20161108

I used to like Apple, but I don’t think I do anymore. I think they’re scaling back quality, and constantly jeopardizing usability for localized/departmentalized ideas.

This dawned on me – like an epiphany – when I realized the newest/best iPhone 7, and the newest/best MacBook Pro, can’t use the same (wired) headphones, without an adaptor/dongle. That’s insane. I understand growth and moving to new technology, but Apples two flagship, top of the line, products cant even share the same tech. That’s asinine.

I’m a music guy: I can’t work/live/function without it. My headphones are an important part of my day, and I switch them between iPhone and MacBook Pro frequently in a normal week. Now, if I purchased both, I’d have to carry a $20 easy-to-loose adapter to use the same (wired) headphones.

If your headphones are

  • 3.5mm: you’d need 3.5 -> lightening adaptor
  • lightening: you’d need lightening -> usbc/tb3 or 3.5 adaptor
  • usb/tb3: you’d need usb/tb3 -> lightening adaptor

I know they’re pushing away wires, and during this transition making a killing off of adaptors, but wireless headphones are pricy, require annoying charging, and suck unless you buy top tier.

I just can’t believe such a simple user requirement like using your (wired) headphones is being impeded.

20161107

Annoyances with Game Center Live. NHL’s streaming service for everything NHL is great, it’s the Netflix for hockey, with games added live as they happen. Because of Big Suits and Big Money, they blackout local games and try to advertise the service for hockey fans as a method of consuming out-of-market games (even though they must know it’s the unplugged generation mostly subscribing).

NHL Game Centre Live is not a cheap purchase, close to $200/season, but it was worth it for me.  I love watching hockey and I hate cable. The local blackouts are annoying as I (like most) do follow my regions team – but it’s not that big of deal as on-demand fits my new on-the-babys-clock lifestyle much more than watching live. I have to dodge scores and Canucks news, and keep a 2-day mental note of games past, but it’s not hard, and it’s worth the tiny bit of effort.

What I can’t stand are the non-commercial commercial breaks. This is just such a stupid, idiotic, non-real-world decision. It’s just painful. I understand why: as I said before games are added live. So Game A occurs live, feeds to GCL, a commercial break occurs, and they can’t show the regions/broadcasters ads nationally/globally, so just placeholder with the annoying graphic above. Once the games complete it’s now an archive and the fella’s at GCL move on.

What I don’t understand is when the game move from live to an archive: why can’t it be processed? Why can’t they add some meta tags to the feed: break start & break end and remove the block duration. Or why can’t they add a filter before the game becomes an archive: trim video where screen occurrence is break graphic.

“The technology isn’t there” isn’t an excuse. That’s not hard to do.

“It’s not worth the time, no one watches old games” I would really find that hard to believe in our VOD generation.

“Dude, why don’t you just fast-forward?” Yeah, obvious solution to a simple annoyance: the first answer to that is that I shouldn’t have to. The second is: it’s a very difficult task to fast forward 2-4 minutes in a 180 minute game using AppleTV 4th gen. The glass touch remote is nice for general use, but for precision panning, it’s useless and ends up in unwanted jumps that are far greater then intended. Normally Siri commands should work (use it in Netflix for precision panning), but of course Siri being Siri, it doesn’t work when/where you actually need it to “Not available” is the response in NHL app on AppleTV at time of this post.

I would rather watch a commercial, even if it’s just internal ads or fluff for NHL. I’d rather watch game highlights from years ago.. pieces put together for tributes to hall of famers, promos for upcoming games ..anything. Anything other than silence and rotating repetition. But I reckon Big Suit and Big Money signed some advertising no-internal-compete clause to continue end-user-annoyance and prevent NHL from being self sufficient.

I will tolerate it, I’m not about to cancel my subscription or go for a refund. Full disclosure I’ll probably subscribe next year, and the year thereafter. This is just a problem that could be an opportunity, that I hope NHL can recognize and fix to better user experience.

🕰 Free time is something I no longer have. I looked back and wow, I thought I was busy before. My kindle literally, not figuratively, has dust on it- and that’s my favourite time waster/ hobby.

20160525

For a week we held onto our ultrasound result containing the answer to if it’s a little boy or girl. We gave the sealed envelope to her family, who then gave it to a baker. The baker injected the cupcakes with either blue or pink icing.

We all got together, had a really nice day, and here’s the heart warming seconds when Jess and I found out that our little baby is going to be a girl (we were convinced it was a boy, the cupcakes even seemed to have a hue of blue to them). With a mouth full of cupcake, she cries out “It‘s pink! It’s Pink” then begins to turn to mush for 15minutes.

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I love my Kindle PW 3 (FW: 5.7.4.1), but I hate the screensaver, it’s like Motel art. Thrift store art. It’s terrible and only belongs on napkins at the dollar store. I would Jailbreak it, but the current FW version has made it pretty much impossible without soldering things. So what’s left to do? I can … continue reading »

🍞 Best Bread Machine Bread.

I often get caught up in something, for a week at a time. Maybe fixing my truck, a certain book, consuming news, a new gadget, coding something, and far too often binge watching a TV series (most recent: Vikings). This week’s obsession: our new bread machine, a christmas present.

I’ve been obsessed with trying to make restaurant style bread at home- you know, the kind at those Italian joints that they hand out before your meal, to make you think your meal was super filling. At very least, just trying to make bread comparable to the higher-end bread at the store that rings up at over $5.

I tried each recipe the machine came with, and lots of online recipes – but each tasted cheap, gooy, too hard or too soft. I was severely disappointed, and half my compost is now filled with rejected loafs.

Anyways, after much trial-and-error, I’ve finally made something just right by combining three different recipes. I’ve created the ultimate best bread machine bread recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot water (free!)
  • 2 teaspoons yeast ($0.40)
  • 3 overflowing tablespoons sugar ($0.03)
  • 1/4 cup of butter ($0.62)
  • 1 teaspoon salt ($0.01)
  • 3 cups white flour ($0.30)
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten ($0.05)
  • 3 tablespoons Italian/vegetable seasoning ($0.35)

Total Cost: $1.76

Directions

  1. Activate yeast in the warm water, 10min; until frothy
  2. Add all other ingredients
  3. Set the machine to 1.5 kg, white/light crust, on the basic setting
  4. Once complete, dump onto cooling rack for 10min

Total Time: 10 minutes to prepare, 3 hours in machine

The vital wheat gluten is the main ingredient, you could say it’s vital. If you don’t have it: don’t bother. It’s the taste difference between cheap stale bread at the ghetto grocery store in town, compared to the soft fluffy I-can‘t-belive-this-isn’t-the-meal restaurant bread you’re after.

🏅 Written about on kulturologia.ru. I was really shocked looking at my site analytics to find that a Russian blogger on kulturologia.ru had done a write up about my work and sent a ton of traffic to my site! It’s not in English, and they got my name and country wrong – but it’s still really flattering.

The above image was the featured image. It again was an illustration just for fun. It’s like Where’s Waldo but with the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If you look long enough you’ll see.

Here’s a screenshot of the translation. & some interesting quotes from the webpage:

[David] Sword will leave no one indifferent.

All this was going: to the movies – special effects in photos – collages. I liked all the work, it is evident that the artist spent a lot of time to create them. They carry either positive as carefree girls, or a warning in the form of bombs, syplyuschihsya the city. In all of this makes sense.

The works, which show light-hearted girl, really nice! Evoke only positive emotions.


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20101013

🏅 This is pretty cool, I’ve been written about on a graphics blog called trend hunter. Screenshot.

The above picture “HillSide” was from 2010, with model Natalie.

If you squint hard enough to see through the dozens of ads, social links, you can see some of my work.

Here’s what they had to say:

Once in a while you may come across an art form that is fresh and unique, invades your senses and evokes emotion. Such are the captivating collages created by artist David Sword, who blends bold images with breathtaking beauty.

David Sword’s work is alluring to say the least. His modern and surreal approach to the traditional form of collage may leave the observer wanting more. Feel free to browse through this gallery which features some of David Sword’s captivating collages.


☕️ PC coffee Maker Annoying Beeping. This isn’t related to this website, this is purely something I’m posting for the good of mankind:

I bought a PC coffee maker, it was more expensive then it should of been, but it looked good in my new kitchen and I knew it would pay for itself eventually.

Worked fine, did the job for months – then about 8 months in, after the brew cycle (4-5minutes) the most annoying, loud beeping would occur. It was as if the danm machine was whining for attention.

Turns out it was, in the manual that I obviously threw out because who keeps stuff like that, it mentions a cleaning reminder setting, that beeps until you hold down the “Auto” button for three seconds to acknowledge “yes I’ve cleaned you”. From the Manual

Your coffee maker is equipped with a cleaning reminder alarm. When your coffee maker has been used 200 times, it will beep to remind you to clean it. To turn off the beeping simply press the AUTO button for 3 seconds. The sound will stop and the coffee makers internal counter will reset to zero,

Kudos to the makers for installing a feature to prevent people from getting sick or keep the coffee at it’s best – but shame on you for not writting it on the machine itself and expecting everyone to keep the box+manual.