Around the Web for July 4th through August 20th

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These are my Around the Web links for July 4th through August 20th:

  • Let.ter – Just picked up the Let.ter app after a this reminder from @MacSparky — I had previously read about it, but was pleased to see it released.

    Let.ter is a minimalist email sending (only) app for OSX that is built on Markdown.

    Loving it

  • Keanu Reeves John Rain Television Series – I enjoy Barry Eisler's series of thrillers based on the character John Rain, and look forward to a potential TV series with Keanue Reeves in the lead role
  • Little Snitch to Keep LTE Costs Down – A worthwhile reason for looking into the use of Little Snitch
  • A Candid Look at Unread’s First Year – The upfront pricing model is a scary proposition for devs, especially if a 'successful' app like Unread only generates a moderate income in its first year. Where is the incentive to keep developing. This is a concern not just for devs but also for users who won't get updated apps if the money isn't there for the devs.
  • App Rot – A compelling take on the viability of the App Store model to sustain development, especially given the up front pricing model. Worth a read.
  • Trey Ratcliff & his GoPro Quadcopter – DigiDIRECT TV Ep 078 – Blunty of DigiDirect TV presents a video of Trey Ratcliff showing off his Phantom Quadrocopter at the recent Game of Thrones photo walk I attended in Sydney. Good fun.

No Diving No Dogs No Stairs

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Sunrise at Mahon Pool, near Maroubra in Sydney’s east.

On a morning with sunrise potential, there are often photographers out at Mahon Pool. Most are shooting the sun rising over the pool or the nearby rocks. After the sun has risen, most pack up and go, but it is worth hanging around for and look at what the sun is doing on the interesting rock formations on the nearby coastline.

I was quite taken with these stairs to nowhere – clearly a relic of some bygone era. The current stairs are in the background, but these were quite interesting in how they just stop.

Not only is Mahon Pool a great spot for sunrise photography, it is also one of Sydney’s best shore dive spots, but only in a calm sea, due to the rather exposed entry and exit point.

View No Diving, No Dogs, No Stairs on 500px or Flickr.

Around the Web for June 28th through July 4th

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These are my Around the Web links for June 28th through July 4th:

My Feed Wrangler 12 Month Anniversary

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I can’t believe it has been a year that I’ve been using Feed Wrangler.

Feed Wrangler

Which means it has also been a year since Google Reader was shut down.

My use of RSS (Web feeds) has not diminished in the past 12 months—if anything it has increased, and continues to be an incredibly important part of my daily workflow.

I use Feed Wrangler as a back end sync service, and don’t actually use their website very often, and don’t even have their iOS apps installed.

Feed Wrangler is a great sync service, and I love that I can pick the apps that best suit me at the front end[1]:

I’ve tried others, including Reeder on OSX, which is good but I like that ReadKit also serves my Pocket and Pinboard needs. Similarly I’ve played with Unread on iPhone, but keep coming back to Reeder.


  1. Affiliate links. Thanks in advance ;-)  ↩

Links to Sunrise

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Links to Sunrise

Sunrise at Mahon Pool, near Maroubra in Sydney’s east.

The chain fence around the pool was the key feature for this image, and I used it to form the basis for the composition. The chain fence is a leading line through the photo, and the key linking feature—the link between the pool and the ocean, the link between night and day (sunrise), etc.

The ‘golden hour’ before sunrise is generally a magic time for photography. A site like Mahon Pool is magic on a slightly cloudy day at sunrise, with the intense redness being reflected into both the sea and the pool.

Not only is Mahon Pool a great spot for sunrise photography, it is also one of Sydney’s best shore dive spots, but only in a calm sea, due to the rather exposed entry and exit point.

View Links to Sunrise on 500px
View Links to Sunrise on Flickr

Around the Web for June 26th through June 28th

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These are my Around the Web links for June 26th through June 28th:

Around the Web for June 22nd through June 25th

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These are my Around the Web links for June 22nd through June 25th:

A Morning at the Opera

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Sydney Harbour is one of the most scenic harbours in the world, at least in part due to some of the world famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House.

The image was made from Milsons Point using a Nikon 18–200mm telephoto zoom. Finding the right position was challenging because I had to shoot under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

With the sun coming up somewhat behind the Opera House, I exposed three images and tone mapped them using HDR. A little bit of sharpening was also applied.

Sydney Harbour is a beautiful waterway, and I enjoy exploring different parts of it for sunrise and sunset.

See A Morning at the Opera on 500px
See A Morning at the Opera on Flickr

Around the Web for June 20th through June 21st

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These are my Around the Web links for June 20th through June 21st:

Around the Web for June 6th through June 20th

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These are my Around the Web links for June 6th through June 20th: