2018-07-30

Saw Molly’s Game over the weekend with Ana and liked it. It’s the least Sorkin Sorkin movie I remember.

2018-07-24

[…] freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of mankind by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorships.

A NYT article led me to Andrei Sakharov’s Progress, Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom essay. To say I’m still digesting is a real understatement. Powerful ideas in writing have the ability to flow in time and still sound fresh to first time readers.

This quote on Natan Sharansky’s article hits my Venezuelan sensitivities dead-on:

They want us to believe there’s no chance of success. But whether or not there’s hope for change is not the question. If you want to be a free person, you don’t stand up for human rights because it will work, but because it is right. We must continue living as decent people.

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2018-07-21

HBOs Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is an incredibly moving documentary. It’s also so well put together that it feels effortless how it takes you through his life. Very recommended.

2018-07-19

Love Notes to Newton is another tangential documentary/film that will be fun to see for a different viewpoint of the same time frame. But also because it talks about Newton… and I’ll watch anything that mentions the green marvel.

2018-07-19

Really looking forward to this General Magic documentary. Always thought it was more of an Apple-centric story — didn’t know it was a prequel to so much other companies.

2018-07-17

Instapaper is going independent

Today, we’re announcing that Pinterest has entered into an agreement to transfer ownership of Instapaper to Instant Paper, Inc., a new company owned and operated by the same people who’ve been working on Instapaper since it was sold to betaworks by Marco Arment in 2013.

Instapaper is probably the most continually installed app on my iPhone. I bought the original iPad daydreaming about using it. My saved for later articles directly represents my interests, intentions and state of mind throughout the years. I’ve gone months without opening it and hours with only it open.

Right now it shares an uncomfortable balance with Safari’s Reading list — but if I want to highlight and take notes, it’s what I use to export the notes in Markdown to Day One.

Instapaper is an App which I have bought, subscribed, abandoned and reinstalled. It’s an App I care about and I’m hopeful this is good news.

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2018-07-11

Comparison Between Tags on GitHub

Often I’ll want to see the difference between two releases on GitHub. Typically there is a CHANGELOG that will tell me a between versions but what if I want to see a diff between two versions that aren’t sequential? GitHub offers a way to do this. […]

https://github.com/<user>/<repo>/compare/<beginning-tag><ending-tag>

This tip by Peter Ramsing has changed my life. Proofing my Release Notes now is so much easier.

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2018-07-05

Over the past 2 weeks I’ve been using my personal MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016) as my daily driver — while my job’s MacBook Pro 2015 is in the shop for a keyboard/trackpad issue. Very surprised of how well it performs, and how used I’ve gotten to the keyboard.

2018-06-27

Jessica Toonkel:

Apple is considering creating a single subscription offering that would encompass its original TV shows, music service and magazine articles […]

Very compelling. We’re currently a Spotify and Netflix home — and I enjoy both services. But if Apple’s tv offering has an interesting show lineup, enough back catalog fillers like Netflix, and a good combo price for all, I’d consider it.

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2018-06-26

Bookshelf of Shame (Abandoned Fiction)

Over the years I’ve rarely abandoned fiction books, but the past year has been a shameful display of towel throwing. What made it strange was how some of these sounded just amazing when I decided to pick the up.

I present my current bookshelf of shame:

  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. Great world and disaster story/history, sprinkled with dumb and uninteresting characters.

  • Artemis by Andy Weir. I kept imagining a fake sitcom laugh after much of the dialogue. Will probably make a fun movie, but as a book I got really bored by page 100.

  • Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. I was not in the mood for the restless writing style, no comas, long paragraphs — so many jokes strung together. A new H2G2 it’s not, but I may revisit.

  • Black Star Renegades by Michael Moreci. Will likely revisit if in a YA novel mood. I wanted to slap the rascal main character too much — maybe I’m getting old.

  • The Nix by Nathan Hill. Very likely to revisit. Most likely a victim circumstance — read it during the move to Costa Rica, and my mind needed something a bit faster.

Luckily the streak has ended with Stephen King’s The Gunslinger (The Dark #1). Can’t wait to get back to it after publishing this.

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2018-06-25

Good candidates finish last?

10 years ago I marveled at Turkish democracy. On a vacation there I saw disagreements, but all within a working democracy. The balance that founding father Atatürk seemed to continue work 70 years later.

Watching yesterday’s result on Twitter I was hit with both dejavú and sadness: the enthusiasm of the opposition after a huge rally, the contrast between the abuse of power and the hope of a fair election, the feeling of giant leap backwards for your country. All these are scenes of a movie we’d already seen in Venezuela.

How can we fight against this anti-democratic trend? Of course answer is strong institutions. But maybe institutions need a way to fight back with the same tools as authoritarians and populist?

Here’s where being democratic works against you. Giving institutions weapons to protect themselves when the people fall under the spell sounds great. But how to tell is something is a spell or a fundamental shift that needs to happen?

Autocratic leaders don’t seem to worry about this. They never asume anyone else will be back in power — and if it happens, they’re the first to call out the unfair rules which oppresses them.

2018-06-24

Trying to get back into comics. Starting with Vinland Saga, which I abandoned last year because of life™. Comic Zeal still works but hasn’t been updated in while, so giving Chunky a try (so far liking it).

2018-06-23

Saw Isle of Dogs with Robie and The Post with Ana today. Enjoyed both. Wes Anderson’s formula works with me, so no complaints — still love the Fantastic Mr. Fox above all.

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2018-06-15

Brent Simmons:

to read a good blog is to watch a writer get a little bit better, day after day, at writing the truth.

What an inspiring and aspirational thought.

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