We got a little turned around in NYC, but it’s hard to get truly lost with an iPhone and Google Maps in your pocket.
June 20 – Something You Are Feeling
aka. Post 20 of Those 30 Posts in June Blog-Every-Day Posts
So, at some point between arriving at work and departing, having charged my phone at my desk, Apple Music decided I didn’t really need the thousand or so songs that were stored in my collection.
Sure, they are mostly all in that ethereal plane known as the cloud, and I’ve spent the better part of an hour (RE)downloading about two hundred of the otherwise MIA tracks, but WTF Apple? W? T? F?
I’m not exactly a tech dummy, either. I know what I did. I also know what I didn’t do: I didn’t break it. I’m 99.9% certain this was not a user error. I’m not about to call up one of their so-called geniuses and be told to restart my device or that I must have done something despite my own assurances. The music spontaneously disappeared from my iPhone. It was there this morning and I listened to it on the way from the train to my office. And it was gone eight hours later, the phone having done little more than accept a top up charge and sit in my desk drawer for most of the afternoon.
Did I mention: WTF Apple?
Trust guys. It’s about trust.
I mean, first the app itself becomes a POS… now it just flat-out deleted my music. End rant! Yeah, I’m a little frustrated.
I guess my biggest beef is that since they launched it, Apple has been trying to push their streaming music service down our throats. So, that in mind, I got a bit of a “Did I do that?” Urkel vibe off of my phone, if you know what I mean… as in, maybe it wasn’t an accident. *furrows brow*
I’m not against streaming music, but then the facts seem to suggest that they don’t understand ME as a customer. Maybe don’t care to understand me. After all, I’ve only bought a couple computers and a handful of phones from them. I’m not a “heavy user” of their products. I’m just a guy who likes listening to music that he’s already bought. A guy that NEEDS to have pre-download music because I spend half my commute in a train tunnel with no wireless service. A guy that buys the cheapest data plan and isn’t going to upgrade it at these ridiculous Canadian telecom prices so that I can stream music over my precious bandwidth.
Just saying, Apple: it’s the little things. It’s tough to keep feeding the machine when the machine just gets hungrier and hungrier and then starts nibbling at your fingers.
Photo of the Day Theme
A black and white abstract photo of a person or people.
My sister-in-law randomly appeared on my doorstep shortly after I got home from work, so we went for dinner at the local farmer’s market.
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Of course, Claire had her heart set on a bowl of Bully Mac, a gourmet mac & cheese from a food truck that is nearly always at our market. And it beats popcorn for dinner.
We were sitting at a nearby picnic table, and the little plastic lid that came with the Bully Mac was trying to blow away in the breeze — and it occurred to me with my “abstract” theme that it might make an interesting filter.
This pic was snapped on my iPhone 6 with a plastic lid filter using “noir” mode.
I’d love to say something epic, but I’ve mostly been feeding “Simpsons: Tapped Out” on my phone.
Call what on the who now? Oh, wait… I think that’s an app on the minicomputer I carry around in my pocket.
Baylee the Bee, selling a small but steady number of copies, is now available on iBooks for iPhone, too. Check out the link in the sidebar.
After a couple false starts, I’ve had this particular game going for nearly three weeks, checking in a couple times each day to top up my resources and assign my growing population to important jobs. Currently, this is probably one of my favorite apps… so you know I’m just waiting for the likely update that’s going to “tweak and upgrade” something and ruin it forever.
I game, therefore I am: But — you know this — the last thing the web needs is another gamer review blog. And, seeing as how I’m about three years behind on my gaming anyhow, who’s going to read it? 8-Bits-Short is a (new) series of snippet-posts, glimpses into the gaming life of this part-time video gamer a’la-dad-indoctrinating his daughter on his love of button mashing and pixel pushing. Share & enjoy…
Is it possible to say that you are obsessed with a game after just a few hours?
I downloaded the latest (mobile app) offering from Bethesda Softworks this afternoon after it was just shortly released in conjunction with E3 2015. As far as I can tell it is a kind of cross-promotion-slash-mini-game to tie in with the upcoming release of Fallout 4, a game which has me drooling over new hardware because my current consoles are not quite up to snuff.
I say obsessed because after installing it and then loading it up on the train on the way home after work, I found myself completely draining the battery on my phone while playing it after supper.
Then I charged my phone… and completely drained it again. Until Karin found me sitting on the floor tethered to the wall with a charging cable. This is partially because the game is a bit of a power hog, but also because I haven’t been able to put it down all evening.
After (almost literally) burning through my first crack at fallout shelter micromanagement and mourning the quick turn of favours that left me survivorless an infested underground bunker (everyone died!) I started a second game and took a slightly more conservative approach. The game is not super-generous with assistance (following the initial standard tutorial) which makes for a few surprises (pleasant and otherwise.)
The game also is not super generous with resources or probability. Perhaps it is a kind of confirmation bias, but my perception of a 40% chance of something really bad happening and the game’s perception of the same seem wildly different. Plus, after the initial crush of people that form your starting survivor base, new people are few and far between. And though I seem to have a lot of digital pregnant women running around on my phone right now, this doesn’t seem like a long-term viable solution for a quick build up of valuable workers to speed this game along.
I’ll keep playing, but I’m still not sure what this game expects from me in the long run: watching and waiting while my battery drains away and I build up my little virtual shelter like SimCity … or just daily check-ins to check resources, sorta like Tiny Tower.
I’ll keep playing, but reserve my judgement after seeing if it can hold my attention longer than for one cool pre-summer evening.
Spider solitaire on my phone. Riveting stuff, eh?
a mash-up of breaking (families) & fashion
I’m firmly middle class. Let’s just get that settled, disclosed, admitted, whatever… up front.
Now, about an hour ago I bought something. I don’t buy a lot of things, at least my perception is that I don’t buy a lot of things. I spend money. I shop, occasionally. And I acquire the occasional so-called toys mostly in the form of electronics or entertainment devices that allow me to spend my free time slouching on the couch and zoning out. But an hour ago I went out and bought something quite expensive: I bought, off contract, a top of the line brand new iPhone.
Why? Partially, it’s because my (up-until-this-morning) current phone was getting rather sluggish but, more importantly (at least for the topic of this essay) because the gap between my expectations for how it should be performing and how it was performing had reached a perceptible gap for which I was unhappy.
I’ll admit, a significant part of the reason was just because I wanted something better. I wanted to keep up the appearance (if no where else but in my own mind) that I was “keeping up appearances” as the saying goes.
Now, I can afford it. As I said previously, middle class: I have a steady job, expenses that are in check, and (other than occasionally splurging a thousand dollars on, say, a shiny new phone) I don’t spend a lot of money.
I can see how such a purchase would lead to marital troubles if one didn’t have that kind of cash in the bank: some has suggested that data shows “at least one-half of the 41% Canadian divorce rate – or about 1 in 5 of our divorces – are caused primarily by money?”  That’s a big toll.
But it strikes me as a point worth exploring –and not from the “gee-whiz, couples who live outside their budgets must fight with each other a lot more” perspective, which has probably been explored to death– but rather the topic which I tended to agree with when I heard it discussed in a podcast the other day: that (to paraphrase) the ideas that fit into the same genre as “keeping up appearances” and thinking we deserve to have cool toys for no other reason than sheer “want” is creating a kind of gap between what we as average people expect to have and what we can actually afford to have.