Morning cruise on Ha Long Bay
Morning cruise on Ha Long Bay
Good morning, Ha Long
I’ve got lots of good Ha Long Bay pictures to post, but we got to talking with a group of Australians tonight and now I’ve had a significant amount of beers
Letting the Post say it for me this time
Have to fight the urge not to stop every five minutes and take pictures. Hard to imagine more beautiful country
Xin chao from Vietnam! Leaving Hanoi this morning for the trek up to Ha Long Bay
Forgot to mention it earlier, but in case y’all were wondering, Cambodia is hot too
Sunrise over Angkor Wat
y’all our plane has propellers
I’m not sure this counts as food, but here we are
Finding all the Thai street food
Y’all. Thailand. It’s hot
Wat Arun from the Chao Phraya River
It’s my fourth time here and I’m still as impressed as the first time I set foot in Singapore’s airport
Our seats for the next 18 hours and 45 minutes on the longest commercial flight in the world: Newark to Singapore. See you all tomorrow night!
Brushing up on our tuba
If this story from the Verge is accurate and Amazon truly only paid $97 million for Eero, it’s even more inexplicable that Apple didn’t buy them.
It was only five short years ago when FX debuted Married. I didn’t watch a single episode. I did watch the show that came on right afterwards, though. That show aired its series finale on Wednesday night (it must be the week for series finales).
I just don’t have the time to watch random shows and movies anymore, which in some ways means I’ll probably never find another You’re the Worst. While Married was heavily hyped (starring an at-the-time omnipresent Judy Greer and Nat Faxon and an up-and-coming Jenny Slate), You’re the Worst was created by and starred no one I’d ever heard of. I probably only watched because I liked the idea of a show where the nominal protagonist were not great (some would even say the worst) people.
But after five years and 62 episodes (Gretchen and Jimmy would most assuredly be pissed that they couldn’t squeeze out seven more episodes somewhere during their run), You’re the Worst ends almost back where it started: with Gretchen and Jimmy non-committal. The trick at the end is that unlike in the beginning they’re committed to being non-committal.
That method to Gretchen and Jimmy’s madness was their Rosetta Stone. Realizing that life isn’t linear freed them from being the people they expected themselves to be and allowed them to be the people they are.
There’s a lot of things we’re supposed to be doing and most of those things really are just suppositions as to how to make it from point A to point B to point C in our lives. Sometimes those points are valuable guideposts on how to live our lives. But more often, they’re measuring sticks against everyone around us.
The truth of the matter is that while people may act like they’ve got it together, no one actually does. And because of that, no one should be crippled by the idea that they don’t “have it all together” and that they’re not hitting life “milestones”. All of that is bullshit. All of us have our crutches, those crutches only become problems when they become prosthetics.
I’d love to know why Apple is pre-announcing more and more hardware. AirPower is part of this, but also the Mac Pro, iMac Pro, original AirPods, HomePod, and even the shipping-in-May PowerBeats Pro.
My best guess is they feel like the market is forcing them to show forthcoming growth-potential products. But the market has always tried to do that. Why does Apple feel the pressure now?
Here’s a great article with lots of spoilers for everything up to the finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which airs this Friday. Let’s face it: you either fall into the camp of never going to see the show or being completely caught up, so I don’t have to feel even a little bad for all the spoiling I’m about to do.
I won’t go deep into everything great about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Just trust me when I say that despite its RomCom trappings, it’s a show that’s willing to dive deep into some uncomfortable, but completely necessary stuff. If this wasn’t a Musical Comedy, I truly believe everything would have imploded long ago. It’s a huge credit to Rachel Bloom that everything has mostly worked.
But this season it feels like every aspect of the show is running out of steam. And while it probably has enough to get over the proverbial series-finale hill, we’re still firmly in ‘Little Train that May’ and not ‘Little Train that Could’ territory.
I’ll reserve final judgment until after the finale, but the biggest culprit here is the laser focus on who Rebecca is going to end up with, which has always been a core pillar of the show, but never the show’s singular focus. There’s still time to pull back and do something more interesting, but honestly even if it does, it’s too little, too late. If Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was going to have its Romantic Comedy-shaped cake and eat it too, it either needed Santino Fontana to return or spend the past ten episodes fleshing out Sklyar Astin’s new Greg.
Instead we’re left with a show that– at least in the past and there’s been no evidence in the final season to the contrary– wants us to want Rebecca to end up with Greg. But instead, I’m firmly on Team Nathaniel. And I’m sure there are some psychopaths out there on Team Josh.
That’s great for series finale drama, but I’m not sure it’s drama that the show is intending. Which means this could be a fairly unsatisfying ending and not in a purposeful, Don’t-Stop-Believin’-cut-to-black, kind of way.
Rainy day on the Hill
Sunset on the Zambezi
Hot take on Dropbox limiting the free tier to three devices:
I get they need to better monetize their product, but it’s hard to see feature removals as anything but user hostile. It would have been nice to pair this announcement with added features on the paid plan: maybe shared data among families like Apple does with its storage?
Overall, this isn’t too bad. I wouldn’t call three devices generous, but it’s probably sufficient for most people (Computer, phone, tablet).
C’mon Dropbox, that’s a lot of pressure on Apple to implement feature parity on iCloud Drive