7 Things This Week [#19]

A weekly list of things I found interesting, posted on Sundays. Sometimes themed, often not.

I’m trying a slightly different format this week, trying to give more context around the links I’m sharing. Let me know what you think!

  1. Steve Jobs in Kyoto — NHK WORLD - JAPAN

On our first visit, I told him about the temple’s unique visual trick,” says Oshima. The garden has fifteen stones but you cannot see all of them at once from a single vantage point.”

Oshima says Jobs immediately checked to see if this was true. He paced around, looking for the perfect spot to view the garden, but couldn’t find it.

Then I explained the significance of the number: 15 means completion. In the past, men were recognized to have reached adulthood at the age of 15. A night with a full moon is called Jyugoya’, or 15th night. The reason we can’t find all 15 rocks is that we’re still in a work in process.”

Captivating. There’s so much to see in the world. And apparently so much good sushi to eat!

  1. Apple TV Foundation Adaption Commissioned After One-Sentence Pitch — 9to5Mac

When Apple asked me if I could pitch it in one sentence — they sort of asked it laughingly — I said: It’s a 1,000-year chess game between Hari Seldon and the Empire, and all the characters in between are the pawns, but some of the pawns over the course of this saga end up becoming kings and queens.”

A one-sentence pitch. That’s hard to do. I couldn’t even do it to describe this link.

  1. Tesla’s Self Driving Subscription — MacSparky

I thought about buying another car but instead decided to try an experiment where I’d just use my E-Bike to get around town and use a Lyft anytime I needed to go to a meeting. After doing that for about a year, my monthly Lyft budget was right around $199. So I guess you could say I’ve already paid the $199 per month self-driving subscription.

Another option worth considering, especially if you already have one vehicle at home and rarely commute to work.

  1. DuckDuckGo Launches New Email Protection Service to Remove Trackers - The Verge

The Email Protection feature also integrates with the DuckDuckGo mobile browser and desktop browser extension, giving people the option to fill in their @duck.com” address or generate a disposable address that forwards email to their inbox. The mobile and desktop browser extensions are linked by opening a link on the Email Protection welcome email in your desktop browser.

From then on, when email is received, scanned, cleaned of trackers, and forwarded to your email, DuckDuckGo inserts a small bar at the top of the email notifying of any trackers removed. Clicking on that bar allows a user to get more information on the trackers blocked or deactivate a disposable address that has been compromised.

I’ve not gotten into the fake email game for newsletters, free trials, etc. It always seemed too much hassle to be worth it, especially if I end up enjoying the service and need to log in later. I might give Hide My Email a try this fall with iOS 15, but I’ll admit that I prefer DuckDuckGo’s method of striping out the offending trackers.

  1. A Close Look at the miniLED Backlighting in the 12.9-Inch M1-Powered iPad Pro — 9to5Mac

One of the headline features of this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro was the miniLED backlighting — or what Apple calls the Liquid Retina HDR display. A pair of new photos posted on Weibo provides a very close look at this tech.

You’ve got to check out the close-up photo in this article. I’ll never get over how the insides of Apple’s devices look so good, even though you’d never know.

  1. The Handshake of Generations — Kottke

This video got me thinking. 262 years’ worth of impact is a lot of responsibility, and so much opportunity to do good for others.

  1. Square Banking

For small businesses, Square has become a compelling one-stop shop. With their new banking service, you get access to sales faster, and can set up neat automations like saving a percentage of each sale toward a savings goal. That’s exactly how savings work in my mind. If I were to start a small business, I’d look first at Square.

Thanks for reading! If you found these things interesting too, or have something exciting to share, please drop me a line on Twitter!

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