Upgrading My iPhone Part Two: The Unexpected

FaceID on the X I actually thought I would hate FaceID. I read the terms of service carefully. Apple claims the FaceID data never leaves the phone and is not shared with any apps that use FaceID for authentication. Apps merely get a passed/failed authentication response from the hardware. Apple did not explicitly say that 3rd party apps would be… Continue reading

Upgrading My iPhone Part One: Setup

I presently own an iPhone 6s Plus. That phone was released on September 25, 2015, and I bought it shortly thereafter. A couple of weeks or so ago, I purchased both an iPhone 8 Plus and an iPhone X. Steve will end up with one of them. I might end up with the other. Since Steve is not out here… Continue reading

@Plotagraph: An Update on Their Pricing

Previously I wrote a blog post about 2 very cool software products: Cinemagraph and Plotagraph. In it, I bemoaned the unaffordability of both, and the expensive software rental model Plotagraph chose to use1. For the casual user, like myself, Plotagraph was just too expensive to rent for the few projects I would like to produce from time to time. Well,… Continue reading

A San Francisco Symphony Concert Review & Epiphany

You’re walking along. You’re minding your own business. It’s just another day in the day-to-day existence of another human being on planet Earth. Without a sound, as you meander about, a meteorite from some godforsaken corner of some galaxy you’ve never heard of bonks you on the head! I mean, what are the chances, right?! This is my story from… Continue reading

TV Series Review: W1A

I’m not one to recommend television series. In fact, the last TV series I did recommend was the BBC’s extraordinary dramatic release: The Crown1. I’m eagerly awaiting the second season. But, until then, I suggest for your viewing pleasure something different—something entirely different: W1A. The title, W1A, is the London postal code for the address of the BBC. The comedy… Continue reading

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil 2016: Kurios Last year I failed to mention that we attended the Cirque du Soleil: Kurios, here in Atlanta. That encounter was Steve’s first experience with a Cirque du Soleil, and, as is customary, the performances in the show were wonderful, colorful, thrilling. The music, costumes, and theme were unique. Our seats were excellent. Steve loved the… Continue reading

Welcoming Waldo, a New Beast, into the Family

We decided it was time to add another feline to the family. Ten years ago this month we adopted Conrad the Kat from Good Mews, a no-kill cat shelter that keeps about 100 cats at a time. We went back about 3 weeks ago.1 While we will never de-claw a cat, we need to protect our leather furniture from cat… Continue reading

An American in Paris… um, at the Fox Theater

I’m finally writing about our going to a performance of An American in Paris at the Fox on August 19th. This was the last performance for the season. The first and the last performances were by far the best of the season, and An American in Paris was stunning, superb—the best by far! The show was a combination of Gershwin’s… Continue reading

Love Is Love: In a Heartbeat

Esteban Bravo (left) and Beth David (right) [LA Times]With over 22,000,000 views in just one week, this little animated short by computer animation students, Esteban Bravo and Beth David, has taken the internet by storm. The young creators of the project said they wanted to challenge the notion that LGBT content is not suitable or appropriate for young audiences. The… Continue reading

Darrell Lackey Said It Better than I Ever Could

I have often blamed the hardened, heartless, even godless American Christian Evangelicalism (focused on greed and hatred) on the failed leadership of that cult’s faith expression. In their continued and successful efforts to get rich and rule politics, the leadership of that movement have left untouched, undiscussed, and unenlightened some of the most critical and truly significant issues of our… Continue reading