I'm spending the first hour or so of Father's Day in the usual position — hunched over a keyboard while at least one of my kids is buried in a tablet. I know that's not the best way for either of us to spend a Sunday morning. But it's also familiar. And like all things in moderation, it's probably not too bad for either of us. Kid No. 1 is fixated on her screen, playing some awful freemium game, no doubt. (I do have her at least give me a cursory look at what she's playing. But after a while all these crap games tend to look alike.)
In the time it's taken me to write this, she's since retreated to her room, face now buried in phone. I can summon her more quickly over Google Hangouts than I can by voice.
These are first-world parenting problems, for sure. Failure? Success? Both, I think. And I'll take it. Happy Father's Day.
My mind very much has been away from the nerd-sphere, though.
- The past few days have been unthinkable for so many people. Except, as Charlie Pierce masterfully writes in Esquire, they haven't been unthinkable at all.
- Jon Stewart's tenor was perfect. And he's right. We'll link our stories and embed our clips, and go back to life as usual.
- New Orleans.
- Pensacola, just last night.
- And, no doubt, where you live, too.
We simply must do better. And we must do something.
Meanwhile, back in the little world in which I'm paid to write, and in which you fine folks graciously give us a few minutes of your time ...
- "To Apple, Love Taylor" is a grammatically incorrect title — and also perfect for what the musician is saying.
- (I'd put my money on Apple in that fight.)
- We're testing out some quite-good notifications for the sites. No ETA yet, but there are a lot of good options for folks here. Really great work by the boss.
- Still working on nailing down some nagging bugs in our app. But we'll definitely have Samsung multiwindow in the next release, which is long overdue.
- Looks like Linus is a fan of Google Photos.
- I've spent the past week firing up ancient phones and making sure any remaining pictures are uploaded. There are some real gems buried in there.
- A great and powerful TedX talk from our work friend Luria.
- I'd been meaning to try the LG G4 camera on fireworks. And I came away even more impressed.
That's it for this week. I'm off to do lunch with four generations of family — three of us fathers sharing the same name, actually. See y'all Monday.