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.

Independence Day

The Declaration 
is a promise
not a celebration 
of a perfect nation

The Declaration 
is a commitment
not a receipt 
of past liberation
or a yearly excuse
for exhilaration 

Liberty, an idea
that reverberates
even among times
where it abates

We can do so much more
this 4th of July
While politicians keep score
our Black citizens die
In our streets take action
heed the fallen's cry!

Speak out, speak up
let us lead
a nation filled with sorrow
dreaming of tomorrow

Be not afraid to disobey
privilege and power
to scorch and scour
for a sense of freedom long delayed

A promise
one we struggle to fulfill 
"We hold these truths to be 
self-evident that all
are created equal"

We decide 
the fate of the republic
and with each tick
of the clock
we decide the character
of the nation
where we reside

The 4th of July should not be a celebration of liberty achieved, but rather a reminder of the obstacles that we have still to overcome. Ibram Kendi makes a fantastic argument in his piece “What to an American is the 4th of July” examining the the role power plays in achieving freedom. I’d also recommend re-reading Frederick Douglass’ classic speech “What to the slave is the 4th of July.” As a society we can not claim to celebrate freedom for all if there is not freedom for every citizen.

Smart Glasses

Maybe you imagine
that smart glasses
will be the answer to all your questions
you will be sanguine
amongst the disconnected masses
until after several disconnections
you curse the six hundred dollars spent
and wonder where the future went

Google bought smart glasses company North and announced that they would be winding down their support for North’s focal smart glasses over the next year. the CEO of Sonos has made a point of arguing that it is near impossible for small tech companies to survive and play in the market and this is another nail in the coffin for competition. Perhaps google will find a way to make an interesting set of glasses; but after seeing google glass and the decline of the Pixel, it is hard to have confidence in the google hardware team.

Included Charger

Include a charger
For rampant consumer needs
Throw it in a drawer
Leave it in the box
Who weeps while the planet bleeds?

I thought this piece from Dieter Bohn on the Verge was spot on. I spend a couple of days preparing to move just going through endless drawers of wires and old connectors. I have somewhere to the tune of 20 usb chargers, not including usb hubs and power strips that have additional USB ports built in. Most were from old iPhones and iPads, but some were novelty. (One even had my college logo on it)

If Apple decides not to include chargers, I think that’s a step in the right direction. E-waste is something that we’ll have think about more in the future.

Sunrise

I’m always running toward you,
you’re always running away
In these hallowed moments
I never know what to say

When the morrow meets the sky
This desperate twilight hour
When the cold air whistles
and starts to devour

I catch just a glimpse of you
stars in your eyes
Slowly fading away
an ethereal demise

Where do you go?
My heart desires to know

The Cycle

Write Drunk, edit sober
the cycle reflects over and over
A masterpiece, a symphony
Whatever words come to me

So sing songs
search seas
sail stars
solar soliloquies
seeking something

Rhythm, write, read reflect
in these moments of near neglect
Insanity speaks
talk not of the meek

Tearing Tears
Torching telemetry
to trading tales of terror
thinking throughly tonight
this again and again

A voice, indeed a clarion call
Those humble words that define us all
Martyr, sinner, soldier, saint
With this brush I thee paint

Supple sprite, oh muse of mine
In me I hope thee finds thine
As darkness lays still her gentle hand
I turn to you once again