Welcome to the “New and improved” Diary of a Mad Man!
Well….not new….and not yet as improved as I’d like but….
Life has dealt me Yet Another kick in the balls. For those of you playing along at home, this is the 574th time that has happened. Yes – my balls are sore and yes, I’m tired of getting kicked in them.
So, with the help and advice of friends, I’m kicking back.
Precious Memories — The Dean Smith story:
Dementia has taken its toll on former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, but family and devoted friends stand by the beloved coach.
Such a devastatingly sad story. I’m a North Carolina Tar Heel fan because of Dean Smith.
Color is swell, but for most documents, black and white look just fine. Monochrome laser printers are faster, render sharper text, and can even last longer than inkjet printers (no ink purges!). So for students, folks in a home office, and even some small business owners, the Samsung Xpress M2825DW is the cheapest, most efficient way to make hard copies of term papers, tax forms, and anything else that looks great in grayscale.
I’m a big fan of The Wirecutter and their reviews. I’ve bought several items based solely on their recommendations.
“Massachusetts court says ‘upskirt’ photos are legal”
At first blush this story is outrageous (and it is) but it’s the old story of the law not having caught up with technology.
Regardless, as the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement Wednesday, “If the statute as written doesn’t protect that privacy, then I’m urging the Legislature to act rapidly and adjust it so it does.”
The New York Times:
“I got it just to have my own style, bring something new to the table,” said Jose Vega, 23, an aspiring Miami rap musician.
THEY’RE NOT NEW, you hipster douchebag!
“Also, I’m nearsighted.”
Then wear glasses!
“All of this is part of a sense of irony and a way of discovering and displaying old artisanal and craft-based technology.”
What a load of bullshit.
The only good news about this is that, if the stodgy old New York Times has “discovered” this foppish fad, then it means it’s already old and almost run its course.
The rain forecast this weekend is setting everyone on edge. You can barely maintain this level of smoke-and-mirrors glamour in a hermetically sealed lab, let alone out in the world when it’s pissing rain. I thought we put up with the traffic and plastic surgery in L.A. in exchange for good weather. What gives?
I don’t know anything about her (I’ve only ever seen one of her movies) but this funny piece written by her seems like she’d be a lot of fun to hang out with.
The Invention of the AeroPress:
Among coffee aficionados, the AeroPress is a revelation. A small, $30 plastic device that resembles a plunger makes what many consider to be the best cup of coffee in the world. Proponents of the device claim that drinks made with the AeroPress are more delicious than those made with thousand-dollar machines. Perhaps best of all, the AeroPress seems to magically clean itself during the extraction process.
There’s really nothing bad to say about the device other than the fact that it’s a funny-looking plastic thingy. Then again, its inventor, Stanford professor Alan Adler, is a world renowned inventor of funny-looking plastic thingies; while Adler’s Palo Alto based company Aerobie is best known today for its coffee makers, the firm rose to prominence in the 1980s for its world-record-setting flying discs.
I didn’t know the AeroPress inventor also invented the “flying ring” we chucked around as kids.
I’m a big fan of the AeroPress single cup coffee maker. I’m by no means an aficionado and won’t get into arguments with anyone over Starbucks vs Dunkin’ Donuts vs Tim Hortons or any of that foolishness but, in my opinion, the AeroPress makes the best cup of coffee I’ve ever made at home. I just wish I could afford to by another one (lost mine in a move).
Ignoring the (intentionally or otherwise) misleading headline, this is an interesting “inside baseball” look at how Apple views theft and loss prevention by their retail store employees.
I say misleading because the headline makes it seem as if Apple doesn’t care about shoplifting – they most certainly do. The story is about “back of the house” or theft by the store employees themselves – a huge issue in every retail environment.
My time contributing short updates to the microblogging site Sulia wrapped up unceremoniously Monday morning when an e-mail – ”ending our paid arrangement” – landed in my inbox. The site’s pivoting in another direction that doesn’t involve paying for my input.
Rob’s article does a great job of explaining why he and I and others posted on Sulia. TL;DR? They paid us to.
But where he says, “The departure of any one freelance client isn’t that big of a deal”, for me, it’s a HUGE deal. The Sulia honorarium was the difference between me making rent and not. Right now – I’m not.
So, with the help and advice of friends, I’m going to be experimenting with other ways of making money. Poverty has a way of focusing your actions.
Please keep an eye on this site (subscribe to it if you’d like) and watch as I try to make a living on the internet.
More to come.
Dan Counsell is the founder of Realmac Software and has written a thoughtful article about “Prompting for app reviews”.
I understand developers feel (good) reviews can make or break an app on the iTunes store and the way it’s now set up by Apple doesn’t make anyone involved happy. Dan’s article is from the POV of a developer and he makes some great points about how he handles asking his customers for reviews.
John Gruber’s “little birdy” has told him that, while Apple will stream the iTunes Festival from SXSW next week, the app requires 7.1. So Apple has to release it soon.