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Daring Fireball: Only Apple

Great article. There’s a lot of words, but it’s very well written and moves along at a good clip.

The article contrasts of the Apple today vs. where it was years ago, largely with the help of Tim Cook’s strengths as CEO.

Ars: Tracking goes offline

Why online tracking is getting creepier. Great, short article about an important topic.

“Email?” “No, thanks”

The long and the short from this article is that you should not give retailers or most any company your email address, if you can help it.

It used to be common practice to ask if you wanted to share your email address. The new pattern is to just ask for your address outright, as if it’s required.

In most any case you can just say “no, thank you,” and be on your way. You get all the perks, perhaps tinged with a slight moment of social awkwardness as you deviate from the standard script.

Global Opt-out

There are a number of good links, though these two are likely worth visiting ASAP: DMA Choice and LiveRamp Opt-Out. You can have these companies that gather addresses take you off their list, if only for a few years at a time.

BU/The Onion: Fiscal New Year Party

BU is pushing pretty hard with their latest fundraising efforts, mimicking an Onion article from 2001 titled Accountants Pack Times Square For Fiscal New Year.

I get it. It’s weird to see New Years things half way into the year, so you pay attention and then try to see why this letter took months to get to your house.

Now, at least, I know the proper response to these pecuniary pleas: frowning while holding a diet soda wrapped in a paper bag, shouting politely with a tie wrapped around your head.

SoundCloud: Lenzman LatS Promo Mix

Great mix. I sought it out after looking up Nick‘s review of Looking at the Stars in THUMP. Really looking forward to this release.

Hammock Bear

Photo is hilarious. Seriously, don’t feed bears, but do make sure you have a camera handy at all times.

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Hilarious. Just watched a squirrel edge in on a game of outdoor Bocce. Didn’t know what it was doing, but it chased every throw quite expertly