Eight days with AirPods

AirPods

I’ve been using AirPods for about eight days. Feels great without the cord, and sounds good across lots of podcasts, music, and video. They stay in while smashing tickets, eating a meal, washing dishes, taking a walk, or riding a bus. I’ve also worn them successfully while lying in bed for a short period of time. They won’t stay in if I fall asleep, which I expected.

I’m usually around a power source, so I haven’t thought of battery life in depth. However, air travel is in my future,1 and I plan to leave my Sony MDR-7506 headphones at home to free up space in my backpack.

Looking at Apple’s product page, I haven’t used Siri with them yet. Perhaps I need to find some podcast episodes for very simple ideas. Suggestions welcome!2

A few times, I mentioned to Amy that wearing them makes me think of something from an episode of Black Mirror. Pretty trippy.

Overall, I dig them! 👍🏾

See also from my colleague, Paul Ciano — A Geek’s Best Friend: AirPods (Part 1), and Part 2.


  1. Team meetup! 
  2. I think there’s a few from Back To Work or Mac Power Users

Closed my Media Temple account

During my sabbatical last year, I completed one project where the end result was to close my Media Temple account. (It was a good run!) Going forward, I would be saving $22 per year. 💵

I haven’t thought about this very much since I completed the move, which is probably a good thing. 😎


  1. Disclosure: I’m a Community Guardian at Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com. I also use WordPress.com for my personal sites. 
  2. I didn’t realize Shaun Inman suspended sales and support for Fever and Mint in December 2016. 
  3. This is my personal FastMail referral link

Broke my Kindle Keyboard

It lasted for about 2,388 days. I don’t know the exact date it arrived, but I added an entry in Day One after I broke it on April 6th, 2017 (during my sabbatical).

Annoyed with myself for breaking the screen of my Kindle. I rolled a bit on it.

While it isn’t cracked, per se, two thirds of the screen no longer update.

It’s been fun! 😁

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AirPods, where are you?

Apple AirPods

I misplaced my AirPods for several hours. It was rough, especially since I bought them less than four days ago. 😁

Last night, I placed them in my messenger bag. I had ventured out to visit a friend, and requested a pickup from Lyft1 to get home. After I got home, I couldn’t find my AirPods. Neither could my friend, or the Lyft driver.

After four or five times looking through my “empty” messenger bag, I realized there were exterior side pockets. I rarely use them; my stainless steel water bottle won’t fit.

Conclusion: The AirPods case can fit in those exterior side pockets. 😊

P.S. I wrote this post on January 22nd, and changed the date to reflect the day this happened.


  1. Referral link. I earn $10 in ride credit if you use it for your first ride in Los Angeles. 

The Value of Privacy

Great post by Bruce Schneier from May 2006. I found a few highlights in my Instapaper account. Here’s one:

For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.

 

The Hate Debate

Listened to a podcast episode titled, “The Hate Debate” (via Radiolab Presents: More Perfect by WNYC Studios). It was published on November 5th, 2017.

Should you be able to say and do whatever you want online? And if not, who should police this? More Perfect hosts a debate about online hate speech, fake news and whether the First Amendment needs an update for the digital age.

Definitely worth a listen.

Official runtime is about 36 minutes, and a bit less if you use Overcast with Smart Speed active. 😉

See also: Freedom of Speech at WordPress.com

Rad comeback on Ghost Valley 1

Tonight, Amy and I were playing Super Mario Kart on my Super NES Classic. Thanks to the Rewind feature, I recorded the end of a super close race with my iPhone.

I’m Koopa Troopa (top), and Amy is Toad (bottom). We joke often by saying, “Neck and neck!” This time, it was true. 😌