John Mayer’s I Guess I Just Feel Like sums up my sentiments right now so well…

Hot-take: DirecTV Now is losing subscribers because there was a price-hike and the feeling of no progress/improvement in over a year. Version 2 (with DVR) was worse in many ways—most services improve over time. I gladly took Hulu’s (Live TV) price increase because it works.

Note the post from 4 days ago… 🤔 #ThisIsFineDotGIF

Anyone else feel like the tech world of 10-15 years ago was more optimistic? As much as I try to see the good, I feel like there’s so many invasive, disrespectful companies. I’m ending relationships with some, but haven’t gotten to the cut-off-my-nose-to-spite-my-face point yet.

The window at Starbucks has frost on the inside and outside today…

Like many, I think this may have been the coldest I’ve ever been…

I saw this at a store today and bought it because everything about it was “old” in terms of Starbucks marketing/branding…turns out this card design was from 2006 and the design was phased out about a year later…

I visited Minneapolis this summer—their scooters (Lime/Bird) were getting a lot of use, but it seems people took care of them (mostly) and regulations were reasonable (plenty of bike lanes to use)…Indianapolis, not so much (some destroyed by vandals, restrictive regulations).

With the iOS 12 betas, I’m a little annoyed with the inconsistencies of the status bar…un-notched iPads get an one like the iPhone X, while “classic” iPhones don’t. The SE could use the extra screen real estate, and I don’t need to see my carrier and AM/PM all the time…

Anyone else hate all the rumored names for the new iPhones? I’m at the point where all numbers (Roman numeral or Arabic) need to go… XS too easily becomes “excess” or 🎾. XC is starting to sound like car trim levels.

This pic is from two years ago when I visited Seattle and went to a Storm game…I find a little bit of irony in that they’re going for another championship banner tonight, but if they get it, they won’t be able to hang it with the others due to KeyArena renovations… #JustNeed3Wins

Maybe SchwarzTech should get a sister for its 20th anniversary? 🏀

I’m itching for a new outside-of-work project…have a few things in my head, but a couple are pretty lofty and I want to plan them out before doing anything. It’s a nice feeling and I recommend everyone muse on the “what next?” when frustrated or stuck.

On the last day of the WNBA regular season, a few thoughts on teams I’ve watched a lot this season:

  • Seattle has come together nicely & seem to be doing everything right as a team
  • Vegas has been exciting, but not quite there yet
  • Indiana needs some personnel changes badly

…Oh well, just some random thoughts that sort of came to the surface when every news item last week was about Apple’s $1T market cap and being a bit nostalgic about failing-’90s-Apple while watching Love Notes to Newton.

…I think because there’s more people interested and using technology so everything is more mainstream compounded with Apple’s popularity. On the other hand, independent communities ceded to social media and we know what shitshow that became…

…basically media coverage is all about Apple as the Big Company™ and what the products aren’t or how they’re falling short (granted the current Mac offerings are terrible). The community I fell in love with back in the late-’90s/early-’00s is long gone…

I’ve started thinking about how Apple kicking ass consistently is great for the health and future of the company, as well as shareholders, but I’m also less interested in Apple things. It’s fatiguing that most forums are kind of the same, and many articles are also the same…