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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

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Wallenpaupack Brewing Company – February 2018

Decent brews, roomy atmosphere, tours and merch.

Split-screen on Android is excellent for driving. Waze on top, Pocket Casts below. 🙌

Podcatcher app use pro tip: Learn new podcatching apps while seated in a warm, non-moving environment rather than trying to learn it in the car or while jogging.

Looks like Google I/O and Microsoft Build are scheduled for the same week. Bad planning. That isn’t good for either of them.

The Quincy Jones interview

Quincy Jones:

What would account for the songs being less good than they used to be?
The mentality of the people making the music. Producers now are ignoring all the musical principles of the previous generations. It’s a joke. That’s not the way it works: You’re supposed to use everything from the past. If you know where you come from, it’s easier to get where you’re going. You need to understand music to touch people and become the soundtrack to their lives.

You’ve likely already read this interview. It sure is causing a buzz and it is an entertaining read to say the least.

However, I’m quoting the above bit for a reason. It doesn’t matter if Quincy Jones is right that today’s music is all terrible. He likely is right, by the way, that most music today isn’t as innovative as the past because — well — so much has been done and most artists are chasing money as he points out.

But what I like about this interview, and what I take away, is how it is an indirect call to action by one of the greats. Any of today’s popular artists that read this may react by digging deeper, trying harder, studying more, and trying to bring something new to the table. Perhaps they’ve already made their millions and now they can set out to make something great — even if not a commercial success.

It’d be like if Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant said “these new basketball players don’t work hard enough”. It wouldn’t matter if they were right or not. But I’d bet the NBA’s team gyms would be full the next morning.

Let’s check back on this in a year or so and see if it had an impact. I’d bet it will.

The Siri pause

John Gruber, under “miscellaneous” in his review of HomePod:

People seem to naturally think they need to pause between saying “Hey Siri” and issuing the command or query, but in my experience you don’t need to. In this review, I’ve been punctuating directives with a comma after “Hey Siri”, but verbally you can speak without any pause: “Hey Siri what’s the temperature”. This is true not just for HomePod but any other device you own with “Hey Siri” enabled.

I’m one of those people. Me, in my review of the Google Pixel 2 XL and Android 8.1:

I can say “OK Google” at any time and, again instantly make my request. And I do mean instant, unlike Siri, there is no pause needed between “OK Google” and my request. With Siri I need to wait for the “ding” sound.

Somehow John’s experience and my experience differ. On all of the iPhones I’ve owned that were Siri-enabled I have needed to pause. And the pause was doubly long when connected to something, like my car or a speaker, using Bluetooth or AirPlay. Perhaps a very recent software update has removed this pause or I simply wasn’t doing something correctly.

Finished reading The Abyss. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ It added so much more to the film. Recommended.

I remember when being a computer nerd spending countless hours online wasn’t cool. Then it minted millionaires and internet celebrities.

Today being a space nerd looking at the stars for countless hours may have made that same jump.

I literally can’t even right now…

I’ve finally purchased and switched to Pocket Casts on my phone. In a week or two I’ll write up a comparison of it to Google Play Music for podcast listening but I’m pretty sure anything will be better than GPM.

I’m so glad I watched the Falcon Heavy launch live. That is a moment I’ll remember for many years.

Saw some old workmates today (I worked with them over 16 years ago), of course we talked about my switch to Android. 😆

I thought The Cloverfield Paradox was a very fun, and funny, ride. Would recommend.

I interviewed New Zealand based artist Rebekah Codlin

Over on my other site, The Watercolor Gallery, I interviewed Rebekah Codlin about her journey into art. Her realistic portraiture is amazing. If you’re into that sort of thing go ahead and check it out.

This is the first interview after a 22-month hiatus from publishing interviews. Far too long. But the process of restoring The Watercolor Gallery is one that will take many months. I’m spending some time here and there updating older posts, adding new featured paintings, and cleaning up the site’s code. I’m keeping a weekly journal of these updates over on the site.

One thing I’ve been working on this week is a complete refresh of the brand materials. I had done a simple mark in 2015 but I’ve learned a lot since then. I look forward to seeing how this new mark rolls out in the coming months.

Shooting a car at Mars

Space X  (watch this video):

The first test flight of Falcon Heavy is targeted for Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 1:30 PM ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.

With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)—a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel–Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

That’s tomorrow. And what this release doesn’t state is that they are putting a Tesla Roadster (which has a starting price of $250,000 USD) in Falcon Heavy’s cargo bay and, wait for it… are shooting it into orbit around Mars.

A luxury sports car is being shot from Earth to Mars. This is something that is happening tomorrow.

Very happy for Eliza.

YES! DUNDEE WASNT REAL.

No one saw Cloverfield coming. Glad JJ is finishing the trilogy.

The style of Solo looks solid.

Blew my chance at the Micro.blog 30-day pin by forgetting to post yesterday. No longer going to try. Posting to my blog needs to be natural.