Steve Roy

I just finished re-reading Richard Feynman’s account of investigating the Challenger accident and the inner workings of NASA in “What Do You Care What Other People Think”. It’s remarkable how he valued the work of engineers and workers in getting a true understanding of how things went down, and enjoyable that he highlighted management’s ”fantastic faith in the machinery”. Good to read it again.

I’ve been noticing lately that more and more pop songs talk about the sad state of the world.

  • World Gone Mad by Bastille
  • Miracle by Chvrches
  • Youth Without Youth by Metric

And many more. That makes me hopeful. Our outrage must be expressed through music, so more people can be outraged.

”If love is enough, could you let it show?”

I’m on the Fediverse! Or rather, my microblog is. I installed the ActivityPub plugin and now my WordPress blog can be found from Mastodon by following steve@micro.steveroy.ca. Not much point for now since I’m already on Mastodon, but I find this kind of interoperability amazing. I hope the open web is coming back and will take over the Facebook/Twitters of this world.

David Heinemeier Hansson:

Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

One thing that’s happened since I got off Twitter and other centralized social media is that I went back to RSS. And I find that 1) I’m more in control of what I read, and 2) I read more long-form pieces (as opposed to wasting away reading my timeline).

I just heard that some airlines, if you buy more than one seat, don’t put them together by default and then charge you for sitting together… We don’t live in a civil world. Money and profit is taking over every single little bit of decency humans have.

I think a lot of app makers (hello LinkedIn) are either getting lazy or just plain don’t want us to know, but these cheeky “we fixed some bugs so you can enjoy the app” have gotten old fast. I miss actual communication.

One of the things that blows my mind are social logins. Log in with Twitter! Log in with Facebook! That’s preying on ignorance and people too lazy to create a millionth password. And the sites that partner with Twitter/Facebook to offer it? That’s just plain being accomplice to corporate malfeasance.

Fuck you Internet. It used to be a beautiful place. I met my wife here. Now it’s like walking down the street and being followed by creepy corporate dudes, offered sex and viagra every 10 steps, while watching out for pickpockets at every corner. All just because you wanted a fucking milkshake.

I’ve been closing more accounts. Flickr is gone, Instagram is gone, Tumblr is gone. And I’ve been off of Twitter and Facebook for a while. Never had a YouTube account. Wish I could close Google. I can’t but I make sure to never surf logged into anything.

I’m getting so tired of fending off all the tracking and data collecting. I’m really fed up with all this so-called smartness. Meanwhile, so many things that stop working, the wifi, the laptop, iWatch unlocking, etc, etc. It’s unacceptable in 2018. Tech should be better.

Wait a minute. My Pixel 3 was just sitting there on my desk, shut down. Yesterday the battery was at 100%. Today it’s 84%. Apparently “shut down” doesn’t mean what it used to mean.

I’m so glad I got out of Twitter and, years before that, Facebook. It’s unfuriating that they are institutionally unable or unwilling to see the harm that they do.

I don’t hate Gutenberg but it doesn’t help me write more productively and I do dislike that tools appear or disappear depending on where you click. Too much friction. Just give me a blank square to write in. Hello Classic Editor plugin.

Greta Thunberg talked at #COP24 and said to the politicians in attendance so many things I’ve thought. Good for her. Whoever smiled at her because, oh look, she’s 15, is demeaning her message. Nobody smiled at Jewish children during WWII. Her words are no less important.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said today that their “oil is not dirty”. In other news, meat is vegan, glaciers are advancing, and science is a game played in Irish pubs.

The Tumblr for iOS mystery is getting more interesting each day that passes by without the app reappearing in the store. They made it sound like a bug, but sounds like policy. If Apple yanked it because of porn on Tumblr, it’s not coming back anytime soon.

I installed WordPress 5.0 and I’m posting this using the new (dreaded, from everything I’ve read?) Gutenberg editor. We shall see whether words will fall into place properly and whether the cross-posting to Mastodon and Micro.blog will still work.

I still marvel every time I’m driving around in my electric car that what powers it used to last only an hour or two if we were lucky after Christmas playing with our new battery-sucking toys.

I received the Pela phone cases this week. For packaging they came in a brown envelope, no wrapping, no plastic. The bio-plastic has a nice grippable texture without being sticky or a lint-magnet like silicone. They fit my phone snuggly without being too tight, which I appreciate. Very happy.

I’m glad the Bells of Peace are ringing everywhere. I’m against all wars if we can help it, but knowing that others went through it against their will and came out on top is important for the younger generations. We have to remember never to do this again.

My daughter found this Canadian company, Pela Case, that makes phone cases from plant-based plastics. They also ship in plastic free packaging. They’re more affordable than the Apple ones and the second one is half price right now so I ordered two. I’ll let you know how they feel when I get ’em.

The MacBook Air and the Mac mini are back on the list of machines we would recommend to family and friends. I can’t help but wonder what the updates Air means for the qualifier-less MacBook.