Instagram stories feel like work, like being forced to watch ads from my friends’ lives instead of casually browse stuff at my own pace. The feed: I can just scroll through quickly, and stop on interesting photos, but Stories slow down the whole process of popping into Instagram for just a moment.
Also? I understand it’s better to give people the right to forget their work, but when a true pro photographer does stories of their previous day with breathtaking shots, it makes me sad I can’t share those with others since they’re going poof in 24 hours.
Lastly, not being able to like or send some minor signal of support feels missing from Stories. I can only send them a DM, which feels invasive. I often want to send someone a congratulatory way to go! but sending them a direct message feels like too much contact.
I still like the main instagram, even though I can’t sort it by last uploaded and can’t pay to get all those ads removed, but I’m still tepid on Stories.
This XOXO recap from Mathew Olsen of Digg is the most comprehensive and complete recap of everything that took place in Portland earlier this month. It’s a good one.
The Philadelphia open type project mentioned in the footer of that XOXO recap looks like a fantastic project with a handful of really incredible typefaces up for donations that support a bunch of good local causes there. What a great idea and cool implementation.
Say you’ve been thinking about buying a new iPhone or a Watch but felt dismayed by the Apple website saying they can’t ship you one for several weeks. Maybe you even checked iStockNow.com to see the sporadic availability of phones but walked into an Apple store to disappointment. I’ve heard rumors that Apple stores get new stock each morning and people are reportedly lining up for 10am openings to try and get those, but there’s a better way.
There are two important “tricks” to how you can buy a new iPhone or S4 watch today.
- Fire up the Apple Store app on your phone and select what you want to buy, then add it to your bag.
- Do it as close to just after 8am your local time.
- Change shipping to local pickup, and select a time to come in and get it.
I heard about this tip last night, and I remembered to try it out around 8:30 this morning. It worked. I’m picking up my new iPhone Xs Max later today.
What’s interesting is you can go back in the app and adjust colors and sizes to determine what each store stocks every morning. In Oregon, there are three Apple stores clustered around each other, and it looked like in the Max phone size, all three stores had plenty of 256Gb Space Gray (black) phones, but few of the silver ones and no gold ones. For the watches, depending on which band you prefer, you can quickly tell the most popular basic color options (black watch/black band, silver watch/silver band) are in stock while more fun rose gold ones are not.
The most wild thing about this is if you wanted to wait in line at 10am for an Apple store to open to get something, those items have already been on sale for two hours before they open, and your chances may be slim.
So set a reminder tomorrow morning to check the Apple store app and see what you can get.
Remember when Apple did fun stuff like make the power cords to their G3 towers translucent so you could see the rainbow wiring inside?
Americans! Fill this out and in five seconds you will be sure you’re registered to vote. I actually had to re-register last week thanks to my local elections board purging me from the rolls (due to a signature change over 15 years, and it was just me, not hundreds or thousands of others).
Then remember to vote in November like many lives depend on it.
Because they do.
Capitalism is inherently flawed as long as Verizon exists.
Darius Kazemi’s CornCon talk about the Cron process is a slow-burn joke that had me dying laughing at several places. If you work in tech and enjoy subtle deadpan, this is Bob-Newhart-doing-standup levels of good.
We made a magazine at Slack to give away at events and I had a couple pieces in it. My favorite 2-page spread is this “Future” lettering by Jordan Metcalf, which looks exquisite in your hands.
I loved the first two episodes of Jim Carrey’s new show Kidding. It’s dark and funny but I couldn’t stop thinking it’s basically a live-action BoJack Horseman (which is also something I’d watch).