If you follow me on Twitter, you might've caught on to the fact that Kris was visiting today. She arrived at Penn Station before noon (I was not happy about having to wake up early to go get her) and we've been out and about ever since. We spent a great deal of time in Prospect Park, taking advantage of the uncharacteristically beautiful day. There are many more pictures to be seen, but I'm only putting up this portrait today. This is a genuine look that Kris gives me all the time. It's a cute smile that I can only assume means, "God, I love this dork."
The office is currently being blessed with the musical talents of Mindy Gledhill and friends. She was a CyberPR client before I arrived here, and seems to have made quite a name for herself. Plus, she has that rare ability to actually perform well live. A few beers in, and I'm actually really enjoying this!
I recently came across Dave Caolo's article on Unclutterer titled Unclutter your tech with the Rule of One. It's worth a read to really understand the idea, but in summary, he suggests (à la Patrick Rhone) reducing "superfluous tech" down to the one item that you can live with.
It's a nice thought, but I don't think I could ever do that, and have no intentions of attempting to.
The article, in my mind, comes in stark contrast to Matt Gemmell's piece The Unacknowledged Compromise, in which he concludes:
No device fits all situations, and no device ever will. If you do more than one thing, in more than one place or in more than one way, maybe you ought to have more than one tool.
I agree much more with this sentiment. It's more costly and certainly doesn't lend itself to a more "uncluttered" life, but in my mind it allows me the optimal experience given my circumstances and desired goals. This is more important to me than a romantic ideal of minimalism.
To even suggest that eating protein is as bad as smoking is pure sensationalism.
I'm going to take this as good news for the company. A few people "in the know" tell me that The Echo Nest's API is nothing special and is still greatly inferior to the algorithms Pandora uses for generating radio stations and "related music" recommendations, but this is still a sign of growth in my eyes, which is good for Spotify. The API will still be available, so it's not as huge a blow to competitors as it could be.
Still, this reminds me of an article I wrote not long ago in which I criticized The Sweet Setup's choice of best music streaming service (Rdio) for not considering longevity and business models when recommending products and services to readers. Stuff like this, I feel, strengthens my case.
Not really sure what this is. Probably something to do with Kentile Floors. This was taken out of the window of a moving subway car, so it turned out surprisingly well, given that. At the time, I was more focused on the lighting—the sun was behind me, setting, and glowing a nice orange. It comes through in the picture, though not like I remembered it.
The ever-trustworthy Shawn Blanc writes some quick thoughts on the new service from Media Temple:
It’s for folks who want to run a WordPress site or three, and who don’t want to fuss with updates, caching, backups, maintenance, troubleshooting, etc. That pretty much describes me exactly.
Sounds like me, too. If I was interested in running a Wordpress site—which I'm not, at the moment—this is probably the hosting I would use.
I was reminded of this old catchphrase recently. A coworker was, for whatever reason, forced to replace his iPhone, and went with an Android phone (I don't remember the model. I can't tell them apart.) He gave up on it within a day, sold it, and bought a 5s.
His reasoning: "I couldn't stand it. Nothing worked properly. Apple's stuff just works."
It's important to keep in mind that not everyone is a geeky techie Apple nerd like I am. A lot of people use their gadgets for much simpler tasks, and that's okay; they don't have the same complaints about little things like I do, and are ultimately much more satisfied with the device's simplicity and user interface.
I found this article via Patrick Rhone's blog Minimal Mac, where he says:
...almost everyone has told me it was the thing that made the transition to Mac the easiest. That they never cease being amazed by the “magic” of things just working.
I think those of us who have long used Macs forget how special that is.