November 1, 2019

AirPods Pro: Initial Impressions

There are few products that I get as much use out of as AirPods, so it was inevitable that the AirPods Pro would be on my desk the day they became available.

It’s only been a couple of days, but I can already confidently say that I’m happy with them; they improve upon the originals in ways that justify their added cost, the ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) and Transparency modes work well, and the adjustable fit makes them accessible to people who couldn’t otherwise enjoy them.

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October 18, 2019

What the Golf

Apple Arcade has provided me with another opportunity to learn about sports, this time in the guise of a whimsical game called What the Golf.

The last time I went golfing, I mostly held the club and hit the ball with it, aiming to get the ball into the hole. Of course, my limited knowledge of the subject held me back from realizing the true potential of the sport, and luckily this game is all too happy to expand my horizons.

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October 14, 2019

The Newsletter That Almost Was

Fun fact: this blog was almost turned into a newsletter a few weeks ago.

It was beginning to seem like a great idea. After all, if you want your writing to reach people, you either invite them to come to you (blogging, RSS, etc.) or you go to them. To the one place we all inhabit in some fashion: the inbox.

Newsletter startups are blooming in every corner of the garden, and their pitch is compelling—email is the oldest, sturdiest, and most diversely populated social network in existence.

All of that is true, but it’s also true that building an audience has more to do with what you do than where you do it.

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October 11, 2019

Assemble With Care

Maria helps people fix things. Objects, by trade, but perhaps more than that in practice.

Developed by the fine minds at UsTwo Games (best known for their work on the Monument Valley series), Assemble With Care is a contemplative Apple Arcade game about fixing people’s things.

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October 10, 2019

iPhone 11 Camera Impressions

As I settle into life with the iPhone 11, I’m beginning to understand the capabilities of its standout feature—the camera system—better and better.

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October 4, 2019

Cricket Through the Ages

I spent the majority of Cricket Through the Ages with tears streaming down my face, laughing like a lunatic.

As my profoundly uncoordinated avatar windmilled toward its opponent, it occurred to me that this is the ideal sports game for people like me who don’t really follow sports.

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