I’m still testing and fixing things in my dev build of SwiftoDo 2.12.0. It feels weird to have gone so long without issuing a release. I hope to get everything done next week. I have a very full weekend of family activities ahead of me, though, so I can’t do much till Monday.

🎵 Carry On

On this bad and sad news day, remember:

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feed upon the ground and
Carry on

‘Cause we are, we are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we’re miles away
So we’ll come, we will find our way home

Fun.’s “Carry On” works well, and feels quite different, in this cover version by the cast of “Rise”.

🎵 Frozen: The Broadway Musical

Listening to the cast recording of “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” for the first time is a bit surreal for me. Compared to the movie, there are new songs, lyrics changes in existing songs, and, of course, different singers. I don’t think any of the changes are for the better. It’s hard to say for sure, though, because, as a parent of a little girl, I’ve heard the movie and the movie soundtrack about 1,000 times already, and it’s burned into my brain.

While I think I want a Nintendo Switch, I’m trying to make due for now with what I already have—an iPad Pro and a SteelSeries Nimbus controller. I’m not sure I even want to commit the time to gaming, but I am curious about the latest Mario and Zelda games.

Google’s attractive but less information dense redesign of Google News may be the thing that finally breaks my addiction to it.

Google's music and video streaming strategy is a mess

Engadget has it right. I have no idea what Google audio/video service I should ever consider subscribing to, and because music is tied in there, they don’t offer what I want (ad-free YouTube) at price that is reasonable to me. Maybe it doesn’t matter, because Google will just fold it and create an alternative service, with a different name, price, and product mix, in a couple years anyway.

As much as I rely on Google Search, and as much as I use, indifferently, Gmail, I just don’t understand Google as a company. Their central strategy appears to be “no strategy”. They try stuff out, kill it if it fails, and iterate on what succeeds. This process is fun to watch when the company is a young startup, but is a bit much to bear when they are one of the four pillars of the internet.

If my kids didn’t love YouTube, but hate the ads, I wouldn’t think about subscribing to YouTube Premium (or is it YouTube Red? or is it YouTube Music?) at all. If Google cared about customers like me—very light YouTube viewers who would pay a small amount of money to not be interrupted by ads—I would send them some money each month.

SwiftoDo 2.12.0 was looking pretty dire last night, but is now looking like it may be ready for release, thanks to some improvements I made today. I will do more testing this week to make sure.

Work has been heating up for me lately, which is good all around, but a change nonetheless. It’s good to have lots of work to look forward to each day. It’s bad to feel like there’s so much you can’t finish each day, too.

I’m loving the second season of “Westworld” so far. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together in the end.

I have been testing what I thought would be SwiftoDo’s next release build all day. All day, Dropbox has been throwing error messages, making me think my code is messed up. Now, the same code is not throwing those error messages. It must be internet weather or something.

Today was a great Mother’s Day. Probably the best I can remember. We just spent it at home, and at my in-laws’ home, with family.

🎵 Frightened Rabbit singer commits suicide 😥

(My original title was just an expletive.)

Body confirmed as missing Frightened Rabbit singer - BBC News:

“Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you”, it added.

“Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles.

“His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues.”

I’m so upset. I love Frightened Rabbit. It was no secret that Scott Hutchison suffered from depression, anxiety, and who knows what else—it’s all over his arch, wry lyrics. Go listen to “Keep Yourself Warm” to get an idea of what a great singer/songwriter he was.

Pure Gold from Pinboard's FAQ

I came across this tonight, as I was perusing Pinboard’s FAQ, trying to learn something different about the service that I have been ignoring for the past year or so.

Is it true the site admin can see private bookmarks?

Yes. I routinely look at raw bookmark data, which includes private bookmarks. Most of the time this means I look at URLs without any identifying context.

I try to avoid looking at private data on people’s individual pages. However, this is sometimes necessary in order to diagnose and fix bugs in Pinboard, such as search errors, or strange formatting in archived pages.

I use the metaphor of a hotel manager. I have a key that opens every room, but I try not to use it without a good reason. And I can assure everyone that five years of running this site has eliminated any trace of curiosity I might have had about what people bookmark.

(Emphasis is my own. 🤣)