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Bokeh in a Cell Phone Camera

Yeah, on Android. It's a bit of a neat trick, since they can't exactly have a very big aperture, but it seems to be "okay."

Wearables

Yawn.

Aside from notifying me when I can't hear or see my phone (or feel it), I don't see much point in wearables.

And I rarely wear a watch.

Being Less of a Jerk about Faith

I'm writing the gist of this in the future by a few days. I just had a conversation with someone I respected. He equated - because his religion compels him to - homosexuality with child molestation. He steadfastly believes that homosexuality is 100% choice, and is never biological. He's quite firm on that point.

I no longer consider this person someone with whom I wish to speak.

So given that background, I read Anil Dash's piece on being more tolerant, or less of a jerk, with interest.

Memories of Steve

Memories of Steve, by Don Melton.

I'm not going to quote anything. Just go read it.

Understanding Heartbleed

This is about the simplest - and one of the best - explanations available: xkcd: Heartbleed Explanation.

How to Coil Cables

Funny Software Bugs

Michael Tsai with a short list of Funniest Software Bugs. The first is quite good…

Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain

If you do nothing else, do step 1.

Bad Facebook. Bad.

Silicon Valley TV Show

iWork Updates (5.2, 2.2)

The Second iWork ’13 Update introduces a lot of nice things.

Hopefully, this indicates that iWork is not languishing as it did for many years.

fnd.io

Michael Tsai shares a tip about searching the iTunes store via Alex Heath. A LaunchBar shortcut for it is: https://fnd.io/#/search?mediaType=all&term=*.

This is a Generic Brand Video

Pretty much pegged it.

45,000 Words on the Making of Threes

45,000 Words on the Making of Threes. Well worth the time to read if you have the time to read it. :-)

Writing in the First Person Amidst a Book Written by “Us”

A friend and I are writing a book. It's called Lowest Score Wins, and it's nearly done. We launched it with an Indiegogo campaign last December.

It's a book written by two people, and as such, we use the word "we" quite often. Yet… there are plenty of parts of the book that can only be told by one of the authors. An "I" segment.

How do you work these into the book?

You're going along saying "we we we we we" (all the way home!) and then suddenly, you want to relate an "I" story. How?

Help with WordPress Sales and Membership Plugins

In the next month or two, Dave Wedzik and I plan to begin selling our book, Lowest Score Wins, via the website http://lowestscorewins.com/.

We'll have two products (a paperback and a hardcover), so we want a little store that integrates with PayPal (preferably) to handle sales with shipping to the U.S., Canada, and other countries (probably flat rate to the U.S., flat rate to Canada, and flat rate to "rest of the world"). We may have more than two products if it's simpler to create a "product" for "5 Paperbacks."

We'd also like to create a "member's section" of the site. Members won't need to pay anything (though that may be nice in the future), they'll simply need to enter a secret that we print in the book in order to register an account. Anyone with a registered account can then see the "members-only" content.

What are my options? The main part of the site will be relatively simple. I'm comfortable with WordPress, and we have some themes that will work quite nicely, so I'd like to consider leaning towards WordPress plugins for each of the two functions above.

Any ideas?

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