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Saturday Morning Coffee

Good morning from Charlottesville, Virginia! ☕️

Cold EspressoThis morning started off kind of bad. Mr. Flynn decided he’d nudge my hand as I was putting my coffee down. He got hot coffee on his head. He’s ok but he needs to learn the importance of coffee to start your day.

We have two weeks remaining on our current project. I hope the company extends us for more work but they may not. Even if they did there’s no guarantee I’d stay on the project. I’m so into this one all I can see are the things I’d love to improve. 🤞🏼

L.V. Anderson • Slate

As an adult, Kunz loves real coffee. But he also believes that its days are numbered. Climate change is expected to shift the areas where coffee can grow, with some researchers estimating that the most suitable land for coffee will shrink by more than half by 2050 and that hotter temperatures will make the plants more vulnerable to pests, blight, and other threats.

Say it ain’t so! First off we’d all be walking around like zombies. Second, I’d have to change the name of this series. Does Saturday Morning Chicory? Doesn’t quite work for me.

Hesher Keenan • Metal Sucks

When Tool released their latest album Fear Inoculum back in 2019, it was the band’s first new release since 2006’s 10,000 Days. That’s a long fuckin’ time for new music from any band, let alone one with such a rabid fan base as Tool, and it’s something frontman Maynard James Keenan admits probably can’t happen again.

Yes, Tool kept us in suspense for 13 years — Maynard says 14 — but Fear Inoculum was so worth the wait. Now, do I want them to wait for 13 more to produce a new album? I do not. I’m ready for more but if they never produce another studio album I’d be ok with it as long as they keep touring.

Personally I’d love to see them release a bunch of live covers they’ve done through the years. Their version of Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter is so good and Ted Nugent’s Stranglehold, played 1998 in Michigan featuring Buzz from Melvins on guitar is a real banger. Collect them up and do a cover album. I’d love that.

Jeffrey Zeldman

While honeymooning in Rome, we spotted an Italian translation of my second book in the display window of a quaint old shop two blocks from the Colosseum.

Jeffrey Zeldman has given us so many wonderful blog posts through the years. It seems like he doesn’t post nearly as often as he used to so when he does they’re nice reads. This one is short and it’s a fun story.

Howard Oakley

In just two months, SwiftUI will be five years old. First released for macOS Catalina in 2019, it’s hard to believe that it’s only two years younger than APFS. Although I’ve been happily developing my apps using AppKit, one of the major components of Cocoa, I’ve been trying to recreate my app Skint using SwiftUI, so I can create a widget for it.

Neat little tour of Apple frameworks and SwiftUI observations. The bottom line is SwiftUI has some catching up to do. I know it gets better and better with each passing year but it does hold back some apps from making a pure 1:1 transition from UIKit/AppKit to SwiftUI.

Don’t worry, they’ll get there eventually. The good thing is you can drop back to UIKit/AppKit if the SwiftUI version of an API doesn’t support your needs.

Julie Clover • MacRumors

Apple Vision Pro Owners Complain of Headaches, Neck Issues and Black Eyes

I can see the headache and neck issues but black eyes? I believe it’s happening, no need to doubt it, but it’s just not something I’d have expected.

Charles Pulliam-Moore • The Verge

You might know the broad strokes of the Joker and Harley Quinn’s twisted romance from Batman: The Animated Series and other DC projects. But the first trailer for Joker: Folie à Deux makes it seem like director Todd Phillips is doing something very different with his musical take on the characters.

I’m sold. Let’s get this move to theaters already! 🃏

Bryce Covert • The Nation

The factory floors at America’s top seller of electric vehicles are rife with racial harassment, sexual abuse, and injuries on the job.

Does this surprise anyone? Musk is human garbage. Tesla’s board should grow a pair and kick the man to the curb.

Tom Warren • The Verge

Microsoft is getting ready to fully unveil its vision for “AI PCs” next month at an event in Seattle. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft is confident that a round of new Arm-powered Windows laptops will beat Apple’s M3-powered MacBook Air both in CPU performance and AI-accelerated tasks.

I hope this is accurate. It would be nice to see Windows boxes compete with M series chips.

Anna Tingley • Variety

“Dune: Part Two” is barreling to streaming. The epic sci-fi sequel, starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, will become available to rent and purchase on digital starting Apr. 16, and will release on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on May 14.

I’ll be purchasing the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital combo the day it’s available. What a great film.

Juli Clover • MacRumors

Apple is leasing 45,000 square feet of space in an office building in Miami, reports Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

Miami? Really, Apple? Miami? I guess y’all use slave labor in China to produce hardware. Might as well go hang out in a state with an authoritarian Governor hell bent on making Florida a third world state. Disappointing.

Mark Frauenfelder • Boing Boing

A woman who left over $1,000 in tips at a Florida taco restaurant because she thought she was going to be swept up in the biblical rapture on the day of the eclipse, now wants a Rapture refund, claiming the restaurant defrauded her.

Hey, if you’re all in on being Raptured and believe, why worry about that money? You made some people’s lives a little brighter and a little better.

I can’t see this going anywhere.

Tiny Apple Core