No, I haven’t forgotten about you

I know I have a terrible track record, but my goal is still to get to at least one post a week. Work has been kicking my ass lately, not that that is a particularly excuse. I’ve got a few things in the pipeline, mostly quick and dirty reviews of some new products I e been using or am receiving in the near future. All coming up soon. I promise.

WWDC Round Up

Here is a quick run down of yesterday’s announcements:

So, in summary – A bunch of cool things, a bunch of things I don’t care about, a few things that I could see myself really caring about in the future, and Monument Valley 2. Which is Awesome. Seriously, go download it if you haven’t already.

Cheers Sir Roger Moore

Today Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89. I’ve always regarded Moore as my favorite portrayal of James Bond. There’s an unending debate as to who is the best Bond, and there really isn’t a best answer (however, if you think Pierce Brosnan is the best Bond, you are wrong). However, there is no denying that you can’t think about James Bond without at least briefly imagining Roger Moore. For me, Moore was the ideal movie Bond. He had the perfect mixture of suave-badass for the role.

In honor of him, tonight I had his recipe for a perfect martini. Well, I had as best as the restaurant I was at could make. And it was delicious, though, I do typically make mine with a lemon twist instead of olives. Others, spot on. Cheers good sir.

The Analogue Experiment

I’m a big fan of my Apple Watch. I’ve had it now for 7 months and I wear it daily. Starting today I’ve stopped.

For me, the strongest feature of the Apple Watch is notifications. Everything I need conveniently shows up on my watch. Gone are the days where I have to fish my iPhone out of my pocket multiple times each hour to figure out why it’s buzzing at me. I got a text message? I can check it real quick to see if it needs an immediate response. If it’s short and simple, I can respond directly from my watch. A phone call? I can quickly check to see if it’s someone I want to talk to and then end the call when it inevitably isn’t. A weather update from Dark Sky? A reminder from Due? A mention in Slack? An alert from my bank that a card on my account has been used for a purchase? All of them pop up on my wrist so I can process them and move on with my day.

It’s great that it does all this, but at some point it becomes more of a distraction than a benefit. At times it feels like I’m a slave to my watch, constantly checking things as it buzzes, or thinking it has buzzed and checking it to find that it, in fact, did not buzz. Reminders that I haven’t stood for a minute yet this hour when I’m concentrating on important work.1 There are many little distractions that were previously confined to my phone that are now more easily distracting with my Apple Watch.

Marco Arment has a good article on this subject. A lot of his thoughts on the Apple Watch mirror my own. I particularly agree with this sentiment:

It could be so great at its three most useful functions — notifications, activity tracking, and timekeeping with robust complications — if only they were more reliable and better executed. … To be great, the Apple Watch needs to be rethought to do less, better.

I’ve decided to try a watch that does a lot less for a little while. Unlike Marco, I’ve worn watches in the past. I like being able to tell the time without having to pull my phone out of my pocket and I also like the fashion statement the right watch can make. I picked up a Line of Trade Sandford Wristwatch from Bespoke Post2 that arrived yesterday. I plan on wearing it as my main watch3 for a month just to see how I feel about things then. Maybe I’ll really miss the extra functionality of the Apple Watch. But then maybe I won’t.

  1. Don’t even get me started on how sometimes I stand for 10 minutes and don’t get credited with stand while others I get it while I’m lying on the couch watching TV. 

  2. This is a referral link. I’m a subscriber, I get a $45 box every month and sometimes I get two. Signing up is free. A subscription gets you one but $45 box each month. You can opt out of boxes if you don’t want one that month or just don’t want to pay. 

  3. I still wear my Apple Watch when I work out as it is pretty good at tracking workouts and activities. 

Here I Go Again

Hello and welcome to my site. I’ve always had a passion for writing and I have a lot of thoughts and opinions on a variety of subjects. I plan to share those writings here. Lets do this.