I bought an Apple Watch. It's pretty cool.
I'm not one for buying expensive new gadgets. Like most geeks, I buy my share of technology, but my upgrade cycles tend to be long, and if I do get something bright and shiny, it's because it satisfies a specific need. My original iPod, for example, let me stop renting audio books from BooksOnTape.com, replacing a $45 monthly fee and snail mailed boxes of audio tapes with one small device and an $15 Audible subscription.
Back in July I wrote about my "One Awesome Summer" list -- the big list of all the stuff I wanted to do this summer in spite of being in the middle of an all-consuming project at work. That project had me regularly working 12-14 hour days in late June and July, and it threatened to overwhelm my summer. Feeling like my summer would be over before it began, I decided to make a list to make sure that summer felt like summer. It couldn't take away the long work day, but it could help mitigate them.
Jaws, one of my favorite creature features, returned to theaters for a one-night-only screening on June 21st to honor its 40th anniversary. I was there, and as I watched one of my favorite movies in the company of a few other Jaws lovers, it got me thinking about having another ofNuketown's Monster Weeks.
I'll admit it: I was feeling sorry for myself. I'm the lead for a major project at work, and that project doesn't launch until the last week of July. Until then my summer's going to consist of a never-ending series of meetings, reports, and general cat-herding aimed at making sure everything goes perfectly in high summer.