Now that Roger Ailes is gone, Fox personalities are revealing how their “News” was designed to feed their audience exactly what they wanted to hear, with no regard for the truth, in order to lock in their audience and guarantee their support.

In other words, it’s almost what we suspected, but even moreso.

View story at Medium.com

I was reading an old Champions rulebook over the weekend and got to thinking about the (still?) standard “Code vs. Killing” Disadvantage. What a gamer concept: “Oh, my PC can’t wantonly kill people? I get points for that, right?”

I don’t doubt that this is a holdover from the early days of gaming, sort of a crutch for people used to murderhoboing their way across a D&D landscape. But as a grownup in 2017, this idea just seems bizarre. If anything, you’d think that in a straight-up superhero campaign, willingness to kill would be the disadvantage (think of the many times Wolverine has sliced a mook dead and Cyclops is all “WTF ARE YOU DOING?!?!?”).

Gamers are weird.

I gave Readdle’s Spark iOS email client a spin yesterday. Today I deleted it.

It could simply be that I have been an Apple Mail loyalist for so long that I just can’t manage to re-train myself. That, and I found Spark’s intelligent email classification less than intelligent — I was spending too much time teaching the app which emails were what. Plus, all of the gestures that I’m used to were triggering different actions, so it was taking me twice as long to accomplish common tasks.

That, and, well, I have generally been pretty happy with Apple’s core apps (Mail, Safari), and their integration with the OS is key for me. The only core app that I’ve replaced is iCal. I use Fantastical, but honestly that’s more due to monetary investment; it’s a little cooler than iCal, but not so much so that I’d recommend everyone put down money for it.

Anyway, none of this isn’t to say that Spark isn’t interesting. And given it’s free on all platforms, it’s worth trying if you’re not totally satisfied with Mail.

https://sparkmailapp.com