Trying out Hey. So far I like it. I already love how notifications are off by default.

🔗 Christopher Lawley’s Walkthrough of Craft

If you’ve been curious about the new note taking app Craft, this is a good overview.

🔗 Today I learned how the Daft Punk robot helmets were created - The Verge

This was a timely article, released last Friday.

Hillbilly Headlines - Feb. 20

I’m going to try to start posting these again.

From Marty & McGee:

Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, told reporters that the women were caught dressing up as “grannies” — “the bonnets, the gloves, the glasses, the whole thing” — at the vaccination site on Wednesday.

“I opened the toilet seat and there’s just a bear face just right there at the level of the toilet seat, just looking right back up through the hole, right at me,”

Uncle Snoop’s Army Radio on Apple Music is pretty dope!

🔗 Kitty Letter is a new mobile word game from the creator of The Oatmeal - The Verge

It is really good!

🔗 Unread 2.5 Expands Unread’s Free Tier and More

If you’ve never tried Unread for reading RSS feeds, now is a good time to try it out.

🔗 The iconic watches that inspired Apple Watch faces

An interesting, detailed look at the inspiration behind some of the watch faces on the Apple Watch.

🔗 Apple celebrates Black History Month - Apple

The Watch band is enticing. I’m also looking forward to what suggested reading is offered.

🔗 Gallery: Here’s a first look at the new watchOS 7.3 ‘Unity’ watch face - 9to5Mac

I like this one!

Daily Links - Jan 15

  • ☕️ Japanese coffee chain reveals power of iOS 14 App Clips - iMore
  • 🍿 Macaulay Culkin is Down With Scrubbing Donald Trump From ‘Home Alone 2’ - Okayplayer
  • 🎶 Descendents Bid President Trump Farewell on ‘That’s the Breaks’ - Spin
  • 🎶 System of a Down Elaborate on Their Reunion: ‘Never Call It Quits’ - Spin
  • 🎶 D’Angelo Resurfaces with a Psychedelic Soul Masterclass - Okayplayer
  • 🏛 Justice Department Filing Says “Strong Evidence” Capitol Rioters Intended to “Capture and Assassinate” Lawmakers - Slate
  • 🏛 The case of the missing relief money - Axios
  • 🏛 A guide to President Trump’s second impeachment trial - Axios

Segregation between Black and white students increases as U.S. diversifies

Russell Contreras, writing for Axios

Black and white school segregation has deepened toward pre-Civil Rights Movement-era numbers despite decades of strides.

This places Black students into school districts with fewer resources than white students — but in more diverse settings than in 1968, since the percentage of Latino and Asian American students has skyrocketed.

The whole piece is worth a read, but I don’t find any of it surprising. I know where I live, minorities have been largely cornered into the same part of town for the past two decades that I’ve lived here. Meanwhile, the new expansions to the city are vastly populated by whites. I’m not going to speak for everyone who moves to the suburbs, so race may or may not be a direct factor for those moves, but one thing I know is true is that Blacks often aren’t offered the same opportunities for jobs, bank loans, etc.. This directly effects their opportunities to move to these same neighborhoods, which often come with newer and better equipped schools (there’s two high schools currently being built on the edge of town in my city).

All of this goes to show the subliminal effects of white supremacy in this country. All of this is subtle to most people. It’s not as jarring as the images of the police with their knees on Black necks. But, it’s just as damaging. Until the social fabric of this country is significantly altered, significant change isn’t going to happen.

Flashback: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal,” the 1968 Kerner Commission report warned.

“What white Americans have never fully understood — but what the Negro can never forget — is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.”

Indeed.

Apple launches major new Racial Equity and Justice Initiative projects to challenge systemic racism, advance racial equity nationwide

From Apple Newsroom:

Apple today announced a set of major new projects as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) to help dismantle systemic barriers to opportunity and combat injustices faced by communities of color. These forward-looking and comprehensive efforts include the Propel Center, a first-of-its-kind global innovation and learning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); an Apple Developer Academy to support coding and tech education for students in Detroit; and venture capital funding for Black and Brown entrepreneurs.

I’m a believer the less you limit your talent pool, the better overall things become. This is a step in the right detection of diversifying the developer community, which can only help to bring some new great ideas into the fold. Kudos to Apple for this.

State senator seeks answers on whether Nebraska AG had role in urging Capitol protest

Paul Hammel, writing for omaha.com:

A day before the Capitol was stormed and ransacked, the fundraising arm of the Republican Attorneys General Association — of which Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is a member — issued robocalls urging supporters of President Donald Trump to march to the Capitol and “stop the steal,” NBC News reported over the weekend.

Ope.

70TB of Parler users’ data leaked by security researchers

Vilius Petkauskas, writing forCyberNews

The scrape includes user profile data, user information, and which users had administration rights for specific groups within the social network. Twitter user @donk_enby, who first announced about the scrape, claims that over a million video URLs, some deleted and private, were taken. 

“These are original, unprocessed, raw files as uploaded to Parler with all associated metadata,” claims one of the authors.

Security researchers claim that the scrapped posts are linked to accounts that posted them, and some of the video and image data have geolocation information. That is said also to include data from Parler’s “Verified Citizens,” users of the network who verified their identity by uploading photographs of government-issued IDs, such as a driver’s license.

I’m not at all surprised by this. I’ve never used Parler, but I’ve heard many things structurally weren’t implemented well, including inconsistent success with photo and link posts and overall formatting. The service sounds half-baked to say the least.

Then there’s the fact Parler is funded by Rebekah Mercer, the same family who funded Cambridge Analytica. As John Gruber said back in November, “To say these people operate in bad faith is to give “bad faith” a bad name.”

Parler app and website go offline; CEO blames Apple, Google

9to5Mac, quoting CNET:

Parler Chief Executive John Matze posted on his service late Saturday that Amazon had informed him it would no longer host his service on its Amazon Web Services platform […]

“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the marketplace,” Matze wrote, adding that his service had become “too successful too fast.” He didn’t initially address his platform’s comparatively lax moderation rules or its use by extremists ahead of the Capitol Hill riot. He also didn’t mention increasing concerns that social media apps, including Parler, were being used to organize another attack in the coming weeks.

Parler catered to a segment of America who they knew was problematic. They only have themselves to blame for this.

Twitter permanently suspends President Donald Trump

Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny, writing for NBC News :

Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Friday, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

The president’s account was initially banned for 12 hours on Jan. 6 due to “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” after he used the platform to tweet condemnation against Vice President Mike Pence as his supporters stormed the Capitol.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a tweet.

This should have happened years ago.

RIP Tommy Lasorda

Eugene Wright, Jazz Bassist, Dead at 97

The lost art of deep listening

Randall Roberts, writing for Los Angeles Times:

But most of us are half-assed when it comes to listening to albums. We put on artists’ work while we’re scrolling through Twitter, disinfecting doorknobs, obsessively washing our hands or romancing lovers permitted within our COVID-free zones. We rip our favorite tracks from their natural long-player habitat, drop them into playlists and forget the other songs, despite their being sequenced to be heard in order.

I previously mentioned listening to just one album in this manner. Three would definitely be a full on exercise.

Randall also mentions one of my favorite albums:

In 2006, the Staten Island rapper Ghostface Killah, best known as a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, issued his fifth studio album. It’s about wine’s evil cousin, cocaine. Called “Fishscale,” the album is an hourlong, Tarantino-style action-adventure film, and one of three albums I programmed for a recent night with music.

After a cuss-heavy intro, “Fishscale” commences with “Shakey Dog,” a cinematic punch akin to a car chase opening an action movie. We’re with Starks on the way to a robbery. He’s in the backseat eating fish and dipping French fries into ketchup. He drops tartar sauce on his shoe, a portent that the advancing plot might not go as planned. By the end of the song, nearly a dozen people are dead and a bullet has grazed our hero’s ear.

I’ve always felt “Shakey Dog” should get the short film treatment, because that’s exactly what it is. Just that track alone. And there’s still a whole album ahead of it.

But, I feel like one of the only people on Earth who knows about the glory of Fishscale. I listened to this album back when I used to listen to albums more. I would pickup something new, listen to it track by track, and score every song from one through five stars. I distinctly remember Run the Jewels’ first album getting fives across the board. I miss doing this.

Adam Silver acknowledges possibility of NBA expansion

Tim Bontemps, writing for ESPN.com:

Should the league choose to expand, Seattle would likely be first in line. Seattle nearly got the Sacramento Kings in 2013 before Vivek Ranadive bought the team and kept it in Sacramento. Seattle hasn’t had a team since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

I’ve had the feeling it wouldn’t be long, with Cimate Change Arena (formerly the Seattle Center Colosseum aka Key Arena) nearly complete, the return of the SuperSonics couldn’t be far off. The sentiment I’ve heard a few times now is that the guys with the Seattle Kraken wanted a couple seasons alone, so hockey could gain a foothold in the region. I’ve also gathered that the hockey guys know some basketball guys. Another note, but Kraken ownership also stated they would not use any form of a green & gold color scheme, stating that was reserved for the Supes. It all adds up to me, in my estimation, we could see the Sonics again by 2025.

Bring ‘em back!!!

Daily Links - Dec 19

Daily Links - Dec 18

  • 🖥 Facebook, Facebook Messenger top iOS 14 tracking charts - iMore
  • 🏛 Supreme Court punts on Trump bid to exclude immigrants from census - Politico
  • 🏈 Drew Brees expected to start for the Saints on Sunday against the Chiefs - Canal Street Chronicles

If you’ve ever needed a good rundown of the BS Facebook is doing to you, deletefacebook.com has you covered.

MLB recognizes Negro Leagues as an official major league

Anthony Castrovince, writing for MLB.com:

Addressing what MLB described as a “long overdue recognition,” Commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday bestowed Major League status upon seven professional Negro Leagues that operated between 1920 and 1948. The decision means that the approximately 3,400 players of the Negro Leagues during this time period are officially considered Major Leaguers, with their stats and records becoming a part of Major League history.

It’s about time! Now, can we get Buck O’Neil into the Hall of Fame?