This past week or so has been exactly what I was hoping it would be on the internet. Those last couple launch-iOS 9 updates for apps are coming out, writers are beginning to dig deeper into the new devices and software, and Microsoft even got it's own time to shine. I've enjoyed getting to read all sorts of wonderful and interesting pieces this week.
Due to the rest of my life's busy-ness right now though, that's about all I got done this week on the writing and reading front. Some long days, some late nights, and not a whole lot of free time in-between. I've been trying to get better at managing what little time I have to write, but it's difficult to settle down and get anything worthwhile done when you have to jump up and run off to work or school within the hour.
In no way am I giving up on the effort of writing, but it's been a tough week. Right around now is when I would like a couple days off to just write as much as I possibly can - and while I can't confirm that will happen quite yet - it's likely that I might get to take a short vacation and bring you guys some awesome writing from where I'm going to in the coming days. It's not quite confirmed yet so I don't feel like I should delve into it, but suffice to say that I might get to take a fun little trip at the tail end of next week. Possibly one involving our favorite memo-book company.
And on that bombshell 😉 ... enjoy this week's links.
iPhone 6s Camera Review: Switzerland — Austin Mann - Every year for the past several years, Austin Mann has taken the new iPhone to a picturebbook-esque backdrop and tested it to make sure it's up to snuff. This year is no different, and I've been looking forward to reading Austin's take on the new phone's camera ever since it's announcement. Austin focuses in on both some smaller technical details as well as the more practical things that mobile photographers will end up really caring about daily. I think a dream of mine someday will be to create fantastic work of photography and writing using nothing but a singular iOS device. Every year, Apple's bringing us closer, and every year Austin's authoritative take is the one I turn to.
Thirteen Days With an iPhone 6s Plus — Shawn Blanc - Shawn Blanc's technology-oriented posts are something special. They're not incredibly in-depth, nor are they frequent, but whatever Shawn ends up writing is just so clearly him. Whether it's taking adorable photos of his family or describing how the 6s Plus fits into his daily work routine, it all comes from a genuine place. I value his opinion and his character, so his pieces are always must-reads for me.
Inside the creation of the Microsoft Surface Book - Mashable - One of the more interesting tech-bits this past week was Microsoft's hardware announcements. It's not hard to see that the Surface Book is the hottest new product coming out of Redmond, and Mashable got the chance to sit down with some of the people behind it, look at some prototypes and the design of the Book through it's inception, and ask them some questions. I don't know how well the Surface Book will do for the vast majority of cheap-Windows-PC buyers, but for those with more high-end needs it looks to be one heck of a cool idea. This piece was a nice way to get acquainted with the device, and wasn't quite as cheesy as some other takes we saw from the press.
Tesla Model X: This Is It - I'm not totally sure how I feel about the fact that I've slowly begun to get more into cars recently, so I've chosen to ignore it for the time being. That aside, Tesla's launch model of their new Model X SUV was seriously fun to read about and watch videos of this week. Every time Tesla puts out another car it seems like a better future is just a little closer to society's grasp. And while it might not be any closer to this particular high school student's grasp, it makes me happy to know that there's a company out there making meaningful strides in what looks like something in the right direction.
Not All Introverts Are Quiet - patrickrhone / journal - So much of Patrick Rhone's piece on introverts this week resonated with me. Much like Patrick, I'm an introvert who's able to endure - and sometimes enjoy - the tradeoff of being in extroverted situations and the fun they can sometimes bring. Just so long as I can get the chance to recharge afterwards. The parts of his piece where he describes his time in high school also really hit home, as they're the very situations I find myself in with this year being my senior year of high school. It's nice to know I'm not the only one out there who feels these ways, and whether you're introverted or not I think Patrick's piece is worth a read.
Semilla: Part Two - Life & Thyme - The two Semilla pieces from Life & Thyme were both some of my favorite reading this week. Decadent descriptions of ingredients and dishes, getting to see into some very cool chef's processes, and a focus on a cooking style I hadn't really seen before. Semilla - which translates directly to "seed" - boasts a concentration on using as much of each product and piece of produce as possible. From the peels of leeks to the watery stuff in the can of tuna, I found it fascinating to see how this little restaurant used nearly every part of every ingredient that comes through their kitchen. Give it a read for the juicy details, and see if you feel the same.
The Lifecycle Adventure - VSCO Journal - While I and others may have mixed feelings about VSCO's popular film-like presets, it's hard to argue with the community of gorgeous art and creative artists that they've grown around their Grid and Journal platform. Every week they feature some of the best work and workers posting their art there, and this week I really enjoyed their piece on Rob Lutter - who took it upon himself to cycle around the world from London and back and take pictures along the way. That must've been one heck of a journey, and the photographic log that follows Rob's progress is nothing short of inspiring to photographers near and far.
I sincerely hope I'll have something cool to show you guys this coming week, but whether I manage to do that or not I also just want to wish that you have a great couple days in the time being. And I want to thank you, as always, for reading with me.