If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

Today was the first time I’ve ever heard this quote, and it’s sticking with me. It’s quite practical advice! (Origins are apparently unclear.)

🔗 Apple TV+ adds a limited time library of 50 movies to stream for free — 9to5mac.com // Benjamin Mayo

The collection includes big name titles like The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Private Ryan, Mad Max: Fury Road and more.

There’s actually a pretty good number of movies on this list that I’ve been meaning to watch. Might be just the extra push I needed!

I was feeling pretty motivated earlier to get a couple of blog posts out of my head. But losing a draft really took the wind out of my sails, and I don’t much feel like forcing it. I’d rather one in particular was published today, the 29th, but I dunno.

LOL I love @dmoren@zeppelin.flights’s writing

What a difference eight months makes. That’s in no small part due to Whisky, an app that wraps both Wine, the tool that translates Windows API calls to their Unix-like equivalents, and Apple’s game porting toolkit into one very friendly interface. That removes pretty much all of the work out of the process, to the point where all I had to do was download Whisky and drag it into my Applications folder. It installed all the necessary under-the-hood software, leaving me with nothing but time on my hands.

🆕📝 30

Reflecting on my 20s, and getting pumped for my 30s.

What a fascinating concept. You might hit the limit and then ask people not actually reading to unsubscribe to open spots for new readers.

The public incentives of social media — likes, hearts, reblogs, follower counts, the metrics that platforms enthusiastically refer to as “engagement” — didn’t exist in email, and especially not on TinyLetter. The platform itself had no built-in recommendations or ways to self-promote, quashing any aspirations for virality. Even subscriber counts were originally capped at 2,000. You couldn’t even pay to raise the limit.

You can usually tell from where I’m microblogging based on the type of blockquotes I use. If it’s a Quoteback, probably I’m committing minor time theft when it’s slow at work. If it’s a ‘🔗 Title - domain // Author’ format with a traditional blockquote, I’m likely using my Publish Quote shortcut.

Yesterday, @rsilvernail wished me a happy 30th birthday by congratulating me on “reaching a new high score” and it totally made my day. 🥳 Gonna keep gunning for the next high score! 😂

What will you take the leap on today?

Every four years, we have a worldwide holiday to celebrate this sort of leap. The leap of choice. Not to suddenly get from here to there, but to choose to go on the journey.

It’s only once every 1,460 days, you can do it.

Leap today.

I’m gonna call a #MykeWasRight to say that “Apple Enthusiast” is my preferred term for my interest and coverage of the company and its products. I am enthusiastic about what they make, and it does color what I think and share. But my enthusiasm also makes me wish for them to do better and more.

🔗 Blog What You Like

[The internet] has enough hot takes, perfect websites, and thoughts on the latest [news] stories. Write about you, write about the person behind the screen who wants to be seen and heard. Write about what makes you tick and what makes you happy. That’s the blog I want to read and that’s the type of blogs we need if we want to make a better internet. We don’t need another news blog, we need something folks can relate to and you can show your not so techy savvy friends that makes them think, “Wow, the internet can be something more than just [scrolling social media.]”

🔗 writing promptly — wordplay.bearblog.dev

To feel that being a “writer” is one of the markers of my identity, I need to be writing often. The word identity was originally derived from the Latin words essentitas, which means being, and “identidem, which means repeatedly. Identity is literally “repeated being" — I am a writer because I write repeatedly.

You must read this. Another bit:

The more I wrote with prompts, the less I needed them. Prompts gave me the push I needed to build a habit, a ritual. Now, life and its gifts and grievances are generally all the prompting I need.

🔗 Towards a quieter, friendlier web — coryd.dev // Cory Dransfeldt

Be kind, be honest and engage on your own terms. Walk away from anything that doesn’t serve you and don’t be afraid to craft a browsing experience that best suits you. A healthier web is one that’s slower, friendly and serves you. Eschew things that make demands of you, insist or impose upon your time and attention.

Cory’s post is full of good rules of thumb when it comes to being a happy and healthy internet citizen.

🔗 My Complete 2023 Six Colors Report Card Replies

2023 marked the end of the transition to Apple silicon. It may have taken longer than Apple anticipated, but it’s hard to argue with the results. Macs are running faster, cooler and longer than they ever could with Intel inside.

All it cost was the Mac Pro’s dignity, which it just regained in 2019. The last Intel model was everything a Mac Pro should be — expandable, upgradeable and more powerful than anything else in the line. The new one is a Mac Studio with slots and optional wheels.

A banger of a line from @ismh@eworld.social. 😂

Thanks to @arne@spezi.social for the good list of articles I perused this morning!

🔗 Multi-layered calendars — julian.digital // Julian Lehr

Calendars, on the other hand, cover the entire spectrum of time. Past, present and future. They are the closest thing we have to a time machine. Calendars allow us to travel forward in time and see the future. More importantly, they allow us to change the future.

I was already thinking of how I can better use my calendar to log things like a journal, but this post unlocked more imagination. I’d love to be able to look back at how I actually spent my time!

🔗 Every self-help book ever, boiled down to 11 simple rules — mashable.com // Chris Taylor

But hey, if it’s all pretty much the same stuff — and it is — why stop at distilling it into a single book? Why not condense the repeated lessons of an entire genre into one article? That’s what I’ve attempted here, after reading dozens of history’s biggest bestsellers so you don’t have to. Here is the essence of the advice I’ve seen delivered again and again.

Good reminders, concisely summarized.

🔗 You’d Be Happier Living Closer to Friends. Why Don’t You?

“What if I were neighbors with all of my friends? Every day [during the pandemic], as I took long walks through North Vancouver that were still nowhere near long enough to land me at a single pal’s doorstep, I would reflect on the potential joys of a physically closer network. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone who could join me on a stroll at a moment’s notice? […] How good would it be to have more spontaneous hangs instead of ones that had to be planned, scheduled, and most likely rescheduled weeks in advance?”

🔗 The science of why you have great ideas in the shower — nationalgeographic.co.uk // Stacey Colino

During the day, doing something easy and familiar, often involving some kind of movement, is likely to facilitate the flow of spontaneous thoughts. When you’re in the shower, for example, “you don’t have a lot to do, you can’t see much, and there’s white noise,” notes Kounios. “Your brain thinks in a more chaotic fashion. Your executive processes diminish and associative processes amp up. Ideas bounce around, and different thoughts can collide and connect.”

🔗 Does gear matter? — arun.is // Arun Venkatesan

The problem is with the question itself. It’s one of those questions that can’t be answered with much aside from “it depends”. It depends who is using the gear. It depends what they are using it for.

To the novice me, believing that gear mattered and accumulating it helped me come to my own conclusion. Along the way I tried a wide variety of cameras — old, new, cheap, expensive, film, digital, fixed lens, interchangeable lens, etc. This variety of gear helped me build up of a wide library of skills.

It’s my wonderful wife’s birthday and we celebrated doing all Jo’s favorite things! 🥳 Including a hunt for 30 balloons hidden throughout the house. Phin might have had the best time of all of us! 🐶🎈 📷

A person sits on the floor unpacking a box in a decorated living room. A balloon overhead reads “I Love You More Than Tacos!"

Had the best time summiting Algonquin and Wright Peaks with Jeanne and Jessie yesterday. Our stoke was as high as the wind speeds, which is to say “quite high”. And we met a furry friend! 📷

People with backpacks and trekking poles hike on a snowy forest trail. The sunlight filters through the trees, casting soft shadows on the snow. Two individuals are posing behind a cairn on a sunny, snow-covered mountain. They are dressed in vibrant cold-weather gear, with hiking equipment. A person in winter clothing and gear is resting on a snowy mountain slope with clear blue skies in the background. A brown marten stands on snow, looking towards the camera, surrounded by a snowy forest backdrop. Two hikers with large backpacks stand on a snowy trail, one smiling mid-motion; behind them is a signpost with text, in a wooded area. Signpost text: “High Peaks Wilderness Area Special Regulations apply in the High Peaks Wilderness Area”

🆕📝 7 Things (Which Are My HomeKit Tips) This Week [#133]

🆕📝 Crashing Clockwise #541: ‘Peripherereral Free’

In which I turn one of my favorite podcasts into blogging fodder each week.

🔗 A Conspiracy To Kill IE6 • Chris Zacharias — blog.chriszacharias.com

One of their engineers testing in IE6 had noticed the YouTube banner pretty shortly after it went live and immediately took it to their manager as evidence as to why they should do the same. Shortly thereafter, the Google Docs engineers whipped up their own IE6 banner and pushed it into production, presumably under the mistaken assumption that we had done our diligence and had received all of the necessary approvals.

This story is just the best. Should we? Could we? We did. Now everyone is!