Fallout Shelter

I’ve been spending a large amount of my spare time lately playing this game. Think of it as a cross between Tiny Tower, Clash of Clans and Fallout.  

☆ Flickr

As I wrote in a recent article, I’ve been getting into photography as of late. With a new camera and a large memory card, it’s become quickly apparent how tiresome it is to deal with a large photo library. 

Initially I looked for the simple solution and turned to iCloud Photo Library. Aside from the clumsy setup process, it’s working fairly well for me. 

One thing iCloud Photo Library is missing though is an online component. For that, I’ve been using Flickr.

Flickr has grown a lot in the past year. Not only has it been completely redesigned, but Flickr is also offering more free space than ever before and recently updated their terms and conditions to be more favourable for the end user.

Funny story: I used the automatic photo upload feature from Flickr a few years back when I still worked at Apple. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that by default, all uploaded photos were public. Fortunately for myself the worst pictures that made it out to the public were internal photos no one was supposed to see. Even luckier was these photos didn’t get me fired.

A few years later and Flickr seems to have these things sorted out. They offer a great web experience and a fantastic iOS app. Add a ton of free storage, rapid photo syncing and I think Flickr may be the best photo storage tool available right now.

If you haven’t tried Flickr recently, or gave up on it in the past, I’d recommend you give it another shot. I did and I couldn’t be happier.

St. Louis Cardinals Probed By FBI For Hacking Astros

From Ars Technica:


The St. Louis Cardinals baseball franchise is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the network of the Houston Astros in order “to steal closely guarded information about player personnel,” The New York Times reported today.

About a year ago, 10 months’ worth of Astros’ front office communications regarding trade talks and negotiations were leaked online. The Astros notified Major League Baseball (MLB) security and the FBI to determine who stole them.

“Agents soon found that the Astros’ network had been entered from a computer at a home that some Cardinals officials had lived in. The agents then turned their attention to the team’s front office,” the Times report said. Besides the trade talks, the stolen information includes “proprietary statistics and scouting reports.” Subpoenas for electronic communications have been issued to the Cardinals and MLB.

If true this is going to have a devastating impact on the Cardinals reputation.

Secret To A Long Life From A 110 Year-Old-Man

Nebraska’s oldest living resident passed away on Saturday after a full life of 110 years. But along with his many years, Mark Behrends also left us with a piece of advice for a long and fruitful life: a single can of beer a day.

Behrends’ daughter, Lois Bassinger, told the Omaha World Herald in May that “he always told everybody the reason he has lived so long is drinking one can of beer, every day at 3 p.m. He always joked that that was his medicine since he takes very little medicine.”

I can’t argue with that.

BLACK for iOS Review

Based on a recommendation from a friend, I recently purchased a Olympus E-M5 Mark II to replace my aging Canon Rebel XSI.

I’m absolutely in love with the M5 and its picture quality, but I’ll keep those thoughts for my eventual review. However, building a photo library with this wonderful camera has forced me to reevaluate the photo-editing apps on my iPhone.

This isn’t to say I’ve stopped using Darkroom, far from it. Darkroom is and will continue to be my primary photo-editing app on the iPhone. I’ve simply found an area in which Darkroom lacks that has allowed another photo editing app to sneak its way on my homescreen.

That app is BLACK.

BLACK is a intuitive iPhone app for creating stunning black and white (or B&W) images. The simple user interface allows me to import images from my camera roll and apply various B&W filters with a single swipe.

This simple UI would mean nothing if the B&W filters were lackluster and fortunately that’s not the case. BLACK comes preloaded with 10 different B&W filters, each with a different range of exposure, brightness and shadows. After applying one of these filters, BLACK allows for easy exporting back to the camera roll or to most social media networks (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more).

The B&W filters are great, but my favourite part of BLACK is the collection of images it builds after you’ve edited some pictures. Every image you import and edit within BLACK is displayed beautifully in a collection view which is great for browsing through old images. It’s a clever way of dividing your B&W edits from your regular pictures and having them easily accessible to share with friends.

I’ve always been fascinated by B&W photography and BLACK is the perfect app to help build my library. Wonderful B&W filters combined with a inspiring collection view has motivated me to take new pictures with my M5 and continue building my photography skills.

If B&W photography is your thing, BLACK should be your app.

BLACK is available on the App Store for free with an in-app purchase option to unlock some additional editing features.

You can view a gallery of images I edited with BLACK here.

Twitter's CEO Chooses To Step Down


After years of user-growth struggles, Twitter just announced that its CEO Dick Costolo has chosen to step down July 1, though he’ll remain on the board. Twitter co-founder and Square CEO Jack Dorsey will be the interim CEO.

Dorsey will continue to be Square’s CEO, but will fill in for Costolo until Twitter finds a replacement. Dorsey was previously Twitter’s CEO before being forced out and replaced by co-founder Ev Williams in 2008. Dorsey became Twitter’s executive chairman in 2011 when Costolo became CEO.

This doesn’t strike me as something you ‘choose’ to do, but regardless, I hope it helps Twitter right the ship.