Grawlixes & Ephemera


Levels of granularity

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One thing I’ve noticed among many time-oriented apps is that they will count seconds. Is it particularly helpful for you to know that you spend 3 minutes and 18 seconds reading a book or washing your right toe? (That you spend three minutes washing your toe is appalling enough; the eighteen seconds in addition are

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Urban legends versus Reality

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In researching an essay, I came across a Francis Ford Coppola quote: An essential element of art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been see before? I always like to say that cinema without risk is like having no sex and

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How Big is the RSS Reader Market, Anyway?

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When I first read Jared Sinclair’s post on Unread’s finances, I was admittedly puzzled. He’d made $32K in six months on a single app in a crowded market. Wasn’t that something to be proud of? Yet reading the details, I understood the depression, for want of a better expression, of having invested a lot of

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Kill Your Darlings

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Kan-Do for iOS has always had a tabbed interface.1 Back when the app was named “Now & When”, I labelled the tabs thus: I had wanted only two tabs, “Now” and “When”, to reflect the name of the app, but I didn’t have a good place for history. So it got its own tab. The

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What’s in a Name?

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When it came to naming the time management app, I had a few ideas: Quotidian Chores & Devotions The Time of Your Life Now & When [TimeBox] I’m fond of the “something & else” construction — it became my intention to name every app I produced in this form — and I was partial to

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