Excursions by Amit Gawande

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October 17, 2018   ” WTF! Just look at those product
October 17, 2018  
October 17, 2018   Facebook is just being Facebook - “after saying last week no data collected through Portal would be used to target users with ads, Facebook now says
October 16, 2018   It was time to update the page. I enjoy drafting
October 16, 2018   Here is the outline
October 16, 2018   Review is supposed to be objective, fact based. You like
October 16, 2018   b written while I was asleep. RSS won’t help, neither will Micro.threads if conversation dies down
October 16, 2018   Companies, don’t let yourself get nickel and dimed on data. If you buy my personal data from me directly I’ll cut you a huge discount
October 15, 2018   On Podcasts, News and Well-being   Experts talking about
October 15, 2018   They (media companies) don’t make the reading experience as good as it could be, and they make me not want to use their iOS apps, because I can’t
October 12, 2018   How does it solve the spam calls problem? Don’t I have to be equally attentive when the call
October 12, 2018   Sure, the movie is a drag, but it’s a lot better than recent attempts from
October 12, 2018   Every frame suggests how laggy the ChromeOS platform
October 12, 2018   How did I miss this update? Kudos @manton for
October 12, 2018   Until I come to my senses and realize signing up for this newsletter would be the best decision I’ll ever make, I’ll have to somehow find it within
October 12, 2018   Thoughts on Google’s Call Screening feature   How does it solve the spam calls problem? Don’t I have to be equally attentive when the call
October 11, 2018   This madness needs to stop - these devices may be becoming smarter by day, we humans
October 11, 2018   It (Desktop Browser for iOS) somehow modifies things so responsive websites think you’re using a browser that’s wider than it really is.
October 11, 2018   blog. (…) Twitter is its own thing, it’s weird when I post something on my blog, but I
October 10, 2018   And I think m.b and efforts I put to enable the IndieWeb principles on my
October 10, 2018   Displaying images from Blot on Micro.blog   Though it
October 9, 2018   Perfect for a chatty evening with family
October 9, 2018   Being Social on Web   Long and short. One of the key reason for this change in my
October 9, 2018   Watching the #MadeByGoogle event live today would be like going to that one movie which you’ve discussed and debated and heard narration for from
October 9, 2018   When writing code, you have to take yourself out of the moment, out of the nitty gritty details, and try to look at your code with the eyes of a
October 8, 2018   So basically you can fire SQL-like queries to fetch
October 8, 2018   It’s one of those topics that
October 7, 2018   Especially clothing for myself. I would argue so much mental energy in “wasted” on making
October 7, 2018   io and micro.blog? I used to get replies on m.b as webmentions - but have stopped getting them
October 7, 2018   Especially
October 6, 2018   I spent an afternoon building a collection of replacement alternatives for all the system complications that I use that render with a more low
October 5, 2018   The ‘desirable difficulty’ you experience when reading information formatted in Sans Forgetica prompts your brain to engage in deeper processing.
October 5, 2018   Consent is only meaningful if there are genuine alternatives and as an industry we have yet to tackle this problem (see how Facebook, Apple,
October 5, 2018   It lists down all the chapters (with easy access to sponsors links), how much time each
October 5, 2018   Such a wonderful read. I wonder how the hell have I not yet read this a hundred times. King
October 4, 2018   In a way tells you how lenient the platform
October 4, 2018   after I post this status, I will be quitting Facebook, except for groups, events, messaging, sharing my take on controversial op-eds, promoting my
October 4, 2018   Life’s too short to use software that was built purely by heuristic-barren algorithms
October 4, 2018   It’s just that
October 4, 2018   It takes efforts to keep your mind fresh and body energized to
October 3, 2018   No one cares about their data is such an
October 3, 2018   I am always anxious using voice assitants in pubic
October 3, 2018   Basically the machine boots up in UEFI mode, shows its vendor logo and then the screen keeps showing the vendor logo all the way to a smooth fade
October 2, 2018   And it is times like these that I find are
October 2, 2018   She invited me to her pretend kitchen to make a pretend roll from a piece of napkin which I
October 2, 2018   We learned that links to resources on the live web are fragile and not a persistently reliable way to refer to those resources.
October 2, 2018   Frankly, I was a bit nervous and a lot worried. But then @macgenie is a
October 1, 2018   The game’s made $27.92 in income, which nets out at about
October 1, 2018   I believe it would be worth
October 1, 2018   But I think they
September 30, 2018   I’m a technically-minded person but reading Solid’s homepage and docs, it sounds completely incomprehensible to me
September 30, 2018   It has become the default search engine for me, and it seems am not
September 30, 2018   Instead of me spending time, make the sender work to get my attention. Make them earn the privilege of getting emails into my inbox.
September 30, 2018   Procrastination and Routine   Any hint of a distraction and I go crazy running behind that. I also lack the skill to follow a
September 30, 2018   Living in a soup of abuse and having to pretend everything is perfect, that’s the world
September 30, 2018   Sorry, Chrome is Not a Google Service   I
September 30, 2018   Solid is guided by the principle of “personal empowerment through data” which we believe is fundamental to the success of the next era of the web.
September 29, 2018   I’d never looked at them as a memory, your personal copy of
September 29, 2018   I am surprised to read the pushback against Marzipan and the extremely new Apple apps ported from iOS — especially they being
September 29, 2018   Apple is slowly using Swift in more apps with each new iOS release, but the number of these apps is still really limited.
September 29, 2018   Both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh fielded questions from lawmakers and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. But
September 28, 2018   Give him vocabulary lessons for positive and negative adjectives. (…) Show him how to speak without jerking his arms like a traffic guard.
September 27, 2018   Nice, this post from @vasta got a mention from @leo on this week’s episode of MacBreak Weekly — especially “the automation offered in Shortcuts,
September 26, 2018   Though not practical, a
September 26, 2018  
September 26, 2018   Apple doesn’t sell many ads within the app and doesn’t make it particularly easy for publishers to sell their own.
September 26, 2018   e maps — “if you want to save a home or work address in
September 26, 2018   I guess it
September 26, 2018   It was a great family timeout — of course ignoring how
September 26, 2018  
September 25, 2018   ) it worked out all right because there was that woman using the responsive, fully interactive, enterprise-ready ERP system “sheet of paper and
September 25, 2018   Porting your iOS apps to the Mac is exciting, and it’s easier than ever with Apple’s new iOSMac platform.
September 25, 2018   b - make all the discussions around a topic to not appear on my timeline. Arguments tend to get
September 24, 2018   “Facebook is shit”   A brutal takedown of Facebook from John Oliver, and he still didn’t touch so many of the nasty problems from across the world that Facebook has
September 24, 2018  
September 24, 2018   I’m done with Chrome — doesn’t matter if the default signed-in mode is actually that bad or just an indication of a valid
September 24, 2018   So if signed in users are your problem, why would you make a change that forces unsigned–in users to become signed users?
September 24, 2018   Smaller they are, creepier they get. I think that man with a suit has just made them scarier
September 24, 2018   PocketCast is too “formal”, bland but perfectly
September 22, 2018   And this
September 21, 2018   No one has any idea if
September 20, 2018   In the company of Ted Talks, Simplify etc. It would be
September 20, 2018   And I thought this is a good opportunity to take it a step further. Change
September 20, 2018   (…) if you tap that microphone icon on the keyboard and say “Tab key,” iOS will insert a tab for you. And via Text Shortcuts, too.
September 19, 2018   This isn’t creating a distributed network, this is creating a whole bunch of massive points of failure.
September 17, 2018  
September 17, 2018   Using rotating sets, camera tricks and a visual style that suggests the film noir of Alfred Hitchcock, this is perhaps the most peculiarly
September 17, 2018   (…) at /e/, we want to build an alternative mobile operating system that everybody can enjoy using, one that is a lot more respectful of user’s
September 17, 2018   With the new iPhones coming out today, I wanted to revisit the whole Apple vs. headphone jack fiasco. Why? Seriously, why?
September 13, 2018   May be it is about wrong expectations, but nothing that is launched excites me. Not
September 13, 2018   Why do these companies keep hating us people who want smaller phones? And they do not ship their “low cost”
September 11, 2018   We know music is pleasurable, the question is why? Many answers have been proposed: perhaps none are quite right
September 11, 2018   The fact that Chrome is the only one among the top browsers that does not have a native reader mode tells you about Google’s priorities (others
September 11, 2018   In fact, this is the sort of behavior that no one should
September 10, 2018   And it’s another of those well-supported services run by a single person. I am
September 10, 2018   But, obviously, if you knew where your bugs were, you’d just fix them. Errors typically hide in the places we forget to look.
September 9, 2018   It needs an independent board. It needs its own Tim
September 6, 2018   Twitter tells me I am part of the “selected group of users” for a survey regarding their services. So, how are we supposed to “celebrate” such
September 5, 2018   Time to rethink things
September 3, 2018   I’d recommend you to follow @vishae for her distinct point of view, her book recommendations and succinct commentary on
September 3, 2018   Simplicity of Love   He primarily talks about his
September 3, 2018   ) A classic is something that persists as a background noise even when the
September 3, 2018   I think at this point Google shouldn’t even wait for an event to release
September 3, 2018   It’s helped me realize that if we don’t do something soon to systematize this (blog archives), the web as an archival medium is going to have
September 3, 2018   Ah, I hate to look at my drafts posts
September 3, 2018   blog within the 280 characters, especially from iOS apps? If it goes beyond, it feels like cheating
September 2, 2018   I am giving up on
September 2, 2018   The museum exhibits over 900 carefully selected and sorted web sites that show web design trends between the years 1995 and 2005.
August 31, 2018  
August 31, 2018   May be declaring Windows 10 to be last version of Windows
August 31, 2018   I wish I had
August 31, 2018   Which is to say: it’s entirely possible it will get worse
August 31, 2018   threads helpful. There was otherwise no way I could catch up on posts missed and
August 31, 2018   With the amount
August 31, 2018   0 looks nice. Rich custom snooze in notifications is a good addition in itself. Options earlier were too limited. Black theme, well not much
August 30, 2018   The only lasting antidote to social media’s current data monopoly is to create independent networks that are more wholesome, creative, interactive,
August 30, 2018   Can we be smart ourselves first and stop making everything out there
August 30, 2018   Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media   This is such a fascinating read — I don’t think it is a stretch to think there would be teens who would be overwhelmed by the
August 30, 2018   Twitter is testing a feature where it suggests who to unfollow   And then I read this again. I checked the source to make sure it isn’t from The Onion. It wasn’t. We know that people want a relevant
August 30, 2018   I would just
August 30, 2018   It needs to group them by interests, geographies and few other aspects. I had started
August 30, 2018  
August 29, 2018   One thing that Google’s scattered focus - multiple start-ups inside, than a cohesive company with multiple products - and culture allows is to steal
August 29, 2018   blog app from the dock to a folder on the home screen. Screen Time showed I was hitting the limit for the social
August 29, 2018   Directory of Microbloggers   This fact is clear from the sheer number of discussions that happen on the Micro.blog platform asking for
August 29, 2018   Hurrah! That also means more recommendations from the community to
August 28, 2018  
August 28, 2018   Sometimes it’s worth opening up a laptop and slowing down just a bit. Yes, opening up a laptop might count as slowing down a bit.
August 28, 2018   ) it’s more valuable to have a smaller design that’s easy to refactor than to have a larger design with abstractions that you don’t use; the
August 28, 2018   There aren’t enough ’lol’s and ’wtf’s in the world to compensate me for what I’ve lost reading this
August 27, 2018  
August 27, 2018   The New York Public Library introduces classic literature to “Instagram Stories” with Insta Novels - “On a mission to inspire lifelong learning,
August 27, 2018   in JavaScript is not Unicode aware.
August 27, 2018   And a phone number is only an
August 27, 2018  
August 26, 2018  
August 26, 2018   All these devices look to be placeholders for now. Things they do are trivial
August 25, 2018   dated? As if people behind just didn’t look around, look what the competition was offering
August 25, 2018   But it’s how one is thought of that is
August 25, 2018  
August 25, 2018   Our logo maker is free to use, so anyone can create stunning, professional logos in seconds - no
August 25, 2018   Every time there’s a story around ads, I grumble knowing that so much talent is wasted on such trivial a thing as advertising — our AI overloads
August 25, 2018   It’s time to catch up on all the lost sleep last week working late on the hobby projects — so much was done, but so much more of the health was
August 24, 2018   Like Twitter, statuses are plain text with no
August 24, 2018   Words. And Chai ☕️
August 24, 2018   Interestingly, only about 50% of users found anything suspicious, partly due to the fact that I used https on all my pages, which is one of the
August 24, 2018   Apparently, 23andMe had an API that “developers of health apps, weight loss services and quantified self tests” could use to build “services” over
August 24, 2018   Time to put him crooning in the background, stringing his guitar, get some positive vibes
August 24, 2018   But there is a fear deep within, there always comes a time when network effect kicks in. When users who do
August 24, 2018   The whole album is an
August 23, 2018   It’s not data ethics, it’s ethics. It’s not data privacy, it’s privacy. It’s not digital rights, it’s human rights in the digital/networked age.
August 23, 2018   i proofread my writing by piping it through espeak
August 23, 2018   To do some inspired by Twitter/FB. To not to do some inspired by
August 23, 2018   Your Users Aren't Always Right   Or even
August 22, 2018   And ruminate. There’s something about the structure that calms me
August 22, 2018   Time for slurping some chai. ☕️
August 22, 2018   Rules are made to be broken, but if you want to make a great website as easily as possible, these are some good rules of thumb!
August 21, 2018   Blotpub bundles a Media Endpoint now   ) missing piece in the quest of mine to simplify posting to my blog - and that was photos. Most of my posts originate on
August 21, 2018   0. This is a fascinating
August 21, 2018   With raindrops composing the best of the music to go with. Nothing more calming
August 21, 2018   And now, because it is late summer — a guide to Yellow Stripey Things
August 21, 2018   0. Like I said, the tyranny of reality TV is unrelenting — we want to be amused to death or next
August 20, 2018   I, on the other hand, have no sympathy for these
August 20, 2018   This ✨magical link✨ shows your Twitter timeline in true chronological order—without retweets, liked tweets, or
August 20, 2018   Creating a new view on Blot   Apparently, even if you create the page there are still few additional
August 20, 2018   I like the name too, “Lethal White”. Mysterious. I better complete all the
August 20, 2018   Every now and then I see a page that hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon, we just can’t have that so lets run through how to design for the modern web.
August 20, 2018   Not everyone agrees that it should be called that(..) Who wouldn’t want to
August 20, 2018   Mark Zuckerberg and other big boys don’t have my sympathy   I might be the only person on Earth feeling sorry for
August 20, 2018   Every time I visit Aaron Parecki’s website, I come back with some inspiration - understand why & how he is implementing the things the way he
August 20, 2018   Nanopub code and your notes helped me a lot while I was implementing the support for
August 19, 2018   Blotpub now supports syndication to Mastodon   With all the recent discussions around Mastodon and how it is different, possibly better, I thought there is no way to judge that without using the
August 19, 2018   The goal and the approach sound so promising. But how do you “implement” this, if that’s even a right
August 19, 2018   We might be a clickbait generation, but it’s not all digital dystopia… I’ve yet to find a peer who’s heard of Coke Studio Pakistan and doesn’t
August 18, 2018   I decided today that I do not want to display the , and types of posts on my blog’s homepage. It looked too crowded on there for my liking. I
August 18, 2018   40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen. Our ally. Our missile. Our crime
August 18, 2018   Twitter from the outside now looks like a massive world-wide frenzy for no reason. It’s the illusion of something
August 17, 2018   You borrow some from your daily kitty and you have to pay back with some high interest
August 17, 2018   (..) if your story doesn’t change your lead character irrevocably from beginning to end, no one will really care
August 17, 2018   Tokyo is a magical place. I knew this going in, even though I’d never been there before. It’s a fast
August 16, 2018   A quest to seek calmness. When your reinvigorated mind carries your weary body through
August 16, 2018   I know we are (finally) fed up of Twitter and Facebook policy swings. But that doesn’t mean
August 16, 2018   We needn’t go viral or be trending to grow, to make progress, or to make a difference in someone else’s
August 16, 2018   I continue the process with all the other cameras until the Photos view runs from
August 16, 2018   It was great listening to the thoughts from a long time blogger in @dori on current state
August 15, 2018   So you would not be able to upload the images from
August 15, 2018   It solves none of Twitter‘s core
August 15, 2018  
August 15, 2018   Why would anyone sell their power back to Twitter, knowing Twitter uses some of it to run the
August 15, 2018   The twist wave travels faster than the bending wave, dissipating energy so that
August 14, 2018   If we don’t defend silence, we sever one of the last ties to life on Earth before
August 14, 2018   Meditation   My mind wanders a lot, it’s cluttered, full of thoughts. Full of things I need to do. Things that I
August 14, 2018   ” You — and probably free speech — can’t constantly play defense. You can’t win if
August 14, 2018   It also shows how much trust and confidence
August 14, 2018   I think it is time for an early morning rise and
August 14, 2018   Twitter Has Desensitised Us   Especially Twitter. I had also expressed
August 13, 2018   Reads I Liked (13-Aug)   1. I do not think there is any debate on whether Artificial Intelligence will have some
August 13, 2018   I read some cringeworthy posts, and some spiteful responses. I read some
August 13, 2018  
August 13, 2018   Pipes. I really wish there was an alternative to that wonderful service. It would be
August 11, 2018   Pipes? I had built so many custom feeds combining different feeds using that service. With my recent pull back to RSS, I really feel
August 11, 2018   Micro.blog - A wish and a fear   blog becomes bigger, more diverse with more voices spread across the world, the timezones, narrate their stories. It becomes difficult
August 11, 2018   I knew I have been spending far less time in Productivity/Reading categories (as compared
August 10, 2018   Reads I Liked (10-Aug)   It also is an exercise so that I keep track of all the articles I
August 10, 2018   But it is different from the Facebook exodus. They aren’t quitting. And I
August 10, 2018   I wonder how these reads will get translated into BAT. Not sure if consumption in feed readers is a
August 10, 2018   Search Engines need to redesign their results   He was focused a bit on how it can make blogging valuable
August 10, 2018   Why not just quit Twitter?   And this is after a similar exodus from Facebook pretty
August 9, 2018   Yeah, there is so much of innovation
August 9, 2018   I was always sceptical of the promises Magic Leap was making. Demos looked too good to
August 9, 2018   AMP has to be the ideal use-case on how an incumbent on web muscles its advantage to make others embrace its
August 9, 2018  
August 9, 2018   However, I think we tend to ignore the social aspect that Twitter has enabled. Yes, people need to own their content. But
August 9, 2018   I often tend to hit the zones when I
August 8, 2018   Bad news: there's no solution to false information online   This is a must read article from Ben Werdmüller where he concisely conveys the problem around fake news1 and also presents how different players in
August 8, 2018  
August 8, 2018   As an industry, we need to invest in the well being of core OSS software that we all
August 8, 2018   There is just so much fun stuff to learn in the IndieWeb world. And play around with. I have booked myself at
August 8, 2018   “What we see
August 7, 2018   After an extremely productive last couple of weeks, it was time to reflect on the days gone by and update the page. It is good every now and then
August 7, 2018   blog is the only service that I use which uses email-only authentication. And it is a win-some-lose-some experience. There are times
August 7, 2018   You use AWS, but how well do you actually know AWS? How many AWS icons can you correctly identify
August 7, 2018   Freeing the Web from the Browser   No longer must researchers comb through endless indices
August 7, 2018   “(…) unless you really love Apple, there aren’t many reasons to buy this
August 7, 2018   No surprises — it is a price sensitive market where spec wars are still prevalent
August 7, 2018   I’d love to reserve the term blogger for people who write about their own experiences, not for pay, the “unedited
August 6, 2018   Blotpub Now Supports Likes and Replies   And I am happy that
August 6, 2018   ” I’m going to try and cover all of the basics of Mastodon in this post, as well as the details of how it all
August 6, 2018   And it is even more frustrating if they are Monday mornings. You get up with a plan in your mind - when kismet has
August 5, 2018   (…) To Google, I lost trust in
August 5, 2018   And yet, this little company with the world’s coolest name and logo
August 5, 2018   Some amusing stories and a jolly good time. I love this Sunday morning ritual of ours. 😊
August 4, 2018   Threads Update. Added support to discover threads. Anecdotally speaking, the timeline was overwhelming at times. I needed a way to read posts
August 4, 2018   What I don’t hear often in the discussion is the moral imperative to help others: the understanding that taking care
August 3, 2018   Even though the posting process with blot is already simple, there are times when you just can’t (or
August 3, 2018   Blotpub - Micropub Endpoint for Blot   There was
August 3, 2018  
August 2, 2018   From the 1985 archives. ′‘We just couldn’t buy her a new dress and dab on some
August 2, 2018   To sum up - in 1978 a series of small mistakes created some characters out of nothing. The errors went
August 2, 2018   Theme Refresh for My Blot Blog   I do have my main website which I have been using for all things long
August 2, 2018   This is how the homepage looked. And this how they introduced the prominent change visible out there
July 31, 2018  
July 30, 2018   And when you play games with colours
July 29, 2018   Posting Liked Articles from Web   blog. The links you share are so interesting! I especially love that you
July 28, 2018  
July 18, 2018   Changing Date Format in Blot   im site, I was faced with a roadblock. I could not find any way to format the published
July 17, 2018   Update - IndieWebifying the Blot site   threads, I hardly had any spare time for working on exploring Blot. Micropub remains a distant dream
July 11, 2018   Update on Micro.threads   So much that for an observer it very well looks to be
July 10, 2018   Micropub endpoint from the ground up   im has given the perfect opportunity to explore if I can get a Micropub endpoint created specifically for my needs
July 10, 2018   Whatsapp is following Facebook’s footsteps — fighting fake news problem with full page ad in news paper. Wish these ads reach the victims — I
July 10, 2018   Update on Blot Open Questions   And of course, given how gem of a person he
July 10, 2018   It’s fascinating when you find art all around you. And some looking down at you. Inspiring.
July 9, 2018   Look wise I am surprised the default theme suited me the
July 9, 2018   Hugo Issue Update   Final update, hopefully. Culprit is identified as the in . As I suspected, this must have been affected in v3.1 when the concept
July 8, 2018   Update on experiment with Blot   I feel the majority of the effort is going to be in theming. Question at this point in front of me
July 8, 2018   greens are wonderful  
July 7, 2018   Blot's simplicity is useful, but   On one hand, I do not think there is any other platform that offers a “publishing” flow as simple as blot
July 6, 2018   You can run arbitrary JavaScript in Safari with Shortcuts and I’m going to lose my goddamn mind with this app