Hello again all,
I hope you've all had a good week since I last wrote to you. I had a pretty good time of readjusting to a regular routine after last week's travels. Where the unknown and amazements of a city are a thrill to experience, so are the comforting establishments and friendly smiles of your regular coffee shop a relief to the weary traveler.
I enjoyed my time away, but I was glad to be back.
I am glad to say that getting to write about and photograph a trip like last week's gave me what feels like a creative jolt. I'm feeling more motivated and better about writing, I'm feeling a little less distracted in my daily routine, and I'm hoping to turn that into some exhilarating pieces for me to write and some enjoyable pieces for you - the reader - to read. My fingers are crossed, pen-uncapped, and notebook open. Let's see how it goes.
As for this week's A-Players, it should be pretty darned decent. We have some technical writing in store about email apps, Apple Watch use cases, and using the iPad Pro in education, a wonderful piece about the technicalities and passion of writing, a textile-tech-teardown, and a stroll through East London for the capper.
Thank you of course for coming back this Saturday to read through the week's recommendations with me. Grab your favorite beverage, snack, or other creature-comforts and dig in. I'll see you all back here next time.
Until then, enjoy the links - and have a lovely week. 🙂☕
With Version 1.1 and an iPad App, I’m Switching to Airmail – MacStories - It's been awhile since I linked to one of Federico's app reviews, but his piece covering Airmail this week firmly claimed a spot for one of my more tech-oriented picks this week. Federico's been covering email clients for what basically amounts to years now, and his explanations, stories, and recommendation usually warrants a look. I've been giving Airmail a shot this week - to good and bad effect - and maybe you will too after reading about Ticci's latest email-app pick.
What is the Apple Watch good for? - The Syndicate - The staff over at MartianCraft has been the source of a handful of great A-Players links in the past, and this week's editorial by Richard Turton about what the Apple Watch is good for was an excellent addition. Richard applies some of that MaritanCraft humor and combines it with a concise and well-realized breakdown of what the Watch is good for and how to cater to those scenarios as a developer. Quality technical writing that doesn't come-across as anywhere near dense or dull - The Syndicate at it's best.
iPad Pro in the Clasroom - Blog 301 - I've tried to feature great examples of people using iPads for things besides consumption in their lives for awhile now, and Karan Varindani's explanation of how he uses his iPad Pro & Pencil to streamline his schooling is the next great piece to be featured along those lines. I've felt a lot of the same frustrations as Karan with the way education handles digital integrations right now - that being not all that accommodating - and so hearing how he's adapted his different classes to work well with his iPad Pro is really great. Take the iPad Pro's feature additions along with Apple's new iPad Classroom tools from iOS 9.3 and you've got an increasingly encouraging outlook for the future of iOS in schooling.
"Writing Requires a Huge Amount of Love for Things That Happen Far Away From the Keyboard” - Ulysses Blog - While linking to a piece published on my favored writing app's blog does feel a bit 'inside-baseball' the Soulmen's interview with Silvio Gulizia too absolutely ripe with quality bits of prose - like the title hints at - for me to pass up. Silvio is an Italian journalist, consultant, and author with both a great understadning of digital writing tools as well as a more passion-fueled creative side. He expresses that intellect with some really beautiful analogies and comparisons - and I absolutely ate them up. Maybe it's just because I'm a writer too, but I love getting to read eloquent descriptions of the struggles we grapple with. A bit meta, but good nonetheless.
Smart Keyboard Teardown - iFixit - I don't know how I missed this when it was published, but in reading through iFixit's new iPad Pro 9.7" teardown this week I thought to also look and see if they'd pried open the little fabric bundle that is the Smart Keyboard. The answer: indeed they have, and the insides look really freaking cool. I said earlier this week how I like the fact that with the Smart Keyboard we have a tech product that's made from something other than metal, plastic, or glass - and that carries over to the teardown. Seeing the Smart Keyboard ripped open with its raw switchboard laid bare is a sight to behold. Maybe I'm just a huge nerd, but this was one of my very favorite things I stumbled across this week.
A Stroll Through Shoreditch · London – Ignant.de - What better way to end this week's links than with a photo-guide to the East London's district of Shoreditch. I won't lie, the photographs and descriptions within this piece made me miss my trip to New York City last week, but that's all part of the mark of wanderlust - which I'm happy to say this piece inspired in droves. Let's end this one out right - enjoy the imagery and the beautiful descriptions on a little trip to London for a few minutes, and I'll see you all next week.