• My parents are currently auditioning for the Baby Boomer version of the next HomePod ad by fighting over whether it’s going to play the Greatest Showman soundtrack or Love Potion #9.

  • Definitely didn’t have “104 temperatures” and “Wind Storm” on the why-the-baby-missed-four-days-of-daycare-this-week bingo card

  • That being said, I really want a post TNG/DS9 series. For a franchise that prides itself on being so forward facing, it’s odd that we’ve spent almost 20 years exploring Trek’s past. I refuse to believe all the interesting stories are pre-Captain Kirk.

  • Those who say Star Trek: Discovery “isn’t the Star Trek you know”: you’re right! It’s telling the story of how we got there. If you’re a fan, surely that has to be somewhat interesting to you?

  • I have a HomePod that is currently playing the Once and Future Carpenter by the Avett Brothers. AMA

  • Speaking of Apple, let me talk about an AppleTV feature I love:

    I just got a text that I should watch the Avett’s doc May It Last. I pop open the TV app on my phone, add it to Up Next, and boom, it’ll be in my Up Next queue on the AppleTV for me to watch tonight

  • Aaaaaaanyways— that probably should have been a blog post (or at least a threaded conversation), but just some thoughts while I’m waiting for my HomePod this morning.

  • Apple believes in “openness” as so far as it doesn’t mess with their hardware-selling business. Google believes in “openness” as long as it doesn’t mess with their personal-details collection business. Amazon just wants you to one-click buy everything.

  • Google and Amazon’s business models may allow you to buy other competing devices—but their goal isn’t to lock you into a hardware ecosystem, it’s to lock you into personal-details sharing. Of which, it’s much harder to come back from.

  • Re: This article from The Verge

    I don’t necessarily disagree with the premise that the HomePod further locks people into Apple’s ecosystem. But I think it misses the point (or at least ignores it) that every piece of tech we buy locks us further and further into something

  • I’ve seen enough movies to know that three black SUVs parked in front of your house is rarely a good thing

  • First day of daycare and parents already asking us questions we don’t know the answer to. Better get used to it

  • Last run of the day, first black diamond of the day

  • High of five degrees out on the ski slopes today. Low of 95 degrees in the hot tub tonight

  • Oh man— what are we forgetting for baby’s first five-hour road trip??

  • The more I think about the HomePod, the more important AirPlay becomes (and not just because Star Trek: Discovery caused me to order one). AirPlay 1 has been mostly solid for me, but let’s hope AirPlay 2 is coming soon.

  • Going to see Phantom Thread and then coming home to watch the second half of the Kentucky game. Anything else I should be watching?

  • It feels like there should be a gradual increase of happy hour prices rather than just charge you double five minutes later

  • On Sunday, I wanted to watch Star Trek: Discovery, but with my house still full of extended family, I went downstairs to watch it down in my office. I quickly aborted after turning on the TV and remembering just how bad the sound is from the built-in TV speakers.

    I immediately flipped over to the Wirecutter: I’ve been meaning to order wireless speakers to replace the Harman Kardon Soundsticks that I’ve been using as computer speakers for the past twelve years. I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and order a nice pair that could double as both computer speakers and AppleTV speakers.

    For this to work I needed bluetooth speakers, so I had to go with the Wirecutter’s upgrade pick. $250. Pricey, but about what I was expecting to pay.

    It was only a few seconds after adding the speakers to my Amazon cart that some Apple Math started creeping into my head:

    Wait a second. If I’m paying $250 for these speakers, is it worth $100 more to just to get a HomePod?

    The always great reporting by Serenity Caldwell already had me wavering. After listening to this week’s The Talk Show and just a general want to find a need for this device, I was ripe for caving in.

    Paired with Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil (play audio from your Mac to any speaker!) and the AirPlay capabilities of the AppleTV, I’m now a proud owner of a HomePod preorder. We’ll see if it sticks.

    (It probably will stick)

    So not only has CBS All Access milked $10 from me to watch one show, but it’s also squarely on them that I’ve spent $350 on a HomePod. If only Star Trek: Discovery had been on network TV…

  • Staring down a 3.5 day work week with a big ski trip (and Baby Vale’s first vacation!) at the end. It’s going to seem like an eight-day week

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