I just came across Nathan Henrie’s method for sending text from Drafts.app on iOS to a Mac’s clipboard. It involves a Dropbox action and a shell script which is executed by Hazel–similar in setup to my simple means of quickly sending Journal entries to DayOne from Drafts. As Nathan notes in his post, there are other ways of skinning this particular cat, but his method seems to fit in with my own setup pretty neatly.
Microsoft Announces Groundbreaking Thing Competitor Already Does
Tom Warren reporting for The Verge:
Google Docs has long supported real-time editing with multiple users, but the Office Web Apps have been fairly basic when it comes to editing documents alongside other users. Microsoft is planning to change this over the next few months, and the company is demonstrating the changes this week.
Congratulations, Microsoft, on catching up to where your competitors were years ago. You’ve been doing that a lot lately, and it seems to be working really, really well.
Modern Superheroes Strangle Our Dreams
Isn’t the whole fucking point of superhero fiction to provide an escape from the horrors of being aware? Aren’t we meant to imagine that if we–peons that we are–were imbued with superhuman abilities, we’d feel compelled to help out those less able? Isn’t the superhero premise sort of neutered if the world is worse off at the end of the story than it was at the beginning? Isn’t the very notion of narrative heroism inextricably tied to mostly-unqualified victory?
Christopher Nolan (in particular) seems to revel in destroying dreams: he fucks them brutally and leaves them for dead. He replaces them with paranoia, dread, and fear, mistakenly and hatefully arguing that those sentiments are all we have left.
Another Rich Asshole Begging Poor People For $$$
Sara Morrison for The Wrap :
James Franco is the latest celebrity to ask fans to fund his projects. Following in the footsteps of Rob Thomas, Zach Braff, and Zosia Mamet, Franco will try to raise $500,000 to film three feature films based on his 2011 book Palo Alto through Indiegogo. He says he wants to raise the money independently so he’ll be able to maintain “artistic integrity.”
Want to preserve your integrity, fuckwit? Fund it yourself.
Unmotivated Gimmickry Is Stupid
There seems to be a vogue for shooting (or at least releasing) a film in black and white, whether it makes any sense contextually or not: Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing each appear to consist of desaturated images for no real reason whatsoever, which strikes me as incredibly wrongheaded. Why are these films in black and white? What purpose does it serve?
In the clip below, from The Dick Cavett Show, Peter Bogdanovich explains why he decided not to shoot The Last Picture Show in color: it more or less boils down to the fact that he felt color would ruin the mood he was looking for in his setting. Mel Brooks–also a guest on that same episode–comments that black and white is nothing more than a silly “arty” gimmick unless it’s motivated by something within the story, setting, etc. The same could be said of any technique which is only technique. Thinking something “looks cool” isn’t enough.
No, Seriously, We Don’t Know Nothin’ About PRISM
Apple is the latest tech company to issue a broad denial of any participation in PRISM–or in any other governmental snooping–apart from responding to the usual sorts of law-enforcement requests:
Two weeks ago, when technology companies were accused of indiscriminately sharing customer data with government agencies, Apple issued a clear response: We first heard of the government’s “Prism” program when news organizations asked us about it on June 6. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order.
Everything we’ve seen in the news in recent weeks would suggest that denials like this one are utter bullshit–whether they’re issued by Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo1. Anyone–like Jim Dalrymple–who is so blinded by his appreciation of Apple that he accepts this non-denial as the complete truth is making an idiot of himself.
- I still refuse to type that ridiculous exclamation point. ↩
James Lipton: Straight Up Pimp
Young women desperately needed money for various reasons. They were beautiful and young and extraordinary. There was no opprobrium because it was completely regulated. Every week they had to be inspected medically. The great bordellos were still flourishing in those days before the sheriff of Paris, a woman, closed them down. It was a different time.
This may or may not be true, but in the end who really cares? Also: I’m having a hard time thinking of anything other than Warden Gentles’ play in Season Three of Arrested Development.
On a Digital Ocean
I switched the site to a VPS hosted at Digital Ocean yesterday1, and I’m really happy with the result. Pages are loading with blazing speed, thanks to their stellar bandwidth and the fact that all of their plans come standard with SSD drives. I can’t recommend them enough to anyone willing to build a server from scratch (it’s unmanaged hosting, which I personally consider to be a plus, since everything can be configured exactly as one pleases); so far, I think it’s fair to say that this is the best hosting I’ve ever tried. Their documentation is thorough and easy to follow, and it covers pretty much every major use case I can imagine. Give them a spin if you’re in the market for a VPS.
Did I mention that plans start at $5 a month, and that you only pay for what you actually use? You can even spin up a server and use it for an hour or two and pay only an hourly rate. Pretty good stuff.
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Robots In The Headines
PRISM Data Totally Nothing To Worry About
Carl Franzen, The Verge:
The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Robert Mueller, told lawmakers in a hearing today that the data collected through its and the NSA’s mass surveillance of all Verizon customers, and other US phone carriers, can only be used in FBI investigations into terror plots, not for separate domestic criminal investigations.
Oh, good. I feel much better now. Yup, I believe him completely.