In a nutshell: judging RSS itself because RSS readers are not mainstream is to miss everything that RSS does. And judging RSS readers for not being mainstream is to judge them against expectations set by some hype artists more than a decade ago — but not by me or anybody else actually doing the work.
I very much like the design of this matchbox.
Another RSS reader designed with privacy in mind.
I’m in half a mind to write up a frustrating experience trying to arrange a redelivery with Royal Mail.
I want Feedbin to be the opposite of Big Social. I think people should have the right not to be tracked on the Internet and Feedbin can help facilitate that.
A hag stone is a stone with a natural hole through it.
Pickled herring and cabbage salad from The Sportsman
For thousands of years, sailors in the Marshall Islands have navigated vast distances of open ocean without instruments. Can science explain their method before it’s lost forever?
Time to leave, Dr. Doak
I removed Tweetbot from my iPhone today. I only follow ~20 people so it wasn’t too much trouble to subscribe to them in Feedbin so I don’t miss their updates. I’m also trying out Mastodon, which is more aligned with what I’m looking for — I hope that Tapbots release a Mastodon app.
Wiki software sucks.
Fennel and brown shrimp salad from Sparrow
There’s a phrase in Japanese for places like this⎯gyouretsu no dekiru mise: “restaurants that have very long lines.” The lines are often self-fulfilling prophecies: The wait isn’t part of the cost, as I’d always considered it; to a Japanese person, it’s part of the value.
There are 409 escalators on the London Underground. At present about 95 per cent of them are operational at any one time. Statistics come with a whiff of smoke and a flash of mirrors. Numbers are a distraction when the grind of a necessary escalator is silenced. They do, however, tell you that one dead escalator in twenty is more of a nuisance than you would have guessed, and they put what is demanded of public-service escalators into focus.