Back in September, when I “upgraded” my iPad mini to the iOS 7 I instantly found the new look abhorrent and have been whining about it ever since. And while I am baffled, I am also impressed at the PR machine that is Apple because I get updates from otherwise sane developers who say something like, “now updated to the beautiful iOS7 look!” The italics are mine, but the “beautiful” is not made up…some idiot out there drank CrApple’s Kool-Aid or is just stroking their bloated ego.
I thought that some of the features of the OS were worth the downgrade in appearance, which I have learned to tolerate somewhat. As my iPhone at the time kept pestering me with a notice that wouldn’t go away that I had an OS upgrade ready, I “upgraded” it. Note: the phone was a 4, which was just fine….until…iOS 7. Continue reading
Last year we dumped cable and bought a couple of Roku streaming players.
We added three more when we moved back in after the fire, and excepting a short, three-week stint with Direct TV (quantity dismal, quality only passable), we’re happier without cable. Continue reading
Now that 2014 is here, I’m going to try to exorcise 2013 from my memory as much as possible. Our tragedy took over our lives after July 31st, but several friends have faced life threats that have put things in perspective.
Too many bad things, so I’m going to take a page from Time magazine and the editors’ Person of the Year chosen for the impact/influence good or bad.
Scroll down for my choices for Person, Engineering & Physics & Chemistry & Biology Achievements, Operating System, Most Disturbing & Funniest websites, Misinformer & Political A**, Movie, Book review and last but not least…
…Beer of the Year!… Continue reading
Posted in Beers, Books, Engineering, Movies, Personal thoughts, science, Tech
Tagged Apple, Beer, Belhaven's Scottish Ale, Big Sky Brewery, bionic leg, Boulevard Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout, cloning, Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero, Dark Truth Stout, Deschutes Brewery Obsidian Stout, embryonic stem cells, fat cells to liver cells, Founders Brewing Co., Froncois Englert, Frozen, Full Sail Amber, Goatman India Black Lager, Heavy Horse Scotch Ale, Higgs boson, IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, iOS 7, Iron Man 3, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL, Kings of Summer, Lakewood Brewing Company, Man of Steel, Michael Shermer, Monsters University, NASA, neutrinos, Now You See Me, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Peter Higgs, Physics Today, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense, The Boys from Brazil, The Butler, The Temptress, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Voyager program, World War Z
What a crazy two weeks this has been: Brandon graduated from Brookhaven Community College … Colin had some car trouble … Dylan turned 16 … Andrea’s CityArtCal partnered with TWO businesses – a one-night show and a gallery featuring CityArtCal artists … we started playing racquetball again … Dylan got a job as a life guard … we played dominoes and I was reacquainted with a host of endearing euphemisms … I got an iPad mini … Andrea created a piece that became an instant sensation … AND we hosted a Pirate Murder Mystery Party for Dylan’s birthday …
Whew… where to start? Art first -then pirates, graduation, Robert Anton Wilson, and we’ll see… Continue reading
Posted in Art, Fun, Tech
Tagged A Dead Man's Chest, Antoaneta Hillman, Apple, Baja, Bereniche Aguiar, Brookhaven College, Cindy Gray, Dead Man's Chest, Deb Kreimborg, Eye Pieces Plano, Freeform Games, iPad mini, Jill Nonnemacher, Julia Pappas, Linda Bourgault, Liz London, Melissa Ellis, murder mystery, Quantum Psycholoogy, Robert Anton Wilson, Stephen Hawking, Susan Bishop, The Astronauts