Durham is always filled with these kinds of encounters. And when the afternoon storms are rolling in like they are here? I turn down whatever is coming through my earbuds, center myself into the present, and pay close attention. I don’t have to capture it every time, but whenever I do, it’s a treat.
Been a while since we properly 🚀 ‘ed it…. (that’s when we inhabit a couch, each of us at the opposite end, and we talk about everything going on in our lives whilst listening to music). It’s really lovely!
I recently sent my trustworthy iPad Air 2 to greener pastures and snagged the most recent iPad Pro 11in with the latest corresponding Brydge keyboard. Even though it was definitely time to upgrade, I still felt pretty nostalgic for my old setup and all of the adventures I’d been on with it. Tried and true, it worked flawlessly on consistent basis.
Still, we all know when it’s time.
I recieved the iPad Pro about a week before the Brydge shipped so I got to put it through its paces on its own before using it in what would be it’s everyday set up (basically a compact iOS-fueled laptop). I immediately saw the hardware differences in the iPad Pro (how could I not). I love so much about it, from it’s form factor, to it’s insane speed, all the way down to how well Face ID works. It’s aces. And the Brydge keyboard is the same, however, I’ve been somewhat surprised at how much I’ve become accustomed to the low travel of my 13in MBP butterfly keyboard and how that relates experientially to the Brydge. I initially thought I got a bad Brydge unit, but then I started typing with more vigor (something we’ve all done before keyboard-gate) and it’s all coming back. I do wish it somehow used the smart connector on the iPad Pro, but I understand why they didn’t and latency on bluetooth is minimal to non-existent. Additionally, I love the form factor and build quality (yes, it adds hella weight, but I knew that going in) it’s the perfect match to my iPad Pro, and it just looks cool aesthetically.
So yeah, I’m smitten! It is a glorious set up for me on my admin/correspondence text-heavy days and, like my old trusty iPadAir 2, I expect this setup to last a good, long time.
Those evenings… storms coming in… right before you decide to cut the back deck lights on.
Had some tricky cuts to make at the very end but, all in all? We think it came out great! It’s finally up to code, safe, and structurally very sound.
Now we just have attempt the rest of the back deck which is easily as rotted out as the top level replaced. 😅 All in good time.
Old houses man, I tell ya!
And it is just them letting you know that they are updating your physical mailing address. :)
The difference in clarity, rendered blacks, and just the all out general experience is completely different from watching it on our 1080p Samsung TV (which we also love FWIW).
It’s genuinely wild!
We all have latent ambition on the daily. Every once and a while though, that bites you back.😬 this deck is gonna involve way more TLC than we originally anticipated.
My shoulders, wrists, and forearms immediately relaxed. I’m such a preoccupied idiot when it comes to this stuff. I’m in my 40’s now, you’d think I’d be more dialed in than, clearly, dialed out.
Should’ve done this a while ago. Definitely putting a weekly reoccurring OmniFocus task to check in with my body and see what’s not working and what can be improved.
It was taken right around when we moved to Durham, NC. My first piece of writing was just accepted to be published. That was also the first time my words provided any kind of payment.
I was just starting Conduit and work was coming in.
So much has changed since then. Durham’s not the same - that green wall has been replaced by a towering condo complex.
I’m certainly not the same either. There was a lot of joy, a lot of mistakes to learn from, a lot of anxiety and hope generated from all of the above… life basically.
This photo brought all of that back, as well as immense amounts gratitude.
Chain link sunset 🌅
Such a great mix of synth pop and creepiness that stops just short of detracting from the over all amazing creativity at play here. It’s brilliant really. Crank it and dance, but also give it a spin over a decent pair of headphones. There’s a lot to be found on this album and its production. Despite its polish it doesn’t feel pretentious at all. It feels (and sounds) like you are sitting in on someone having a lot of fun which, I’m guessing a lot of us could use these days. Myself included. If this sounds like your bag, have it!
Loving them so far! Just as I loved the first gen AirPods.
The new “Hey Siri” integration is a way more subtle improvement than I was expecting. We have a HomePod in our home and have come to rely upon it throughout our day. Being able to use the same vocal interface as I walk around town is such a no-brainer enhancement to my life that I didn’t even know what a luxury it was until it was here.
Which, for me anyways, is why I gravitated toward the Apple ecosystem years ago. It’s those “Ah HA!” moments that always resonate.
In short, the second Gen AirPods have essentially delivered the current experience I have in my home (with my HomePod), to the world around me everywhere I go (at least where ever there is an internet connection). As cliche as it’s become to say in the last few years, I can honestly say that this subtle shift is kind of magical.
Been trying to get more afternoon naps in lately… 😑😐😴
Our home wireless speed increased by what appears to be 100%!! We upgraded from most recent Airport Extreme (tall white tower version) and, I don’t know if the AE was faulty or what but, the eero connection obliterates anything we had before including wired connections - just crazy!
We went with the one beacon package which, admittedly, is over kill for our 1000 square foot home BUT… getting 100mb down from our backyard is banana pants!
Spring has sprung! 🎪
Love it when the trees explode this time of year! 🌸🌳🌼 Almost tricks me into believing that next week won’t be back down in the 30’s again. 😄🥶
I’ve been attending this horror film festival for well over a decade and it’s been a pleasure supporting it over the years at the beautiful Carolina Theatre. 20 years! Just amazing!
One of the things that freaks me out about our new-ish home is the fact that it needs a sump pump in the crawl space underneath for when it pours and the water table gets too high. I’m glad it’s there of course, but I’m also really paranoid when I don’t hear it switch on during a HUGE downpour that rips through the Triangle. So far it always turns on faithfully when needed. But the minute our electricity goes out. We’re screwed.
I know, I know, get a generator - but we are often out of town so, we are super reliant on the grid which, thankfully, has been pretty solid over the years. 😅
These little breaks away from Durham have been so, so good for us and our individual wellbeing.
We’ve been trying to make more space for times like these, and each time we do, it consistently gives back tenfold. ❤️👫
I witness, in my day to day, a lot of people who dismiss podcasts as a nonsensical medium that, more than ever, is filled with amateurish drivel, not worthy of consuming.
I swear…. in the last year alone, I’ve discovered more incredible, lovely, awe-inspiring humans via podcasts than I ever would have via television, movies, commercial radio, etc….
I am so damn grateful for it!
Hey y’all, a friendly Tweep ( @ckrueger99 ) on my feed let me know that this age-old Alfred workflow has, once again, stopped working. I’m absolutely bogged down in contract work at the moment, but I am making this a fun diversion in my down time to try and figure out what came unplugged. Stay tuned!
When I stepped out the door it was in the low 70’s. When I got back to the house 2 hours later, it was in the high 50’s. CRAAAAAAAZY temperature swings here in the Piedmont region of NC.
It’s really odd having it be so warm in early February, so while I was caught off guard wearing a T-shirt during my walk, at least it’s getting back down to more seasonable weather this evening.
I never do this but, I’ve been checking daily to see if/when #spiderverse went on pre-sale (iTunes).
Finally noticed it today. So many things are proclaimed no-brainers. This is a literal one. Didn’t even think. Just clicked the “buy” button. It’s that good.