This is a very interesting post from Álvaro Serrano and I mostly agree with it. Either way it is worth your time.

In a section leading up to the below quote Serrano talks about The David and how it likely would not be any better if it had been made with more advanced tools. In theory I agree, and take the point, even if that is a hard statement to prove.

Then Serrano starts a new section of the article, in which he says:

That’s great if you only ever plan to shoot with Olympus cameras and it’ll definitely allow you to capture some gorgeous images but at the end of the day, you haven’t learned anything, and it hasn’t made you a better photographer because it didn’t take any effort or knowledge on your part. Worst of all, technology can cheapen the end result. If all it takes to capture a scintillating long exposure is pressing a button, where’s the artistic merit? How is that image compelling in any way?

What the hell? I can’t agree with this at all. Knowledge of the tools is not, in any way, a prerequisite for art. Art, photography, or any other creative pursuit is in no way lessened or enhanced because of the tools used to make it.

If someone takes a gorgeous photo, it remains gorgeous no matter if the camera was set to manual or set on auto. Art is art. It’s the vision to create the art that matters, not the knowledge of it.

Bruce Schneier:

But if everyone uses it all of the time, encryption ceases to be a signal. No one can distinguish simple chatting from deeply private conversation. The government can’t tell the dissidents from the rest of the population. Every time you use encryption, you’re protecting someone who needs to use it to stay alive.

Mike Schmitz:

Another great feature in Ulysses is versioning, which allows you to go back to a previous version of something you’ve written in Ulysses. This allows you to edit ruthlessly, as you can always go back and get that sentence you deleted a few days ago if you decide it really should be there.

Federico Viticci:

User privacy is at the center of content blocking for both webpages and extensions. It’ll be interesting to see how many apps that just focus on blocking ads in Safari will be approved on the App Store (and how much they’ll leverage freemium models if so).

Really looking forward to this.

Shibel K. Mansour:

The Logitech K480 is an excellent multi-device keyboard. Those who use different operating systems will appreciate what it has to offer. Strictly as an iPad companion, however, this keyboard isn’t exactly a match made in heaven.

I bought one of these keyboards too, also in white. Mansour is generous for it — and not wrong in it’s multi-device switching being great. But as a keyboard it is terrible. It’s not even the looks or the key feel of the thing. it’s the thickness, it absurdly thick. I really cannot recommend it unless you regularly need to switch between bluetooth devices when typing (it takes 2-5 seconds to connect to another device, which I was actually impressed with).

You've likely seen that Dark Sky version 5 is out. It's quite a change and it's awesome. Custom weather alerts. Push notification forecasts for the day.

So many cool things. Do everyone a favor and head into the report button and turn on auto pressure reporting — a clever thing they are doing to improve accuracy for everyone. Love this app.

Justin Blanton on notification badges:

I look at it 1000 times a day to get stuff done and manage my time.

He makes solid points, I’m turning back on some badges.

Edward Snowden:

Yet the balance of power is beginning to shift. We are witnessing the emergence of a post-terror generation, one that rejects a worldview defined by a singular tragedy. For the first time since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we see the outline of a politics that turns away from reaction and fear in favor of resilience and reason.