• Quote of the Day: Mat Honan

    “Meanwhile, Instagram became the billion-dollar photo-sharing service and Facebook became, well, a company that could afford to buy a billion-dollar photo-sharing service.” — Mat Honan

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  • While I Was Out

    Some things that we should talk about that happened while I was “out”. Edit Me Gabe Weatherhead and Erik Hess created a neat editing language called Critic Markup, which is like Markdown, but for editing marks. I actually have been working with an editor here for a month or so, and Kaleidoscope has proven quite […]

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  • Respond To This

    I threatened at the beginning of the week that I might take on the task of making this site responsive. Ben and I had talked about it in the past, but the thought of trying to dig my way through his mammoth of a CSS file made me want to curl up in a ball […]

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  • Empty

    I really didn’t expect it to be this hard. Writers writing about writing always bothers me. With an almost limitless number of topics and ideas just waiting to be wrestled with through words combined into sentences separated by punctuation, the idea of writing about writing just seems so… shallow. Several writers I have come across […]

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  • ‘Google “flaw” puts users’ details on display’

    Oh, baby! If only Ben were here… Claire Porter: EVERY time you purchase an app on Google Play, your name, address and email is passed on to the developer, it has been revealed today. Good news. The “flaw” – which appears to be by design – was discovered this morning by Sydney app developer, Dan […]

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  • Giving App.net A Try

    Since it’s Ben‘s favourite thing in the world, and since he sent me an invitation for a free month trial, I’ve decided to give App.net a try for the week. There’s not much happening on my account as it stands, but maybe that will change by the end of the week. While I’m definitely entrenched […]

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  • Why Mailbox Won’t Fix Your Email

    Mat Honan: No app will save you from e-mail. You can’t swipe and sort your way to a better you, no matter how long the line is. I’ve never understood why some people let email have such a strong effect on their mental and emotional well-being. I strive for Inbox Zero as much as the […]

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  • Why Do Dogs Bark?

    While Ben has a beautiful daughter to take photos of, play with at the park, and watch grow up and head off to prom, I don’t. So, I’m getting a dog to do those things. Since I have another 37 lbs to go, I’m taking the time to do a little research into what type […]

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  • A Tattered Line of String — The Postal Service

    While the Postal Service has been struggling of late, good news came earlier this year from The Postal Service: the musical duo would be reuniting for a special 10th Anniversary tour. Ben doesn’t post much about music here — I assume he’s shy about his Kenny G collection — but I was too excited not […]

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  • Mine

    I wasn’t quite sure what Ben was thinking when he asked me to take over his site for a week. Surely he must know I’m not a popular blogger like himself. I don’t even carry a pocket knife. While I don’t get why Ben handed the keys over to me, I’m glad he did. We’re […]

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  • Mentally Fatigued

    I’m not particularly stressed1, I’m not particularly overwhelmed. I’m not even mad, but for the past week I have just been feeling bored. Bored of everything I see on App.net, RSS, and other blogs. There’s a lot going on, but nothing that I give a rat’s ass about. Oh well, I get this way every […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Noah Stokes

    “If you love it, and you’re good at it, it’s what you were meant to be doing.” — Noah Stokes

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  • More on Interleaved Email Replies

    This a quick link to a post from a couple of years ago that I wrote about switching to interleaved email replies and why you should do it. Worth a read if you are still a top-posting person.

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  • Quote of the Day: @barmstrong

    “A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text. Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing? A: Top-posting. Q: What is the most annoying thing in e-mail?” — @barmstrong

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  • Bonus Quote of the Day: Jim Dalrymple

    “‘Source Links’ at the bottom of articles are a way for a site to steal your content, but make themselves feel better about doing it.” — Jim Dalrymple

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  • The B&B Podcast #92: Yam Benjamin

    For the final episode of The B&B Podcast, Shawn and Ben talk about the history of the show, the Pebble smartwatch and watches in general, doing an OmniFocus workflow audit, Monoprice’s new 27-inch monitor, and the iPad as a “pro” PC. Thanks to everyone for listening, being in the chatroom, sponsoring, and supporting the show. […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Brent Jackson

    “How many times have I heard users complain about fonts being too small? More times than I’ve heard them complain about fonts being too large – wait, I’ve never heard a user complain about that.” — Brent Jackson

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  • Horizon Calendar

    Disclaimer: I was on the beta program for Horizon and given a free copy of the app to review before the final version launched. Do what you want with that knowledge. I’ve been outspoken about calendars, which has prompted a lot of discussion with developers about making better calendar apps. Recently I was asked to […]

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  • Time for a Forward Thinking CMS

    There is no shortage of content management systems (CMS) on the web: WordPress, MovableType, Kirby, Statamic, Drupal, Squarespace, Django, Expression Engine, and on and on. No shortage. Most of the current CMSs have begun to leverage Dropbox and respond to one of the loudest complaints about WordPress — its lack of caching — by making […]

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  • Obomba

    A new white paper has been released by NBC detailing how, why, and when Obama can kill an American overseas: A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if […]

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