Linked: “Kim is snapchatting Kanye’s conversation with Taylor right now”

via Reddit:

Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world. Of course I wanted to like the song. i wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for m, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I never asked to be a part of, since 2009.

So first her PR team say there was no phone call, suddenly she never heard a certain part.

I actually don’t care about any of this but what was most striking is why someone would choose to post snippets of a single recorded video to SnapChat? Doesn’t YouTube have an upload feature?

Further, Taylor Swift’s response:

Laugh out loud, wait, she Instagrammed a photo of a notepad document?

I honestly feel like we’ve regressed in Internet usage. You can post 10 hour long videos to YouTube and million word blog posts to WordPress / Tumblr and people are snap chatting 2 second clips and Instagramming notepad screenshots. HAHA.

Then again, every reply to Taylor’s Instagram is emoji characters so maybe she knows her audience? Still, this is quite possibly the most absurd thing I’ve seen in a while.

Linked: Why are there no top-tier gas stations in upstate NY?

I found this NYTimes article from 1982 but I don’t think it really answers the question:

Nearly 1,250 stations and 100 distributors upstate have been affected by the departure of Shell in 1977, Texaco in 1979 and the announcements by Exxon and Gulf that they would leave next year, according to the New York State Association of Service Stations; the group represents the owners of the state’s 8,500 gasoline stations. Some blame an oil company ”conspiracy,” and others the taxes on oil companies in New York, but neither theory can be confirmed and neither makes gasoline any easier to find.

The stations’ problems – declining demand and declining prices for gasoline – plague the oil companies, too, their executives say. ”There’s nothing wrong with upstate New York – it’s the overall, general conditions,” said W. Kirk Vogeley, a spokesman for the Gulf Refining and Marketing Company in Houston, a division of the Gulf Oil Corporation.

I recently drove from central New Hampshire to Pittsburgh via Albany and then Buffalo. I fairly saw an Exxon and never saw a Shell, BP, Chevron or Texaco station. Every gas-station was a local off-brand gasoline and here I am in a performance 1.2 Liter motorcycle that’s fuel injected and in need of quality fuel.

If you do a search on Shell’s website for gas stations in New York, everything upstate is completely barren until you get to Toronto where Shell has a big Canadian presence. I’ve been exclusively using Shell 93 Nitro+ for the last 2 years in my vehicles and it was a bummer to have to use non-name low-tier gas for this trip.

Linked: “Google “deletes” artist’s blog, erasing 12 years of work”

via BoingBoing:

“It seems that the only option I have left is to sue Google,” Cooper told Artforum. “This will not be easy for me for the obvious reasons, but I’m not going to just give up ten years of my and others’ work without doing everything possible.”

Anyone in the tech world knows this isn’t a big surprise. I feel sad for the artist but these companies don’t care about YOUR data. They just want data.

Meta: Ulysses 2.6 for WordPress = A+

I’ve been using MarsEdit for many years. Before that, I can’t remember what tool I was using but I obviously started on WordPress within their web interface then I discovered off-line writing and it was life-changing.

Perhaps a good throwback is that my first CMS was actually LiveJournal and I used an application called XJournal that surprisingly still launches on El-Capitan and has every journal I ever posted since year 2000. I then started a few websites ran completely off PMachine. I then moved to Expression Engine and at some point around 2007, I made the move to WordPress. Movable Type never appealed to me despite it being the geek CMS of choice for many years. I think it was actually Laughing Squid’s positive posts about WordPress that got me to switch.

It would appear I started using MarsEdit in the spring of 2010 to post to my WordPress sites. 6 years with one application is a long time and honestly, MarsEdit hasn’t changed that much since then.

Ulysses is a huge departure. Markdown, iCloud syncing, Typewriter mode and a really well thought out design. I feel more inspired in using it and dark-mode full-screen is what originally had me writing in Byword for a while and pasting the plain text over to MarsEdit.

The main thing Ulysses loses that MarsEdit does so well is the ability to connect to Flickr and embed those photos with one click into a blog post. For travel posts with lots of photos, I’ll be using MarsEdit for now. For everything else, I’m using Ulysses. The price is high, no doubt at that but I’m only using the Mac version and ignoring the iOS version for now because who writes more than emoji on an iOS device?

You can download a 10-Hour trial on their website. It’s great for writing Linked posts like I do here and designed to scale up to full novels if that’s what you’re trying to do.