The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — The State of the #BloggerLife, February 2019: Do Less Better.


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One thing I’ve been particularly horrible at is learning to say “no”.

The Long Road to Becoming a Better Blogger

They say hindsight’s 20/20, and if my old report cards are an indication of anything, the people around me could see I was sowing the seeds to my destruction long before I could.

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — The State of the #BloggerLife, February 2019 — Do Less Better. — The Pile of Work

We all know there’re only twenty-four hours in a day, but I’ve been working to optimise every minute of my days since I was twelve. I could sleep when I was dead—I had too many ideas and a plethora of interests; it was all about the short-term pain for the long-term gain, and I was confident that I’d reach the day where I wouldn’t need to work so hard anymore.

But it’s been more than twenty years of sleepless nights and wishful thinking since, and I’m still not quite so sure when I’ll figure it all out.

I mean, the question is this—how do you succeed with your content when you can’t make it your everything?

What’s Up With Apple? A Look at What Goes on BEHIND the Screens!


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It may surprise you, but Apple does so much more than just put out cool tech. Yes, the first thing you think of when you hear “Apple” might be “iPhone”, but that’s not where their story stops. Between interactive in-store experiences, seamless mash-ups with other brands, and continually pushing the boundaries of what they can do with the many properties they own, there’s plenty you can explore from the gang who made black turtlenecks cool again!

Carpool Karaoke: The Series — Apple Comes out Swinging with Some Musical Fun on Apple Music!

Let’s start with Carpool Karaoke: The Series!

Did you know Apple has their own shows on Apple Music? I didn’t!

What's Up With Apple? A Look at What Goes on BEHIND the Screens! — Carpool Karaoke The Series — James Corden and Shaquille O'Neal
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 07: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal (L) and Carpool Karaoke Series Executive Producer James Corden at Apple Music Launch Party Carpool Karaoke: The Series with James Corden on August 7, 2017, in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Apple)

But Carpool Karaoke: The Series is the brainchild of James Corden and Ben Winston—the gents who first brought Carpool Karaoke to life on The Late Late Show with James Corden—and Eric Pankowski, CBS’ former Senior Vice President of Programming and Development. It pairs musicians with celebrities who’d usually find themselves talented otherwise, challenging them with karaoke adventures that involve all sorts of antics! With big names like Alicia Keys, Shaquille O’Neal and Maisie Williams, you get a very different experience each episode!

Check it out on Apple Music!

REVIEW: Finding My Flow with the iPad Pro

They say ignorance is bliss.

We don’t know what we don’t know, and before I got my hands on an iPad Pro, I was blissfully unaware just how much this sweet piece of hardware would change how I live my life.

Finding My Flow with the iPad Pro — The Two iPad Pro Models

The iPad Pro’s not my first rodeo with the product line—I bought a 64 GB iPad 2 back in 2011 to work on my daily blog while we were away on honeymoon. (I even made a pit stop at a Paris Apple Store—twice—because I’d forgotten my Apple Wireless Keyboard at home. Twice because I’d picked up an AZERTY keyboard the first time instead of a QWERTY… but back to our regular program.)

In 2015, a couple of 16 GB iPad Minis came my way through my work with Swiffer and Netflix—their Bluetooth 4 meant I could use third-party styli like the Adonit Pixel and the Wacom Bamboo Stylus, but I always found the experience… lacking.

Sure it was great to draw right onto the screen, but part of the reason I’d never fully switched over to digital art was because drawing on paper felt so natural and I just didn’t get that with these tools. From everything I saw, I thought us still a good way from technology managing to capture the soul that makes art what it is.

And I didn’t know how completely wrong I was ’til I got my hands on an iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro — Changing the Way We Tablet!

Finding My Flow with the iPad Pro — Close-Up of the Apple Pencil

The iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil do more than let you draw on-screen smoothly and responsively—it’s actually inspired me to get back into drawing!

Finding My Flow with the iPad Pro — Doomsdayblaze Hovering Line Art

Beating March Break Boredom with Apple’s iPad and the App Store!

It struck me today that this is the last time for a while I can be so nonchalant about March Break.

My eldest son starts kindergarten in September, and from the mere glimpse I’ve seen of school life so far, it seems the pursuit of education is just as hard for parents as it is for the kids going through it.

So I sympathise—I’ve filled criminal reference checks for the volunteering I didn’t see coming. I’ve sat outside for hours in near-freezing weather to land my boys spots in a reputable childcare program. We fight hard to build routines for our children so we can live our own lives, which is why I know “March Break” is quite possibly the worst-named week ever.

Beating March Break Boredom with Apple's iPad and the App Store! — Ontario Science Centre

The lead-up to March Break is a scramble—do you find a day camp? Take the time off work? Suffer overcrowded family facilities with the hope it’ll be somewhat enjoyable? Parenting’s already tough enough when you’re not competing with every other parent, so you’d better keep some secret weapons in your arsenal if you hope to survive the week!

The Goodwill of Yon Storeclerk and Loving Thy Neighbour

So as we all know from the last couple days' of posts, the 2010 20K didn't end up as well as I'd originally anticipated. The drive wasn't there to reach the original goal, and my life became highly involved in a number of other pursuits. I'm sorry if I let anyone down with this – but in retrospect, it wasn't the right fit. If you did end up contributing and want me to make a donation in-kind to a charity of your choice, or have some other crazy idea that you'd like me to follow up, I'm all ears 🙂 I believe that some of the principles that help govern a healthy lifestyle include collaboration, communication and flexibility, so let me express some of those, and hopefully we can figure out what next steps to take 🙂
I was doing some thinking lately about the past year, and how on one hand, while I was striving to find ways to make some extra cash, I was equally fortunate that I didn't need to shell out some ridiculous sums at times! Chalk it up to divine intervention, maybe to just – as some of my coworkers like to so subtly put it – me having "a horseshoe up my ass", I've been fortunate.
One such story happened in mid-late November.
It was the night of a band practice for the OPS Battle of the Bands (we're The Calamities, by the way – pictures and video coming soon). We were off to a rocky start musically, and we wanted to record ourselves to get a better idea of what things were sounding like. So I whipped out my ever-handy iPod Touch (4th gen) so we could get something clean to work with, placing it square in the middle of a nearby amp. This was not a good idea. With the combination of the bassy reverbations of the amp and a wayward foot hitting its side, I found myself looking over, moments later, to an iPod facedown on the ground.

The drop couldn't have been more than a foot, but it was enough to send a crack glaring diagonally across the face of my (rather pricy) source of fun. It was very, very hard to get through the rest of practice without losing my ****, but I eventually made it and ventured home, damaged goods in tow. Sarah was about as unimpressed as I was.

When I got in, I started reviewing the warranty documentation, only to find that inflicted damage isn't covered. This was definitely not cool, since I'd bought AppleCare to extend my warranty for another two years just in case . So there went my money down the drain in SO many ways, and me Googling for a solution when there was none to be found 🙁

So I decided to go into the Apple Store to see what my options were. I found out that I could reserve an appointment online – which I did, leaving a lengthy explanation of how the damage happened; how I didn't want to pay half the cost of the iPod Touch for a repair fee since it was only a couple of months old and since Apple doesn't currently supply any cases for their newest iPod Touch, and that I was generally upset.

Booked. And then re-booked. And then re-booked once again. (What can I say – it was a really busy day!)

I went to the Genius Bar to see what we could do. I was pretty nervous, because knowing that AppleCare didn't cover this, we were looking at a repair charge of $219 + tax on top of what I'd already paid for the device and the extended warranty. The guy who helped me – the first thing he noticed was the case I had for my iPod Touch (I believe it was a Miss Belle case I'd gotten from Fan Expo 2010 – thanks to this site for helping me figure it out!) and how cute it was. Little did I know that this would open the door for further awesomeness – we started talking about what had happened, how high the drop had been, how I was trying to record my band so we could figure out where we were going wrong – and yeah. When I was done, he gave me a look and let me know that this isn't usually done, but he was going to give me a one-time replacement, free of charge.

WHAT.
Maaaaan, it was like Christmas had come early. (I think I overused this line in 2010, for the record.) First thing I did after leaving the store (after profusely thanking the guy and promising to spread the word that the Apple Store Toronto Eaton Centre is freaking awesome with amazing customer service) was hit up The Source and get myself a sturdy leather case to make sure that this crap never happened again.
So I guess the moral here is that saving money is equal parts earning the money, but also not spending your money idiotically. And spending that money would have been STUPID. I'm really glad I didn't have to.
So keep your devices close and your common sense closer, and while I use my Springpad to sort out all these notes I have strewn across various areas, I hope that you guys aren't going crazy with the holiday season! (I haven't even started shopping yet, but I can already see the year being pretty low-key. Though I know some friends are being totally slacktastic with their wish lists. You know who you are. Yes, I can call you out in my blog!)
Peace out, homefries,
–case p.

The good, the bad, the ugly.

So a little annoyed with Apple today.
 
I asked for people to give me Apple store gift cards for Christmas and birthday gifts over the last couple of years – this was so it would make it easier for people so that they wouldn't need to go online and get confused with getting a giftcard for the online store.
 
I went in to the Apple store today to see how customizable the computers are in-store, and they only do RAM and matte screens.
 
Which SUCKS, because I wanted to upgrade to a 3.06 GHz processor on the top-of-the-line 15" and a faster hard drive.
 
I guess the silver lining is that getting a replacement hard drive doesn't void AppleCare, so I can always change it down the road if needs be. Just a little annoying that I'm being hampered from getting my "dream machine", but I suppose I'll end up saving about $350 and still have a good amount of power (it'll be 2.8 GHz).
 
I also picked up some trades at lunch:
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 20: Glimpses of Death
  • Usagi Yojimbo vol. 21: The Mother of Mountains
  • The Boys vol. 5: Herogasm
  • The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 5: Escape from the Eighth City
I foresee great reading in my weekend!
 
And in a total show of faith in customers, the guys at the Hairy Tarantula gave me a copy of Usagi vol. 19 to hold on to when I complained that the copy I had had 8 pages misprinted and put in upside down. All I need to do is bring the misprinted copy in the next time I'm in. That's pretty awesome customer service.
 
All in all, a fairly productive lunch. I'll eat later – my lunch is actually defrosting on my desk.