Bits and Pieces from 2017

So I was skimming through the year in iPhone photos, screenshots, and saved images from other sources and came across an assortment of quirky things that sort of represented some of my more off-the-beaten-path experiences in 2017, which turned out to be the year of the odd. For your amusement, I present them here with little comment. What music has… Continue reading

The French Have an Old Saying…

I spent yesterday hanging out around Mount Tamalpais, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, and the Muir Beach Overlook. I was shooting my very first 360º hyper lapse1 and some time-lapse of the sunset. Regrettably, the sunset was a total bust because the marine layer was so thick. But, I had a couple of unexpected and interesting encounters. First, below is the… Continue reading

Upgrading My iPhone Part Four: Using My Osmo Mobile

Weight I prefer using the iPhone X (6.14 ounces/174 grams) with the OSMO Mobile because it’s noticeably less heavy than the iPhone 6s Plus (6.77 ounces/192 grams) I’ve been using. This should slightly improve OSMO battery life. The iPhone 8 Plus (7.13 ounces/202 grams) is heavier than my iPhone 6s Plus, and is actually the heaviest of all of these… Continue reading

Upgrading My iPhone Part Three: Flying the Mavic Pro

Using the iPhone X Screen Size I’ve already written about the screen size of the iPhone X in this blog post. Apps that operate in landscape mode lose a significant amount of screen space on the iPhone X. Additionally, the DJI Go 4 app is, as of this writing, not optimized for the iPhone X screen. The app therefore doesn’t… Continue reading

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