Apple announces Apple Watch

Looks beautiful and very functional. But given that they danced around the issue of battery life, I suspect this will need charging at least once a day. For me, that’s a dealbreaker.

Common Markdown is now CommonMark

In a private message to Atwood, Gruber qualified the association of standard with Markdown as “infuriating,” asking the standardizing group to rename the project, to shutdown standardmarkdown.com and to apologize. For a name, Gruber suggested they could use something like Strict Markdown or Pedantic Markdown. Atwood wanted to call it something else, and after waiting less than a day on Gruber’s reaction, he renamed it Common Markdown. But Gruber eventually added that “no form of the word ‘Markdown’ is acceptable to him”, so Atwood & comp. renamed it CommonMark.

So Gruber first suggested “Strict Markdown” and later said that no form of the word Markdown is acceptable? Yeah, OK.

Standard Markdown is now Common Markdown

We’ve been working on the Standard Markdown project for about two years now. As we got closer to being ready for public feedback, we emailed John Gruber, the original creator of Markdown, two weeks ago (On August 19th, to be precise) with a link to the Standard Markdown spec, asking him for his feedback. Since John MacFarlane was the primary author of most of the work, we suggested that he be the one to reach out.

We then waited two weeks for a response.

There was no response, so we assumed that John Gruber was either OK with the project (and its name), or didn’t care. So we proceeded.

Seems to me that Gruber getting pissed off is a case of sour grapes.

Startups Move Away From Cloud

Frenkiel said that if they had continued with Amazon, MemSQL would have spent roughly $900,000 over the next three years. This validates his decision to switch to physical servers at a cost of $200,000. “The hardware will pay for itself in about four months.”

“The public cloud is phenomenal if you really need its elasticity,” he said. “But if you don’t — if you do a consistent amount of workload — it’s far better to go in-house.”

Reporter

Reporter is a new application for understanding the things you care about. With a few randomly timed surveys each day, Reporter can illuminate aspects of your life that might be otherwise unmeasurable.

The biggest issue I have with these types of “quantified self” apps is the chore of having to input data regularly. Fortunately, this app reminds you to do this every now and again via push notifications. It also supports automatic measurements such as time, location, and ambient noise. Not bad.

Slap .45

A Kickstarter for a card game made my Max Temkin from Cards Against Humanity, amongst others. Already funded, with 29 days to go.

TED Talk: The birth of a word

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son’s life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch “gaaaa” slowly turn into “water.” Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.

An old one, but remarkable nonetheless.

Night Trap making a return on Kickstarter

The iconic full-motion-video game, placing YOU in the leading role of a horror movie, is set to make its return in a new hi-def format!

The original game, first released on Sega CD / Mega CD, has reached somewhat of a cult status. $330,000 might be hard to reach, though.