iPhone X

Reading time: 6 mins
Yes. I got THE new iPhone, not an 8 or 8 Plus, but the new shiniest of shiny one. Did you expect anything else? Pre-ordered Like millions of others, I hit the Apple App Store at 8.01 on the 27th October and reserved mine, with a provisional pickup date of the 18th November. So imagine my surprise when an email landed in my inbox on the 2nd of November saying my new iPhone was available for pickup. Surely a little snafu, I thought, but I clicked ‘Select a Date and Time’ presuming it would just confirm the 18th November date. But wait, what’s this… 10am on November the 3rd is available, why that’s tomorrow… that can’t be… click click CLICK! …

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Weekend Reading

Reading time: 4 mins
Why Is It You Can Sense When Someone’s Staring at You? Say you’re engrossed in a task, scrolling through your phone or reading a book. Suddenly that creepy, prickly feeling grabs hold of you. Someone’s staring. You turn to find out who it is. Be they friend or foe, the feeling itself seems like an eerie sort of 6th sense. Wait, what, you mean this isn’t just me?! 80+ Epic Design Fails You’ll Find Hard To Believe Actually Happened For the LOLs How Can We Live Beautifully in an Age of Vitriol? These are days of snark and bluster. How do we live better and communicate more beautifully? Social media is amazing. Social media sucks. Like anything, balance can be …

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October in review

Reading time: 2 mins
Lived Highlights Weezer did what Weezer do. Great big silly riff based gig. Sixth visit to Six by Nico Blade Runner 2049 Someone turned 44 Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre My birthday month, something I am increasingly not bothered about celebrating (hence why it doesn’t pop up on Facebook) and a few gigs as we start to roll into gig season. Weezer were fab, Grizzly Bear were ok. Also got some more tickets for gigs next year, nothing major really… Roger Waters, Foo Fighters, just small gigs… tell that to my bank account mind you. And despite ordering it weeks in advance, the Halloween costume I ordered failed to show in time for the party I was attending, but my …

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Product delights

Reading time: 4 mins
I don’t think it’ll come as any surprise that I take great delight in finding small improvements in the items I own, especially as I’ve written about this before. I’m always curious about this kind of thing, where design meets functionality, and the benefits it can bring. That said, most of the time when it comes to finding simpler things I end up replacing something I currently use with a newer, better, item and that usually means accepting a compromise of some soft. The balance is finding where that compromise will give me better form or function, over the aesthetical elements of the item. It’s not often you find something that hits both (design aesthetics are a very personal thing …

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