March 2012

March 24, 2012


I had previously wired up my site’s home page to pull the latest entries from my blog, the latest event countdowns from a text file, and the latest other stuff from my Microfeed.

Now I’ve finally got the latest “feature” photos being pulled automatically from Flickr. Which means…

  1. I take a photo on the iPhone.
  2. It gets pushed to iCloud’s photo stream.
  3. It becomes available on all my devices.
  4. I edit it in Aperture or iPhoto.
  5. I share it through Flickr.
  6. I add a special tag.
  7. My script finds all the recent photos with that tag.
  8. The new photo appears on

Which is a big improvement.

March 22, 2012

Don’t Buy an iPad (2012 Edition)

As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, the new iPad sucks. Obviously, since it’s 0.6 milimeters thicker, 1.8 ounces heavier, and gets slightly warmer if you leave it plugged in while running the most demanding software non-stop for 45 minutes while holding it over a candle…* it is clearly garbage and should not be purchased by anyone for any reason.

I mean, unless you like games… or the internet.

Or video-calling your folks so they can visit with their granddaughter for a few minutes before she goes to bed, even though they live nearly a hundred miles away.

Or reading. Or sharing photos. Or listening to music. Or making music. Or learning new things. Or staying in touch with your friends. Or getting stuff done. Or writing a blog post.

I mean, for those things, it’s incredible.

Posted from my iPad.

* Some aspects of this dramatic essay have been embellished for comedic effect. For example, if you don’t want your iPad to get too warm, I would also recommend against storing it in a kangaroo’s pouch for any length of time.

(Previously: Don’t Buy an iPad & Don’t Buy an iPad, Continued)

March 17, 2012

First Impressions of the New iPad

iPhone 4 Review” (June 22, 2010):

The “Retina Display” is going to be fantastic when it inevitably comes to the iPad. :)

I skipped the iPad 2, so the iPad I’m writing this on is thinner, lighter, and way faster than the iPad I was using a week ago.

The screen is amazing, blah blah you’ve heard it already.

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ve always thought that the killer third party app for the iPhone is Twitter, but that the killer third-party app for the iPad is Instapaper.

Marco Arment managed to pull off a last-minute, release day Instapaper update with high resolution graphics and some really excellent typefaces. I couldn’t be happier.

Both Reeder and Tweetbot have been retinafied as well. Just fantastic.

Hoping to see new versions of the NPR app, Things, and 1Password soon.

I have to say that I find iPhoto for iOS a bit convoluted. I haven’t had a chance to check out iMovie yet.

I wrote this post in the retinafied version of iA Writer. (Wasn’t one of the features of iA Writer on the Mac the ability to see Markdown text partially formatted? Doesn’t appear to be a feature of the iPad version. Also the constant sliding in and out of the title bar is driving me nuts.)

So far I’ve only indulged in one new App Store purchase: Real Racing 2 HD. It’s nice.

Oh, and one more thing: looks pretty damn great on it too. :)

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