October 14, 2019

The Newsletter That Almost Was

Fun fact: this blog was almost turned into a newsletter a few weeks ago.

It was beginning to seem like a great idea. After all, if you want your writing to reach people, you either invite them to come to you (blogging, RSS, etc.) or you go to them. To the one place we all inhabit in some fashion: the inbox.

Newsletter startups are blooming in every corner of the garden, and their pitch is compelling—email is the oldest, sturdiest, and most diversely populated social network in existence.

All of that is true, but it’s also true that building an audience has more to do with what you do than where you do it.

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October 11, 2019

Assemble With Care

Maria helps people fix things. Objects, by trade, but perhaps more than that in practice.

Developed by the fine minds at UsTwo Games (best known for their work on the Monument Valley series), Assemble With Care is a contemplative Apple Arcade game about fixing people’s things.

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October 10, 2019

iPhone 11 Camera Impressions

As I settle into life with the iPhone 11, I’m beginning to understand the capabilities of its standout feature—the camera system—better and better.

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October 4, 2019

Cricket Through the Ages

I spent the majority of Cricket Through the Ages with tears streaming down my face, laughing like a lunatic.

As my profoundly uncoordinated avatar windmilled toward its opponent, it occurred to me that this is the ideal sports game for people like me who don’t really follow sports.

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October 3, 2019

Bellroy Premium Sling Review

Bellroy is what I consider a final destination” company. Chances are pretty good that whatever you buy from them will be the last version of that thing you ever need.

They make quality products and they stand by them.

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October 2, 2019

A Like Can’t Go Anywhere, But a Compliment Can Go a Long Way

Frank Chimero recently blogged about an interesting nuance of social media that I hadn’t considered.

He points out that positivity tends to be encapsulated into small, generic like” units, while negativity requires its own separate posts, and thus carries more visual and algorithmic weight.

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