After more than 10 years of avoiding it, I've finally rejoined the ranks of the private-car-owning bourgeois.
and I spent the past few weeks doing research and reading reviews, spent Saturday and Sunday test-driving a bunch of
vehicles, and ended up buying a brand new Cosmic Blue 2020 Honda Insight yesterday
Why did I buy a new car, anyway?
Yes, I'm aware that a new car loses nearly 40% of its value the moment you drive it off the lot. Yes, I'm aware that
there is a glut of delightful used cars in the area. Nonetheless, I …
Fall; or, Dodge in Hell
Over my recent vacation, I read Neal Stephenson's latest book Fall; or, Dodge in
Hell, which is a rough sequel to 2011's
REAMDE. I thought I'd write up some brief thoughts I had on it and
maybe some questions for a hypothetical future reader. Like all of Stephenson's work from the last couple of decades,
this book is a meandering combination of science fiction, philosophy, political commentary, and
mythical fantasy. The Kindle edition I read is 880 pages long, and went pretty quickly over four three-hour flights.
In general, I'd give it ★★★☆☆. It's got lots of interesting ideas, but it's …
2019 iMac First Impressions
For the first time since early 2010, I have a desktop computer again!
It's a 2019 5K Retina iMac with an Intel Core i5-9600K (9th Generation, 6 physical cores), 16GB of RAM, AMD Radeon
Pro 580X, and a 1TB SSD. Geekbench isn't exactly scientific, but it reports this computer as 50% faster single-core,
150% faster multi-core than the computer it's replacing.
First off, some more details on what you see in this picture:
Pebble Time Steel Review
In February, I Kickstarted the Pebble Time. As soon as it was announced (March 3), I upgraded my Kickstarter pledge to the Pebble Time Steel. As you might remember from last year, I had Kickstarted the original Pebble ("Pebble Classic" now) and purchased the Pebble Steel as soon as it was released, so this was a no-brainer.
Well, it took a few months longer than expected, but my Time Steel arrived about a week ago, and here's my review.
The Pebble Time Steel offers a few improvements over past models
Hello friends. As you may remember from a few years ago, I am an iPhone user. Like several million of you,
I decided to upgrade to the iPhone 6 this year. I thought I'd share some really brief impressions:
- The 6 is gigantic. I have no idea how anyone is using the 6+. The photo above shows my 5s (which was already quite large) looking dwarfed by the 6. It still doesn't have anything on the iPad, though.
- The curved edges of the front really do feel a lot better for the forward/backward swipe gestures in iOS when compared …
Pebble Steel First Impressions
I've had an article sitting in Draft status since June 2013 about the
Pebble smartwatch which I bought during their Kickstarter campaign. The article
essentially said that the Pebble has awesome features, but feels like a toy and scuffs
if you look at it askance. I was planning on going into detail about how apps
like httpebble and smartwatch+ feel immensely hackish.
Well, as of today, I'm confident reporting that Pebble has resolved all of these issues
with the Pebble Steel and Pebble OS 2.0.
I'm going to talk (briefly!) about both of these new releases. All of the …