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NateBarham

@NateBarham@wandering.shop

Voice Actor, English Teacher, and Author of the Alora’s Tear Series

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NateBarham,
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@lilithsaintcrow Wild to see this example floating around as for many years I’ve been teaching “What is a character?” to my 9th graders using an example of a rock (no googly eyes) who sits at the side of the road dreaming of one day being picked up, or kicked (like the other rocks) by a passing student. They’re like “whatever, this is dumb” until I weave the tale to the day where the kid walks out of their usual path towards the rock…

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@lilithsaintcrow And steps unceremoniously over it to pick up a close neighbor or to simply continue on their way.

The End.

The class inevitably wants to fistfight me and calls for my immediate firing for rock abuse. 😂

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Lazy Saturday afternoon playing Dragon Quest XI.

I can't believe I never played this game before and how good it looks with my Legion Go + eGPU setup streamed to the iPad Pro using Moonlight (after fixing my Wi-Fi issues). Pure bliss.

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@viticci Did you happen to write about the WiFi issues anywhere? I’m struggling with a constant rhythmic stuttering/hitching of both video and audio in Moonlight (with all codecs) but it otherwise shows really good performance numbers

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Played RE: 4 and Village on the iPad Pro (M4 3 core) today.

RE:4 - Looks and plays absolutely terribly. Hair and flashlight beams are hilariously low-res. No adjustable settings for graphics, either.

Village - Very impressive performance with lots of levers for adjusting the experience to your liking. I’d play this game on this device (even though I have a PC with a 4070 that would run circles around it).

Both - My poor battery! Holy cow, I didn’t know iPads could get this (very evenly) hot!

NateBarham,
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@matt 4070 is to 1440p in 2024 as 1060 was to 1080p in 2016.

What CPU though? I’m still on 5600x.

matt, to random
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Let’s change the conversation around macOS on iPads https://birchtree.me/blog/lets-change-the-conversation-around-macos-on-ipads/

NateBarham,
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@matt I think we’re on exactly opposite sides of this. 😂

I’d love to see a more capable/flexible iPad (whether that needs the involvement of MacOS or not, I could go either way) long before a touch Mac.

The exception would be if Apple could make the mythical “perfect thing” detachable screen MacBook. Even then, I think the current iPad Pro is much closer to that than any Mac, even with touch added.

So: iPad+MacOS (or similar augmentation) > MacOS+Touch, imo

matt, to random
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Well how did this happen?!

NateBarham,
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@matt “Of course they’re all legitimately mine!” How DARE you, sir?!”

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Maybe it's stagecraft. Maybe it's something else…

OpenAI's sub-30 minute presentation yesterday was more compelling than Google's I/O keynote…and it wasn't even close.

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@matt Absolutely. Tim’s wooden “Good morning…” and opening statements can be endearing (or not sometimes) when he’s live and visibly, authentically excited on stage. On video, it’s just bad, unnatural acting that’s clearly the “best” take they had.

Sucks the humanity right out of it.

Give me a live show (tuned for tight timings) basically every time.

The Steve era keynotes (even those not by him) were good not when they were perfect—though polish helps—but when they were genuine.

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@matt @chrishannah My view. (1st edited, 2nd no edits)

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"I had heard the claim that the dragon in the myth of St George and the Dragon was an example of a dinosaur that had persisted into the Middle Ages, but this is a new one on me: Grendel in Beowulf was a dinosaur." https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2024/05/08/grendel-was-a-t-rex/

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@lilithsaintcrow Imagines Beowulf ripping off that tiny tiny arm. 🤣

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What Steve Jobs said about styli (styli really doesn’t seem like a real word, but Birchtree’s stringent style guide requires I use it) https://birchtree.me/blog/what-steve-jobs-said-about-styli/

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@matt Wow, we read that quoted passage really differently.

I'd say Steve was intentionally using negative hyperbole to highlight the advantages of the iPhone's touch screen, which at the time was unlike anything (almost) anyone had ever seen or used. He also uses the term stylus, not pen or pencil, because the latter didn't exist in the form we see with Apple Pencil and other similar devices now.

I've used the Pencil, and I've used dumb styli. These are not the same thing at all.

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@matt I just find it really interesting how opposite our interpretations of that part of the presentation are.

I'm not trying to negate your viewpoint or prove mine to be the better read. Just thought it was surprising and was providing context on my thoughts.

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Ok Obsidian let's give this another go

NateBarham,
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@cory Might I make a few suggestions?

Outliner plugin
Hider plugin
iA Writer Theme

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Listening to Rec Diffs 104: True Bottom and…

I’m sure you’ve heard this enough, but I can’t help but pause and say, no @siracusa, regardless of how good a programmer you are, you will never convince me that is the correct answer.

The job you were best at was, without a doubt, OS reviewer. There has never been and likely will never be another of your caliber.

Absolutely the GOAT.

Respectfully.

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@siracusa In fact, Ill double down.

I’ll subscribe to ATP tomorrow if a new member perk is “An OS Review by John Siracusa”.

Tomorrow.

matt, to random
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This is a great topic for the "incomplete thoughts" post type…tell me why I'm wrong before I post something for everyone.

Incomplete thought: I looked at ChatGPT’s energy use and it doesn’t seem that bad… https://birchtree.me/blog/incomplete-thought-i-looked-at-chatgpts-energy-use/

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@matt Even if it's not as egregious as cryptocurrency, it's still a lot of energy for something that provides extremely limited value compared to the harms it creates, and the usage stands to scale massively if the grift continues as is.

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@matt Which is why I rest my hat on its collective harms (including energy) and lack of useful contribution to human society and existence. It’s an energy suck, a money suck, a creativity suck, a humanity suck. What limited usefulness it does have, I’m not necessarily against, accept that it comes with SO much obvious downside for all of us that even continuing the argument is utterly exhausting. And yet it is an existential threat for someone like me, so I almost have no choice.

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Very hyped to play No Rest for the Wicked later. Early access starts today. Usually not the early access type, but this time I just couldn’t resist.

Cutscenes have significant Arcane vibes, and I’m 100% here for it!

Oh, and it’s made by Moon Studios (Ori). 🤩

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DiwmiqzW6gs

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@matt Oh, you’ve not seen it yet? Probably go right now and dig into some of the interviews with them and definitely watch the DF video from today. Really interesting “paint the back of the cabinet” kind of design and development quality.

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@matt Not yet. There was an impromptu Taylor Swift listening party in the same room as my gaming PC last night, so I decided to wait to dive in until this evening.

Poets is excellent, btw. Didn’t intend to sit with them (wife, daughter, and their best friends) and listen to the whole thing, but by the end it was like watching the cliffhanger of a TV season finale. “Wait, that’s the last song?!?!” (Turns out…)

Never had that feeling at the end of an album before.

Anyway, no No Rest time yet. 🤣

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Genuinely thought this was about the Action Button on the newest iPhones.
https://www.threads.net/@richardlawler/post/C5vna-DLUpP

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@matt That’s great, and I wouldn’t want to take it from you or others who are nerdier about what they do with it, but I definitely don’t even think about it except for the occasional time when I wish it still showed state by feel (since I still use it for silent mode). I tried it for other things but just didn’t like not having silent toggle.

And if the rumors are true (I kinda hope they’re not because I don’t want more buttons, heh), there’s a capture button coming to do the camera thing.

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An app that’s good enough for most people still benefits from competition https://birchtree.me/blog/an-app-thats-good-enough-for-most-people-still-benefits-from-competition/

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@matt Well, I obviously can’t speak to what you can, only as a consumer who is constantly leveraged in every direction by every single company that makes any product I can buy at all—except for Apple.

They’re not perfect, but they’re so far away from the next runner up that it isn’t even close.

And on wallets, that’s the thing. I don’t know what negative “innovation” will come and make everybody miserable. I just know that it’s way less likely to happen if Apple controls it (on iPhone).

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@matt That’s not really what I’m saying. Though I do absolutely distrust finance companies. Making money with money creates all kinds of negative incentives.

Apple has earned my trust. Any other company has to do the same (over a long period of time) to reach the same level.

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@matt I don’t think I’d characterize PayPal as great UX at all, but I do take your meaning.

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