Samsung’s Tizen-Based Gear S2

Sep. 3rd, 2015 10:43 pm
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Posted by John Gruber

Dan Seifert, writing for The Verge after some hands-on time with Samsung’s upcoming new watch:

The impressive things with the Gear S2 don’t end with its new design: Samsung’s actually figured out a really smart interaction model for smartwatches that I’m shocked no one else has done yet. There’s the touchscreen, yes, just like most other smartwatches, and the Gear S2 has a couple buttons on its side for home and back. But its real trick is in the rotating bezel, which lets you quickly and easily scroll through lists, apps, watch faces, and whatever else you might be looking at on the screen. It’s more predictable and intuitive than the Apple Watch’s Digital Crown and is a joy to use.

It does seem clever, and it’s a design that embraces the circular watch face.

The S2’s screen is colorful, sharp, and bright, and looked great in the few minutes I got to spend with the watch. It has an always on ambient mode — like many Android Wear watches — that makes it easy to quickly check the time. But this isn’t an Android Wear watch: it’s running Samsung’s proprietary Tizen platform. In the past, that was a huge red warning flag, but Samsung’s cleaned up its act, and the software on the Gear S2 is fast and intuitive. There are lots of different watch faces to choose from, including new “dynamic” faces that can update with various bits of information, and you can see all of your phone’s notifications and reply to incoming messages with canned responses, emoji, or text dictated by voice.

Some quick thoughts:

  • Using Tizen is huge. It separates Samsung from everyone using Android Wear, and gives them what Apple has: complete control over everything. I’d still bet against them switching to Tizen on the phones — even if they can pull it off technically, it’d be so hard for them to get iOS/Android levels of third-party developer support.

  • They’ve gotten the size down to something reasonable. I still think these look like men’s watches though, both because of their size and their design cues.

  • From what I’ve seen in the videos and photos, it looks like Samsung is using black backgrounds for most of the UI, like Apple Watch does. Android Wear’s use of white and primary-colored backgrounds just doesn’t look good on a watch.

Poem: "Threading the Labyrinth"

Sep. 3rd, 2015 05:21 pm
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This poem is spillover from the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Ng_moonmoth, and My_partner_doug. It also fills the "lyrical" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth.

Warning: This poem contains combat scenes described in moderate detail.

Note that I have used color-coding to help distinguish the threads as they are braided together, so if you can't see colors this will be harder to grasp. However! This type of poem is meant to be read aloud, and all you need to make the braid pop out in audio version is have three people read it.

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from the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Victory: Law Targeting Latino Day Laborers Struck Down in Long Island

September 3, 2015 — A federal district court today affirmed the right of Latino day laborers in Oyster Bay, Long Island to seek work in public spaces, following a lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and LatinoJustice PRLDEF. The decision permanently struck down a town ordinance that prohibited people from soliciting work for violating the First Amendment.

“Our constitution protects the rights of American newcomers seeking the opportunity to work hard for a better quality of life,” said Corey Stoughton, NYCLU Supervising Senior Staff Attorney. “We should be celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of day laborers not stigmatizing them.”

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Click headline for full story

Did I make this up?

Sep. 3rd, 2015 06:36 pm
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Wasn't there a case a few years ago, prior to the recent marriage equality ruling, where a clerk handed out marriage certificates to same-sex couples despite that not being allowed in their state?


Sep. 3rd, 2015 05:12 pm
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Not exactly what I was expecting to see while looking at knitting stuff, but here's some Prewriting Practice Sheets for Preschool 3-4 year olds.

I never would have thought about having kids trace patterns to practice hand writing movements prior to teaching them actual letter writing.
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5

How do you pronounce the word "ogle," as in to stare at someone or something?

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Rhymes with "toggle"
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Rhymes with "mogul"
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This post brought to you by my low-burning annoyance at people who obviously pronounce it COMPLETELY WRONG. (How do I pronounce it? rot13: Bcgvba ahzore gjb)

Mt TBR report: August 2015

Sep. 4th, 2015 08:00 am
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Um. So I might have got a bit carried away with Mt TBR this month (or is it that Mt TBR carried me away this month…?). I think the only thing that saved me was the Bout of Books reading challenge.

Mt TBR status

Mt TBR @ 1 January 2015: 202
Mt TBR @ 31 July 2015: 214
Mt TBR @ 31 August 2015: 218

Books read ) Books acquired ) Online reading )

What have you read this month?

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

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Posted by Phil Yu

The Huangs pack their bags for a family vacation.

The Huang clan is back. After a landmark fun first season, Fresh Off The Boat returns to the airwaves this month. So how did Eddie spend his summer vacation? In this promo for the season two premiere, the Huangs pack their bags and load up the minivan for a family vacation... to Gator World!

Behold the sight of Lucille Soong, aka Grandma Huang, on a full-speed roller coaster:

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A very long day

Sep. 3rd, 2015 10:28 pm
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It's the end of the first conference day and I'm knackered. Talks from 8am to 6pm - I filled nine A4 pages in my notebook. But it was interesting talks, on topics as shattered as scientific analyses of Roman eggshells, written records on 14th century sheep houses, and medieval urban waste managements. And then there was a party afterwards in the greenhouses in the botanical gardens. I was too busy taking notes to tweet someting - hope you weren't too disappointed. Tomorrow will be a bit easier: the talks only lasts until half past three. Hopefully I can find some time to see the Hunterian museum.
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Schoolism: Drawing Fundamentals (Thomas Fluharty). Lesson Two: The Power of Values. Read more... )

I am currently contemplating get-rich-quick schemes for buying Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Joe seems to be constitutionally opposed to the current subscription model--I sympathize, but that means I am stuck trying to figure out how to obtain CS6). Joe nixed my idea of starting a meth lab on the grounds that if I don't know any chemistry (I don't) and if I don't even know whether they're prone to blowing up, it's a bad idea. To say nothing of being illegal. I may take him up on a loan of $400 so I can pick up a sealed copy on eBay, but it will take time for the money to go through to the bank to which I have my Paypal account linked. :(

Notes from the Kismet front

Sep. 3rd, 2015 12:51 pm
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I realized a couple of days ago that if I want to have Sun-Cutter books at Senshi-Con (which I really do!), I need to get the files laid out and sent to CreateSpace approximately ... last week. Oops. So I have been frantically scrambling to get the pages formatted, the cover done, and the book laid out.

Also, now that I understand how to use MailChimp and have started using it for my Lauren stuff, I FINALLY did something I've been thinking about doing for ages and created an email list for my comics stuff. At this point I'm thinking I'll probably send about 3-5 emails a year -- updates on things like new books, Kickstarters, convention appearances, etc. This will be ONLY for my comics stuff, not for any of my other projects.

If you are interested, you can sign up for it here:

(Although, frankly, if you follow my LJ/DW, you'll probably get all that information anyway.)
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are we to believe that Hawkeye has spent the last three years on a farm

#i cant stop thinking about it jfc #im fucking cackling #CLINT HAVE YOU SERIOUSLY BEEN ON THIS FUCKING FARM FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS #yeah. i’d been racking up a lot of vacation time #WHY DIDN’T YOU SHOW UP TO HELP WHEN EVERYTHING HAPPENED WITH SHIELD AND HYDRA???? #what the fuck is hydra? #OH MY GOD IT WAS ALL OVER THE NEWS #……i don’t get cable here (via soft-geek)

Imagine Steve’s face when someone tells him Clint bought a farm.

“Buying the farm” is a WW2 euphemism for dying in battle (the military pension paid out to a soldier’s bereaved dependents would allow them to pay off the loans on a family farm).

Imagine the other Avengers complaining about Clint buying a farm (really, Clint? Really?!) while Steve is in shock and completely outraged at their lack of respect for a friend and fellow soldier who died in combat.

“Why didn’t anyone tell me?”
“Relax, it’s not a big deal.”
Not a big deal?! CLINT BUYING THE FARM IS NOT A BIG DEAL?! What the hell is wrong with you?!
“Wow, Steve, I didn’t know you were this passionate about farming.”

Bits and pieces!

Sep. 3rd, 2015 10:22 pm
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As much of the morning prayer as exists (the flower of justice is peace); and in case you weren't aware, if you've pre-ordered Ancillary Mercy you can get Chapters 2 & 3 as a preview. (If you haven't, and if you haven't read chapter 1, that page also contains the place where you sign up for the mailing list to get chapter 1.)

Would folk like a discussion post for chapters 1-3, or to wait until the book comes out?
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Posted by BD

Cell Phone Provider | TN, USA

(Our cell phone provider has a promotion where you can add a smartphone or open a new smartphone account for one cent. We are in the store to upgrade our account. A woman and her husband come in to get an explanation about their bill. They watch us get a new phone and the sales person ask us for one cent.)

Woman: “Can I get one of those one cent phones?”

Salesperson: “Yes, all you need to do is upgrade to our data plan.”

Woman: “I don’t want any upgrades. I want to get a phone for a penny and give it to my daughter.”

Salesperson: “You really need to have a data plan with a two year commitment in order to get a phone for a penny. We can sign up your daughter if you’d like.”

Woman: “I don’t get it. I just want a phone for a penny.”

Woman’s Husband: *leading her out of the door* “I’ll explain it to you.”

Everyone says love is a labor

Sep. 3rd, 2015 08:31 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

• For a bit more background on the white panic tantrum over finally using the Alaskan name for an Alaskan mountain, here’s some Northern Exposure from Julia O’Malley.

As many have noted, former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called Denali “Denali” — a word that also served as her Secret Service nickname during the 2008 elections. The Secret Service used that because Denali is a symbol of Alaska, whereas “McKinley” is not. Also, too, “McKinley” would be a terrible Secret Service nickname.

• So, OK, I took Randall’s survey. Looking forward to seeing what he does with all that.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley attacks the police: “‘Black lives do matter and they have been disgracefully jeopardized by the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore,’ Haley said, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington Wednesday.”

She may not realize she’s talking about the police, but they’re the only thing she could accurately be referring to when she says, “the movement that has laid waste to Ferguson and Baltimore.”

• Well said, Ben Corey:

GunClerkLauren Nelson takes a trip to Dick Land’s Land o’ Dicks. You remember our old friend Richard Land — former chief “ethics” spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention. He was forced out of that post due to his racist commentary about Trayvon Martin. The SBC didn’t fire him because his comments were racist, but because it turned out his racist commentary was plagiarized.

And Southern Baptists won’t tolerate plagiarism — which is why Land had to step down and become president of a Southern Baptist seminary.

Anyway, Land is apparently perplexed that Kids These Days still regard cheating, betrayal and infidelity as Bad Things, even though they don’t condemn gay people and sex-having womenfolk the way he thinks good Christians should. The man spent 35 years as a professional “ethics” leader, yet he remains utterly baffled by any consideration of consent. That’s pretty much all you need to know about supposedly conservative supposedly Christian supposed ethics.

• I love biblical studies mainly because I love the Bible, but I’m also fascinated by the puzzle-solving detective-work process of it. Making sense of Really Old Texts with partial, inadequate evidence is a challenge that can be, for want of a more academic word, fun.

Consider this, from James McGrath, on “The Gospel of Grondin’s Interlinear.” Remember the s0-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife”? Well, it turns out to correspond a bit too closely with an English/Coptic interlinear tool for the Gospel of Thomas. When the primary source for a fragment of papyrus turns out to be something created on the Internet, that’s a pretty big clue that the fragment is not actually from the first century.

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I was never a big fan of Elvis, but I am of rockin' cockatoos. This makes me grin from ear to ear. I don't know what I love more - the bird that's rocking out, or his partner, who gives him the feather equivalent of "talk to the hand because the face ain't listening".


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