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September 23, 2018

Haruki Murakami on parallel realities







Read "The Wind Cave" here.

September 23, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

World Exclusive: iPhone XS Ringer Button Haptic Easter Egg

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I've only read about twenty reviews of Apple's new flagship in the past week.

It's what a fanboi* does.

On Friday I ventured over to Best Buy to see the new phones and spent some some time playing around with the Max, comparing it side-by-side to my X in various applications.

Conclusion: WANT.

I was expecting huge crowds and lines at the store but that wasn't the case: it looked like an ordinary day.

Contrast that with the mobs in Singapore waiting many hours to buy one.

There are some advantages to living in Podunkville.

Even though you have to wait weeks (should you order today) to get an XS or Watch 4 from Apple, you can walk right into my local Best Buy this very minute and buy either or both.

But you can't try the watch since they have no display models.

It's taking everything I have to resist until I can actually see the watch and try it on and play with it physically in an Apple store, so perhaps the next time I'm in Richmond for a race (I'm doing the half-marathon on Saturday, November 10) I'll stop by the Short Pump store to do just that.

Though it's more likely I'll be so tired and blown out from the race, I'll skip the stop and just head straight home to chill for the rest of the weekend with Gray Cat.

But I digress.

The Easter egg: 


The iphone XS/XS Max ringer on/off button (below)


makes a very satisfying and pleasant "thunk" when you turn it off. 

This is an excellent new feature, which I haven't read about anywhere.

With my X and previous iPhones, if you turned the ringer on or off without looking at it or the screen, you were never dead certain it really was off; if you're anything like me, you always turn the phone sidewise to actually see the red line indicating silent. 

For instance, reaching into your bag or pocket to mute it without anyone noticing up to now has been a crapshoot in terms of your being 100% certain you've turned it off.

A ring at the wrong time can result in very bad things ensuing. 

I'm thinking in court or in the O.R., with job interviews, movie theaters and playhouses, and innumerable other no-ring zones following close behind.

You're gonna love it.

Try it out the next time you see an XS and see if you don't agree.

If not, just let me know, and I'll refund every penny you paid for this tip.


*I rarely see "fanboi" used by anyone else but I think it's an apt extension of "fanboy," applicable to those who — like me — just slurp Apple. Kind of looks Japanese even though it's in English.

September 23, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Experts' Expert: Penn Jillette's favorite playing cards


Penn jillette experts' expert-cards

You can too!


Cheap at twice the $5.78 price.


[via the Wall Street Journal]

September 23, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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