Guns are ridiculous, Reason #2746

“Keep honking…I’m reloading”

Yep, what an advertisement in this day in age where people are suggesting we arm everyone (including kindergarten teachers) to combat other people being armed!

Yep, let’s make sure to arm people who are driving, so if they don’t like how someone else honks at them, they have the opportunity to simply blow them away.


Doesn’t sound plausible? “People would never do that”, you say?

This fucker has a bumper sticker that says so. Because people are ALWAYS rational when it comes to driving.


P.S. This was less than a mile away from my kid’s school. People suck.


Apple doesn’t understand photography

Apple doesn’t understand photography

Apart from that Apple still thinks we use photography as we did it 30 years ago: we go on a trip, take a bunch of photo’s then struggle with how to show our friends these photos when we get back from our trip.

Well, I’ve got news for you Apple; that’s maybe 1% of photography, and not really an issue most of us deal with.

What is the problem that needs fixing? It is that photography is changing. I showed my girlfriend some tiny text on the back of a credit card. Without hesitating she pulled out her camera, took a photo, and then zoomed in on the photo to read the text.

I can’t say that I disagree with van Santen on this point. All of my pictures are not of trips or specific people alone. If you look at my Camera Roll, you will certainly see a collection of photos I’ve taken of my kids, my family, and my friends. But you will also find pictures of work whiteboards, screenshots of clever tweets from Twitter, UI example screenshots, pictures of receipts, and so on, and so on.

Not just photos...

Not just photos…

I love the idea of classification at the image level. Apple does it with selfies (a recent addition), but that’s a bit of a cheat because it’s based on the camera being used. I’m interested to see how (or if) their new AI processing can help auto-classify some of these pictures (think receipts for a start).

I was bicycling along the canals with my teenage daughter when she spotted a ‘missing cat’ poster. She pulled out her phone, took a photo of the poster without looking twice, and put the phone back into her pocket. I said ‘That’s pretty smart’ and she replied; ‘Well how else are we going to remember all that information if we ever find that cat?’

What if the system could know that the image was an informational poster? And take that information and convert that image into a note and create an entry in the built-in Notes app? That’s intelligence. That’s allowing the data and the image to work together to implement the intent of the original picture.

Looking forward to see what happens in this space…

I’m Still Hungry!

Brian is now 7 years old. And I believe he’s turning into a human garbage disposal. Seriously, this kid is 7 years old, 4′ 2″ tall, skinny as a rail, and can’t stop eating. (I should note here that he is, in fact, my son, so his whole body may be skinny, but his head is quite massive. Just sayin’)

His favorite saying recently is “I’m still hungry”. To everything. Doesn’t matter how much he eats, what time of day it is, nothing.

5 waffles down? No problem. “I’m still hungry, daddy!”

Pancakes, fruit, and cinnamon rolls? Piece of cake. “I’m still hungry! And did someone say cake?”

Snack time in the afternoon, specifically after he gets home from school, is a classic “I’m still hungry” moment. Keep in mind he has already eaten breakfast, a morning snack (which I pack for him everyday), and lunch for the day. By 3 o’clock, though, it’s time for afternoon snack.

If he actually ate cookies (which he doesn’t because most cookies have chocolate in them and he doesn’t like chocolate), he’d be like Cookie Monster (“COOOOOOKIES!”). While I’m on the subject, what kid does not like chocolate? I mean really!?!

Despite all of that, even despite being eaten out of house and home, this is the smile you get from him. And you realize it’s all worth it.


A Truce and Then Not


After reading this tweet, I went to the completely verified wealth of all human knowledge, Wikipedia, to find out what this was all about. Here’s what I found out:

The Christmas truce was a series of widespread, unofficial ceasefires that took place along the Western Front around Christmas 1914, during World War I. Through the week leading up to Christmas, parties of German and British soldiers began to exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches; on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts.

I can’t understand something. These guys spend months trying to kill each other day and night. Then, take a week off and sing Christmas carols, exchange presents, and generally be nice to each other. And then, go right back to killing each other. Dead. As in dead. No more life. All done.

Just don’t understand.

Install Happiness

In browsing my Twitter feed last night, I came across this Instagram photo from a phenomenal photographer named James Duncan Davidson (@duncan). And this particular image just spoke to me. Not only from the Apple nerd part of my brain (let’s see how many of you get that), but from a life perspective as well. Think about it. Why do we put up with all of this negativity? Why not just get rid of it? Delete it, if you will.

Photo by James Duncan Davidson

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