I feel compelled to give Tabitha all my attention when we hang out, which is great (for me. Jury's still out on her) because it forces me to forget about whatever else is messing with my head at that time. This weekend, we've just been watching films and throwing balls for the dog, and hitting up various local parks. It's been a tonne of fun. Tiring, but fun. Kid gets up at like 6:30am.
The incredibly talented Joyce Su posted about this app a little while ago, and it's just my sort of thing. I love black and white, and I love ludicrous contrast and black blacks. Been looking for an opportunity to try it for a little while but dull light and dark blacks just make black images, which are a bit of a drag.
Aside from the obvious, my least favourite thing about stress is how it completely silences the little creativity I have. I've been working to a very difficult deadline the last few weeks, and it's meant I've had to ignore a load of other work that's been piling up. I've been working evenings to try and make sure I'm responding to email and people aren't getting more mad with me, but it's not enough. This week, I took a couple of days off and ended doing a full day's work in total over those days. I am smart.
Taking pictures is my only creative outlet. I always have a camera with me but I don't use it as often as I should. I've reached a realisation that I'm completely stalled on taking pictures. Normally I see things I want to photograph everywhere, but it's just not happening right now and I need a kick to get back into it. Not having that outlet makes me feel quite unfulfilled. Narcissistic though it may be, one of the main reasons I take photos is to look at them. I love looking back over photos I take, and all I have right now are screenshots of horrible tweets and photos of food I probably shouldn't have put into my body.
Time to stop being a baby and go and point my camera at things.
I love fog. I know everyone loves fog. This morning, for the first time in his life, Sudo started to freeze whilst we were out walking. I thought it was just condensation but I went to brush it off him and, nope: ice.
When Apple removed the 3.5mm jack from the iPhone, I was annoyed. They'd bought Beats, and I assumed (still do) it was a long term play to only allow Beats to have officially endorsed Lightning headphones, and effectively erase most of a market. Given my reasonably heavy personal investment in headphones, this is irritating. I mean sure I could have just not bought a new iPhone but come on.
Apple's inclusion of a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter with new iPhones solves half a problem - you can now use your headphones. Unless your battery is about to die - then you have to use that Lightning port to charge. Super courageous.
If you trawl head-fi, or keep reading here, you'll discover that Apple's USB-3 Camera Connection Kit will allow you to use a low-powered USB device, and daisy-chain Lightning, meaning that you can charge and run a low-power USB DAC to give you that 3.5mm port. I mean, sure, it looks ridiculous, but you can do it.
It's still pretty early for this configuration, but more and more stuff is coming out. USB DACs aren't exactly a new concept, but powered ones are another thing to charge, and I can't be bothered with that, so I went for the AudioQuest Dragonfly Red, and if you ignore all the inconvenience, the audio quality is noticeably better, especially with a decent pair of headphones. I'd love to give the Chord Mojo a proper spin, but I'd rather have a Nintendo Switch so that's going to have to wait.