Vincent Ritter

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Time to save up a little. Both my girls are now on the daily hint of: “We need to buy a new car”.

Yay… 😭

I just wrote about that Apple Event and my observations. Of course this is only a personal opinion. The thought of removing it already has crossed my mind a dozen times in the past few minutes. It’s a post of disappointment in their messaging, and yet again a thing where I moan about something.

In a way I want to get it off my chest, and into my diary (the blog). Maybe someone agrees, maybe someone takes offence, maybe someone doesn’t agree, maybe someone just doesn’t care at all. Perhaps one day I will look back and think to myself how stupid we all were (talking about Apple and me). In a way it is a pointless post. Just like this one.

I am human, with many thoughts, both troubling and enlightening and everything between. It’s nice to let go and just let the words flow. It’s not my best writing. Practice. Sometimes I write stuff that I need to get out of my head, hit publish and be done with it. Except that now I am writing this… am I really done?

I certainly feel better… but at what cost? I’ll never know.

Two books arrived today, whoop. Can’t wait to start.

The Apple event(s?)...

So I caved yesterday morning, drinking coffee, eating breakfast. I turned on the TV and the Apple TV app opened, and here was Tim Cook with a stupid picture. This in turn made me roll my eyes, and just said "this is fucking pretentious"... I tapped play on the event.

My inner geek came out, wanting to catch up on all things Apple. It was only the urge to look. So here I was, watching the first 2 minutes... I always like the overproduced intro videos... except this time I didn't enjoy it. What I did enjoy was those beautiful big trees and nature. I mean wow!

Tim walked out and the effect was fun... he opened his mouth, spoke... and I immediately cringed. This is bad. Immediately pausing it. I got to 02:13.

My wife joined, she never watched these with me. I skipped to the Apple Watch section, just scrubbing over until I saw it. Pressed play.

Amazing landscape! My wife and I agreeing. Thinking about what life would be like. Remembering Jersey (where we met & lived) and its beautiful coast and scenery and beaches.

Then they spoke. I cringed once again. We are both in agreement. "Why do they speak like this?".

Big words, funny hand gestures (just to drive home the point), and treating like everyone is a big eyed stupid baby that doesn't understand other words instead of "Our most advanced display yet" (Makes big gestures)... rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat - and here we are at the end of the segment. Oh wait, here is a promo video of some dude falling with his precious Watch. Same effect. "We're thrilled..." - oh no, here we fucking go again.

WR50! WR50! Did I just say WR50? No? FUCK... * big hand gesture, "WR50 PEOPLE!". WR50.

You know that Captain Picard facepalm (or the one of many)? Yeah? Well, that sums it up actually for every-single-event-to-date-in-the-past-few-years.

I don't understand all this big drama about everything and the "fakeness" of it all. I know this is "marketing", but jeez what a fucking bore. Who cares? Stop the baby talk like I'm a retard. It's getting old and stupid and boring. It's a shame. A real shame. Unfortunate that all this trickles down to everything else in society and markets too. Stupid. I don't like fake, and I don't like sugar coating (except on a real cake).

Steve Jobs did the same thing, but there was something in his eyes, in his body language where he truly believed everything he was saying and presenting. Yes, also big words, but big words with meaning and real emotion and heart. Passion.

There is none of that anymore.

I wanted to stop, as I was just annoyed by the "blah blah BIG WORD" (hand gesture to follow). Then however, a surprise update on Apple Fitness+.

Fitness+ is by far the best Apple service that exists, in my opinion, and I was so happy to see updates to it. But I was only excited about the new content arriving. The videos and promos again were the same thing and the same message. Rinse and repeat.

This was the only section I enjoyed.

I stopped there. I guess the phones came afterwards, looking at the little preview clips.

My message to Apple? Stop being so fake, stop treating everyone like a retard and get serious. Be less culturally American and be more international (the American way isn't always the only one, or the best). Surprise us once again. Don't be boring during your presentations. Use different words and be fucking passionate about it, and don't just say it with big hand gestures. Show it, spontaneously - not staged.

I still enjoy the products when I use them and Apple Fitness+ has made a profound difference in my life (makes BIG HAND GESTURE). The Apple Watch is their best product, giving useful utility out of everything whilst not getting in the way of having a real life. I hope that one day it evolves into something more refined. The iPhone umbilical cord gone.

For now, Apple, I'll catch up on Fitness+ and Apple Watch stuff. That's all I want. Stay passionate (for real) about it and surprise me!

Hoping to make a small dent into the Gluon Universe this week and finish the Android update that’s been waiting for me...

I put my flight bag away again. I checked my old license for expire dates of all things like my Instrument Rating, Multi Engine Rating, Commercial License, Radio Telephony License, Medical. I know it’s all expired… that’s going to be a lot of work to get back.

Reading a lot of books. The new me?

Reading a lot of books at the moment, more than in my lifetime (don’t ask — I am late):

I really love the "The Expanse" books, reading book 1, 2 and starting number 3 on "Apple Books". Now I am buying physical books instead as I don’t really want to hold a device, nor do I want to think about DRM. Book 4 has been ordered as I’m close to finishing number 3.

The Magus is my wife’s favourite book of all time. I just started it. It’s nice I could start a conversation about it. So far I am really interested and like it. This is also my first book where it’s written in first person… I never experienced that.

Living the good life came about researching self-sufficient lifestyle and being a little bit more "outdoor" and living more simple in general. There are other books that I bought along that, for example how to survive outside and what to eat when finding oneself in strange situations. I’ll blog about those some other day though.

On order I have Book 4 of The Expanse series. Also expecting Wool, by Hugh Howey — another book I have digital.

When I was a kiddo, I didn’t read a lot of books at all, which is a shame in itself. However since reading Road Dahl books to my daughter like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many others, I am really interested. Roald Dahl was always taught in school when I went but I couldn’t care more. Now I care.

I jump between books and that’s how I work the best. Keeps my interest peaked.

The last few weeks we were out I always took a book with me and was reading whilst waiting… wow, what an amazing feeling t o sip coffee and read a good book. Bliss. Magical.

It certainly takes you to new places in your mind, a place where no technology will ever manage to come close to.

My last ever flight, in my logbook, was on the 29th of February, 2012. Flying from East Midlands airport to Jersey (Channel Islands — where I lived). 2 hrs block to block.

After roughly 9 years closed…

Dusted, ready to open…

Memories rushing out, hard to contain.

My mind drifted into a very dangerous place over the weekend. Suddenly, looking up, taking the sound and sight of a light aeroplane doing circuits overhead (touch & go’s), I thought - "shit, I need to do this again". Flashbacks ensued.

Fuck.

If they did a remake of The Walking Dead, and replaced empty hands with hands containing "smartphones" (Pocket Computers) and instead of looking at you, looking at the PC — that would be spot on on what I see day in and out in 2021.

Can we drop the word "smart" from tech stuff now please? It’s really annoying.

Super happy with the dark mode tweaks that rolled out to Micro.blog today. Small stuff, but important ✌️ And as we say: "more to come".

Nice to see a few small updates to Basecamp rolling out. Also interesting to see they’re using Squarespace to host their updates site (which is a new addition).

Had a bit of a poopy day, so I worked on a tiny tweak to some Micro.blog stuff we’re doing. Already feeling better and calmer. ❤️

Oh… don’t mind me…


Went to bed late last night, on a school night… certainly feeling it now, coming close to noon. Already drank a jar of coffee 😋. Maybe a nap is in order.

Asking for anyone using Gluon, that app for Micro.blog… what is the one feature you would like to see improved in the next release (that reads… existing feature and not anything I haven’t shipped). Let me know.

Discord account deleted 🥳 One step at a time...

I’d love to drive to my Mum’s place right now (only a 2 day hike and a ferry), go to the attic, and grab my GameBoy and put in those lush Pokemon games. Loved playing those under the covers with no backlight, and pretending to sleep (they knew I was awake).