George Black

Dead Data

January 3, 2020

Will our listings on Ancestry.com link to 10,000 photos we once uploaded to Facebook?

Will third-party companies collect our ancient data, and keep it only for a fee? Or auction it off like abandon storage units?

Is it worth storing a tweet from 2,000 years ago?

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How We Are Going to the Moon →

December 31, 2019

A whole new generation (myself included) will experience a moon landing for the first time – I couldn’t be more giddy about this!

Also:

It also includes a dedicated lunar station in orbit around the Moon, called Gateway. … Gateway is the ideal hub between Earth and all that lies beyond.

We’re not only going back, we’re staying.

More info on Artemis can be found here.

Stab a Book, the Book Won't Die →

November 20, 2019

If habits define identity, then given the amount of time so many of us devote to reloading Twitter, opening Netflix, checking reddit, et cetera, are most of our identities that of media addict?

A Small Handful of Mac Apps

July 5, 2019

I freaking love macOS. I joined the club when cat names were cool. My first Mac was a Mac mini rocking Mountain Lion.

Apple’s WWDC19 revealed a glimpse into the future of building software for macOS. No longer will it be siloed with its own UI framework. Instead, apps can be composed with UIKit and SwiftUI, neither of which is Mac-only.

As someone that loves a good native Mac app, the future of the platform looks bright.

Before Apple opens the floodgates with the release of Catalina, I wanted to share my list of beloved Mac apps that are here and now.

macOS app icons

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Push Your Shoes Down the Stairs

November 10, 2015

Abstract cave

I was sitting in a large open stairwell, with gaps beneath each stair that led to the lobby area below. I work as a leader at a children’s summer camp, and right now we’re in what we call “small group time”. I’m sitting in this stairwell with several other kids (think 8 to 11 years old) discussing what we learned today.

Clearly bored with the discussion, one kid decides to push objects through the opening in the stairs, sending them plummeting into the lobby below.

The first object he chooses is his own shoe.

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