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Kevan Loy


“Fucking Amateurs”

Posted on Sept. 23, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

I keep thinking about this Stephen King quote I read awhile ago:

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

For about as long as I could remember I’ve wanted to do two, potentially related things:

  1. Write
  2. Create something that impacts the lives of people—be that a product, a book, a service—whatever so long as it was positively ...

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Update: iPad As My Main Machine, Take Two

Posted on Sept. 17, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

It’s been almost three months since I purchased the 10.5” iPad Pro and said I was going to use it as my main computing device.

I’ve only opened my 2015 MBP a handful of times since I wrote that post. The prevailing need to do so was to access files on my external hard drive which can’t be directly mounted by the iPad1 and, unfortunately, isn ...


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iPad As My Main Machine, Take Two

Posted on June 27, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

It's been since the 3rd Generation iPad (iPad with Retina Display) was launched that I've tried to use an iPad as my daily driver.

If memory serves this was at the height of the "iPad is the computer of the future" marching orders were coming fast and hard out of Cupertino. I dutifully obeyed the instructions. I bought:

  • A 32GB Wifi + Cellular model
  • An Apple Bluetooth keyboard
  • An ...

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Page Three, Lower Third

Posted on March 8, 2015, 9:50 p.m.

Call me archaic, but my wife and I have a subscription for The New York Times home delivery Friday through Sunday. It’s called the Weekender or some such nonsense.

By no means am I what you might call a completionist when it comes to reading the paper, but one of the parts I always read is always on the lower third of Page 3: the corrections.

I read them ...


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Today Was a Milestone for Me

Posted on Feb. 25, 2015, 9:47 p.m.

Awhile ago, I pitched the idea of doing a recognition event at my work. My inspiration was Apple’s Top 100 and the idea was simple: we should hold up and give opportunities to the people who, if we were to restart our department today, would be the ones we’d bring along for the ride. I was awarded the autonomy and budget to hold a monthly event with lunch ...


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(P)(R)eview

Posted on Jan. 10, 2014, 9:46 p.m.

Review

Unfortunately, I was particularly successful with all of my goals last year.

I didn't write three times a week and thus didn't get the content for page views and I think the podcast as such is probably dead. I didn't quit smoking (but I'm almost there). I have worked on some of the things, but those are more personal (read: Amanda and I).

Preview

I ...


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The Sound of Your Own Wheels

Posted on Oct. 26, 2013, 9:45 p.m.

I've been so frustrated by the events of the last few months that I haven't even been able to write. Hell, even as I sit here at Starbucks in front of my iPad, coffee at hand and SRV in my headphones, I'm not sure what exactly I'm doing here.

Usually when I sit down to write I have a definitive idea or something I want to ...


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What was it Franklin said? Oh, Never Mind.

Posted on May 9, 2013, 9:44 p.m.

I’ve been reading a lot (as I’m sure most people have) about the PRISM leak and the semi-related Verizon leak. While the philosopher and studier of American constitutionalism in me screams that everything being released is so inherently against the heart of what America was built upon, I can’t help but think with my rational mind of today that we’ve done this to ourselves; which is ...


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Uncertainty and the Affordable Care Act

Posted on May 2, 2013, 9:42 p.m.

Micah Cohen at FiveThirtyEight

Perhaps more troubling for the White House, the Affordable Care Act is still not well liked or well understood. The Obama administration had hoped that over time, the legislation would gain enough support to help smooth over the rough patches of putting it into practice. Instead, public opinion has remained mostly static: a plurality of Americans still disapprove of the law, and a substantial portion of ...


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Twitter and ADN

Posted on April 30, 2013, 9:42 p.m.

Today I reached out to Mailbox (if you're not using it for your GMail account, you're crazy) and found it incredibly hard to fit what I wanted to say in Twitter's 140 character limit.

It really got me thinking about the experience of Twitter overall though: it's a spam-tastic, developer hating experience with unnecessarily terse conversations or forced (what I like to call) "dangling tweets" with ...


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