• Apple TV — Goddamned right I’m getting this and you should too. Finally fixes everything I didn’t like about Apple TV and then does one better. I’ve been looking at the nVidia Shield entertainment and gaming platform and I’d much rather use this instead. Plus, you know there will finally be a proper Plex app for Apple TV so that’s shut-up-and-take-my-money territory.
  • iPad Pro — Solid DO WANT rating but only in 128GB flavor. Would negate my use of a laptop entirely since RemoteApp, Citrix, and VNC let me use all the workstations remotely. It’s too cramped on the Mini. Possible compromise of new iPad Air, but the Pro is just so great it’s hard to not look hard at it. Most of my photo editing will likely still live in Lightroom because I love my presets and work with them so easily. Can still do so because I use OSCTouch to transform my iPad into a MIDI controller that can operate Lightroom sliders and then I use Astropad as a touch surface for brushing to my desktop, so the synergy is very much there anyway. And now with a display of that size I could get most of Lightroom 6 into my hands on the iPad via Astropad? Hellooooooooooh?
  • Apple Watch — I still want one, mainly for monitoring and passive health tracking because I know that’s the only way I’ll track my wellness effectively. I feel like a lot of the integrations are somewhat gimmicky but that is never a barrier to me wanting something.
  • iPhone 6something — I like my phone a lot. I bought a bigger storage iPhone 6 and so I’m not annoyed by it right now. Not yet.

9/9 Apple Event, The Need it got it need it need it want it need it got it list


So I strung up an improvised whole-house intercom with an old iPhone, an iPad, and my computer downstairs. Careful tuning on the voice activation and amplitude versus SNR settings will result in a pretty reliable whole-house speakerphone intercom system.

I’m running the standard Mumur service on a FreeBSD server. Seems to work well and compensates for the background noise of my daughter’s noise machine in her bedroom while still giving me a heads-up if she’s upset about her nightlight turning off or needing someone to tuck her in again.

Mumble as an ad-hoc Whole-House Intercom


In late 2013, Lightroom 5 was $149, I paid ~$80 for Edu pricing.

Lightroom 6 will probably have similar Edu pricing (but I’ll be damned if I could find out how to buy it anywhere).

This time around, for Lightroom 6, I elected for a year of Adobe Creative Cloud for Photographers, which includes Lr Cloud shenanigans for photos and Adobe Photoshop for $9/month. “You fool! You’re renting software!” says the dweeb in the corner with his Vic 20 and Mac LC III, “You should buy the software and own it!” but at this price point and the fact that I will either certainly upgrade to Lightroom 7 or switch to something else entirely, I’d be a fool not to leverage the Creative Cloud Photography tier and you probably would be too.

PS Flash still sucks.

Lightroom CC or GTFO


Nice timeout before relaunch, GitHub. Just endlessly launch your crashing launchd job, that’s not completely stupid and obnoxious.

Huh. 73,627 crashes of your stupid launchd job.

In three days.


Octocat’s gonna need a new name, on account of I’m mercilessly beating the mutant mascot to death with one of those tentacles right now!



Christ, what an asshole.

Yet-another-sexist-codebro-shortstain at a company with the weirdly phallic name of Javelin. I went to the website and I can’t even figure out what these people do all day 1 but I bet their HR department is super busy all the time.

  1. Seriously, I dare you to find an answer beyond “Tools and services to change the world!” and a sales pitch for a book someone wrote about changing the world with tools and services. 

Shut-up, @obie.