Wednesday, October 17 2018

Capture and Format Links to Clipboard with AppleScript

I capture links for later quite a bit with Safari, usually I record them in one of three ways: Org-mode (my Emacs planner), Markdown (for Confluence, GitHub, etc.) or HTML tags (WordPress, etc). This requires me to remember three different [](), [[][]] or <a href="">...</a> combinations…. With AppleScript, I can create three menu items to auto-capture the name and link of the current tab of the current window in Safari all formatted and ready to go.


Tuesday, September 25 2018

Done with Google

What browsers are people using? I do like Firefox but I’m bummed I can’t use OTP for Github (hence keeping Chromium lingering). Opera and Vivaldi don’t do it for me either.

Along with Project Dragonfly, these recent changes coming are just the final nails in the coffin for me.

via Matthew Green

A few weeks ago Google shipped an update to Chrome that fundamentally changes the sign-in experience. From now on, every time you log into a Google property (for example, Gmail), Chrome will automatically sign the browser into your Google account for you. It’ll do this without asking, or even explicitly notifying you. (However, and this is important: Google developers claim this will not actually start synchronizing your data to Google — yet. See further below.)

via Christoph Tavan on Twitter (HN)

“Clear all Cookies except Google Cookies”, thanks Chrome. /cc


Thursday, September 20 2018

Spotify could soon let artists directly upload their music to the platform

From The Verge

Regarding payments for the artists who upload directly to Spotify, Kene Anoliefo, senior product lead for Spotify’s creator marketplace, tells The Verge that the company will offer up 50 percent of Spotify’s net revenue with artists for the songs they upload.

Spotify has been testing the feature for the past few months with artists like VIAA and Michael Brun. Despite today’s announcement, direct uploads are still only available for artists who have been invited by Spotify to participate.

Should Spotify eventually roll this out as a public feature, it could have a great impact on the indie music market

Compared to Bandcamp it’s still not that great of a deal, but cuts out the middle-man (CD Baby, Tunecore, etc) who also charge either one-time or annual fees.

Artist accounts are free. We make money through our revenue share on sales, which is 15% for digital, 10% for merch. We also offer Bandcamp Pro (our premium tier for artists), and Bandcamp for Labels, both for a monthly fee.

Still interesting to see if this comes to fruition and to the public.

Saturday, September 15 2018

On Words

“Words begin as description. They are prismatic, vehicles of hidden, deeper
shades of thought. You can hold them up at different angles until the light
bursts through in an unexpected color.”

– Susan Brind Morrow  from “The Names of Things”


As an Emacs user, org mode is a no-brainer. I track everything with it. I wanted someway to quickly capture thoughts, links, ideas and a quick search led me to org-journal. It’s perfect! Calling C-c C-j auto-creates a file for the day with a timestamp to begin a header or press Return and make some notes.

Installing org-journal is easy if you are running use-package


Friday, September 14 2018

Previously Undisclosed Details on Dragonfly Leak

From The Intercept

Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal.

The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party regime, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest.

Previously undisclosed details about the plan, obtained by The Intercept on Friday, show that Google compiled a censorship blacklist that included terms such as “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize” in Mandarin.

Leading human rights groups have criticized Dragonfly, saying that it could result in the company “directly contributing to, or [becoming] complicit in, human rights violations.” A central concern expressed by the groups is that, beyond the censorship, user data stored by Google on the Chinese mainland could be accessible to Chinese authorities, who routinely target political activists and journalists.

Well, that’s terrifying. There are alternatives though.

Wednesday, August 22 2018

Ode to Gray

We assume, wrongly, that gray is flat; we’ve been conditioned to do so. Even Wittgenstein denounced it, found it lacking luminosity. But his gray was conceptual, a fiction. As David Batchelor would write: A grey of the mind is largely an absence—of colour, of interest, of warmth, of desire, of life—whereas a grey in the world is always a presence. Goethe might be right that gray “is all theory” because theory itself is gray; the theory of gray, therefore, is also gray. The reality is of gray is not.
— Read on

I’m all for grey.