On visual thinking

Link to a blog articleMaking the most of a free day, with Presidents Day off work, so I am finally catching up on some reading through the wealth of tabs open in my browser on the iPad Pro. This piece about visual thinking and note taking is a good question-and-answer article: Mathias Jakobsen’s astounding take on visual thinking.

On a related note, I plan to listen to this podcast episode from Mike Rohde.

Quick! Three beers! – An Olive-sided Flycatcher in the neighborhood

Walking home from coffee this morning at Bluebeard Coffee, I heard a familiar bird call from on top of a tree a few blocks from home. 

“Quick! Three beers!”
No, this wasn’t coming from a customer at Hanks. It was an Olive-sided Flycatcher in the top of a tree somewhere between Sixth Avenue and the crest of the hill along Sheridan Street. 

The white dot at the top of this tree is the Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Hearing and then seeing this bird – the first of its kind that I have seen in this neighborhood – is a good reminder that nature is all around us, even here in the city. If only we would slow down and listen.

You can get a look at the Olive-sided Flycatcher on the Birdweb website and listen to its call.

How to know it is time for a new tablet

My aging iPad has been a thorn in my side for the last month, and yesterday while I was co-working with a friend at a local coffee shop, it did everything in its power to tell me that it is time to find a replacement. Even doing something simple like checking Facebook was making the poor thing lock up, and at one point I found myself connecting my Bluetooth keyboard to my iPhone 5 so I could continue to be somewhat functional, since I had already had to reboot the iPad three or four times when it would randomly lock up.

It is possible that my iPad knows that Apple will announce upgrades tomorrow? I am sure it is just a coincidence…

Here is the link for tomorrow’s announcements scheduled for 10 a.m. Pacific Time: http://www.apple.com/live/

On the eve of a new iPad update, a good case study for using a Surface

Apple is due to unveil an updated version or two of its iPad tablet on Oct. 16, and I will post my thoughts about it when it arrives, but I wanted to point out this post from Gizmodo today that offers a great use-case for the Surface tablet:

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review: The Ultimate Outdoor Computer?

The article makes an effort to follow through on Microsoft’s marketing of the Surface Pro as a competitor for the MacBook Air, but it fails to make any meaningful comparison to using an iPad Air with a keyboard in the same manner. Regardless, this may be useful information for some people. I know that if I needed to buy a Windows-based machine right now, I would consider whether a Surface Pro could meet my needs.