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Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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Dumplings, dumplings, dumplings. 🥟

The street and the tower.

The street and the tower.

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Craft.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

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Taipei from above.

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Roast pork.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Dumplings.

Dumplings.

Sesame noodles with miso egg soup.

Sesame noodles with miso egg soup.

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Crab’n’clams. 🦀

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Chicken of the street.

Chicken of the street.

Restorative beef noodle soup.

Restorative beef noodle soup.

Welcome to Taipei.

Welcome to Taipei.

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Salads’n’wings.

Salads’n’wings.

Grillin’ chicken.

Grillin’ chicken.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Twitter and Instagram progressive web apps

Since support for service workers landed in Mobile Safari on iOS, I’ve been trying a little experiment. Can I replace some of the native apps I use with progressive web apps?

The two major candidates are Twitter and Instagram. I added them to my home screen, and banished the native apps off to a separate screen. I’ve been using both progressive web apps for a few months now, and I have to say, they’re pretty darn great.

There are a few limitations compared to the native apps. On Twitter, if you follow a link from a tweet, it pops open in Safari, which is fine, but when you return to Twitter, it loads anew. This isn’t any fault of Twitter—this is the way that web apps have worked on iOS ever since they introduced their weird web-app-capable meta element. I hope this behaviour will be fixed in a future update.

Also, until we get web notifications on iOS, I need to keep the Twitter native app around if I want to be notified of a direct message (the only notification I allow).

Apart from those two little issues though, Twitter Lite is on par with the native app.

Instagram is also pretty great. It too suffers from some navigation issues. If I click through to someone’s profile, and then return to the main feed, it also loads it anew, losing my place. It would be great if this could be fixed.

For some reason, the Instagram web app doesn’t allow uploading multiple photos …which is weird, because I can upload multiple photos on my own site by adding the multiple attribute to the input type="file" in my posting interface.

Apart from that, though, it works great. And as I never wanted notifications from Instagram anyway, the lack of web notifications doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, because the progressive web app doesn’t keep nagging me about enabling notifications, it’s a more pleasant experience overall.

Something else that was really annoying with the native app was the preponderance of advertisements. It was really getting out of hand.

Well …(looks around to make sure no one is listening)… don’t tell anyone, but the Instagram progressive web app—i.e. the website—doesn’t have any ads at all!

Here’s hoping it stays that way.

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Michael & Mandy.

Michael & Mandy.

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Rorsharch.

Rorsharch.

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Seasonal salads.

Seasonal salads.

Grilling asparagus.

Grilling asparagus.

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

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Pre-ballet tapas

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

We are all trapped in the “Feed” – Om on Tech

No matter where I go on the Internet, I feel like I am trapped in the “feed,” held down by algorithms that are like axes trying to make bespoke shirts out of silk. And no one illustrates it better than Facebook and Twitter, two more services that should know better, but they don’t. Fake news, unintelligent information and radically dumb statements are getting more attention than what matters. The likes, retweets, re-posts are nothing more than steroids for noise. Even when you are sarcastic in your retweets or re-shares, the system has the understanding of a one-year-old monkey baby: it is a vote on popularity.