Love the iPhone X, but showing “animoji” cheapens the rest of the presentation. Serious, high-quality $1k phone… with silly cartoon faces.

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Thumbs up on the first hour of the Apple event. All good stuff. Sky for Apple TV looks really nice.

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New Apple Watch looks great. Going to skip this generation, but definitely have wanted cellular when outside. Super useful.

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It’s a great feeling to wake up in the morning with a feature idea and have it deployed before lunch. The advantage of being small.

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Added a secret Apple pin to Mention “iPhone X” in a blog post today only to unlock the pin!

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Read the intro to What Happened. Can’t imagine how difficult this was. I’ll sit down with it later in the week, but not today. iPhone day!

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Gizmodo on RSS

David Nield of Gizmodo has a sort of re-introduction to RSS, with an overview on why it’s more useful than ever:

One of the main reasons RSS is so beloved of news gatherers is that it catches everything a site publishes—not just the articles that have proved popular with other users, not just the articles from today, not just the articles that happened to be tweeted out while you were actually staring at Twitter. Everything.

Obviously I’m a fan of RSS. has great support for it throughout the platform. But even though I subscribe to hundreds of feeds, I even caught myself recently loading a few favorite news sites manually instead of using the feeds. Doesn’t hurt to be reminded that there’s a better way.

Worked on a blog post yesterday arguing that the iOS 11 GM leak reaction is overblown, just more unhealthy fallout from Apple’s obsession with secrecy. This morning, scrapped the draft. I have other work to do. Looking forward to tomorrow’s event!

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Really enjoyed last night’s American Masters on Tyrus Wong, most famous for his Bambi concept art and backgrounds. An incredible artist and a sad reminder of how this country treated immigrants. You can watch it for free on the PBS site.

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Core Intuition 295

Slightly longer Core Intuition this week as we cover several topics. From the show notes:

Daniel and Manton follow up briefly on Manton’s backup strategy, and catch up with Daniel’s progress with MarsEdit. They talk about the merits of using cryptographic signing for software licenses, and balance the risks and rewards of combatting piracy. Daniel talks about the recurring lure of taking a salaried job, and how the privileges of staying indie continue to win out. Finally, they look forward to next week’s iPhone event and the expected hardware announcements from Apple.

I’m excited about the upcoming iPhone event on Tuesday. Seems like it’s set to be a big one.

Tim Duncan on hurricane recovery

Tim Duncan is matching donations to relief efforts for the U.S. Virgin Islands, hit this week by Hurricane Irma. He writes at the Players Tribune about living through Hurricane Hugo when he was 13 years old:

Hugo hit at night. The first thing I remember is a loud boom from the windows blowing out of our house. My mother and sister burst into my bedroom and led me by the hand into another room. We spent the rest of the night sitting in a small bathroom, our eyes wide open. None of us could sleep. We heard the bangs and booms of debris. Once in a while, I’d peek down the hallway at my dad, who was watching our ceiling. One of the beams had a crack in it, and the crack slowly grew bigger throughout the night. I think my dad was praying.

The whole story is a must-read. Next week, Tim is chartering a plane to deliver supplies. I’ll repeat what I said last year: thank you. Everyone still in the storm’s path, stay safe.

Decline and return of indie blogs

In announcing plans to move A List Apart away from advertising, Jeffrey Zeldman writes about the decline of independent web sites:

In recent years, we’ve seen our rich universe of diverse, creative blogs and sites implode—leaving fewer and fewer channels available to new voices. As more content centralizes into a handful of all-powerful networks, there’s a dreary sameness in perspective and presentation.

I don’t know what the new A List Apart will look like, but if they can encourage designers and developers to embrace independent blogs again, I’m all for it. I like the way Zeldman has framed the change for A List Apart.

It used to be that A List Apart’s most popular authors were all frequent bloggers. I think the attention on Twitter instead of personal sites has effectively created a gap of lost years for many blogs: long stretches of time with very few if any posts. Perhaps Zeldman’s post is an indication that this trend has already reversed.

Gabe Weatherhead recently made some points on Macdrifter about the decline of indie blogs — that podcasting is a cheap substitute for written posts, and that tweets and link-blogging have killed thoughtful commentary:

I want to hear opinions and ideas from good writers, not pull quotes with a trailing off-the-cuff remark.

It’s a good post, but I see his conclusion differently. The solution isn’t fewer link blogs, but more of them. By taking microblogging back from Twitter, we create a natural place for traditional blogs to grow. Indie microblogging is the gateway drug for long-form content.

To everyone reading Zeldman’s post about A List Apart and nodding your head, retweeting the link, clicking the like button… Dust off your blog and actually post about it. A better web is built one page at a time.

Found extra stickers to bring to Homebrew Website Club tonight. We’ll need to get IndieWeb stickers next time.

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