Amid a bigger workforce reduction at Bustle Digital Group, the company laid off the staff of The Outline, the tech-focused site founded by journalist Joshua Topolsky, and abruptly shut it down just about one year after acquiring it.
I know it’s sort of not allowed to praise such things because capitalism and tech sector, but the YouTube #WithMe ad is very, very good.
I’m struggling to embrace the irony that reading Mike Monteiro’s Ruined by Design on a Kobo will be a somewhat less than enjoyable experience because he only made it available for Kindle and so I had to run it through a conversion program that doesn’t quite understand chapter breaks. Does this make his book ruined by design?
Anyone have ideas why my Baseus wireless Bluetooth earbuds have started turning themselves off at random intervals? This includes when they are fully, freshly recharged. My sanity requires that these things work properly.
Kobo observation: regular
.epub seem fine, as do the native
.azw3 converted to
.epub, whether or not also then converted to
.kepub.epub, do not. Today I literally bought the native Kobo of a Kindle edition I’d had and converted.
Somehow I have $6 in Apple Store credit — a mere $243 short of those active noise canceling earbuds!
I’m trying to more or less dump pretty much everything I have by way of Documents and Downloads on my MacBook Air onto a thumb drive to get it out of my mental space. I’m on overload, some serious, hard overwhelm, and I’m flailing for a thing to control.
Yelp and GoFundMe are launching fundraising pages for small businesses without their knowledge or consent and making it difficult for them to opt-out, requiring personal data before agreeing to take pages down. The rights of local businesses to control their own financial response to crises is not in need of exploitative techbro disruption. Not much hope here for Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh’s plea to the industry to not return to disruption after the pandemic, I guess.
Meru models the iPhone 11’s ability to properly get Portrait Mode photos of housecats.
Today I learned that UPS finally added a delivery tracking map, like Amazon has had for awhile now. Directly related: I’ve upgrade my leased Sprint phone from the iPhone XR to the iPhone 11; it’s the same monthly lease price but better camera hardware and software.
I finally did the predictive-text Biden speech thing.
“Look, here’s the deal: that you have it to do it and you have to pay it to get it done.”
It checks out.
So, lost in the marshes of the pandemic is the muddle of the Biden campaign which has been absent for days in part because they’ve apparently got no idea how to move quickly or even how to get Biden a decent streaming set-up at home.
Well, this is unsatisfying. I wanted to connect the USB drive with all my old photography on it, but it has one of those two-headed USB cables, and of course on the MacBook AIr the USB ports are on opposite sides of the housing. So I have no way to access this drive.
It’s always possible that this is just the first-stage of Bookshop’s ebook solution, but if it’s the extent of it, it’s wildly disappointing. I noticed a
GET THE EBOOK link on Bookshop’s page for A Song for a New Day and it seems that they are using a storefront provided by Papertrell and an app called My Must Reads. That’s right: an app. Their ebook solution apears not to be in any way about buying an
.epub; instead you must install an app on your Fire, Kobo, or Nook. Of course, the only Kobo that ever included apps was the Arc which doesn’t even exist anymore. (Try clicking other navigation-bar links on that page; I’ll wait.) Not only, then, is this ebooks “solution” restricted to an app, it’s one you can’t even use if your ereader is a Kobo. Bookshop’s arrival has been pretty exciting but this restricted-to-an-app approach to ebooks is powerfully underwhelming.
We simulate the magic of having a surprise conversation with someone—something that is becoming increasingly rare during the times of a viral epidemic.
Ever since being reminded that A Song for a New Day “turns out to be the perfect thing to read in a rising pandemic”, I’ve casually been watching how social distancing measures affect sociality and consumption. Along comes this CNBC report.
If social distancing caused by pandemics continues throughout 2020 and in years to come, the virtual artistic performance could rise in parallel with the importance of streaming services like Netflix in daily life.
This literally — literally literally — is the background for A Song for a New Day; it posits a world where social distancing continues possibly beyond public health necessity, becoming entrenched and commodified without us even really noticing.
Every single tutorial for
Replace Color in Photoshop Elements 14 provides the exact same steps, and never once have these steps resulted in the color I want replaced being replaced with the color with which I want it replaced; not once.
I was going to link this Noah Brier piece about how caffeine works, exactly, including how and why withdrawal happens, but instead I’m linking it because it’s where I found out about this rotary cellphone that you can build from a kit.
Speaking of libraries, OverDrive (the folks behind the Libby app) has told library and school partners that it’s working to arrange with publishers to provide “free and low-cost Simultaneous Use and Cost-Per-Circ ebook and audiobook collections to serve readers of all ages with low-cost, quality titles” during social distancing for the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.