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Rails

Looking through the monorail tracks to the Westin Hotel, downtown Seattle. (Click for larger view.)

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Up Early for Snow in Seattle

After it snowed a few inches overnight, we were up early (thanks to the 8-year-old, very early) to go experience it. The people in this house were awake, too.

The cold weather today made me think of this photo from December when it snowed here in Seattle. It’s sunny and a brisk 31 degrees F outside now, but friends in Portland are digging out of a foot of snow from the last couple of days!

Stay warm.

Rainy Seattle holiday

Holiday lights in downtown Seattle reflected in the rain.

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Morning Orange

I woke up to this gorgeous light this morning. It was fleeting—the sun rose into the clouds within a couple of minutes. But until then, the trees (and my kitchen) were bathed in golden glowy sunlight.

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Puget Sound Sunset

I live in an awfully beautiful place. On the way to my daughter’s piano practice the other day, the light was amazing. I dropped her and my wife off, then headed to Sunset Hill Park, a little grassy overlook that’s aptly named.

I also took this opportunity to set up a 360-degree camera (the 360fly 4K) and capture a short timelapse of the sunset. The sun dropped below the clouds pretty quickly, but the clip still turned out well (especially the little girl to the right flopping around while her mom tried to get a photo). The video below should show up in a 360 viewer: if you’re on a mobile device, turn yourself around to see other angles. You may need to view it in the YouTube app. On a computer, you may need to use a browser such as Chrome.

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20160415 Selfie

A woman captures a selfie in front of the EMP museum in Seattle.

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My latest column for the Seattle Times covers Apple’s announcements from last week: the smaller iPhone SE, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and features of iOS 9.3 such as Night Shift: New iPhone and iPad Pro pack more in smaller sizes.

I haven’t yet used either device, which are due to be released March 31, so the column isn’t a review. I’m looking forward to trying them out.

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Dockside, Downtown Seattle

A pause while unloading trucks at a dock in downtown Seattle. (Click the image to view it larger.)

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Family and Morpheus

The Seattle Art Museum is showing a large collection of work by Kehinde Wylie—and by “large collection” I also mean large in size. These hyper-colorful paintings of black men and women in traditional (white) poses is best viewed in person where you can get the full effect of the giant canvases. I went with my family today and had as much fun watching people as I did enjoying the artwork. I highly recommend catching the exhibit.

And I love this sentiment at the start of the gallery:

Please Take Photos

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Saint Remi

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Adobe post seatimes

My latest column for the Seattle Times looks at two iOS apps that bring creativity to anyone. Adobe Post combines text and photos in a way that doesn’t require knowing how to use Photoshop or any other image editor, and is tailored for social sharing on networks like Instagram and Facebook (the image at the top of this post is an example from Post). I also look at Apple’s new Music Memos app, which is designed for musicians to capture their ideas in a surprisingly sophisticated way—but can also be useful for non-musicians like me.

Apple’s oldest guiding principle has been that its products can be used by anyone. Even the earliest kits Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold out of that fabled garage were designed to make it easier for hobbyists to assemble their own computers without having to solder every part.

That spirit continues in many ways throughout the Apple ecosystem today. A couple of recent iOS apps have caught my eye for the way they make complicated tasks easy for everyday folks.

Read it here: Photo, music creativity in reach with new apps.

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