Hello again all,
This week - much like the past few - has been a very busy one in my life. It has been filled with work at the coffee shop, filled with classes at school, and filled with the occasional cracks in-between that I was able to fit short bits of sleep or reading into. It's been tiring, and I'm looking forward to this weekend.
In addition to getting write to you all yet again, I have several small photo assignments that I get to shoot soon for some of my school classes. I'm looking forward to the change of pace that creativity will provide. And if I really do focus in and manage my time, I may have just enough of it to push out a little piece of writing I've been meaning to finish off. We'll see.
The major tech news has seemed to dial back a bit now that we're moving away from the launch & review season of early fall. And aside from this week's news from the newest Apple TV launch it felt very much like an average internet week - itself not unwelcome after the bevy of reviews and drama recently.
I was able to enjoy some varying pieces of writing throughout, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you today. I really and truly hope you all enjoy them, and that you'll come read with me again in another week's time.
Until then, enjoy. ☕️😁🗞
How the 6s Plus Is Reshaping My iPhone Experience – MacStories - Federico Viticci's pieces of writing may be few and far between, but every last one is a savory reading experience best had with an espresso beside you. This time around, Federico updated his thoughts on the larger of Apple's iPhones with this year's 6s Plus release. Federico always goes in-depth with everything he does, and the story he tells here of how he uses the 6s Plus's features in his everyday use is exactly the kind of sweet stuff I've come to expect when reading his work. Also, as he's the person who I modeled my own daily computing setup after, I respect Federico's opinion immensely when making my own buying decisions. His piece was a pleasure to read, and cemented in my mind that this year will be one with a big phone in store for me. I can't wait to head down to my local Apple Store and pick one up soon.
Inside Apple's Perfectionism Machine - Mashable - Much like the piece from a couple of weeks ago looking inside Apple's Input Laboratory, this week Mashable got a juicy inside interview with Phil Schiller talking about the recent attention to detail and communication between teams that went into some of their most recent products. This is the latest in a trend of new, more-open press interviews coming directly from inside Apple, and thankfully Mashable seems to have lived up to that opportunity. Well written and with gorgeous photographs, this is a must-read for anybody interested in Apple.
On Working From Home and Running a Business — Shawn Blanc - An evergreen piece that Shawn chose to re-share this past week; this is Shawn writing from a little over a year ago on what he thinks is a healthy working-from-home lifestyle. Even for someone like me who isn't running their own business or working from home, this piece was interesting. Shawn has a lot of ideas that can apply to all sorts of creatives lives both simple and complex. It's a great read, and provokes some of the good thought processes that I've come to associate with reading Shawn's work.
Where ONA Goes: The Alaska Highway with Forrest Mankins - I always try and include a couple of great photo pieces in my A-Players posts, and one of my absolute favorites this week was from ONA taking a look at Forrest Mankin's road-journey through Alaska last year. Forrest's photos and interview answers made me feel the seriously strong pull of wanderlust, and made my mind start going places with used Subarus, camping gear, and Canadian roads sprinkled through throughout. I'm now excited for when Forrest's "A Life Alive" film based on his trip goes live sometime next year. Ugh - wanderlust, sweet wanderlust.
24 Hours in Kansas City - The Newsprint - While I'm no huge sports fan, another piece I loved consuming this week was the photo essay of my friend Josh Ginter's trip to Kansas City last weekend. He and his wife Jaclyn made the trip primarily to catch the 6th baseball game of the American League Championship Series, but along with that Josh was - somewhat amazingly I might add - able to visit a few other well-worth-seeing locations in Kansas City. I especially appreciated Josh's dedication to getting one of those good barbecue sandwiches, and found myself wishing I could've made a similar trip and gotten to meet Shawn Blanc's family as well. Maybe someday I will, but for now I seriously enjoyed living somewhat vicariously through the Ginters. Definitely one of my favorite reads in a long time.
Paris by way of Coffee: A Coffee Tour of Paris - Passion Passport - The third great photo piece I ran into this week came from a new - to me - blog called Passion Passport. They seem to be all about featuring different people's love of travel through photos and writing, and their blog was a near instant-add to my RSS feeds. This piece touring through Paris' cafés was great fun, and reminded me of my own coffee-crawl through Chicago a couple of weeks back. Always good to find another great source of inspiration, and even though I've only read a handful of their pieces so far, I'm guessing the folks from Passion Passport won't disappoint.