The Technology of Grief
Outlook on my phone lately has been forcing me to triage a subset of old email about 40-60 at a time every few days to pop the count badge. Some of it has been interesting. I've made it back to July of last year so far.
Came back to email my father sent off the photo collage he made for my grandmother's funeral. I saw it a lot that funeral so I didn't even bother opening the mail having seen the subject line.
The body said "Please share." 😭
Weird accidental phone mood
So on the bottom bar in iOS I currently have in order Outlook, OneNote, Cortana, and Edge. Looked at it funny and just realized it kind of spells ONoe which seems like a weird mood.
Maybe I need an L at the end to make it feel less gloomy.
(Also, yes I know it says something those are all Microsoft apps.)
@JPEG Enjoying Mast so far.
I like how the CW overlays look and work, but would love an indicator if I already read one (when scrolling back, or retooted, for instance). Also maybe an easier way to read the subject line again without scrolling it around.
Azure Pipelines, grouchy
Why are the macOS build machines still at Node 6/npm 3? I now know that it has a whopping 7 days of LTS support left, but every other build machine is on Active LTS (10) rather than the oldest possible Maintenance LTS!
(Also, how likely are they to even fix this by the 30th when support ends? Guess I should file a bug to User Voice.)
Pokémon Go finally made me realize one of the things I don't like about Material Designs floating action buttons (Mastodon's blue new tweet circle button too): they are always on the right. While I'm mostly right handed, for multiple reasons I tend to use my pocket computers left handed.
Star Trek Fleet Command mobile free to pay
The game in general is like all the things I dislike in Star Trek Online without the any of the things I like from STO nor any feedback or unlocks for STO. Plus, FC is Kelvin time line and dumb in so many ways. I think I'm only still playing FC because it's shiny and mobile.
Today was Thunder! Over Louisville and I had a good one. I didn't host a party this year, so instead I wandered around catching Pokémon, drank good beers, had good meals including I was stoked to bump into a fave Indian food truck for dinner a block from my house. Watched some of the air show, watched all the fireworks half inside with the TV and half outside with the rain drizzle and my home view.
computing meta / magic / angry
We already know exactly what's wrong with having devices like these. Not from scifi, but from fairy tales. With general computing embedded in everyday objects we have made /exactly/ the old 'magic' of tales, wherein your mirror can be a means of speaking with others, or give you false complements, or spy without your permission... Those cautionary tales are available to us and we're collectively doing a piss poor job of using them to scare the wits out of people so they'd realize how horribly dangerous it is. Grasping for new metaphors is a waste of time. The old ones were right on the mark.
Professional software developer. Unsuccessful nonfailure writer and game designer.
Smeap is the honk of a flamingo. Smeap was also at least once, a storybook land at the weird intersection of TV ads and the worlds they seem to inhabit. It was a place where wars were fought over sodas, and talking polar bears had very good reasons to guard soda machines. It was a place where rainbow color candies were harvested for electric power. It was a place where a prairie dog might move to big city inhabited mostly by Pink Flamingos to follow her dream to be private investigator, only to get slowly entangled in the seedy underbelly of crime and prohibited soda trading of the Neon Flamingos and their syndicate. Social media at times lately feels like it has become almost entirely seedy underbelly with very little upside. Maybe it needs more storybook worlds.