I’ve created two online things for which I made contact cards with “birthdays,” so my calendar tells me how old they are each year. One is Ablaze Interactions, my company. The other is Grind Well. I finally have a blog that’s about something. I want GW to be my blog for decades.

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

I am totally in love with Grocery, an app that is nothing but a UI and thin layer of assistive AI for making grocery lists, built on top of Apple’s Reminders. Are there more Reminders apps like this, say, for shows or movies to watch?

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

I just checked to see how long it had been since I deleted all my Google accounts and stopped using any Google apps or services, and it was over a week ago. I haven't needed it for anything, and I've been on a 2,000-mile road trip since Wednesday.

It started as a semi-annual innocent check-in on how FastMail is doing. It ended four hours later, with my mail and calendars imported, my Drive files converted to Office formats on export, two G Suite accounts and a consumer Google account deleted. I don’t have one anymore.

My Micro Monday recommendation is @ricmac. He gave me my first shot at blogging-as-a-job at ReadWriteWeb, the tech commentary site that pioneered it all. Those were the days! Richard getting active on Micro.blog is a good sign for this service and its community.

New API-safe version of Cesium has earned them the “Unbelievable Tip ($4.99)” from me. This app makes it possible to listen to your actual honest-to-god music library in a humane way on iOS, no thanks to Apple. I live in fear of what happens when they kill iTunes.