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One of my all time favorinos, terraria (and the tModLoader dlc as well) by Redigit, is such a great game. Love it so much! I fully suggest it. Only 10 bucks on steam, and the mod loader is free. Also by a different dev, Fabsol, the calamity mod is OH SO FUN! So is thorium and spirit, and all the others. 10000/10!
A great game, now here are some things to do any point in the game, I will also have some extra's marked with * if they are from the DLC. I recommend getting all 15 towers first too.
-1: Get 50 Korok seeds, it will be fun and help!
-2: Visit all the settlements! Including Rito village, Kakariko village, Goron city, Zora's domain, Hateno village, Tarry town (it has a quest though,) both Ancient Tech Labs, Gerudo town/ Kara Kara Bazaar, and my Favorite, Lurelin Village.
-3: Find or acquire some kind of shock weapon, such as some shock arrows or a thunderblade, if you don't have Urbosa's Fury yet.
-4: Work on getting the Divine beasts SLOWLY. Take breaks!
-5: Get a shrine to travel to in or near the castle, because the loot there is INCREDIBLE!
-6: Go to Selmie's spot in Hebra and the shield surfing course, beginning and advanced, to get the ever-hyped kite shield!
-7: Avoid Yiga, unless they have a scythe in hand called a Demon Carver, it's very good.
-8: Unlock kilton by doing the quest at Akkala stable, he is located on the left eye of the skull lake.
-9: NEVER waste apples, they may come in handy :).
-10: And finally, remember to always SLAP THOSE DARN BOKOGOBLINS!
-*Get Marjora's Mask
-*Get the Ancient bridle and saddle
-*And for some fun, get tingle's set! KOOLOO LIMPAH!
Every week or month, I will be posting my own list of articles and things I have enjoyed! Remember, it's written in markdown, so it'll look wierd.
The point of foldable smartphones (and soon, rollable ones) is, beyond the proof of concept and technological advancements, to modify the actual shape of the device. What does that mean? By folding (rolling, etc.) a smartphone, you’re actually changing the size of the canvas, which, in this case, is the display.
You can make said display larger – and we discussed last week about the two major concepts to achieve that – or you can choose to make said display smaller. If you continue the logic, the two approaches above result in either a. a larger, tablet-like phone or b. a smaller phone.
An example for the first category would be the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or the Mate Xs (upcoming Mate X2). An example for the second category is the Galaxy Z Flip or the razr 5G.
While they both fold, they do so with a completely different outcome in mind. The ones in the first category unfold into a tablet-like large canvas and collapse to a regular size phone. The ones in the second category fold into a smaller-than-regular device, expanding into a regular size. In other words, we have regular-to-big and small-to-regular.
With all of that in mind, let’s look at the recent rumors of the foldable iPhone. According to chatter, Apple might have already decided to take the clamshell route for its first foldable smartphone, or at least so some claim.
In defense of the clamshell foldable iPhone
“Sure, why not? It makes sense for Apple to launch a clamshell foldable iPhone. Samsung did it, successfully”, some might say. And to that, I say “you are right”. But what we are forgetting is that Samsung also has a classic, non-clamshell foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
So for those who don’t want to carry a smartphone and a tablet with them at all times, Samsung (and HUAWEI for that matter) came up with the concept of a phone exploding into a tablet.
Not the foldable iPhone
This brings us to the idea of protecting the iPad, as a line-up. Having a phone transform into a tablet will surely cannibalize the tablet offering, right? Well, if you come to think of it, the iPad mini is the only relatively small iPad, at 7.9 inches. All the other ones are a 10-inch plus, which is a different category altogether.
Even if we force the argument that an inflating iPhone would somewhat affect the iPad, it would only affect the iPad mini, and even if so, it wouldn’t be a bad decision to discontinue it but still at the same time offering a foldable iPhone that’s close to that display size.
The case against the clamshell foldable iPhone
Going back to the Samsung analogy above, and the Z Fold 2, this actually was the first foldable Samsung product generation on the market. Only after they have managed to establish this offering did Samsung lean towards the clamshell approach. Why? Because these days we want our screens to be big. We are consuming so much media, and with 5G upon us, that’s not going away.
Apple tackling the foldable game with a clamshell will still offer future customers two screen sizes: a small one (compared to the outfolding/expanding foldables), and an even smaller one (hopefully, on the outside of the now folded clamshell).
This could, of course, solve a problem for those who want a phone to occupy the least amount of space, but only partially. A phone folded in two will be close to doubling its thickness, so whatever you gain from reducing height, you lose by increasing thickness, while width remains the same.
There’s also the inconvenience of flipping it open every time you want to talk on the phone or do anything significant. As powerful as iOS could become to support the outer display, you simply are not as productive on a 1, 2, or even 3-inch outer screen as you are on a 6-inch plus display. There’s no way around it.
Feb 10 2021
# Christopher Lawley newsletter
I made a video earlier this month about how I bought a Mac Mini. This wasn’t to replace my iPad or even be a computer I used everyday. I bought this to be a server. A computer I can use to store files and run automations from. BUT I am a nerd and was curious to see how this would work for an everyday computer. Before I go any further I want to just say the iPad is still my main computer, this experiment didn’t change that. No reason to scream at me and say you are unsubscribing. Yes, this did unfortunately happen when I made that video.
There are some things I do enjoy about the Mac. For one how great it is to let stuff run in the background. For things like file transfers and uploads to YouTube I have to just let my iPad be. Which means I can’t use it for work while it’s doing those tasks.
It’s also a lot easier to recored podcasts on a Mac than an iPad. With the iPad I had to use the Zoom audio recorder to get my local track. With the Mac I can just use Audio Highjack. This is something that I have feeling will get fixed on the iPad.
Then there are apps like Alfred, utilities that can’t live on the iPad in its current state. Alfred is a Spotlight replacement that does a lot more than what Spotlight can do. It not only does search but it’s a true clipboard manager and text snippet tool, a long with more features.
The iPad though is the perfect computer for me though. One of the things that originally attracted me to the iPad was how limiting it was. You could only have one or two apps on the display. This seriously helped me focus on what I was working on.
I also love the app ecosystem of the iPad. There is so much here and new stuff still coming. I know the M1 Macs can run iOS and iPad apps, but when an app is built for touch it really doesn’t work well on the Mac. I tried LumaFusion on my Mac Mini, it was very difficult to interact with. There’s also a none insignificant amount of apps that I use with the Apple Pencil and there is no alternative for that on the Mac. Don’t forget about Shortcuts, lovely lovely shortcuts.
To sum up, yes the M1 Macs are great, and yes I love my Mac mini, but I do not think it will be replacing the iPad for me anytime soon.
Focus Mode Shortcut
This shortcut has been something I’ve been relying on a lot lately. I’ve been struggling to stay focused on my work with all the outside noise of US politics happening.
How this works is it gets the current date and sets 60 minutes, then it turns on Do Not Disturb. If you want the timer to be longer or shorter you can edit it in the shortcut.
Once set it will then start the drippy rain sound from Dark Noise. You can swap out the dark noise action for a music playlist, different noise, or whatever else you want to happen next.
I find 60 minutes a solid amount of time for me to sit down and get some work done. Once the timer is done I answer any messages and then start the shortcut again for another round.
🔗 Focus Mode
This month on The Weekly Report I talked about how I want to push my iPad this year. My desk setup and Mac Mini customizations I have planned. Also I covered my yearly theme and what my north start will be for the year.
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# VERGE ARTICLE
Google hasn’t updated many of its iOS apps in weeks, perhaps to avoid potential criticism from what might be revealed from Apple’s new mandatory App Store privacy labels. But now, some of Google’s own iOS apps seem to be complaining about the wait: we’re now seeing confusing notices inside Gmail, Google Maps and Google Photos saying that the apps are out of date — even though there aren’t newer versions of the apps available (via Techmeme editor Spencer Dailey). To see the notice, you have to be logging into your account — so if you’re already logged in, you might not see it. After you type in your email address, you might see this warning message: “You should update this app. The version you’re using doesn’t include the latest security features to keep you protected. Only continue if you understand the risks.”
Google’s notice informing a Verge staffer that their app is out of date.
After you tap the continue button, you can use the app as normal — they still work. But without additional context, users might worry that they don’t have the latest and most secure version of an app.
Google had promised its apps would start including the new mandatory Apple app privacy labels in a blog post on January 12th, and the company has technically kept its word. Google Authenticator and Stadia, for example, have been updated with the labels, and in our testing with those two apps, we didn’t see the “this app is out of date” message.
We’ve reached out to Google for comment and will update this article with anything we hear.
# VERGE ARTICLE
Blocking is having a moment.
Last month, Tracy Chou announced that she had raised a little under $1.5 million to launch Block Party, an anti-harassment startup that helps people filter abuse out of their social media experiences. On Monday, Block the New York Times, a tool to block 800 Times reporters on Twitter at once, materialized via a satirical website.
Meanwhile, the unique blocking mechanics of the audio social network Clubhouse — and their enthusiastic use by the platform’s lead investors — have raised questions about whether people in positions of power should be blocking to avoid public scrutiny.
Behind all these stories, I think, is a kind of despair over what public social networks have done to public debate. Context collapse — the disorientation that comes from addressing infinite audiences online, each with their own norms and expectations for others’ behavior — is driving more and more conversation away from the public square. And while platforms have gradually begun paying more attention to safety issues, trolling and harassment remains a fact of life for too many people who use social networks.
Viewed in that light, aggressive use of the block button makes all the sense in the world. By shrinking the size of your audience, even if only one person at a time, you can gradually rebuild context around the audience to whom you are speaking. And when trolls and abusers rear their heads, the block button remains an effective tool we have for preventing them from harassing us in the future.
When it comes to Twitter — or to Facebook, or Instagram, or Snapchat — blocking is relatively uncontroversial. And Twitter has added features in recent years that offer users ways to fight context collapse without requiring you to, for example, block 800 reporters. Maybe you want to limit replies to people you follow. Or maybe you don’t want anyone to be able to reply at all. Tools like these remove what my friend Hunter Walk calls the “paper cuts” a product can inflict on a user: small, unpleasant interactions that erode your affection for a tool over time.
Clubhouse is a new kind of social network, though, and its approach to blocking has drawn some scrutiny. What sets it apart is that audience members can effectively prevent other people from joining the audience for public discussions, if at any point that audience member is made a speaker or moderator of the chat. (It’s common for small Clubhouse chats to invite everyone to become a speaker as soon as they enter the room.) If I’m listening to an interesting conversation and raise my hand to speak, and I ask a question, anyone I block will henceforth be unable to enter the room.
This phenomenon was most visible during Elon Musk’s January 31st appearance on the app. While the show he appeared on was created by its hosts, Sriram Krishnan and Aarthi Ramamurthy, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder Marc Andreessen was made a speaker — and, as a result, many journalists found themselves shut out of the room. For reasons he has never really explained, Andreessen has blocked most of the press corps on Twitter and now on Clubhouse, myself included.
“It is one thing to block people from sending you messages,” tweeted Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, in a short thread about the issue, “but listening to public conversations?”
As someone who has interviewed Andreessen before, and really enjoyed it, I feel this pain acutely. I’d like to know what he’s tweeting about and saying in Clubhouse rooms. And I’d also probably like to listen in on some future Clubhouse conversations where he gets called on to be a speaker.
At the same time, an important aspect of blocking is that the person you block doesn’t get a say in it. If you’ve ever blocked someone yourself, you probably wouldn’t want them to. I wish Andreessen hadn’t blocked me, but I also don’t think I’m entitled to an explanation. Maybe not seeing my dumb tweets has improved his experience of Twitter. That’s fine!
I thought of this over the weekend when my friend Taylor Lorenz and other journalists entered a Clubhouse room in which the Andreessen Horowitz founders were discussing r/WallStreetBets, of the recent GameStop stock mania. Some members of that forum refer to themselves using an offensive word, which Horowitz repeated in a question to a guest (“take us through the r***** revolution”). Some people wrongly thought Andreessen had used the word; breakout rooms began to appear in Clubhouse to criticize him over it. Journalists tweeted about it, confusing Andreessen with Horowitz. Tweets were deleted; Lorenz apologized.
The whole incident, to me, makes the case for blocking. In offline life, when we worry that our public comments might be misconstrued, we limit the audience for those comments. In online life, when our potential audience is exponentially larger, it makes sense that we would want to limit that audience with extra care.
It also makes sense not to use offensive words when addressing an audience of thousands in a business context. But context collapse means that once you’re above a certain number of followers, there will always be an audience coming after you about something.
Ultimately, I think we should support strong blocking tools for the same reason we should support strong encryption: the more that we live our lives online, the more important that private spaces become. And yes, there are trade-offs: the internet makes it easier for bad actors to come together in private spaces, and platforms should take steps to mitigate the harms that they can cause. But a healthy democracy requires both public and private conversations, and platforms ought to facilitate the best of both.
Okay, sure. But isn’t there something unseemly about the rich and powerful building private spaces only to exclude journalists from scrutinizing them? I sympathize with Lessin on this point, particularly during a time when the media has been under assault from all quarters. (Andreessen Horowitz’s decision to shun the media extends far beyond social networks, as Eric Newcomer recently reported.) Some of the recent fervor in Silicon Valley to go “direct” — which is to say, around the media — has a Trumpist cast to it: reporters are the enemy of the people, and talking to them is beneath us.
Moreover, if several people you follow on Clubhouse have blocked an account, that profile will display a badge when you visit to warn you. While this likely has some safety benefits, Lorenz told me that it can also be abused by people who mass-block accounts of good citizens on the app just to exclude them from popular conversations.
All this makes me wonder whether Clubhouse could refine its blocking tools over time to enable private conversations while also being more inclusive.
I asked Block Party’s Tracy Chou. She reminded me that blocking means something different on every platform, giving each company a chance to reimagine how it might be most effective for its users.
“On Twitter, blocking someone means they can’t follow you, they can’t see your profile when they’re logged in, and it tells them that they’re blocked, they can’t respond to your tweets and have their replies show up,” Chou told me over direct message. “But there’s no actual reason that those all have to be properties of blocking someone. Clubhouse has designed blocking in a specific way with a different set of permissions and consequences. Just because Twitter block and Clubhouse block are both called ‘block’ doesn’t mean they’re the same at all.”
If it wanted to, Chou said, Clubhouse could develop other constructs beyond blocking and muting to offer users more fine-grained control. I’d like to see the app consider a “broadcast” mode that eliminated caps on how many people could attend — no more spillover rooms when an Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg shows up to chat. Perhaps such a mode could allow everyone to listen, unless the original moderators of the chat (and not someone who was later invited to speak) had blocked them.
When any new social network becomes popular, reporters will scrutinize how powerful people are using it. That scrutiny is necessary and good. But privacy is necessary and good, too. Blocking is a blunt tool to achieve that end, but it can be refined over time — complemented with tools that achieve similar ends with more inclusive means.
That could introduce complexity for both developers and for users. But then again, as Chou told me, “the users with the most need will probably try to figure it out.”
This column was co-published with Platformer, a daily newsletter about Big Tech and democracy.
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