Poem - here and there
why does the body die
we all know there’s more
I love you and you loved me
and now you’re looking down
I see you in the forest on our walk
centuries of trees all talk
I see your face in memory
your beauty is the enemy
love for you is crystal clear
no words spoken but you hear
time waits for no man
I wait for you
send your bottled message
and I will follow through
cause I know you know I know
you got me where I float
I’m out on seas and rivers
swimming by your fishing boat
I’ve seen you by the brook
the subtleties were there
a glance, a glint, that look
a fraction of your hair
the movement of your hands
the pursing of your lips
the time we spent together
the moulding of your hips
and now alone without you
and you are God knows where
please somehow try and hear me
I’m here and you are there
iOS 7 multitasking
One of the reasons I’m stubbornly sticking with iOS 6, besides the needlessly slow animations on iOS 7, is the multitasking method. The new method is worse for me. I have a problem with the interface.
I don’t need to see a screenshot of my apps when switching between them. I’d far prefer, like iOS 6, a more mechanised approach to switching apps. I like the way the scrolling for more apps is paginated, always predictable and never free-wheeling on iOS 6. Every side swipe reveals another 4 apps. Every time. It’s a much more get-it-done interface.
Not once running the old method do I ever pass by the app I want to open, but on iOS 7 for me that happens constantly (I’m an ex-dev). Yes, iOS 7 multitasking gives better demo, but it is less efficient visually, physically, psychologically and hardware-resource wise.
In the words of Veruca Salt: I want an Oompa Loompa now!
If Apple releases a TV expect it to pan out like this
They file trademarks for ‘iTV’ in random countries like Jamaica days prior to announcement.
iTV product event happens.
iTV UK sue.
Apple settles with iTV UK for lots of money.
Upon private agreement Apple keeps using the name.
iTV, though not the first “smart” TV is the only good one, with: millions of software developers, stunning hardware, superior software experience, integrated content and services with unparalleled simplicity and support.
Within a few years Google releases a similar TV.
Everyone on every forum everywhere who laughed every time someone one suggest Apple will build a TV proclaims they knew this was enviable all along.
Rumours of ‘iCar’ begin to circulate.
Things iOS 7 needs to make true
What’s the weather like now? Look at Weather icon. What’s the current time to the very second? Look at Clock icon. What’s the day and date? Look at Calendar icon, even a third party one. Where is that game, again? Oh yeah, all my games are in my scrollable game folder. I need to look up a word I just heard? Open the dictionary app. I need to perform a quick everyday calculation while using my iPad? Open the Calculator app. How many unread e-mails have I? Look at Mail icon (unread count now updates automatically without the need to open, i.e. refresh the app). I just received an iMessage, but I’d like to quickly reply without leaving what I’m doing? Tap “quick reply”, type something short, tap “send”, continue doing.
If iOS 7 can give us a new look and these features, it’ll be a great release. We don’t need anything fancy, just everything handy.
Director, Andrew Stanton on John Carter
“The ennui you have after a huge success when it’s all over is exactly the same as the ennui you have when it’s a bomb. You loved the doing. You’ve spent every waking moment thinking about its birth, worrying about it, raising it. It’s an empty nest syndrome. Whether your kid went to college or went to jail, it’s an empty nest”.
Incidentally, the successes he’s referring to: A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, and WALL•E are movies he also directed.
If you were wondering, by the way, John Carter is well worth watching. Sure, it takes creative liberties: they can breath on Mars, the river systems and certain rock formations look suspiciously familiar, and it’s warm enough there to walk around with your top off. But it’s an action/adventure/comic book movie. We were aware going in that it wasn’t going to be real life. I’m willing to bet Stanton had the intelligence to see this logic gap wouldn’t please Ebert, but went ahead and made the call anyway. It was a conscious choice that sticks to the comic book and doesn’t in any way take from the film as a whole.
I think it’s a great movie. Not just good, but great! The box office does not a good movie make. It saddens me to know because this film made a mere $30M net profit, there won’t be a sequel after all (yes: profit). When, The Hobbit, or what I like to call The Lord of the Rings 4, is a trilogy even before it opens.
Carter didn’t get a fair shake, but my guess is it holds up over time. There’s been plenty of great movies who took a long time to find their audiences. John Carter may be one of them. I would gladly pay to see a second installation of this movie.