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Sitting at a pool on the side of a mountain with a good friend, drinking a margarita, and enjoying a cheeseburger. Life’s good!

 

Still struggling with Bourdain. I didn’t know the man, but I know his struggle. Too well. I’m motivated to have a plan of action in case my depression ever hits too hard. Also, I’m here for anyone and everyone who needs support.

 

Just back home from a drive around the coast through the peninsula in the Giulia. Windows down. Sunroof open. Volume up. Views of the ocean, hills, and sand. It doesn't get much better! 🏎💨

 
 

SiriKit on iOS 12: Tantaliginzly Close

Great post by Ben Dodson about the SiriKit additions that Apple is bringing to iOS 12. In many ways, Siri has to make a quantum leap ahead to catch its competitors, and the new features in iOS 12 are a huge improvement:

When I dug into the code, I found this new Intents.intentdefinition file with which you can create custom intents complete with paramater binding... This sure looks like the much anticipated ability to write your own Siri code!

There is no question that Siri has made a huge leap forward with Siri in iOS 12, but unfortunately its not quite there yet:

It turns out that isn’t the case. The new custom intents are for “Siri the all-seeing widget assistant” not for “Siri the thing you control with your voice”. These custom intents are designed to be created for very specific use cases and then exposed as shortcuts so that you can access them quickly from your lock screen, add them to a workflow, or activate them with a custom voice command that the user creates. Despite the schema being present and the documentation alluding to voice control, you cannot create your own custom commands such as “Order tomato soup with cheese”.

So close, yet so far! I am very much looking forward to the significant Siri improvements that are present in iOS, but more importantly, its clear that Apple has laid the groundwork in a very novel way for a fully programmable Siri.

 

Heartbroken. Bourdain, you will be missed.

 
 

I'm delighted to see Google taking a leadership position here. Let's hope that their actions match their words. I'm rooting for them to get this right!

https://twitter.com/sundarpichai/status/1004800469405876226

 

Eighteen pounds down. Ten to go. 💪🏻

 
 

Oh yeah, today is the day my Indie Reader is jam-packed with WWDC goodies. Whee!

 

Pork tenderloin in the sous vide circulator for dinner with some fresh herbs and a honey mustard vinaigrette dressing. Now, to figure out some side dishes...

 

I stopped reading The Expanse after book 3, as it wasn’t clicking with me. I watched the first season of the show and was underwhelmed. After all the outrage at its cancellation and eventual renewal by Amazon, I resumed watching. I am glad I did! Season 3 is much better!

 

Just cast my votes in the Python Software Foundation BoD election. Its awesome to see so many great people on the ballot!

 

One of the primary reasons to have a partner performing continuous optimization. Spoiler alert: that’s something we do at @Reliam.

https://twitter.com/mdkail/status/1000807321503748097

 

Another early morning flight to start my week. Off to Palo Alto for a quick trip. ✈️

 

Westworld is back to form with last night’s episode, which redeemed the storyline from episode five neatly, and then managed to throw a massive wrench into the works at the end. Now, I’m questioning everything! Great show.

 

Solo was really fun! Emilia Clarke was fantastic, as were Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover. I expected to hate Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, but he really did a great job in a nearly impossible role. Thumbs up! 👍🏻

 
 

Excited to have reserved our season ticket package for another great summer of fun at the Hollywood Bowl!