After watching the first two chapters of The Mandalorian, I am so excited for the rest of the series. Incredibly good start, and potentially the best new Star Wars content since the original trilogy. If you were on the fence about @disneyplus, I’d encourage you to give it a whirl.
The Mandalorian is really great. Haven't watched the second chapter yet. Still undecided if it's better than Rogue One, which I consider the best post-original-trilogy motion picture content prior to The Mandalorian. What'd you think of Rogue One?
I enjoyed Rogue One as a whole, but didn’t think it was all that great. The writing was all over the place, though it did finish quite strong. In my opinion, The Mandalorian is better… so far. Chapter two really cemented that for me. A big step up from the first chapter.
Curious to hear both of yall's Disney rankings. For me: 1) TFA - very fun, establishes the new characters 2) TLJ - very interesting, if uneven 3) Rogue One - 2nd half of movie is great 4) Solo - fine, unnecessary 5) My 8 yo enjoys Resistance cartoon Haven't watched Rebels
I go back and forth between TFA and TLJ. I think the highs of TLJ are higher (Rey + Kyle in Snoke’s chamber!), but agree with you that TFA was much more even. Rogue One was a bit of a missed opportunity because of its really poor start. You nailed Solo – “fine, unnecessary.”
I think I'm: 1) Rogue One - don't hate the 1st half. maybe because I've read all the novels. 2) TLJ - loved this. 3) TFA (mostly because, when I think about it, it didn't feel like a new story. just new characters.) 4) Rebels - solid. 5) Solo - agreed. Haven't seen Resistance.
Found a pretty nice universal remote to replace our Apple TV remote. But, it’s not quite perfect. Biggest hurdle is figuring out if it’s possible to program the volume buttons to control the HomePod volume while it’s set as the audio output.
It almost certainly would work that way, but I’m not sure the Apple TV has IR codes for volume up and down. I attempted to “learn” them from the Siri remote, but it seems to be sending the volume button presses over the network or Bluetooth.
I’m an style philistine who uses two of these clamped on the edges of her desktop: smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07… (really, I’m someone who values desktop real estate and didn’t want a stand consuming any of it)
You switch away from an app (say Amazon, where you’re in the midst of browsing through pages of search results), then switch back a minute or two later and the app is forced to effectively reload, causing you to lose context.
Made a delicious salad from the garden tonight. Butter lettuce, cucumbers, red bell peppers, and a dressing made from fresh garlic, parsley, basil, spinach, and pine nuts. Love our hydroponic garden 😍🥗
@cleverdevil Yes, please. I’ve resorted to using my phone for all of my Apple TVs because I hate that remote so much. My only complaint is that I can’t control my TV volume with the remote on the phone...
@cleverdevil we used the Logitech Harmony remote with the 2nd generation Apple TV. When we upgraded to the 4th generation, our habits didn’t change. It’s like using the old style remote (infrared). Only for games does the new remote see use.
In spite of the AirPods Pro announcement, I am still very happy I went with Bose 700s. $249 is a lot for tiny earbuds that are easy to lose, especially if the battery degrades as quickly as the standard AirPods.
@cleverdevil That is a totally sensible way to look at it. Also, no one yet knows if the AirPods Pro are any good. At least you know Bose’s track record (both good and bad regarding their sound and noise cancellation profiles), and they had several professional reviews published by their release date.
@cleverdevil Right but your AirPods didn't cost $249. Don't get me wrong, $159 is still a lot of money but the difference between the two prices is significant. The AirPods were easily the best piece of hardware I have bought since the iPhone 5S and had a big part to play in convcincing me that Apple were worth giving a shot for going all-in. From the broader POV I think they could use the AirPods + Watch combination as the modern day equivalent of the iPod from 15 years ago.
@simonwoods absolutely! I still think $159 is too much, especially since they don’t include the wireless charging case at that price point. Sweet spot for me would be $99, including the wireless charging case, and I think I’d grudgingly bite at $129.
@cleverdevil They should definitely improve both of those areas over time; gradual iteration, etc. Like you I want them to tighten up the performance with regard to connection and battery life. For me the convenience of wireless is pretty big so the impact of the flaws is lessened somewhat; I've also dropped them a few times and they're tough little things.
@simonwoods totally fair! Overall, I think they’re a great product, and clearly ahead of all of the competition. If there is one thing Apple absolutely crushes, its iterative improvement. I’ll revisit AirPods next year, probably, when my aging generation one set dies. Hopefully they have a $99/$129 option by then :)
@cleverdevil Same. :) I honestly think they can't mess around with this product in particular; unlike computers and phones, there isn't likely to be a market in uh... second-hand options (😖). As such they ought to do what they have done with the Watch with regard to upgrades and the like.
Bit the bullet and ordered the Bose Noise Cancelling 700 headphones after feedback from followers. Early testing? They’re beautifully designed, comfortable, easy to set up, and the noise canceling is superb. Sound doesn’t blow me away, but is solid. Keeper! 🎧
Dearest followers, I’m curious if any of you have experience with the new Bose Noise Cancelling 700 headphones. My AirPods are dying, I find them fiddly, and am unhappy with their longevity. Considering the Bose cans as an alternative.
@sku_b they’ve got a long history and lots of fans. But, I hate the way they look, and they’ve fallen pretty far behind the competition with features. I’m curious if the new, significantly more attractive 700 series lives up to the title of “successor.”
@cleverdevil I bought a pair a couple months ago to replace my busted Beats. So far I love them. Bose nails comfort. I could live without touch controls on the headphone, but despite my paranoia about accidentally triggering something, I rarely do
@cleverdevil 🙌 I went to an (lighting) industry demo earlier this week and the rep included his pronouns in his introduction. It was great to see (as was the super secret toy that is going to be release next month. 🙂)
Someone really needs to crack the sunscreen problem. I hate applying and reapplying sunscreen all day. Give me a booth I can walk into every four hours and get sprayed down automatically. Take my money!
Agreed. I hate applying it. I go with sprays since they tend to be less oily, but you’ve still got to rub it in. Touching sunscreen is the worst. I often just avoid the sun to avoid having to put it on. Cabanas are usually my beach fix for this.