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Count to Ten When a Plane Goes Down

Count to ten when a plane goes down…

Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.

That’s a Wrap!

Whew! Done (for now)!

The weather cooperated, at least.

Lights, Camera, Action!

It took me a few tries, but I successfully said something that was filmed and may some day be seen by thousands of people.

Cool.

Praise Continues for Lowest Score Wins

Lowest Score Wins

We continue to sell a bunch of copies (per day) of Lowest Score Wins. It's selling really well - a lot better than we had imagined, even, and we're pretty full of ourselves. ;-)

No fewer than six people have already called it "the best golf book they've ever read." And these aren't people who have read only two or three golf books…

You can follow us on Twitter at @LowScoreWins.

Predicting Anything on the Internet

How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet

This is a modern update to a classic confidence game—find a risky scenario with limited possibilities, bet on every single combination, and then hide your failures. The result is that you look like you’re either psychic or a goddamned genius.

Variations of this scam have been used for centuries in finance, magic, and gambling.

Overcast? Not for Me.

App Review: Overcast, a New Podcast Player for iOS | Kirkville

Overcast Review – MacStories

Review: Overcast for iPhone, the newest contender for the iOS podcast app market | 9to5Mac

I'd heard about Overcast for quite a long time, and so instantly got it when I saw that it had been released.

The sync feature never worked to synchronize back to my iPhone, and the fact that I often listen to podcasts on my Mac, where iTunes syncs pretty darn well and offers far better controls than the web version of Overcast, made this a pretty quick "Hold-Wiggle-Wiggle-X" deal for me.

Bye bye Overcast.

Apple has a Blog!

And, not only that, but it's for a new language they've written… Welcome, Swift Blog!

WordPress 4.0 and This Blog

I'm behind, I know. I'll catch up some day.

I think that I've had this theme for a long time. I think that I should probably just choose a default theme, or perhaps buy one, and switch to it when WordPress 4.0 comes out.

This theme doesn't work with dynamic sidebars or, well, much of anything.

The Death of Indie iOS Development?

Read all about it here: Michael Tsai: The Indie Life.

Lightroom Never Fully Expires

Lightroom *never* fully expires | The DAM Book

Buried in the recent Adobe Creative Cloud rollout was a revolutionary change to the way Lightroom licensing functions. When the license expires, the program keeps on working.* This is a radical development. If you've been paying attention to the sturm und drang around the Creative Cloud licensing model (here, here, here, here) , this is a mind-blower.

First, the * part. Not all functions of Lightroom keep working. The sliders in the Develop module become inactive. Develop will still render the photo, but it won't let you run the sliders. (You could still use Quick Develop in Library to make further adjustments if you like.)

But other than Develop and Map, everything else works. You can make new catalogs, add new photos, add keywords, make collections, books, web galleries. prints, slideshows, exports, published copies… Basically, you have Lightroom LE. For free, if you want it.

That's nice.

iPhone 6 Glass?

6/10?

Making an iOS Keyboard in Swift

How to make a custom keyboard in iOS 8 using Swift.

Nifty. Bookmarked for later.

Looking forward to trying some new keyboards in iOS 8.

Yosemite’s Icons

Inspecting Yosemite's Icons

It's hard to talk about the dock icons without first mentioning the dock. The 2D dock is back, so let's take a moment to rejoice.

The shapes and sizes of the icons have been adjusted to provide a better visual rhythm on screen. I have not seen it published anywhere, but there appears to be a grid system that helps achieve this consistency. I'll get back to that, but first let's talk about the shapes.

Really, only Apple people care this much about icons (in general; obviously there are some Windows people who care about iconography).

Apple Maps Still Sucks

A post office was less than three miles away.

Maps Sucks

WTF is this? It's been how long? I tried "post office edinoboro" and "US Post office" and "USPS" and the results were either the same or worse.

Location Based iOS Security

Apple Invents Intelligent Location-Based Security for Home & CarPlay

I used to think I'd want this: a set of preferences that let me define regions in which my phone would, after being unlocked once, remain unlocked for the next hour, two hours, eight hours, until I left, whatever…

Then Apple went and invented TouchID, and I don't care about this anymore.

Not even a little.

After all, someone could easily take my phone while I'm still in that "safe spot" and snoop through or delete things. With TouchID, my phone basically acts as if it's unlocked anywhere without compromising on security.

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