🎡 Wand - Laughing Matter

Really digging this new album. For fans of older, fuzzy Radiohead.

A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Visit for the amazing art, stay for the vision of a forward thinking economy and just society that tackles climate change head on.

Record Store Day pick ups!

First night of indoor soccer. All on the same team!

Subscription Hostages - Signal v. Noise β†’

This is one of the main reasons I enjoy subscriptions on iOS. I can view all in one place, then cancel or re-subscribe with a couple taps.

Adding pagination to the Hyde theme (Micro.blog)

I finally sat down and took a look at Hugo themes last night to add pagination to the Micro.blog-hosted Hyde theme. Turns out, it was much easier than I expected!

Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure Hyde is selected as your current theme.
  2. In the Custom Theme section, click the Edit Custom Themes button.
  3. Click the New Theme button to create a custom theme based off of Hyde. (Name it whatever you’d like…)
  4. Select that theme to go the templates view.
  5. Click New Template to create the pagination partial with the filename and location:
  6. Add this code to that template and click Update Template:
  7. Click on the list template:
  8. Add this code: above the last
    {{ end }}
    and click Update Template
  9. At the end of the Hyde.css file find the second to last #post-nav block and add
    text-align: center;
    to center the pagination at the bottom.
  10. Once you make those changes, go back to the Micro.blog Design tab and select your Custom Theme. Click Update Microblog Settings to use these theme changes.

That should be it!

Zoey was so excited to get her braces off today!

Picked up another all-time fave: Ctrl by SZA

Finally saw Captain Marvel today with the family. We loved it and my geek heart exploded with every little Easter egg.

Announcing 7-Day Music Club

I’m pleased to announce a new project I am launching with a few long-time music loving friends: 7-Day Music Club.

The premise: we feel that the current digital age of music has not only damaged the album as a collection of songs, but our relationship to it and the artist. That feeling of holding the album in hand, pouring over the lyric sheets and inserts, and repeated/focused listens – are all a thing of the past for many people.

Our plan: 7-Day Music Club is a community that will celebrate albums as a social, shared experience through focused listening and storytelling. Each week we will focus on one crucial album from our collection to encourage a deep, 7-day focused listening session and conversation.

Our full site – including a blog, newsletter, and message board – will launch in early May. Visit today to sign up for our newsletter and be notified when we launch!

Song Exploder: Sharon Van Etten

Such a great episode from one of my favorite artists.

Americans Borrowed $88 Billion to Pay for Health Care Last Year, Survey Finds

I’m not sure how anyone can think the status quo is sustainable.

The Mrs. and I saw Rent for the first time today. The second act was top notch!

Just another Friday night selling Girl Scout cookies. Thankful it’s the last weekend for another year.

Our first experience with travel hockey tryouts is in the books after four years of house hockey. My bank account is in pain, but feeling good about where we landed. Zoey took it all in stride and thoroughly enjoyed it all, so thankful for that…

Got my copy of 3 Feet High and Rising today. So amazing! Transported back to my early teenage years when it first came out β€” the whole album has held up very well. 🎡

Ok, I created a Shortcut that you can use from within Apple News to create a markdown link of the canonical article URL in Drafts. No more Apple News URLs and redirects!

The danger of ‘I already pay for Apple News+’ - TechCrunch

A good counterpoint to my post from today.

Congrats to @Agiletortoise on the release of Drafts on the Mac. Just imported my Bear notes, organized my tags and workspaces, and cleaned up my inbox – going to try to use Drafts as my main text notes app going forward.

re: Apple News vs. RSS – Snakes and Ladders

Apple News vs. RSS – Snakes and Ladders

Guess what you see when you look at your RSS reader? Exactly what you chose to subscribe to. Neither less nor more.

Agreed, 100%. I think the problem with a lot of these Apple News silo posts is that it’s portrayed as a binary choice. It’s not. You can use Apple News and a feed reader, which is what I do…

Apple News, for me, is where all high volume and mass media subscriptions go (so magazines fit well here) and my feed reader (Feedbin) is for everything else, plus any site where I don’t want to miss any post.

High volume, multi-topic sites in feed readers are a nightmare, so that’s where Apple News can provide value. For Apple News to work well, you need to do a couple things:

  1. In General Settings > News, check the ‘Restrict Stories in Today’ to only display stories from channels you follow.

  2. Subscribe to a good number of channels and topics. I am up over 60 at this point…

  3. Use it! The more you read, love, and dislike stories, the better your device gets at recommending things to read.

No, Apple News is far from perfect. It IS closed, no read/unread state, no portability, there are minimal controls for changing the reading experience, etc, etc. (Text IS selectable and shareable on my device, so not sure where that negative came from…)

Ultimately, I want journalism to survive and prosper in the Internet age. We need it, now more than ever. The current model obviously isn’t working (advertising supported anything promotes clickbait, as we’ve all seen) and I don’t think a $10+ subscription for every site/thing under the universe is the solution either.

The Apple News+ bundle is a tremendous value if you are interested in even a handful of the publications involved AND Apple can provide enough of a market for it to possibly benefit the news industry – revenue that isn’t dependent on advertising, so that’s at least a start. I’m not sure it’s the best idea or the solution, but time will tell. In the end, if it gets the masses used to regularly paying for digital content, then I am all for it.

Today’s pickup: Broken Social Scene. One of my all-time favorites.

Last fall my father-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Our entire family, including his seven grandchildren, are cheering him on every day as he battles this horrible cancer. In June we will be doing the Ride for Roswell to raise money in honor of his battle and Roswell’s mission to end cancer. Your thoughts, donations and support would be greatly appreciated!

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