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Microblog Context: Golden Globe Nominee Issa Rae, Not My Daughter Isa Ray December 13, 2017

2018 Golden Globe nominations for best actress in a television series, musical or comedy:

Pamela Adlon, Better Things”

Alison Brie, Glow”

Rachel Brosnahan, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Issa Rae, Insecure”

Frankie Saw, Smilf”

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-LA Times Twitter Account

Microblog Context: App Pre-Orders December 12, 2017

Unfortunately, this link can only be viewed on the iOS App Store: 7 Games to Pre-Order Now

New-feature alert: You can now pre-order apps and games to have them downloaded to your iPhone or iPad right when they’re released. Just note that you’ll need iOS 11.2 or later to use this feature. (If the Get buttons below are grayed out, try upgrading to the latest iOS.)

Here are a few games to get a jump on before they hit the (virtual) store shelves.

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The Process December 1, 2017
This is a short one for today, as it is the first day of December and the official end of NaNoWriMo.

I have an issue with publishing or, more specifically, I have an issue with the editing process. Perhaps writings on this site are better suited for the short and thoughtful, instead of the drawn-out, immaculately-edited expectations that I put on myself and that NaNoWriMo skirts because those 50,000 words are not for publishing.

Now that November has passed and Ulysses is telling me I wrote approximately 4,000 words, I wanted to write a post-mortem on the month that I intended to start a writing habit. Better still, I don’t count this as failure, but as a time for self-reflection. Let me start by saying this:

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Microblog Context: Oliver Cabell Free Advertising November 24, 2017

Because we want to celebrate intentional buying, and believe that fewer, better things add more value to our lives, we’ve decided to shut down the site for the day.

-Oliver Cabell

Microblog Context: Too Many Books To Read November 21, 2017

Check out the Reading page here. I had always intended the page to be an extension of the Now fad and it has accomplished, if nothing else, being a ledger of the books I read each year. And being that it is basically a hidden page on this site, it has mostly just helped to keep me accountable to myself in my literary endeavors.

Conferences As Habit-Forming Endeavors November 15, 2017
I go to conferences periodically as a part of my job; why not form a (good) habit or two while I’m away.

NOTE: I wrote this post in mid-October and originally it was written as a guest post for another site. That site has chosen not to post it yet (and I will likely just write something else for them when they do), so I wanted to get it out in the world.

I have kids. It’s hardly a confession, but I feel the need to preface almost every conversation with it. You see, I once had a reading habit and then I had a kid; I once had a writing habit and then I had a kid; I once binge-watched TV shows or went out to movie theaters on a whim… the list goes on. Now, I have two children and any habit I formed before the first or between the two birth days has quickly been lost to the chaos that is my household.

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Microblog Context: This M4R File Cannot Be Previewed November 4, 2017

One of the many ways Apple sets its smartphones apart from the herd is with special ringtones, dating back to the original iPhone and its iconic Marimba melody. The iPhone X is no different. It features an exclusive default ringtone called Reflection,” so that everyone around you will know that you shelled out for the pricey new gadget as soon as it starts to ring.

-Jacob Kleinman, How to Get the iPhone X’s Exclusive New Ringtone on Your Older iPhone, Lifehacker

(Source: The Loop)

Microblog Context: iPhone X Home Plate November 3, 2017

Apple seems to be going out of its way not to give the horizontal bar at the bottom of the iPhone X user interface a name. For example, in the getting started” pamphlet that ships in the iPhone X box, they don’t give it a name. They just show a picture of it, with an arrow indicating the gesture, and say Swipe up to go home.”

-John Gruber, iPhone X’s Home Indicator, Daring Fireball

The Cons and Pros of Apple Watch After Year One November 2, 2017
The Apple Watch is infuriating in that it is both so close to perfection and still not a great watch.

Consider this post with a grain of salt; I am about to complain about the Apple Watch and then explain why it is the only option for me currently. Also, I didn’t realize it initially, but I have owned an Apple Watch for just under a year at this point; might be time for a review (of sorts).

I am officially displeased with my Apple Watch (Series 0, Stainless Steel). I was having a conversation with a colleague regarding the smart watch and smartwatch landscape. My previous smartwatch was a Pebble Time Round (Silver with Brown Leather Strap). The only thing it was missing in my mind was a heart rate monitor and I stand with that commentary. The Pebble was everything I wanted in a smartwatch and the arrival of the Apple Watch only solidified what I believed a smartwatch needed to be.

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Forming and Breaking Habits November 2, 2017
I am attempting to start a writing habit, using the NaNoWriMo-style approach.

I recently went to a conference and used that time to form a number of habits that I was putting off. I worked out every morning, I took walks during the lunch break, I actually took a lunch break, etc. In the time since, I have struggled with keeping some of the habits I attempted to form, but it has given me insight into my own intention versus performance” paradigm. I have come to better understand what drives me to start something and what keeps me interested in completing or continuing it.

Last year, I intended to write an autobiographical novel, entitled Pastor’s Kid, during the month of November as part of NaNoWriMo, whereby participants race to write 50,000 words with the understanding that just getting started is among the hardest parts of writing. Suffice it to say, I did not stick with it. The Ulysses group that housed the novel has a general outline and about 2,000 words of content. I have not looked back, though the idea is still a good one in my mind and worth revisiting at some point.

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Value Propositions with Free Services October 19, 2017
I see a lot of value in some free services, but why don’t we as consumers value our own privacy, time, and attention in the same way?

I signed up for Google Photos recently because it is free photo storage and the one thing that comes out of having kids is photos. Every time I sign up for a free service these days, however, I struggle with why these types of services exist. Yes, people like free stuff, but in a world where free isn’t really free, you’d think that there would be a different value proposition involved.

This line of thinking was further spurred by an article by Mike Monteiro that I linked to earlier this afternoon, in which Mike discusses the fact that Twitter started out as a rather mundane idea, turned into something that fostered real friendships and connections, and finally became what it is today: a haven for abuse and harassment. The fact is that social media in and of itself should be a rather harmless idea, but instead it has become one that political outcomes and entire wars have been predicated upon.

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Microblog Context: Mike Monteiro Just Blew My Mind October 19, 2017

Twitter never saw Donald Trump as a problem, because they saw him as the solution. As Upton Sinclair so eloquently put it:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

When I started writing this essay I was wondering whether to close my Twitter account. To be honest with you, all the Twitter shit was bringing me very fucking close to a mental health red flag, which is a thing I need to look out for. I still haven’t decided whether to close it or not. But I have decided that in writing all this shit down and having said my peace I can step back a little bit, at least for a little while. This isn’t about Twitter anymore. This is about something bigger. When Donald Trump tweets us into war, the bombs don’t fall inside Twitter. When Donald Trump tweets us out of the social contract, citizens who’ve never used the service are left to suffer.

What happens when the thing that might save you is also the thing that might destroy the world? What do you do? Where does your responsibility lie?

Twitter set out to change the world. It did.

-Mike Monteiro, One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end, Medium

Microblog Context: Covenant and Coming Out October 11, 2017

The most profound portion of the sermon in my opinion is from around seven minutes and forty-three seconds in and an excerpt is included below, though I suggest listening to the whole sermon. I don’t often talk about religion here in general, but if church-goers who are seeking the right path to following the model of Jesus—one of acceptance and assistance to those in need—aren’t speaking up, nothing will ever change within the church-going context. Nor will non-religious people ever see virtue in church-goers because the worst of us are often the most prevalently iconized. To those who are making difficult decisions about coming out today, I pray that you find those who will be your support, as I attempt to be a support to all LGBTQIA+ people in my area of influence.

Like other stories, the story of Abraham, Sarah, and the three strangers has a beginning, a middle, and an end. The strangers arrive, they accept Abraham’s hospitality, and then they depart. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, invites the church to practice this ancient moral code but with a different outcome. What if the strangers arrive but never leave, what if the story of hospitality—Philoxenia—has a beginning but no end?

In most Bibles, like the reading we heard today. Romans 15, verse 7 is translated as Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God.” But I prefer a different translation and it goes like this: Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

I think there’s a difference between welcome and accept. Sometimes I think of welcome as friendliness, a handshake and a smile when a visitor walks into a church and friendliness is very important, but Paul in Romans is asking us for more. The Greek verb he uses doesn’t mean courtesy to a visitor but enduring relationship, to accept one another as a companion, as a friend. It literally means to take, in exactly the same sense we sometimes use that word in our marriage vows: I take you to be my wife; I take you to be my husband; I take you to be my partner.

Paul wants us to take others into our lives, so for Paul, hospitality is more than a friendly outcome, a friendly welcome. He wants us to accept one another, just as Christ accepted you. A welcome can be transitory, acceptance is for a lifetime.

-Andy Lang, Sermon, October 8, 2017, First Congregational UCC

Microblog Context: iPhone Speed As A Technological Dilemma September 29, 2017

In many ways, guessing at the internal components of an iPhone from 2027 is easier than guessing at the larger software advances or reading the tea leaves of patent disclosures. Here’s the only statement in this piece that’s guaranteed to be true: the processing power will be dramatically greater and the battery capacity will be higher in the iPhone XX. Why? Because of the inevitable march of technological progress. … Apple has been steadily making incredible progress with their A-series of processors which now include an Apple-designed GPU as well. Over the next 10 years, we can expect this trend to continue, and unless Intel miraculously gets its shit together, it really seems like Apple is running away with the crown.

Just comparing the new iPhone 8 with the A11 Bionic chip to high-end Android flagship phones is a joke. That damn thing is even faster in a heads-up test against a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

-Mike Rundle, iPhone XX Futurology, Medium


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Just like me (Jay Ray), my daughter (Eloisa or Isa for short) is going to have to contend with sharing a name with someone famous. Of course, it's fantastic that Issa Rae is a strong, black woman with a well-deserved Golden Globe nomination! December 13, 2017 See context...

Smartest update to the App Store yet: App Pre-Orders. December 12, 2017 See context...

A thought for later: I have culled the number of podcasts in my feed to a minuscule number by comparison to my previous habits. December 8, 2017

Amazon released an update to its Prime Video app on iOS to make it compatible with Apple TV. In a word: Finally! December 6, 2017

I respect this approach from Oliver Cabell on Black Friday. November 24, 2017 See context...

I updated my Reading page today, as I quickly realized this morning that I am in the midst of five different books right now. November 21, 2017 See context...

How insane is it that I still need a Mac to load notification tone files onto an iOS device!?! November 4, 2017 See context...

For no other reason than the cleaning process, there is no other utensil that deserves to have a disposable version more than a whisk. November 4, 2017

It's a little crazy that John Gruber of all people didn't think to call the home indicator, "Home Plate". November 3, 2017 See context...

One of my strangest takeaways from "Straight Outta Compton" is that Ice Cube seems like he is a great husband and father. November 1, 2017

It's that time of year again when I'm told that I can't buy anything for myself because "someone might get it for you"... that never seems to pan out. October 28, 2017

The Rundown on BET (@theRundownBET), when coupled with #theRANdown, is such a good idea that I'm surprised more shows don't have companion podcasts. October 24, 2017

There has to be at least one situation where the autocorrected duck makes perfect sense and causes a hilarious misunderstanding. October 23, 2017

I get overly excited about well-designed apps, any app by Crunchy Bagel. October 22, 2017

You can't tell me Happily Ever After happened for Ariel, living in an ocean side community, where fresh fish was a main source of protein and economic growth. October 19, 2017

How is the JAMF Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution better than Apple's own implementation? October 19, 2017

When you really think about it, social media makes all of the sense and none of it. October 19, 2017 See context...

On the occasion of National Coming Out Day, I thought I would share the sermon from the church we have been attending that is Open and Affirming for over 25 years now. October 11, 2017 See context...

The least praise someone can bestow on coffee that is still praise is simply a lack of offense to its taste. October 11, 2017

The new Dropbox design elements are disturbing. October 10, 2017

I might be alone on this, but GIFs in presentations and emails that can't be paused are the bane of my existence. October 10, 2017

Kids help you to understand why waterproof and shatterproof phones are so high on the collective phone features desired list. October 10, 2017

The first time you use AirPrint, you realize it should be much more popular. October 4, 2017

Let's discuss the insanity that is a lack of solar panel use on airport property. It seems like a missed opportunity. September 30, 2017

I will admit that I want my phone to be fast, but I’m unsure I’m prepared for it to make my iPad or (worse) my MacBook Pro feel slow. September 29, 2017 See context...

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Microblog (with Context) : Golden Globe Nominee Issa Rae, Not My Daughter Isa Ray December 13, 2017
Just like me (Jay Ray), my daughter (Eloisa or Isa for short) is going to have to contend with sharing a name with someone famous. Of course, it's fantastic that Issa Rae is a strong, black woman with a well-deserved Golden Globe nomination!

Microblog (with Context) : App Pre-Orders December 12, 2017
Smartest update to the App Store yet: App Pre-Orders.

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Microblog : Rethinking My Podcast Habit December 8, 2017
A thought for later: I have culled the number of podcasts in my feed to a minuscule number by comparison to my previous habits.

Microblog : Amazon Prime Video, Now On Apple TV December 6, 2017
Amazon released an update to its Prime Video app on iOS to make it compatible with Apple TV. In a word: Finally!

The Process December 1, 2017
This is a short one for today, as it is the first day of December and the official end of NaNoWriMo.

Microblog (with Context) : Oliver Cabell Free Advertising November 24, 2017
I respect this approach from Oliver Cabell on Black Friday.

Microblog (with Context) : Too Many Books To Read November 21, 2017
I updated my Reading page today, as I quickly realized this morning that I am in the midst of five different books right now.

Conferences As Habit-Forming Endeavors November 15, 2017
I go to conferences periodically as a part of my job; why not form a (good) habit or two while I’m away.

Microblog (with Context) : This M4R File Cannot Be Previewed November 4, 2017
How insane is it that I still need a Mac to load notification tone files onto an iOS device!?!

Microblog : $1M Idea: A Disposable Whisk November 4, 2017
For no other reason than the cleaning process, there is no other utensil that deserves to have a disposable version more than a whisk.

Microblog (with Context) : iPhone X Home Plate November 3, 2017
It's a little crazy that John Gruber of all people didn't think to call the home indicator, "Home Plate".

The Cons and Pros of Apple Watch After Year One November 2, 2017
The Apple Watch is infuriating in that it is both so close to perfection and still not a great watch.

Forming and Breaking Habits November 2, 2017
I am attempting to start a writing habit, using the NaNoWriMo-style approach.

Microblog : Ice Cube, Great Dad November 1, 2017
One of my strangest takeaways from "Straight Outta Compton" is that Ice Cube seems like he is a great husband and father.

Microblog : The Most Wonderful Time? October 28, 2017
It's that time of year again when I'm told that I can't buy anything for myself because "someone might get it for you"... that never seems to pan out.

Microblog : The Rundown with Robin Thede October 24, 2017
The Rundown on BET (@theRundownBET), when coupled with #theRANdown, is such a good idea that I'm surprised more shows don't have companion podcasts.

Microblog : The Autocorrected Duck October 23, 2017
There has to be at least one situation where the autocorrected duck makes perfect sense and causes a hilarious misunderstanding.

Microblog : Streaks is a Well-Designed App October 22, 2017
I get overly excited about well-designed apps, any app by Crunchy Bagel.

Microblog : Under the Sea, Indeed October 19, 2017
You can't tell me Happily Ever After happened for Ariel, living in an ocean side community, where fresh fish was a main source of protein and economic growth.

Value Propositions with Free Services October 19, 2017
I see a lot of value in some free services, but why don’t we as consumers value our own privacy, time, and attention in the same way?

Microblog : iOS MDM Apple Fail October 19, 2017
How is the JAMF Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution better than Apple's own implementation?

Microblog (with Context) : Mike Monteiro Just Blew My Mind October 19, 2017
When you really think about it, social media makes all of the sense and none of it.

Microblog (with Context) : Covenant and Coming Out October 11, 2017
On the occasion of National Coming Out Day, I thought I would share the sermon from the church we have been attending that is Open and Affirming for over 25 years now.

Microblog : This Coffee Isn’t Offensive October 11, 2017
The least praise someone can bestow on coffee that is still praise is simply a lack of offense to its taste.

Microblog : Is that Dropbox Purple? October 10, 2017
The new Dropbox design elements are disturbing.

Microblog : Stop the Looping GIFs October 10, 2017
I might be alone on this, but GIFs in presentations and emails that can't be paused are the bane of my existence.

Microblog : A …-Proof Phone October 10, 2017
Kids help you to understand why waterproof and shatterproof phones are so high on the collective phone features desired list.

Microblog : AirPrint Enigma October 4, 2017
The first time you use AirPrint, you realize it should be much more popular.

Microblog : The Airport’s Missing Ecology September 30, 2017
Let's discuss the insanity that is a lack of solar panel use on airport property. It seems like a missed opportunity.

Microblog (with Context) : iPhone Speed As A Technological Dilemma September 29, 2017
I will admit that I want my phone to be fast, but I’m unsure I’m prepared for it to make my iPad or (worse) my MacBook Pro feel slow.