Enjoying the World Cup so far. Good games, couple of surprising results and no fan trouble either.
Tragedy at the Glasgow School fo Arts with a second fire in 4 years this one far worse than in 2014. Hopefully the building can be saved and/or restored…it’s too important to lose.
Westworld season 2, episode 8. One of the best so far.
Quiet week enjoying the weather and then an almighty thunderstorm on Saturday cleared the air. Looking forward to seeing what E3 brings us this week.
Pacific Rim Uprising. Crap. Don’t waste your time with this one.
Better week, good weather although could do with being a wee bit cooler. Never liked too much heat. Also enjoying Linode and a wee bit of scripting. Likely move all online accounts to Linode over the coming weeks.
Finally caught up on Kenny, a documentary on Kenny Dalglish. Loved it and well worth catching while still on iPlayer.
Also enjoying the new Chvrches album, really good.
- How Fortnite conquered the world | Games | The GuardianDidn’t expect this when Fortnite first came out. Bit random, clone of PUBG and wasn’t sold on the accuracy of it all. Roll on a few months and its the daddy and PUBG are suing. Wow.
- What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After YouSad. Musk is a genius but on Twitter at least is coming across like a Trump or Assange.
- Internet Trends Report 2018
Internet Trends 2018 Report – Mary Meeker, Code Conference May 30th, 2018.
Geek out on this report. Summary…smartphone growth flat, China is the market to be in. Love seeing this every year.
- We bought 5,000 Panini World Cup 2018 stickers and still didn’t complete the album
Got, Got, Need
World Cup is only days away and this is the best take on it so far.
- Richard Madeley cuts off Gavin Williamson after he repeatedly dodges question on Russia – YouTubeDetest Madeley but fair play to him. Williamson is one of the worst politicians in years and thats saying something.
- How Apple Programmer Sal Soghoian Got Apps Talking to Each Other | WIREDGreat profile and a nice read before WWDC hits.
- Looking for Life on a Flat Earth | The New YorkerI just don’t get this.
- Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself – The New York TimesLove this, so much rings true.
- Eerie silence falls on Shetland cliffs that once echoed to seabirds’ cries | Environment | The GuardianShocking decline over the last 10-20 years.
- At times I can’t tell where I end and my migraines begin | Eva Wiseman | Life and style | The GuardianThis describes exactly what a migraine feels to me. They are so impacting but like the author sometimes it’s easier just to try and get through it….shouldn’t do it.
- Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should tooAgreed.
- How Instagram’s algorithm works | TechCrunchClever and all that, but let me pick chronological if I want to. Fuckers.
Tomorrow is the start of the year for Apple. WWDC 2018 is the first look at the next versions of iOS and macOS…and whatever else Apple wants to show. Last year I had some hopes and wishes which turned out to be pretty good. New iPads were excellent and the improvements in iOS for iPads were beyond what I expected.
12 months on and here’s what I’d like to see Apple announce tomorrow:
- Siri is really at the heart of so much for Apple but is embarrassingly behind the competition. This isn’t new but I can’t understand how Apple have allowed themselves to get into this position. Google and particularly Amazon have delivered on voice assistants and left Apple for dust. The heart says Apple need to show something tomorrow, the head says this is next year based on recent hires. The Apple ecosystem is crying out for a Siri reset that is much more capable and is open to more developers.
- The Mac is another part of Apple that feels unloved. The hardware is great (keyboards?!?!) but the software is being left to wither. Where iOS is felt by many the future for Apple and the sales suggest that’s the right strategy that shouldn’t be to the detriment of the Mac. It could do so much more but either strategy or lack of engineering means it isn’t delivering what it once did. Would be great to see Mac get some love tomorrow.
- Not so much split iTunes, but give us an Apple Music app on the Mac that lets me access and stream music as quickly as I can on iOS.
- Default apps on iOS. This is another heart over head, but it really holds back the platform in many ways. Why can’t I set Todoist instead of Reminders, Chrome instead of Safari?
- Custom watch faces. I’m still rocking the original Apple Watch but hope to upgrade to a new version later this year. Would be great to get third party watch faces. Imagine a running app with a totally custom face that could show you competitors, last run times against a route? A Plex watch face that told you when the current film you are watching will finish and let you do some basic playback control.
- Release more frequently. Yearly updates don’t cut it anymore and it just makes apps like Photo’s seem dated when compared to Googles offering.
In many ways I’m looking forward to tomorrows announcements as so little has leaked. It also feels an important WWDC for Apple. They’ve already said they will focus on maintenance and releasing less and it seems like hardware is later in the year so you wonder what will make the headlines tomorrow…and the details and titbits that will come out throughout the week. Roll on 18:00 tomorrow.
Shit week with no sleep and some crap news. Onwards.
Patrick Melrose…difficult to watch in places, Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty amazing throughout. Spotted the Barras and a couple of other Glasgow streets stepping in for New York.
Champions League final. Ramos is a nasty wee shite. Bale was quite magnificent. Robertson kept Liverpool in it. Karius was crap. If ever a game showed why Liverpool need a goalkeeper this was it.