Hello again all,
Yet another week has passed us by. This time filled with first snowfalls, pumpkin pie, and of course Thanksgiving gatherings. Between all that, work, play, and time with family I'm sure many of you had as busy weeks as I did - and so I hope you'll pardon me if I just jump right into this week's links.
Some of my favorite, most peaceful moments this week were spent reading the pieces that would eventually go into this A-Players release. And I hope that if nothing else, these various links will give you a brief chance to relax, kick back, and enjoy some of the many wonderful things people are creating out there on the internet. Let's go.
Apple Pencil Review — The Pen Addict - First off this week was a pleasant surprise in the form of Myke Hurley - of all people - writing a review of the Apple Pencil for the Pen Addict. I love listening to Myke across many of the great shows on Relay FM every week, but I've never known him to write. Getting to read his "official" thoughts on the Pencil was really nice, and for what is probably his first written review I thought he did a great job. On top of all this, Myke is someone whose pen and stationary opinion I respect, and his review of the Pencil is one of the first focusing on the kind of use I myself champion. A great piece to read, and good on Myke for putting himself out there. It definitely paid off in my eyes.
Apple Pencil Teardown - iFixit - Ever since the iPad Pro launched a few weeks ago now I've been waiting - almost expectantly - for someone to do a teardown of the more minuscule accessory product that is the Apple Pencil. It nearly seemed like no one was going to, but iFixit delivered in the ways only they can. Gorgeous photography, interior X-Rays, and detailed descriptions. Read the piece in depth or just skim through for the meaty interior photography. It truly is amazing how little technology can get these days.
Using iPad Pro as a Laptop Replacement — The Brooks Review - Finishing off this week's iPad Pro coverage we have Ben Brooks with his thoughts on using the device as a laptop replacement after a couple of weeks use. Ben's thoughts compare the Pro to both the iPad Air and new 12" MacBook alike, and really speaks my language as far as using an iPad for work goes. Between Ben and all the other reviewers proclaiming the Pro's prowess at getting work done on an iPad, it's hard not to feel tempted to head out and buy one. Maybe next year, maybe next year.
The Sony Alpha α7 Mark II Camera Review — Tools and Toys - Lastly - but certainly not least - in this week's review links was my friend Álvaro Serrano's review of the Sony a7 II camera for Tools and Toys. Álvaro has been working on this piece for awhile now, and it absolutely shows. Over eleven-thousand words, quality explanations across the board, and some seriously great product and example photography. Álvaro knocked it out of the park here, and it's absolutely safe to say this is some of his very best work to date. Go give it a read - even if you're not in the market for a new camera like the a7 II you'll probably be glad you did.
Thoughts on Pumpkin Pie - Life & Thyme - Now what would a Thanksgiving week be without at least one holiday-appropriate link? Well, thankfully Life & Thyme had me covered with their excellent look back at the history of pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is by far my favorite pie and thanksgiving dish. And aside from the excellent writeup on this pumpkin-delight through the ages, the photos alone made me crave a slice. Thankfully, I didn't have to wait long to find one - I hope you guys won't have to either.
My Cat — The Brooks Review - Ben Brooks closes off this week in some of his most sarcastic and humorous style. This is a long, long story of how Ben bought a new bed for his cat, and the tale Ben tells is something only he could pull off. Sarcastic, lightweight, and just plain fun. Not many writers can manage to appear twice in one A-Players post, but with all the wonderful writing Bens been doing this month it would be difficult for him not to.
Once again I just want to take the time to thank you - the reader - for coming here week in and week out in order to see the little musings I had on some of the best pieces this week. I wish I was better about putting my own work out there on as regular a basis - it's something I can continue to strive for in the future.
In the meantime, thanks for hanging in here with me, I'll see you back here next week if you so choose. And without any hesitation I can say that I hope you all have wonderful Thanksgiving weekends, and a happy beginning to the holiday season.