Well I’ve caught upon the Apple announcements. Must say I am tiring of the leaks, and would prefer a little more surprise.

Not sure which phone will replace my iPhone 7 Plus - the iPhone Xs or Xs Max.

Feedbin truly seems to prioritise the customer (and their data). I appreciate the steps taken to protect customer date.

🔗 Private by Default

I am intrigued by the notion of USB-C for iPad Pro and can see it happening. Although USB-C might not have a full ecosystem, there is more available than on Lightning.

Imagine two possibilities

  1. External storage
  2. External displays

While I really welcome the first big update to Flickr since being taken over by SmugMug, the biggest change I am waiting for is the ability to change my Flickr logon email away from a Yahoo! email address…

🔗 Flickr Revamps Galleries with a Fresh Look and New Tools

Rabaul: Under Vulcan's Shadow

Rabaul in Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain province is a picturesque township.

Today’s sleepy town does not represent the once bustling town that was pivotal in two world wars, and saw two devastating volcano eruptions in the 20th century.

The two volcanoes in the Rabaul Caldera, Tavurvur and Vulcan, erupted in 1994. Warnings had meant Rabaul was evacuated with no loss of life, but the town was wiped out.

Many people and businesses, along with the seat of the provincial government moved to the nearby town of Kokopo, and a new Rabaul township was built nearby.

The overview photo shows the new town in front and centre, while the site of the old town is on the left. Today it is a flat area, with little evidence of the once thriving township there.

The image of the road with the volcano in the background is taken on what was the main street’s

The last image shows the volcano in the background with a boiling hot spring in the foreground, leading into the bay.

I was in Rabaul for work, so did not have my camera. These images were made on my iPhone 7 Plus.

I’d love to get back to Rabaul for some diving and photography. Beautiful location.

While micro.blog will remain my primary outlet, I am also on mastodon.social as @desparoz. FWIW

I haven’t done a micro Monday post for a while but happy to recommend fellow dive instructor @ryanbooker. Let’s get the underwater conversation stated.

Appropriate of the ongoing conversation, in my On This Day feed I discovered a tweet I posted in 2009

40%? Is that all? From Mashable: 40% of Tweets are pointless babble. bit.ly/12rHm5

I am loving icro by @hartlco. It has become my favourite way of consuming micro.blog on iOS devices.

My main feature wish at the moment is support for share extensions in the app. In most apps, I can long press a link to bring up share extensions, allowing me to add the linked page to Pocket. In icro I have to go through to the web page first.

I really love the ability to click on an image to see it in a larger size—something that @manton’s iOS apps doesn’t allow.

A feature wish—Lists for micro.blog

A lot of people are in the process of leaving Twitter behind forever. I’ve certainly switched off most of my Twitter usage, and have even abandoned cross-posting by default from micro.blog.

What I still do use Twitter for, daily, is following people around a couple of key topics—photography, diving and work related stuff. I do this chiefly using Twitter’s Lists function.

Lists1 is one of Twitter’s better features. Lists allows me to follow multiple accounts grouped around a topic, without having to have those accounts clutter my core timeline. I can review individual Lists as my time, interest and context allow.

With the influx of new micro.blog users I suspect that Amit Gawande’s concerns may be real:

I fear though if the place becomes bigger before there are tools in place to handle the scale, we may inundate it with too many voices and interactions.

With this in mind perhaps @manton could consider adding Lists like functionality to the roadmap for micro.blog. This might provide a simple tool for individual micro.bloggers to curate their personal consumption of micro.blog activity.

I am not suggesting that Twitter-style Lists would solve the problem entirely—if it did the atrocious signal-to-noise experience on Twitter wouldn’t be a thing. What I am wondering is if there is an opportunity to leverage one of Twitter’s better features into our world.


  1. As “Lists” is the proper name for the Twitter feature I refer to it in the singular. Its confusing for me, but it would be incorrect to use it in the plural. [return]