Andrea Bocelli: “All that counts in life is intention.”
Anyone who ever purchased something from Apple the past decade knows how a beautiful experience the unboxing of any of their goodies is, and this was no exception. Ha, no wonder, Apple even has a special ‘secret packaging room‘ , a team that spends a LOT of time on improving user experience from the moment that the purchase is made and the unboxing begins. The box itself looks arty, the various parts fit beautifully inside the box, and obviously all attention goes to THE product when the box is opened! The unboxing prepares you and sets the bar for the user experience that customers love so much. It is a great thing about Apple products; everything just works, I love it! (it just takes time to sync 60+Gb he he)
Oprah Winfrey: “I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”
It is a known fact; people (not all! ) boost up their lives on Facebook, pretend it is nicer, funnier, better, more exciting then it really is. Competing with your fellow Facebook friends on who is getting the most Likes and/or Comments, in a way much comparable with the ‘I want to have a bigger car than my neighbour’ rat-race in (Western) society. What a waste of time and energy…
Facebook is currently *the* biggest ‘six degrees of separation‘ network, giving you the ability to (re)connect with friends, real friends, meet new people and connect with them, their lives…ain’t that beautiful? But, is really used to that extend? To really connect and interact?
For a second, wake-up and realize that most of this is entertainment for the masses, one big cover over your eyes to blindsight you from the real world, the truth and what really matters in life…
So, how much time do you spend on Facebook and what does it give you really?
Benjamin Franklin: “Wish not so much to live long as to live well.”
Following the release of Apple’s new Mac OS X operating system, Yosemite, last Thursday, I took a leap and installed it on both my MacBook Air and iMac. Especially the iMac install was a *big* leap, as I currently don’t have enough storage space to fully backup the nearly 3TB I have on the machine. The MacBook Air install was therefore a trial and since the installation went more than super smooth, it was nothing more than a calculated risk.
I have to say, Yosemite is doing good so far; my MacBook Air feels snappier and battery life improved?! I also like to look and feel and…it will be even better when iOS 8.1 is released for my iDevices tomorrow; some nifty features bundled as ‘Continuity’ will bring OS X and iOS closer together than ever! The ability to continue things I started on my iPhone on my iMac called Handoff (such as writing emails, working on documents, etc.), answering calls and sending text messages from my iMac/MacBook Air though my cellular connection on the iPhone, are as said; nifty features.
Also, my storage ‘challenge’ will be solved soon, either via a NAS (am looking into a Synology or QNAP), or through a new Mac mini (updated last Thursday too ) combined with a Drobo 5D DAS…I need Terabytessssss hahaha (just 1,5 year ago I thought the iMac’s 3TB would be sufficient enough for a longggg time).
Phyllis Mcginley: “A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.”
So, it is mid October and (last Thursday) the first snow of the season arrived, already! Then again, it hasn’t been a lot, one might say it didn’t qualify for real snow coming to town as it barely covered the trees, ah!
Oh well, the temperatures dropped to around 0C so it starts to feel like winter (while NL has had the warmest October 18 ever measured with a whopping 23C!).
Though some of the white stuff stayed for a few days, the attempt to turn my garden into winter wonderland did not succeed, at all!!
Jennifer Hudson: “You have to want weight-loss success so badly that no mountain, river, or ocean could keep you from reaching your goals. If you have that drive, passion, and commitment, there is no way you won’t get there.”
Misha celebrated his 3rd Birthday in the kindergarten today and after two years with ‘healthy’ treats (a ‘hedgehog’ with cucumber, grapes, tomato, a small piece of typical dutch cake (eierkoek), surrounded by raisins in 2012, and last year a fleet of Viking Ships filled with healthy goods (raisins, a banana, grape, cucumber and tomato), this years treat was a ‘not-so-hot-air’ balloon filled with fun ‘goodies’ for kids (a pencil, eraser, little drawing book, rubber stamp, small plastic toy and dutch ‘Jip & Janneke’ raisins). Misha had a great time giving, and all the kids loved it, as you can see from what they wrote on the heart that they gave him (in norwegian obviously )…yeah, another great day, everybody happy!
Florida Scott-Maxwell: “You need only claim the event of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.”
David Shore: “People choose the paths that grant them the greatest rewards for the least amount of effort.”
I came back home yesterday after an intense 2.5 weeks of traveling, partying, work, a wedding in Mallorca, Misha’s Birthday, more work with some insomniatic all nighters, a quick stop at home, more work, Kristel’s wedding and now home home with my angel…for a month, yay!!
I am really looking forward to spend quality time with Misha the coming period, three years old now so never a dull moment, I love it! Quality time was also the visit to my 94 year old (!) grandma last week, it is always good to see her, and while life is not easy for her these days, I feel fortunate to have her around and being able to see and talk to her…below a follow-up to the four generations photo from 2011: