I had this idea for my iPhone 3G before buying the Apple Universal Dock. It’s really handy, especially when you’re on the move and you want to place the iPhone in an upright position. Since I use my iPhone without a protective case, I prefer to place it like this rather than risk scratching it on hard surfaces.
The other day something ridiculous happened. I was checking the availability of a potential username for a Wordpress blog my brother-in-law wanted to start for himself. We had talked about that over lunch a few days back. The simplest way to check if a username is taken is just entering [username].wordpress.com in a browser and see whether a blog starts loading or not. If the username is still free to take, Wordpress will present you a page where you can easily fill your information and get started right away. I saw that one of the usernames my brother-in-law liked was available, then I tried with another that just struck me as very short and easy to remember. But instead of trying that other username in the browser’s address field as before, I typed it in the form Wordpress had already prepared. I tapped Enter and voilà, Wordpress informed me that I’d just created yet another WP blog. That’s because I was already logged in with my Wordpress account.
These past months I’ve been struggling with the overabundance of accounts opened here and there: flickr, Wordpress, Tumblr, Twitter… I am maintaining different blogs because each of them is about a very specific topic and/or it’s written in a different language. So I have a Mac-oriented blog in Italian, a Mac-literature-design-etc blog in English, a Vintage-Mac blog in English, and the Quillink Press website, which is about a resurrected personal DTP project that was started in 1992 and abandoned more or less in 1998. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all this stuff, especially for those who read my writings and follow me and my work. So I’m re-starting this place (formerly known as apparatus criticus) to offer a coherent stream of all my scattered updates, plus some interesting reblogs from the other Tumblrs I’m following, plus the occasional iPhone photo taken on the road. All the posts published previously on apparatus criticus have been incorporated in The Rizland Observer.
As you can see, the goal is to keep this place as low-maintenance as possible.