Warm weather had the usual spot looking sketchy but we still found some ice for @adkiceclimbermeetup last night. Thursday nights, 6ish to 9ish at Pitchoff Quarry (or Pitchoff Right in this case). Keep 🤞 for ice regrowth in March! 📷
I’ve seen execs point to a super productive off-site as proof that in-person is better. But in reality it showed what the team could do when they’re able to focus on one thing, uninterrupted, and with the usual decision blockers removed.
An excellent point and good reminder that interpretation matters.
Micro.blog just got 5x more valuable and was already leading the way. Love this service.
Today that’s changing. We are getting rid of the per-blog pricing. Instead, there will be three simple plans, and Micro.blog Premium will now include multiple blogs.
- $5: one blog with all the basic features
- $10: Micro.blog Premium, all the advanced features and up to 5 blogs included
- $15: Micro.blog Family, same as Premium but up to 5 users can post to any of your blogs
In which Apple isn’t quite the price hog it’s thought to be.
That leaves the Mac Studio. The [best Ultra model comes] with the RAM and storage spec I want, but it is $5,000. With a display, it will be over a thousand dollars above my inflation-adjusted target. But hang on, because the CPU upgrade is $1,000 on its own; with the base Ultra SoC, I am just above the inflation-adjusted budget. That is close enough for my books, and a surprising result: you can now get the second-best SoC available on any Mac with a display for basically the same as the highest-end 2017 iMac.
Don't skip the 'Take a Chance' link this week. Well, don't skip any of them, but especially not the TAC. 🤭
A note for folks looking to get the most out of a generous return period/policy.
In which I don't follow my own advice, but I feel okay about it.
Uh oh, time is already so easy to lose in Vision Pro. Watch out TikTokers. If Reels debuts, I’m doomed.
Apple’s Vision Pro headset now has a native TikTok app, the shortform video service has announced.
The interface will look relatively familiar [...], with a vertically oriented player for videos as well as buttons to like, comment, favorite, and share. But the company has taken advantage of the increased screen real estate [...] to spread out other interface elements, showing comments and creator profiles on a pane [...] so they don’t obscure the main video player.
Busywork isn’t always bad. I turn to it when I can’t deal but still need to get shit done.
A web designer told me busywork serves as “productive procrastination” when she’s avoiding more complex tasks. A woman in sales and marketing said she values the solitude of rote tasks, and retreats into spreadsheets “when everybody’s annoying and I’m peopled out and my bullshit meter is filled.” A senior research program manager at a nonprofit explained that she values how data cleaning [...] creates an intimacy with the information she’s processing.
This is so tempting. I can’t imagine Apple will make a “headless” laptop, but they should.
Luke Miani (who runs a great YouTube channel I’ve been following for a while) has created the sort of beautiful monstrosity I would absolutely consider for my own workflow: he was able to remove a display from an M2 MacBook Air and use the remaining “macOS slab” as a fully functioning computer for the Vision Pro’s Mac Virtual Display mode.
I just made one, and you should too!
St. Jude lets you send a digital Valentine's Day card to kids receiving treatment. It takes seconds and could brighten someone's day ❤️
The ‘Love Station’ has a romantic theme featuring songs about falling in love, whereas ‘Heartbreak’ features tracks about heartbreaks and sad love. Apple says these stations are deeply personalized to select the best music for each user, drawing from Apple Music’s catalog of more than 100 million songs.
I’m a heavy user of the personalized stations. Glad to see they’re rounding them out with more moods and things — keep ‘em coming!
So which superb owl won last night? 🦉
When I’m not writing, I don’t go to Yosemite to watch a visionOS movie, or check email, or play with some other aspect of visionOS. My brain is already figuring out that Yosemite Valley equals writing. My Mac is far away, back at my studio, along with the the cognitive load that comes with the work I do on my Mac. That’s all a distant memory here in Yosemite Valley. My brain is successfully duped.
Sparks is the king of contextual computing, so I’m not surprised he found another way to trick his brain into productivity.
🎙️: 🇪🇺🧑⚖️🍎, 🧳🖥️, 🌐, 🔗🪣, 🕑🔁, and 🖱️.
I could hit a baseball wearing this; the pass-through responsiveness is so high. But cameras are cameras, and unless you’re in excellent, balanced lighting conditions, the real world looks like motion-blur through a very fine screen door with sharp, crystal-clear floating windows on top.
I’ll have more to say soon as I wade through my many thoughts about using the Vision Pro, but Tyler nails many of my initial impressions in this piece.
I figured a more fair way of calculating it would be to imagine buy a top-of-the-line iPhone every time Apple releases a new iPhone, or spend the same amount on Apple stock. If you had done that, by my calculations, you’d have spent around $16,000 on iPhones over the years (that’s around $20,000 in today’s dollars). If you’d bought Apple shares instead, you’d today have $147,000 or so – or a profit of around $131,000.
😳 📱 💰