You posted a photo of the Spire in SF a few weeks ago, and I asked you what that thing was. I was biking by it today, and it occurred to me why I didn't recognize it, even though I ride that route all the time. As you pass by, to one side of you is an expansive view into the Presidio and the bay, and to the other side is the Spire. One lesson learned here is to sometimes look in the un-obvious direction. Thanks.
“This is what it used to be like,” I told my son, “every single year. Something crazy always happened. And then someone for the Yankees always stepped up. Jeter was always in the middle of it. Every year. This is what it was like.”—
There have been so many things written about Derek Jeter, who is he, what he stands for and his impact on this game we love so much. But John Gruber nailed my feelings perfectly. I was a fan before Captain Jeter arrived and I will be one after his retirement. But these past few decades were something else.
And his last at bat, in his very last game in Yankee stadium made me smile, laugh, and jump around with tears in my eyes. That moment still gives me goosebumps as I write these words days later.
Some thoughts on updated apps with iPhone 6 & iOS 8
(disclaimer: This isn’t meant to be an sort of extensive review of the iPhone 6 or iOS 8. Just some thoughts on using my new phone and OS for the last few days with some apps i’ve used for a long time)
I received my iPhone 6 Friday morning like many readers of this blog.
The short review: it’s the best mobile device I’ve ever owned.
It’s interesting that many apps I’ve used for a long time feel so different in this new form factor (ie bigger screen + iOS 8) while others do not. Just some quick observations of some better known apps that released updates on Friday in time with the new phone and OS.
The new Tumblr for iOS 8 and the bigger screen is absolutely stunning. Photographs bleed edge to edge and text renders beautifully. Everything is in it’s right place. It’s a pleasure to see the team continue to execute a year or so after the Yahoo acquisition.
I’m an Instagram user but I must say Instagram now looks dated on my new device. Photographs don’t look as good as they did previously. I see many users posting non-square cropped images thanks to 3rd party apps like this. I imagine the square format at Instagram is as sacred as 140 characters at Twitter. Nevertheless it would be a huge improvement if they allowed for full screen mode of the photos. Maybe a long tap a la Snapchat would be a good way to do it.
I’m loving the new profile page on Twitter for iOS. They look great. I discovered a little bug in the timeline. Tap on a photo and it fills the screen. Rotate your phone to landscape the photo doesn’t fill the screen. Otherwise it’s another really nice refined improvement to my darling Twitter.
Facebook on iPhone 6 now looks just like using it on an Android device. I’m sure it was intentional but I think it’s a mistake. I prefer apps on iOS that look native for iOS.
This app wasn’t updated on Friday but it looks even more gorgeous on the big screen. Kudos to Anthony and team for designing such a wonderful product.
I like how Evernote created a widget for iOS 8. I like having their tool bar within one swipe. Love to see Swarm, Trello and Runkeeper widgets in the future.
I’ve tried a number of 3rd party keyboards. I still the native iOS 8 keyboard. It’s substantially better than iOS7’s keyboard and feels smoother than 3rd party alternatives.
I don't like the new theme that much. To me it feels like your amazingly inspirational content got a small-sized box, which doesn't fit properly. It wants to get out of the boundaries. Consider modifying it, so it's a pleasure to experience your work that much again.
I agree with you. I was testing out a few themes recently. I’m going to try out the High Res theme again for now. Appreciate the feedback!
Update 9/21/14: I just changed the theme to this one. I really love High Res but I wanted native Tumblr photoset support.
I wasn’t in the audience at the time, but the very first time I saw the video of Steve Jobs presenting the iPhone to the world I was in awe.
Sure we had plenty of smartphones previously but this was something entirely different.
I pre-ordered mine as soon as I possibly could.
It had nothing to do with my work trying to understand the latest new thing. I wanted it for myself. After I had embraced this new thing, my mind opened up to a world of possibilities, for my personal life and my professional life.
I pre-ordered the next iPhone and every other one that came out since. And last week I did the same thing with the iPhone 6. It looks like another insanely great product.
Last week, along with so many people around the world I watched Apple introduce the Watch.
It is a thing of beauty. It’s thoughtful, well designed and capable.
But at this time I don’t have any plans to pre-order it when it becomes available.
I really don’t want another thing to power up and charge in my life. I don’t want another thing to interrupt my moments. I don’t want to see any sort of notification when I’m playing basketball in the driveway with the kids. I am finding the joy of walking into my house, taking the phone out of my pocket and leaving it on the counter.
I love the miracle of the mobile, high speed internet. But I want to choose my time with and without.
There is a real possibility that by not getting an Apple Watch I will miss out on important emerging trends. That’s a concern I suppose. Or maybe developers figure out how to innovate and respect our time along the way.
There is also a chance I eat the words of this very post as we get learn more about Watch and as it’s capabilities radically improve as these things always do.
But less is more in so many ways and this might be another example. At least that’s how I’m feeling at the moment.
I’ve heard it described that raising kids at different ages is sort of like different formats of tests, if you will.
The baby/toddler years is like a true/false exam. It’s obvious, your job as a parent is to love them, protect them, feed them, etc.
As they get older, during elementary school years, parenthood moves from true/false to multiple choice. Which schools are best, how to juggle after school activities, how to manage online vs offline etc.
The teenage stage is more like an essay test.
The answers are not in front of you. In fact, there may not be a right answer at all.
We have three children. The oldest one has entered the essay test stage. She is dealing with them as an adolescent and we have them as parents. Sometimes the three of us work together, sometimes we freestyle. Each moment seems to reveal new choices, new opportunities, new challenges, new risks, new experiences. Some feel familiar and many are completely new ….even though I was a teenager once before.
I’m excited for her and this new stage of life. It’s truly wonderful. In many ways I am looking forward to it. But the old days were pretty damn great as well. And definitely much simpler.
Kilkenny is basically like the Yankees (except this league is amateur, not professional). They have a history of winning these finals. They say in Ireland that Kilkenny children are born a hurley in their hand.
Tipp was the challenger.
Comcast didn’t broadcast the game but we found the match online here. After punching in my credit card we had access to the game. We streamed it to our big screen tv via AirPlay. Worked like a charm.
The match was fantastic. An overview of the game here as well as these awesome tweets.
It ended in a tie. I love that they will just play a rematch in a few weeks and didn’t resort to sudden death or a shoot out.
As I write this post I’m on a plane headed to San Francisco for a few days. It’s very much a business trip but hopefully will see some friends as well. I still consider SF our home after all these years.
As the kids get older we’ve also been able to travel more as a family. It’s just easier now to deal with longer flights and go places. The August trip was a true test in many ways. We were in close quarters for many weeks and on the move every few days.
But the one trip I haven’t done is with just my dad and my brother. We have talked about it a few times over the years but never committed.
We just fixed that and booked our trip. Next month, the three of us are going to New Mexico and I couldn’t be happier about that.
On Saturday, one of the founders in our portfolio called to let me know that one of the executives at the company was leaving. He wants to move to cross country for personal/family reasons.
Typically when a great person is thinking about leaving a portfolio company my instinct is to help the founder keep the person onboard.
But instead of hanging up the phone and calling the person, I opted to just let it go.
About 13 years ago, I moved cross country with my family 3k miles for personal/family reasons so I can totally relate.
But there was another voice in my head. The one that said, life is too short. I am supportive of doing what you need to do as long as it’s done with care and respect.
Last week a man died in our town. He was just 53 and I’m told he died in his sleep. My wife knows his wife. My daughter goes to school with his daughter. It’s unbelievably tragic. I can’t imagine what his family is going through. This was a portion of the post his wife left on Facebook:
S**** loved us; we were his life and he ours. So today I ask you to look around you, look into your partner’s eye’s; your child’s eye’s; your friend’s eye’s. Tell them how much they mean to you. On this day and always, live like S**** would live; take that run, take that sail, walk your dogs , drink that rum and coke sitting on the deck blaring your favorite music! My challenge to my family and friends is this: Give me a wave as you drive by the house, sit and have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine with me, hug me and my girls when you see us, plant a tree in my yard . And please remember what Father C**** reminded us of…”Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love.”
This weekend I’ve been often thinking about his dear family. He was just 8 years older than me. And just 3 years older than my wife’s father when he passed of a massive heart failure at 50 years of age.
So kiss your family and take a deep breath. Decide what you are doing tomorrow and the next day. Make it count. And do what you love, because life is way too short.