I can’t believe how much the little teaser edge on this set of Instagram photos makes me want to scroll sideways to see the whole set.
I’m guessing they used an app on their phone to offset the series of photos slightly, but I’m reminded once again how fun it is to watch the innovation happening at the edges of any community, when people push the boundaries of a space. When Instagram first launched photo sets I hated them but I’ve eventually grown accustomed to looking for the icons indicating more shots. But this is a brilliant solution.
I’m surprised this isn’t a default feature of Instagram already, to produce slight offsets.
Wow, so it’s possible to create an app that replaces the watchface. Why doesn’t apple make an app and API to make this into part of their product? I’d even buy faces if they were treated like ringtones, where I have to pay a buck to get each one I like.
The one above is gorgeous and does a better job than any current official Apple options at being both information rich and minimalist at the same time.
Chris Glass’ mock-up for a new Apple Watch face is exactly what I’d want if it were available. It boggles my mind that Apple still doesn’t allow or offer custom faces years after the launch of their watches.
That was the one thing I loved about a Pebble watch. They had a huge public gallery of faces online and there was an explosion of options that reminded me of WinAmp skins. Yes, that means 20,000 useless ugly faces but there were also a couple dozen clean useful options I found that made my Pebble watch more useful and valuable to me.
Why does Apple keep sleeping on this?
Thought experiment: is it possible to write a paragraph about your life so filled with minor but important facts that someone could figure out how to answer every challenge question possible and retrieve your password from almost any system on earth?
(to be clear, nothing above is true)
We *do* this: we pull over for ambulances, and that’s amazing.
For reasons: for the needs of our future selves & of people we don’t know – it’s complicated.
But in every state in America I’ve visited – from Georgia, Florida, Missouri, to California – I’ve seen this happen.
We DO this, so I’m reminding myself today: it’s proven we can institutionalize empathy by designing systems that arrest our senses & remind us of our own personal stakes … and the vulnerability of everyone else we love.
Chris Wetherell wrote the most optimistic thing I’ve read in years, quoted in its entirety above.
Too often I’ve encountered a distinct lack of empathy in a system or in a person and thought it’s impossible to reach or teach or change it for the better.
Then I read this and realized even within those systems or people, I’ve seen absolutely everyone across the board do the right thing at the right time and pull over.
So it is possible. We just have to figure out the ways we can replicate this and design it into other systems for the good of everyone.
This past week I set up a new Apple Watch and I ticked off the box for auto-installing all apps on my phone. I’ve been extremely selective in the past but realized maybe it didn’t matter much with the larger screen on the new watches.
A couple of days later, having 2FA and password manager apps on my new watch saved my ass royally when a cab drove over my accidentally dropped phone in NYC last week.
At the Apple store, I had to log in to my Apple account to get a new replacement phone, but with a completely broken phone holding all my passwords, I couldn’t do it.
Having my password manager on my watch saved me.
The guy that plays the LA Rams team owner on Ballers really should be cast in a made for TV movie about Elon Musk
Someone should do a Morgan Spurlock Supersize Me style 30 days challenge where you must pick one of the Gmail default replies on every email sent to you, to see what happens after a month of letting AI auto-drive your communication life.
I suspect people will notice something has changed on my end Once! I! Become! So! Suddenly! Chipper! with them.