Josh Withers' blog

24 Oct 2021

Luna’s birthday week comes to a close. Now we have 51 weeks of mourning until her fourth birthday celebrations can begin.

24 Oct 2021

When Apple started using the phrase “there’s an app for that” in 2009, they were definitely not thinking of an app that simulates a cat purring on your lap being released today.

24 Oct 2021

Uh, oh, watch out petrol cars, the Chief Health Officer is coming for ya!

24 Oct 2021

Two iPods are some of my favourite computers of all time

These two computers are two of my favourite Apple computers. The iMac G4, the white Intel MacBook, and my current Apple ...
24 Oct 2021

Panic’s Cabel Sasser shares a prototype original iPod on the iPod’s 20th birthday.

24 Oct 2021

Steve Jobs’s resume:

“I’m looking for a fixer-upper with a solid foundation. Am willing to tear down walls, build bridges, and light fires. I have great experience, lots of energy, a bit of that ‘vision thing’ and I’m not afraid to start from the beginning.”

23 Oct 2021

My Kindle Oasis is starting to get a bit long in the tooth, almost four years old and it’s battery barely lasts a day or two.

Is there a new Oasis on the cards or do I just replace it, considering the battery is non-replaceable?

23 Oct 2021

“I’ve long thought that the destruction of time in which to think – and do nothing else – is a much more massive problem than anyone cares to think about, nor has time to.”

M.G. Siegler in his email today, and then links to his 2015 piece: The Death of Thought.

23 Oct 2021

Facebook’s algorithm automatically sent a bot “full-on Qanon” within 48 hours.

One day I’ll write an essay about how the Facebook algorithm’s tendency to send people this way has made my life rather painful.

23 Oct 2021

Life status: my three year old lives on my shoulders.

23 Oct 2021

I’ve got 99 problems and they could all be solved with a new MacBook Pro, a DJI Mavic 3, and maybe a new 35mm lens I think.

23 Oct 2021

Seeing as though my social media influence is waning on the daily I have some personal news, I’m starting a Withers Media & Technology Group. You’re going to love it.

22 Oct 2021

How do you know things?

I think all day every day about the world I want to leave Luna and Goldie in.

I spend so much time wondering how to teach them how to know things. What they know will forever by growing and changing, but how they know things. How they learn, and how they research, and experiment, that’s so important to me.

So I’ve decided to create email accounts for them and to start writing to them. Because my words matter to them.

Your words matter.

Share them, with anyone, everyone, with me.

I don’t really care about fitting in with cool buzzwords and virtue signalling. But tell me how you lived in a tense moment today and how it was weird or awkward, but we learned more about each other.

Tell me about how you didn’t know something and you said you didn’t know.

Tell me about how you were scared and you said you were scared.

Life’s too short for platitudes and fitting in. Let’s be scared, daft, vulnerable, and authentic together. I don’t care what you know, but I’d love to know how you know it.

22 Oct 2021

“The committee recommends that the Australian Government establish a new Decentralised Autonomous Organisation company structure.”

In the Australian Financial Review: Senate report proposes model to regulate the crypto economy

22 Oct 2021

Every day I wonder when the day will arrive when it’s the last time I ever pick Luna up. What I mean is that when she’s 35 I’m probably not going to pick her up and throw her on my shoulders. So when, between three and thirty five will that day be?

22 Oct 2021

“You always know when you’re doing something for the first time, and you almost never know when you’re doing something for the last time.”

Via The Last Time Always Happens Now

22 Oct 2021

Explaining stocks to NFT kids

“I collect shares of businesses … I use a certain type of non fungible token called a stock certificate for this.

22 Oct 2021

Speedtest’s quarterly Australian internet report shows that Aussie Broadband outperforms everyone else, including Telstra. I’m an Aussie customer, I’m getting about 900mbps down, if you signup using my refer-a-friend code we both get a kick off our next bill: 5272836.

22 Oct 2021

The most annoying position anyone can take through this season is a religious devotion to vaccines, or anti-vax, or lockdown, or open up, or whatever fucking position you think is correct.

We’re all mostly wrong and have no idea.

Screenshot from today’s NYT email.

21 Oct 2021

GG

21 Oct 2021

Guy on the phone with me right now from Australia Post is trying to convince me that Australia Post does other things on top of delivering mail, I’m like “just deliver me my mail, mate” and he’s not too sure what to do with that information.

21 Oct 2021

Ben Sherpherd’s “The Commercial Experience 21.11: Programming the news media” dissects how the news has changed over the last three years

“My view is news media was more like SVOD, but COVID has made it more like TV.”

It really has been a blockbuster season of tiring news.

21 Oct 2021

A walking disappointment to his mother

21 Oct 2021

The Gold Coast gets one case of Covid, the first in 15 days in Queensland, and the whole state breathes in through its teeth.

20 Oct 2021

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

Charles Bukowski, click through for 94 more