April 2, 2021
If you're looking for a way to spruce up your checking-the-weather routine, check out (Not Boring) Weather on iOS.
The developers took a 3D-rendering engine to make weather... not boring?
This is what the developers say..
What if you could play the daily weather like you play a song? Scrub through a day and experience the shifts in weather over the course of a day like a timelapse shot.
See also: other times I've written about iOS apps here.
February 27, 2021
I did it again. I reinvented what it means to have a "home screen" on your iPhone.
And no, this wasn't the result of quarantine boredom — I did this before COVID-19 made everyone homebound. I just didn't get around to sharing it until now.
First, let's recap
Earlier this year I wrote about my five-year pursuit for the perfect iPhone home screen, which culminated in this beaut:
While I was satisfied with the above image for awhile, I knew there was still room for iPhone home screen innovation.
Then it hit me like a lightning bolt – or however the saying goes. Sure, I was able to figure out how to manipulate my iPhone home screen canvas into a weird pixelated gradient—but what if there was a way that I could make my own icons?
If I could conquer that challenge, I could turn my iPhone home screen into anything.
So I did some poking and found that I could use Shortcuts, the iOS app that lets you "program" your phone do a bunch of things for you at once, to create apps that launch other apps. And Shortcut apps can have customizable icons.
Let's dissect this a bit
Shortcuts is an app that comes loaded on every iPhone. It came to us via an acquisition back in 2017.
Here's what Apple says you can use Shortcuts for:
I say, the best thing about Shortcuts is making apps that launch other apps.
So I used bernadette's ipad to make a bunch of drawings of icons for the apps i use, then i made a bunch of shortcuts for each of the apps.
Here's how I setup my shortcut. It's just one step. Whenever you launch the shortcut, it launches the Weather app.
Then you hit the little blue ... button and tap "add to home screen." Which brings up this menu.
Anyway here's a video showing the whole thing
I don't LOVE the drawings I made, so i'll probably be updating them sometime soon. you'll know when i do!!
ok bye i don't know why anyone reads this thing
March 31, 2020
I've recently decided to embrace my innate geekness. While part of me decries my dependence on gadgets and the interwebs and wishes I could make more time for reading and being outside, the other part reminds me that I like fooling around with geeky stuff like this site, moving to a new server, switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org.I now realize the two can peacefully co-exist, and that the geek part of me can make good money which the non-geek part can use to buy books or take a vacation.So today I want to plug a great piece of software for the Mac and iPhone/iPod touch: Things. Things is a hyped up to-do list app, based on David Allen's Get Things Done that's truly been helping me... get stuff done.Let's say I have a new idea for a t-shirt design. I'm not sure when I want to work on it or what it'll take to get it into production. So I throw it in the "inbox," which is a landing pad for all your thoughts/things to do. From there I can schedule it, categorize it, or put it in the "I'll get to it someday" box. If I choose to schedule it, Things will automatically put it in my "Today" box on the day I chose.
It may sound complicated, but the pay off is that it forces you to pick priorities and helps you commit to them later. And analysis paralysis is half the battle for me, a dilemma that can make me completely overwhelmed and unable to accomplish anything.
November 16, 2010