It's been a rush of emotion this week

This week I’ve been moving between an old and new apartment. I’m in the same building, just downsizing. My new place gets me off the garden level for the first time in nearly seven years, which gives me much more natural light. I can finally see the sky and it’s wonderful!

I’m also moving away from many of the annoyances of the old apartment. I had noisy upstairs neighbors who were extremely heavy footed with two young children. There’s the guy with the big diesel truck who always left it warming right by my bedroom window at 6:30 every morning. Then there were the headlights from cars in the parking lot just feet away from my windows with little regard if they were a problem.

Yet, I’ve found myself a little down leaving this place as I get ready to close the book on it. I don’t think it’s because I’m going to miss the place, but that I had some pretty heavy moments of my life there. That would include:

  • The declining health and the eventual death of my father.
  • A break up I hoped would never happen, though I can say I still have an awesome friend in this person.
  • The burnout I felt going through the above combined with working and going to college full time.

It has all come and hit me at once from various directions. It hasn’t helped with taking work off for the past week to get settled I’ve had plenty of time to sit and stew about it all.

I’m hoping with getting back to work and to a normal routine I can start to settle in and shake these feeling. But, man it’s been a weird week.

Apple and Security

Still digesting this year’s live Talk Show from WWDC, but the one thing circling my mind from it right now is how so much of what Apple does over the past few years revolves around security. The obvious is the new features rolling out this year are obvious, but also what they don’t do right away.

For as much as people griped about the iPad Pro being limited with iOS 12, it wasn’t about those gripes that got Apple to come through with external storage support with iOS 13. Instead, they weren’t going to release that support until they could do so in a way where they could protect the kernel from viruses and malware, and that meant separating the file structure from the kernel.

I’ve found Apple will often release things, not when everyone calls for them, but when they’re good and ready. When that product or feature does come out, it’s most often polished, refined, and intuitive in a way only Apple does. It’s rarely half-assed. This dates back to the NeXT merger.

Can Zion Williamson turn NFL-loving New Orleans into a basketball town 🏀⚜️

Shannon G. Sims, writing for The Washington Post:

(Gayle) Benson is trying. She recently hired David Griffin, the general manager of the title-winning 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers, to be vice president of basketball operations, with former player and Brooklyn Nets assistant GM Trajan Langdon as the new general manager.

“There are signs that Gayle is taking the Pelicans seriously and hiring good people,” Butler said, recommending that ownership also find new ways to draw in fans, including bringing in brass bands such as The Soul Rebels and playing more authentic New Orleans music during games. “Bring the actual swag of the city into the arena,” he added.

I always thought the Pelicans should bring more of New Orleans into the gameday experience. The whole reason for them being the Pelicans instead of the Hornets was to instill civic pride in the team. But, catching what I can on TV, their game days have always seemed vanilla whereas Saints games have always brought Bourbon Street indoors.

I think a marriage of that flavor with Zion Williamson embracing it could potentially save the Pels for the city. I hope that happens, as this is only the first generation of fans watching the Pels, whereas the Saints are multigenerational. Just maybe we’re looking at this franchise 20 years from now as something the city can’t do without and it could all center around Zion.

Trying a Little Social Media Experiment On Myself

Over the weekend, I caught myself aimlessly staring at my phone with some kind of nervous twitch to keep picking it up. I still have active accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Twitter is full of locals, so I tend to want to keep it around to discuss local things. Facebook is the one I want nothing to do with, but I keep it mainly for event invites, since that’s how people tend to do things. I feel like I need to spend my time better, so I’m going to try a few things.

Goodbye Facebook

I’ve deleted all Facebook related apps off my phone as of this morning. It’s makes it where the easiest spot to check things is on my Mac, where I can only do so when I’m at home. This should cut down my usage significantly.

Feed the Birds

Feedbin is my RSS aggregator of choice. One of the nice things about Feedbin is you can subscribe to a specific Twitter feed. So, I’m going to look to do this with a few of my friends on there. It actually makes reading through Twitter quite a bit cleaner.

Writing More

I want to think about what I post online a bit more. This means I want to be a bit more calculated and to have things delivered with a bit more thought. This is where I want to share things initially, in which they’ll get syndicated out to Twitter from there.

Hopefully all of this will help me feel less twitchy and will allow me to focus on some other things I enjoy.

Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale

Name: Twilight Summer Ale
Style: Pale Ale
Brewer: Deschutes - Bend, OR
ABV: 5%
IBU: 38
Rating: 4/5
Notes: Clean. A very easy drinking brew.

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An Unobstructed View

On iOS, the operating system for the iPhone, you’ll get a reminder on the birthdays of your friends and family to give them a call or a text. This is controlled by Siri, but it works by looking at the contact cards you have in your phone for birthdays you’ve put in for those contacts.

The reminder lingers on your lock screen for the entire day until you’ve taken care of it. Most of the time this is a good thing. But, what if this reminder is for someone who has passed away?

My father would have been 74 yesterday. He passed away December 2006, making this the third birthday of his I’ve encountered since. The first one was the roughest. I had just experienced a memorial service for him a month before at his property in Baldwin County, Alabama, which was delayed until the spring to accommodate everyone who wanted to be involved. From there, my mom, brother, dad’s widow, and I drove back up to Nebraska with dad’s ashes. They are now buried next to his mother at a cemetery near Hebron.

Since, I’ve made visits down to Hebron around his birthday, Fathers’ Day, and Veterans Day, since he proudly served in the US Navy. Each visit and remembrance have gotten easier has time has moved on. The thing about me is I’m big on dates like this. They hold a lot of weight with me. But, the thing about my visits to Hebron is they give me an opportunity to talk. It’s the talks I miss the most. The same days I visit are typically the same days I would call.

When I go down there, I say hello, then I tell dad what’s been going on with me. Then I take in the open landscape of southern Nebraska. The cemetery itself is enclosed by trees on all but the south side, just like the property he lived on in Alabama. The hills are much more defined in Nebraska, however. The landscape is much more open. For miles you can see sunbeams bursting through the clouds onto the land below as they track across those hills. Unlike where I live in Lincoln, you can see thunderstorms a good 50 miles out or so. It’s stunning.

Then there’s the sounds of the birds and other animals surrounding the place. Everything is so unfiltered that you can hear a particular vehicle sometimes for miles before the sound fades. My father told be before how he could hear the Blue Angels taking off for their Tuesday and Wednesday practices from Pensacola NAS 20 miles or so away on his old property. These are things you simply don’t notice in an urban environment. My father loved his land, so I feel like there’s a definite piece of him at his final resting place. I know he would be happy where he ended up.

Tomorrow, I plan on taking that drive down to Hebron again. I’ll absorb every bit of that drive in, taking in the unobstructed view of the plains. Most importantly, I’ll get to talk.

Sierra Nevada Summer Fest

Name: Summer Fest
Style: Lager
Brewer: Sierra Nevada - Chico, CA
ABV: 5%
IBU: -
Rating: 3.5/5
Notes: It’s kinda dank on the nose, which I wasn’t expecting. It’s clean tasting, though the smell of it seems to pair with a slight hoppiness on the front end.

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Kinkader Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Amber

Name: Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Amber
Style: Red Ale
Brewer: Kinkader - Lincoln, NE
ABV: 5%
IBU: 23
Rating: 4.3/5
Notes: It’s a freaking peanut butter cup in a glass. First peanut butter brew I’ve had that wasn’t a stout. It’s very tasty though.

Daily Reading for April 28, 2019

News

Seattle’s cranes kept coming — and until now, operated safely | The Seattle Times

In my visits to Seattle, it was hard not to notice the cranes. At times I found it comical how many would get into a photo, especially in South Lake Union. Unfortunately, yesterday happened. I feel for those affected.

Trump Rallies Supporters As White House Correspondents Gala Celebrates The Free : NPR

In Washington, the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, an annual comedic event, was light on jokes and replete instead with warnings about the consequences of attacks on the free press.

Meanwhile, President Trump rallied supporters in Green Bay, touting economic growth and repeating familiar calls of “fake news” to a cheering crowd.

Very telling, to say the least.

Alaskan halibut, caught by a century-old Seattle boat, provides a glimpse of Amazon’s strategy with Whole Foods | The Seattle Times

Whole Foods touted a rarely seen promotional price for halibut as part of its ongoing campaign to revise the grocery chain’s high-cost reputation while maintaining its image for quality and sustainability.

“Whole Foods is one of the better ones, to be honest with you,” Bassi said. “But you know, Whole Foods, whole paycheck. … They usually do charge way more for everything than anywhere else. Which really surprises me that they’re selling this for $16-something a pound, because they’re not making anything on it.”

I have a Whole Foods walking distance from me and I’ve been thinking about them more often for things like fresh produce which are seeing a drop in price their. Jeff Bezos and Amazon have their bad qualities, but if they continue to make prices at Whole Foods more reasonable, then that’s a benefit to everybody.

Apple

A Starter Guide for Going iPad Pro Only – The Brooks Review

Of all the guides about using an iPad Pro as an everyday device, this one makes the most sense and is the most realistic.

Science & Tech

Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses | WIRED

Some scientists have speculated that viruses could someday be used to tweak the carbon cycle and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to Suttle. Zayed, who became interested in viruses while studying phage therapy as an alternative to antibiotics for treating infections, calls this potentially risky geoengineering scheme “phage therapy for the environment.”

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Daily Reading for April 27, 2019

News

Fallen crane kills four in South Lake Union: ‘It was terrifying’ | The Seattle Times

This is a bit jolting.

Nearly 700 from LA universities still in measles quarantine | The Seattle Times

Thanks, anti-vaxers.

Apple

3 Ways iOS 13 Will Make You More Productive

I’m still taking much of this as rumor for now. That said, I’m very curious what iOS 13 brings us.

Overcast Adds Simple Podcast Video Clip Sharing – MacStories

I technically have a podcast account here, as it’s part of the video setup on this page. I’ll always take another option for sharing content.

Sports

Gators Power Past Kentucky - Florida Gators

Both of these teams need wins badly. Florida has slid out of the top 25 after starting the year as one of the top ranked teams. They’re currently hoping to hang on to the right to host a regional. Kentucky is just hoping to make the SEC Tournament. Big win for the Gators last night.

2019 NFL Draft: D.K. Metcalf drafted by Seattle Seahawks - Team Speed Kills

This looks like one door opening as another closes in Seattle, as D.K. Metcalf looks to be the replacement for Doug Baldwin, who’s career may be done due to injuries.

Taylor, Polite Chosen on Day 2 of 2019 NFL Draft - Florida Gators

Congrats to the Gators selected on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. Yet another Gator heading to Jacksonville.

Murphy, Sample, Rapp Selected In Second Round Of NFL Draft - University of Washington Athletics

And congrats to the Huskies selected on Day 2. That makes four Huskies selected so far.

Why the Seattle Seahawks selected LB Ben Burr-Kirven with pick 142 - Field Gulls

Make that another Husky selected. I always love when the Seahawks pick up former Washington players.

Trio of Gators Selected on Day Three of 2019 NFL Draft - Florida Gators

For the fifth-straight year, at least five Gators were selected in the NFL Draft.

Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale 🍺

Name: Tropical Pale Ale
Style: Pale Ale
Brewer: Boulevard - Kansas City, MO
ABV: 5.9%
IBU: -
Rating: 3.8/5
Notes: I had this while at the Mariners-Royals game in Kansas City. A little hoppy, but the tropical fruit flavors compliment that hoppyness well. I could see this being a nice summer day beer.

Agent: Russell Wilson’s new Seahawks deal sets NFL record 🏈

Gregg Bell, writing for The News Tribune

Agent Mark Rodgers confirmed to The News Tribune at 1:35 a.m. Tuesday the contract is worth $140 million in new money over four years, with a $65 million signing bonus.

That $35 million per year makes Wilson’s the richest contract in NFL history, as he had sought and the Seahawks had planned for their franchise and Super Bowl-winning quarterback all along.

I don’t care how much they paid the guy, I’m just glad they paid the guy. Now, hopefully, he doesn’t post any more weird videos from his bed on social media.

Go Hawks!

Boon Kriek

Name: Kriek
Style: Lambic - Kriek
Brewer: Boon - Lambeek, Belgium
ABV: 6%
IBU: 11
Rating: 4.5/5
Notes: This is alcoholic black cheery Kool-Aid. IMG 0739

Evil Twin Key Lime Pie

Name: Key Lime Pie
Style: IPA
Brewer: Evil Twin - Brooklyn, NY
ABV: 7%
IBU: -
Rating: 4/5
Notes: I’ve had mother key lime pie beer in the past, and it was straight up what you would imagine key lime pie tasting like. This one leaned more on the key lime than the graham cracker part. It fits in well with the New England style of IPAs.

Meow hear this: Study says cats react to sound of their name

Meow hear this: Study says cats react to sound of their name

Malcolm Ritter, writing for The Associated Press

Atsuko Saito of Sophia University in Tokyo says there’s no evidence cats actually attach meaning to our words, not even their own names. Instead, they’ve learned that when they hear their names they often get rewards like food or play, or something bad like a trip to the vet. And they hear their names a lot. So the sound of it becomes special, even if they don’t really understand it refers to their identity.

My cat, Remy, definitely knows what “food” means. He always perks up and gets really chatty whenever that word comes up.

Experiences With Racism In American South Inspired Gary Clark Jr.'s 'This Land' NPR

In an interview on All Things Considered, Clark told NPR’s Michel Martin that a neighbor came up to him last year and asked who lived on the 50-acre property that Clark had bought in Austin with his wife Nicole Trunfio to raise their two children.

“I do,” Clark responded.

“There’s no way you can live here,” the neighbor responded.

This type of interaction is what infuriated me about some of the initial reactions to Colin Kaepernick kneeling. So many wanted to call him and others who kneeled spoiled, because who were they to complain when they have so much money? There’s an idea that when a black person earns a lot of money they no longer have to deal with the problems other black people deal with.

NBA player Sterling Brown would beg to differ.

James Blake would beg to differ.

Gary Clark Jr. would beg to differ.

Clark Jr. covers his anger on the track (and album of the same name), “This Land”, a track I came across a couple weeks ago. I often rate songs (like or dislike) based on how likely I am to want to hear them again. This track was jarring on first listen, which would usually cause me to bypass the track. I kept listening to it, however, and ended up putting a like on it. It’s a message I feel I need to hear mixed in with everything else I listen to. If it comes up a lot, so be it. It needs to be heard.

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🏀 Warriors' Kevin Durant sees Kings as 'team to be reckoned with soon' - ESPN

“That’s the fourth game that we deserved to lose against this team,” Warriors star Kevin Durant said after Thursday night’s 125-123 win over the Kings. “But [we] just figure it out at the end of the games. … Sometimes you’re not going to win it with the team game and the way we always play. Sometimes you’re just going to have to play streetball, you know what I’m saying? I think tonight, throughout spurts of the game, both teams did that.”

This game was close throughout and this has certainly been a trend with Warriors-Kings games this year. Buddy Hield looked really good early before cooling off, finishing with 19 points. That said, Hield is averaging 20.5 per game. Remember, he was the prized part the Pelicans sent to the Kings in the DeMarcus Cousins trade, in which it was said at the time the Kings had gotten fleeced by then Pels GM Dell Demps.

Two years later, Hield & the Kings are growing, Cousins is a Warrior, and Dell Demps is out of a job. This only furthers my stance of not overblowing every trade for the near term. These things can play out years down the road to look entirely opposite of what they originally seemed.

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Who's Really Missing Out?

I checked in on Facebook this morning and was notified I posted this six years ago today:

Quick question: Would you be comfortable with paying $5 for Facebook if it meant no ads, no selling your information to advertisers, a total respect of your privacy, & a knowing your money was going straight toward platform development & improvement?

Many of the responses I received six years ago basically said paying for a social network isn’t something that would interest them. In fact, I only got one answer saying they would be in favor of this idea. For context, app.net was the service I was checking out at the time.

This was before any of the scandals, like the one with Cambridge Analytica, had come up. So, I reposted this question today, looking to see if anyone had a different view now than they did before. So far, I’ve had no answers. I figure this could be for either of the following reasons:

  • People don’t get it or don’t care.
  • Facebook may have buried my post, deeming it anti-Facebook.

It’s hard to say without any real feedback on it. That said, I’ve been pecking around on this page, categorizing posts accordingly. Just seeing how clean a page with nothing put photo posts is, with the attention strictly on the content, with no ads, no suggestions on who to follow, no side chat bar, no nagging notifications, no distractions to speak of. Just content. Why wouldn’t anybody want this?

A RSS feed full of content just like this one, again with the focus on the content, is peaceful. You check in on it when you want. You read at your leisure. I honestly feel like people are missing out.

Week 12 College Football Picks

I’ve been meaning to post these for a few weeks now, but I keep forgetting. I do a pickem game with a coworker on ESPN for a small $5 bet every week.

Here’s my picks with confidence points, in order of confidence points from lowest to highest:

  • Notre Dame over Syracuse
  • Georgia Tech over Virginia
  • Texas A&M over UAB
  • Iowa State over Texas
  • Fresno State over San Diego State
  • West Virginia over Oklahoma State
  • UCF over Cincinnati
  • Oregon over Arizona State
  • Utah over Colorado
  • Kentucky over Middle Tennessee

🔗 Send James Paxton to Atlanta, Sigh

From Lookout Landing

As much as I’d hate to see James Paxton leave Seattle, I could very much get behind him going to Atlanta. Seattle needs to build its farm system. It’s epically bad and I’m a believer any model of sustainable success for most teams is through building the farm system.

I grew up watching the Braves do it as a kid and I’m watching them do the same now. It’s how Houston went from being the worst team in the league to World Series champs. Sometimes it takes trading top level talent to get there. The M’s may have to make that sacrifice.

What I'm Reading - July 12, 2018

News

Papa John’s Founder Quits As Chairman After Using The N-Word During Conference Call - Good riddance!

U.S. Reopens Investigations Into Emmett Till Slaying - I’m always skeptical over cases like this. One one hand, I hope we get some real answers. On the other, I feel like it’s far too late to hand down any repercussions. I also find it odd in the age of the Sessions-led DoJ.

Sports

Seattle Mariners

Jean Segura wins American League Final Vote - Jean Segura becomes the fourth All-Star for the Mariners this year. The Pacific Northwest really came through with the votes. Myself, I voted 20 times.

James Paxton to start Thursday vs. Angels - The M’s are moving Paxton up a day into Felix Hernandez’s spot, who was placed on the DL Wednesday. The plan is to let Felix rest through the All-Star break. This could also leave the door open for Paxton to pitch in the All-Star game, if pitchers selected eliminate themselves from participating by pitching this coming weekend. Paxton would be a more than worthy replacement.

New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints Tragedies: 1-26 - Canal Street Chronicles - As if anyone needed a reminded of how bad early Saints teams were, here’s a look back to 1977, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into the Superdome with a franchise record of 0-26 and left with their first win in franchise history.

Florida Gators

Gators’ Elite Non-Conference Schedule Announced - Florida Gators - Florida basketball scheduling in ways Florida football doesn’t.

Tim Tebow Named to UF’s Ring of Honor - Florida Gators - I honestly thought he was up there already. Either way, it’s a given being he’s one of three Heisman Trophy winners in school history and has a statue outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Tech

Apple MacBook Pro 2018: Price, Specs, Release Date | WIRED - The specs look nice. But, the keyboard. We’ll see.

Music

Listen to Childish Gambino’s Two New Summer Songs: “Summertime Magic” & “Feels Like Summer” - We heard one of these tracks during Gambino’s SNL appearance back in May. The man continues showing his versatility.

Dr. Dre is Currently Mixing Anderson .Paak’s New Album - I’m very excited for this project.

Random

How to Teach a Cat to ‘Handshake’ Upon Request - Between this and using the toilet, it may be far too late for my cat.