The Onion, of course:

According to Richman, it was just now hitting him how many hours of his life he’s pissed away listening intently to nonsense about celebrity couples, how good or bad certain pens are, and why a particular sports team might have a chance this year. The husband and father of two said that every time he’s felt at all put out or bored by a bullshit conversation—especially a speculative one about how bad allergy season was going to be—he should have just turned around, walked away, and gone rafting or rappelling or done any of the millions of other things he’s always wanted to do but never thought he had time for.

At various points throughout the day, Richman could be heard muttering to himself that he couldn’t believe he was almost 40 years old.


A little over a year ago, I was working on our pool when I realized I needed a part for the pump. I pulled out my phone and took a picture of it so I’d have the model number. As I looked at the photo in my camera roll it occurred to me that I didn’t need it there. I needed it in Omnifocus. Better still, I needed a way to turn a photo into text, so that it would be as portable as plain text is.

That was the inspiration for Shoots & Leaves. And now, finally, it’s on the App Store. It’s on sale through this weekend, so grab it before I change it to its regular price on Monday.

A huge thank you to my wife. She gave me the time I needed to get this done, and she’s my #1 beta tester.

Also, big thanks to Derek Giromini for his wonderful work on the icon.

I have absolutely no idea how this thing is going to do. I’d love for it to find an audience that uses it regularly. But I consider it a success that the damn thing exists at all. I made a thing that’s mine, which was the real goal all along.

Anyway, releasing apps is fun. Let’s do it again soon.

I realized at the beginning of this year that it had been a very long time since I’d read a book. I read constantly, but almost all of it is articles on the web. I hadn’t read a grown-up fiction book in ages. So I decided to change that. I ended up reading a lot this past year, and I wanted to mention some of my favorites. They are listed here in the order I read them.

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy – I don’t think any book has ever affected me the way this one did. It was easy to imagine me and my son as The Man and The Boy, which made me anxious the entire time I was reading it. That feeling pushed me to read it as fast as I could. It’s a wonderful book, and I don’t think I could bring myself to ever read it again.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – This book does a great job of showing the world from the perspective of a young child. As with The Road, the scenes between the father and son felt like a gut punch.
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It just pushed all the right buttons for me. After reading it, I immediately read both sequels. They were both very good, though not quite as good as the first. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, as well as the possible TV show.
  • The Rook by Daniel O’Malley – Another fun one, with possibly the best first chapter ever. Lots of great characters, too. And the main character’s letters to herself are a great device for introducing the reader to the world.
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – I hesitated to read this one, since I don’t tend to like fantasy settings. But I’d heard so many good things that I gave it a try, and I’m glad I did. It’s a fascinating world, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequels.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – The best word I can think to describe this is “lovely”. Such a beautiful story, with so many dream-like elements. I find myself thinking about it quite a bit. This is one I could see re-reading regularly.
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – If you follow sci-fi news you’ve probably seen quite a bit of praise for this book. It’s well deserved. It can get confusing in places, but not in a frustrating way. More of a, “Oh, I should have paid more attention to that part. But since I didn’t, now I get to go back and read it again. Yay!” way.

Sam Thielman, at AdWeek:

Netflix has cracked down on password sharing this year (the streaming service has a $12-per-month plan if you want to stream on four devices simultaneously), but it looks like there’s a new tier to its pricing plan, albeit one available only to new users: you can now sign up for a single-screen standard-def stream for a dollar less than the hi-res, two-streams service most users are currently using.

Thielman theorizes this is for people on slower DSL connections, but to me this looks like a mobile play. There’s a growing audience whose only computer and internet access is their phone. Makes sense to offer them a lower cost, lower bandwidth option.

Alex Payne, with the best explanation of what’s wrong with Bitcoin that I’ve seen:

And Coinbase certainly feels, uh, compliant. It took me over a week to use the service to turn US dollars into a fraction of a Bitcoin, an experience that coupled the bureaucratic tedium of legacy consumer financial services with the cold mechanization of notoriously customer-hostile PayPal, but with the exciting twist that I have no idea from moment to moment how much my shiny new Internet money is actually worth.

Joe Cieplinski, developer for Teleprompt+, has the same reaction to Marco’s post as I did:

The fact is, there is a whole world of untapped potential on the App Store for developers who can solve real problems for people who are happy to pay. I’ve said it a million times, but it bears repeating: it’s not about price; it’s about trust. People are willing to spend money if they are sure what they are getting will solve their problem.

There are so many potential business models in mobile development that declaring any one of them “over” is just silly.

A lovely homage to the man I consider the greatest comic artist of all time. Pretty good advice, too.

I’ve really loving the new Editorial app. It has become my favorite text editor, and it’s got me rethinking a lot of my workflows.

As my first contribution to the growing Editorial community, here’s a better title case formatter than what’s included by default.

You don’t say.

Apple® today announced that HBO GO and WatchESPN are now available directly on Apple TV® joining the great lineup of programming offered to customers.

Remember when the iTunes store launched, and Apple gave the music companies more or less what they wanted to get them on board? Then slowly, as the store grew, Apple was able to take some of those concessions back, like DRM.

I’m seeing a lot of parallels here with the way Apple TV is adding channels. It may be that there won’t be one big announcement of Apple’s “grand vision” for television. It may just be lots of small announcements that guide the TV industry where Apple wants them to go.