One thing I appreciate in iPadOS is the Face ID improvements. I use it not only to unlock my iPad but also in several apps. It is definitely faster for me and with better range. I use Apple’s keyboard 90% of the time and don’t have to lean in like I used to.

I’ve adopted a suggestion from DayOne to create an end of the day entry with the following headings. I’ve found it very helpful.

Any notable things happen today?

_ I’ve been thinking about… _

What’s next?

Of all the games our 10 year old has played in Apple Arcade, he seems most addicted to this one. 🎮 Cat Quest II

Mail on iPadOS 13.1.2 seems whack, more whack than previously. My Inbox refuses to update with actions, like filing a message, I took on my MBP. My iPhone shows my Inbox correctly but Mail refuses to update. Rebooted iPad, killed Mail, all to no avail. 😠

I think I literally said “What The Golf?” by the second hole. It is a very addicting game with a fun sense of humor. As soon as my son saw it he was hooked too. 🎮

Has anyone created iOS Shortcuts for posting to I did some searching and couldn’t find any.❔

It costs $2,000 and it still isn’t reliable. If this was an Apple product the internet would be on fire.

And yes this is the newest model, not the ones that initially broke.

My Galaxy Fold display is damaged after a day - TechCrunch

This is my first time trying a “High Rye”. A lady at my local store highly recommended it as falling in between a traditional rye and a bourbon. I used it in an old fashioned tonight and it turned out quite well. I normally use rye, such as Redemption makes as well. 🥃 📷

The ultimate selfie…


I’m heavily into Things3 for task management. I’m really happy that in iOS 13 I can use a Run Things URL action in Shortcuts to manipulate the app without Shortcuts opening/flashing the app. Faster and less intrusive.

Our main TV is 13+ years old and we’re planning to replace it this year. I think we’ll disable the ‘smart’ features and rely Apple TV 4K.

your Internet-connected streaming devices are watching you back and feeding your data to advertisers

Ars Technica with more details

Still in the 90s here and will be until October per the forecast. But I noticed the sunshine towards the end of the day seems to have that hint of fall color in it. Or maybe that’s my wishful thinking. 📷 🌳 ☀️

Hmm. It seems odd that user switching in tvOS 13 doesn’t apply to Arcade games. Or am I missing it? Apple’s help page seemed to say you’d have to manually sign in and out in tvOS Game Center. 😞 🕹

The days are shorter as if it is fall, but the temperature is pure summer. Almost all of September has been +10F degrees over normal. ⛅️ 📷

Blue sky

Our 10 year old is really enjoying his first Apple Arcade game: LEGO Brawls. It has a bit of lag but not so bad he isn’t enjoying it. 🕹

Has anyone tried a PS4 controller with the Apple TV + Apple Arcade? Thinking of buying one b/c Apple Arcade is awesome. 🕹

A tale about when the Murphy principle strikes your AppleTV on update day... with a happy ending, I think 🤔

We have a lot of Apple devices including a couple of AppleTVs and I’ve been anxiously awaiting today’s updates. I started the updates on several of the devices which all went well until I turned on the AppleTV in our den to trigger the tvOS update. Everything turned on correctly and I grabbed the remote to tell it to open Settings and nothing. The ATV didn’t react to the remote at all. Fortunately I had a universal remote which I could use to restart the ATV. That didn’t help, the remote was still n/c.

I noticed in the Settings app it was telling me I needed to use an iDevice to reauthorize my account. This is normally instant as you just have to hold the iDevice near the ATV box. But it turned into a fussy affair. It didn’t stick the first two times I used my iPhone. So I grabbed my iPad and used that - twice - and after restarting the ATV I finally got that to work. But still no joy on the remote. I have no idea if these were related (and this was the only one of our ATV’s that asked me to re-auth).

I next unpaired the ATV remote and then tried to re-pair it. The ATV noticed and told me to move closer but I had the remote on top of the ATV and there was no way to get it closer. Next idea was to charge the remote even though it had been charged recently. This didn’t help either. After scrounging up an pre-ATV4K remote I decided to try to pair the failed remote as if it were a plain Bluetooth device. Voila. The remote showed up as a regular device and I could pair it that way. And it is fully functional now even though paired as a generic device (this mainly means voice control works). Hopefully this is a one-off thing.

I’m really glad this problem crept up before I updated the ATV else I likely would have gone down a rathole thinking the update was at fault.

Here in the US it is National Register to Vote day. This web site makes it easy to do and provides optional tools for learn about candidates and be reminded about upcoming elections (optional). If you’re eligible please make your voice heard. 🇺🇸

My morning convo
Son: Did you know honey bees are an invasive species killing off our bumble bees? reference
Daughter: Why do people take shots, they look painful? I’m thinking alcohol or needles? It was 🥃, she saw people taking shots when they died in-game.

Today’s schedule:
Morning - repeatedly checking for iOS 13.1 updates even though it is too early
Afternoon - iOS 13.1 et al update frenzy
Evening - who moved my cheese moments !?!

My family has been in the minority as we stopped buying & playing iOS games with the advent of in-app purchasing. I think we’ll love Apple Arcade based on the initial set of games. 🕹

Apple Arcade launch will disrupt mobile gaming and the App Store

Fascinating bit of US history.

It’s extraordinary that this violent socialist rebellion against the U.S. government—the only one of its kind—has been largely erased from collective memory

When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushed - Smithsonian Magazine

So far it has been a great day for college football. Among other happy results: Harbaugh caught it on the chin again and my undergrad Alma mater won beating SMU beat TCU 41-38 in a thriller. No one expected that plus they start the season 4-0. 🏈

It is hard to (i.e. can’t) discern the impact of the iPhone 11 wide angle lens when people post via the MB app which by default crops to square… 📷

I generally love Ars Technica & their software reviews were superior. But the iOS 13 review seems “mailed in” to me. Little meat not found elsewhere, too many “this is long overdue”, and features of interest to their tech readership like Shortcuts isn’t covered at all.