Spark Launches on iPad | MacStories

Federico Viticci:

With all the email clients we’ve seen launch to great promise and eventually be abandoned for something else, it’s difficult to make the case that Spark will be around for years to come when the business aspect is still up in the air. While companies like Microsoft and Google release their email client for free to get users into their ecosystems, Readdle doesn’t have an ecosystem of web services to lock users into, and yet everything is still available for free, for everyone.

A compelling reason not to use Spark. Quality apps that stick around are funded by loyal customers or big companies that justify the expense. When an app doesn’t have either, why fall in love only to be heartbroken?

The 10 Most Popular Web Fonts of 2015 (And Fonts You Should Consider Using Instead) | Typewolf

Jeremiah Shoaf:

Welcome to the third annual edition of the ten most popular web fonts of the year as featured on Typewolf. Based on font usage data from 365 websites featured over 2015, these are the ten fonts that were used the most often…

While reviewing the data for this year, I noticed something a little disconcerting: this year’s top ten list is almost identical to the top ten list from 2014. Other than swapping out Franklin Gothic with Brown, these are exactly the same ten fonts that were featured the most on Typewolf last year.

Feels like we’re taking the easy way out with all these geometric, sans-serif typefaces, peeps.

Reeling Rockets Reportedly Looking to Deal Howard | NBA.com

Fran Blinebury reporting for NBA.com:

After another listless, desultory effort in a loss at Portland that sent them staggering into the All-Star break with a record below .500 and out of the Western Conference playoff seedings, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his team was “broken.”

So the response might be to break the Rockets up completely.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that general manager Daryl Morey is reaching out around the league about trading center Dwight Howard.

Here’s a story I saw back in Mexico, and couldn’t write about it. The trade deadline came and went; no deal. And I mean, c’mon, who would take it? Howard had made it clear that he was going to opt out of the final year of his contract. No team was going to send some quality players and maybe some picks for a few months with him.

Come June, Dwight will leave yet another team, only solidifying the fact that he is the problem. With age, injuries, and a skill set that leaves a lot to be desired, we’ll see what city will get to complain about him next.

Light Frames, Great Content | daverupert.com

Uncle Dave:

Abiding in “light frames, great content” means I’m not limited by an arbitrary number of kilobytes. Some content needs to be bigger, commented, zoomed-in on, animated, felt, sung, interacted with, played. It’s not a zealous adherence to metrics, but a single question: “Does the content justify the kilobytes?”

I love this. Instead of being dogmatic about rules, we do what’s best by the content and those who visit the sites we build.

NBA Shoe Deals

Nick DePaula writing for Yahoo Sports takes you on an eye-opening experience about shoe deals in the NBA:

To start, there’s a common misconception among casual fans that only star players have shoe deals. When I tweeted out last month that Nick Young was signing a new shoe deal with adidas, the first response was, “Why is adidas giving Nick Young his own shoe?”

The truth is, only 10 players currently have their own signature shoe with a U.S.-based brand, but literally every player in the league has some level of relationship with a footwear brand.

I’m Done with MacBooks | Subtraction.com

Khoi Vinh:

What I’m starting to believe is that desktop operating systems like OS X might not be all that well suited for these away-from-your-desk use cases, that in spite of the overwhelming success of laptops as a form factor, they’re really not what we should be using on the go. Granted, it’s true that iOS has a ways to go before it can replace OS X for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that OS X is the really the right long-term solution for mobile productivity.

Fascinating post. Personally, I’m not yet in a place to say “I’m done.” But in just the past six months I’ve started doing things I only used to do with my Mac. My inclination is that list will only grow.

Still Rendering | Erin Lee Carr

Erin Lee Carr on the death of her father:

I’m a year out, and I’m still rendering. If I could talk to that grief stricken kid, because I was a kid before my dad passed away, I would say this: you will feel uncomfortable when people light cigarettes around you. You will want to hit the mute button when friends complain about their parents. You will lose some of those friends. You will leave the room when your boyfriend picks up his phone to whisper hello to his very alive father. You will curse yourself for deleting the voicemails he left you. You will feel like the world is flooded with jello and you’re walking through it wearing ankle weights.

I bawled after reading this. I came away with a new appreciation for my alive parents, and also an example of the type of father I’d want to be.

Day One 2 Review | MacStories

Jake Underwood writing for MacStories:

Is Day One 2 worth the purchase? I think so. Even though its functionality centers around text editing, it offers so many other features that are worth checking out. The overall experience of Day One is similar to flipping through a physical journal, albeit one that’s organized not by date but by criteria you decide. With the addition of pictures and more metadata, Day One 2 stands up well against other apps that don’t have the range of functionalities that Day One offers.

I bought Day One 2 the day it came out. Some of my best and worst memories are in Day One, and I love having them just a few taps away. Some I love to relive, others help me see how much I’ve grown.

Finding Good Content | The Brooks Review

Ben Brooks on how difficult it is to find good content:

There’s piles of shit every where you look, which you have to sift through item by item in order to find something decent — it’s even more work to find something good because you can’t judge good until you finish reading it.

And, despite all the advances in technology, this one central problem remains: it’s hard to find the good stuff. The really extraordinary stuff is easy to find, because it will be shared to no end and hard to not see. But the good stuff, the stuff which people like me have always really enjoyed — all of that is buried amongst the shit.

Like Ben, I’m still a big fan of RSS and subscribe to a lot of sites. However, I don’t want an AI deciding what’s good for me. I love the curation, that’s the fun of it.

I do see a need for more of what Pocket is trying to do with recommendations though. As amazing as algorithms might get in predicting what we like, there’s something great about getting a recommendation from a human you trust.