A-Players: Week of May 24th

Another rather busy week for me, but in addition it's also been a rather busy week news-wise. We had a gamut of rumors leading up to WWDC, Google's I/O developer conference, and Jony Ive's promotion to Chief Design Officer. I'm counting down the days until I can stop getting up at 6 to go to high school in the morning, and I've got some exciting news and pieces on the horizon for this site that I can't wait to show you guys. I hope the links are a good read this week, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

  • Filling the Green Circle – Marco.org - I almost didn't think I was going to find an interesting link this past Sunday night, but Overcast developer Marco Arment's post on the impact that the Apple Watch has had on his activity level gave me what I was looking for. Much like Marco I've seen the inclusion of the Apple Watch and it's activity app into my life have a positive effect on my fitness efforts and daily routine. The majority of the days since I've gotten mine have been a little more well rounded and conscious of my health than before the watch was there with its pertinent information always available at-a-glance. Solid points by Marco, and something that I myself find very true as well.

  • The Fujilmfilm X100T — The Brooks Review - Ben Brook's review of the Fuji x100t leaves me feeling a variety of ways. For one, I love hearing the process and thoughts that went into Ben's switch to Fuji, as I made a similar decision last year when I first began to realize what sort of shooter I was going to be (hint: 1 camera, 1 lens.) Another part of me is left with a small bit of gear lust, especially when Ben talks about that improved optical viewfinder with the EVF-corner-manual-focusing. My x100s doesn't do that, but it's hardly a reason to upgrade a perfectly good camera. The last thing that Ben's piece made me feel was a renewed appreciation for the great camera that I have, and how lucky I am to get to create images using it both for this blog, and just in my personal life. I really ought not to take it for granted.

  • Olympus vs Panasonic: the devil you know - Analog Senses - In another photography-oriented link from this past week, Álvaro Serrano takes a look at how while it can be to your advantage to purchase lenses from your camera's manufacturer, it's also smart to mix and match the best glass that your respective camera system can leverage. As a fixed-lens shooter this piece doesn't directly affect me, but I think Álvaro did an excellent job proving his point and providing some fine images along with it. This is also the first time I've seen Álvaro in a photograph, and his cheery face about halfway through the piece made me smile. Worth a read for the intellect alone, and Álvaro's images are always top notch.

  • Vancouver 2015: Part 2 - The Newsprint - The second post in Josh Ginter's recent travel log from his trip to Vancouver brings even more gorgeous imagery and stories from his time there. Josh also makes a pertinent point about a photographer's favorite image. My favorite photo I take might not be the one that everyone else loves or appreciates the most due to a variety of factors - experience, nostalgia, raw emotion - but I'll wager it makes me happier than a ton of public recognition for a shot, and I think it's cool that Josh had one of those moments on his trip.

  • Six Colors: Travels with the Apple Watch - Dan Moren makes some interesting observations from his recent trip to Portugal and how the Apple Watch was a boon while traveling. I've really been enjoying articles like this recently which focus on a specific point of view or use case in which the Apple Watch can be useful, and how the person found it to be. These have piqued my interest far more than the standard tech-site reviews that have come out, and I hope we'll see more interesting takes like this on the watch as time goes by.

  • The Apple Watch Review — Tools and Toys - Speaking of standard tech-site reviews, Tools and Toy's review of the Apple Watch this week was anything but. While the piece still had plenty of gorgeous imagery of the watch in a variety of situations, Bradley Chamber's writing focused much more on impressions and little bits of experiences with the watch from his daily life. It reminded me a lot of both my first impressions piece that I wrote about the watch, and the piece that I drew inspiration from for that; Shawn Blanc's first piece about his iPad back in 2010. This is one of my favorite "official reviews" of the watch that I've seen so far, and props to the Tools and Toys guys for pulling it off with such style. Cheers.

  • Why not Google? – Marco.org - As Google's annual I/O development conference was this week, there were a lot of posts discussing the announcements the various teams made there and Google in general. Marco Arment's post about how he's gradually moved away from Google's services without too much issue is one of my favorites that I've read this week. I've been contemplating trying to uproot myself from the majority of Google services that I use (the outliers being Docs and YouTube) for awhile now, and it's heartening to know that Marco's had a good time with it. I think step number one for me will be investigating FastMail or another IMAP email service to replace Gmail, and I'll probably start on that search soon. As a little question this week, let me know on Twitter (@mbs_p_b) how you guys feel about Google and it's services, and if you use any alternatives for their many products. Thanks :)

  • Those Motherfucking Printers — The Brooks Review - For the past several years just about every encounter I've had with a printer has resulted in me muttering something about them being hellspawn with a few expletives thrown in as well. As you can probably tell from the article's title, Ben Brooks is about to the same point, and has devised a way in which he can (hopefully) keep his printers in working order for when he really needs them. I honestly just wish printers would go away, but as of right now, I just don't think its possible quite yet.

  • Tally - All this - After reading Dr. Drang's post about Greg Pierce's Tally app this week I realized that I'd had the app installed since it's recent 2.0 release this past spring, yet had never used it for much of anything. The use case of counting the number of crashes or reboots on iOS mentioned in Dr. Drang's piece strikes me as a good idea, and I think I'll probably begin doing that from now on.