Appreciating the Power Mac G5

Christopher Phin on the design of the Power Mac G5:

And when you wanted to fit Wi-Fi—2003 was well before it was standard in a new computer—you could just slide the AirPort card in through this retaining bracket, slot it into the connection on the motherboard, and then attach the antenna which was helpfully held in the right position for you with a small clip.

I remember this was my favorite Mac to install RAM and/or an AirPort card. One, because we sold so few of them relative to PowerBooks and iBooks. And two, experiencing the thoughtfulness of the AirPort card's antenna connector delighted me every time.

Why Women Cheat

With the leak of user information from the adultery website, AshleyMadison.com, I thought it'd be appropriate to post this story from May 2014. Charles Orlando decided to create an account to figure out why women join the site.

But all were clear that they were not leaving their current relationship. These weren’t monkeys getting a grip on the next branch before letting go of the first. They just wanted to feel what they used to feel from the man in their life.

House Hunters

Chris Gayomali shares his love of HGTV's House Hunters.

Which isn't to say the convoluted decision-making tree the couples follow isn't fun. Seriously: If you want to get a bunch of GQ editors fired up on a Friday afternoon, simply put on House Hunters. Shit is like the Super Bowl.

“YOU GOTTA GIVE UP ON THE VINTAGE CHARM, GIRL!” said one editor who was most definitely not me. “GO FOR HOUSE #1.”

“They always hate the carpet,” muttered another House Hunters die-hard. “They always want an open floor plan. And they're always expecting a fucking en-suite every single time.”

When I want my mind to turn to goo and be entertained at the same time, House Hunters does the trick.

★ Career Moves

Last Friday was my last day at DMG North. On Monday, I start my new job as Commercial Sales Manager for Daikin. The decision to take the new job was easy, but the decision to leave was difficult. When I first joined DMG, they were very understanding and flexible as I was deciding whether to continue engineering or pursue a career in the restaurant business. When I decided to move, they were absolutely accommodating by allowing me to transfer to the Bay Area office.

It was tough to tell my boss I took a new job. They've been accommodating with my initial move and with Malia's schedule during the school year. They are a small company with owners that truly care about their employees. Their Christmas parties are also the best ones I've ever been a part of. But looking at the big picture, I couldn't say no to Daikin. They were offering me a step up in position and salary. But the real lure was the ability to work from home. With Baby Clyde now here, being present for my family is the most important thing.

Lava

The work paid off: Lava is a home run. The camera swoops and floats around the two volcanoes as they attempt to connect, and we in turn connect with them. "Volcanoes are misunderstood for being destructive -- and they are, I don't want to disrespect that," he says. "But so much of what we sit on, the land that we love and all of our cultures, is because of volcanoes."

I've never felt so affected by a Pixar short. Ever.

Apple Watch And Water

Craig Hockenberry took his Apple Watch out for a swim.

I’m also thrilled that the watch is working so well with my favorite workout: swimming in the ocean. Despite some hiccups in functionality, I still get enough information to improve my performance and extend my goals.

I hope the information in this report will help others understand what the watch can and cannot do in the presence of water. I also hope my experiences will help Apple improve the watch’s capabilities for swimming workouts.

In short, you can swim with your Apple Watch, just be sure to rinse it after.

My Burger Manifesto

David Chang has very strong opinions on burgers:

There’s something else people have to understand: that a medium-rare burger made with really good meat that has been properly ground up is a very wonderful thing. People will say, Oh, you’re eating it raw. So what if I’m eating it raw? It’s the same meat that they would use for a steak that they’re just grinding up to be a burger. It’s delicious! They’re fools. The only time I’ll eat a well-done burger is when I’m pregnant.

via Jason Kottke

Camping Trip 1986

Mario Koran wrote a short piece on being a parent.

They placed her on a table and handed me a scissors, which I think I used to cut the umbilical cord. A lot of that moment is lost in haze. But I do remember the first second I saw her: I recognized myself in her eyes. I knew immediately, on some primordial level, that she belonged to me. She was mine. There was no question.

This. My son looks exactly like me and I can relate to this on all levels.

I vividly and will always remember looking at my son as he lay on a towel, minutes after he was born. Nurses were tending to him, cleaning him off. I walked over to watch. I looked at him and I caught him gazing in my general direction. I started to breathe rapidly. I could feel my face start to scrunch as if to cry, but I wasn't sad. I was extremely happy. One of those moments you'll never forget.

The Really Big One

Fascinating, yet terrifying, read on the Cascadia subduction zone in the Pacific Northwest.

In other words, the Cascadia subduction zone has, as Goldfinger put it, “all the right anatomical parts.” Yet not once in recorded history has it caused a major earthquake—or, for that matter, any quake to speak of. By contrast, other subduction zones produce major earthquakes occasionally and minor ones all the time: magnitude 5.0, magnitude 4.0, magnitude why are the neighbors moving their sofa at midnight. You can scarcely spend a week in Japan without feeling this sort of earthquake. You can spend a lifetime in many parts of the Northwest—several, in fact, if you had them to spend—and not feel so much as a quiver. The question facing geologists in the nineteen-seventies was whether the Cascadia subduction zone had ever broken its eerie silence.

★ Apple Watch: The New iPod

Now that I've had my watch for a few weeks, I definitely notice what people are wearing on their wrists. Maybe because I live in the Bay Area, with a lot of tech savvy people, I'm starting to see more people with Apple Watches on their wrists. I even saw one in the wild a few months before they came out. I'm starting to notice that if someone else who has a Watch notices that I have one, they usually give a nod of approval.

The Apple Watch seems to be the iPod of this generation. When the iPod first came out in 2001, people were quick to criticize it. Famously, a post on Slashdot pointed out "No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame." When I got one of those first few iPods, people thought I was crazy spending a few hundred dollars on what was basically an mp3 player. Soon enough, iPods were the gadget to have. People were sporting the iconic white headphones. An entire ad campaign centered around those ear buds. But in the early days, it was common to give a nod to others with the white ear buds since you knew they had an iPod as well. It's pretty crazy to think that before the iPod, no one else made white ear buds; all you had was standard black.

Today it's the Apple Watch that has its doubters. Similar to why anyone would pay $400 for an MP3 player, many people don't understand why the watch exists. You can buy perfectly accurate watches for less than $100. But once you show people the use case for the watch, it slowly dawns on them. With the iPod, it was easy to make the case. 1000 songs in your pocket. The Watch, is not so obvious, but once it clicks, people will want one.

Ten Reasons Why R&B Hasn't Been The Same Since 1994

Shea Serrano over at Grantland has a clever and funny piece on the state of R&B. On Jodeci's "Cry For You".

Jodeci was like if you gave Boyz II Men a few mixed drinks and they started taking their shirts off and dry-humping furniture. They could get a tad raunchy, but their sex talk was always doused with just enough true-love desperation that it only ever felt like a byproduct of a deeper feeling. “Cry for You,” though, that song was Heartbroken Jodeci, and Heartbroken Jodeci was no joke. “Cry for You” has a 100 percent Girlfriend Recovery rate when it’s played for ex-girlfriends by ex-boyfriends. Really, you don’t even have to have been dating. You could play “Cry for You” for a stranger and just be like, “I want you back, girl,” and she’ll be like, “Oh my god. He’s right. I should take him back.”

I was laughing out loud for the entire article. Funny read and great trip down memory lane.

The Four Stages of Life

Mark Manson wrote a piece on the four different stages of life.

Stage Three is the great consolidation of one’s life. Out go the friends who are draining you and holding you back. Out go the activities and hobbies that are a mindless waste of time. Out go the old dreams that are clearly not coming true anytime soon.

Then you double down on what you’re best at and what is best to you. You double down on the most important relationships in your life. You double down on a single mission in life, whether that’s to work on the world’s energy crisis or to be a bitching digital artist or to become an expert in brains or have a bunch of snotty, drooling children. Whatever it is, Stage Three is when you get it done.

I'm still working hard to find out what I'm best at. I call it Stage 2.5.

★ Apple Watch: My Thoughts

I've had my Apple Watch for two weeks. There has been much written about this product and I certainly have read most of those articles while trying to decide if I wanted one for myself. My wife graciously bought me one for my birthday so the decision was made for me.

I got the 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Apple Watch Sport. It comes with the black sport band but I also purchased a white sport band. I think the gray aluminum contrasts nicely with the white band. I've worn watches on and off since I was a kid. My dad handed down my first watch, a Timex Ironman Triathlon with Indiglo. Most recently, I've worn a Kenneth Cole watch, and a couple of Nixon watches; The Banks and The Chronicle. Whether I realized it or not, I've always enjoyed wearing watches, as both an accessory and as a gadget with the Timex. When the Apple Watch was announced, I wasn't completely sold on it. As I read the initial reviews and a few more in depth ones, I changed my mind.

From L to R: Kenneth Cole, The Banks, The Chronicle, Apple Watch

From L to R: Kenneth Cole, The Banks, The Chronicle, Apple Watch

The Banks. Wearing Space Black since 2006.

The Banks. Wearing Space Black since 2006.

The Chronicle

The Chronicle

I stopped wearing a watch around the time I got my iPhone. It was cool to have an iPhone in those early years and I didn't mind taking it out to check the time. You don't realize it but it is very inconvenient to have to reach into your pocket and take out your phone just to check the time. Often, my hands are full while out running errands and pulling out my phone to check the time is impossible. Looking at my wrist to check the time instead of reaching for my phone is MUCH easier when you're out and about. The raise your wrist action to activate the screen has been accurate about 90% of the time. Annoying when it doesn't turn on, but not a deal breaker. I also tend to activate it while driving when I make turns. Not a big issue, but I do notice it when it turns on.

Receiving notifications was another feature I knew I would appreciate. Here's a real life scenario that happened this week. My family and I were out to lunch. I waited in line to order while my wife took my stepdaughter and our newborn son to find a place to sit. She told me what she wanted and left to find us a table. Right before I got to the cashier to order, I felt a noticeable tap on my wrist. My wife texted me their drink orders. We were in a loud food court and I definitely would not have heard my phone go off in my pocket. And if I did, I'd have to reach in and unlock it to read her text. With the watch, all I had to do was raise my wrist and the text was right there. No need to tap or hit any buttons.

Modular Face

Modular Face

X-Large Face

X-Large Face

Simple Face

Simple Face

Utility Face

Utility Face

I also wanted the Apple Watch because I think it's a really nice looking watch. Even with the display off, the all black face looks understatedly attractive. I love that you can switch faces as you please and there is sure to be one that you like. I've been switching between the Modular face and the Simple face. The watch complications are also extremely useful. If checking my phone for the time was the number one reason I took it out, the number two reason was to check the weather. I can now do it from my wrist with a quick glance. This by itself has saved me so much time.

There are so many other features that I haven't had a chance to play around with. The health and fitness aspect is one that Apple is marketing and one that I haven't tested out extensively. Third party apps are currently limited but that will change once the next version of watchOS comes out in the fall. For now, I use Dark Sky, Swarm, Do Button and Clear the most. I like to use Swarm check into restaurants and other venues to keep a record of what I do everyday. I no longer have to reach for my phone; I can do it from my Watch without seeming rude. I can control the lights in my apartment with Do Button which is linked to my WeMo Switch. Using Clear on Apple Watch for crossing off items on my grocery list is SO much better than taking out my phone each time to cross off an item.

The watch has seamlessly fit into my life and even at this early point, it would be a pain if I left home without it. This is NOT an iPhone replacement; it is a cool watch that does cool things. If you set your expectations like so, you'll like the Apple Watch.

★ Clyde Jaymeson Torres

On May 19, 2015, Clyde Jaymeson Torres was born. For almost nine months, I've been wondering what my son would look like, what he would be like.

There's nothing that can prepare you for the moment that your child is brought into the world. I could feel an overwhelming sense of love and urge to protect this helpless, flailing newborn. I was shocked at how closely he resembled me when I was younger. It was like looking at the past, present and future, all at once. He is a little version of me that I want to create the best life for.

He is everything I had hoped for without even knowing what I wanted.

Dunkin' and the Doughnut King

Yet Mr. T’s is more than it appears. It is one link in a network of nearly 1,500 independent doughnut shops that anchor strip malls and brighten main streets from San Ysidro to Arcata, and that for more than three decades have pummeled chains like Winchell’s, Krispy Kreme, and, during its first California expansion, Dunkin’ Donuts. Perhaps the most surprising thing about these ubiquitous shops, and a significant contributor to their resilience, is that almost all of them are owned by Cambodian Americans.

Fascinating read on the history of donut shops in California.