Watch

A new Apple device brings a year of Apple TV+ for free then. A nice four days off awaits this week so let's see what's what.

Update: well I watched none of them. Because my wife bought me a Disney+ subscription. So it's been all Mandalorian, all the time.

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My Favorite Flickr Groups

Flickr still exists! You'll find me uploading photos at least a couple times a day. The place seems just as vibrant and engaging as it ever did.

Flickr groups is where the site still shines. Here are a few of my daily must visits. Clearly I still have much to learn, these folks are amazing.

Catchy Colors. As the name implies, these are the photos that pop with color. Saturation heavy and quite wonderful.

Vanishing Points. Think Piers reaching out to sea, straight roads in the desert stretching for miles. I could look at these all day.

Sunset Light. Truly the best time of the day.

The Skies Above. Sunsets, and sky, and clouds. Oh my.

Less Is More. Minimalism at its finest.

Black And White. Because I've never met a black and white photo I didn't like.

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Wait

Wait

I'm sitting here waiting for my grilled cheese sarnie (because I'm seven years old) and start watching the other customers. This cafe has an iPad terminal that you sign with your finger. In the two minutes I've been here I've seen lots of different finger signing techniques.

There's must get it correct slow signing lady. There's who gives a shit squiggle guy. And then this most recent one just put a X in the box. Me? I'm squiggle guy. Life's too short man.

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Stream

Rolling Stone should really stop making lists. In no way are most of the artists listed there the "best singers in the world" ever. Songwriters and performers maybe, but singers?

A hundred thousand years ago I wrote a thing to post top last.fm listens to a Movable Type blog. No one does that anymore and the world moved onto tweekly.fm. When Scott (@ssxio) was toying with shutting that service down, I cloned some of what I'd used for toppr and lastweekly came to be.

Finally got around to watching Edge Of Tomorrow. Was very very good. Thought it would just be another Tom Cruise alien invasion kill the mothership tale. But it's way better than that.

If my goal was to make our house Spencer's animal sanctuary, feeding stray cats who wander into our yard has made it so! My wife is extremely happy with me for this. Ahem.

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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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