Mute Social - Mute Filters for Twitter

Considering how much I use the Tweetbot mute filter regex feature, I’d considered making something like this for a long time now. I’m just so glad it exists, it’s well executed and I can contribute. Highest recommendations for those trying to stay on-top of their timeline or just because some Twitter trends are unbearable.

Chrome Preference Data Sync on OS X

After moving to a dual computer setup again, I’ve had to go through the motions of setting up sync for essential data. Whilst things have got better as sync tools like iCloud and the Dropbox File Sync API, there are some things that just won’t sync without some low level UNIX work.

One of these things is Chrome extension preference data. Whilst Chrome extensions sync, the Chrome engineers (for reasons I can’t think of) do not have the extension preferences sync. Thankfully you can do this yourself with Dropbox and a little Terminal work! Though note, this work around only works if your machines are running identical browser versions.

When researching setting up this workaround to sync data for the extension RES (Reddit Enhancement Suite), I found a few pieces of information unclear and vague when applying the procedure to OSX and Chrome, so I thought I’d post a more detailed and specific version to this case here.

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The Wildly Functional Studio of Video Wizard Casey Neistat

Part 2 & Part 3 of the tour.

I constantly find myself on such ends of the internet as Things Organised Neatly, r/Battlestations and The Setup lusting over gear and it’s organisation. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to love this. Whilst Casey’s studio might make aesthetic minimalists have an heart attack, it’s organisation is really damn cool. In the end I think you’ve got to be that organised to make videos of Casey’s caliber.

Tipping should be outlawed

Jason Kottke:

Elizabeth Gunnison Dunn offers six reasons why tipping, particularly at restaurants, should be eliminated.

Whilst tipping culture here in the UK isn’t quite as prevalent as it is in the US — I back these sentiments strongly. I think it’s hard for me to express my distaste for externalising the true cost of goods/services in any form, whether that be admission/credit card fee’s, unlisted taxes or tipping. Though the ambiguous nature of tipping makes it just that much worse.

Optimistically with some companies adopting more transparent and simplistic pricing models such as Über (Who are abolishing taxi tipping!), Unbranded and Square we’ll see a reduction of pricing asymmetry in the future. Though what’s more worrying is that some of us prefer the model of shitstorm pricing.

New BadBadNotGood Single — Hedron

In the advent of BadBadNotGood; an instrumental experimental hip-hop jazz trio, releasing a new single for free download today — I thought it’d be an appropriate time for a quick post about the band which got me through my recent exams.

In 2010 three members of BBNG formed over their shared love of both Jazz and Hip-Hop Artists such as DOOM, Odd Future and JDilla — and their debut Bandcamp album certainly reflects that. This self titled album and a lot of their newer work consists mostly of familiar Hip-Hop track covers — making a genre I’d previously been excluded from by purists entirely accessible. I think Sputnikmusic’s Dante Alighieri put the way BBNG are transcribing the two genres best: “A welcome reinterpretation of modern jazz without the pretense of snotty wine parties and thick rimmed hipster dinosaurs”.

Everything about BBNG I’ve heard and seen seems so fresh, not only because of the interesting fusion of two sounds — but also their ascend to relative popularity through embracing the internet way of distribution and promotion enabled by sites such as Bandcamp, Tumblr and Twitter. Their disclaimer on their second album is also particularly interesting:

No one above the age of 21 was involved in the making of this album. This album was recorded in one 10 hour session. Thanks to our friends, family, loved ones and anyone who fucks with us.

I tend to listen to instrumental music whilst working as lyrics tend to muck up my flow when writing essays.[1] In the past I’d been largely restricted to pure electronic/hip-hop though I’ve now been introduced to a new ambient sound to work to — I’m loving it.

I have the feeling a lot of people are also like me with an aversion to lyrical ambient work music, so if you want to give BBNG a chance their extensive YouTube channel is a good free place to start —following that with the free BBNG2 LP.


  1. Though whilst doing pure maths I can listen to lyrical content Wu-Tang, Deltron3030 and more recently JCole are particular favourites.  ↩

3D Printed Guns — A Vice Documentary

An interesting and provocative 20 minute documentary on Cody Wilson — the founder of Defence Distributed.

Not only does the 3D-printing of weapons bring up interesting questions regarding the law and morality of the practise — but also the engineering of these parts. The current receivers are direct clones of the metal counterparts so naturally with 3D-Printed plastic being weaker than the metal, the printed parts are failing. Though with practises like topology optimisation enabled by 3D printing and new printing materials — I’m confident that these printed receivers could be more durable, lighter and cheaper than their official metal equivalents in the near future.

The open source publishing platform DefCAD used for hosting the files for receivers, extended magazines and other controversial items without censorship is operational but needs funding. Luckily it accepts Bitcoin.

(Via Kottke)

Adam Savage On Tested — Raiders Of The Lost Ark Whip

Whatever you may think about Mythbusters[1], there’s no denying the great passion and gripping storytelling of Savage.

There’s a whole section on Tested.com dedicated to Adam talking through his prop making expertise, tutorials on doing it yourself and even a tour of his replica filled home office. I picked out the bullwhip video to embed over some of the technically impressive builds as the whip story makes the finished product that much cooler. I also may or may not have just watched them all back to back.


  1. See r/smyths to avoid the cringeworthy advertisement based structure much like this.  ↩

misjko:

The word “minimum” lies (up to 2 dots) on the curve y=sinx.

I’ve never understood why I enjoyed writing the word minimum so much — but this it explains it perfectly. I guess I’m just a sucker for sinusoidal patterns.
The author of my favorite blogs minimallyminimal has capitalized on the simple construction of the word minimal for his logo and signature on his artwork. Recognizable but subtle.

Talk about good branding — there’s no mystery why Microsoft hired him.

misjko:

The word “minimum” lies (up to 2 dots) on the curve y=sinx.

I’ve never understood why I enjoyed writing the word minimum so much — but this it explains it perfectly. I guess I’m just a sucker for sinusoidal patterns.

The author of my favorite blogs minimallyminimal has capitalized on the simple construction of the word minimal for his logo and signature on his artwork. Recognizable but subtle.

minimallyminimal logo

Talk about good branding — there’s no mystery why Microsoft hired him.

32GB Microsoft Surface Only Has 16GB Of Usable Space

Chris Armstrong on Microsoft Windows RT and Surface:

Considering Microsoft is a software company, this turn of events surprises me. I’d expect the software coming out of Microsoft to be great, and the hardware to be questionable. But it’s the other way around.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. I can imagine if Microsoft didn’t subscribe to the ‘No Compromises’ mantra and axed the limited Office only desktop functionality in Windows RT, they might be able to shed a few Gigabytes. Though a part of me believes that the Office functionality is the only way they’re going to see success with the Surface.

All this said though, the Surface does have me intrigued. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and use Windows 8 on something other than a mouse and keyboard in a virtual machine.