The 4:15 to San Francisco

The story I’m reminded of today is the one about the only actual Apple leak I ever personally heard.

It was one of those awkward moments in an otherwise mostly-quiet train car where one person will just. not. stop. talking. And this guy was going on and on about the electronics company he worked for and all the patents they had.

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Augmented Reality Ducks

I do know that fourteen years into iOS, people still ducking hate autocorrect. Especially when you find your ducking text messages littered with ducks. There’s just no ducking way around it. Short of adding a fake contact to your address book named Dr. Duck Ducking McDucker, autocorrect seems ducking incapable of learning everyone’s favorite bit of profanity.

That got me thinking earlier today. What’s going to happen when Apple finally leads us into that next frontier of human / computer interaction? What happens when our day-to-day reality becomes augmented with live information and our physical and digital worlds merge even closer together?

What happens if Apple takes autocorrect’s prudish vocabulary into AR? If they dared to try and censor the real world, how would that look?

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What to look for in a job

Good advice from Mike Hay:

In my opinion, what you should look for, in any job, is a team of creative, talented, happy people who are proud of their work, and who make a better product together than you could make on your own.

I'm very fortunate to be in that situation in my current job.

“highly stable dystopias”

Max Hodak:

The premise of democracy is that society should be governed according to the will of the people....Without the ability to have your own private thoughts and discuss them with your friends and family, democracy is not possible, since there is no way to have political ideas and organize around them....Surveillance is intimately tied up in not just freedom of expression, but freedom of thought itself.

It is likely that no more powerful tool for surveillance authoritarianism has ever been conceived by humans.

The last 30 years have been an unprecedented time of peace and prosperity for much of the world. It’s easy to miss just how anomalous this is historically. There is absolutely no guarantee that the future will be so bright, and on the contrary, there are now many plausible scenarios in which we head into highly stable dystopias. The most we can do for our children is to prevent this.

...if we’re not willing to defend our freedom when it is threatened, we don’t deserve to keep it.

Justin Kan:

Now is the moment to define the course of human history: ubiquitous surveillance state or privacy as a digital right.

Everyone should be fighting against this inflection. As customers we must demand more from Apple.

A Computer Company

Things I want a computer company to be Hardware manufacturer Operating system vendor Model for how to build the best software for their platform Good corporate citizen Inspiration Things I don’t want a computer company to be Music store Music streaming service Television studio Movie studio News aggregator Fitness studio Advertisement company Bank Credit card… Continue reading

“engorged status symbols”

I'm undoubtedly guilty of flaunting my own status symbols, but after living most of my life here in the South, I found myself nodding along and agreeing with every tweet in this thread.

There's a level of toxicity that goes along with truck culture that you don't see with other hobbies (for lack of a better word).

(I'm extra motivated to link to this after one of those $90k testosterone rides ran me to the side of the road last night for "only" doing 80 in a 65.)