1. Google: Blink (Wait, wasn't Google Nose an April Fools Joke?)

    Instead of prefixes it will use flags: if you want to enable an experimental feature, set the appropriate flag in about:flags. (Incidentally, this means that experimental CSS features that would be prefixed are not available to the average user, who won’t set any flags.)

    This section strikes me as wrong. One of the great things about vendor prefixes was that the average user would get these “upgrades” without realizing it. If a new CSS property was available then developers could target it and the end-user had to do nothing on their side to see the improvement. Now it’s hidden in about:flags?

    I hope they change their mind about that.

  2. Gay Marriage: Why Some Christians Are Panicking | Chuck Ryor

    (via Instapaper)

  3. Japan Is Winning

  4. I'm Sure It Will Only Take You A Few Days To Code

    To answer this question let’s think about how our brains estimate things. There are some things that are easy for someone with no experience to estimate and some things that aren’t.

    Think about watching someone play guitar. Even if you’ve never played guitar you can probably infer from watching a performance of Mary Had a Little Lamb that it’s simple and that the person playing it does not need a great deal of skill to do so. It’s also pretty easy to watch someone play Pachabel’s Canon in D and infer that it is complex and would take a long time to learn how to play.

  5. HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War Is a Joke

    So you might ask, what’s the appropriate financial penalty for a bank in HSBC’s position?

    How about all of it? How about every last dollar the bank has made since it started its illegal activity? How about you dive into every bank account of every single executive involved in this mess and take every last bonus dollar they’ve ever earned? Then take their houses, their cars, the paintings they bought at Sotheby’s auctions, the clothes in their closets, the loose change in the jars on their kitchen counters, every last freaking thing. Take it all and don’t think twice. And then throw them in jail.

    Sound harsh? It does, doesn’t it? The only problem is, that’s exactly what the government does just about every day to ordinary people involved in ordinary drug cases.

  6. Guess why we're moving to 256 AES keys

    Something like this would normally only warrant a minor bullet point on an app’s list of features on their website. However 1Password goes into precise detail about the ins and outs and why they chose to go this route. They’re a company that’s passionate about security.

    This is why I use 1Password.

  7. Absolutely adorable. A day in the life of a two year old.

  8. ‎”If you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine the chances are good that you’re going to go to jail. If it happens repeatedly, you may go to jail for the rest of your life. But, evidently, if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your own bed at night.”

  9. The Oscars 2013: Soft Power and Seth MacFarlane

    The gross miscalculation of the “boobs” number set the tone for the evening—the wrong one. It seemed as if MacFarlane wanted to announce his hiring of Mr. Skin as a musical consultant. I’ve long thought that the nudity of women in movies has often been used by producers as a sort of ugly rite of passage, a public refraction of the casting couch—but, rather than lampooning the industry potentates who pay for it and market it or, for that matter, the male voyeurism that they serve or the societal sexism that underlies the practice, MacFarlane seemed to be mocking and embarrassing the actresses themselves.

    ~Richard Brody

    Charis typically watches these events, and I glance at them while I play a game, or work, on the couch. After reading this, I’m glad that she chose not to watch the event.

    This is one of my huge anger points in television and movies. Women… and it seems that I have to say this about men now too cough cough Magic Mike… do not need to be nude in order to make a great show, or cinema event.

    The same can be said about violence, and explosions. Although I don’t feel like people are being exploited, as much as women are, in those scenarios.

  10. iPhone Homescreen: Winter/Spring ‘13


    Here’s my current Homescreen. In order, from left to right…

    • Settings: I am constantly having to toggle Airplane mode at church, or Wifi when I’m out and about, so Settings has found a place on my Homescreen.
    • Maps: Yes, I use Apple’s Maps. It works very well for me so far. I’ve only had minor hiccups. I’ve done tests back and forth with Apple Maps and Google Maps and they seem to give me the same navigation routes. I prefer the interface of Apple Maps, so I stick with that.
    • Fantastical: I’m back and forth about this one. I like the quick event creation, and calendar layout, but I do miss having the date on the icon. Of course, it’s an easy swipe down to see the date now in Notification Center, so not a big deal.
    • Phone: I’ve tried an awful lot of phone replacements. This sticks around for one reason. When I hand my phone to my wife, I want her to be able to call someone easily. So this is mostly for emergency reasons. But I also view Phone related actions as tasks I take action on at a later date. I have voicemail I need to listen to, or calls I need to return. No other app provides an easy way to see my missed calls, or take action on voicemails.
    • Mail: I should move this to my secondary screen, but for now it sticks around. I do have all notifications turned off though, so I don’t receive annoying alerts.
    • OmniFocus: As many todo apps as I’ve tried, OmniFocus still does what I need in the best possible way. It’s pricey, but it works well.
    • Instapaper: My go to reading tool. Wonderful fonts, and layouts, on both iPhone and iPad.
    • Messages: Gotta text. :D
    • iPhoto: My go to photo editing app. I don’t edit much on my phone, but when I do, I’ve come to like how iPhoto works.
    • Notabli: A killer new parenting app for keeping track of your children’s memories. Quick tip: it works really well for pets too. ;)
    • Evernote: I don’t store everything in Evernote. It’s wonderful for archiving & documenting things I don’t need access to all the time, but need to see it quickly when I do.
    • Pinbook: I’ve become a huge fan of Pinboard. I used to try and keep this ever growing list of bookmarks in Safari, and then use Xmarks to sync them to Chrome and Firefox, but that was too cumbersome. Pinboard is like Evernote but for bookmarks. These are things I need to access some time in the future, but I’m not sure when. Now with Alfred 2, I have a quick script to search any bookmarks in Pinboard. It’s an amazing service, I highly recommend it. It’s also cut down on the amount of bookmark syncing I need to do, since I only have a handful of necessary bookmarks now.
    • Safari: I tried to love Chrome, but I just couldn’t get used to it. It works extremely well, but I still prefer the aesthetics of Safari. Now that I got my bookmarks syncing again (I loathe iCloud sometimes), it’s working very well for me.
    • Drafts: Sometimes you need to remember/jot something down fast. Drafts does that. It has quick start times and it always opens to a new document upon launch (that’s configurable).
    • 1Password: If 1Password were ever to go away, I don’t think I would be able to use my computer, or mobile devices. This is my lifeline to security.
    • Reeder: The best RSS reader on the iPhone.
    • Instagram: As much as Flickr, and others, try to copy what Instagram does, they always fall short. Instagram has great filters, and they are quick and easy to work with. You might have Terms of Service worries, but like all social services, as long as you are mindful of what you post you won’t have to worry.
    • Launch Center Pro: Quick access to many, many actions. I mostly use this for quick searching (IMDb, Wikipedia, Google, Dictionary, Yelp).
    • Instacast: Many people prefer Downcast. I do like some of its features, but I’m banking on Instacast’s future. The developer is committed to creating a Mac client, and I think that once that’s done I will be in podcast heaven. The UI is pretty and functional. It allows me to quickly save sites of interest to Instapaper and Pinboard. It’s exactly what I need in a podcast app.
    • Music: This again is Apple just doing it right, or me being in so much of a slump that I can’t get used to anything else. I’ve tried numerous Music replacements (Track 8, ecoute, Cue, etc…) and they all work well but not well enough to totally replace Music, so it stays on my Homescreen.

    Second Screen

    I picked up another philosophy from Lifehacker, I believe. I’m not sure exactly where I saw it referenced, but it’s the idea of putting all your other apps in “buckets” based upon the action you take with them. Some apps don’t always easily fit into this bucket as they can perform multiple actions. But I like the idea, and I’ve kept with it, since 90% of the time it makes sense to me.