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If any year could be called the year of “peek geek,” it would probably be this one.
I bought myself a 4K TV a couple of months ago (sorry, me no can wait until Christmas!), and it just so happened to coincide with the launch of multiple new streaming services. At this point I have them all…Netflix, Prime, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO+ (er, I mean HBO Max…OK sure that one’s not out yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be picking that one up too!).
Never has there been a time when it’s easier to pick up a remote (or a tablet) and drill down to the exact genre film or TV show your blessed little geek heart yearns for. With a snap of your fingers and a spoonful of sugar, you better believe this medicine is going down in the most delightful way.
BUT…there is a danger in all of this. Whether it’s Baby Yoda or Bradley Jackson or Bertram Gilfoyle that’s sucking you into the latest bubble in the zeitgeist, the trick is to remember to come up for air now and then and conclude that you don’t have to rely solely on the talents of others to fulfill your inner geek.
You can create your own fantasy.
I’m writing this to you right now having made the choice to, dog-gone-it, sit down with iPad in hand and write an email newsleter—rather than plop down in my easy chair and watch the next installment in the Skywalker Saga: The Return of the Jedi. (I fully admit, I’m taking advantage of my Disney+ subscription to binge-watch Star Wars in all its 4K glory prior to witnessing the theatrical release of The Rise of Skywalker on December 20.)
In other words, it’s important to be a creator, not just a consumer. Go outside, explore, visit with friends, read about real-world history, learn a new skill or hobby, write a book, paint a painting, bake a bundt, send out an email newsletter.
Sure, watching your favorite superhero comic book TV show or the latest sci-fi space opera on a streaming service is fun. Quite fun. But truth be told, if you’re looking for genuine beauty and wonder and joy, nothing beats good ol’ Planet Earth…from a certain point of view.
Cue the music, maestro!
If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There’s nothing to it
There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there, you’ll be free, if you truly wish to be.
Meanwhile, I just recorded a very special BONUS episode of The Jared White Show where I talked about the most exciting topic in all of computing: file storage! But seriously, this episode is a deep dive into my very specific photography and videography workflows, and especially how I get it all done on my iPad Pro with Lightroom CC and LumaFusion. In addition, I cover the pros and cons of iCloud Drive, Nextcloud, and Dropbox, and make some recommendations for what you might want to choose for your cloud storage needs. Listen here:
The touristy areas in and around Portland, Oregon are—for the most part—actually awesome. Multnomah Falls is no exception! It’s not that long of a drive from the city, and the views are breathtaking. I’m glad the upper bridge is open again after the past fires!
This has been a year of extremes. Some of the most emotionally painful and gut-wrenching moments I’ve been through in close to a decade. But also some of the most thrilling and rewarding times in my entire life. For all of my journey, for the yin and the yang, for the growth, for the joy, for the loss, for the art, for the love…I am truly THANKFUL. 🙌
OK, I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood last night and
OH MY GOD I’M AN EMOTIONAL WRECK…PASS ME THE TISSUE BOX STAT
(Seriously though, it was a great film. Just wasn’t prepared to blubber like a baby through half of it!)
You’ll get one, maybe two more newsletters out of me and then it’s Christmas and New Year’s! Can you believe it?!?! Get ready to wave farewell to 2019, and usher in perfect 2020 vision. 😁