Daring Fireball

By John Gruber

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New Work by Gary Larson

Gary Larson: So here goes. I’ve got my coffee, I’ve got this cool gizmo, and I’ve got no deadlines. And — to borrow from Sherlock Holmes — the game is afoot.  ★ 

Ben Dolnick on Our Long Parenthetical Moment

Ben Dolnick, in a delightful piece for the NYT: Here’s something I used to think about, back in the before-times: A clause set off by em dashes is like dropping underwater while swimming breaststroke — just a quick dip before popping back to the sentence’s surface. A parenthetical clause is more like diving down to the pool bottom...

AirPods Versus AirPods Pro

Adam Engst, writing for TidBITS: I also wasn’t expecting to care about the case design. Because of their shorter stems and silicone tips, the case for the AirPods Pro is shorter and wider than the case for the AirPods. Even rotated 90 degrees, it’s slightly larger in both dimensions, and it’s also a little thicker. It’s not bad, but...

Uber Buys Postmates for $2.65 Billion

Really, it makes a ton of sense. If you take one money-losing company in a low-margin business and combine it with another money-losing company in a low-margin business, it’s like multiplying two negative numbers: you get a big positive number. Total sense.  ★ 

★ A Bit of Self-Served Claim Chowder Regarding iMessage and Phone Numbers as Identifiers

One last bit of behind-the-scenes follow-up regarding the production of The Talk Show Remote From WWDC 2020. For help with my audio setup, I worked with Zach Phillips. Phillips is local to Philly, an audio engineering ace, has worked with Sandwich before — and, it turns out, I linked to his blog back in April 2012.Even better, he was right and I was...

Lunchbox by Sandwich

While I’m directing your attention to my friends at Sandwich, do not miss their shot-in-quarantine spot for Slack and the fascinating behind-the-scenes video documenting how they did it and created a system around the process: It’s not easy to produce new live-action work these days that’s full of authentic character, on-message and on-brand,...

How to Look and Sound Better in Video Meetings

Speaking of Adam Lisagor and making video calls look and sound better, Patrick Lucas Austin talked to him about just that for Time: If you really want to go all out, adding a backlight can illuminate your hair and shoulders, separating you from your background in a pleasing way. “It’s a matter of preference,” says Adam Lisagor, founder...

★ How We Shot The Talk Show Remote From WWDC 2020

If you missed it, here’s a re-link to last week’s special episode of The Talk Show, with special guests Craig Federighi and Greg “Joz” Joswiak. By necessity, it was shot remotely — Federighi and Joz were at Apple Park, and I was at home in Philadelphia. I think it turned out pretty well, and whatever is wrong with it is the result of my middling...

Yes Plz Coffee

My thanks to Yes Plz for sponsoring this past week at DF. Yes Plz sends outstanding coffee beans right to your door, and it is absolutely delicious. I’d recommend it wholeheartedly even if they weren’t sponsoring the site. World-class coffee delivered right to your door, on a schedule you control. Every week, every other week, once a month — it’s...

Garry Kasparov on the Farce of Russian Democracy

Garry Kasparov, in an op-ed for CNN: It’s fair to ask, why bother with the pretense of democracy? Dictatorships are obsessed with the superficial trappings of legitimacy and democracy, both as distraction and to sully the meaning of these terms. And after decades of liquidating the opposition and crushing all dissent, a despot might even enjoy...

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