In the last decade, I’ve sent and received over 460,000 messages—that’s an average of 126 messages per day! For photos, Google and Apple have both introduced a “Memories” features in their respective photo apps, which lets you look back on photos that the almighty machine learning algorithm has deemed meaningful to your life. Why not do the same for messages?
Inspired by Chandler’s similar project, for the last couple of months I’ve been working on an open source tool called Converscope (github, interactive preview). It pulls data from your Facebook chats and iMessages and shows you who…
The Coast Ride is 380 miles of cycling and over 20,000 ft of elevation gain, split over 3 consecutive days. That distance and elevation is kind of insane when you think about it, and that’s exactly what I thought last year when deciding whether to do the 2019 edition of the Ride. Then, I had only just returned to cycling and I wasn’t sure if I could finish the whole ride. So I settled for only doing Day 1: “just” 133 miles and 6,800 ft of elevation gain.
But this year, I was gunning for the whole thing.
My Amazon order history tells me that I bought my Boosted Board on July 18, 2017. Less than a year later, I swore to never ride it again.
Look around any major American city and you’ll see some dude zipping around on one of these supercharged electric longboards. The striking orange wheels are connected by a belt drive to a powerful electric motor, which means these boards can hit speeds of 22mph, sometimes higher.
In July of 2017, I was about to start my job working for a startup in Menlo Park. I had chosen to live in San Francisco…
It’s that time of year again! Continuing my tradition of goal-setting and self-evaluation (previously: 2018, mid-2017), it’s time to see how I did on my goals for 2019, which I picked a year ago rather haphazardly. Here they are, with scores in square brackets:
I’ll do a breakdown of the scores I assigned above later in this post. But first, I’m going to move the goalposts, and I assure you…
My dad and I were walking into a metro station when we noticed the crowd of police officers. “It’s a pop-up security checkpoint,” my dad explained to me. I had been riding the (excellent) metro system for a couple of days at this point, and while I knew they scanned every backpack before you could go through the turnstile, I hadn’t seen this type of security check yet.
“Sir, can we see some ID?” the officers asked in Chinese.
We started pulling out our California driver’s licenses.
“Sorry, that won’t work.”
“But we left our passports at home!” my dad…
First, a disclaimer. I’m incredibly privileged to be able to write a piece like this. By and large, 2018 was a terrific year for me. The toughest hardship I faced was when I was mugged and had to buy a new iPhone. Or maybe it was when a not-so-nice landlord tried to gyp our security deposit. The point is, many people in America and around the world are struggling. (By the way, you should definitely read all three of those longform stories.) This post is purely an analysis of the personal development goals I had set for myself.
I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and I came across this tweet:
Conquer Earth looked pretty cool, but as Dustin himself said, to get it to work you actually need to manually input every place you’ve been to. Sad!
Since I’m a huge dork, I check-in to every restaurant, shop, park, etc. I visit using an app called Swarm (by Foursquare), and I’ve been doing this for years. And guess what? Swarm/Foursquare has an API to fetch every place you’ve ever checked in to. …
Getting the colors right in a photo is super important. It’s how you’ll differentiate yourself from most people who just shoot whatever with their phone and don’t edit afterwards. You should be thoughtful about what to shoot and then carefully consider what colors you want to bring out when you post-process. And I’m no expert—I’ll point you to these Instagram profiles so you can get a sense of what I mean:
iPhone X preorders are right around the corner (October 27 @ 12:01 AM) and if you’re a privileged AF tech worker with 1K to burn, you have that date saved in your $50 todo list app and you’re gonna do it, because why not?
There is only one screen size, you dolt.
Probably whatever carrier you currently have.
You obviously need to get it in white, because that color provides the most contrast with the new vertical dual camera configuration, which means that more people will know that you have the iPhone X, and therefore are a privileged AF tech worker with 1K to burn. See paragraph 1.
And there you have it! Now you know exactly which iPhone X to buy. Have some bonus content:
Recently, YouTube blocked one of the videos I uploaded from playing in “247 countries”. That’s like all of them. Thanks YouTube.
So here’s what I sent back.
I believe that my video’s use of “Die Antwoord-Daddy” constitutes fair use for the following reasons:
1. Purpose of the use: This video is non-commercial (the event was free, and this video is freely viewable), and it is transformative: it provides new, novel dance choreography created entirely by UC Berkeley students.
2. The amount of the portion used: This video of a dance performance only uses a small section of the original work…