The technical difficulties continue!

** The Bulletin ** – January 14, 2024


I apologize for the newsletter being a little later than usual two weeks in a row. Trying not to make that a habit and keep Saturdays at 8PM Eastern the schedule. We’ll be back to normal next week!

The technical difficulties continue this week with Windows completely corrupting on the final machine in my setup that runs it, right as I was pulling data off of it. So, that’s cool. I’m quite mad about it because I’m finishing the final things on the biggest project I’ve ever worked on—and I just don’t have the energy to deal with that right now. Sigh.

I also just got done dogsitting for my neighbors, and I’m gonna be honest: I will miss checking on their old golden retriever each day! She really gives the best hugs! <3

There’s a lot for me to dig into this week, including one “tiny” announcement. Let’s do this…

Buried Alive: The First Chapter (Preview) available now

The first chapter of my new book, Buried Alive, is available now on Amazon and my website. The book itself is dedicated to my best friends Chantel, Max, and Kolin, and I can’t wait to share the full thing with all of you later this year.

I’m very proud of it, and I hope you are, too!

This week’s question

Here it is: the question of the week! Each week, I’ll ask a question, and you’ll vote. (In the email, just tap on your answer!) In the following week’s Bulletin, I’ll ask another AND reveal my answer to the previous week’s question along with rough tallies from all of you~!

Sound like fun? I thought so. Please consider participating!

Polls close at time of this post going out on Wednesday (Eastern Time). Make sure to cast your vote before then!

Last week’s question (and my answer!)

Last week’s question was “Of these four things, you’re only allowed to bring one to a deserted island: what do you bring?” 100% of you said you’d bring along a few novels. Despite loving Cheez-Its, I would also bring a few novels—it’ll be so quiet that I could actually put a dent in my massive ‘to-read’ list.

This week’s soundtrack

I’m kind of a Spotify addict, so I happen to listen to a lot of music. Here’s what I’m currently listening to—usually on repeat. Here’s what I’ve got for you, for the week of January 13, 2024

Thanks to Songlink for making all these streaming platform-agnostic!

Things I found across the net

We’re back with some interesting stuff.

  • Substack has a serious problem: Publications big and small, such as Platformer and even me are leaving due to Substack’s non-commitment to removing literal Nazis from their platform. Casey has a really good write-up on Platformer that I recommend you go read. As for me, no one will be affected by this transition—it will simply be moving to my own in-house platform known as Beauregard CMS (which I’ve very loosely based on WordPress), and you all you’ll need to do to read Slade’s Corner is visit the new URL once the new website is up!

    • Friends with blogs: if you’d like to move off of Substack as well, perhaps onto my Beauregard CMS, please send me a message. I can help you migrate within as much time as you want—a month, two months, three months, a year—just let me know!

      • In addition to that, I will also be asking a couple friends to help me beta test—but if you want in, also drop me a message! I could use some assistance.

    • There will be a longer (free) explainer from me soonish about why I’m personally leaving Substack and building my own Substack alternative, but I echo a lot of what Casey shared in his article!

  • Schiller does Threads: Phil Schiller, most known for being in charge of Apple Events and the App Store, joined Meta’s Threads—and not only did he detail how he sets up his Mac dock (spoiler: it’s the same thing he had on NeXtStep), but he also revealed the sheer amount of Macs he uses. I personally believe he’s one of the more ‘down-to-Earth’ executives, so it’s definitely worth reading those!

    • Side note: this man has responded to both emails I’ve ever sent him—he’s very fast and is very kind with his words too! While we may not always agree, I certainly hold him in high regard.

  • Google reorganizes Devices & Services teams; lays off “a few hundred roles” on AR team: It’s official, there’s a shake-up in leadership happening on Google’s hardware teams as a result of several Fitbit alumni leaving the company. The team will become more similar to Apple’s structure, wherein all individual teams report to one leader. As of writing, a leader of the reorganized team hasn’t officially been named, but my assumption is that the current Senior Vice President of Devices & Services at Google, Rick Osterloh, will be steering that ship.

    • Unfortunately, Google has also laid off a chunk of its 1P AR team, reiterating in a statement that the company is “deeply committed to other AR initiatives, such as AR experiences in our products, and product partnerships.”

Thanks as ever for reading, and for you support here in my Corner of the internet. It really means a lot to me! For those who like email, you can always reach me at [email protected] — but just note that due to the amount of emails I get, I can’t always guarantee a response!

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