Sunday Edition

The Sunday Edition — 12.03.17

Spare this new father one more Sunday Edition photo gallery. It’s been quite the week, as any first-time parent has experienced. It’s exciting to head back to work tomorrow, but those big eyes are sure to lure me back home.

Shawn Blanc — who is back to writing on his personal site (with a new design!) — has shared this video of a man ironing a shirt a few times, and watching it never gets old. This showcases a master at his craft.

This .gif does the same kind of thing for me:

I’m trying to figure out how many days it took this lady to perfect this trick.

It was quite the week in the stock market. I’m not one for investing to make a quick buck — the Warren Buffett advice to buy index ETFs is more to my liking.

I can’t remember where I found this nugget (it might have been in this film), but it’s quite powerful:

The value of $1, compounded annually for 40 years at 7.5% per year, is $18. That means every iPad purchased is actually worth $9,022 over a 40-year time frame.

That’s kind of mind-blowing, if you think about it.

If you’re a Canadian self-directed investor looking to guide your own retirement building, check out this great link from Million Dollar Journey. I own shares in one of the ETFs mentioned on the list, and I can’t help but be impressed by the slow, steady growth this type of investment has come to be known for.

(Ways not to follow up saving money, in three, two, one...)

I have some serious gear lust going on right now. The list is topped by a new display of some sort and is closely followed by the Sony a7r III, the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM lens, and the Sony 50mm f/1.4 lens. If you’re looking for a few non-tech/non-photography related doodads, here are a few that caught my eye this week as well:

1Password’s new Chrome Extension — pegged “1Password X” — is just what the doctor ordered. It basically takes your 1Password account and bakes all your credentials into every site, all protected behind your fingerprint on a Mac or your master password. Here’s a blog post outlining the new feature:

  • 1Password X: A look at the future of 1Password in the browser — AgileBits

But more importantly, 1Password X is one of those apps bridging the gap between the Mac and the rest of the computing world. I use a PC at the office — a new Lenovo ThinkPad is incoming — and between installing iCloud Drive right into Windows Explorer and having 1Password X baked into Chrome, the seamlessness of transferring from Mac to PC is getting easier by the day. If Things was available as a web app or as a PC app of some sort, I’d almost be able to leave this MacBook Pro behind.

Enough of my blabbing. Grab some coffee and enjoy the reads and photos.

Happy Sunday. I wish you all the best in the week ahead.

(Also, only 11 more days until The Last Jedi. I only saw a few of these TV spots this week.)

The Sunday Edition — 11.26.17

My apologies for the late and short Sunday Edition. It's been a very busy weekend.

Emryn Ginter, born November 25, 2017 at 6:43AM.

Mom and baby are happy, healthy, and at home.

These links made it to the Sunday Edition list before our hectic Friday evening/Saturday morning. Enjoy!

Happy Sunday. I wish you a great week ahead.

The Sunday Edition — 11.19.17

I vowed, from the moment Jaclyn and I found out we were going to be parents, to not bombard everyone we met with “We’re pregnant!”. We’re not the first people to expect a newborn in the history of the world and there’s nothing we’re experiencing that nobody else has experienced before us.

We’re into week 38 now, which means keeping my mouth shut is getting harder than ever. Baby brain hits more than just mom. I admire others who were able to keep it together and stay patient during these last few weeks. I hope a Sunday Edition or two into the future will bring good news.

Three Sunday Editions, three mentions of Star Wars. Eventually I’ll get over my childhood.

This week, Star Wars Battlefront II (PS4/Xbox/PC ) hit stores. I’ve always been a Battlefront fan, but Battlefront attempt #1 was poor. This time around, you don’t have to hook up online to enjoy 90% of the game and you don’t have to download a 25GB patch to play on day one.

The single-player, offline modes are what you’re buying in Battlefront II. I haven’t been disappointed. The campaign is great, albeit a bit short. You play as Iden Versio, commander of Inferno Squad in the days and weeks after the Battle of Endor in Episode VI. The worlds are beautiful. The characters are unique. And the story is intriguing.

The campaign is a bit schizophrenic though — you play about a third of the campaign as regular Star Wars heroes (Luke, Leia, Lando) and the other two thirds as Iden Versio. Iden’s story is good enough on its own to cut out those other heroes.

You’ll want to barge through considering the magnitude of information at the end. I’ll be a bit perplexed if Lucasfilm gave away such a big secret in a video game (Warning: Spoilers be here!), but the secret as it stands right now would be well explained.

Here’s a good review to get you started. Here’s one that’s a little less positive.

Some conversation came up this week regarding the Touch Bar MacBook Pro keyboard and all the fun stuff that comes with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 (perhaps due to Marco Arment’s ode to the 2015 15” MacBook Pro).

There have been three major complaints with the latest MacBook Pros:

  • A shallow, loud keyboard with a new butterfly mechanism that can jam with just a speck of dust.
  • The real-world usefulness of the digital Touch Bar which eliminates the function key row and provides touchable buttons specific to each app.
  • An elimination of legacy ports like USB Type-A, HDMI, and SD card in favour of the new Thunderbolt 3/USB-C standard.

After a year with the 15” Touch Bar MacBook Pro, I’ve gone down each of these complaint roads and largely come out nodding in agreement. My keyboard has jammed two or three times to the point of needing to take it in to be opened up and repaired. I’m tired of having to carry around accessories to ensure connectivity with old storage devices. And I’m tired of having to shop for accessories that are MacBook-Pro-ready and don’t work with other, business-world devices.

I have a particular infatuation for the Touch Bar, though. I use it extensively in all apps. But it sounds like I’m one of the few.

Long story short, Apple’s parade of port changes on its high-end MacBook Pro has me frustrated. The adoption of Thunderbolt 1 and 2 was great, but wasn’t around long enough for the third-party market to adopt and produce low-cost, high-value devices. Instead, everything that natively plugs into the newest MacBook Pros are hard to find, expensive to buy, and full of fine print lingo limiting their capabilities. I hope Apple sticks to its guns with USB-C over the next 5 to 10 years to allow the market to catch up.

And needless to say, I’m looking forward to the arrival of my work laptop, which doesn’t appear to have too many compromises — other than it’s dated design.

This week, some further iPhone X reviews, some comedy, some photography, and a great playlist for finding focus during an 80 hour work week.

A Playlist for Focus

…and a course for focus:

Some Comedy

  • PR to English Translation For Selected Portions of EA's Response to Backlash Over ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ Microtransactions — Audacious Fox

A Great Variety of Reads

And a Stunning Kettle

As always, thanks for reading. Happy Sunday and all the best in the week ahead.

The Sunday Edition — 11.05.17

When you go to Kansas City, it’s not about escaping Manitoba Winter or hanging out with great people. Instead, as I learned this week, traveling to Kansas City is all about the food. There’s obviously great barbecue to be had on every street corner, but there’s also great breakfast sandwiches, great coffee, and just as great breakfast sandwiches. It’s a wonder anyone in KC cooks for themselves.

Thor: Ragnarok has hit theatres, and in full force. It’s my favourite Thor movie (like everyone else, I assume), but the film does bring a new worry to the forefront: Was the God of Thunder always this comedic? I always like a good laugh or two, but I kept expecting parody moments in Ragnarok in the moments where prior Thor films maintained the serious tone. It’s a bit Jekyll and Hyde, if you ask me.

I’m most afraid of this level of comedy leaking into Star Wars. The Force Awakens walked the comedy line quite nicely, but any more comedy and Force Awakens wouldn’t have been able to take itself seriously. The Last Jedi will likely be plenty serious. But every time these funny Disney movies smashes the box office, I get a tad more worried.

The iPhone X is out and in far greater supply form than most expected. Here are a few of my favourite reviews so far. The whole blogger issue where regular reviewers didn’t receive a review unit until 24 hours before the launch was entirely overblown, completely petulant, and roll-your-eyes worthy. The iPhone X is an entirely new phone with an entirely new future — it likely befits an entirely different review roll-out.

I haven’t put my hands on an iPhone X yet, but my initial thoughts are:

  • I’m going to be jealous of the power of the front facing camera (particularly Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting).
  • OLED screens (despite poor lighting when viewed at irregular angles and apparent image retention) appear to be the real deal. Those true blacks look awesome.
  • I’m so glad I have the bigger keyboard on the 8 Plus.

I’m looking forward to seeing more personal and anecdotal reviews come out over the next few weeks. If the X continues to sell well through the holiday season, AAPL’s 15% share price growth over the last 6 weeks is going to continue to steam ahead.

Slightly different format this week. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

New Apps I’m Using This Week

New Music I Discovered This Week

Great Views and Reads From The Week

Office Gear I Want To Buy

  • Jarvis Electric Adjustable Height Standing Desk (Frame Only) — Amazon
  • Dell Ultra HD 24-inch 4K Monitor P2415Q — Amazon

Happy Sunday. All the best in the week ahead.

The Sunday Edition — 10.29.17

I haven’t been too particularly quiet about my discontent with the Sony α7 II. I live with a range of frustrations for the sole benefit of using Sony’s dynamic range. Be it the single SD card slot, the unbelievably frustrating AF focus point selection method, poor low-light autofocus, poor battery life, and a plethora of other bugs, I’ve vowed for about a year now that I’d be upgrading to Sony’s third-generation camera in a heartbeat.

That third-generation α7 still isn’t here, though. Sony pumped out cameras every few weeks for a timeframe in 2015-2016, but upgrades in the general α7 lineup are nearing rarity.

The little wrinkle in my upgrade plans was simply if Sony released a new and improved α7R III that fixed the issues I have with the α7 II.

This week, they did just that.

The α7R III is one of those releases that makes me proud to own Sony kit. Sony appears to be listening to customers — the α7R III fixes such a wide-range of complaints, it’s hard to find things to complain about anymore.

Dual SD card slots, dramatically improved battery life, a focus selector joystick, improved responsiveness, improved durability, faster autofocus, burst modes up to 10FPS… this camera has it all. And somehow, it comes in at the same launch price the α7R II came out at a few years ago. Which still isn’t cheap, but a price I’d consider fair.


I’ll be looking for the change in my couch cushions to save up for this camera.

I’m a little heavy on the photography side this week, but that’s appropriate. Enjoy the links below with your favourite cup of coffee in hand.

Happy Sunday and all the best in the week ahead.

The Sunday Edition — 10.22.17

Short and sweet today.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. Grab some coffee and your reading device of choice and enjoy.

Happy Sunday and all the best in the week ahead.

The Sunday Edition — 10.15.17

Life happens in short spurts. The rest of the time is spent preparing for the next big event. At least that’s my theory.

Jaclyn and I have spent the last week prepping our home for the arrival of our little one. Jac painted the baby room, I put together furniture we bought from a friend of a friend, and together we purchased a car seat. After 7-1/2 months, it felt like we had waited long enough.

As we drove home from our car seat purchase, Jaclyn made a comment about how she wanted the big delivery day to be private,

“I don’t want everyone rushing in right away. For just five minutes, I want it to be just the three of us.”

Just the three of us.

When she said that, it occurred to me that I hadn’t fully come to terms with how much our lives are going to change. Our home now has a room for a third person in it — a person who won’t be a just a visitor. They’ll have their own room, their own clothes, their own sleep schedules and personalities, all within the little bubble I call “Josh and Jaclyn’s Life”. I suspect at first they’ll feel like an intruder.

Or maybe they’ll be a natural fit — a cog in the wheel we knew was always missing.

There are things we are experiencing now that you can’t understand unless you go through the experience. You can’t learn how attached you become to the little one growing in mom’s tummy until you go through it. And especially not by reading it on a blog or in a book.

But for the first time in my life, I feel prepared for the short spurt of life coming my way. Whether I am prepared is a different story.

This week’s Sunday Edition brings a range of photography, tech, baseball, and financial links — as though those are the only things I read about. Brew a cup of coffee and enjoy.

  • The impossible dream of USB-C —
  • SpaceX’s Big F&*%ing Rocket – The Full Story — Wait But Why
  • 25 Giants of Rhetoric — Florian Mueck
  • The incredible view passengers on a plane never see — Prima
  • Starting today, anyone who publishes something on Medium can paywall it — NiemanLab
  • iPhone Photography 101: 12 Tips On Improving Your Photos — Depositphotos
  • Apple iPhone 8 Camera Review — Cody Priebe
  • Aaron Judge Was Amazing. Aaron Judge Was A Bum. Now He’s Amazing Again. — FiveThirtyEight Sports
  • UI Design for iPhone X: Top Elements and the Notch — Max Rudberg
  • The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People — Farnam Street Blog
  • When life changing money, isn’t... — Wil Reynolds

Happy Sunday. All the best in the week ahead.

The Sunday Edition — 10.08.17

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm up in Melfort, Saskatchewan visiting family this Thanksgiving weekend. We travelled here last year for Thanksgiving and I remember there being so much snow on the fields that farmers had to leave their crops under the snow until the fields were cultivated in the spring.

An entire year's worth of hard work, gone.

Farmers will have had crop insurance to help cushion the blow, but no amount of insurance dollars would make up for that hollow feeling of having wasted your time.

In that sense, Thanksgiving came at an inopportune time for some farmers in this region. I felt for them last year. And I hope this season has yielded better results (there's no snow on the ground this year, fortunately).

To all those hands who break their backs to produce the food we buy in grocery markets, thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving, from my home to yours.

The Sunday Edition — 10.01.17

Way back when, I compiled a list of interesting reads to fill everybody’s early Sunday morning or early Sunday afternoon. The Sunday Edition was sort of unique and quickly became The Newsprint’s most-read weekly post. I even tried to grow it and create the Wednesday Edition as well, but that petered off pretty quickly. I’m a bit non-committal to my blog, it seems. 

Over time, creating a list of links became boring, tedious, and time-consuming, so the Sunday Edition eventually went by the way side as well. Bu now, between having too many links to share during the week and having a little extra time, I’m going to try to revive the Sunday Edition. “Try” is the key word there.

So, here we go. I’m going to shoot for 10 links each week. Maybe more, maybe less. I’ll shoot to compile a range of photographs and tech, design, productivity, product, and financial writing. Knowing me, it could get political occasionally (Canadian politics, of course).

As Chris Gonzales states in the weekly Tools & Toys “Quality Linkage”:

Brew a fresh cup of coffee, find a comfortable place, and relax.

Happy Sunday. Here’s to a great week ahead.