Gorillaz - Saturnz Barz (Spirit House)

Come for the Vince Staples verse that starts the video, stay for all the weirdness that happens afterward. Their new album comes out April 28th.


My New Setup (iPhone and iPad)

I’ve recently made some changes to my daily computers, downsizing both devices.

iPhone

It’s been two years now that I’ve worked for AT&T, and one of the perks of working there is that they give you a work phone to use. Until recently, I was attached to my personal number, and my routine of getting the new iPhone each year. It took me awhile to figure out that I could do this, but after testing it for a month now, I’m happy to let go of my personal phone and phone number.

I’ll now be using my work phone, which is an iPhone 7 (that was previously always dead at home. I never used it because I didn’t want to carry around two phones). And I’ll be selling or trading in my iPhone 7 Plus, which will save me a lot of money on my phone bill.

iPad

For over a year now, I’ve owned the iPad Pro. The big one (12.9″). I loved everything about it, but only when I was sitting or laying down. That iPad is way too big for usage on the go. So I traded my friend, who had the smaller version of the Pro. I told her to give me a few days to see if I would miss the bigger size, but other than the space on the screen being tighter and crammed (which I’ve gotten used to now), there’s nothing pulling me back to the bigger size. I’m happier now with the smaller version.

Summary

I’m happy to have a more compact setup, letting go of size, for devices that fit better in my hands and in my life. I barely use my phone for a phone, so my personal number isn’t that important to me. And I’ve learned that the bigger sizes don’t always mean better. They were inconvenient in almost every way, so this has been a nice way for me to optimize my usage.


The iPad Lineup

Apple adjusted their iPad lineup this week. They discontinued the Air 2 and the Mini 2, and replaced them with a new, lower priced version ($329), which is now called iPad. They still have the mini 4, but I don’t see that sticking around, unless they release an updated version, without a number.

  • iPad
  • iPad Pro

I believe these are the only two that Apple wants to have. The Pro is for power users, and the iPad is for everyone else, at a price that’s as cheap as it’s ever been.


Death Note (Netflix Teaser)

August 25th.


Minimalism and the Important Stuff


Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. — William Morris


Dave Chappelle on escaping fame, returning to stand-up with Netflix

I found an altitude that I was comfortable with.

CBS This Morning interviewed Dave Chappelle yesterday, the same day his two new stand-up specials were released on Netflix. I enjoyed both of them, and it’s refreshing to have him back. Here’s the Netflix link to watch them.


Black Mirror: Dystopia Done Right


Peace To You. May Your Wave Last Forever. — Jay Electronica


While they were waiting their turn, the league moved on. - Chris Ryan on the Clippers

Chris Ryan, from The Ringer:

The Clippers have a self-belief that borders on the absurd. They think that if they just keep plugging away, with the same guys, playing the same style, even against teams like Houston, Golden State, and San Antonio that are trying to relentlessly improve and reinvent themselves, something will break right for them.

And this is why they don’t get the benefit of the doubt. They’ve given us no reason to do so. While they were waiting their turn, the league moved on.