Hand-drawn​ maps from running routes

On the Strava blog they have just highlighted an artist and runner named Owen Delaney who creates these wonder map images after his runs:

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In the interview when asked about the process, Owen says:

I’ve always enjoyed looking at maps, but now I’ve got a good excuse for it! I’ve been finding more and more inspiration online from the map makers of years gone by, and a lot of the daily maps are following their styles, with the 17th & 18th century being my favorite eras. It amazes me how accurate they were hundreds of years ago, without all the technology we have today. So with that research, I tend to have an idea for how I want the map to look before I’ve been for my run (or occasional walk, I’ve not got the legs for running every day…), and with limited free time, I try to keep them pretty quick to do.

I personally find that using competition against friends inspires me to push harder and keep working out, but I love the idea of tying it to a creative act so you aren’t reliant on others.

Alto’s Odyssey is now out

I loved playing Alto’s adventure on iOS and now the sequel Alto’s Odyssey is now in the app store. I’m excited to get to play this and hope it’s as much as the first, and that I can finally beat it. I never did get that last goal in Alto’s Adventure.

Vanity Fair: How Twitter Lost the Internet War

How Twitter Lost the Internet War:

At the same time, her defenders say, Harvey has been forced to clean up a mess that Twitter should have fixed years ago. Twitter’s backend was initially built on Ruby on Rails, a rudimentary web-application framework that made it nearly impossible to find a technical solution to the harassment problem. If Twitter’s co-founders had known what it would become, a third former executive told me, “you never would have built it on a Fisher-Price infrastructure.” Instead of building a product that could scale alongside the platform, former employees say, Twitter papered over its problems by hiring more moderators. “Because this is just an ass-backward tech company, let’s throw non-scalable, low-tech solutions on top of this low-tech, non-scalable problem.”

If only Twitter would have built that first version with (Java|PHP|C|Go) they would have no problems. Every day​ at Twitter would be like interacting with unicorns and rainbows.

Keeping an Analog log book

This year I’ve started keeping a daily analog log book, that is inspired by Austin Kleon’s post, and this is the first time I’ve tracked what I do every day. Or rather what is important enough to write down every day.

The year is still early so I’ve only done it for a month and a half now but it really inspires me to focus on what matters to me, to spend a few minutes each reflecting on the day, and to practice my awesome drawing skills. What is great though is it’s not a full fledge diary and by using a very small notebook you are restricted to just the highlights. It makes it easy to skim through and remember certain days.

Iron Gold – Red Rising Book 4

June 2016 is when I started the Red Rising series and I was an instant fan. The series is fast paced and a ton of fun. After finishing the first three I heard a new book was underway and it finally came out this year and I just finished it.

Iron Gold is set in the future from book three and it feels a lot like a build up book where we are getting introduced to new characters that will continue the series through the next books. I felt a little let down by this book and I know it’s because much more is coming, but to me, ​it didn’t have that excitement as the first three. It left me wanting a lot more.

I have a lot of hope for this series and I’m sure I’ll preorder book 5 as soon as it’s announced but now is a good time to start if you haven’t yet. The first three do not disappoint​.

Twitter Announces EOL for Mac App

Yesterday, Twitter announced it was going to abandon the official Twitter Mac App and as a user of Tweetdeck I don’t care that much. However, I noticed a few weeks ago I tried to respond to a person with an animated GIF and it completely failed. It didn’t even include the @ account of the person I was replying too. I’m what I would consider a power user and at that point the app made me look an idiot to all of my followers and I was honestly a little frustrated.

I do worry Twitter is starting down a slippery slope. I don’t use Facebook because on the Mac they want you to use the browser and you are forced to use a feed that isn’t chronological. Twitter has remained my go-to​ ​because third-party​ apps allow me to get the experience I desire. I’m worried it’s just a matter of time until that isn’t the case and then I’ll be forced to either adapt or quit. The latter​ being way more convenient and probably better for me overall​.

I would miss my friends but I’m sure we’d figure something out to stay in touch.

Have I been pwned?

Have I been pwned? is a service by Troy Hunt that keeps a list of all publicly leaked breaches and allows you to enter your email and see if you’ve been pwned.

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Then it’ll tell each breach your email has been involved in. This is great for then running an audit against your password to make sure you didn’t reuse the one with a pwned service on other​ sites. (You are using different passwords for each account, right? If not, start today.)

The site also offers a “Notify Me” feature that will automatically email you anytime a new breach is discovered with your email in it. I received​ an email this morning from this and it reminded me how useful this service really is. If you haven’t signed up for that it’s worth doing.