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Thoughts on Mindful Consumption

Bell and Oak Leather Goods I read a really interesting essay by Chris Bowler: On Mindfulness and Quality. He provoked my thinking. I don’t like to think of myself as materialistic, though I’m certain I’m more materialistic than I would care to admit. I’ve always, since the days of my youth, preferred to do without “stuff” until I could have… Continue reading

Night at the San Francisco Symphony

About that concert1 last night… Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings, Opus 11 (1936) This is among my favorite short symphonic works. I think everyone in symphony hall literally stopped breathing as this performance came to an end. Denève held the hall in complete silence for at least a minute as the last sound faded from this earth. I was slane.… Continue reading

Replay: A Saturday in October

Replay I first heard of this simple iOS movie app, Replay, in the Apple Keynote this past week. It’s free. I thought I would check it out. Indeed, it works as represented: a really easy way to select photos and video from an event or day and create a fast, relatively interesting movie with a variety of theme choices available.… Continue reading

iOS 8: Now, That Just Ain’t Right!

Get ready… I was sitting here working away when my new phone rang, the one with the new 415 number. Only one person in the whole world knows my new number right now, and the person calling wasn’t him. How did this other person, who I know, get my new number? I checked my old phone, which was still on… Continue reading

My New iPhone 6 Plus

Initial impressions about my new iPhone 6 Plus Above is a screenshot from my iPhone 6 Plus’ home screen1. So here are my reflections on the plus after having only had it for 2 days:Size: It’s big! It’s too big for me to hold comfortably in one hand and simultaneously use it with that hand. Size: It’s big! I’m… Continue reading

Weekend of Bad Karma/Good Karma

I think we general experience good karma, but this weekend was a dramatic departure from the norm. Steve was here from Atlanta. His locked AT&T iPhone 6 had arrived on Friday. We decided to take it back to the Apple Store because we were switching to T-Mobile. Off we went to the T-Mobile store in the Marina district. Because of… Continue reading

Announcing My New Phone Number

I just posted a moment ago that I switched mobile carriers (from AT&T to T-Mobile). I also chose to change mobile numbers. I had a Beverly Hills area code (310) from my Los Angeles days and have now changed to a San Francisco Bay Area area code (415). After all, I do feel more like a hipster from the Bay… Continue reading

Changing Mobile Carriers

I’ve had an iPhone since they originally were introduced seven years ago. I actually waited in line for several hours at the Apple store in Lenox mall, Atlanta, Georgia. I posted about that experience back in the day. I’m one of those few remaining users who got AT&T’s unlimited data plan. But I’ve always hated AT&T1. To me, they have… Continue reading

Loneliness

The promise of technology was to democratize the world and bring us all together. Hmm… I’m thinking it has done more to place people in isolated silos than bring them together. I watch people at the dinner table not be present but rather be online. I’ve been exploring this notion for some time. This video is exceptionally well done. Shimi… Continue reading