Grand Larseny

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The New iPad

Don’t call this a review. It’s more of a mild disappointment with the general level of discourse about Apple with non-tech people I run into (well, even a lot of tech-oriented people too). Take for example the new iPad.

The iPad has a completely new display that is demonstrably better than what came before. It makes every activity on the iPad more enjoyable. We can know this without having used a new iPad. Just look at the iPhone display upgrade (iPhone 3GS -> iPhone 4). It made everything more enjoyable. Going back and looking at the old display you constantly felt like you needed to blink away the ugly. Truly, the new display is a standalone feature.

The new iPad also has double the amount of RAM which will make it feel faster, and it connects to 4G wireless networks, which is a really, really fast way to connect to the internet when you’re out and about. Seriously, it’s fast.

These are not minor upgrades. And yet, most everyone I talk to looks down their nose at the progress that happens before them. It’s like that for ┬ámore than the iPad, too. People really don’t want to think there’s anything out there better than what they have. In one sense it’s definitely healthy to not spend money on things you can’t afford, and one strategy for doing that is to downplay the need for potential purchases. I can understand that.

The better strategy is to acknowledge that there is something better, but to still be happy with what you have. And, like before, that goes for more than just an iPad.

The Night Is No Time To Write

So I’m sitting here about to go to sleep and I really have some things to say. I just know they’ll be really, really crappy if I type them out now, so instead I’m typing out something even crappier. That makes no sense, I know. So, here’s a picture that makes me happy. Until tomorrow…


So this just happened for the first time. How can this not make you smile?

Dogs in a Run

The atmosphere between myself and my co-workers can be a bit like dogs in a run at times. We find a juicy morsel of a project and get a bit paranoid and territorial protecting it. There might be a few reasons that make this happen, but it stinks.

We need to act like dogs on a run, instead of in one. Dogs working together to pull the project to its destination.

I need to trust my team, be eager to accept help, and make sure that everyone knows the goal we’re aiming for, including myself. The trust issue is the biggest one for me. Hubristic or not, I really believe I work quicker than everyone on my team, and to a generally higher level of quality. When I say I need to trust others, I need to trust the value they bring to the project.

Then again, reading this many years from now, I hope to say that this is all very prideful. I hope that I value people more than I do now. That’s always a good thing.


July 2020
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