iPad Mini homescreen.
iPad Mini homescreen.
I see that Dominic Cummings is once again throwing Boris Johnson under the bus. He reminds me of Dr Zachary Smith from Lost In Space, I can almost imagine him squirming: “Oh please, don’t investigate me, I can be of value! Takes these small Tories instead!”
I removed the Micro.blog apps from both the Mac and iPad, and have returned to using M.b in a web panel in Vivaldi on the Mac, occasionally breaking open the full site when I need to write a quick post or work on my sites.
Based on some recent dreams I’ve had, my version of Hell would be travelling by train but having no idea where I am, where I’m going, if I need to get off and change trains.
Additionally, the train would be packed, change shape and configuration as I look and move around them.
Same goes for any train stations I end up at.
Bonus: trains arriving and/or leaving may leave the tracks altogether, and any train I’m on may start moving down roads or even through fields without warning.
I have no idea why I keep having these dreams. I’ve not commuted since early 2012.
Since people on Micro.blog have been discussing subscriptions, it being the time of the year when then tend to come due for renewal, I thought I’d tot up which ones I have currently. It’s a lot fewer than this time last year, as I re-evaluated what I use and find useful.
This brings back memories of the 1980s: a recreation of the BBC’s Ceefax service using web technology and current news information.
James A. Reeves, Broken Scales:
If I have a soul, what are its measurements and boundaries? I close my eyes and try to imagine it. Perhaps this is a fool’s errand, a pointless exercise in metaphysical speculation. Then again, there’s the 21st-century joke—or horror—that our search histories might be the most accurate portrait of our souls.
All the little gestures and routines that define me—listening to music, walking, running, meditation, writing, reading, sleep, even breathing—can now be quantified via a weirdly persistent army of devices and apps that want to tell me how fast, how long, how far, how often, and how many people.
While I wasn’t paying attention, my life became gamified into metrics and streaks. But turning myself into a scoreboard has led to blinkered thinking: a binary view in which every activity becomes about the accretion of data, not the mystery and mess of life itself. Maybe we’re not meant to know so much about ourselves.
Satan would be deeply envious of the soul-harvesting and corrupting prowess of social media companies.
I’ve been using ScreenTime for a couple of years now, with varying degrees of success. The ability to set time limits on particular apps is useful but easy to override, and the statistics rarely got looked at. The addition of ScreenTime to the Mac hasn’t added much for me beyond an additional weekly reminder of how much time I spent on my devices.
However, something has changed with iPadOS 15, resulting in my ScreenTime figures skyrocketing. For reasons I’ve yet to fathom, various websites that I may view briefly on the iPad are being logged as sat open in Safari for hours! This has severely dented my trust in ScreenTime’s ability to track anything reliably, and for now I’ve switched it off on all my devices. It will be a test of my willpower to avoid wasting time playing games, but I reckon I can work around that by giving myself fun projects to do.
I’ve decided that “learn” will be my word for 2022. Not just learning new skills, but learning to learn again, to cement and reinforce knowledge and understanding. Onward and upward!
For some reason, Bitwarden is no longer available from within Safari 15.2 (under Monterey 12.1) — at all. Not only is the icon gone, so is the option to enable it in Safari’s preferences? The desktop Bitwarden app still works, as do the extensions in Firefox and Vivaldi. 🤷