Trevor Stinson

Better Worlds 31

Wakanda Forever

We did what we had to do… and kept talking about Black Panther for a second episode. Actually, we just kept talking, and then split it into two episodes later. This half of the conversation goes into characters, plot points, and overarching themes of the movie.


An HTML to Markdown converter

Nice little timesaver. Just used this to simplify while migrating an old site to a more flexible setup.

Better Worlds 30

The Power of the Black Panther

Shuri enough, our discussion of the latest MCU movie went long. This episode covers the first half of our conversation on Black Panther, along with important information about crocodiles, middle names, and Nokia’s product road map.

This marks the second time we’ve split a single conversation into two parts for length. I like the side effect of having a fresh episode two weeks in a row (without even needing to schedule a second recording session).

At the time we recorded it was assumed the conversation would become a single episode, so I added a new intro & outro during the editing phase. Following feedback from the first time we did this, I tried to make the explanation of what is happening more clear to the listener. Otherwise it sounds like the conversation ends abruptly with no resolution, and with no idea of what is to be expected in the following episode.

Also notable: this is the first episode released since we made it easy for people to join our Slack group. We’d love to have you join the conversation that’s happening there.

Apple’s new “Use Listening History” option

How to use Apple Music on a shared device without going insane

If you have an Apple TV, then go to Settings > Apps > Music and toggle “Use Listening History” to Off.

Now anyone in your family can use the TV for Apple Music without messing up the primary user’s history & recommendations.

This feature was created for HomePod, but it has been added across the whole product line.

App recommendation: GIFwrapped

Create your personal GIF library

Have you ever searched for a GIF, found exactly what you wanted, used it… and then had no idea where to find the same GIF the next time you needed it? I do it all the time.

Sometimes it’s a matter of finding the best version of a GIF. Others, it’s a matter of finding anything remotely resembling what you know you’ve used before. Either way, relying on GIFs to stay where you found them is not sustainable. GIFs disappear, even from Giphy.

GIFwrapped is a purpose-built app for building your own GIF library. This is what I want; not just a folder in Dropbox or an album in Photos. The built-in search first looks in your library, then offers to use Giphy if you don’t find what you need. Once found, GIFs can easily be added to your library. You can also add GIFs from other sources. There’s even a tool for combing your Apple Photos library to find gems previously lost to time. GIFwrapped syncs its library to a Dropbox folder so that you never lose a GIF, even if you stop using the app.

Tip: Don’t try to build your library in advance. Lean on the search feature and add GIFs when you use them. Using GIFwrapped is similar to using Giphy. The difference is that your search results become better and quicker over time, and GIFs you love won’t disappear.

GIFwrapped is free on the App Store, with in-app purchases to remove ads and provide additional features. Everything described here is included in the free version.