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Microblog Context: Sit and Rest September 18, 2017

It’s not that I don’t consider the opportunity to move to a new device when the opportunity arrises. One recent instance of this actually came from a seemingly unlikely source — i broke my iPad mini. It fell off a table onto a concrete coffeeshop floor screen first and shattered. I use my mini a lot. It’s my second most used device. I was crestfallen. So, in considering whether to do nothing and go without, have the screen repaired, replace the it, or go another direction, I considered the option of moving to a iPhone 6 or 7 plus. From those I know with them they have replaced both their iPhones and iPads with one single device. This idea of replacing two devices with one appealed to me and I gave it some serious consideration. But, then a good deal came up on a brand new iPad mini 4 better than the one I lost. Sometimes, fate shows you the way.

-Patrick Rhone, One more thing… Newsletter

There comes a time in each person’s life when they must find happiness in what they have. The sentiment reminds me of The Giving Tree when, in the end, an old man with nothing to show from a life of chasing material things just needs a place to sit and rest.

I think I’ll rest with my current iPhone for a little while longer.

Microblog Context: Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson September 14, 2017

From my reading page, where I keep track of the books I have read recently:

This Audible Original audiobook gained a lot of attention in certain circles when it was first released. I was once into audiobooks a lot more than I am now due to the nature of previous commutes (i.e. driving to work versus riding the bus), but I am a reader at heart more than a listener. This book is available (at least as of now) in audio form only and, honestly, I could listen to Richard Armitage read all day long. All that aside, David Hewson has adapted other Shakespeare plays into novels before and the idea intrigued me enough to purchase this. In short, this is possibly the best adaptation I have ever read/heard. The idea of taking a classic work of this magnitude and making it better is no small feat, but going a step further to revitalize and expound upon it is amazing. And I love Juliet as a strong-willed, intelligent, and much more feministic character.

Check out the Audible page for the book here.

Apple After Thoughts September 12, 2017
Though my thoughts may change with time, I do believe that I will wait and see with regard to Apple’s announcements today.

The following paragraphs are a repost of an earlier microblog context.

I always attempt to digest Apple events before reporting out on them in any way, but I have to say that it was an odd one. I think all of the updates announced were solid, but I just don’t know that I will be capitalizing on any of the announcements right at launch. In contrast, previous upgrade cycles have felt like no-brainers.

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Microblog Context: Apple iPhone Event Follow Up September 12, 2017

Since I was interacting directly with Twitter today for the first time in a few weeks, I wanted to somehow collect the thoughts I shared there and the things I am thinking about now that the event is over.

Twitter Interactions From Earlier (Chronological Order)

12:14 PM - I noticed this as well. They must be focusing specifically on iPhone (and accessories) since these media events rarely go past 1.5 hours.

12:15PM - Exactly.

1:28PM - Face ID is necessary for hard winters.

1:31PM - No contingencies set up for a Face/Off style situation…

1:40PM - Good thing I don’t hate my own face since will be an animated emoji now.

1:53PM - Now is the time to madly refresh the http://Apple.com website until all is up-to-date.

1:54PM - Also, goodbye to Twitter again until the next event that makes it worth using…

After Thoughts

I always attempt to digest Apple events before reporting out on them in any way, but I have to say that it was an odd one. I think all of the updates announced were solid, but I just don’t know that I will be capitalizing on any of the announcements right at launch. In contrast, previous upgrade cycles have felt like no-brainers.

I have an iPhone 7 on the iPhone Upgrade Program and I have been happy with this model. The iPhone 8 doesn’t appear to be that big of an update for me and the iPhone X is, as expected, more expensive. In addition, that model is aspirational in nature and while I would love having the newest and best, my happiness with the iPhone 7 leads me to believe that I might want to take a wait-and-see approach with things like Face ID, Wireless Charging, and the lack of home button.

The iPhone aside, the announcements regarding the Apple Watch and the Apple TV are intriguing. I welcome the upgrade of all my iTunes content to 4K and would be interested in having the new Apple TV 4K, but I don’t know that I feel pressure to upgrade. In addition, the Series 3 Watch is a nice update to a solid product, but my Series 0” Stainless Steel marches on and does exactly what I need it to do.

Possibly the most interesting announcement from a technology perspective (and one of the many reasons I have upgraded in the past) is the one that got relatively little fanfare on stage: Apple has designed and implemented its own GPU. The A11 Bionic chip can do a lot of interesting things, especially given it is a first generation design in that way. Apple has set itself apart in many ways with its in-house CPU designs, so I have no reason to think the in-house GPU designs will be any different.

To be honest, the feeling that has enveloped me just after recent Apple events has been

Microblog Context: Shooting Fish In A Barrel September 10, 2017

The Facebook event is titled Shoot at Hurricane Irma” and over 50,000 people have expressed interest in taking part.

A combination of stress and boredom made me start the event. The response is a complete and total surprise to me,” the 22-year-old said.

-Tom Porter, Don’t Fire Guns at Hurricane Irma, Florida Police Warn, Newsweek

Cutting Off Social Media and Getting the News September 7, 2017
It feels like a situation of Lather, Rinse, Repeat with how I digest the news these days.

No matter how you feel about current events, you should agree that getting the news is important in one way or another.1 From a technologist’s perspective, the technology landscape changes so quickly that it only makes sense to have a way to quickly see and digest news items. The benefit of such things is two-fold: to educate yourself and to be able to educate others about what is current and what is to come. How you personally use such information is your prerogative, but for me it was always about sharing.

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Microblog Context: Email Newsletters September 7, 2017

Email Newsletters with heart and a hope for feedback is definitely a trend and I would suggest you subscribe to the following two.

From Patrick Rhone:

Try it on social media. Choose someone at random from your feed or someone you’ve followed for a while but may not communicate with often. Or, if your shy, someone you know really well. The who” really doesn’t matter to be honest, the what” does. Shoot them a reply that pays them a compliment out of the blue. From my time there and my brief ventures in during my sabbatical, social media seems to have become an increasingly negative and impersonal place. Therefore, think of how much more impact a random positive direct compliment can have. It could help.

From Nash Pitre:

My site is my site, and I want this to be different. I want this to be a relationship. A friendship. A direct conversation. I want your feedback. I want your help. I’ve experimented with hundreds of ideas within the last decade, and the one thing I’ve learned is: it’s ALWAYS better when you include others. As an introvert, this is difficult at times, but I’m slowly breaking out of that, and I’m finding new ways to collaborate and involve others in the things I create.

Signs of hope from July, 2016 September 6, 2017
Back in July of 2016, scientists were reporting signs of healing of the ozone layer, I can only hope their predictions of complete closure by midcentury are still possible.

We can now be confident that the things we’ve done have put the planet on a path to heal,” says lead author Susan Solomon, the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at MIT. Which is pretty good for us, isn’t it? Aren’t we amazing humans, that we did something that created a situation that we decided collectively, as a world, Let’s get rid of these molecules’? We got rid of them, and now we’re seeing the planet respond.”

-Jennifer Chu, Scientists observe first signs of healing in the Antarctic ozone layer, MIT News

How much hope can these same scientists have just one year later, as all of America’s environmental progress is swiftly dismantled?

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On coffee September 5, 2017
There are days that I say I love coffee and drink it and then there are days when I’m moved to write about it.

I remember as a kid, drinking a shot of coffee in sugar and milk. Growing up in a church, Coffee was an expectation after the service for the general congregation. My parents were already pot-a-day coffee drinkers, although like most people, they brewed one of those brands that was de rigueur of the time. In other words, coffee was normal in basically every part of my life even at a young age.

I remember a now-defunct coffee shop in Chicago called Jinx that solidified coffee’s place in my daily habits and social encounters. Hang out for my older sister and her friends, it was a place where our timely but drastic lack of things in common would be set aside to enjoy coffee and a cigarette together. The coffee was black as night and I have no recollection of their roast or brewing methods, but my friends and I remember it fondly, as most youths do with such things, through the rose-colored lenses of memory.

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Microblog Context: Amy’s Drive Thru September 2, 2017

Instead of a swift-moving, utilitarian kitchen, the culinary operation at Amy’s Drive Thru is necessarily divided into thirds, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options all prepared separately so as not to cross-contaminate. Whereas a standard fast-food restaurant has around 15 employees per outpost, Amy’s Drive Thru employs over 90 because it takes many more people to prepare the food. Even so, all are paid at above minimum wage, and with full benefits. And with a single-patty veggie cheeseburger clocking in at $3.99, just around a dollar more than the McDonald’s offering, Amy’s is not exactly pitching itself to a higher tax bracket.

-Eillie Anzilotti, America’s First Meat-Free Fast-Food Restaurant Is Getting Ready To Expand, Fast Company

Look here for the original comment from August 27th.

Thanks to NextDraft for the big reveal!

Microblog Context: All thanks to Stone Creek Coffee September 2, 2017

This lot comes to us from the highest reaches of breathtaking Finca San Sebastian in San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala. We call it Ring of Fire because sitting at around 2000 masl, this coffee was grown in one of the highest altitude areas in the region—making it incredibly unique. In a cup of Ring of Fire, you’ll taste the results of high-altitude growth. You’ll notice a sweet lemonade-like acidity complimented by a pleasant, honeydew melon-like body and cocoa finish.

-Stone Creek Coffee, Guatemala Ring of Fire

Microblog Context: A Good Email Newsletter September 1, 2017

August was a challenge. I completed a full 5-day water only fast. The first time I’ve attempted such a feat. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The hunger subsides, but the disrupted sleep (tossing and turning all night) was brutal. Why do this? Check out Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s interview w/ Dr. Longo for more details on the benefits of 5-day fasting. (Note: always consult your doctor before attempting any fast.)

Have a great month and enjoy the issue.

-Kevin Rose, The Journal, September 2017


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Patrick Rhone is always working to define “enough” for himself and I think the iPhone 7 is enough for me. September 18, 2017 See context...

The way to get more Twitter activity: be confused for someone famous or tweet about a David Hewson book. ;-) September 16, 2017

I finished David Hewson’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and I cannot recommend it enough. September 14, 2017 See context...

Might as well ask: I have a 128GB iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8 will drop me down to 64GB. Worth it? September 13, 2017

Just to be clear, Juliet would have lived out her days as an Opium addict. September 13, 2017

Is there such a thing as too much of an upgrade? September 13, 2017

This is perhaps the first time that I was not overly enticed by Apple’s announcements. September 12, 2017 See context...

Candy doesn't seem so bad until you realize that eating more than a few pieces has not made you feel more full. September 12, 2017

Twitter makes the most sense when there's an event going on. Happy iPhone Day! September 12, 2017

Garfield is neither kid humor nor funny; not really sure why that character was made into children's books. September 11, 2017

Just think about it: making spaceships sleek and aerodynamic makes no sense. September 11, 2017

The next Florida Man story basically writes itself, as Newsweek is forced to become The Onion. September 10, 2017 See context...

I've been running the iOS Public Beta since the first, so I’m looking forward to the Apple event this week for a stable iOS 11. September 10, 2017

The acts of quiet advocacy can be just as imprtant as the outspoken ones as long as it works to change the broken system. September 10, 2017

Automation is hard. September 9, 2017

Popcorn is simultaneously delicious, addictive, and terrifying to examine up close. September 9, 2017

I was reminded by a colleague this week that sometimes rearranging spaces (physical or otherwise) can be fun. September 9, 2017

Audiobooks and podcasts are hard to keep up with for me, as I prefer printed material to audio. That being said, there is some fantastic media out there. September 8, 2017

Being a beta tester and assisting app developers in making their products better is one of my favorite hobbies. September 7, 2017

I am returning to Email Newsletters and RSS feeds as my main source of news aggregation and digestion; it’s enough. September 7, 2017 See context...

I am more active on Twitter now that I have stopped reading it. September 6, 2017

The craziest thing about “the solution” of Bluetooth remotes is that now we have to solve for toddlers that enjoy playing with them. September 6, 2017

More often recently, I have noted that by the end of an article, the thesis has not been addressed and the headline has nothing to do with the content. September 5, 2017

Last week, I commented on the lack of vegetarian fast food options; turns out, Amy's is building a fast food, drive-through empire. September 2, 2017 See context...

TFW you finish the last of a great coffee, but you find that it's the coffee of the month subscription and two bags are sitting outside your door! September 2, 2017 See context...

The Journal, a monthly newsletter from Kevin Rose, killed it for September; I followed basically every link! September 1, 2017 See context...

I'm at the point where short timeframes seem to equate to long term gains: "I'll be happier when it's two weeks from now." August 31, 2017

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Apple After Thoughts September 12, 2017
Though my thoughts may change with time, I do believe that I will wait and see with regard to Apple’s announcements today.

Cutting Off Social Media and Getting the News September 7, 2017
It feels like a situation of Lather, Rinse, Repeat with how I digest the news these days.

Signs of hope from July, 2016 September 6, 2017
Back in July of 2016, scientists were reporting signs of healing of the ozone layer, I can only hope their predictions of complete closure by midcentury are still possible.

On coffee September 5, 2017
There are days that I say I love coffee and drink it and then there are days when I’m moved to write about it.