Apple Keynote Buzzword Watch 2015

June 8, 2015 – Let’s see how many buzzwords the speakers manage to use in the Apple Keynote.  (Anyone else feel like they’re watching the Jabberwocky episode of Better Off Ted?)

  • epicenter of change
  • live-streaming
  • great capabilities
  • the world’s most-advanced
  • ecosystems
  • opportunities
  • unbelievable possibilities
  • team-building off-site
  • big enhancements
  • innovation
  • flawless and interactive
  • performance increases
  • improvement in . . . performance
  • results are really phenomenal
  • revolutionized
  • amazed us again
  • building blocks
  • dramatically alter
  • efficiency
  • adoption rate
  • elevate the foundations
  • industry-leading

Cape Cod Exploration

March 21, 2015 – We had a lovely weekend day and decided to take advantage of it by driving down to Cape Cod.  Along the way we stopped at a 99 Restaurant for lunch.  This chain is one of our favorite local spots, we particularly recommend their fried shrimp and draft beer.

Feeling refreshed we continued towards Wellfleet.  We didn’t have anything particular in mind, just driving around exploring.  We were pleasantly surprised to find large chunks of ice still floating in the water.  There was also a little shack for clamming (I think), that was later turned into a studio.

Louisa couldn’t resist dipping her toes in the water, which was actually warmer than the air temperature. We continued on down the road and initially found a dead end.  We backtracked and found a parking lot by the coast.  We parked and walked down a snow-covered trail towards the water.  We had a view of the sand bar / peninsula where a tavern used to sit back in the 1800s.

Celtics Playoff Game

April 26, 2015 – There’s just something about playoff basketball, particularly a potential elimination game.  The doors even opened more than an hour ahead of the game, giving us time to get some General Tso’s chicken tenders and fries, and then get to our seats.  Top row of the nosebleeds, at the top of the stairs (our preferred spot, since we can stand and move in and out easily without obstructing anyone’s view).

The Celtics and Cavs played a good game.  So good that I was surprised to check the score and see we were solidly losing, with the Cavs up by almost 20 points.

The game was physical (the refs didn’t really seem to be in control of it, and it took a flurry of strange calls in the 3rd for them to restore some semblance of order), with multiple players leaving with injuries, and one ejected for throwing a punch.  The Cavs shot lights out from 3-point range in the first half, and despite a slight shooting slump which let the Celtics make the game competitive, were able to prevail.

The Celtics crowd loves their team, and loves to boo the other team.  By the end of the game though, with the outcome decided, the fans gave the Celtics a standing round of applause.

One other thing I like about the Celtics games is the “Heroes Among Us” segment.  Tonight’s honoree was a marine who was retiring after 20 years of service, from Somalia to Iraq to Afghanistan.  He also received a well-deserved standing ovation.

PAX East 2015

March 6 – 8, 2015 – This year we were really lucky – we got 3 day tickets for PAX East and scored a room at the Westin attached to the convention center.  So, what does PAX look like to us?

  • Various video games while waiting in lines for the main hall.  Still not beating Faster than Light.  Also getting to the main hall line 2.5 hours early so we can get seats really really close to the stage.
  • Good food.  We brought danish, applesauce and juice drinks for breakfast, got lots of venti iced mochas from Starbucks, discovered some great pasta and cashew nut chicken and rice bowls a the convention center, and went to Legal Test Kitchen (LTK) a few times.  Favorites from LTK included their lobster truffle mac ‘n cheese, fried fish tacos, and anything with scallops.
  • Fun speakers.  We particularly enjoyed hearing story time by Telltale Games, Rooster Teeth, Chainsawsuit Live (funniest guys we’ve every seen in person… “Team Murder Dad” anyone?), anything by Mike and Jerry from Penny Arcade, and the Acquisitions Inc. D&D (“Is this whole room a zone of truth? …”).
  • Concerts.  We really enjoy the concerts, and particularly liked hearing Super Guitar Bros and watching Bitbrigade provide video game music during a live play through of Metroid.
  • Exploring the Expo Hall.  This year’s slow shuffle showed us a lot of up and coming indie game developers with very well-developed concepts.  Most games appeared to be Betas, though we did see one pre-Alpha.