3) Visual effects in the latest Bond movie. I saw Skyfall a couple of weeks ago. Like most people, I thought it better than Quantum… and not as good as Casino Royale. Much of Skyfall – it seemed to me – was about putting the pieces in place for the next run of movies. But I liked that it was very much rooted in England (and Scotland). I was also happy they brought out the old Aston Martin.
6) As a fan of 5by5.tv podcasts, I was sad to hear that both Build and Analyze, and Hypercritical are going away. I thought Marco Arment‘s show provided a lot of useful advice – not only to software developers, but also (inadvertently) to people looking to self-publish their books (on the iPad, Kindle etc). John Siracusa’s show was impeccably critical, fastidious and yet, surprisingly generous. I especially recommend the Hypercritical episode on Wikipedia, and the extended review of Scorsese’s Goodfellas. Kieran Healy bids Hypercritical an appropriate farewell. I must also admit that Dan Benjamin’s observations about Korea are, not only cringe-worthy, but enough to drive a person to soju…
Last week, I was… um… jogging up a flight of stairs, my 15-inch MacBook Pro clutched in my hand when… well, you can guess the rest.
Yes, I stumbled and slammed my precious laptop against the sharp metal edge of a stair. I couldn’t have thrown it any harder.
Anyway, this was the damage:
Given how hard it hit the stair, I’m amazed at how little damage it sustained. Of course, the SD card slot is useless – but I never used it anyway. The only nuisance is that – for whatever reason – the headphone jack is now blocked. And, as far as I can tell, everything else is working fine.