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🌱 My Search Engine Is Perhaps My Favourite Tech Service

There’s a lot of talk about Google Search these days β€” and how AI is affecting the search quality. Parts of the algorithm even leaked recently, showing that they’ve actively lied to the public. And the general discussions surrounding whether Google is getting worse, has been going on for way longer. But I’ve sidestepped this whole thing…

A while ago, in my quest to use less stuff from the largest tech companies (and due to privacy concerns), I used DuckDuckGo for over a year. But while I liked the design, I found myself having to type !g, and go to Google, to find what I was looking for.

Then I tried Neeva (RIP). And I liked that I didn’t have to scroll past ads, but the Norwegian results were terrible.

However, for the last two years, I’ve used Kagi Search β€” and ever since, it’s been one of my absolute favourite tech products. And yesterday they published a blog post called What is next for Kagi?, which I liked, and that spurred this post.**Β 

I like being the customer

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An Introduction to Mad Max

I recently saw a film poster to Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga - so I thought I’d might watch Mad Max: Fury Road again. I think I remembered it being pretty good - but after rewatching it, I thought: “Uhm, I think this is the best film I’ve ever seen??"

So I’ve spent some time the last two weeks getting into the Mad Max Franchise. I’ve always known about it, but never really had a relationship to it. But now I’m a fan!

This post is a part of a sort-of series I'm calling "Noob teaching noobs". So I absolutely don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to Mad Max, or films in general!

I’m not going into why Fury Road is so amazing here. Instead I’m going to give some pointers on how to get into the series.

Worth your time

There are many famous franchises out there - but most of them take a little lifetime to get into. There’s so much Star Wars/Trek, Game of Thrones or Marvel stuff out there. But Mad Max is much more manageable, and the high notes are so great, that it’s absolutely worth your time.

You can absolutely just watch Fury Road, without doing anything else before it. If you’re going that route, you can read this little footnote for a tiny bit of background. πŸ‘‰πŸ» 1

I watched Fury Road blind, and then went back to the three old ones - but it could also be fun to simply watch them in chronological order!

Mini reviews of the first three

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Both, and the Fediverse at large, sometimes feel like they’re just a few puzzle pieces away from being really great. And recently, added one of those pieces!

Because, you could already follow my blog, via the username, on things like Mastodon. And if you saw one of my posts on your timeline, you could comment on it directly. However, it was a bit difficult to comment on it from the website here. But look at this beautiful piece as the bottom of my posts now:

And when you click through one of the links, you get sent back to the post and can add your comment.

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🌱 Why I Use Fastmail

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A couple of months ago, I “recruited” a friend to use the e-mail service Fastmail. And today, in a group chat, I “bragged” about me getting paid a sweet 50 cent (like it’s my birthday) for this! 1 πŸ™ŒπŸ»

One of my friends, obviously very impressed by my business acumen, asked “Well, what’s your pitch for Fastmail?” β€” and this post is my answer to him! And if I’m lucky, I’ll get a whole dollar next month. πŸ™πŸ»

The Fastmail logo.

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Lovely Attention to Detail

I love unnecessary details. I know that, for many people, this has about zero value. But even if it doesn’t serve a function (and there is an argument for the example in the video below having a function), small things like this simply brings joy. For instance, my mom’s car is nicer than mine - and one of the small things, is that the thump you get when you close the door, is so much nicer! And software can give this feeling as well.

Video from Quinn Nelson's (Snazzy Labs) Threads account.

Two quick tips for apps (that I’ll write more about later) that has excellent feel: Bike and Paper

I mean, just look at the way the text moves in Bike! 😍

🌱 Lead Paint Is Amazing

On “Usefulness” and “Harmfulness”

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Why are people so down on putting lead in paint? I mean, as Wikipedia puts it:

Lead is added to paint to accelerate drying, increase durability, maintain a fresh appearance, and resist moisture that causes corrosion. (…)

(…) very popular with artists because of its density and opacity; a small amount could cover a large surface.

And about the alternatives:

Titanium white has far greater opacity and tinting strength than lead white, and it can easily overpower most other pigments if not mixed carefully. Titanium white has been criticised for leading to “chalkiness” in mixtures.

Zinc white dries slowly and creates a relatively inflexible paint film. Critics of the pigment argue that its use leads to excessive cracking and delimitation, even when used sparingly.

Why the hate for the great technology that is lead paint!?

Well, the answer is pretty simple: “Usefulness” and “harmfulness” are completely independent spectres.

I see this conflated a lot in discussions surrounding AI: People who are wary of the harm transformer models can cause, often also call them “useless hallucination machines”. And others, will respond to the claims of harm by pointing to the usefulness.

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A Simple Embroidery Design

There’s a first time for everything

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My wife has received an embroidery book from her grandma, and wanted to give a little gift to her from it. She liked this heart in it - but wanted to make it large enough to be able to write “Mormor” inside of it. 1

She has a lot on her plate, so I wanted to help. So here’s my scaled up adaptation.

I'm working on adding lazy loading to the images on this site - so I thought a little thing like this would be a nice way to test it. Please let me know if you find some image bugs!

The app and process

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Yes, the iPad Pros Needed to Be Thinner

I won’t be buying the new iPads, as I’ll keep rocking my 11-inch 2018 (with Magic Keyboard). But one thing has been bugging me about the early coverage of the new models, that I wanted to address. 1

Because, when I watched the Keynote and saw that the new iPad Pro models were thinner and lighter, I immediately went “Nice!”. But I kept seeing (and hearing) comments like this, here exemplified by David Pierce (whom I really like!) on The Verge: 2

Basically, the point is, “Who asked for this? Why not make it thicker and increase the battery life?” Nilay (Patel) agrees with this β€” but then, six(!) minutes later, answers the question: 3

So yeah, not a long time between them not understanding why they made it thinner and lighter, and complaining about it being too thick and heavy…

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Game Changing CSS Trick (for Noobs Like Me)

OK, I just learned a brilliant CSS technique I wish I knew about much sooner! This is probably old news for most of you wizards out there - but maybe this little post can be useful for some fellow newbies?

This is one of my "Noob teaching noobs" posts. Some experts are excellent teachers - but not all. Hopefully, these posts can be helpful due to their layman nature, but please contact me if I'm misinforming!

Here are some examples of selectors I could see myself using:

h1 {} -> Styling Header 1 (h1) elements.

h1:hover {} -> Style when hovering h1.

h1::after {} -> A pseudo-element (like a line) related to h1.

h1:hover::after {} -> The pseudo-element when I hover over h1.

h1 a {} -> A link (a) within an h1 element.

h1 a:hover {} -> When I hover over one of those links.

.page-content h1:hover {} -> When I hover an h1 that’s within .page-content.

Put into context, I could do:

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Make a Click Wheel Mode for the Apple TV Already!

In this week’s episode of the excellent Hemispheric Views podcast, the hosts discussed features they’d (more or less seriously) like to see make a return in their technology. One of the picks was the Click Wheel, which Apple, in the infamous Apple Watch reveal, mentioned in the same sentence as other great input methods, such as the mouse, multitouch screens and the πŸ’«Digital Crownβ„’οΈπŸ’«.

Still, it’s mostly forgotten since then β€” but actually almost got some love when they updated the Apple TV remote.

The previous Apple TV remote next to the new one, on a nice wooden table.

Image by The Verge.

Now, I’m actually one of the dozen of people who didn’t mind the previous Apple TV remote (the one on the left in the image above). Still, I agree that the new one is an improvement. But what’s really bothering me about the new one, is that they’re so close to making it great.

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