October Apple Event

Hi speed,
Can we get what we need?
5G iPhone, A14 power galore
1 more
Thing to ring
In the holiday season
I hope to see a reason
For a homepod mini
We'll get the skinny
On apple headpods
On mini trackers
On apple TV
My wallet fears
a new spending spree

I’m curious to see what Apple roles out this event – There is a pretty large debate as to whether they will focus primarily on the iPhones (and adjacent accessories like the trackers and headphones) or if they will also debut the Apple silicon Macs. I think that having one last event in November is more likely, but I’ll happily be proven wrong.

Overwhelmed

Other people feel this way 
overwhelmed
lost
excluded

We struggle in our lives
to center
To seek
To find

Amidst the unknown
When minutes
Flow forever
Fadeout to black
Bleak attack

It can be hard.
So somedays it is okay,
to eat Mcdonalds
on a Friday

Vote

Vote
When 144 characters
Are the new 2 minute hate

Vote
When hope
Seems only to abate

Vote
For our future, our Republic
Before it is too late

Seriously, this election is too important to sit out. Go to Vote.org and check out resources to help you get registered. Like VP Biden said last night, “You will determine the outcome of this election. Vote, vote, vote. If you’re able to vote early in your state, vote early. If you’re able to vote in person, vote in person – whatever way is the best way for you. Because he cannot stop you from being able to determine the outcome of this election.”

Moments

Ticking by in agony
a celebration
of daggers thrust
into time's heart

Waiting
message read
dot dot dot
disappearing 

Were my words seen?
Was it all it should have been
an arrow
on the mark or missed

Waiting
dot dot dot
waiting...

Good Trouble

Lost in a sea of despair
Without you here is unfair
a nation mourns with grief
beyond belief
for our moral compass
A man who encompassed
Limitless optimism and hope

The son of a sharecropper,
With the soul of a preacher
on a mission to liberate
he felt the call to create
freedom in our state
without prejudice and hate
Increase humanities scope

And when that hate did not abate
he would not be satiated or contented
He would not take a back seat;
he confronted a fleet
of demons set loose
while white hoods tightened their noose
On his brothers and sisters

Standing tall, sailing across
a bridge named for a traitor who lost
Whose descendants beat Lewis
They could not cut through his
Indomitable spirit
His bravery, a light that shined
To a nation in need of redesign

In the struggle for equal rights
for all those in sight
he stood beside King
listening in the wing.
He then spoke
words that demanded to sink in
on the steps before Lincoln

Lewis with a refined gate
sang out a clarion call
equality for one and all
We can not wait
For racism to recede
He would not be defeated
"until Revolution of 1776 is completed.”

“Freedom is not a state; it is an act”
that is a fact
we show gratitude to liberty
by standing with thee
against those who seek
A future most bleak
Without our right to vote

We cannot be quiet,
we need to speak
at this unique moment in time
Bear witness to a crime
when inequality is once again laid bare
we know your memory will be there
A light to guide our way

When our children ask
"What did you do, what did you say"
We’ll reply, we stood on the shoulders
Of what John Lewis achieved
We voted, advocated, legislated and initiated
change; that we were not subtle
and that we got into "good trouble.”

The United States has lost a giant. Rep. John Lewis was a moral compass, someone who spent his entire career fighting for equality and justice. Losing such a clear voice and advocate for democracy and voting rights is heartbreaking.

If you’d like to learn more about Lewis’ life, I’d start with the excellent series of graphic novels that he wrote about his life. I used the second volume in my language arts class a few years ago, and my students were entranced by the story. This clip of him (which is making the rounds on twitter today) accepting an award for the series is incredibly powerful. His love for reading contrasted with his inability to get a library card is heartbreaking.

The poem was inspired by Lewis’ life and this list of quotes compiled from USAtoday. Let us continue to advocate for equality and the right to vote for all of our citizens. Call your senators and the senate majority leader and demand action on the Restore Voting Rights Act. It deserves consideration and to be heard. It deserves to a law.

Balance

Between the screen 
the green and blue
of the world
silence and serenity

Between the noise
and boisterous sound
of blue birds flittering around
silence and serenity

Between the posts
and screaming ghosts
of arguments past
silence and serenity 

Finding small moments
deep in thought
combat what
modernity has wrought 

Public Beta

To Beta, or not to Beta - That is the question:
Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The bugs and glitches of pre-production software
Or to wait patiently for fall general releases
And by stalling better enjoy them. To install, to test-
Evermore— and by test we say to dive into
New features, widgets, scribble by pencil
That iPads, iPhones, and Macs are destined for.
It’s a consumption, to devoutly be wished.
To install, to test-
To test- perhaps to dream of unreleased devices
For in that dream of Apple silicon
Amongst the mountains of Big Sur
Are the possibilities we yearn for.

Apple has released public betas for their major fall releases. I already have it running on my iPad (where I’m writing this post) but I know better than to put it on my iPhone or watch. I write most of my poetry by hand with the logitech crayon, and then type up the handwritten notes. I really couldn’t wait for scribble which promises to really help my work flow. The widgets are fun, but ultimately I know that the real excitement will be when developers release their app updates in the fall. As the summer goes on I’ll update with more impressions, but until then beta at your own peril. 

If you’re interested in installing the betas you can check out thins link on Apple’s beta page. There are also some great beta overviews on Six Colors and MacStories.