I went 1.8 miles past the 5 mile limit to travel for exercise last night. The first time since lockdown started. Celebrating the end of term. It was worth it. So many things I’ve not seen; ringlet, kestrel, buzzard, larks, snipe, foxglove, heather, bedstraw, and so much more.

Aaron is wondering about Jetpack after reading Doug’s post about privacy. The post is fascinating and a useful reminder. On the Jetpack front I’ve got Jetpack installed but the “Publicize connections” & “Sharing buttons” turned off. I don’t see any traffic going to Facebook using two of the tool’s that Doug suggests. Perhaps Jetpack is OK? Or I don’t really know how to use the tools.

In normal times I listen to podcasts. As I do this on a commute I’ve only listened to 2 episodes since schools shut. I miss it.

When listening I often want to remember something for later, perhaps for a blog post or like, usually this ends in frustration as my memory fails. I imagined a podcast player that had voice control and would let you make voice notes. Today this imagining came true.

Castro, the podcast app I use, had an update. This includes a pile of very welcome Siri integration which will help with hands free problems.

Even better the addition of shortcuts and one of the examples gathers info about the current playing episode and allows you speak a note. This is collated with data about the episode, podcast name, Castro url, show notes, position and saved into a New note.

I managed to edit the shortcut to get the information into Drafts instead. I’ve tested it a few times and I am now good to go when commuting starts again on 11 August.

Replied to Poll: Has The Meaning Of The Word “Blog” Changed? by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

I wonder if the idea of what constitutes blogging is different for different people in different points in time? I wonder if it is as simple as talking about ‘posts’ and ‘blogs’? Or maybe what I doing here with post kinds is even blogging at all?

See also podcast and episode.

I think blogging is a good description of what you are doing Aaron. Since I installed Alan’s Posted Today plugin I’ve been re visiting a lot of ancient posts here. Lots of my early blogging consisted of notes, bookmarks, replies and likes. Just not formerly organised into kinds.

I voted for Posts.