July 23, 2016
From The Atlantic:
The allegations may seem at odds with the reputation of this city known for its progressivism. But many African Americans in Portland say they’re not surprised when they hear about racial incidents in this city and state. That’s because racism has been entrenched in Oregon, maybe more than any state in the north, for nearly two centuries. When the state entered the union in 1859, for example, Oregon explicitly forbade black people from living in its borders, the only state to do so. In more recent times, the city repeatedly undertook “urban renewal” projects (such as the construction of Legacy Emanuel Hospital) that decimated the small black community that existed here. And racism persists today. A 2011 audit found that landlords and leasing agents here discriminated against black and Latino renters 64 percent of the time, citing them higher rents or deposits and adding on additional fees. In area schools, African American students are suspended and expelled at a rate four to five times higher than that of their white peers.
This is a really, really good article.
July 18, 2016
CLEVELAND — Donald Trump’s supporters painted a dark and dystopian portrait of an America in decline on Monday, as a parade of people spoke about a country slipping from their grasp, cops getting gunned down in the streets, and their family members slain by illegal immigrants.
But a self-inflicted scheduling blunder — the Trump campaign put the evening’s headliner, Melania Trump, well before the prime-time hour ended — had the networks turning away before the precious hour of free TV had been used up. Worse, her speech bore a striking resemblance to a Michelle Obama speech from 2008.
The RNC is a total shitshow.
July 18, 2016
Tons of updates today. For those of you enrolled in the developer program, iOS 10 beta 3, watchOS 10 beta 3, and tvOS beta 3 are all available now (public beta members will likely see the updates tomorrow). Oddly, there wasn’t a new macOS Sierra beta released today so we’ll probably see that soon.
On the stable side of things, iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2, tvOS 9.2.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6, and iTunes 12.4.2 are all available. Hit software update on your device(s) to grab the latest updates.
July 17, 2016
This is one of my favorite songs by Hayes Carll. If you haven’t heard any of his stuff, you should definitely check him out.
July 14, 2016
Starting with its next Tuesday giveaway, T-Mobile will be offering its customers free, unlimited data on Pokémon Go. This means that the game won’t eat up your high-speed data allotment. This offer will cover your data usage in the game for a year.
Once again, T-Mobile is doing it right.
July 14, 2016
From The Verge:
Nintendo is bringing back the NES — only a little smaller.
Today the company announced what it’s calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable, and it also includes a controller designed to work just like the iconic rectangular NES gamepad. (The new controller will also connect to a Wii Remote, so that you can use it to play Virtual Console games on a Wii or Wii U.)
JUST TAKE MY DAMN MONEY, NINTENDO.
July 13, 2016
Mail did get a few tweaks that make wrangling the unwieldiest of inboxes easier than ever. I’ve been using the iOS 10 developer beta on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro for the last couple weeks, and the public beta since its launch. Here are four of my favorite new Mail features. If you’ve found any other changes in the Mail app, share them with us in the comments.
The three-pane view in Mail and Notes is really nice on the larger iPad Pro.
July 5, 2016
In a wide-ranging commentary piece about why now is a bad time to buy a new iPhone, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that the iPhone 7 will start with 32GB of storage, replacing the infamous 16GB base tier offered since the iPhone 5.
Please let this be true. 🙏
July 5, 2016
About a month ago, I wrote that my wife, mother-in-law, and I had switched from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone SE. In the month that I was using the iPhone SE, I decided that I really didn’t like how small it was so this past Friday, I once again took advantage of T-Mobile’s JUMP On-Demand feature and switched to an iPhone 6s Plus.
Surprisingly, it didn’t take me very long to get used to the drastic change in size. When I originally upgraded from the iPhone 5s, I went to the iPhone 6 Plus and felt like it took me weeks to get used to how huge it was. This time it was markedly different–it felt normal versus the tiny size of the iPhone SE.
I guess my indecision about iPads and sizes has somewhat spilled over into the realm of the iPhone now. That said though, I think I’ve settled on the devices I’ll keep going forward. In addition to doing normal “phone stuff”, the iPhone 6s Plus is big enough that I can use it to read comfortably in bed (the 12.9″ iPad Pro is sometimes a bit awkward to use lying down) and the 12.9″ iPad Pro remains my workhorse for everything else.
June 30, 2016
If you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones, I suggest you don’t watch this. If you are caught up, definitely take a few minutes and watch this video by TheGaroStudios. It’s amazing.