before you get to the finish line, and tell yourself that because of the sunk cost fallacy the rational decision is to quit.

As magical as it feels to take off one AirPod and hear the music stop, I like the intentionality of putting both Flex earbuds together — that should be less prone to misfiring. Plus it incentivizes you to take both buds off when talking to people, which is welcome.

22 October

When I bought Shure SE425 earbuds in April I agonized over getting H1-powered Beats instead. I knew the Shures sounded fantastic, was afraid the Beats would be bad, and lockdown made even returns impractical.

If the $50 Flex are that good, I should’ve bought the Beats back then.

I just remembered dancing 😭

Yesterday I managed to play the Humankind demo on Stadia, and now that the Word Salad: Fenyx demo is out everything fails on the load screen 😩

Faut que j’arrête de dépenser de l’argent ce mois-ci mesure l’emplacement du prochain meuble

My iPhone has had random bouts of lag since I’ve updated to 14.1, even after multiple reboots. I missed a photo this morning because the camera repeatedly stalled, and have been having issues all day. It’s four years old and new models just came out, so… I guess that checks out.

After seeing this screen I spent ten minutes convinced I’d forgotten about the beta profile and accidentally installed Big Sur 😨 (Then I googled their respective hero backgrounds.)

Test playlist for reference. Unsurprisingly, Austin Wintory and Michael Nyman suffer a bit, but they don’t sound bad. The last third of Contact gets a little muddy but the whole track still sounds incredible for $50 earbuds, and so does the rest of the playlist.

The Beats Flex sound a lot better than I expected. I figured at worst they’d just replace my aging AirPods for podcasts, but it looks like I’m gonna make good use of the all-day battery. Very much v-shaped, but that’s fine by me as long as I get proper sub-bass and clear highs.

21 October

Once again I wish Lightroom for iOS wasn’t designed with the idea I’d want to upload my entire photo roll to Adobe’s cloud (who on earth wants that?), but the workflow for sending pictures from within Photos isn’t awful. I’ll try to make a preset in the app and use it for a bit.

I’m playing around with some old pictures I took (like “oh god the folder name says 2003” old) and it’s amazing how much easier the new tools make it to give portraits a bit of personality without making them look unnatural — just shift the new “Balance” slider to the left.

Damn, Lightroom’s new color grading tools are nice. Makes me wish I still did portraits. Or still had a proper camera, for that matter.

But then, taking portraits out on the street isn’t a thing anymore, so 🤷🏻‍♂️

Oh wow the app even sends you to TikTok to view the tutorial 😂

Dammit, I probably won’t get to play the Immortals demo tomorrow either 😔 (I’m guessing it’s the powerline ethernet not being reliable enough)

If I had a big (huge) office I’d want to build a life-size Cray-1 replica in the middle, with my actual computer inside. As a conversation piece 😬

@SwiftOnSecurity:

History in pics: Testing prototype Roomba’s in 1982. It would take two decades until they could be made small enough to clean under a couch.

Pour info, ils ont aussi des orchidées immenses et pleines de couleur pour six ou sept euros, si jamais vous aimez voir des fleurs mourir chez vous. (Je dis ça, mais je n’ai pas totalement abandonné l’idée de réessayer.)

Merde, je viens de me rappeler que je voulais repasser par les plantes avant de sortir pour acheter des bambous 😔😔😔

Miracle, pour la première fois en six mois, le montant total de ma wishlist sur le site d’Ikea est descendu, au lieu de monter, de cent euros. Coïncidemment, j’ai dépensé cent euros à Ikea Madeleine.

Refusant de faire la queue devant l’Apple Store pour acheter des écouteurs à 50 €, j’ai préféré profiter du beau temps en marchant jusqu’à Ikea, où j’ai dépensé 100 € en petites merdes… en plus de commander les écouteurs en ligne.

Ooh, Photoshop’s neural filters are nice. It’s great that we don’t need to send our selfies to some unknown Chinese entity with dubious motives anymore in order to make ourselves look younger. (We only have to send them to Adobe’s servers instead.)

@benskuhn:

I noticed my MacBook would sometimes become unresponsive to keyboard input after opening the lid.

Eventually I realized it only happened in my backyard. WTF?!

Finally figured out why and the answer is… horrifying: [news.ycombinator.com]

20 October

A while back I used to use a javascript library that took a <table> from the DOM and used its data to create a chart. It looks like no one does this anymore (you have to put the data in the javascript yourself), but… that way made sense? Didn’t it?

19 October

@atlasobscura:

Both a Disney princess and an evil queen had their animated castles designed in the likeness of Alcázar de Segovia. [trib.al]

18 October

I don’t wanna drag Mass Effect 3 into this but it’s shocking how many games just accept that the player has to decide everything because they’re the player, and the writers make no effort to justify it in-world. Wild Hunt realky is a master class in RPG quest design.

All through Skellige I was wondering how they’d justify making the player choose between the siblings when a witcher must be neutral. Then I made a dialogue choice, and thirty seconds later realized I’d just made that choice and was delighted with how cleverly it was done.

@MicroSFF:

“Why isn’t there more footage of monsters?”

“What do you mean?”

“People always talked about seeing monsters, but couldn’t prove it. Now that everyone carries a camera, we should see lots of films of them.”

“We do.”

“We do?”

“It’s just not the monsters some of us were expecting.”