• Richard Greenfield:

    The content originates from Time Warner Cable's digital center in Denver and is transported only over TWC infrastructure -- it never touches the public internet. It is not removing bandwidth from the Internet service that TWC delivers to me, it is a separate pathway -- essentially a fast lane that never gets congested… which I think is exactly what was envisioned in the last rulemaking. There is no cost to the consumer.

    If Comcast, AT&T, Verizon or any other ISP has the choice between putting their resources into a "separate pathway" to handle big traffic from the likes of Netflix, which they can charge millions of dollars for, and improving the infrastructure to get better bandwidth to individual consumers, who are generally cost conscious, which will they choose?

    Everything has a cost.

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  • The kids next door have this swing. It's a simple disc swing, made of wood, stained dark, with a sturdy synthetic rope through the middle and a washer on the bottom to help secure the knot. They hanged it in their front yard, and I can see them swinging on it from my desk. Now that the heat of our Texas summer has relented, the two oldest of the kids usually take a swing on it when they get home from school. They both drop their backpacks without a care in the world. The boy climbs on and his older sister gives him a good push. And I smile.

    I smile because of where that swing came from.

    The Swing

    My wife and I made it for them last November. I went to talk to them out of concern when I saw them flinging what appeared to...

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  • Weather forecast in terms of Star Wars locales. I approve.

    via Joe

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  • As if I didn't despise politics enough most of the time, election season turns it up to 11 and Mother Jones isn't helping.

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  • Tim Cook:

    When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit path toward justice together, brick by brick. This is my brick.

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  • I've been trying to write for my blog more often. (I have an item in Balanced to help.) Part of this is making the actual writing process a pleasurable one. I write all my posts in Markdown before copying them over to Squarespace. I've tried Byword, iA, MultiMarkdown Editor and other writing apps. I've also tried keeping blog post drafts in nvAlt. For the longest time, nothing really clicked for me. Lately, though, I've been using Write and enjoying it quite a bit.

    Overview

    At its most basic, Write is a cross-platform Markdown-speaking text editor. Whether on the Mac, iPad, or iPhone, editing text is a consistent, straightforward experience. Each platform offers the same options for dark or light mode and writing in "rich Markdown", hybrid mode, or plain text. Plain text is what it sounds like. There's no formatting or styling of the text whatsoever.

    The rich...

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  • It's easy for me to cut myself too much slack. "You worked hard at work today. It's totally fine to just zone out on the couch and watch Ancient Aliens for a few hours." Some days, I don't really feel like doing the things that are ostensibly important to me. It's also very easy for me to let an activity I'm highly engaged in take up an outsized portion of my available time. This can be a healthy ebb and flow as long as I remember to give those other things attention before they're starved and sometimes let those things take more than their fair share for a while.

    One way to deal with this would be to plop tasks into OmniFocus and set defer and/or due dates, but that has two problems for me. The first is that some of these important things I do are not...

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