Calls

Who doesn't love a good conference call every day. You know the drill.

Who just joined?
Are we missing anyone?
Can anyone hear me?
Sorry was on mute.
*sudden screeching feedback*
Dave's here.
Hey guys.
Whoever's eating can you mute your phone.
Let's table that.
Let's take this offline.
*paying for starbucks while not on mute guy*
Let me just share my screen.
Sorry you cut out, can you repeat that?

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Bands From My Youth I haven't Seen Live 2019 Edition

So let's see, the 2019 version of this list is probably something like:

Duran Duran
Gary Numan
The Smiths
The Police
Soft Cell

The Police and Soft Cell reunions are done and over and I missed that boat. Partly because I didn't get to see The Police when they played Phoenix. Partly because Soft Cell's reunion consisted of a London gig only.

The Smiths I don't hold out hope for. And let's be honest, Morrissey's recent questionable take on life has left a sour taste anyway. Would I even go? Dunno.

So I hold out hope for Duran Duran and Numan. Both still tour. Could happen.

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Apple Things

Did you hear there was an Apple event this week?

A combination of event presentation fatigue and a mature product line have soured the experience somewhat for me. I still read the recaps but I'm certainly not glued to the live stream as I would have been in years past. It's just not that exciting anymore.

That said, (looks down at current phone), this year is likely phone upgrade year. And regardless of how I feel about the events I'm still all in with the Apple ecosystem, so what to do?

My iPhone 7 has stood the test of time. It still does everything I want and does it well. But I'm beginning to glance sideways at the new shiny. Especially the improvement in the camera tech. The iPhone 11 Pro is a little rich for my blood, but going from a 7 to a stock 11 would be a pretty significant upgrade.

And look at that, T-Mobile are already starting their "trade in your phone…" marketing campaign.

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2:21

Phoenix, yesterday.

This is not my first desert summer rodeo. Why I thought it was a good idea to walk out to the car in bare feet is gonna be left to science to figure out.

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Life In The Space Age

So, those Ring doorbells, offer a few more features than perhaps you realized.

What has raised eyebrows, however, is the company's push for partnerships with law enforcement agencies across the country, a fact that some feel has allowed police to create informal surveillance networks in hundreds of neighborhoods.

Yeah but you don't have to give the Police the footage though right?

However, he noted, there is a workaround if a resident happens to reject a police request. If the community member doesn't want to supply a Ring video that seems vital to a local law enforcement investigation, police can contact Amazon, which will then essentially "subpoena" the video.

Ah, oh well.

And Apple are but the latest tech giant caught uploading your conversations to the mothership.

I suspect most people don't know, or don't care, that this is all going on? Perhaps this is just the world we live in these days? If you told me 20 years ago that homes would have video cameras and cylinders recording everything said and done I would have thought you nuts.

Yet here we are. 2019.

As a side note I'm a bit pissed off that Apple are doing this. They'd always positioned themselves as holding a higher standard. While you knew the creepy tracking tradeoffs using anything Facebook/Instagram/Google based, Apple were supposed to be better. But I guess not, and everything is terrible.

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Isolated Vocals

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Hot Hot Hot

Seeing the temperatures in Europe this week boggles my mind. 38°C in England is madness. They're just not equipped to deal with it. Here in Phoenix the summers can be a bit brutal, this weekend it will be 45°C/113°F.

But you can't really compare the two. Everywhere here has A/C. You go from cold car to cold building. Every room in every house has ceiling fans. And the heat is "a dry heat" as we have no humidity*.

None of that is true in England. I remember a few years back we were visiting my parents and went to Cambridge for the day during a hot English summer. We were dying and had to leave a sweltering shop and go into Mark's & Spencer just to get some A/C. I can't imagine walking around outside this week in Cambridge.

Sending hugs across the pond. Now if you'll excuse me I'll be inside next to the A/C vent.

* well except for the monsoon storms which bring the rains during July.

UPDATE 07/29 – and speaking of Cambridge, it was the hottest day ever recorded Last week.

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Stormy

Waking up this morning to see the aftermath of last night's first monsoon storm of 2019. Seen worse. Few branches down, leaves and twigs everywhere. Moisture still heavy in the air, it feels very muggy.

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