• Apple’s iOS 17 Preview:

    The new Journal app looks interesting, but from the limited demo it seems entirely local, with no sharing - unless I’ve missed something?

    No one but you can access your journal.

    With the integration with Shortcuts, and the potential for third party apps to contribute via the Journaling Suggestions API, all it needs is a little love for ActivityPub and it would be a powerful source for (micro-)blogging platforms like

  • 🕹 Casual Birder - Playdate Season 1, Game 1

    The first title is a groovy Pokémon-esque throwback for twitchers - gotta snap ‘em all! Pokémon games were never my thing, but they might be yours.

    But, holy cow, the text is small for my old eyes. Playdate XL, Panic?

    Casual Birder title screen - a game for Playdate
  • iPhone Screen Sizes (iOS 16)

    When developing for iPhone today, if you can set a minimum version of iOS 16.2 then you need to be prepared to support the following phones and their respective screen sizes. That’s ten different screen sizes from an iPhone 81 to an iPhone 14 Pro Max. Device Logical Dimensions Scaling … read more

  • 🕹 Playdate - initial impressions: perfectly cute, beautifully engineered

    Kudos to Panic for bringing artisanal whimsy back to the world of video games.

    Playdate handheld game system, in standby mode with open purple cover
  • Found myself writing only the slightest of AppleScript snippets tonight. The language is now over 38 years old, and still supported in macOS 12.1 (Monterey). It doesn’t get a lot of public-facing love. A lost opportunity, or feature overdue for retirement?

  • My trusty 2014 MBP is still an amazing machine, but the temptation was too great. 👀

    ✅ M1 Pro
    ✅ XDR display with Promotion
    ✅ Touch ID
    ✅ macOS Monterey
    ✅ skipping all the models with no ports and keyboard issues

    Here’s to the next seven years. 🍻

  • Not sure why, but it catches me every year. Repeat after me:

    WWDC keynotes are not really for developers.
    WWDC keynotes are not really for developers.
    WWDC keynotes are not really for developers.
    WWDC keynotes are not really for developers.
    WWDC keynotes are not really for…

  • I am trying to burn command line Git into my brain, rather than using a graphical tool. The options are fine, but I need to actually get the command correct…

    zsh: command not found: got

  • God of War - Santa Monica Studios
    🎮 #microreview

    Kinda-open world romp through norse mythology and parenthood from the perspective of a Greek God. Lots of lore and humour courtesy of Mimir. Recommended.

    God of War
  • Ghost of Tsushima - Sucker Punch Productions
    🎮 #microreview

    Beautiful open-world drama set in feudal Japan in the face of a Mongol invasion. Minimal HUD allows the environmental detail to shine. Sublime wind-based navigation system. Highly recommended.

    Ghost of Tsushima
  • Death Stranding - Kojima Productions
    🎮 #microreview

    Easy-paced action adventure set in a beautifully crafted post-apocolyptic USA. The novel and captivating storyline is driven by a full movie’s worth of cut scenes. Recommended.

    Death Stranding
  • Gary Hustwit’s beautifully made documentary, Rams, about the highly influential designer Dieter Rams is very much worth watching. In Dieter’s own words:

    Less, but better.

    Rams - currently streaming for free

  • Great intro to P vs NP-Complete from Jade at Up and Atom:

    Is this thing that doesn’t look like this other thing really that thing?

  • Mac App Store - Guilty Pleasure

    I feel bad when I read tales from developers such as this: As a Mac App Store developer whose apps have been in the store since the beginning, it’s not a great feeling to know that any critical update might be held up because Apple decided to get more uptight about something that was OK for the … read more

  • AR - Supremacy or Hellscape?

    The Coming Supremacy of AR - Allen Pike Leaving aside whether any company can be entrusted to curate our Augmented Reality experience without it being a “hellscape”, I did think the potential of AR could only be unlocked when John Gruber had his previous question addressed: Why would people who … read more

  • Creating content?

    Answer the questions people have, in the order they have them, using the language they use, and you will help your search engine rankings, usability and those with visual or cognitive impairments.

    Accessibility is usability – Public Digital

  • Having used simulations at uni, when I first worked with a specialised hardware neural net in ‘94 it felt like unleashing a superpower - and yet now our phones have capabilities almost unimaginable to 25 years ago me.

    The Beauty of Deep Neural Networks - Art of the Problem

  • The inverted-T laptop for the rest of us:

    It feels a bit silly to be excited about a classic arrow key layout

    Daring Fireball: 16-Inch MacBook Pro First Impressions: Great Keyboard, Outstanding Speakers

  • Off to Edinburgh today, to meet✝ Vint Cerf.

    ✝ Meet (vb.) to be within acceptable tolerances of the same GPS identifiable location.

  • Perceptual cliffs and credit card thin iPhones would be a good starter for a critical thinking, next-generation device discussion.

    Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow - John Siracusa