Hello my fellow internet citizen 👋 my name is Caleb. Nobody asked what I think, but if your interest graph is similar to mine you may enjoy this collection of things that make me say “sheesh!” 😊
If you’re at least somewhat interested in optimizing your personal productivity there’s a good chance that you use also use a todo list app. If so, you likely spend a lot of time multi-tasking between your calendar and todo list — literally correlating your calendar events (when is my next meeting?) with your todo list (what is my next task?) in an effort to optimize your productivity. If you are just now realizing that you do this all the time, and that this is actually quite inefficient, then this post is for you!Read more
My my number one question about the Apple Watch Ultra wasn’t about the size or the bands or any of the details you can find in just about any of the serious reviewers’ analysis to date. It wasn’t even about the battery life per se. It was about the charging routine.Read more
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A New Hope
With the fall of the Twitter consensus I am energized. I remember what it was like in the 2000s; I remember the liveliness and sparkle of those days on the web.
I don’t suggest dialing the clock back to old tech, but I hope we use the good parts from those days to help us build new and amazing things. There is so much to do, and so many grand problems to solve.
The web is wide open again, for the first time in what feels like forever.
As soon as you have 20 minutes to spare, I encourage you to go watch this short film about Sally Schmidt, produced by Oscar® award winning documentary filmmaker Ben Proudfoot, for the New York Times1.
Casey Newton was on the Vergecast in July to talk about how BeReal is taking over. On the podcast he described his “pop-up restaurant theory of social networks”, which he has been talking about since at least 2018:
I have this pop-up restaurant theory of social networks, which is: every restaurant is basically the same, but sometimes a pop-up will open up in your neighborhood and all of the foodies start going there, and they’ve just kinda remixed the ingredients a little bit, and for two weeks all everyone wants to talk about is this restaurant.
This post explores whether this pop-up restaurant theory can be applied to apps in general, not just social media.Read more
Last month the @microsoft Twitter account tweeted something relevant to my interests:
What’s the best advice you’ve received on how to maintain work-life balance?
This post explores the importance of the wording in the phrase “work-life balance”, and my quest to promote a better alternative.Read more
The 2022 operating system updates from Apple will bring a much needed improvement to Mail.app: the ability to schedule emails to send later. While Apple is playing catch up here, it still lags behind on a similar ability for Messages.app.
This post explores a simple workaround to schedule text messages to send later on iPhone, iPad, and Mac that doesn’t require any third-party apps.Read more
I can’t remember the last time I read a book from front to back, but I am a voracious reader. The thing is, I prefer to read “the internet” instead of books.
This post explores how RSS has impacted my internet journey, how RSS is making a comeback, and some of my favorite RSS follows of all time.Read more