The Elegance Of The Universe

Mitch Kirby:

Given all of these connected pieces of science, I can’t help but marvel at the elegance of the universe. Putting these pieces together opens up much deeper questions, ones that I can’t even hope to answer. Can life exist on a planet orbiting a star of a vastly different temperature? If it can, will life on this planet be incredibly different and optimized to the specific frequencies of light that are most prevalent? Could life exist at all if water had a different absorption spectrum that did not bottom out in the visible range? How much leeway on these physical properties does the universe give life, and do these properties all have to overlap? Will life find a way no matter what? Are these properties specifically designed to coexist perfectly, or do we just happen to exist on a planet, orbiting a star, in a galaxy, within a universe in which all of these things are possible? Are we only capable of asking these questions because all of these things are true to begin with?

The universe, the galaxy, the sun, our earth, us. A fantastic design I must say. That I can imagine, see, and proclaim, “Fantastic!” is itself fantastic.





Griffin Cove

Indiegogo: In my family we have five portable devices that need USB charging; there are USB cables everywhere. Cove by Griffin hides the cables as well as the devices inside a beautiful box. I think I need one, but it’s a bit expensive: US$150, with a December 2015 estimated delivery date.





Most Apple Watch Apps Stink

Steve Kovach, Business Insider:

Just about every major app, from Twitter to Instagram to Starbucks, has an app for the Apple Watch. So far, there are about 3,500 apps available, and most stink.

There must be something different with me. Yesterday, I had a hunch my friend had purchased an Apple Watch and asked her to pull up her sleeve. There it was: a 38 mm Watch Sport with a white sport band. She shared what she liked about it and what she didn’t like about it.

Unfortunately, I can’t recollect most of the details except for one: she mentioned it was the best smartwatch she has worn. But what I realized later on, and what I later shared with my wife, was that there was absolutely no craving in my heart to get one. It was a strange realization because normally there would at least be a small tug in there somewhere saying, “You need to get one.” Weird. Maybe Apple Watch 2 will be more desirable. Maybe not.





The Tablet: Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Richard J. Anderson:

The problem is that the tablet as a form factor, is being squeezed from both sides: bigger smartphones that can do all the things a modern tablet can do, and thinner, lighter laptops that can do all the things a modern tablet can do—and more.

Within the Apple world, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is the rock, the 12-inch MacBook is the hard place, and the iPad — both the 7.9-inch iPad mini and the 9.7-inch iPad Air — is between the two, being squeezed, hard.





Freedom From Digital Nagging

Jamie Henson:

As a software developer who spends his time in front of some screen or other for the majority of his waking hours, I don’t want to be constantly prodded by some little jumped-up sundial when I clock off. I want out. No form factor, no matter how sleek and aluminium-y, is going to change that. My old watch, a £10 digital from Argos, told the time, and voiced an alarm when I told it to. That’s it. […] The whole point of a smartwatch is that you wear it. It’s there all the time. And that’s horrible.

Me? I don’t wear a watch. I don’t need to know the exact minute of every moment of my life, but on the occasion I do — when I deliver lunch for my kids for instance — I have a phone. How funny: I probably use my phone more as a clock than a phone.

We need to be punctual, yes, but we don’t need to hurry. I give myself a decently large buffer between things I need to do. With the lunch delivery example, if I need to prepare, pack, and deliver lunch for my kids by 11:40 am on Fridays and it takes about 30 minutes to do that, I’ll give myself 10 extra minutes. I check the clock to see if it’s getting close to 11, and one more time around 11:30. That’s it. Less stress, and I enjoy it more. No need for a watch let alone a constantly nagging smartwatch on my wrist. My phone nags me well enough.

Sometimes I stare at my smartphone and wonder what it would be like to live without it.





   



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