Web Excursions 2021-05-08

🌟 [Post of The Day] Naomi Parkhurst

  • Naomi Parkhurst, a knitting designer.

  • For my encoded words, I start by encoding the words as numbers using Knittr, an app on GitHub created by Amy Gleixner, inspired by my methods.

  • Then I turn the numbers into black and white square emoji using a script in BBEdit on iMac

    • or find-and-replace searches in Textastic on iPad,

    • arrange the results into rectangles of different sizes with mirror symmetry in Graphic, and then

    • scribble knitting chart symbols on the final chosen rectangle in a PDF using PDF Expert

    • while I knit the lace to go with the rough draft chart.

  • For rough draft design work,

    • I sometimes draw in my graph paper noteworks before knitting, and

    • sometimes take notes in the notebook while designing on the needles.

  • I make my final knitting charts in StitchMastery, software that creates knitting charts, checks to make sure the stitch counts work from row to row, and that exports written instructions.

    • I edit the charts in Affinity Designer.

    • I edit the written instructions in BBEdit or Textastic to make them fit my personal stylesheet and

    • add HTML formatting before posting the final results on my blog or putting them into a design to be published.

How to “get the fuck out” in Japanese

  • The headline, which, notably, came from Japan’s hard-right, anti-China Sankei newspaper, was: 「中国よ、消えうせやがれ」 フィリピン外相、“禁句”使って怒り爆発

    • Locsin [Philippines’ foreign minister] was responding to Chinese incursions into the Philippines’ territorial waters.

  • a compound of three verbs: “kie-use-yagare.”

    • The first two verbal stems are synonyms meaning “disappear,”

      • though the contemporary uses of use(ru) tend toward the rude, i.e., “Get lost!” as command

      • rather than simply get lost because you’re not in GPS range.

      • Semantically, then, the imperative kieusero would be enough to convey the meaning of “get out!” and perhaps even “get the fuck out.”

    • The addition of やがる (yagaru) is important

      • It is as rude as Japanese gets. It is perhaps best thought of as indicating mood or mode rather than meaning.

      • And that mood ranges from disdain to hatred. It is the suffix you use to describe the actions of someone you actively despise.

Private iPad Camera Multitasking Entitlement

  • Zoom had somehow been able to tap into using the camera during iPad Split View multitasking.

  • [Zoom] revealed an apparently private process, available only to those deemed worthy by Apple.

Does Apple News Track You?

  • Apple seems to be sharing the data with a third-party data broker.

  • For Facebook, even if it uses the IDFA, Apple considers that tracking.

    • if an ad leads you to purchase an app, and that app can report the same IDFA to Facebook, that proves that you purchased the app.

    • Apple gets around this without “tracking” because it controls the App Store app, which is the only way to purchase apps.

Kobo Libra H2O: Liberated from Amazon?

  • While Kindles will work with Overdrive, it’s a circuitous process.

    • You need to check out a book on the web or in Libby, then click to send the book to Amazon.com,

    • then click on Amazon.com to send the book to your Kindle.

    • There’s no Overdrive interface on the Kindle itself.

    • If you check out ebooks from the library, or might consider doing so, the Kobo’s simply better.

70/30 Is Fine for Me, but Not for Thee

  • The reason Microsoft cut its commission on games in the Windows Store but not on Xbox isn’t because Xbox has a different business model.

  • Microsoft would be a lot more likely to lower its commission on Xbox games in its own Xbox store if they also allowed alternative app stores or subscription game-streaming services on Xbox

  • Just because most companies make no money selling razors but reap profits by selling blades at high margins

    • doesn’t mean a company that does sell its razors for a profit is legally or even ethically obligated to sell its blades for lower margins.

Sennheiser’s headphone business has been bought by hearing aid manufacturer Sonova

  • Sonova, a Swiss company best known for its medical audio products like hearing aids and cochlear implants, is buying the consumer electronics division of German firm Sennheiser.

  • Sennheiser announced it was looking for a buyer for its consumer business in mid-February “amid strong competitive pressure.”

  • In a joint statement by Sennheiser’s co-CEOs, brothers Andreas and Daniel Sennheiser, the pair said they “couldn’t have asked for [a] better” partner.

  • In an announcement of the deal from Sonova, the company said it will continue to sell products under the Sennheiser brand.

  • the purchase price of the division amounts to €200 million ($241 million)

    • Sennheiser’s business generates revenues of €250 million annually.

    • The deal is still subject to regulatory approval

    • expects to close it in “the second half of calendar year 2021.”