cameras are dying

I tripped over to Walmart to purchase my 3rd Elf.

I like this camera. But they only last about a year before the telescoping lens fails.

The camera rack at a Burlington ONT Walmart was empty. The salesman told me they were getting out of camera sales. That’s not the only store.

Seems most people prefer to use their camera phones.

So … we rolled on over to Staples. They had plenty of different Elfs in stock. I chose the Elf 180 as it was least expensive.

my AirPods

I’ve cursed Steve Jobs 10,000 times for not perfecting wireless headphones.

The new Apple AirPods are good and bad.

The good? No wire tangles. They fit. They don’t fall out. Battery life is excellent. You can tap them to start and stop play.

The bad? Bluetooth is not 100% reliable. Audio cuts out quite often. There is no volume control without Siri. They are expensive at US $160. And … not everyone thinks they look cool wearing them. 🙂

Audio books and podcasts are important to me. I’ll get good value out of that $160 over the lifetime of the AirPods.

Still, I’ll normally use them in preference to my regular headphones.

Click PLAY or watch the Johnny Ive pitch on YouTube.

Here’s a real world review. Good and bad. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The fit and sound exactly like Apple earbuds.

Good & Plenty licorice

Good & Plenty is a brand of licorice candy. …

London drops are a similar candy sold in Finland and Sweden.

I apologize to Good & Plenty, the oldest branded candy in the USA (1893).

In the past I claimed that Twizzlers Licorice Goodies — available only in Canada — were superior.

I’ve learned. I’ve changed. Both are equally good … in their own ways. 🙂

new backpack / briefcase

For Christmas I bought myself a National Geographic Appalachian 20 Inch Upright Rolling Suitcase. C$111.99 ($82.50)

Hidden backpack straps for off trail travel. I can wheel or carry. To save weight I cut off the side carry straps.

It (barely) still fits in an airplane overhead rack.

10 year warranty.

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I like it. But was surprised it had no dedicated laptop sleeve. AND it’s fairly heavy.

The Good Wife – season 7

I just finished the 156th and final episode of The Good Wife.

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 100% fresh rating …

The finale episode of The Good Wife: “End” had a divided reaction among viewers and critics, with many praising a fitting ending to a complex character with others who argued of its ambiguity and absence of a conclusion – particularly with Alicia’s love life. …

I’ll be downloading the sequel – The Good Fight.

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

On The Media audiocast

On The Media is my favourite podcast.

WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. Veteran journalists Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield give you the tools to survive the media maelstrom.

The most recent episode  is super —  This is Not a Safe Space. It explores the issues of students feeling safe on campus and academic freedom of speech.

 

White male patriarchy results in bullying on campus for anyone who is not a white male. Something like 1/5 women will STILL be sexually assaulted in their College years.

 

We want all students to feel safe while simultaneously protecting freedom of speech. The two are not mutually exclusive.