Uibot

What if we could replace the process of designing UIs with, well, bots? What if you could have an infinite amount of UI designs to choose from — would that lead to new directions that you wouldn’t otherwise explore?

Uibot is an experiment on how far one could automate the generation of visual designs, what kinds of advantages it would lead to and what issues one would face.

Free yourself from Gmail tyranny

  1. Open Gmail Settings and click Filters and Blocked Addresses
  2. Click Create a new filter
  3. In the To field, add your Gmail address
  4. In the Doesn’t have field, add your secret word
  5. Click Create filter
  6. Check the Delete it box

Hooray!

If somebody sends you an email without popping your secret word in the subject or message then it’ll automagically be sent to Trash. Feel free to rotate your secret word every so often.

Playdate

Hello. We made a brand new handheld gaming system.

It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It’s got a beautiful black and white screen. It’s not super cheap, but not super expensive. It includes brand new games from some amazing creators. Plus it has a crank.

Yeah, go on then.

THE LAST BEE

By Brian Bilston

After the last  ee
had  uzzed its last  uzz,

the  irds and the  utterflies
did what they could.

 ut soon the fields lay  are,
few flowers were left,

nature was  roken,
and the planet  ereft.

How to do hard things

This is a system I only somewhat tongue in cheek refer to as “The Fully General System For Learning To Do Hard Things”. It’s a useful conceptual framework for how to get better at things that you currently find difficult.

I don’t always explicitly follow it, but I often find that when I’ve succeeded my success comes from implicitly following it, and almost every time someone asks me for advice on learning to do things I just describe a specialised version of the system to them.

Buster: Captcha Solver for Humans

Buster is a browser extension which helps you to solve difficult captchas by completing reCAPTCHA audio challenges using automatic speech recognition. Challenges are solved by clicking on the extension button at the bottom of the reCAPTCHA widget.

Statement of Maciej Cegłowski, Founder, Pinboard on the topic of “Privacy Rights and Data Collection in a Digital Economy”

The internet economy in 2019 is dominated by five American tech companies: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon. These are also the five most valuable corporations in the world, with a combined market capitalization exceeding four trillion dollars. Between them, these companies control the market for online advertising, mobile and desktop operating systems, office software, document storage, search, cloud computing, and many other areas of the digital economy. They also own and operate a significant portion of the physical infrastructure of the internet, and act as its de facto regulating authority.

Pocket-Run

I’ve become a bit addicted to Pocket-Run Pool — a charming and well-designed single player pool game with a bunch of different playing modes.

Split

Personally, I’m much more interested and excited by the materials than I am by the tools. But I think it’s right and proper that other developers are excited by the tools. A good balance of both is probably the healthiest mix.

Insightful read.

Itinerant

Itinerant is an experimental weather forecast app, utilizing the human visual perception system (i.e. recognizing shapes and colors) instead of the symbolic interpretation system (i.e. reading words and numbers).

Looks interesting and available on the App Store — I (of course) use Weather Line.