Look Into This, October 17, 2019
New thing. Sometimes I’ll look through some magazines or blogs and come up with a list of stuff to look up. These things usually get lost to time. But hey, this blog is easy to update. Some of this stuff might be interesting. Some of it won’t.
- Just Pervs - Jess Taylor - added to Overdrive
- The Atlantic’s Daily Idea - a podcast that for some reason can’t be subscribed to by a podcast player.
- Had it Coming - Robyn Doolittle - added to Overdrive
- Above the Clouds, Below the Sky - at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Nov-14–Dec 6, opening reception Thursday, November 14, 6pm. Looks good.
- The Bridge Prize - National Short Story Award - go.uleth.ca/thebridgeprize
- Tortoise News - added to my stoop newsletter app
- The Souvenir by Joanna Hogg
- The Face Magazine
- Hawk & Chick
Logbook, October 7-13, 2019
October 7, 2019
This whole series will be useful for people who think the 2010s didn’t have music. https://t.co/tXYoslZq8g
#sunset #iphonexr https://t.co/dDEJB7Hxan https://t.co/oRbnvllmtg
October 8, 2019
What are the non-cineplex theatres in Toronto that plays first run films? I really don’t want to support that company.
Anyways come to Fran’s Not Here, the podcast about Toronto and maybe Dream Daddy who knows.
Unsubscribing from, like, 50 youtube channels feels really good.
September 2019 in Photos https://t.co/5Nzo7zJfvG
October 9, 2019
We recorded Fran’s Not Here live.
October 10, 2019
I recommend this podcast - A Guide to Genres: Part 1.
Nokia Lumia 1020 https://t.co/dkEI5RBFAp. Lumia 1020 Photos https://t.co/miwvEB1GFp
I read New Productivity — Benedict Evans.
I read We Should Replace Facebook With Personal Websites.
I read How To Talk About Games With Someone Who Doesn’t Play Them.
October 11, 2019
I read Mental Health Is for Rich People, A little poison never hurt anybody, and Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore.
October 13, 2019
I recommend you read I Microwave This Pillow Every Day, and Then Fall Asleep.
I read Writing is Thinking: Learning to Write with Confidence.
Fran’s Not Here 42 - Dingling with the Dinguses
Listen to or download episode 42
Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on October 9, 2019.
I’ve got the best TV package or whatever
Nokia Lumia 1020
just like the Lumia 800, I wanted to write a little blog post about an old phone. This one was important to me.
The 1020 is the only Windows Phone that ever mattered. It was filled with compromises, as all Windows Phones were. It had fewer apps, it was a little slower than the competition, and the downsides of the camera (and camera bump, which in 2013 seemed ghastly but today seems quaint) were real. It barely sold. It barely mattered. But it mattered to me. And it’s the only Windows Phone anyone should ever remember, because it was audacious and insane. Other Windows Phones tried to fit in the market at the time. Similar specs as other android phones. Similar cameras to the iPhone. They tried to make them seem like equal choices. This failed. The 1020 failed too, but not for lack of distinction.
All Black Everything. I liked to remove colour from the screen on Windows Phone. Keeping things stark seemed to match the matte black of the 1020 (it also came in white and yellow. The yellow was ugly. The white was cool).
The Screen. OLED is cool, but you have to know how to use it. The iPhone X has OLED but nobody notices. Android has no idea what to do with it either. I haven’t noticed OLED since Windows Phone. OLED’s best trick is that the blacks are black, and it looks like the screen is off. Software shouldn’t fill the screen using OLED. It should utilize huge amounts of white space around its elements. Windows Phone did that. Long before light/dark modes became standard on iOS and Android, Windows Phone’s default was dark mode, with massive sections of white space acting as the chrome around content.
The Camera. This was the reason this phone mattered. At 41 megapixels (real output was more like 34, but, like, still) the files this phone created were and still are insane. That came with major caveats, though. For one, even though the phone had stabilization, your hands need to be fucking steady. The 1020 would take several seconds to take each picture, so if your hand moved at all, you’d get blur. But when it worked, it was always worth the trouble.
No, but the camera though. I’m still having trouble taking pictures as good as I did on the Lumia. I had a camera grip accessory for it, which added not only a nice bug button for focusing and shooting, but also extra battery life. That always helped things, and I feel like in retrospect it should have just been part of the phone. I’ll make another post showing off some of the better shots I’ve taken with the 1020. It was a finicky process, but when it worked, nothing could touch it.
Windows Phone always had limits. It had a lot of trouble catching up to Android and iPhone, and failed horribly. It succeeded whenever it went in the opposite direction. The less Windows Phone focused on apps and more on categorical actions, the better it was. So, it was terrible at facebook and twitter, but it was great at giving you a list of your contacts and showing you what they were up to across a number of social networks (at least, the social networks that were prevalent in 2011). Instagram never worked, but the experience of intermingling your own photos and everyone else’s (so long as they were on Facebook or Flickr) was superb. And while other phones made marginal photography gains year over year, Nokia leapfrogged. You can be the same and worse, or you could be different. It was nice, for a time, being different.
Lumia 1020 Photos
As a companion to my Lumia 1020 post, here are a selection of photos taken with the Lumia 1020, all from 2014-2018.
September 2019 in Photos
Last month I began making stories of highlighted photos on Instagram. If you’re into that, here’s the same photos but in a higher quality, because they’re literally linked to the original photo in my OneDrive.
Logbook, September 30-October 6, 2019
September 30, 2019
I watched The Favourite, 2018 - ★★★★. I feel like there must be an alternate ending somewhere where they get to kill each other with Karate.
I read Things I’ve Learned: Jim Jarmusch, and The Creators of Untitled Goose Game Just Wanted to Make a Funny Game About a Goose.
October 1, 2019
I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion - Hope & Despair, and read Apple Arcade is a home for premium games that lost their place on mobile, and I Am The Horrible Goose That Lives In The Town.
October 2, 2019
Microsoft held an event. Here were my tweets:
- totally unexpected and fantastic stuff. https://t.co/OYluMuH1uO
- Microsoft is just tossing heavyweight stuff around. The earbuds seem silly (powerpoint slide gestures?) but everything else looks so solid.
- Oh hey Adobe Fresco coming to windows. Figured it would at some point, but it’s been iPad-only so far
- I don’t care what it’s actually called, that’s Courier
- This is the computer I’ve been waiting for all decade https://t.co/EOMJF5GULw
- So I’ll be getting a new computer in 12 months
- Hello gorgeous. https://t.co/clz2OpQ30o
- Shit, there’ more??
- Oh fuck, Windows Phone lives. Someone check on Sawyer.
- Am I going to buy a Windows Phone in the 2020s https://t.co/DhSuz9ZMH2
- They’re literally feeding us a Windows Phone in 2019 fuck https://t.co/6Z2UevuTdh
- I went from “Do I need a computer” to “What kind of new computer fits me specifically” very fast this morning. https://t.co/pti6ABn1yG
- One more cool thing from today. The embargo on impressions articles and videos seemed to lift the second the event ended. So there’s all this press to go along with it. Slick.
- I’m guessing there won’t be a Surface Go 2
- This was the hardware keynote of the year.
October 3, 2019
I recommend this podcast - [Microsoft’s Panos Panay unfolds the Surface Duo](https://overcast.fm/+QN1ocr07g
Ezra Furman is my favorite singer https://t.co/xPfbRLxAQl
I went to Therapy .
October 4, 2019
My Wordperfect files from college agree with this. https://t.co/fXyWGDciRi
I added One-year plus magazine subscription | Monocle to my wishlist I read What Do Guys Keep in Their Backpacks?.
I read ‘Grindstone’ Is a Perfect Puzzler to Showcase Apple Arcade’s Promise.
I went to The Rocky Horror Show with my friend Chris Tsujiuchi playing the lead :)
October 6, 2019
I read ‘Mallory Is Not Gone’: Daniel Mallory Ortberg on Coming Out As Trans.
Fran’s Not Here 41 - 10th Anniversary
Listen to or download episode 41
Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on September 11, 2019.
I don’t see enough of your asses on Instagram or whatever
Logbook, September 23-29, 2019
##September 23, 2019
I recommend this podcast - Ends of Evangelion.
People who own a Nintendo switch: have you ever broken off a joycon and handed it to another person in a public place?
At JFL42, I saw Ron Funches.
September 24, 2019
I can’t buy Links Awakening until I finish Chrono Trigger, he said in 1995 and 2019.
There’s a setting in the new iPhone software that makes it so calls outside your contact list simply don’t ring. It’s brilliant. It stopped robots from bothering me this many times in just the past few days. https://t.co/Fc3SWKaUPn
At JFL42, I saw Michelle Wolf and Byron Bowers.
September 25, 2019
I read Math Work, Do Some Guys Really ‘Run Hot’?, The Triumph of the Walled Garden, “You Don’t Drink Scotch”: An Appreciation of ‘Scrubs’ and the Inimitable Dr. Cox, When Getting Tied in Knots Becomes Therapeutic, and The “Cancel Culture” Con.
I watched Of Course You’ve Messed Up and loved it.
September 26, 2019
At JFL42, I saw Ricky Valez.
I went to Huy Lam’s solo exhibition, Confluence. Such great stuff.
September 27, 2019
Hey I’m feeling tired and cranky let’s spend time on the tweeting website.
I bought a video game: Theatrerythm Final Fantsasy: Curtain Call
The aquarium gave up on Octoberfest music and has just been playing Fatboy Slim A-sides for the last 30 minutes.
September 28, 2019
What a brave boy #linksawakening #amiibo #zelda https://t.co/K71uwBxiuq https://t.co/9uNDRuby57
I watched Parasite Eve The Cinematic RPG.
September 29, 2019
I read The Seething Stand-Up Underground That Gave Rise to Shane Gillis, ‘The Good Place’ Season 4 Will Quietly Cure Your Political Fatigue, Lift Weight, Not Too Much, Most of the Days, Going Up, and We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Nonsense.
Fran’s Not Here 41 - 10th Anniversary https://t.co/VVDXMkK3Kh
Logbook, September 16-22, 2019
September 16, 2019
Apple Arcade thoughts:
Huh. Apparently I can try Apple Arcade already.
First thought: why would you launch with this many games? This is too many games. Second thought: these games look like free iOS games.
I’m sure there’s something here that makes them better, but it sure isn’t in the descriptions and screenshots.
What’s worse, the screenshots and descriptions look like rip offs. This game looks like it’s trying to be the cards from Slay the Spire with the hair from The Witcher 3. https://t.co/hTIlzcUuAC
Like, we get it. You like Breath of the Wild. https://t.co/i9r8kFNbZf
I was going to knock this one for looking too much like Bravely Default but it’s actually by square so I guess that’s fine. https://t.co/C7nDhjBB4a tweet of the decade. https://t.co/3G9EeL2yu9
I am honestly surprised that Sonic 2 isn’t an Apple Arcade game.
I am less surprised that Square Enix’s game is taking 15 years to download.
I bought a video game: Assemble
still got it. #SNES #NintendoSwitch https://t.co/CDFu2tct9w
September 17, 2019
Screams in Kenneth Parcel https://t.co/nROLHAnTkJ. I love Peacock as a name.
I went to Therapy.
September 18, 2019
I recommend this podcast - Randall Munroe, the genius behind XKCD,
Cura, September 16, 2019 https://t.co/2ztCJ7ArQJ
I read Double Dragon’s perpetual damsel isn’t taking any shit in the new River City game.
I read watchOS 6: The BirchTree Review.
September 19, 2019
JFL42 - I went to Todd Barry.
I read Travel Adventures Through Other People’s Instagram Stories.
September 20, 2019
The internet got ruined when we all started using our real names. The only people I still enjoy on social media are all queer nerds going by Pokemon handles. Legit my first email was “Raichu” with a number and I should have just stuck with it.
I read Justin Trudeau Has Never Been The Progressive Darling You Thought He Was.
JFL42 - I went to Nicole Byer.
September 21, 2019
I read What Is the Right Amount of Time to Spend on Your Phone?.
JFL42 - I went to Esther Povitsky.
Mosley loves gifts https://t.co/jos5q9jjfy https://t.co/LCPJxh2e6V
I read Microsoft: We want you to learn Python programming language for free.
JFL42 - I went to John Mulaney & Pete Davidson.
I watched Japanese City Pop and the Rise of Future Funk.
September 22, 2019
I read Chris Tsujiuchi on redefining Frank ‘N’ Furter as transcendent.
Logbook, September 9-15, 2019
September 9, 2019
I watched My Aftercare Routine & Essentials.
Logbook, September 2-8, 2019 https://t.co/sJFmOOzENz
I recommend this podcast - Ep.293 - Bruce McCulloch, CANADALAND
Thirty Helens agree that The Kids in the Hall was a watershed moment not just for Canadian comedy, but for comedy as we know it. Comedian Bruce McCulloch talks about the legacy of Canada’s weirdest sketch show, Lorne Michaels, and the CBC.
I read AI Is Coming for Your Favorite Menial Tasks.
I read Upcoming Album of the Week (Ending September 7, 2019).
I read Apparently No-One Wants to Live in Rural Lesbian Utopias Anymore : What the Hell is Going on With Brexit?! : Vaping Is Causing Lung-Related Illnesses.
I read Kill Your Childhood Idols: Why Nostalgia Sucks.
I recommend you read A Good Place: Every Noise at Once does its darnedest to create order out of chaos.
I recommend you read furialog.
September 10, 2019
My tweets from the #AppleEvent:
- When are these games coming to Switch though? #porteverythingtoswitch #AppleEvent
- Lots of ladies on stage at the #appleevent today :)
- I have a 1 Hz. Refresh rate after lunch. #AppleEvent
- Is that Michael Cera doing the voiceover for the Apple Watch video? #AppleEvent
- So many ways they could have gone with purple. I’m glad they went more lavender than joker. #appleevent
- “Seeing a game like this in the palm of your hand” means a tad less when the Switch has been out for 2 years #AppleEvent
- This video of unprotected iPhones infinitely falling is seriously anxiety-inducing #AppleEvent
- That’s a lot of computer for playing frogger #AppleEvent
- It’s sorta fun when Apple hands their new toys to professionals, but it’d be way more fun if they contrasted it by giving it to someone who had literally never used a video camera before. #AppleEvent
- They’re not going to close the show with Apple retail are they? #AppleEvent.
- Is the iPhone 11 going to be the next Smash fighter?
September 11, 2019
Come to the Free Times Cafe in Toronto around 6pm tonight for a live performance of Fran’s Not Here! Who knows which ludicrously-famous celebrities may show up? #tiff #dontcomehere #toronto #tomhanks #guysitwontbetomhanks #butmaybe #nodontgivethemhope
Fran’s Not Here 40 - The Toronto Goodbye https://t.co/5aYqgdPwsF
September 13, 2019
I read [Blogroll keepers #2, (https://ift.tt/2Ne5ckN) Hustlers (2019),m and Lesser Known Love Languages.
September 13, 2019
I recommend this podcast - Regional Knife Law.
I read The Yorkville Swindler: How Albert Allan Rosenberg scammed his way into high society.
I read Sprawling out.
September 14, 2019
Do half a thing, open twitter tab, not knowing why, ever.
I watched REJECTED by DON HERTZFELDT (Blu-ray restoration).
I watched Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, 2018 - ★★★.
September 15, 2019
I wish I was better at audio editing. I’ve been making podcasts for 15 years. I’ve improved, but not at the rate I’d like.
I read John Mulaney Is More Than a Funny Guy in a Suit and Tie.
Cura, September 16, 2019
Note: The playlist embedded above will always be the most recent playlist and might not match the list below.
Cura is my Spotify mixtape. You can listen to it and subscribe here. I keep it as one playlist so it’s easy to subscribe to. I update it fairly frequently, but I also keep an archive playlist so you don’t have to miss a thing.
I hope you like it. I made it for you.
Here’s the track listing for this week:
Fran’s Not Here 40 - The Toronto Goodbye
Listen to or download episode 40
Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on September 11, 2019.
It’s a much better title than “Prime Minister” or whatever.
Logbook, September 2-8, 2019
September 2, 2019
I read What In The World Is Final Fantasy? A Beginner’s Guide To The Biggest RPG Series On The Planet.
September 3, 2019
Four #podcasts , four very different title styles. https://t.co/3xuUZICmxe
You’ve got to have freedom to Ape Out https://t.co/oFInfYG55E
Logbook, August 26-September 1, 2019 https://t.co/FFVCtGVj9j
I went to Therapy .
September 4, 2019
shhhhh, it’s okay. it’s okay. There’s a new Fran’s Not Here https://t.co/qC2mfMR2sx
Fran’s Not Here 39 - 2007 https://t.co/7XStuQCTN3
Peloton after 3 months https://t.co/LFAVU2hJrG
I watched The Valley of Gwangi, 1969 - ★. Let this be a lesson to you, ladies. Never tell Ken Doll about your tiny horse.
I read Journaling.
September 5, 2019
I recommend you read Magic Eraser Juice.
tfw when you see a listing in the print version of @nowtoronto for our upcoming show.
Come see us live! https://t.co/QUJlfDhoVl
September 6, 2019
I read FX’s ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Takes an Unlikely Path to TV History.
Peloton after 3 months
Peloton doesn’t bury its data export stuff deep in settings, either. It’s right there on the your workouts page. With this data, I can build some pivot tables in excel and get some data that’s useful to me.
I opened my Peloton account 96 days ago, on May 31, 2019. Here’s what I’ve got after three months.
Number of types of workout
Calories Burned (this would be massively approximate)
Time Spent in minutes
|Colleen Saidman Yee
|Hannah Marie Corbin
Live vs On Demand
Some data was blank because I only use the app subscription. I don’t have a Peloton bike or treadmill, so I have no data for:
- Avg. Watts
- Avg. Resistance
- Avg. Cadence (RPM)
- Avg. Speed (kph)
- Distance (km)
- Avg. Heartrate
- Avg. Incline
- Avg. Pace (min/km)
That data would be cool to have, but it’s not “Buy a Peloton Bike” cool. A Fitbit would probably give me approximates there. I know the stereotype for Peloton is that it’s ludicrously expensive, but the app subscription by itself is only CAD$20 a month. I’m pretty happy with it so far.
Fran’s Not Here 39 - 2007
Listen to or download episode 39
Recorded live at the Free Times Cafe on August 14, 2019.
2007 was two years ago or whatever.
You’ve got to have freedom to Ape Out
I was sitting at the ranch when “You’ve got to have freedom” by Pharoah Sanders came on and it bothered me for like three days that I couldn’t think of the movie or the TV show that most recently heard this song on. I looked over all the Internet data bases that connect TV shows and movies to songs and nothing came up and it was really bothering me. Turns out the song was used for a trailer for a video game called Ape Out. So obviously the TV and movie and song data bases need to be updated to also include video games or else I’m just gonna keep going insane.
Also I might need to buy Ape Out.
Logbook, August 26-September 1, 2019
August 26, 2019
I added Canon EF 40/2.8 STM Standard Lens, Black: Canon: Amazon.ca: Camera & Photo to my wishlist.
I recommend you read Writing is Easy Work, but Nothing Lasts Forever.
New writing workflow https://t.co/fexkHhuAMw
I watched The Curse of Evangelion.
August 27, 2019
New fave XKCD: How to Send a File.
Writers: you ever just dictate into your headphones out in public like a crazy person?
Movies I’d show in the office if such an occasion arose https://t.co/mNLG7CMTAr
August 28, 2019
I went to Therapy.
August 29, 2019
I read When Your Boss Is Also Your Boyfriend, “Neon Genesis Evangelion”—“Rebuild of Evangelion”: It’s Happening Again, Astral Chain: The Kotaku Review, Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986, and Peloton Is a Phenomenon. Can It Last?.
More accurate iPhone names, 2019 https://t.co/XYgLKWs0Rd
August 30, 2019
I added The classic and understated Caran d’Ache ballpoint pen, made from aluminium, exclusively features the Monocle and Caran d’Ache logos and will give you about 8,000 metres of gentle handwriting pleasure. Trust the Swiss to develop a pen of pinpoint accuracy and appeal that’s perfectly balanced, weighted and considered. Its hexagonal profile signifies its heritage, with the company name being a play on words based on the Russian term for “pencil”. to my wishlist
August 31, 2019
I went to The Ex. I did not win at Ex Bingo.
September 1, 2019
More accurate iPhone names, 2019
As the iPhone gets older and its naming scheme spirals into marketing nonsense, I thought it might be a good time to give people a better way to describe each generation. Updated for 2019, two weeks before the new iPhones are actually announced.
||iPhone No Keyboard. $500?!?
|iPhone 3G (2008)
|iPhone 3GS (2009)
||iPhone Angry Birds
|iPhone 4 (2010)
||iPhone You’re Holding it Wrong
|iPhone 4S (2011)
||iPhone Siri Not Available
|iPhone 5 (2012)
||iPhone Absolute Jewel
|iPhone 5C (2013)
|iPhone 5S (2013)
||iPhone The Good One
|iPhone 6 & 6 Plus (2014)
||iPhone Wide Boi
|iPhone 6S & 6S Plus (2015)
||iPhone Wide Bois
|iPhone SE (2016)
||iPhone The Good One Again
|iPhone 7 & 7 Plus (2016)
||iPhone Darth Vader
|iPhone 8 & 8 Plus (2017)
|iPhone X (2017)
||iPhone Rich Boi
|iPhone XS & XS Max (2018)
||iPhone Rich Bois
|iPhone XR (2018)
|iPhone 11 (2019)
||What’s in my backpack unboxing video
|iPhone 11 Pro & Pro Max (2019)
Movies I’d show in the office if such an occasion arose
Organized by decade
- Ball of Fire
- The Lady Eve
- The Philadelphia Story
- Funny Face
- Love in the Afternoon
- Can Can
- From Russia with Love
- How to Steal a Million
- Paris When It Sizzles
- What a Way to Go
I don’t own any office-appropriate films from the 70s, nor do I believe any exist.
- Die Hard
- The Princess Bride
- Brain Candy
- Cant Hardly Wait
- Death Becomes Her
- Gosford Park
- Office Space
- Death to Smoochy
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- La La Land
- Moonrise Kingdom
- The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
- What We Do in the Shadows
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