Apple’s Bundled Services

I pay $120/year for one of the 300 periodicals highlighted in Apple’s new Apple News+, so I will likely subscribe to the $10/month service.* However, this launch crystallizes a contemporary conundrum, more is not always more.

I would rather pay half price for 5% of the periodicals. Let me pick 15 of the 300 I truly value. I don’t value having access to 300 periodicals, just like I don’t value having access to 100 television channels. It only distracts me further.

Steve Jobs, who famously honed Apple’s focus on far fewer hardware products upon his return to the company,  understood less is almost always more. Today’s launch is decidedly non-Jobsian.

But that won’t stop millions from biting and Apple from transforming news, gaming, and television. And me, as an AAPL investor, making even more money.

*although I’ll lose access to the hard copy, and most likely, the website

 

Weekend Assorted Links

1. Robots aren’t just stealing human jobs.

2. What it’s like to go from Southern California to Washington state, 1,377 miles, as slowly as possible.

3. How going for a run changes your brain.

4. A semi-submerged restaurant on the coast of southern Norway offers diners a sustainable menu and a window onto the seabed.

5. The Swedish rapper who has become a symbol of resistance against right-wing populism.

6. How scary is Jordan Peele’s Us?

Weekend Assorted Links

1. Tour du Rwanda? Click on the “continue reading” link to be transported to Central Africa.

2. My mom, who died four years ago today, liked to say, “Variety is the spice of life.” Apparently, not everyone agrees. Related, dad was a serious PB&J guy.

3. As Students Struggle With Stress and Depression, Colleges Act as Counselors. One reason tuition continues to rise much faster than inflation.

4. Is this the answer to my terrible, no good, awful commute?

5. I know some Specific Northwest Pressing Pausers who make regular trips to the Swamp. Instead of exacerbating climate change, maybe they should consider this.

6. Why some parents pay bribes to get their kids into more selective colleges.

An Anxious Aristocracy

From the Business Insider:

  • Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among 40 people indicted by the FBI and US attorney’s office in Boston in an alleged college admissions scandal.
  • The scam allegedly involved parents having their children pose as athletes regardless of athletic abilities to get accepted into Division-1 universities.
  • Parents are also accused of paying to have a man take ACT and SAT tests for their children.
  • Schools involved include Georgetown, Stanford, University of California, Los Angeles, Yale, University of Texas, University of Southern California and Wake Forest, according to NBC Boston.

Care to comment Alexis Nedd?

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“Rate My Professor” Gold

One college student’s opinion about one professor.

“Passionate about her work but poor people skills. Interrupts students and even fellow faculty while speaking. Often ignores or invalidates comments even when requested. Seemingly judges based on appearance and admittedly judges based in writing skill. Unsympathetic to life circumstances, not a teacher willing to work with you. Good yoga instructor.”

LOVE that pivot at the end, but maybe shoulda started with that.

The Year in Movies

More accurately, my year in movies, so far.

January

February

March

Vice was my favorite because my daughter took me for my birthday and paid for my ticket. No check that, Kala Shah Kala was my favorite because it was a hoot and the Good Wife and I were the only non Indians in the Victoria, British Columbia theater. No wait, Roma because of the cinematography and “monitor NBA boxscores at the same time” pace. No no, Shoplifters, yeah Shoplifters because at the end of it my date sat glued in her seat and said it was the best movie she’d ever seen.  No, Bohemian Rhapsody because I’m a young hard man shouting in the street and I’m gonna take on the world someday. And I’ve got blood on my face and I’m a big disgrace, wavin’ my banner all over the place.

Weekend Assorted Links

1. Johnny Manziel’s wife denies she cheated at a half marathon, stands by world record pace. Funny headline, sad trend. Prolly the prevaricator President’s fault.

2. Comparing transit levels across U.S. cities. 3.5 out of every 100 workers in my fair city of Olympia, WA commute to work by bicycle, fifth best in the Specific Northwest. I guess the fourth person bikes one way and drives the other.

3. The official fast food French fry power rankings.

4. How to turn schools into happier places. Respond to conflicts in non-punitive ways. Work to improve school climate. An aside, I can’t remember the last time I heard the Prevaricator-in-Chief say anything at all about public schooling. Which, I greatly appreciate.

5. This is very good news for me.

6. Yes please.

7. What does it cost to repair a Tesla? Invoice at 6:44.