Yankees Don’t Win

Last night, the New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros and thus ended a magical run to the 2017 World Series. The loss left me sad, hurt and little emotional. And it was also a reminder of what really hurts the most: expectation. When we expect something, and it doesn’t happen, we are disappointed. When we don’t expect anything, and something great happens, we are overjoyed by it.

We were not expecting the Yankees to be playing this deep in October, at least not in 2017. We were supposed to be rebuilding and reconfiguring the team for the future. But a youthful burst of energy from the Baby Bombers reenergized veterans and some properly astute trades turned a year that was going to be a wash into an October surprise.

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Omakase: October 2017

A friend suggested that perhaps I should start a list of things I like and explain why I like them. He thought it would be a great play on words if we called it Omakase. Omakase, for sushi fans, roughly translates into chef’s choice. So here we are – the first of these lists. Originally published on Kit.com. Continue reading "Omakase: October 2017"

Why I support Longreads

People, often lament about lack of good journalism and diveristy in their information diet. I see that as a side effect of living inside the filter bubbles, a phenomenon exacerbated by the emergence of the social web. In reality, a lot of good journalism is happening all around us — we just don’t have the ability to find it easily, because of the information utilities — Facebook, Twitter and Google work.
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Happy Diwali

After a relaxing week in Tuscany (to celebrate the end of my 50th year around the sun,) I came back refreshed. I was full of verve and vigor to get back to work, writing and connecting with my friends, family and colleague.

Unfortunately, the best laid plans often go wrong, thanks to unplanned events. I got hit by the Flu virus (yes it is that season) and have been at home, literally doing nothing. Flu and cold are my kryptonite and I am destroyed by them. It is day five, the fever has receded and I have finally started to feel like a human. I hope by end of this week I can be at full strength. On the plus side I have been able to watch the playoff baseball games on my iPad.

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Tuscany from the lens of iPhone 8+

I was in Tuscany, Italy recently and had a chance to put the new iPhone 8+ through the paces. While I made a lot of photos with my Leica SL, I wanted to take a moment and share some of the fantastic photos that came out of the iPhone. These photos are a joy — straight JPEGs out of the phone, with my special, presets applied to give them a more uniform feel. The iPhone8+ is a spectacular camera, especially under good light — much less noisy compared to its predecessors. These are handheld shots and you can see the improvement from the early iPhone models in optical stabilization is incredible.

I don’t see any reason why anyone needs a point and shoot, or even a medium priced camera. Most of us don’t print photos. We share and consume photos on digital screens. And if these are good enough to be a desktop background, they are good enough for sharing. For me, smartphone photography is the future. One needs to learn how to make it professional grade by applying skills and not thinking about the camera.

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Goodbye Netflix

It was over ten years ago when I started talking to Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO of Netflix about broadband and streaming. The company was still in the business of DVD rentals, but the I was sold on the idea of “Netflix” being the killer app of broadband. I cut the cord early — just after launching our NewTeeVee website — to eat my own dog food. I got rid of the television screens, and instead focused on watching video exclusively on my laptop.

In January 2007, I became a customer of Netflix streaming. I have been a big fan of the service, the company and its chief executive. I have enjoyed every minute on it. I respect their technical achievements and how they have expanded around the world, embedded themselves into every device and have become a cultural phenomenon.

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