Scott's Thoughts

“2016, ya’ll.”

“The CW’s shows will be available on streaming devices next week”

“Mossberg: Apple’s new watchOS 3 shows the virtue of starting over”

“Gary Johnson: WIRED Should Have Endorsed Me for President”

“Fujifilm’s new GFX is a giant camera sensor wrapped in an accessible body”

iPhone 7 First Impressions

I ended up getting the 4.7" iPhone 7–sizing down from my iPhone 6s Plus–in Jet Black. I’m sure in large part, that’s why this phone feels so jewel-like in my hand: it actually feels small, and that’s not how I felt about my previous 4.7" iPhone, the original 6. So far, I’m thrilled to be back to the smaller phone.

The finish is pretty amazing: it doesn’t feel like either aluminum nor plastic. It’s got a polished, almost sticky grip like the 3GS did, but not the plasticky feel. It’s hard to tell where the screen begins, it’s so smooth.

It’s fast. I have the iPad Pro as well, and this thing benchmarks as fast or faster than that does. I don’t run benchmarks, but in use, it’s blazing. Rerouting after a turn in Maps is super quick, and everything is responsive.

The new home button doesn’t feel at all like a button, but I don’t mind it. Touch ID is even quicker than before. The Taptic Engine is put to new uses in iOS 10, and it’s a really nice experience. I particularly like the taps that it uses when scrolling through a date list to make it feel like a tactile operation.

So far, I’m very impressed.

“President Trump’s First Term”

“Emmys 2016: Ratings Hit a New Low”

“There’s No Debate”

“‘Mr. Robot’ star Rami Malek wins Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy”

“Emmys 2016: Tatiana Maslany wins for Orphan Black (finally)”

“Nikon D5 high ISO noise performance”

“The Netflix Backlash: Why Hollywood Fears a Content Monopoly”

“Orders for comic books have hit a twenty year high”

“Important news about Keeble & Shuchat”

“Grammar Snob stickers for iMessage are ready to ruin your friendships”

“iPhone 7 Review: Many additions and one subtraction”

“Because Scott Walker Asked”

“Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon”

“Why does blockbuster movie music all sound boring and the same?”

“Villains and Vigilantes™ 3.0: The Mighty Protectors™ RPG by Jeff Dee”

“About the ‘Basket of Deplorables’”

“TiVo’s new interface will cut down on channel surfing”

iPhone 7 Woes

I spaced out last night, and didn’t get my order in, so I’ve got more time to ponder which color to get. I’ve historically been a white iPhone person, and when I’ve dabbled with black, I’ve always been tired of it quickly and ready to go back as soon as the new model came out. But the new black options look great and–let’s face it–a white iPhone 7 is going to look almost identical to the white iPhones 6 I’ve had for awhile.

First world problems, I know. I can’t believe I missed the window to order one, though!

The Iron Giant

Apropos of my recommendation for Kubo, let me recommend taking the time to enjoy the new release of Iron Giant: The Signature Edition. The Iron Giant is one of my all-time favorite animated movies, and is a fantastic movie for the family. Scratch that: It’s one of my favorite movies, period. Watch it now.

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