I first heard this quote on an episode of Ted Lasso (S03E06), when they’re in Holland. It was by Vincent van Gogh something about the season for sowing? I was intrigued and asked ChatGPT about it and got some van Gogh quotes about the seaesons. Searching for those quotes led me to one of his letters: Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, The Hague, 8 February 1883. And I found it and I find it really touching:
But one doesn’t expect out of life what one has already learned that it cannot give, but rather one begins to see more and more clearly that life is only a kind of sowing time, and the harvest is not here.
There’s a little bit of my code in there from when I was working on the public beta. It encapsulates all the headaches we had to overcome to use CloudKit as a backend. From encapsulating the CloudKit API in a useful way, to how to make it testable.
@jaanus knows more than most about the intricacies of using CloudKit, and this library should save people a lot of time. Check it out.
I’ve recently had cause to work on our Ruby on Rails app at Hopscotch and it’s been many years since I messed around with Ruby or Rails. Having been deep in Swift for so long, writing Ruby feels odd. Moving from a statically-typed Swift to dynamic Ruby feels like moving from a Lego brick construction set, to a massive lump of putty.
I can understand why people are drawn to Ruby, even if I personally prefer Swift. I think it’s less algebra, more paint set.
A product that I worked on for a year: Tact chat, has been released on the App Store. I was involved with the project up to the public beta release, and now the owners have managed to push it over the line. It’s a unique (highly opinionated) concept, and I think a cool product. If you ever wanted a chat app, minus the social network and surveillance capitalism – think family, friends, hobby groups – try Tact at justtact.com.
In regards to growth marketing, surveilance capitalism, algorithmic moral-panic-driven profiteering I think there’s kind-of Darwinian evolution of our kids’ immune systems. My (now adult) kids responses to all this nonsense really brightens my day.
Finally achieved my full vaccine potential!
Apple Maps shows a new message I’ve not seen before asking if I want to switch routes to save 2 minutes. When I don’t answer BECAUSE I’M DRIVING, it does it anyway. I realise late that it’s now taking me to the freeway, which I was trying to avoid. I Keep avoiding the freeway and now it takes me on a wild ride adding 15 minutes… well done.