I just got back from a 7-day silent meditation retreat, ask me literally anything because I haven’t spoken to anyone in seven days

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 used to try to keep track of every single uncanny coincidence in my journal, as though I could look at them all later and discern the grand pattern of meaning in the universe.

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.

The feeling I get when I see formatting issues in great writing due to pasting rich text into an HTML-based CMS is akin to seeing the contents of a great writer's underwear drawer. I think this is a PSA.

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 deleted the Slack “Mac app” and replaced it with pinned browser tabs, and I can’t shake the feeling that this is actually what the company wants me to do.

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.

German team tests seemingly physics-defying EM Drive. Preliminary results suggest that its thrust comes from some of the electronics interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field, that there are no novel physics involved, and that it would not work in space. [ᔥ Slate Star Codex]

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.

WWDC wishlist:

  • Reading List 2.0
  • Notes editor improvements
  • Podcasts for Watch
  • Music nav improvements (genre > artist > album)
  • big watchOS 5 with API parity
  • Siri intent expansion (and 3rd-party Siri face data)
  • better iOS background sync for apps

None of this seems crazy.

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.

Drew and I just published the 10th episode (actually episode 8.5, and there was also a “special”) of @internetfriends, and I think we’re really onto something. If you like the show, please rate and review it in iTunes, so we can get it in front of more internet friends!

Number 1 WWDC wishlist item: Synced scroll position in Reading List. I don’t even care if it’s fancy. Just add a query string to the URL with the percentage and sync that.

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 think this is the strongest @internetfriends yet:

“It takes more than simply hanging out to build community. It takes shared goals, and these days, it could be argued, violent video games are providing that better than so-called ‘social’ apps are.”
8: War Stories