In honor of old friends

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First you freak the fuck out and then you realize it’s OK.

Then you freak out.

You’re sitting at your desk with your ergonomic keyboard and your Futurama action figures and that green tea you paid too much for because it had Japanese characters on the package and that means it’s VALID green tea, and then the bottom drops out. It’s like when you’re at dinner with your parents, your spouse and your kids, and your more-than-middle-aged dad announces, in between bites of Chicken Kiev, that the hemorrhoid cream he bought is JUST NOT WORKING.

In my case, “hemorrhoid cream” is my job and “JUST NOT WORKING” is I don’t have it anymore.

Remember when I stopped writing for 52T so I could concentrate on TUAW? LOL!

After a decade with TUAW, the fun has come to an end. Our parent company is shuttering the site as part of an internal reorganization. I’ll miss lots of things about my job — like it being a job that provides a paycheck — including the people.

My team at TUAW, present and past, consisted of true pros. I’m talking about people who are crazy smart, dedicated and fun. I’ll miss the frenzy of covering live Apple press events (we were a freaking MACHINE on those days), big events like Macworld Expo, riding the “the 1337 cab” around San Francisco (Doc, Brett and Kelly G. will remember that one), as well as the day-to-day posting, editing and shooting the shit in IRC. OLD SCHOOL BABY. A huge thank-you to all of you.

Thanks especially to Steve Sande (even though he never let me wear the Indiana Jones hat), Mike Rose (who put up with my horrific grammar and spelling for YEARS, and taught me how to write) and Vic Agreda, who made me a full-time employee. I’ve been with you three the longest. You poor bastards. Thanks to C.K. Sample III who hired me in the first place, and Scott McNulty whose editorial red pen has made me a better writer. Never start sentence with “so”!

This is the second time in six years that I’ve lost a job due to the decision of a parent company. That’s like winning the lottery in hell. The FREAKING OUT will continue, mostly because my bank refuses to accept tears and/or groveling as payment on my mortgage. But I’ll figure it out.

Oh, and I’ll be writing here again. Only now I drink the cheap-ass tea.

Boundless

Why am I working like a dog at 10:00 PM? Because the love I feel for these two humans is boundless. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do.

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Listen all y’all it’s a sabotage

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I don’t know what’s up with this but I have a tendency to sabotage myself. Not in the little things, either. I’ll let stuff go that I know will cause huge problems. I wonder if other people do this or if it means I have a serious psychological problem. Maybe it’s why so many of my projects fail?

Study Hall

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Could you describe the ruckus, sir?

Yes, I know they’re in detention above, not study hall, but stay with me.

I’m working on a few projects outside of my job. I’ve got Home Work, Board Games Weekly and ideas for other stuff that’s still in the spitball stage. I’ve got goals and hurdles for each, some bigger than others. The cool part of creating side projects is that you’ve got full control over the thing. The trouble is that there’s no one to bounce ideas off of when you get stuck. So, let’s to go Study Hall.

My idea for Study Hall is a way to gather people with outstanding projects that need a little attention. A real-time sounding board comprised of like-minded self-starters who want to discuss their project(s) out loud. If you’re not “stuck” but want to join a conversation with people who are, you’d be welcome to do so.

Interested? Then let’s do it. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll schedule a Google Hangout. Bring your ideas and your experience. Or I’ll tape all your buns together.

Happy 2015

A new year has begun. I’m 28 days late in writing about it, I haven’t left my house in over 48 hours and HOLY SHIT HOW AM I 44?

A few happenings.

I made a podcast and website about tabletop games because that’s a great way to get rich and it’s costing me $60 per month. It’s a labor of love but so is actual labor and some of you know how that feels (ladies).

Recently had an existential crisis when I realized that I’m 11 months from 45 and I don’t yet have the smashing career OR the convertible BMW that compensates for the lack of a smashing career. So I’ve started a gratitude journal to help me focus on the positive. It’ll be public, and you’re free to read it.

This happened.

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I’ve also created a paper journal based on Shawn Blanc’s ill-named “Core Curriculum” idea (oh, the politically-charged hotheads that’ll find me now). I’m using a Hobonichi Techo for the project, which is Japanese for “I spent $34 to have a paper journal shipped literally across the planet even though I could drive to Staples and get one for twelve bucks.” It’s a very efficient language.

I found this in the bathroom:

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My daughter got pointe shoes and I cried because I don’t remember ever seeing her that happy/confident/proud. Those are the moments I wish I could capture, dehydrate, crush into a power and snort on those days when I feel like the Worst Parent Ever.

Finally, I’m writing here again. Not about Apple, because the Internet does not need another middle-aged white guy spouting off about tech.

Welcome, 2015.

No dissing the HoloLens

Microsoft Windows 10

I know. I want to make fun of them, too.

They’re basically wearing those wrap-around old people sunglasses while doing a Doug Henning impression. THE WOULD OF ILLUSION, THANK YOU. There was a lot of snark on Twitter today regarding Microsoft’s announcement, but it’s unwarranted. Not because HoloLens is the product we all need, but because it’s a step. We’re still in the birthing suite for what will be awesome tech our great grandkids use.

You want to have private time on a Star Trek holodeck, right? Me too. That means we just endure and respect Glass, HoloLens and all of the steps that lie between here and there.

In other words, you don’t get this…

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…without this:

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Due 2.0

I started using Due when it was released about four years ago, and I’d wager that I’ve used it every day since. Today Due reminds me to take meds, to pick up and drop off the kids, to get the mail and so on. I depend on it, and it has never failed me.

Version 2.0 was recently released for iOS and it’s more beautiful and functional that before. I can’t think of another third-party app that’s been on my home screen for four years. It’s a steal at $4.99 for new users. Existing users can upgrade for free and unlock all of the new features for $2.99.

Yawn, stretch

Huh? Wah?

Oh. Good morning.

So long, and thanks for all the fish

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After three years, 52 Tiger is closing its doors.

Here’s a big thanks to all my sponsors and readers. I appreciate your support. It was fun writing for you all these years. From today on, I’ll be focusing my professional efforts on my job at TUAW. It will actually feel good to be down to one job again, especially now that I can abandon the guilt of not giving 52 Tiger the time and attention that it deserved.

This site will no longer be updated, but I’ll leave its content up for you to browse. If you want to read  my casual, more personal blog, I invite you to do so.

Thanks again, everyone. It was fun. Bye, now.

Travel iPhoneography: Giovinazzo’s Port, Italy

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Nicola Losito shares this great shot of Giovinazzo’s port in south eastern Italy. Taken with an iPhone 4.

Travel iPhoneography is a weekly series of photos of our beautiful world, taken with an iPhone. If you have one you’d like to share, let me know at [comments at 52tiger dot net]. I’d love to feature it.