Upgrades, Story Timelines and Mondays

[Written Monday morning, posted Tuesday night. Apologies for any inconvenience – The Editors]

It’s an understatement to say that it was a long week and weekend that’s just past. And I admit that I was not my “normal” jovial pollyanna-ish self. But in every cloud there’s something fresh and new, and I found enough to not only make the weekend less of a burden, but to also propel me into the new week with something resembling positive inertia. So I’ve got that going for me.

I upgraded our main house laptop to Windows 8, and honestly it was one of the most delightful and easiest upgrades I’ve done. Everything I liked about the Windows phone is here in the UI – while I don’t have a touch screen to make it all that much more special, I love the new interface, the blocked apps, the style choices. I’m a fan and have enjoyed just tinkering and finding out what’s behind the curtains. Yes it’s a bit wonky in places – the Store and the Mail apps come to mind. But I like finding those things, too, and look forward to seeing updates come through with fixes and more features. All in all, it did this nerd’s heart good.

Sunday night, Trace and I went to see CLOUD ATLAS. Fabulous movie but not for everyone. I put it up there philosophically with THE MATRIX (also from the Wachowskis) and GLADIATOR. I didn’t have to work too hard mentally to NOT give in to reincarnation themes. Instead, I kept hearing Maximus’ battle cry – “What we do in life echoes through eternity” – as each story/timeline moved through to its end. Again, just what this geeky film nerd needed, a full deep film that challenged and inspired and is even now moving me into the week with something akin to new hope and new direction.

Like I said: I’ve got that going for me.

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once upon an april first

On Thursday, I maintained a relative “radio silence” for the benefit of “a little joke” for April Fools. I’ve done this before.

I realized early on that in order to maintain the illusion, I would need to NOT SHARE ANY of the cool things, good articles, deep thoughts that normally wander through my twitter feed and google reader through the day. I share to let others see and to keep an archive somewhat of new and innovative stuff for me to click back to later, and not doing this through the day would have been a major bummer.

So here are some of the things that have been through my wheelhouse today that would have been shared/facebooked/twittered. It’s been a good day, even if my “april fool” wasn’t all that in the end…

like christmas

Today has been one of those days. I’ve discovered anew that I am not a patient man. I might have a front of patience, but that’s probably just laziness. No, real patience would look different – nothing like me and my constant check/re-check of email and twitter through the day, waiting for the google wave invite that I just know is always coming, always just about to show up in my gmail inbox to change the world as I kno…. no, just spam, or a twitter follow, or news of a new release on itunes.

I’ve been through this before. Today was also coffee day, again like Christmas, arriving home to a box of delivered caffeinated goodness (pumpkin spice blend right now, as a matter of fact). Earlier this year, while on vacation no less, there was the countdown to iPhone 3.0 – waiting waiting waiting with the rest of geekdom for the upgrade of our beloved addictions. Last week – was it really just last week? – same thing again with the finally-rolled-out MMS media capability on that same addiction, I mean, device.

Twitter is wonderful for finding information and for joining in the collective impatient angst of the world. That’s what it’s been like all. day. long. And now that it looks like we’re close, it’s too late, I’m too sleepy, and the coffee is just not going to allow me to stay up long enough to do anything with it if I even get…… hey wait – EMAIL! Could it be? Could it… nope. Money waiting for me in an offshore account. Again.

1,000 Words – beta version

Photoshop is getting into the free photo processing & storage game with Photoshop Express. I had to give it a shot, and so far I’m pleasantly pleased with the results. Like taking an album and embedding it here…

… or using it to put to my Facebook and Picasa accounts. Really cool so far – if they add a few more bells and whistles, I might be hooked. I don’t like that it pops up a window when trying to navigate away (maybe only if you’re logged in, "if you leave this page you’ll end your session"), which seems a bit constraining. But otherwise, impressive so far.

Too Pricey But Way Cool

Seeing the new Amazon Kindle a few weeks ago, I must confess that it didn’t look like something I’d be interested in. But after Cali gave it a GeekBrief once-over, and a few others chimed in to give it props, I became a fan. I still think it’s too pricey, but can imagine that it would save some necessary carryon space during business flights. Anyway, if you’ve got $400 burning a hole in your pocket and you want to find the cool present for your favorite caffeinated blogger, feel free to hook a brother up.