Matt has been shopping again.
Texts is a fun application (desktop only for now) that brings all of your messages into one inbox. It currently supports iMessage, WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, Messenger, X/Twitter DMs, Instagram DMs, LinkedIn, Slack, and Discord DMs, with more on the way soon.
I was sooooo close to getting a key to Puzzmo (the new place for thoughtful puzzles) today. 🕹️ Like, the last key disappeared ~10 seconds before I solved the puzzle. 😩 Yes, there are only 500 keys released each day, and yes, you have to solve a puzzle to get a key. I’ll get one tomorrow! 😅
🆕 My plug-ins, Conversation on Micro.blog and Reply by email, have just been updated to support HTML in link texts. So now you can be creative and add fancy icons to them. In the example below, I’m using icons from the Font Awesome project. Check out the README for instructions.
Huh! I always assumed Goombas bumped Mario to death, but now we know better. Thanks for clarifying, Miyamoto-san, and for passing on the information, Sato-san.
I heard that someone once asked Miyamoto-san why Mario takes damage when he bumps into a Goomba from the side in the original Super Mario Bros. game. Apparently, he answered, "It's because the Goombas bite him." … Yes, and when they bite you, they'll do it with a smile on their face! (Laughs)
Anh’s website is absolutely gorgeous and oozing with personality. And how cool is it that the homepage is a comic explaining why one should have their very own home on the web?! 😍 Take a moment and read it in full, and then explore the rest of Anh’s site.
Look at all those beautiful magazine covers. 🤤 The Whole Earth Catalog is probably something I would have been into had I been living in America in the 70s. Access to tools, ideas, and practices!
Here lies a nearly-complete archive of Whole Earth publications, a series of journals and magazines descended from the Whole Earth Catalog, published by Stewart Brand and the POINT Foundation between 1970 and 2002. They are made available here for scholarship, education, and research purposes.
Matthias Ott is launching a newsletter, and I think it will be a winner. Subscribe over at matthiasott.com/newsletter.
Own Your Web is a newsletter for anyone who wants to design, build, create, and publish on the Web.
Whether you want to get started with your own personal website or level up as a designer, developer, or independent creator working with the ever-changing material of the Web, this little email is for you. 💚✊
There’s so much exciting stuff going on the web now. Away from the old silos. Back to blogs, newsletters, and web feeds. I love it!
How to follow X (previously Twitter) via RSS:
- Find a Nitter instance supporting RSS. I use
- For a handle like
@Astro_Jessica(NASA astronaut Jessica Meir)…
- the Nitter URL is
- Paste that into your feed reader, and it will figure out the rest.
The energy in the crowd makes me wish I were there! And the set list evokes so much nostalgia for this old millennial. One of the commenters nails the vibe:
Basically my doctors office playlist 🔥
I love how Sanna’s and my internal clocks are so different. Like when she’s facetiming me from a dark hotel room, already in bed and half asleep, at 21.46, I answer from a lit kitchen, coffee in hand, headphones pumping music, while prepping French farmhouse soup for tomorrow. 😂
You know you’re on to something great when calculating the value of your “insurance fund” involves calling
The prosecution shows that the "insurance fund" that FTX bragged about was fake, and just calculated by multiplying daily trading volume by a random number around 7500
The first issue of Robin Rendle’s newsletter, The Cascade, arrives tomorrow. All about the past, present, and future of CSS. Subscribed!
I’ve lied and deceived you all! Or some of you. Maybe? Anyway, I spill the beans in my new blog post, The Truth About My September Photoblogging Challenge. 👀
This September, Micro.blog ran a photoblogging challenge: snap a photo every day based on a prompt. I participated for the first 14 days before… life happened. 🤷♂️ But I had a lot of fun with the challenge for those two weeks. And really enjoyed seeing what everyone else was coming up with throughout the month.
Congratulations and well done to everyone who participated!
I promised to reveal all the machine-generated images after the challenge. Yes, some of my entries were not snapped by me, but instead dreamed up by a text-to-image model. First, here’s a complete list of my 14 entries:
- Day 1: abstract
- Day 2: buildup
- Day 3: precious
- Day 4: orange
- Day 5: forest
- Day 6: well
- Day 7: panorama
- Day 8: yonder
- Day 9: language
- Day 10: cycle
- Day 11: retrospect
- Day 12: panic
- Day 13: glowing
- Day 14: statue
Five of these were generated by software: buildup, orange, well, retrospect, and panic. I also broke the cycle for day 10 and published a photo taken by my dad. The rest of the entries were snapped by yours truly.
Going into the challenge, I was prepared to lie, not only with the generated images but also with my writing. To trick and deceive you all. 😇 But it never came to that. So, the stroll I took and the beer I drank… all of that actually happened.
Phew. It feels good getting that out there; no more lying on my blog. For now.
Thanks to everyone who followed along and guessed how the images were made. I fooled you a few times, but over all, I’m very impressed with your ability to identify synthographs.