I ended up at the Cape Disappointment lighthouse at the same time as some kind of photography field trip group. Wow. That was stressful. They didn’t want anyone in the frame and there was a lot of glaring and heavy sighing. Sorry, angry photo people! It was noon on a Saturday!

Long Beach, WA misc

Cape Disappointment battery and light house

Cape Disappointment beach and jetty walk

Packing the gear for the weekend and these Fujifilm-specific lens identification stickers from Field Made arrived just in time. They’re lovely.

Turn off “Show color in tab bar” and turn on “Separate” tab layout, as recommended, you don’t need this anymore. Collapse titles into tabs, and you really don’t need it. How did the same people who sit around misting up about Think Different posters end up this reactionary?

Always good to get a reminder of the age old military adage: “Amateurs talk strategy, experts talk putting grenades down things more often …”

No, wait

One of my favorite parts of Conscious Leadership is the idea of zones of genius, excellence, competence, and incompetence. I like this blog post. ): good for people figuring it out, and managers helping other people figure it out.

Hoping to score a fat Substack advance for a newsletter detailing my many and complicated thoughts about the place of a dish rack in a kitchen with a dishwasher. Subscribers can opt for the “More Mike” level, w/access to a weekly video of me organizing Pyrex lids.

Wild rabbits at Webb Co. Campground in Pacific City

Cape Kiwanda hike

Cape Kiwanda morning walk

Cape Kiwanda Sunset

Work has shifted enough that I’m experimenting with OmniFocus again. Coping with lack of a “handshake” icon for my “Delegated” perspective. Settled on the “paper bag with star on it” icon, because that’s what delegation is: A bag full of stars!

Wow, I forgot how bad keyboards from the “really bad keyboard” era of MacBooks were. It was always so exciting when a little bit of crumb or grit would get down in there, and you’d wonder if that was the crumb that was gonna kill the j key.

Contrarian take: buy a Fuji X-Pro3 and M adapter and call it a day. photorumors.com/2021/09/2…

It was interesting to write out a good-faith reply to why people are so reactive to housing-first policies. Partly to live in another perspective, and partly to examine the way my thinking has shifted. Polarization really hobbles our ability to think about solutions.

Apple fanpersons suddenly polling 100% pro-Brexit. 🤣🔌

iPadOS 15 and the removal of an ineffable friction

A few iPadOS 15 thoughts:

  1. I’m okay with “search/location bar at the bottom.” Still instinctively reaching for the top, but then feeling relieved when I remember I have a shorter walk to the bottom.

  2. I like Quick Notes (esp. the way it captures context if you invoke it from an app, e.g. including a link to the page you were visiting in Safari when you invoked a new note). Glad it’s coming to the desktop in Monterey.

  3. As I was sitting here fiddling around with the new stuff in iPadOS 15, my brain made a little shift from “is this moving toward equality with my desktop and laptop experience?” to “do I like working this way as much or more than a desktop OS?”

The thing that triggered that line of thinking was the window/screen management dots that arrived with iPadOS 15. I simply was not doing well with multitasking in iOS prior to now.

I don’t know what Apple’s UX team wanted me to be learning from previous interfaces, and I never learned it. It felt sort of like Lev Grossman’s Magicians: To do multitasking correctly I needed to master some combination of Circumstances and hand position I was never going to internalize as a grammar. So having a little thing to tap is better, and I appreciate the brief moment where it holds off on telling me what to do next to get a split screen. When it finally gives up and manifests that hint, there’s a part of me that’s appreciative of the nudge and wonders when I will quit seeing it because I’ve internalized the two-step process to split the screen, and there’s a part of me that winces a little because it’s become a staccato two step instead of the elegant but inscrutable combination of Circumstances and flowing gesture I was never going to learn.

I think I might like it more if it involved less of a reach, but the keyboard shortcuts to invoke its three functions are pretty easy to memorize. I have a sense of some ineffable friction being resolved – the spite and spite-induced bad design of a begrudging multitasking UI finally being released, allowing the interface to melt away a little further and the apps I’m using to come forward. They had to make the means of controlling the UI more obvious and out front to get there, but I appreciate a little less purity in service of usability.

Anyhow, happy to keep using this thing, and looking forward to the day the camera is finally put on one of the long sides. They know it belongs there. We all do.

Mt. Hood from the Lost Lake lakeshore trail

Vernonia antique store

Old Vernonia mill (we think this was the drying room)

Sitting at the campground sifting through the day’s photos. “Al, why did we not buy this?” “Right?” “Can we go back before breakfast?” “Yes.” (It’s a decanter, btw).

Fujifilm has WR-ified the 23mm/f1.4. I wonder how their supply chain is doing, though. I ordered the WR-ified 27mm in March and it remains on backorder.

The Outfitter 1 (and me & Mel)