Month: June 2015

  • Apple Music is on Tumblr

    Apple has launched its Apple Music service (and iOS 8.4, of course), which I’ll talk more about after having given it a proper go, as well as the Beats 1 always on radio channel. If you’re curious about the latter, check out, which incidentally is powered by Tumblr, as is the rest of the Apple Music site. Is this the new, hip, Apple?

  • The Cthulhu anthology

    This lot are going to make the upcoming Cthulhu Lies Dreaming anthology from Ghostwoods Books a great read.

    E. Dane Anderson, Lucy Brady, Traci Castleberry, Matthew Chabin, Daniel Marc Chant, William Couper, Mike Davis, Lynnea Glasser, Lynne Hardy, Thord D. Hedengren, Matthew Hockey, Yma Johnson, Morris Kenyon, , A. Leeman Kessler, G. K. Lomax, Gethin A. Lynes, Samuel Morningstar, Saul Quint, Pete Rawlik, Marc Reichardt, Brian M. Sammons, Brian Fatah Steele, Greg Stolze, MS Swift

    Emphasis mine, obviously. Very happy to be in this thing.

  • Matt on Automattic turning ten

    WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg reminiscence about Automattic turning ten:

    We just want to make the web a better place. We’re proud to contribute to what I consider the best open source project in the world, WordPress. We bring it to as wide an audience as possible through hosting it on, and providing services for the ones we don’t host with tools like Jetpack. Through it all, we have fun and experiment with side projects that have become crucial to the ways we work — P2, Cloudup, Simplenote, and dozens more that we tried, failed, learned something from, and tried again.

    A job well done, Matt!

  • Apple bows to Taylor Swift

    Apple bows to Taylor Swift

    Pop star Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple, regarding the Apple Music streaming service and the fact that the artist weren’t getting paid during the user’s trial period. Obviously the media went into a frenzy, because it’s Taylor Swift, it’s streaming, and it’s Apple.

    The result? Apple, through Eddy Cue, bows their heads, recognise their error, and pays artists per stream during the user trial period (as opposed to a chunk of the revenue when users are actually paying).


  • Warren Ellis takes five minutes every day

    Warren Ellis:

    I take five minutes every day just for me, to look around and see where I am and be there. Thirty-five minutes a week. Over twenty years, that’s something over six hundred hours I’ve taken just for myself.


  • Ben Brooks on writing

    If you’re interested in writing advice, you should read Ben Brooks’s piece on the matter. He has, among a great many other things, this to say:

    I’m usually hit with most ideas when I am left to let my mind wander. Whether I am showering, or using the toilet, my mind can wander. One of my favorite ways for working out an idea is to talk it out while I drive alone. Do I look a bit mad doing that? Maybe, but it also works.

    My best ideas rarely come in direct response to one thing, but it’s also important to remember that every idea is in response to something. The idea for this post was in response to the email I get, and my wanting to easily help people who email with with questions about my writing.

    If you want even more pieces that are writing related, be sure to check out my own series, Thoughts on Writing.

  • Spelbloggen har fått lite nya funktioner

    På senare tid har vi rullat ut några nya funktioner på Spelbloggen.

    • Först ut var att ta bort föregående/nästa-länkarna på arkivlistningar, och istället läsa in fler med en knapp. Vi valde det här istället för direkt infinite scroll.
    • Däremot har vi infinite scroll på posterna numera. När du läst färdigt är det bara att rulla vidare ner, så läses nästa post i flödet in. Extra lämpligt för slöläsning i ryggläge.
    • Slutligen, det finns en läsindikator högst upp på postsidorna. Den fungerar som en (ärlig) progress bar, så att du vet hur långt kvar det är på artikeln du läser. Spelar förstås mindre roll på kortare poster, men när vi tar upp konsten att bygga ett arkadspel så är det desto mer motiverat.

    Om du är ointresserad av funktionerna så kanske det senaste från spelmässan E3 kan locka? Vi kör inte “pumpa och publicera allt”-modeller, utan väljer ut det vi tycker är intressant. Trevlig läsning.

  • Så trimmar du din WordPress-sajt för sökmotorerna

    Jag skrev en artikel åt Internetworld med tips på vad du kan göra för att din WordPress-sajt ska älskas lite mer av sökmotorerna.

    Sökmotoroptimering är en hel bransch i sig, men det betyder inte att du behöver öppna plånboken för att börja klättra på Googles sökresultatlistor. Det finns mycket du kan göra själv, i synnerhet om du använder WordPress som publiceringsplattform för din sajt. Med rätt inställningar, ett bra tema, och eventuellt något eller några tillägg till din hjälp, så kommer du en bra bit på vägen.

    Naturligtvis är det så att SEO-firmorna finns av en anledning. De hjälper dig med mycket mer än att bara ställa in din webbplats för bästa möjliga indexering och ranking hos sökmotorerna. Bra SEO-arbete handlar lika mycket om materialstrategi, som att ha ordning och reda på sin sajt.

  • Arrows makes post-its lethal, says New Yorker

    I enjoyed this article in the New Yorker, about Moleskine notebooks, up until this utter nonsense:

    In the past decade, programs like Evernote, SimpleNote, Microsoft’s OneNote, and Apple’s newly feature-creeped Notes (now with freehand drawing, as though no one recalls the ill-fated Newton) have promised better solutions: richer notes, infinite storage, more security. Each iteration of this software invariably introduces more layers of technology—complex menu systems, incompatible formats, awkward input options—that run interference between thoughts and their eventual digestion.

    Simplenote’s iterations add no layer of complexity, and the Newton comparison is just ridiculous. It’s like arguing that post-its might be lethal because once upon a time an arrow pierced a heart, and that arrow was made of wood, thus it’s post-its’s fault. Missing its mark? Yeah, that’s my point.

    I guess I should’ve known the article could be wonky. After all, the title is Why startups love Moleskines

  • Safari extensions gallery now require developers to pay up

    Safari extensions from the official extensions gallery will, from Safari 9.0, be signed by Apple:

    Secure Extensions Distribution introduces improved security for Safari on OS X. All extensions in the Safari Extensions Gallery are now hosted and signed by Apple. Users can trust that the Safari Extension they install is the one you submitted.

    This means that extension developers will have to enroll in the $99 Apple Developer program if they want to update their extensions and, presumably, keep them in the official gallery. Naturally, some developers are pissed off by this, forgetting that this means better security for Safari users. I think this is a good thing.

  • iOS 9 and the iPad

    Federico “the iPad is my primary computer” Viticci writes about iOS 9 and the multitasking iPad:

    iOS 9 is going to be a watershed moment for iPad users. For many, the iPad is about to graduate from utility to computer. Apple is envisioning a future where users can do more with iPad apps without the inherent complexities of OS X – and they’re largely relying on developers to help build this future.

    It’s a great read, mirroring my thoughts overall. I share Viticci’s concern regarding adoption, since proper multitasking (not to be confused with the slide over feature) is for iPad Air 2 and beyond only, but not for the same reasons, it would seem. To me, this is something a lot of developers will rush to add, because the slide over feature will be made anyway, and that, I suspect, is the roadblock. No, my concern is user adoption, since iPads tend to stay in use for a long time. I don’t think the iPad Air 2 and beyond features are compelling enough for most users to upgrade.

  • Om Splatter

    En gång i tiden skrev jag ett rollspel. Ett riktigt ett, som spelades med tärningar och goda vänner, långt ifrån tv- och datorspel. Egentligen skrev jag flera, men just idag är det Splatter jag tänker på.


  • Time management

    From Kevin Hoctor’s piece on time:

    Statements that begin with “I wish I had more time to…” are red flags for me. When I hear myself say something like, “I wish I had more time to exercise and get in shape,” it really means that I need to make time to exercise. Wishing it won’t change anything. I won’t magically have more time or extra energy by making that comment, so it’s useless.

    Lots of sound advice in there. I find myself thinking more and more about time, and throwing away the excuses not to do things.

  • Let the wifi charge your phone

    Brian Barrett writing for Wired about charging your phone by connecting to wifi:

    The system comprises just two components; an access point (a router), and custom-built sensors. “The goal of the sensors is to harvest RF (radio frequency) power and convert it into DC power,” explains Vamsi Talla, a researcher on the project. “The second piece, the access point, there we actually developed a custom solution on it, just a software modification that would enable the access point to act both as a good power delivery source and, simultaneously, also as a good Wi-Fi router.” In other words, it achieves power over Wi-Fi in a way that both works with pre-existing hardware, and doesn’t interfere with your Internet connection one bit.

    Lots of unknowns here, but a future where we wirelessly charge our mobile devices is coming, and not necessarily contained to charging surfaces either.

  • Fusion won't bash Disney

    Always consider who’s paying the bills; Fusion won’t bash Disney according to New York Times:

    Disney and Univision supplied Fusion with an additional $30 million in financing recently, according to a person involved with the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity. But the cultures of the companies and Fusion have already clashed. For instance, according to two senior Fusion staff members, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Disney put the organization on notice that it would not take kindly to coverage that might dent its standing with consumers. The warning came after Fusion published several stories based on documents that hackers stole from Sony.