Category: Opinion

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Ballard Sunday Market

As a writer, I’m always trying to avoid clichés, so naturally that applies to my photography, too. That thought was on my mind when I visited the Ballard Sunday Market near my home in Seattle. It had been too long since I’d wandered down to the market, and so my wife and I dragged our ...

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Apple Watch Sales and Headline Grabbing Idiots

When I saw the headline that Apple Watch sales were “down 90% from launch,” I assumed it was a poorly-researched attempt to grab attention. And guess what: it is. (Eye roll. I’m also not going to encourage their traffic with a link.) First, Apple hasn’t released any numbers for the Watch, at all. And if ...

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Crumble & Flake Sunday Morning

I’m saying it now: no visit to Seattle is complete without going to Crumble & Flake. This isn’t a new sentiment, but today seals it for me. My daughter and I have been talking about making a trip to Capitol Hill to get some of the brilliant pastries for weeks, and today was a good ...

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On the Shutdown of The Magazine

After two years, Glenn Fleishman is shuttering The Magazine: The sad truth has been that, while profitable from week one, the publication has had a declining subscription base since February 2013. It started at such a high level that we could handle a decline for a long time, but despite every effort — including our ...

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Even the Gray Lady Apple-Trolls for Traffic

In the business and technology fields, people measure success in market share, in profits, and by using various metrics like customer satisfaction (“cust sat,” as Apple CEO Tim Cook has referred to it in public, which strikes me as a rare time when biz jargon has passed through the carefully scripted presentations). There must be ...

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Apple’s “Stickers” MacBook Air Commercial

Apple’s latest commercial is quick and fun, showing off a variety of lid stickers adorning the MacBook Air. What caught my eye, aside from the glimpse of the old six-color Apple logo at the end, was the fact that each sticker is clearly on a different, real machine. It would have been easy for Apple ...

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Everything Wrong with Tech Reporting in One Paragraph

At a family gathering for Father’s Day, my sister asked, “So what’s wrong with Apple?” Puzzled, I asked her to clarify, and she mentioned the occasional snarky tweet I post making fun of Apple analysts, like this one referring to last week’s 7-for-1 stock split: @jeffcarlson: Please please tell me someone wrote an article about ...

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Devil-on-the-Shoulder Look at the WWDC 2014 Keynote

[Updated in places thanks to feedback from readers, and a fresh round of caffeine since I wrote this post late last night.] I almost titled this post “The Pessimist’s Look at WWDC,” but I’m not a pessimist. I think most of what was announced by Apple at the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote is exciting and ...

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Why Is Brad Bird Awesome?

Is it because he created The Incredibles, one of the best superhero movies of all time? Or is it because his foray into live-action filmmaking, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, is the best of the series and perpetually re-watchable? Or maybe it’s because he took the tale of a rat that wanted to be a ...

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Oculus and the Facebook of Tomorrow

A few quick caveats up front: I’ve not used an Oculus Rift VR headset, and I’m not even much of a gamer anymore. I’m working on multiple projects right now and I’m sleep deprived. I’m highly caffeinated. Still, the news that Facebook is buying Oculus for $2 billion ($1.6 billion of which is Facebook stock), ...