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The Nels Cline guitar solo in “Impossible Germany” is one of my favorite concert experiences ever

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 11:37 pm GMT -6

Nels and Jeff in Saint Paul

pic posted Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 09:26 pm GMT -6

Really need to remember all the great guitarists stand stage right

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 08:47 pm GMT -6

Last minute impulse buy

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 06:58 pm GMT -6

Like the castle in its corner in a medieval game, I foresee terrible trouble and I stay here just the same…

- Steely Dan

quoted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 11:19 pm GMT -6

Nice to have Mary back

pic posted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 11:17 pm GMT -6

Tonight Jack Broadbent taught us about UK dogging and short man syndrome

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 11:12 pm GMT -6

Jack at the Dakota

pic posted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 07:37 pm GMT -6

Favorite discovery of the year: blue cheese butter on steak

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 07:12 pm GMT -6

Pre-show cheese plate

pic posted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 06:38 pm GMT -6

My favorite house guest

pic posted Monday, November 13th, 2017 10:02 pm GMT -6

Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention…

- My Life

quoted Monday, November 13th, 2017 09:39 pm GMT -6

Orchid saves the day

pic posted Monday, November 13th, 2017 09:37 pm GMT -6

Here goes nothing: expanded the size of the CIFS volume on our VNXe3200 and now I’m updating the operating environment software

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 13th, 2017 03:27 pm GMT -6

The missing flame

pic posted Sunday, November 12th, 2017 10:46 pm GMT -6

Market home cookin’

pic posted Sunday, November 12th, 2017 12:45 pm GMT -6

A not-really-so-bad-out 6.8 miles along the mighty Mississippi

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 12th, 2017 11:13 am GMT -6

One Week with iPhone X

story posted Saturday, November 11th, 2017 05:22 pm GMT -6

As an Apple Upgrade Program subscriber, there really wasn’t much of a reason for me to not get an iPhone X last week. My iPhone 7 Plus was nearly as expensive last year, so the monthly payments were about the same. Apple really made the trade-in and pre-order process easy this time, so the only issue I had was not noticing the pre-order time was Pacific and not Central (which meant an alarm for 2am instead of midnight).

There are reviews all over the place (this Ben Lovejoy one for 9to5Mac is similar to my experience, although I wouldn’t say I love it as much as him), so I’ll just send you to Apple’s round-up page here for full-blown reviews. For my site, let’s just blow through a few bullet points:

  • I love the size compared to the Plus – the old phone was just too big for my hand (but I want the extra pixels).
  • Never really had a bad iPhone screen – this one is beautiful too.
  • Swipe up for home took about an hour to learn and now I hardly ever make the mistake of pressing that area of the screen trying to get home.
  • Face ID was easy to set up and works at about the same success rate I had with Touch ID, but it’s usually slower (sometimes a lot slower). I do like the private lock-screen notifications (until you get verified) and it’s nice you can just click on a notification and go right to that app once it sees your face.
  • Haven’t had a chance to take the new camera to a concert yet to test low-light conditions, but other shots have looked great. I’ve never been a big user of the “selfie” front-facing camera, so I haven’t really used the new portrait mode or other TrueDepth camera features yet.
  • Animojis: tried a couple to annoy my daughters, then accidentally sent one to a group chat. Karma says just stop now.
  • Yeah, this is an expensive phone. Unfortunately it is what it is (for all manufacturer flagship models, not just Apple).
  • I’ve always been a “no case” fan, but it scares me to think of dropping a $1K phone (even with the AppleCare+ that comes with the upgrade program). I don’t want something super bulky, as I usually carry my phone in my front pocket. Hoping Minnesota-based Twig Case Co. comes out with a line for the X soon (they were reportedly sighted at the Uptown store on release day).
  • I don’t have a wireless charger yet, so I haven’t tried that feature. Will probably wait for the Apple AirPower thing, as it would be nice to set the phone and my watch on the nightstand (plus Colleen likes her AirPods, so maybe I’ll get those eventually too). Also curious to know if it works with a case.
  • Restoring from my iTunes backup was pretty smooth – just had issues with songs, ringtones and playlists not coming back. Since then, I’ve decided to subscribe to 2TB of iCloud storage for backups, so next time I’ll just use that.
  • Most of my favorite apps have already updated and optimized for the X, which basically just means designing for “the notch” that everyone was so concerned about (including myself). Turns out I hardly notice it now and guess that will just continue to grow as app developers get used to optimizing for it.
  • Not sure if I’ve been impacted by the supposed cold weather screen issue, but I do occasionally have issues in Two Dots with actions happening that I didn’t intend.
  • Unrelated to the hardware, the “I” bug in iOS 11.1 was a pain in the butt – a situation that made an already bad auto-correct situation worse (which A ⍰ didn’t think was possible).

MyPrecious became MyPreciousX and I’m happy…

I don’t mind winter, but do miss this

pic posted Saturday, November 11th, 2017 02:51 pm GMT -6

Sportscenter broadcasting from Miami – guy in crowd with “PJ Fleck is a bozo” sign 🏈

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 11th, 2017 09:48 am GMT -6

The pizza of my childhood

pic posted Friday, November 10th, 2017 06:53 pm GMT -6

Good thing Zucker didn’t go back to Vegas

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 9th, 2017 08:59 pm GMT -6

Catching up on Survivor: Outback Steakhouse is the steak authority?

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 9th, 2017 08:00 pm GMT -6

Eat Mor Chikin

pic posted Thursday, November 9th, 2017 12:34 pm GMT -6

Forgot how fun this is

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 09:58 pm GMT -6

Dive Bar Wednesday

pic posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 09:13 pm GMT -6

What is this madness?

pic posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 05:21 pm GMT -6

Dinner with the Valentines

pic posted Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 10:24 pm GMT -6

Baby Band Box

pic posted Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 01:51 pm GMT -6

It’s been decades since I voted somewhere other than Dakota County

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 07:35 am GMT -6

Saddest jackpot ever

pic posted Monday, November 6th, 2017 11:01 pm GMT -6

Pachinko halls in Vegas would be cool

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 6th, 2017 02:40 pm GMT -6

A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention…

- Herbert Simon

quoted Monday, November 6th, 2017 02:17 pm GMT -6

Kevin Costner’s Deadwood casino closed and now another has filed bankruptcy – trouble in the Black Hills?

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, November 6th, 2017 02:15 pm GMT -6

Surprise lunch with SK

pic posted Monday, November 6th, 2017 12:00 pm GMT -6

Monday are better at Keys

pic posted Monday, November 6th, 2017 08:40 am GMT -6

This is an amazing value

pic posted Sunday, November 5th, 2017 08:36 pm GMT -6

My greatest achievement is my daughter. Waking up in the morning, being a father…

- Excavate

quoted Sunday, November 5th, 2017 03:39 pm GMT -6

Big yawns

pic posted Sunday, November 5th, 2017 11:17 am GMT -6

Warming up a cold market

pic posted Sunday, November 5th, 2017 10:45 am GMT -6

First treadmill 5K since May – welcome back, winter

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, November 5th, 2017 09:47 am GMT -6

Love how the “tiny” guys in this game are 6-0 and 6-2

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 4th, 2017 08:40 pm GMT -6

Still love that scoreboard

pic posted Saturday, November 4th, 2017 08:01 pm GMT -6

Last Minnesota round of the year? Bad back lead to a 92 from the greens at The Wilds

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, November 4th, 2017 03:20 pm GMT -6

Lowertown Wonderland

pic posted Friday, November 3rd, 2017 06:31 pm GMT -6

A Friday splurge

pic posted Friday, November 3rd, 2017 06:27 pm GMT -6

The view out my window right now does not bode well for tomorrow’s tee time

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, November 3rd, 2017 04:21 pm GMT -6

All the good stuff is happening in St. Paul, people

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 10:42 pm GMT -6

Thrift Shop just never gets old for me

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 08:36 pm GMT -6

They are the floor

pic posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 07:10 pm GMT -6

Kinda forget this is so close now

pic posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 07:08 pm GMT -6

First time in the balcony

pic posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 07:01 pm GMT -6

I miss System 7

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 03:32 pm GMT -6

Last 4:45am start this week

pic posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 06:04 am GMT -6

Tonight we met Ted

pic posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -6

Introduced Yuki to The Burger

pic posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 10:29 pm GMT -6

A gentleman on the train this morning declared “Man, it’s hard out here for a pimp,” then got off at the next stop

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 12:03 pm GMT -6

Is that Koivu cheating again?

pic posted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 07:32 pm GMT -6

The cameraman has a helper

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 07:23 pm GMT -6

WordPress 4.8.3 security update tested and deployed

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 09:31 am GMT -6

Adequate, uninspired and wretched…

- John Simon

quoted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 08:48 am GMT -6

Two years ago this week

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 06:55 am GMT -6

They have a real sign

pic posted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 06:34 am GMT -6

More beautiful SK art

pic posted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 06:32 am GMT -6

So this is bugging me: could you set more than 3 characters for a high score in Dig Dug?

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, October 30th, 2017 07:17 pm GMT -6

Almost got number three

pic posted Monday, October 30th, 2017 09:14 am GMT -6

Nice weekend of music, food, golf and shopping before a week of high school state soccer games

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, October 29th, 2017 11:50 pm GMT -6

View from the home bench

pic posted Sunday, October 29th, 2017 09:05 pm GMT -6

Icy round at Mystic Lake, but shot an 84 from the whites at The Meadows

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, October 29th, 2017 03:50 pm GMT -6
 

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