October 26, 2016

MacBook between the lines

Tomorrow Apple is set to have a Mac event. New MacBook Pro’s have already leaked, and there’s rumors of an updated MacBook Air.

While the 13in MacBook Pro is sure to capture my heart, I hope the updated in between MacBook Air has a chance to make its case.

What I want: 13in Retina MacBook with 16gb and a 1TB SSD.

This is a machine that I could have gotten today, but upcoming version greed and price have gotten in the way. I’ve been toying with the idea of the ultra minimal MacBook, but with Robie, my Photos library has been growing exponentially — and I want my library in my personal Mac.

I really need want a personal MacBook again. I’ll be happy tomorrow if there’s a Retina/16gb/1TB tomorrow in the Apple Store in the $1,799.00 range. Otherwise I’ll be doing some soul-searching on ebay.

Mac Apple Wishlist
October 10, 2016

Judging a book by its content

One my favorite audiobooks this year was Scott Adams’ How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. Which led me to start reading his blog — which was fine, until politics came in.

Can’t say he’s right or wrong about his point of view, I just know I disagree with him. Also, in my mind’s eye, he went from someone I enjoyed listening in the audiobook, to someone I kind of dislike.

Same is the case with Orson Scott Card’s and his anti-gay views. Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead are among my favorite Sci-Fi books, but I find it sad that in later books I feel watchful to catch an agenda.

But don’t burn the books. Writing is about expressing something. You don’t have to agree with it, or even less, be persuaded by it automatically.

Reading stuff that you don’t agree with — from someone you share a passion — is great way to fight sampling bias in twitter, blogs and other stuff you read online.

October 7, 2016

The joy in boring weather

Hurricane Matthew strolled past Miami yesterday. A day in stressful preparing and wondering completely wasted in a non-event. And I couldn’t be happier.

Weather Personal Miami
September 1, 2016

Coffiest fails at everything Soylent 2.0 succeeds - Updated.

Soylent’s breakfast drink came out just as I was running out of my first Soylent 2.0 box. I was already adding cold brew coffee to half a Soylent 2.0 bottle for breakfast, so it seemed like a great time to tried.

First, a Soylent 2.0 review

I love Soylent 2.0. It delivers on everything I was looking on a meal replacement drink: price, ingredients1, simplicity and taste.

A note on taste: Soylent 2.0 doesn’t taste good, but it doesn’t taste bad. It has an absence of taste, which I appreciate after trying many shakes that either fail at faking a flavor, or do taste great — which is explained when you check the ingredients.

Soylent 2.0 flavor is inline with what it is: a meal replacement meant to simplify your life. You’re not drinking it to suppress hunger with a peanut butter flavored shake, you’re eating a balanced lunch quickly to get back to work and leave early.

And now, the Coffiest disappointment

Coffiest also doesn’t taste good, but the coffee with a hint of chocolate flavor is not subtle. So basically you end up with most disagreeable cold mocha you have every tried. To make matters worse for me, unlike Soylent 2.0, Coffiest seems to have an aftertaste.

Now, being clear that my objectivity is blown, I also experienced some stomach discomfort with Coffiest that I didn’t had during the previous month with Soylent 2.0. But this could be a nocebo effect, so YMMV.

Even though Coffiest is not for me (and I can’t recommend it) I will continue to buy Soylent 2.0 — as soon as I struggle through the remaining 9 Coffiest bottles.

Update: Emailed Soylent about returning my remaning 9 Coffiest bottles and exchanging for Soylent 2.0. In a few hours they emailed back saying that they will refund the order and:

Feel free to keep the remaining Soylent with our compliments, or you can share it with interested family and friends.

And that’s how you make a customer happy.

  1. I buy into Soylent’s drink ingredients and sourcing.

Health Lifehack Diet
August 29, 2016

Sold my Apple Watch

With the new Apple event on the horizon, I sold my Apple Watch Sport last week on Swappa before it deprecated further.

I expect Apple to announce new Apple Watch’s, and keep the old Apple watches at a $199/$249 price point. My guess is the original Apple Watch will receive a minor silent update of the internal components to fix any number of issues of the original design.

In truth, the main reason I sold it was because I wasn’t using it. For about 3 months I choose the Pebble Time over the Apple Watch. It got even more consistent when I took up swimming again and I was surprised how well the Swim.com Pebble app worked — even compared to my Garmin Swim watch.

I’m sure I’ll be drooling over the new Apple Watch next week. But the I think the upcoming Pebble Time 2 (which I preordered) is going to be closer to the original Apple Watch in build quality, which is the one area it really doesn’t even compare.

At $199/$249 and with WatchOS 3, the original Apple Watch may make some sense for more people, but it continues to be my least recommended of the Apple devices I’ve owned.