Twenty-eight days in

January 29, 2017 Uncategorized

The last post I wrote on my personal blog was back in September. That was a time when I was about to enter peak stress – planning for my upcoming wedding was ramping up, I was about to enter my first e-commerce peak season as a senior manager at work, and I had just moved into new apartment. I used to be able to write entire pieces on a single train ride to work; now I can walk at myRead More

32 places to put stuff

September 11, 2016 Featured

I have a lot of places in which I put things I care about. I use Reminders to store…well, reminders of things I need to do. Basic lists. I have a wish list of stuff I want to buy on Amazon, but then I have another list of other non-Amazon stuff to buy in Reminders. I also have a few lists and notes for things in Apple Notes. I keep my passwords securely in 1Password. I use Trello to manageRead More

The wonderful future, or my phone is slowly becoming my wallet

August 31, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

Since Alicia and I moved back into Boston proper, I've started to hold cash on me much less frequently. Back in NYC or up in Salem, most of the establishments we frequent only accepted certain credit cards; many were cash-only. Now, I can use Apple Pay or order online from pretty much anywhere I frequent – cabs & Uber, groceries from Trader Joe's, Starbucks and most other local chains – for everything else, I'm only really using one of twoRead More

Creative work on an iPad (via Mathys + Potestio) →

July 3, 2016 Uncategorized

Instead of doing a bunch more experimenting-with-iPad posts, I was asked to do a write-up on using iPad in a bunch of creative contexts, and this is what resulted. I’m having a lot more fun lately writing and tinkering on my iPad, and now that I’ve moved to a new place with some nice scenery, I’ll probably be spending less spare time at a desk and more out in nature – for which the iPad is perfect.

iOS experiments: evaluating mixes

June 3, 2016 Uncategorized

I haven’t written in a bit, but here’s some more stuff I’ve been thinking about in my spare time: listening to my music projects-in-progress in as many possible contexts as I can. Why is this more than a simple task? Audio files are big. Important: these are not your favorite streaming service’s audio files. These are hi-res, uncompressed, 24-to-32-bit audio files that are being semi-professionally mixed and mastered by a sound engineer for me. I can’t stream these without murderingRead More

On Prince’s “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker”

May 3, 2016 Featured, Uncategorized

Prince died a week ago. I’m really bummed about it. I’ve had some really good friends rave about how life-changing his shows are, and I kept convincing myself that I’d actually go to one. That can’t happen anymore, and it reminds me to take advantage of what exists in the now as much as I can. What I have now is his entire discography, pulled together from various sources since I started listening to Prince regularly in my adult life.[^1]Read More

iOS experiment 1: changing and tinkering with a WordPress site theme

May 1, 2016 Uncategorized

As I mentioned last week, I’m trying to make my iPad Air 2 actually useful in my life. Currently, it’s a rarely used content portal despite being almost as powerful as my MacBook Pro and having a fantastic app ecosystem. Plenty of folks have talked about the beauty of being able to code on an iPad – there’s apps like Coda and Textastic that have been germinating for years in the App Store – but there’s so much more toRead More

Tracking technology and the vote

April 27, 2016 Uncategorized

I originally wrote this for the Mathys+Potestio blog, this really cool employment agency based in Portland, Oregon. Here’s the link to the original post. I’ve noticed that, for the first time in my life, I’m overwhelmed by politics. In high school, it was just a topic that sometimes came up among my debate-team friends. In college and my early years of employment it was a side conversation. Now I can’t go a day without someone mentioning a candidate at leastRead More

Moving to iOS: an experiment in creative restraint

April 10, 2016 Uncategorized

On Monday I’m receiving a company laptop. I have mixed feelings about this – it inevitably and subliminally will have me working more on trains and on weekends, but I’ll be able to do so much faster than I currently do via Microsoft Remote Desktop. Why do I bring this up? I bring this up because I have a beautiful, expensive Retina MacBook Pro that I’ve been using for the bulk of all my work for almost 3 years. It’sRead More

Google sometimes drops the ball because Google is a massive company

March 19, 2016 Uncategorized

The other day I finally subscribed to Connected, a great consumer tech podcast, and in their most recent episode, Federico rants about the inconsistent feature support across Google’s iOS apps. (He ranted about it 2 months prior, and the rant still stands.) They’ve failed to provide consistent support for now-core iPad features, including support for the iPad Pro’s bigger screen and Split View. How can you write in Google Docs and do research simultaneously without split view? Not even beingRead More