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.


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:


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…


…without this:



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


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


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.

FAA to loosen restrictions on in-flight electronics


Good news, everyone! The FAA is about to let you use your doo-dad in the plane more often. Specifically, the Wall Street Journal reports, you’ll be able to use your device while the plane is taxing, taking off, landing and climbing to/descending from 10,000 feet. Currently, the use of electronics is not permitted during those maneuvers 1.

A lot of you think that the FAA has enforced periodic electronics lock-downs to force you to watch the safety information or just because it can. That’s really not true. As I reported a few weeks ago, there are some old planes in operation, and many of those use old equipment that can be affected by radio signals. Most planes run more modern equipment but many don’t. Rather than forcing the passengers and crew to make that determination on every flight, the FAA played it safe and made a blanket rule for all aircraft. A United Airlines pilot explains:

“Some older aircraft do have extremely old school radios. Some do not even have GPS. So the FAA has decided two things:

  1. Since it is too contradictory for passengers and flight attendants to discriminate what aircraft they are on, and what should be the corresponding announcement, the same one is used for all aircraft.

  2. The FAA can not take time to test every new device as it’s released. In fact, such testing falls to near the bottom of its priority/to-do list.”

Now you know.

Photo Credit: Sprengben [why not get a friend] via Compfight cc

  1. Note that phone calls will still be verboten during those times.

My article in The Loop Magazine

The Beard called. He asked if I’d be interested in writing something for The Loop Magazine.

You don’t say no to The Beard.

I’m thrilled to have an article issue 4 of The Loop Magazine. I hope you like it. And the pictures. Oh, the pictures.

Introducing Fanny Pack Mafia

For over a thousand generations blogs were fun, personal hangouts on the Old Internet. Before niche markets. Before ROI. Before pageviews. Before the dark times.

Last night I found the remains of a blog I was in love with about 13 years ago. It was a lot of fun reading those old posts and remembering how personal, casual and how much like a conversation blogging used to be. There was no niche to fill, quota to make or editorial calendar to prostrate yourself to. It was fun.

I miss that fun. I miss the spontaneity of “I gotta blog this.” So, It decided to be a little proactive about it.

Meet Fanny Pack Mafia. My new personal weblog. It’s about whatever comes into my mind at any point in the day or night. Comments are open. There’s no agenda or posting schedule  There’s no Twitter account or Facebook page. It’s me talking out loud. Take off your shoes and relax. Sit down. Blogging can be fun.

Why “Fanny Pack Mafia?” It was the dumbest thing I could think of.

My wish for OS X Mail


Here’s a wish for Apple’s Mail. When I’m creating a rule that depends on an address, Mail should live-search my Contacts as I type in this field. Instead it does nothing. If I’m working with an unfamiliar address, I must abandon the rule creation, find the address, copy it and then start over.

It’s not “your children have died in a fire,” but still irksome.