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November 13, 2020

Plague Inc. The Cure

Several months ago, I was contacted about a secret project.

My friends at Ndemic Creations—makers of the über-popular Plague Inc. and Rebel Inc. games—were working on something new for Plague. An expansion of sorts…but on a scale unlike any previous addition.

It was a new mode that would entirely flip the gameplay perspective; instead of playing as a disease wreaking havoc on the world, you would play as humanity itself, defending against a raging pandemic.

A timely idea.

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October 31, 2020

The Sweetest Haunting

Why haven’t they finished the ceiling?”

A few years before she passed away, I had taken my grandmother to a coffee shop. When I returned from the front with our drinks, I found her examining the ceiling. To her eyes, the North American habit of leaving the piping and industrial elements of a commercial space exposed was bizarre. Why couldn’t they finish the job and put in a proper ceiling?

Ever since she drew my attention to it, I’ve been noticing it too, remembering how the question made us laugh. It was such a beautiful moment. These days, that memory follows me through every coffee shop, artisanal retailer, and mall outlet I encounter.

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October 21, 2020

iPhone 11 Camera Retrospective

With the iPhones 12 hitting the market, I’ve been trying to figure out how I feel about my iPhone 11.

I found it pretty boring when I bought it and that hasn’t changed. I don’t like that generation’s rounded design language and the phone itself was certainly not worth the upgrade over my previous iPhone X…except for one aspect: the camera.

Read More → photography digital lifestyle
September 28, 2020

How to Avoid Instapaper/Pocket Queue Bankruptcy

There’s been a lot of conversation in my circles recently about how to effectively save links and deal with articles you want to read later.

The trouble these folks run into is that their queue quickly grows to impractical proportions, forcing them to give up, empty it, and start again.

I don’t pretend to have the one true solution, but since this isn’t a problem I run into, I thought it might be worth outlining my approach in case it helps.

Read More → digital lifestyle productivity
August 31, 2020

I Need a Break

My friend Álvaro recently penned this piece about his decision to step away from social media for a while.

I myself left Facebook last year, for similar reasons, so Álvaro’s frustration resonated with me:

I’ve come to the conclusion that social media, in its current form, is actively detrimental to my mental health and well-being. It’s taken a lot of introspection, but I’ve realized that social media has been slowly poisoning my character in ways I don’t even fully understand. Being constantly exposed to an endless stream of negativity has made me more angry, and it has shortened my fuse significantly. My tolerance for disagreement is at an all-time low, and I find myself being defensive even when there’s no apparent reason for it. Perhaps more importantly, it’s been draining my capacity for joy and my ability to appreciate the little things in life. All of this has had an impact in my everyday life, my work and my relationships, and I’ve had enough.

Read More → digital lifestyle link
August 25, 2020

Two New UAG Watch Straps: Nato & Civilian Silicone

A year after my initial review, the UAG Leather Watch Strap is still my most-used strap for the Apple Watch Series 4.

It has held up to the rigours of daily wear and tear, and its blend of good design, good materials, and handsome aesthetics lend an air of rugged sophistication to a watch that I’m otherwise not especially fond of.

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