On Phone Call Notifications

The ability to add phone call support to your Mac, if you owned an iPhone, landed in Yosemite a few years ago. I don't recall which OS upgrade flipped the bit that starting making my Mac actually notify me by ringing every time my phone does? I swear it hasn't done it since Yosemite has it? Well after the 7th phone call today and hearing it all in perfect stereo I decided to do something about it.

So, where do you think you go to turn all that off? If you said 'System Preferences', you made a smart guess, but you would be wrong. And that's pretty much 10 minutes of my life I'm never getting back.

Instead you have to know that on a Mac what you're actually doing is handling a Facetime Audio call. Obviously. And you can't get at Facetime preferences from within System Preferences. You have to open the Facetime app itself and then go do Preferences => 'Calls from iPhone' and uncheck that.

So I guess file this under things you should already know unless you don't know them?


Today's office soundtrack provided by Boy Harsher.

BOY HARSHER is a dark electronic duo that produces gritty dance beats infused with ethereal vocals, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. Augustus Muller develops the underbelly of sound with minimal beats and grinding synths, where Jae Matthews whispers, screams and chants on top. Together, the music created is somewhere between industrial, drone and confessional storytelling.


On Twitter

Twitter rolled out support for 280 characters to everyone yesterday. Well, to be fair, they added it to their web interface. Their official Mac app hasn't had any love since May so only 140 characters available there still. Of any improvement they could have possibly made, doubling the length of posts not something that gets me excited.

Twitter: What do you want?
Users: Ban nazis.
Twitter: 280 characters it is!

I don't want Twitter to become a blogging platform. Part of its charm and success has been those 140 characters. It forces brevity, posts are easy and fun to write, and even easier to consume. My brain is starting to gloss over the longer tweets now. Thankfully 90% of my timeline respects a more civilized time.

And what's with that circle countdown thinger in the 280 character UI?


Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World

Peoria, 2017.

I love this time of year. My inner we didn't do this in England when I was a kid so making the most of it now in full effect. Americana at its finest. Looking forward to going trick or treating with our little one later. Makes me smile.


On Fortnights

On the Twitters this week Mr Matt Haig mentioned…

It's true.

So, what the heck is a fortnight anyway? It means a period of two weeks. Originally used when describing a pay schedule – a 'fortnightly schedule'. Somethin' somethin' in ye olde English fourteen nights somethin'. For whatever reason lost in British lore, this word for a schedule is used interchangeably to literally mean two weeks. It's super common to hear "see you in a fortnight" and "we're going on holiday for a fortnight".

So yeah, fortnight, it's a thing.

America has her own word for an 'every two weeks' schedule, bi-weekly. Works well, and in my two decades this side of the pond have gotten all rather used to using it. There's been no hurry to follow their British cousins to use a completely different word to mean two weeks. "See you in a bi-week". Yeah, doesn't really roll off the tongue.

I can't say why we Brits say fortnight instead of two weeks. It's not like it's really that much easier to say, so it's not for efficiency. I guess we're just cool like that?

Yes, yes we are.