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You're not worried about going from one free Reader to another? I haven't settled on a replacement yet, but find myself leaning towards Feedbin at the moment. $2 a month, so there's motivation to sustain, they also are working with Reeder to build integration in, which is promising.
1 year, 5 months ago on Lots of Changes at Google: What it Means for You
I still remember my 11th grade English teacher waking me up by slamming the book on my desk. It changed who I was and inspired my passion for reading. Just picked it up again now that iBooks has scroll mode. Seems fitting to read it that way :)
1 year, 10 months ago on Poetry Friday: Jack Kerouac
@barrettrossie @MSchechter Yay! I WIN THE INTERNET!
1 year, 10 months ago on The End of Civility?
YOU'RE ALL #&%ing WRONG :) Sorry, couldn't help myself...
@ginidietrich @rdopping I don't know. I find myself having enjoyable political and religious conversations more and more. The only shift was I stopped trying to change the person's mind and just made it more about trying to understand theirs and try to get them to understand mine. I just don't and won't ever believe that the right answer is to have less of these conversations in public. It's about doing a better job of having them.
I don't know if we're uninhibited emotionally as we are just uninhibited logistically. Not really sure we're increasingly rude just on or because of social networks, but think it may just be that we've been on them long enough to be as comfortably awful as we are in plenty of other mediums. I also think it's hard to say that losing ones inhibitions online is an inherently bad thing. Cant tell you how much more I get (and hopefully my readers) since I've let go of some of my inhibitions and put more of myself out there.
To me this has way less to do with the inherent nature of the technology and far more to do with the inherent nature of people. I love the idea of civility, but I also think it leads to a watered down conversation. We go for cheap, we go for easy and nuance gets lost along the way. This has nothing to do with social media or any other technology, it only has to do with us and the way we use the tools at our disposal.
Congrats! Try not to screw up :)
1 year, 10 months ago on Leaving Lifehack
@edgarrr @ginidietrich Yeah... see here's the thing. My driving directions with Google were never an issue. GPS has been a real problem for me in Brooklyn. In a single drive I was asked to turn into a blocked off street and asked to make 12 illegal u-turns. I'm not saying they wont fix the problem, but to an extent the fact that this shipped is a problem.
Do the maps have benefits over Google? Yes, but sound mapping data and usable directions in many areas aren't two of them. And those are pretty big issues...
When I was away from home a week ago, the maps were great (there were a few missed turns, but nothing terrible), this weekend at home, I used them just to get a feeling for how they were, the results were awful.
The other essential part of your comment was that Google HAD these issues. In a week, hundreds upon hundreds of posts have been added to a site showing things in Apple maps that are absolutely wrong, to the point of comedy where a comparable Google site had about ten posts in the last year... and they've been using Google's maps for some time now.
I know part of that falls to the level of expectation of Apple, but frankly, that's the expectation they want consumers to have of them and in this case, they failed.
1 year, 11 months ago on Apologies in a Crisis and Other Lessons from Apple
@ginidietrich (and yes, I know they need live data to improve, but still...)
@ginidietrich I don't think that's fair either. For one reason or another, Apple (or Google) decided to exit the deal leaving customers with a worse map app than they had the day before. And if that was going to be the case, Apple should have set expectations properly. Or better yet, should have found a better solution.
Nice to see Mr. D getting with the times :) The policy was put into place and killed just as quickly. It was a short sighted moment and Apple quickly realized the mistake (things are still a bit in flux since Ron Johnson left). The new head of retail was trying to cut costs, but the community made it pretty damn clear that this would happen at the expense of the reason people go into Apple stores.
I've also been impressed by the apology, it also went beyond his words. Go on the App store and see how prevalent other map options are. I worry about maps (and iOS in general) under Scott Forestall, but hopefully this shakes a few things up.
You wont hit rock bottom until you start using Brett Terpstra's Slogger to archive all everything into Day One. That's when you KNOW you've gone off the techie deep end :)
1 year, 11 months ago on If This, Then That (IFTTT) Lets You Automate the Internet
@Danny Brown @ginidietrich Now you're speaking my language. And thus a paid option was appealing. But I do think you've always been a great voice against crappy business practices and this is really one of them. I understand Twitter's need to turn a profit, but what a crappy way to do it.
1 year, 11 months ago on As Twitter Locks Out Developers, a New Site Welcomes Them
@Danny Brown I tend to agree with you that this will be a net positive for Twitter the company. I just still think it's a crappy thing for the devs who helped them get here and shows what kind of decisions they will be making going forward. I also think, as an informed customer, that these are changes that are distinctly not in my favor and the favor of the average, ignorant user. To quote John Gruber, everything I love about Twitter is in the top right quadrant... https://dev.twitter.com/blog/changes-coming-to-twitter-api
@Danny Brown @ginidietrich I don't think I could possibly disagree more. And I don't think you would be if Jugnoo was one of those great companies that happened to be in the wrong quadrant either. This isn't about the user. It's about the profit. This makes Twitter worse, not better.
@Danny Brown @Rodriguez247 @ginidietrich And while I'm arguing (cause I enjoy it). This is something that my beloved Apple is going too far on as well. Omitting useful apps like TextExpander and Moom to offer a "safer" experience is some BS. It hampers innovation. In Apple's case it isn't about cash, it's about perceived safety, but it's the similar, excessive corporate policies that favor the bottom line over the developers and users (even though the users don't know better).
@Danny Brown this is one of the better takes I've seen on things. http://appcubby.com/blog/twitter/
@Danny Brown @ginidietrich I heart you, but that's some BS. Tweetbot blows Twitters apps away and they are being discouraged. Hell, Twitter killed their Mac App and is limiting what those clients can do. They want us to use the web client so they can control the experience. Not ensure its quality.
@Danny Brown very true, but they are clearly diminishing the importance of the engagement quadrant. And that's where and why I use the service.
@jasonkonopinski @KenMueller @ginidietrich Neither do I for that matter. It's the ability to choose how I use the tool, not the ads that I'm frustrated with. I'd even willingly accept the ads in better tools. But Twitters development on their app is stagnant at worst and detrimental at best. Blocking innovators like Tapbots is just plain stupid. I think far too many people conflate the ads with the third-party tools. Devs should have to help support the site by showing ads (good for the goose, good for the gander), but shutting out all devs is just plain crappy.
@ginidietrich @AmyMccTobin Sadly, I think this will help it grow, just not in a way that will be very interesting or useful. It's shifting (overly aggressively, in my opinion) into a tool for the masses. It just sucks that they feel they need to do this at the expense of the third party devs that got them here.
@JayDolan loved that site :)
@KenMueller @jasonkonopinski @ginidietrich they charged an exceptionally high price compared to the competition and have done nothing beyond improve the product to break through their barrier. Right now they seem way more focused on serving their existing customers than rapid growth. They may want to aim for mass in the long run, but right now they seem very comfortable with the fringe that supports them.
@KenMueller And Twitter won't. They're being run by the investors now.
@KenMueller I think this is a starting point. I was hoping they would drop this already, but it seems like they're going to wait a bit longer so the early adopters don't freak. That barrier will remain, but I'm betting it will drop, significantly. There's no way $50 sees mass adoption, $5-10 could be interesting though.
@ginidietrich @jasonkonopinski I also think they have ambitions beyond being a Twitter alternative. The actual "Twitter service" isn't actually App.net. It's Alpha. App.net is the account and the access to the API. A Twitter like service is just an example of what can be done. And it seems like there could be some cool stuff coming down the pike (or at least that there are really smart people playing around with it).
@Brankica I so relate, especially when listening to podcasts, sometimes the ideas that have been banging around in my brain settle into a coherent thought as I listen. Sometimes they're relevant to what I was listening to, but more often than not it's something totally unrelated.
1 year, 11 months ago on How To Prevent Content Creation Burnout
@ginidietrich The iOS app is a POS and I do a ton of writing on the phone. I also like having the offline backup of everything.
@Danny Brown @KenMueller @ginidietrich @rymould Agreed, they did a nice job with it.
@Danny Brown I hate you so much...
1 year, 11 months ago on #FollowFriday: Ralph Dopping
@KenMueller @ginidietrich @rymould I write in plain text as it lets me flesh ideas out over time and keeps everything synced across my devices. Wish I had it in me to write and edit directly in, but doesnt work with the way I work :)
@KenMueller @ginidietrich @rymould I admire those of you who can do it. Although writing for the web in Word would be crazy talk. Creates way too much cruft and gives crappy HTML export.
@KenMueller @ginidietrich @rymould Don't even GET me started on Word for bloggers... :)
I definitely agree, feel a major difference in the quality of what I create since pulling back from five days a week to three. More thought, more work and more love goes into each piece.
The two things that keep me going are the work of others (half of my posts start while reading, watching or listening to someone else) and capturing ideas. Every time I go to the well and the well is dry, I've got a ton of captured, yet unexpanded ideas to dive into.
@ginidietrich @rymould I will literally never understand how you draft directly into a post :) I spite you for your abilities :)
@Danny Brown @rymould You're exceedingly kind :)
@rymould Drafts on iOS is also a really good tool for this if you're a user of it. It's all about quick capture and then figuring out what you want to do with it. As for GD, it really depends on connectivity. Since I'm often offline (yay subways) I count on apps like Notesy (which stores everything as a plain text file on Dropbox) and occasionally Evernote as Danny mentioned for capturing and expanding on ideas.
@ginidietrich That's perfectly fine. Jason accepts cash.
1 year, 11 months ago on Riffing on Writing – Episode #7 – Michael Schechter
Thanks again for being foolish enough to have me on :)
You've got us all shaming ourselves... I hope you're happy with yourself :) Congrats on the launch and sorry I'm late to the party: http://bettermess.com/you-suck/
2 years ago on The (semi-) Great Fear & Failure Experiment of 2012
@MackCollier @BethHarte @keithprivette A "possible implication" I've now corrected twice. And "all of the comments' have been you and Beth, let's not pretend there's been some kind of groundswell here. Obviously you and Beth feel very strongly one way, and I strongly another. Let's leave it at that.
2 years, 1 month ago on The Chick-fil-A PR Crisis
@BethHarte @keithprivette The conversation is intrinsically emotionally charged, wasn't suggesting you were making it so (although I won't lie terms like silly, armchair quarterback and hypocrite certainly do get my blood boiling).
I utterly disagree with the reverse discrimination point when it comes to gay marriage as they only thing you're forcing on someone is the lack of an ability to deny something to someone else, but as I said to Mack above, I doubt either one of us will budge either one of us here.
As for the Dan Cathy and Dan Cathy only, you see it as a measured statement, I see it as a hateful one. We will never agree here either and likely never even come closer on the issue.
As to conflating it with abortion, well, I think I've already been clear that this complicates an already complicated issue.
Neither one of us is benefiting from this conversation, so let's just end it. Feel free to get the last word in and add something else that's highly irrelevant to the conversations such as our collective unwillingness to stand up to Muslims...
@MackCollier @BethHarte As I said earlier, I agree, I should have said crappy people, just crappy person. That said, that crappy person will keep me from supporting the company he works for. As is my right.
As to the nuance of what someone who denies someone the right to gay marriage means about their feelings towards said gay people, it's far more complicated and something I doubt you and I will ever 100% agree on (although I'd imagine if we kept digging we
d find that both our mutual feelings on the issue are closer the the center than the extreme).
That said, I think we should let things sit as we're essentially just going round and circles and that's not solving anything and I'd imagine as unenjoyable for you as it is for me at this point.
@BethHarte To clarify, since you seem so very eager to jump to the conclusion that what I'm saying is often the worst possible thing, I'm not saying it is a lesser issue. I'm just saying they are different and that comparing the two or conflating them isn't helpful. This has nothing to do with how I feel on one issue on the other. I'm saying they are two different issues that should be discussed separately. Chances of us solving one 0% chances of us dealing with both without the conversation getting even more heated, far less.
My viewpoint, which you seem to know so very much about (so cool how you're totally in my head and seem to know what I'm thinking and totally get my view of the world, while understanding my entire belief structure, btw), is that this is already confusing enough and now I can't even tell if the second paragraph you wrote has to do with abortion, gay rights or both.
To clarify some more, my view, which strictly has to do with gay-marriage is that pro-gay marriage allows everyone access to something beautiful while anti-gay marriage prohibits someone else from something beautiful and I find that to be harmful and kind of crappy. It's my belief, it's not a law and even though there are probably plenty of wonderful people working at Chick-Fil-A, including a woman who wrote a wonderful conflicted post about her experiences as a gay employee there, I have this awesome thing called my right not to ever support a company whose president says what I believe to be horrible things and supports causes that I think are harmful. Even if that's to the detriment of all the wonderful people working below him and flies in the face of one of many laws that I abide by, but don't always agree with.
As to the Anti-Gay Marriage vs. Anti-Gay. I see what you and Mack are saying and in most cases you're probably right, but when I see people speak out about it with the vitriol of that man, they likely are. And while that vitriol may be entirely perceived on my end, it's still my right to perceive it. And I don't think you'd deny that the post you linked to earlier (the FB one from the store manager) seemed to go painfully out of its way to not talk to the character of that man, instead pivoting to both the company and the founder.
But hey, now we're bringing Holocaust survivors into the conversation, cause that's bound to focus us...
@BethHarte @MackCollier You keep wanting to compare pro-life, it's not an apt comparison. There are similarities, but they are not the same. While these comparisons aren't perfect either, I could just as easily point out that I'm sure blog comments surrounding things like desegregation and suffrage would have used similar excuses had blogs existed during those crappy parts of our history as well.
Since this is going so well and we're accomplishing so much here, should we all talk about gun rights as well?
@MackCollier @BethHarte Like I said before, best if we agree to disagree here.
@MackCollier I think it's best if we agree to disagree.
@MackCollier @BethHarte I'm guessing it probably comes from gay people... but that's just a guess.
@MackCollier crappy person being crappy would have been far more fitting a sentence. And if you have trouble seeing what's crappy here, no comment from me is going to help you.
@BethHarte Oh, I don't think it does in all cases, just this one. I enjoyed that link you shared, but I do think the pivot away from Dan and toward Truett is telling. Good talking to you.