🎙 @InternetFriends: Apple unveiled a whole new direction for its services at its on-campus Steve Jobs Theater on Monday. We discuss the launch of Apple News+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade, Apple TV Channels, and Apple TV+.

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

My motivation in spiritual practice comes in choppy waves. One week, only stark Zen meditation makes sense. The next, nothing less than the entire elaborate prayer service will do. This doesn’t feel good. Why can’t I stabilize it, so I can work on deepening my practice for life?

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

Just signed the (digital) papers. I am no longer an employee of Burning Man Project. If you count my volunteer years, I started working there nine years ago. I feel SO DIFFERENT right now!

Jon Mitchell

Writer and musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Author of In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. Publisher at Burning Man. I like portals.

📚 Small Fry, Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ memoir, is really moving me. Being a new father of a baby girl is what motivated me to read it, I think. As different as Brennan-Jobs’ family is from ours, this book is helping me see through my daughter’s eyes.

🎙 @InternetFriends: The way things work now, going on and offline happens chaotically, in bursts, in reaction to whatever’s happening. Could it be more deliberate than that, and would that help us use our online and offline time better?

Today at precisely 10:01 AM, I have an appointment to get my daughter’s Social Security card. I have no idea what a Social Security Administration office in 2019 is going to feel like.

With this meta-post, I resolve to do less meta-posting about posting things on the internet, and to do less posting about technology itself. The reason I’m still out here online is to make friends. I have to be more well-rounded if I want that to happen!

Today I’m going to try switching to using Feedbin exclusively in the browser instead of in the completely dilapidated Reeder 3. I’ve been reading RSS in an app for so long, but this feels like the only sustainable path, and it’s a really good web app. You know, for a web app.

This Apple patent for glass panel keyboards rings true to me. Why else would the TouchBar exist? Why the relentless drive to get us used to less key travel, even at the expense of reliability? Is the trackpad not already a piece of glass with extremely convincing haptic feedback?