In honor of today being Friday the 13th I’d considered a post about superstition, but the more I thought about it, the more that idea seemed stupid. Instead this is just a random post of random bits I found worth noting.
–A Requiem Mass in C [the happiest of all keys] is quite possibly the best DCB album… ever. I recommend listening to in the dark, with the beefiest set of studio headphones you can find… at FULL volume from start to finnish… and keep in mind it could possibly be the last album from the DCB.
-People cannot park in the snow… especially at Starbucks.
–We Bought a Zoo is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I didn’t expect much, but I have to say it had me tearing up several times… and not just because of all the Sigur Ros on the soundtrack! It’s a fantastic family movie and being a true story helps a lot too.
-The Kindle Fire is a pretty solid piece of technology… Aside from a few quirks that I think Amazon could have done a better job dealing with it’s pretty impressive… No, it’s definitely not the “iPad killer” it was toted to be, but looking at it you can tell it was never meant to be (even though Amazon has a comparison chart on it’s website, comparing the Fire to the iPad 2). It is NOT meant for creativity, it’s NOT a universal gadget like the iPad..
The Cons: it’s OS is pretty chunky (a modified Android Ice Cream Sandwich [it will not run any Google apps unless you hack the OS and “side-load” them]), the touchscreen isn’t very responsive, the accelerometer sucks and there are NO physical buttons except for the on/off switch. The lack of volume buttons means you have open it up, power it on and navigate to a menu to change the volume of music, movies, etc. The Silk browser is a cloud-based browser which is supposed to make it faster, but all it really does is make it cloud-based, and it has a really hard time actually displaying websites properly. The music player is also chunky and unintuitive. There is only 8GB of on-board memory (because Amazon thinks we all have gigabit wifi everywhere we go and we can just stream everything all the time), so if you plan on using this while you travel, or sit in a waiting room, or even just go to the park on a nice day, forget about accessing much of your “media”. There’s no camera and no ability to stream from the Fire to anything else (something Apple does very well with it’s Airplay technology) so anything you purchase can only be played/watched on the Fire it’s self… and anything you want to add to the (massive 8GB) onboard memory must be done so by plugging into a computer via micro USB and copying files to the appropriate folder on the Fire… instead of the iCloud service offered for free by Apple… which will awkwardly segue into the next part,
The Pros: The Kindle Fire is a spoon, for consuming stuff you buy from Amazon (music, movies, TV shows and books). Due to the total lack of support of a media ecosystem (like Airplay/iCloud) Amazon is pretty much useless when it comes to music, movies and TV shows. Anything you can get from Amazon you can get cheaper from iTunes or stream from Netflix, and can also be effortlessly tossed onto your TV or wireless speakers. However, Apple has not been able to compete with Amazon (read: Kindle) when it comes to reading. I realize Apple has iBooks, which is pretty similar to getting books on the Kindle, so much so that I won’t even compare them.. the real difference appears when you want to read a magazine or a newspaper, which Apple has achieved nothing less than an epic failure in dealing with. Newsstand is pathetic when compared to the titles available through amazon! I have seven magazine subscriptions, nearly ALL of which are available in some form on the Kindle Fire, either as a complete interactive Android app or as a subscription service. And this is the reason I opted for a Kindle Fire at $199 instead of holding out for an iPad at $499… I have an iPhone running iOS 5, the only thing I would need an iPad for is reading, which the Kindle Fire does so much better. SO, if you want something you will be able to use for things, get an iPad, if you want a way to read without dragging books/magazines around, get the Kindle Fire… heck, you could get both and I wouldn’t even make fun of you.
-I’m kind of excited about the rumors that Apple is apparently going to release a Siri-controlled television set and some sort of watch this year… not to mention a serious price reduction in the iPad line.
-Today my car insurance company waived the $20 late fee I owed them, and I didn’t even ask them to!
-Today is my day off, so I’m going to go do some laundry and balance my checkbook (what else do you do on your day off after 5 inches of snow?).
May your eyes be opened today to the grace poured out on you.