iPad Pro – Day 2

Not much to add to yesterday’s post so far, but I wanted to make note of the battery life. I used the iPad Pro all day at work yesterday, a little bit when I got home, and an hour this morning so far and my battery is still at 55%. Awesome.

24 hours with an iPad Pro

iPad Pro

Back when the iPad Pro was announced, both Miranda and I were interested in possibly replacing our laptops with it. Well, yesterday we took the plunge and I picked up one for each of us.

Here are some quick observations after using one for the past day:

  • First, the obvious–this iPad is HUGE. We were both pretty surprised at how big it actually is. That said, I was even more surprised at how little it weighs. Looking at it, I expected something around the weight of a laptop when I picked it up, but was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t.

  • iOS 9’s multitasking is amazing on the big screen. I can have Coda open on one side and Safari open on the other and preview what I’m working on immediately without having to switch apps or windows. It’s going to be a huge timesaver for me.

  • The software keyboard tweaks are pretty sweet. A number row was added to the top (see below), which is convenient. Now I just have to ignore 8 years of muscle memory in order to use it :)

One thing that was kind of a bummer was that we couldn’t get Pencils yesterday. I ordered two today, but they won’t be here until right before Christmas. Miranda is really looking forward to getting her hands on one.

As for keyboards, we’re both sticking with our Logitech Keys-to-Go keyboards for now. They work fine and are comfortable to type on, so we’ll keep those for a while.

If you have any questions about the iPad Pro, hit me up on Twitter or contact me here on the site.

Supersuckers – Holdin’ the Bag Bundle

Holdin' the Bag

My limited edition Supersuckers Holdin’ the Bag bundle showed up last week… number 267 of 500. As for the album, it’s really, really good. It was definitely worth the wait. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can find it on both the iTunes Store and Apple Music.

In related (and awesome) news, Eddie is cancer free and the Supersuckers have scheduled their first show back for early February in Florida. I’m looking forward to them coming back to Portland and will definitely be there when they do.

Trick or treat!

If you visit the site on Halloween (tomorrow, October 31st), you’ll see a special theme on the site all day. I’ll likely do other themes for other holidays as well, but figured I’d use this as a test run. Let me know if you run into any issues.

Images in RSS feed

The RSS feed for the site now displays the featured image for posts that have them. A small tweak, but it makes the feed so much better. You may need to unsubscribe/resubscribe for the images to show up since the feed may be cached by your RSS reader/service.

Day and night

I’ve made some changes so a different color scheme is shown depending on the time of day. If you’re visiting between the hours of 8am and 7pm Pacific, you’ll get the default light theme. If you visit between the hours of 7pm and 8am, you’ll get a dark theme.

I’m considering expanding this to base the change off of local (Portland) sunrise/sunset times, but honestly, I’m not sure if I care that much :)

Home – A Unique Horror Adventure

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I’ve recently started making my way through my backlog of iOS games, and Home – A Unique Horror Adventure by Benjamin Rivers Inc. is the latest game I’ve finished.

From the App Store description:

Home is a unique horror adventure set in a beautifully-realized pixel world. It’s a murder mystery with a twist–because you decide what ultimately happens.

As with Space Age, I bought Home shortly after it came out. I started playing through it a few times but never spent the time to finish it, so I thought I’d give it another go. I’m glad I did.

The gameplay is simple–you explore the world and discover clues in order to solve a murder. There are no enemies to fight and your character can’t die, but the story is interesting and the pixel art is beautiful.

The game itself is relatively short–it can be finished in one sitting if you’re determined–but the replayability value is high if you’d like to see all of the outcomes since the ending varies depending on your choices.

If you have a couple of hours to spare and are looking for something interesting to play, I recommend checking it out.

Home – A Unique Horror Adventure is $2.99 and is available on the App Store.

Space Age

Space Age

I know that I’m way late to the party, but I just got around to playing and finishing Space Age: A Cosmic Adventure by Big Bucket Software even though I bought it almost a year ago when it was released.

From the App Store description:

Space Age is a game of cosmic adventure. Set in the retro-futuristic sci-fi world of 1976, it follows a small but determined band of intergalactic explorers who land on a seemingly uninhabited planet, Kepler-16. They soon discover there’s something both strange and familiar about this alien place…And what happens next is a clash of old and new, a battle of past mistakes and future fallout.

It’s an incredibly fun adventure game that–to be honest–was more difficult than I expected it to be. I’m not a hardcore iOS gamer by any stretch (though I’m starting to play more and more), but this game was a lot of fun and I absolutely recommend it if you like pixel art and challenging gameplay.

Space Age is $2.99 and is available on the App Store.

Next up in my backlog: Home – A Unique Horror Adventure.

Only in Portland… →

Via the Portland Police:

Delivery Truck Containing Tofu and Organic Drinks Stolen in Southeast Portland’s Richmond Neighborhood

This may be the most “Portland” theft ever.

Holdin’ the Bag

Holdin' the Bag

Holdin’ The Bag, the new country album by the Supersuckers, comes out on October 16th and I finally got around to pre-ordering the bundle they’re releasing to support the Eddie Spaghetti cancer fund.

Acetate Records has released a few songs from the album on SoundCloud and I can’t wait until it comes out.