Some Thoughts

Almost a week has passed by since the iPhone/Apple Watch event and now that the news are out it’s simply waiting for the devices and software updates to be released. And as we all know, waiting is one of my strengths.

Anyway. After having had some time now to digest the announcements I think might be getting me the 64GB iPhone 6 once it will be available around here. Colour? Not sure, either silver or slate-gray. I have been looking for a while at devices in that size, and during my short stint over on the Android size I already have been tempted of getting a bigger device. The size seems about just right for me. Since I have no intention of getting rid of my iPad at all (in fact as so often I write this on my iPad) the 6+ doesn’t seem to be relevant for me.

Watch? Cool! I am very much looking forward to that one. It does look really nice and has the functionality that I’m generally interested in, i.e. basic fitness tracking, notifications and of course being a watch. Generally I’m not too much interested into a the actual fitness aspect of such a device, but more into the statistical side. I simply like to know how much I have moved during a day, compared to for example the day before, but I do not track this data with the pursuit of getting more in shape or such. Not that I don’t need that, but still.

More excited I am almost about the imminent release of iOS 8 and with it the expected slew of updates of my favourite applications. Wednesday can’t come early enough and I hope that OmniFocus 2 for iPad, WriterPro and Drafts for example are going to be available at launch as well. A lot of other promising application have been teased already and Transmit for iOS does do look very interesting as well. And I don’t even want to think about custom keyboards: the Swype-Keyboard (or was it Swift?!) was one of my favourite tools on my Android phone. And then there will be of course also the all-new TextExpander. I’m sure this will be an exciting week.

All of the above aside, the reactions to the free release of the latest U2 release are befuddling me. It’s free and no-one, who doesn’t want to, actually has to listen to it. But then again, I don’t have to understand the reactions. It’s probably better that way.

Coffitifity

It is admittedly a novelty application and a tad, say quirky but I do find myself actually using Coffitivity from time to time. Fact is that I can’t focus on writing when listening to either music or podcasts and silence is not much of an inspriation or soothing either and this actually works for me every now and then.

I usually don’t have a set time, during which I for example can sit down and puzzle a few posts together and routinely have to use a bit off-time at work for that. Sitting in a rather sterile looking classroom though is not much of an inspiration and this certainly helps a bit.

A cup of coffee now would be nice.

Sloooow

There are three kind of deliveries: the one’s that are slow and the ones that are very slow. And then there the ones I’m waiting for. The ones in which the delivery is performed by one individual, hitchhiking his way all the through Europe up here before eventually dropping it up. Pretty sure it’s like that.

The Jazz Photography by William P.Gottlieb

Just this morning I ran into the collection of Jazz Photography by William P.Gottlieb in the Library Of Congress’s Flickr-stream. As I wrote in an earlier post I’m a sucker for photography like this and this is truly a wonderful find.

From the album description:

Gottlieb was both a notable jazz journalist and a self-taught photographer who captured the personalities of jazz musicians and told their stories with his camera and typewriter. His portraits depict such prominent musicians and personalities as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more.

It’s a collection of overall 1601 images and is full of iconic and famous images. I like how images like these open a door into another time and world and almost send one into this era. It is Jazz history in images.

According to the album description the first 219 pictures were included in Gottlieb’s book The Golden Age Of Jazz. I used to have a large print of this image of Dizzy Gillespie in a slightly different crop on my wall for a long time.

Jazz Quotes

Matt Mullenweg:

I think it’s a shame that there is no good, definitive collection of notable quotes by everyone’s favorite musicians. So I’ve begun collecting quotes from different books I have and from across the internet.

As I was running through my collected quotes the last night I ran into Jazz-Quotes maintained by WordPress founder and saxophone player (at least I think so) Matt Mullenweg. It is really a great collection of quotes.

One Big Fingering Chart For Saxophone

During my preparation for the upcoming school year I ran into this fingering chart for saxophone by Peter Wespi which I thought might be interesting for some of you.

The term chart though might be a bit of an understatement. Think of it more as book. Besides the basic fingerings the PDF covers altissimo and alternate fingerings as well as a couple of multiphonics.

I actually haven’t looked through all of it, but it looks very comprehensive and well made. Peter Wespi also provides a blank altissimo fingering chart, which might come in handy from time to time.

‘Future-you will give in’

David McRaney in Procrastination:

You can try to fight it back. You can buy a daily planner and a to-do list application for your phone. You can write yourself notes and fill out schedules. You can become a productivity junkie surrounded by instruments to make life more efficient, but these tools alone will not help, because the problem isn’t you are a bad manager of your time – you are a bad tactician in the war inside your brain.

and

If you fail to believe you will procrastinate or become idealistic about how awesome you are at working hard and managing your time you never develop a strategy for outmaneuvering your own weakness.

Found this article the other day on Procrastination and I don’t think I have ever highlighted so many passages in one article before. Very interesting and insightful article.

I have discovered David McRaney’s Podcast “You Are Not So Smart” just over the weekend and it has become almost an instant favourite of mine. Currently catching up with back-episodes and dive into the archives of the blog. I have the feeling I will link more to the blog in the blog in the future.