Bees

Bees

Google I/O 2016

An Echo knockoff and rapturous applause for variable font size in a messaging app. Not much innovation so far this year.

The horrific trend in Inbox and now Allo is machine learning auto reply so you can send something canned and inauthentic instead of actually speaking with people. Zombie Robs might approve but I'm far from convinced.

Updated 2016-05-18 14:12:

Android N looks super cool and I can't wait. The #1 productivity enhancement I'd like to see though is copy and paste icons that look like copy and paste. I do not have a clue currently.

Updated 2016-05-18 14:24:

No headset.

Updated 2016-05-18 14:40:

Android Studio is very nice. Eclipse was painful. I actually like Android Studio more than Xamarin which is saying a lot for a C# leaning person.

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

Updated on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

Pair of humpback whales just off the Golden Gate Bridge.

(Previously)

Updated 2017-08-09 17:14:

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

Humpback Whales in Golden Gate

More whales and some porpoises.

Book reviews for April 2016

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017
The Phoenix Descent by Chuck Grossart

The Phoenix Descent by Chuck Grossart

3/5

It's billed as a bit of a scifi time travel adventure but really it's more of a zombie apocalypse variant. Not really my thing so I initially hated it but that hatred turned to respect and finally, love. Well maybe not quite love but it's a decent read.

 

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War by Raghu Karnad

4/5

Very personal and sometimes florid but deeply fascinating story of the Indian Army in World War 2.

 

Catfood Earth 3.42

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Catfood Earth 3.42

Catfood Earth 3.42 is a small update to the latest (2016d) timezone database and the latest timezone world and countries maps from Eric Muller. If you use the political borders, places or time zones layers in Catfood Earth then you'll want to install this version.

Download the latest Catfood Earth.

(Previously)

Goodreads Feature Request

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Goodreads Feature Request

Goodreads needs a shelf called "currently-reading-but-if-i'm-honest-will-never-finish". On this shelf I will put Infinite Jest.

San Bruno Mountain 360 4K

Updated on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

San Bruno Mountain 360 4K

360 degree 4K timelapse of San Bruno Mountain in San Mateo County, California.

(Previously, Previously)

Great Blue Heron at Crissy Field

Great Blue Heron at Crissy Field

Automate Google PageSpeed Insights with Apps Script

Updated on Saturday, May 18, 2019

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Here's a quick script to automatically monitor your Google PageSpeed Insights desktop and mobile scores for a web page:

You need a spreadsheet with a tab called results and an API key for PageSpeed Insights (activate the API in the console and create an API key for it, the browser based / JavaScript option). Paste the code above into the script editor for the spreadsheet and add your API key and URL to monitor. Then just choose triggers from the Resources menu and schedule the monitor function to run once per day.

Note that this currently just logs the overall score. There are a bunch of other values returned (like number and types of resources on the page) that you could choose to monitor as well. It would also be easy to extend this to monitor more URLs, or to send you an email if the score drops below a threshold.

Updated May 5, 2019 to use version 5 of the PageSpeed API.

Prior Artist

Alexander Reben is automatically generating all possible prior art. Which will probably take a while.

Instead, why not stop examining patents altogether?

(via Boing Boing)