Timeline’s 1st Anniversary: Comments, Webmentions, and Apple Music

Jason Shew’s Timeline has been online for a whole year. Since its launch, comments on posts and subscriptions to the site have been disabled. To better connect with the world, however, I’ve decided to allow comments on all new posts from today β€” including this post per se!

Just click on the date / timestamp of each post, and you’ll be able to leave a message below the post. Your name, email, and other contact info are welcomed but not required. Feel free to share your thoughts. You can also choose to follow updates on your own comments and to get notified of my new posts. If you’re very web-savvy, try sending a Webmention.

I’m not looking to receive floods of comments. The site may well be as quiet as before. But I’d like to take this little step.

Also, here is another change for music lovers: if you have an active Apple Music subscription when seeing an embedded Apple Music player anywhere on my site, simply sign in with your Apple ID by clicking on the button in the upper-right corner, and you will be able to enjoy a complete track rather than a 30-second preview. Why not have a try now?

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🎡 TEST DRIVE // Joji β€” BALLADS 1 (2018)

At times I share a whole album or a long playlist. If you happen to see your web browser display playlists in a weird way (say, oversized playlists), please enable Async Frame Scrolling in your browser settings. On the iPhone, for instance, you can access Settings –> Safari –> Advanced –> Experimental Features –> Async Frame Scrolling (turn it on). Now you have a chance to check that your web browser works properly.

🎡 This is a playlist on Apple Music.

I hope these neatly embedded players can bring you much auditory joy.

How to Use Also, Furthermore, Moreover, and Besides?

Some students are wondering how they should use also, furthermore, moreover, and besides to achieve correct transitions. Here is an example for you.

My sister believes that McD is the best restaurant in town, but I think that KFC can beat it. The well-known actor Amy has endorsed KFC. The famous comedian Luke also thinks highly of KFC. Furthermore, food scientists indicate that KFC sells more nutritious food. Moreover, KFC itself highlights the nutritional value. In light of the overwhelming celebrity endorsement and the remarkable nutritiousness, I should say that KFC is definitely a better choice. Besides, my sister has been to McD only once and has never been to KFC, whereas I have experienced all the restaurants in town.

Now let’s break down the reasons why I believe KFC can beat McD:
1. Celebrity 1 (Amy) says KFC is good;
2. Celebrity 2 (Luke) says KFC is good;
3. Food scientists say KFC is good;
4. KFC itself has a good business concept;
5. My sister is underqualified for praising McD.

Analysis:
1 ← 2 : simple addition
1 ← 2 | 3 : scientists’ opinion parallel to celebritiesβ€˜
1 ← 2 | 3 [4] : KFC’s business concept (on a different level)
1 ← 2 | 3 [4] *5 : my sister’s lack of knowledge as a “bonus”

Bottom line:
(i) also – simple addition;
(ii) furthermore – to pile up evidence with a parallel reason;
(iii) moreover – to pile up evidence with a different kind of reason;
(iv) besides – [a] to indicate that the previous reason(s) is (are) already perfect and here is one more little thing to mention. You can accept it happily as a bonus. – [b] to indicate that even if the previous reason(s) is (are) unconvincing or erroneous, here is one more thing that will make the whole argument unworthy of a conclusion. You have no alternative but to accept it and forgo any conclusion.

It’s been months since I checked my micro.blog timeline. Now I’m kind of worried about @vasta. Hope that the desired tranquility will eventually empower him and that he’s doing fine in every sense of the word.

I’m not mentally vulnerable most of the time, but sometimes I do feel so. Once I asked myself,

“If I suffered from severe chronic depression so much that I had to end my life today, whom should I talk to at the last minute?”

Then I counted in very few people. Yes, very very few, even with my family included.

Now I know your support and solicitude are always there for me, albeit unnoticeably before today.

I’m touched as you’re counted in. Thank you, my dear friend. I am and will be at your back, too.

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✎ I’d like to share this with you.

☞ Stop Giving Toxic People Your Time
Do you ever get upset about the nasty behavior of your co-workers, friends, or even family? Well, if you let others upset you, it’s not their fault. β€œIt’s not me, it’s him!” is what most of us say. We’re always quick to blame others for how we feel. …

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✎ I’d like to share this with you.

☞ My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed.
Last month, I spoke to NAMI’s Ohio statewide conference. Here are my prepared remarks. Before I begin, I want to warn you that this talk touches on many triggering subjects, including self-harm and suicide. …

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