Just watch

Follow the link and watch the .GIFs.

The pumpkin toadlet, which is a frog but not a toad, is so terrible at landing its jumps that its sheer incompetence has become a subject of scientific inquiry.

Very possibly the best thing on the internet today, by any reasonable standard.

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Earth.fm. Like Spotify / Apple Music / Amazon Music, but for nature soundscapes.

A nice soundscape while I’ve been at home today. Looking forward to trying it out at work when I’m back in the office tomorrow.

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The World’s Most Satisfying Checkbox is a checkbox you’ve just checked off

For all that I’m not particularly excited by the story of The World’s Most Satisfying Checkbox,1 I’m glad that stories are being written illustrating the latest swing of the pendulum away from the trend for flat design.2

I’m making a note of this here on my decidedly old school tech blog. We have so much to learn from their brave and daring experiment.

  1. For the last few months I’ve found myself tracking as much of my daily grind as possible via simple, portable Markdown files, including using task list items I can check off as I go. I no longer feel the need to have all my daily tasks try to grab my attention via notifications and alarms, which is a huge win. The sensory overload if I ever install a plugin that retrofits Obsidian or Drafts with a variant of what the Not Boring team are doing to checkboxes might just finish me (or at least my iPad Mini) off. 

  2. At work, where we have to use severely locked-down Windows 10 machines it’s very different. I can type all the Markdown text I like, but I can’t access a half-decent Markdown editor without breaking all our rules about not storing work content on an unapproved cloud service so as I very much do not want to mix work and my private computing I am OK with that. There’s an increasing focus on a) stamping out stuff created by teams using tool we had access to like, well, Microsoft Access, and b) shoehorning as much as possible of what we do into one corner or another of Microsoft Teams, even when it’s duplicating stuff we already do via email and the intranet anyway. I commented to a colleague yesterday that it’s reminiscent of a few years ago when we went through a period of Trello being the new hotness. That phase faded after the managers who had been Trello enthusiasts moved on and the focus shifted to tools that our organisation was officially signed up for (and which, to be fair, were hooked into our existing systems in a way that free-accounts-only Trello users could not be) but I don’t think we’ll be escaping the grip of Microsoft Teams (which is to say, Microsoft Teams-plus-whatever-other-functionality-can-shoehorn-in-so-procurement-checklists-can-be-satisfied) quite so easily. 

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I read on the web that “Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Makes a Daring Step into web3.” Oh really. So I went to their glorious web3 adventure only to find — ooops. If it had worked I am told that I might get a YSL Beauty NFT. “Acting as a recognition token of the community engagement, those 10K YSL Beauty Golden Blocks (ERC721 minted on Polygon with the Arianee Protocol) will unlock utilities throughout the year including a premiere launch, whitelisting for NFT drops and much more.” I’m making a note of this here on my decidedly old school tech blog. We have so much to learn from their brave and daring experiment.

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A couple of years ago I posted about reading Incorruptible, a Peter Watts story from the X-Prize’s Seat 14C competition1.

I was pleased to find earlier today that a couple of years ago the DUST podcast/film network put out audio adaptations2 of some of the stories from the competition.

Unfortunately Incorruptible wasn’t one of the stories DUST adapted,3 but that wasn’t by any means the only worthwhile story included in the competition so I’ve been glad to have had the chance to reacquaint myself with some of the other stories from the competition.

  1. The Seat 14 site itself is no longer online, and while the Wayback Machine claims to have older snapshots of the site’s content I can’t get any of them to come up for me right now. 

  2. Technically they put out videos, not podcasts, but judging by the the videos appear to be presented as abstract screen savers playing over audio content rather than visual adaptations of the stories being told. I’m the sort of literal-minded type who thinks that “podcast” is the term for an audio file delivered via an RSS feed, dammit, but I probably should let that go since I can also get the content as straight podcasts and listen to them. 

  3. It’s still available via the Wayback Machine’s archive. Bringing it up involved a bit of a wait, but it did pop up in the end.