Apple hedging on good enough

I’m a big fan of Apple products. Their hardware is always well designed and well made. I like using them, I like they way they work, how they feel in my hand. I am not a fan of most Apple software. The operating systems are good enough, but not groundbreaking. I don’t want all the baffling options and lack of consistency I see with Android – I had an Android phone for a year or so, it never felt “nice” to use – and whilst it sounds like Windows is getting back to being usable, I like the Apple hardware too much to move (maybe the new Microsoft lap/tablet/top thing will sway me?), and most Linux variants I’ve seen and …

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Weekend Reading

I’m behind on my Goodreads challenge so I’ll admit I haven’t read all of these this week but they all looked interesting… ‘If the Camera Moves it’s Got To Be for a Reason’: An Interview with Roger Deakins Nobody shoots movies as well as Roger Deakins. He is without question our greatest cinematographer: an exemplar without comparison. Read: http://ift.tt/1L8Zb0g Blank Space: What Kind of Genius Is Max Martin? Among the stranger aspects of recent pop music history is how so many of the biggest hits of the past twenty years—by the Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, and Britney Spears to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd—have been co-written by a forty-four-year-old Swede. Read: http://ift.tt/1FLqgWR Study: White people react to evidence of …

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Once more unto the breach

Once more unto the breach Dear friends, once more; I had plans and goals, but then I always have plans and goals, and I achieved one of them in August yet, whilst September slipped by in a Singapore haze, October has loomed large and plans were made once more. The plan for October had been to start Couch-to–5k on the 1st of the month, alas man-flu felled me, reducing me to a lump on the sofa. But I WILL start and I WILL be at 5K distance for the end of the year (hear me, ohhhh god of positive thinking!). At that point ParkRun will beckon, the habit will be established, I will be a runner once more. I’m keen …

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I am a feminist

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts can be found at http://www.polymeansmany.com. I am a feminist. Perhaps not a very good one, but I’m still learning. Hang on, how can you be a bad feminist? I’m either a feminist or not. Let me start over. I am a feminist. I thank my Mum for even though, I wasn’t consciously registering it, her constant, quiet, protestations about the patriarchy (not a word she has ever used) stuck in my brain. I know the very last thing anyone needs is another white cis male voice in this conversation, but as that would …

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Weekend Reading

More random stuff from various sources, enjoy! Inside the Group of Straight Men Who Are Swearing Off Women All over the world, straight men are making the conscious decision not to be involved with women. This isn’t a decision in any sort of metaphorical sense. These men are literally cutting women out of their lives, completely. Read: http://ift.tt/1KTweVZ Coming out of the bisexual closet For decades, I’ve called myself a lesbian. Is it finally safe to admit I like men, too? The candles were lit for dinner, and my date had arrived. I really liked this person, and I looked around a bit nervously, wondering what everyone was thinking. Read: http://ift.tt/QYLSXY What Happens Next Will Amaze You This is the …

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Weekend Reading

Back from my holiday, so a bumper edition for you! Ohhh and if anyone has any good sources for interesting articles (newsletters, RSS feeds, etc) then leave a comment. I’m always thirsty for more! What It Means To Be Me Navigating boundaries as a biracial agender person.A Roundtable Discussion – In my sophomore year of college, while navigating my gender identity and coming to terms with the fact that I might be a trans guy, I took a course called The Sociology of Gender. Read: http://ift.tt/1EWoFgq Why we crave what’s cool You probably heard quite a bit during the last 24 hours about the latest cool new products from Apple, iPads and iPhones, that in some circles quickly become the …

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Weekend Reading

Enjoy this weeks random selection of random articles. No Weekend Reading next week as I’m on holiday, but will be back with a vengeance (and a bumper edition) in a fortnight. The Cold War : Epic Magazine “Sure,” Efrain said. He was guarded and didn’t know where this was headed. Dennis took the lead, plunging into a list of complaints: Efrain boxed his drivers in, dropped prices, even catcalled people. Efrain sighed or shook his head in denial at each allegation. Read: http://ift.tt/1VzUos0 On How to Disagree We live in a world saturated with disagreement. Read: http://ift.tt/1sq2etL Scientists say they’ve found a way to slow ice cream’s melting Ice cream is already a scientific miracle. It has all three phases …

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On Cheating

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts can be found at www.polymeansmany.com. There are many ways in which polyamorous and monogamous relationships are not only similar, but identical and, at a basic level, cheating is one of them. If you are seeing someone without telling your partner(s), you are cheating. Within a poly relationship this is no different and relies on honesty and trust, and no small amount of talking. Which is no different to any other aspect of polyamory, communication and honesty are key. So how could someone end up cheating? Well it depends on what the expectations are …

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Weekend Reading

I’m a little behind in my reading so a shorter set of links than usual. The incredible life and haunting death of world traveler Harry Devert Photos of Harry Devert almost inevitably show him standing somewhere breathtaking — a frozen cave in Iceland, a mountaintop in the Himalayas, a waterfall in Brazil — with his arms out wide and his face tilted up towards the sky. Read: http://ift.tt/1NN6dZz The contagious madness of the new PC It’s becoming pretty clear, as the year rolls on, that some of our brightest youngsters have gone round the bend. It’s as if they’ve caught a virus, a mental one, a set of thoughts and ideas that might loosely be called political correctness, but seem to me weirder …

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An august month

I can’t quite believe it’s September but it is, so it’s time to take stock of how my two ‘challenges’ went in August. I’ll start with the least successful. 21 days into Minimalism Suffice to say if I’d read ahead I probably wouldn’t have chosen this particular challenge. Day 4 asks you to pack up your entire home as if you are moving… yeah, safe to say I wasn’t THAT invested in the challenge. However I stuck to the principle and managed to declutter a few different locations so I’m happy enough with that. I’m also more than happy to admit that I failed at this challenge which, in itself, is also a small achievement. Go me! pats self on …

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