The day the wifi changed

For Mother’s Day I got Jenn a new router. The old one was flaky and didn’t really provide ample coverage of the whole house. 

In the process of installing it, I had to change a bunch of stored passwords. Here’s the current list. 

  • My phone 
  • Jenn’s phone 
  • Rae’s phone 
  • Owen’s phone (no cell service) 
  • Apple TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • My Mac
  • Jenn’s Mac 
  • Downstairs Nest thermostat 
  • Upstairs Nest thermostat
  • 3 iPads 

Yet to be updated: 

  • Another iPhone (no cell service) 
  • Another iPad 
  • My work laptop
  • Jenn’s work laptop
  • My Kindle
  • Rae’s Kindle
  • My work Android phone
  • An old PC laptop
  • An older Linux netbook
  • An even older B&N Nook

So, yeah, modern life. 

At least Netflix is faster when we go four wide. 

Until next time. 

The Universe Is Telling Us To Get To Work

First, this Tristan Walker tweet.

Second, a great first-person career narrative from Hiroshi Lockheimer on Medium.

Every day I’m excited by what’s possible, and much like the teenage me, I’m eager to create and build products that feel like magic.

So, as I often do via the blog, I’m re-dedicating myself to doing more & doing it more often.

Because, obviously, in honor of Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), one must heed the advice of Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back – Do or do not; there is no try:


Straight Outta

Straight Outta Memes

Since we’ve all seen (or made) those “Straight Outta Somewhere” meme images promoting the new movie about NWA, Straight Outta Compton, I thought I’d bring your attention to something else.

If you’re in the middle of the Venn Diagram of NWA fans & comic book fans, please enjoy Straight Outta Gotham. A former coworker of Jennifer’s is the creative force behind the whole thing & it’s been amazing to see the response online & on his Facebook feed.

I’m embedding the clean version but if you don’t have kids around (or if you’re in a more relaxed office), here’s the explicit version.

If superhero mashups aren’t your thing, you could always check out The Muppets singing NWA’s “Express Yourself”.

For other Muppet/NWA goodness, check out some other posts:

Happy Thursday!

Kermit and Piggy call it quits

I always thought Kermit & Piggy were more like Sam & Diane on Cheers or Dave & Maddie on Moonlighting: better when they’re on-again/off-again or will-they-or-won’t-they, but the news still makes me a little sad. 

Of course it could all be a publicity stunt in support of their new show, but I’ll bite. 

Either way it’s the second worst Muppet breakup this week, now that Gavin Rossdale & Gwen Stefani are getting divorced. 


Altra Instinct 2.0s

Altra Instinct 2.0 Review

2 years ago Altra announced an update to their cushioned-but-still-zero-drop model, the Instinct, dubbing this version 2.0.

A year ago I bought my first (green) pair and LOVED them!

A month ago Altra announced another update, dubbed 3.0, and discounted the 2.0 models, so I bought two more pairs – one green, one blue.

All told I’ve run in excess of 700 miles in these three pairs of the same shoe. I’m incredibly late for a formal review since you’re likely not able to pick up a pair for yourself, but it’s so rare for me to find a shoe I’d buy 3 times that I finally felt compelled to share it here.

The difference between this Altra model and most other “barefoot” or zero drop shoes is the cushioning. The Instinct 2.0 has a decent stack height and plenty of cushioning, like traditional running shoes, it just eschews the normal heel-to-toe drop for a zero drop. They also have a fantastic, roomy foot-shaped toe box, giving your toes and foot more room to spread out as you run.

What this means is that you get all the benefits of good form, mid-foot strike running plus the cushioning so your feet don’t suffer the abuse of road wear & tear.

Personally, I could never wear Vibrams because of my bunion and my feet got too tired and sore from running in my New Balance Minimus Roads. The Instinct 2.0s are the perfect compromise – all of the form benefits without any of the cushioning or comfort sacrifices.

Both of the new pairs have under 100 miles on them (barely) so I’ve likely got another year and a half before I need a new pair, but the Instinct 3.0 will be at the top of my list when I go shopping.

Miles run/Price paid per pair (L-to-R):
Green – 554/$105
Blue – 81/$75
Green – 75/$55

So not much of a review but one Hell of a shoe. People may comment on the wide toe box (my wife says they look like Moon boots), but they’re the best shoe I’ve ever run in. I don’t have to sacrifice anything & I’ve strengthened my feet & calves.

See you on the run!