Joe Cieplinski's microblog

Typing longer pieces on my iPad + keyboard lately. But losing confidence and not publishing. Sometimes I feel like I’m writing to hear myself think; it’s not really about publishing so much as getting better clarity of thought. Maybe I should have a private journal, or something.

First snow in NYC today. Wet mess. I’m trying not to get too bent out of shape about it. The winter in general is definitely not my favorite time of year, but I’m trying to remind myself that the cold, while terrible, is not as bad as the muggy summer here.

I cannot understand why there aren’t a dozen more bars like Burp Castle in New York. If you want to actually have a conversation, or just hear yourself think, it’s one of the quietest spots you’ll find. Highly recommended.

Upgraded my Mac to 10.13.2 and my Personal Hotspot refused to work—even wired—until I rebooted my iPhone. Lovely.

New addition to the home office.

Now playing: Yes, The Ladder. Not my favorite Yes record, but some really great bass work on this one. Makes me miss Chris Squire that much more.…

I will be very curious to see how many more shows and movies I watch on Prime Video now that I can finally watch them without AirPlay on my Apple TV. I really hope the app doesn’t suck.

Spent a good part of my early evening fighting my own code, but all in all, I’ve done well this week so far. Way busier than I expected to be in December.

I wrote a thing today on my “big” blog about my use of the app Tally. Don’t usually cross-post, but I thought I’d share it here:…

I find myself choosing my leather and metal Apple Watch bands more in the colder months, whereas most of the summer, I end up leaning towards the sport and nylon bands. Just an observation.

Just installed Hue lights in a third room in my apartment. This HomeKit stuff is very addictive. Now, if someone would just make a door lock that was compatible with my door…

Debating getting an Apple Magic Keyboard to use exclusively with my iPad. I’ve always just typed right on the software keyboard, because I find that way easier than typing on any of the hardware keyboards designed specifically for iPad. But the Magic Keyboard is full-sized, which could be a big improvement. And the Studio Neat Canopy looks like a nice way to use the Magic Keyboard while standing the iPad up.

Earthquake in Delaware. We live in strange times.

“Maybe the worst legacy of Steve Jobs, or the Apple-design-y era, is that it’s a virtue to get so upset when you see a pixel out of place, and so you go on Twitter and perform how outraged you are for everyone else to see, so that they know you are a great designer who has eyes and can see these things.”

So true, it hurts.…

I also finally get why the Recently Added section of the Music app on iOS is so prominent. I’m adding so many things to my library these days, it would be easy to forget some of them if they weren’t right there in front of me.

Apple Music hooked me up this morning with a playlist of songs featuring Brad Mehldau on piano that were not from his own albums. I never would have sought those tunes out on my own. I didn’t even know he’s played on that many people’s records as a session player. More and more, I’m seeing the value of this subscription thing.

Aloe plant.

Today’s mobile office.

I’m at a point where I’ve identified too many possible directions to go next, and I need to start narrowing my focus again. Feels good to find a number of things to be passionate about, but you can only float around in the ether for so long. Creation demands discipline.