The Sunday Edition — 11.12.17

Before departing from Kansas City last week, Isaac took me to briefly visit the National World War I Museum. The museum is a touching place, with serene architecture outside and a solemn whisper inside. I won’t have been the first person to visit the National World War I Museum with a camera, so you can head to Flickr to get a better sense of the museum and its surroundings.

I couldn’t help but capture a few of my own photos of the exterior design, though.

It was an appropriate introduction to the week ahead. My generation hasn’t seen war like our grandparents or great-grandparents, so we have to make sure we work extra hard to remain grateful for any and all sacrifice prior to our time. You’ll have read this poem a thousand times by now, but Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McRae’s In Flander’s Fields maintains timelessness to this day:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.   Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.


Roy Halladay was the titan of my baseball childhood. His numbers were as good as any Hall of Famer, especially his WAR stats. But more than any stat, Brandon McCarthy’s ode to the person that was Roy Halladay is better than anyone could ever put it:

Roy Halladay was your favorite player’s favorite player.

This week’s movie was War for the Planet of the Apes. The trilogy as a whole is worth watching, with Rise being my favorite and Dawn being my least favourite.

Movies these days have worked toward building more of a character out of the villain, even to the point of pulling on your own heart strings somewhat. Darth Vader’s character was never developed to the extent we see Kylo Ren’s character developing (I know, another Star Wars reference), and we surely haven’t seen much villain development in any Bond movie. I appreciate the time spent on developing villains in modern films — with political polarization taking over conversations of every topic, it’s good to nail down exactly why we’re supposed to cheer for the hero in a film.

This Sunday Edition format could grow into all shapes and sizes. I’ve considered creating a newsletter delivered to inboxes every week. I’ve considered making it a thousand words long (or more) in my quest to make it my own, yet have also considered eliminating my voice entirely. Feel free to drop me a line with any feedback you might.

New Apps and App Updates from the Week

Seriously, that iA Writer 5 update is one of the best app updates from the last few weeks. Another iOS 11 design, sure, but the custom keyboard implementation breaks ground on the App Store.

Some Stunning Photography and Better iPhone X Wallpapers

Great Office Background Music

Wonderful Reads

  • In The Loop: Jony Ive on Apple’s new HQ and the disappearing iPhone — Wallpaper*
  • Monument Valley 2’s surprise launch was a big success — The Verge
  • The 3 Most Important Things I Know About Consumers I Learned From Bartending — Kris Gage
  • Why Apple Should Buy Netflix — Bloomberg
  • Rosenthal: Former teammates remember Roy Halladay as a great player and an even better person — The Athletic
  • Mourning Roy Halladay, a Master Who Craved the Big Moments — The New York Times
  • iPhone X review: Early adopting the future — ArsTechnica
  • iPad Diaries: Working with Drag and Drop – Bear and Gladys — MacStories

A Few Products to Consider

Editor’s Note: Division Baseball is a ball cap brand by a local gentleman. There are many local entrepreneurs, very few of which I’ve ever highlighted. Adam’s work is an exception — I love baseball, baseball caps, and vintage baseball caps. Just want to be transparent on any bias on this one.