Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ to Arrive on Apple Music Next Week

Gil Kaufman reporting for Billboard:

Less than 24 hours after JAY-Z’s 13th album, 4:44, dropped as a midnight exclusive on Tidal/Sprint on Friday (June 30), Billboard has learned that the confessional 10-track work will soon be available elsewhere.

A source confirmed that 4:44 will be added to Apple Music/iTunes next week after its one-week exclusivity window on Tidal

That didn’t take long.

Things Adds Repeating Tasks Within Projects

​Mick writing on the Cultured Code Blog:

One of the features requested the most is for repeating to-dos to also work inside of projects – and now they do! It’s great for long-term projects where you have daily or weekly tasks that need to be performed until your project is complete.

This is something that I’ve been waiting for for a while. I think “finally” is apt for this feature addition.

Prada’s Clip

Aaron Ramirez over at The NaN:

If you are in the market for something to throw an unnecessary amount of money on, then look no further. Prada has released a designer money CLIP, that allows you to hold all the pretention of two self absorbed ego’s in one sleek paperclip design.

Great write up about this “great” product.

Apple Announces New Activity Challenge to Celebrate National Parks

Brent Dirks writing for AppAdvice:

On Saturday, July 15, anyone worldwide with an Apple Watch can complete a walk, run or wheelchair workout of 3.5 miles to earn a special award and exclusive iMessage stickers.

The distance was chosen because it matches the length of a hike from Old Faithful to Mallard Lake in Yellowstone National Park – the first national park in the United States.

I love these activity challenges. I think Apple has definitely hit on something to get people out and about on special days.

Switching to WordPress

I’ve done it. I’ve migrated my site, or most of it, to a self-hosted WordPress. Previously I’d hosted Dragonami on Squarespace because it’s ridiculously easy to set up and maintain. I didn’t have to worry about anything but my content. Recently, though, I got the itch to try something new. I started dabbling around with HTML & CSS, messing around with a test site on GitHub Pages using Jekyll because it was free and easy.

There came a point where I realized that Jekyll wasn’t going to do it for me. So I bought some hosting and installed WordPress. In my previous attempts to use WordPress, I wasn’t happy with the free theme offerings. Most themes did one or two things I wanted, but none did all of them, and most didn’t handle them the way I wanted. So obviously the way to go is to write your own.

Here is where you stop me and say “Wait a minute Kristian, you know there are some great paid options.” I hear what you’re saying, and I looked. Most of the are super expensive, and this site is really just a hobby at this point. I’m not making any money from it, and I don’t know that I ever will, so it wasn’t worth it to me to spend the money. Additionally, I want to learn to do things myself. I may never be a fully fledged web developer, but I like to have at least a basic understanding of how my blog works.

With that in mind, I set out to something to explain to me what goes into a WordPress theme. After a few Google searches, I came across this excellent series of posts by Tania Rascia. What was great was that they didn’t just ask me to paste code into a file. Sure, you could do that (I chose to type in the code), but she explained to you what it did and how it worked with the greater WordPress system.

Learning ‘PHP’, the language WordPress is coded in, was easy enough. having taken a few programming courses over a few languages in college, once I learned the general syntax, I was off to the races. At this point, I know just enough to be dangerous, and can read and understand basic structures. Anything more complex, and I’m Googling to find out what’s happening. I’m still learning the finer points of organizing my website as far as HTML elements go. CSS is simple enough, though when I’m trying to do something specific, Google is again my go to.

At this point, the overall structure and design of Dragonami is hugely inspired by John Gruber’s ‘Daring Fireball’. Almost to the point of being a clone with a different logo and color scheme (sorry John). But I’m no designer, and I really like that aesthetic. Hopefully, should he ever come across my site, John will be flattered rather than upset. Or even better, maybe my skills will have progressed by then to the point that it’s an original expression of me and not just of something I find inspiring.

Some people use services like Squarespace because they want to just write. I thought that’s what I wanted too. But now I realize that a lot of my enjoyment comes from doing what Squarespace manages for me. So until I get bored, I’ll keep tweaking and adjusting this blog and learning more in the process.

Passive-aggression in the Age of iPhone

Kaitlyn Tiffany writing for The Verge:

Last summer, psychotherapist and “relationship expert” Lisa Brateman told Broadly that the decision about whether to turn on read receipts reflects on you as a person, as it’s an indication of how much control you need to have over your interactions.

That explains all of the unsettling and scary blog posts I was able to find, written by college students, laying out the ways in which they use read receipts as a weapon of passive-aggression and thereby manipulate their friends and lovers. […]

For Odyssey Online, two college students wrote similar, if less horrifying posts. In 2015: “Read-receipting someone’s message is equivalent to the silent treatment… I even know people who normally don’t have their read receipts on, but still turn them on when they are in an argument with someone just so they can read-receipt them.”

Some people have turned passive aggression into an art form.

Casey Liss & The MacBook Adorable

Casey Liss:

What I really want (what I really really want) is an iPad-sized device, with all the portability it provides, but with none of the drawbacks of, well, actually being an iPad.

Enter the MacBook, affectionately referred to by some as the “MacBook Adorable” or others as the “MacBook One”.

I’ve been teetering on the edge of buying one of these machines. I think this will be my next computer. Casey does a great job of reviewing the lastest and I strongly recommend giving his thoughts a read.

The Winners and Losers of the Senate Health Bill

Sam Baker writing for Axios:

The losers, broadly, are older consumers and the poor. Although the bill phases in its Medicaid cuts more slowly than its House counterpart, once they took effect, the Senate’s cuts would be deeper. And in the individual insurance market, older consumers would see their financial assistance shrink.

Once again it’s the sick, old, and poor who lose out. No surprise here.

The Gerrymandering Problem

Axios Reports:

Republican gains in statehouses during Obama’s first midterm produced a priceless advantage when House districts were redrawn after the 2010 census, and AP has quantified that in a fascinating way:

“Republicans [last year] won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats over what would have been expected based on the average vote share in congressional districts across the country. That helped provide the GOP with a comfortable majority over Democrats instead of a narrow one.”

This is why there needs to be a better way. Letting the party in power draw district lines is moronic. And that sentiment goes both ways, it doesn’t matter if it’s liberals or conservatives in power.

Snapchat’s Creepy New Feature

Dani Deahl reporting for The Verge:

When I first opened Snap Map, I saw the Bitmoji for one of my friends in a residential area. I presumed this was her home, and was able to zoom in close enough to estimate where she lived on that particular block. Then I called her. “This is a weird question,” I said, “but do you live at the intersection of X and Y? More particularly, one of these addresses?” I rattled off three house numbers on the street closest to where her Bitmoji appeared on Snap Map. One of them was correct. I’ve never been to her house.

Turned out, she didn’t know she had Snap Map enabled, and didn’t know it was showing her location every time she opened the app.

Companies should be more upfront about what features like this are actually doing. At best, it’s an oversight, and at worst its intentional misdirection.

Either way, considering that the primary audience of this app is teenagers, this should never have shipped this way.