What can I say? It’s been an exciting way to start the year, and more is to come.
John Wick 3 was awesome 😎
Endgame is still good after a second viewing. Noticed some things that escaped me the first time around.
Endgame was great, BTW.
Yesterday was my last day in the StackPath office. And of course, yesterday was the end of Avengers! 🙃
Now’s the time to begin new things.
Yesterday, during my WiFi-less flight, I discovered that the Apple News+ magazines I had downloaded the day prior had been deleted. I am trying to reproduce this again but now the app is bugging out on me even with WiFi. 😶
Officially did not get a golden ticket. Everyone who did win, enjoy!
Current status: keeping an eye on notifications, looking to see if Apple charges me for a certain golden ticket. Good luck to everyone who applied!
Registered for the annual gathering of the Apple masses at WWDC. How lucky am I feeling this year? My birthday’s June 3; just saying, Apple…
New mug! I get to use my fantastic new @TextExpander mug today!
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
I am going to avoid spoilers, but I finally saw Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch movie on Netflix. I am unsure whether this “choose your own adventure” thing is a good one-time gimmick that adds depth to this particular Black Mirror, or actually something for Netflix to continue investing on before it gets old. Who knows! What I know is that I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
There were actually a couple of scenes that had me grinning from ear to ear because of the scenario unfolding: so ridiculous, and a good match to my own equally-ridiculous decisions. But what really won me over was when I finally reached one of the actual endings for the film. Because I was so emotionally invested in the choices made, when that final scene unfolded in front of eyes, it did so in a way that perfectly portrayed the emotion (along with a good song to match the mood). The ending brought immense satisfaction to the story’s “conclusion.”
Granted, I’ve heard that there are a ridiculous number of permutations to the movie and a handful of real endings. Not everyone’s experience will be the same as mine. But if the choices by other people bring a response similar to mine – it is clear that this form of entertainment may be something to keep an eye on.
All this being said, it sucks that the experience is not available on Apple TV, though. I had to mention this because I am an Apple nerd, and tvOS does have access to the same native frameworks that are commonly used for video playback in iOS. And, as far as I can tell, Netflix is making use of these in their iOS app where you can experience Bandersnatch.
Happy New Year!
My family actually did the thing where we synced and watched the Avengers movie so that Thanos’ snap occurred at midnight. Missed it by a couple of seconds because of an uncooperative remote, but close enough!
My favorite games of 2018, in no particular order:
WoW: Battle for Azeroth
God of War
Shadow of the Colossus
Red Dead Redemption 2
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu
Dragon Quest XI
Since I love reading, I am ashamed to say I read less than 10 books this year. So I’ll just mention my favorite book of 2018:
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
My favorite movies of 2018, in no particular order:
Avengers Infinity War
Spider-man Into the Spiderverse
A Quiet Place
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Ready Player One
Antman and the Wasp
(Lots of superhero films again)
All day travel thanks to a connecting flight means I get to secure my connection using Encrypt.me at the airports.
I got the keyboard folio for the 11” iPad. It is smaller, so it will take some getting used to, but I look forward to using it for everything (sans coding). I am reminded of the the 11” MacBook Air, which was one of the best Macs I’ve ever owned.
To Apple’s credit, they were able to replace the key quickly without replacing the entire keyboard, as I’ve heard they’ve been doing. And it works again. I would’ve preferred to be able to do it myself without voiding the warranty, but this will do.
I am at an Apple Store trying to get the N key fixed on my ‘16 MBP. Based on reports, I’m surprised it took two years to have one malfunction.
This is the first time I thought of running a sleep timer on my HomePod, so imagine my surprise when I find out that it’s not supported. Apple is so far behind with Siri that… it’s not funny anymore.
Charles for iOS is probably one of my favorite apps. Professionally, I’ve always relied on the desktop version. Now, being able to analyze requests from other apps without major hassle in iOS itself is fantastic.
I went for the smaller iPad Pro and it just feels very good when holding it. The screen is gorgeous. I think the only way I’d go back to the larger version is if Apple announces Xcode for it.
In for one of the new 11” iPad Pro. Space gray, 256 GB.
Apparently lightning hit one of AT&T’s facilities, caught fire, and that’s why the whole DFW area is without internet and other home services. Happy Monday, everyone.