February, 2012

  1. Figgins to the Lead Off Spot? →

    Does this necessarily mean that moving Figgins to lead-off is a bad idea? No, the plural of anecdote isn’t “data” and if Figgins truly believes that he can’t get comfortable batting second, he may actually hit better somewhere else.

    :scare: the plural of anecdote isn’t “data” :/scare:

    I’m so stealing this line.

  2. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion →

    Is Gatekeeper proof that Apple wants a vibrant Mac software market outside of the Mac App Store? Or is it just another click of the ratchet to a future where all software must be approved by Apple? I think it’s a Rorschach test; the facts can interpreted either way.

    It’s hard to argue against the success Apple is having, but I’m extremely wary of the power Apple is wielding over their entire ecosystem.

    Michael also has some great thoughts on the annual release schedule in this post.

  3. So thankful for the root canal I got this morning. Yes, you heard that right. Once the nerve is out, no more pain!

  4. On The Road →

    With that in mind, my “songs” should be about love and not about how hard it is to be on the road. I should feel lucky that I, in my own small way, get to be on the road.

    I think the critique he refers to was valid, but I also think that the best stuff comes when you “write what you know”; and when you write about what you are currently passionate about. When what you do changes, the things you are learning change along with them.

    All interesting people evolve and grow. Asking them to always write about what we first liked from them is really asking them to limit what they can teach us.

  5. Cable modem, WiFi and femtocell operational? Check. Living and dining room assembled? Check. The Mountain Retreat is coming along nicely.

  6. Why Do Some People Learn Faster? →

    The students who were initially praised for their effort worked hard at figuring out the puzzles. Kids praised for their smarts, on the other hand, were easily discouraged. Their inevitable mistakes were seen as a sign of failure: Perhaps they really weren’t so smart. […] In contrast, kids praised for their hard work were more interested in the higher-scoring exams. They wanted to understand their mistakes, to learn from their errors, to figure out how to do better.

    My aunt (an award winning teacher) told me about this a few years ago and I’ve tried to make sure it colors how I communicate with my daughter.

    (thanks Ben)

  7. iPhone Location Services “Stuck On”

    For the last few months just about every time I do anything on my iPhone that uses Location Services, I’ve had that icon come on and stay on. I couldn’t get it to go away unless I turned off Location Services entirely; and even then it would come right back as soon as I re-enabled…

  8. Work-Life Balance (We’re Hiring)

    It’s been very interesting to me to see how some folks are re-evaluating their work/life balance in the wake of reading Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography (most famously, this story). I’ve been making some of the same evaluations over the last few years following the birth of my daughter. This isn’t a new thing for me.…

  9. OS X Mountain Lion Roars Into Existence →

    In the menu area of Mountain Lion, you’ll see a new option to push your entire desktop to an Apple TV via Airplay. This will essentially turn your television into a massive monitor.

    This is exactly what I was trying to pull off for our conference rooms last fall. We ended up with wireless HDMI at the time, but I expect we’ll be replacing that with Apple TV units this summer.