The expression “climate protesters” doesn’t put the focus on the right thing. They’re not protesting against climate, they’re protesting human activity that destroys the climate and the environment, which ultimately leads to our doom. Maybe we need a word that encompasses all of that?

I’m not much for piling it on but I find it hard to disagree with anything from Gruber’s take on the Safari 15 tabs:

[T]he first job of any tab design ought to be to make clear which tab is active. I can’t believe I had to type that sentence. But here we are.

These tabs are indeed a terrible UI in many regards, and I have the same gripes about which tab is active, the favicon doubling as close button, and the general disorientation. I also think that the Apple trend to hide UI elements is a failure of design.

But on top of that I’ve been deploring Apple seemingly making changes for the sake of change. It used to be evolutionary and it kept my device feeling new. But things have changed. Many updates from Apple now feel arbitrary and unproductive. To the point where it now makes me feel like I don’t own my device.

Because at any point Apple may decide to ship an update to something I’ve grown to really like that breaks my relationship with it and I find myself having to rebuild that relationship. The Safari 15 tabs are like that. I didn’t ask for this change, but it’s forced on me. I work in tech, but my mother doesn’t. If I have difficulty with some of these changes, how is my mother supposed to feel like she has any kind of grip on technology?

The aim of design is to make things for people that they find intuitive and pleasurable to use. At a very basic level, it is to solve people problems. That is what is being lost here.

I don’t get it. People buy TVs that watch them, use phone apps that track them, wear the seatbelt that the government tells them to, but when it comes to a free vaccine that could save their life they would rather go through the trouble of finding and paying for a fake vaccine passport?

I dreaded watching it a little bit because I feel like so many of these things are preaching to the choir, but the Kurzgesagt video Can YOU Fix Climate Change is really good. They do a great job of exposing the scale of the problem and balancing personal versus systemic responsibility.

You know, I haven’t seen my team in person for almost two years and we’ve shipped a shit ton of features during that period. So I think COP26 and all subsequent ones can be held remotely.

For all the flak Apple has received from developers about seemingly arbitrary rejections, at least there is a dialog and a back and forth.

I have a client who’s been stuck in Google Play Store suspension hell for 4 weeks for a new app submission. They provided the necessary paperwork and used all the channels, but have not heard a single peep from Google. It’s an absolutely inscrutable black hole.

COP26 is coming and the Paris Agreement has been an absolute joke. I was saying it then that checking on each other only every 5 years is not enough. Governments come and go within that time frame. The incentive is not there. There is no enforcing mechanism.

At the very least, countries need to look each other in the eyes once a year and fess up. They may report they failed to meet their goals for the year, but at least we’ll know 4 years earlier.

Additionally, an international fund administered independently must be set up for rich countries to make mandatory contributions to help developing countries. Time for countries to fill out their world tax forms.

Today I feel I have no patience left for the anti-vax crowd. It’s not about you, it’s about everybody else you cross path with. I don’t give a rat’s ass whether you get COVID and get hospitalized. But news flash, biology 101 says it’s a transmissible disease. And people die. Wake up. All you have to do to save other people’s lives is line up and get a jab in your arm. Boohoo.

Sure there is a time to be concerned about the government telling us what to do, but this is not it. This isn’t politics, ideology or government, this is healthcare professionals who are bending over backwards left and right to save lives. Because they care and because no society in history has ever been this lucky to have this amount of science looking out for us. They even want you to live, first-world whiner and all, fancy that.

No federal party offers clear path on how to wind down fossil fuel production

There you go. That’s the Canadian election in a nutshell, and by extension our government for the last 6 years. I’ve been saying it ad nauseam for years but it’s true: there is no plan.

Figuring out how to wind down our financial reliance on oil money is Canada’s existential problem no 1, and evidently the government has zero people working on it.

I love Genevieve Guenther’s reframing of the words used to talk about climate change, and this is a year old but I just learned of it:

[S]he wished the moderator hadn’t framed the question as whether Pence “believed” that man-made climate change was making extreme weather worse. “It’s not the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus. The question is: Do you ‘understand’ or ‘accept’ climate science?” she said.

And this old favorite of mine:

She has written that, instead of thinking of climate change as something that “we are doing,” most people should think of it as “something we are being prevented from undoing.”

I’m fed up of reading people running to incorrect conclusions about Apple and privacy. First of all, no, Apple is not going to “scan” your device. Two, Google and Facebook do “scan” your entire life and behaviour and you’re all numbed blind to it. Get a grip and redirect your anger. Geeze.

For all the talks of people not trusting vaccines and not trusting science, it is the science that has delivered during this pandemic, and politics and policies that have not. Science has given us sound advice and vaccines, but the policies to use them and distribute them are subpar.

My wife and I have puzzled over the awkwardness of people bitching about their spouse, the person they chose to be with, the person they’re supposed to love and cherish:

But bonding over a ‘joking’ disdain for your spouse is more than an innocuous social phenomenon—it’s become a bandaid for the broad simmering resentment in so many American marriages.

In particular, I’m amazed that gender equality within relationships is retreating, not improving.

“No more talk, time for action” sometimes sounds like this:

I just want to be alive. I want all of us to just be alive. It is hard to accept the way things are, to know that the fight is outside the realm of argument and persuasion and appeals to how much it all hurts in every way. It is terrifying to know that the prize for many who care may be prison or worse. But all the right words about climate have already been deployed.

There should be a setting for not wanting to be bothered by surveys. Yes I bought a thing and I used a service from you. I voted with my money. Leave it at that.

I haven’t tried macOS Monterey yet, but the new Safari tabs and URL bar UI intuitively seems like a usability no-no. Unpredictable location of a UI elements? Adding clicks for commonly used functions? Loss of color recognition signals in identifying UI elements? None of these things sound like a good idea in terms of UI design. Smells like form over function. Will I change my mind once I’ve tried it? We shall see.

Well it took 36 hours but my 2nd dose side effects did subside. That was unusual for me since I rarely get sick and I can only remember one flu vaccine that made me feel down for a day but not like this. So glad it’s done!

Whoa they weren’t kidding that the second vaccine dose might come with more side effects. I got all of them today. Sore arm, weakness, headache, aches, fever. I hope tomorrow will be easier.

I got my second vaccine shot tonight. The nurse who administered it was so lively and happy. She was going down the aisle of people waiting, approaching each one as if they were the first person she was giving the vaccine to, not like she had done this thousands of times already. Truly a humbling and enjoyable experience. Thank you to all the healthcare workers out there! ❤️

As a general privacy and safety rule of thumb, I don’t browse the web while logged in and I don’t use social login. That means when I go to a site, I log in with email and password, do my thing, log out. Nobody needs to know when I’m logging in somewhere, nor where I’m browsing to after that, thanks.

But then there is Medium:

“Medium does not support passwords.”

Sure, the proliferation of accounts and passwords is a pain, but these alternatives are not the solution.

Great plea from Lauren Goode to let people control what memories we want to be reminded of, if any at all:

The internet is clever, but it’s not always smart. It’s personalized, but not personal. It lures you in with a timeline, then fucks with your concept of time. It doesn’t know or care whether you actually had a miscarriage, got married, moved out, or bought the sneakers.

I wish someone made flip phones cool again. Seriously. Look at a smartphone today. Cut it in two, slap a hinge between the top and bottom, et voilà. Same concept as the cheap flip phones of old, but with two screens, one for the display and one for the input (keypad, keyboard, etc). If Apple made one that only supported calling, texting, notifications for say $300? I would totally buy it.

I’m very happy with the 1Blocker new firewall feature that blocks in-app trackers. The iOS 14.5 requirement for apps to ask permission to use the IDFA is good, but nothing like blocking apps from using other means to track me. This thing is gold. ⭐️