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Deadlines

I’ve been freelancing full time since the start of this month, but doing it as a thing for almost 2 years now.

You learn things about yourself fast once you decide to do something you enjoy full time. I’ve learnt a few things already since the 1st October, but one thing that stands out more than the rest are deadlines.

I’ve had a few commissions that I’ve been finishing off these last ten days, but they’re commissions that have been drafts for a month, because they’ve been the ‘By all means finish it when you can’.

I’ve come to realise I really don’t want that anymore.

To those who are waiting for my copy, regardless of stating there’s no deadline and to take my time, I feel like i owe an apology regardless. No idea why, but take it.

Friends who know me in person I’m sure would gasp at that previous paragraph there.

I want a date to work towards, to hone at, to improve to. Some don’t. I was watching ‘The Defiant Ones’, last week again, and yet another line struck me, and this time it was Dr. Dre.

‘I don’t work towards deadlines, you can’t be creative when there’s deadlines. You can’t be spontaneous and realise there’s one other thing you can add to this thing you’re doing. You feel restrictive when there’s deadlines.’

But to me, I like having them. It makes me focus, and I like being organised up to a point, and deadlines is one of them. It makes you think that there’s an end point, and you’ve got time for that piece to make it the best you can be.

Without one, the piece is just another Duke Nukem Forever / Half Life 3 project to me.

‘It will be done when its done’.

Well, in the future, it will be done when the deadline says as far as I’m concerned.

Any commissions in the future, I will straight up ask for a deadline, otherwise, expect it in two months. Because it’s simply how my mind works. I can’t explain it any other way.


But also, I love that I’m writing when I want, how I want, and to have deadlines for something I love doing, I do not mind.

When it’s something you love to do, you’ll make sure it’s the best it can be, regardless of when it’s in for.

Apple Watch & iPad, sitting in a tree…

I wasn’t hoping for much this year at WWDC. The writing has been on the Apple Wall that there’s been a greater need for improvements in quality towards all of their Operating Systems as of late.

With watchOS, this wasn’t needed, just some features that have been requested since we’ve all become accustomed to those taps on our wrists since 2015.

With version 5 announced at WWDC, the time has now come to say goodbye to a model of the Apple Watch, namely the ‘Series 0’ model, which began the Apple Watch when it first launched, and one that I also own.

To me it’s understandable, but also slightly puzzling, as i was hoping for some kind of service to help update the Watch you’ve spent hundreds (or thousands when it came to the gold edition), so that it’s still relevant on your wrist.

Alas, I’m now looking at current models, alongside the standard rumours of what could be coming for Series 4, to see what these new models could benefit me, to ease the pain of spending all that money on one again.

In all honesty, I’ve struggled.

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Gin Service by App.

Technically, mobile ordering from your phone has been around for as long as the App Store has existed. But not when it’s been for delivering Gin to your table.

Sometimes an app comes along and you think that it’s been there all this time.

Going to a Wetherspoons pub in the week, I felt the same about an app they had released for the iPhone last March, followed by Android.

With Apple Pay launching and now common across the UK, only now the next step was their mobile ordering app.

It’s still not completely known how you use the app, regardless of how the company is pushing it with A1-sized logos of the app in their chains. So I thought I’d help.

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How I use iPad.

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t use the iPad.

I spoke about it in detail on an episode of Bring Your Own Device, the initial impressions of when I bought the new model back in June, and The Outpost Show, which is coming back soon.

My MacBook has been reduced to a media centre, a games machine and a backup device. I can’t justify upgrading to a newer model when its only these three things I use a Mac for now.

All of these apps can be used on an iPhone as well, but I find them better suited to the iPad, alongside some methods I use to better differentiate how I use it from the iPhone.

All the posts I write come from the iPad. They’re written, edited, and moved from Ulysses to WordPress to make sure the layout has no bugs in the post.

Below, you’ll not only know of the apps I use, but how I use it on my new workspace, which makes the iPad look like an iMac Mini.

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The Final Curtain of iPhone.

This is the epilogue of the first chapter of the iPhone as we know it this year.

Some were surprised as to why I wasn’t going to wait for the iPhone X.

It was essentially three reasons.

  1. I’ve never owned a ‘Plus’ model before, and I’ve slightly regretted not buying one last year when I started using the Portrait Mode for customers in the previous day job.
  2. Compared to the iPhone X; FaceID, slight improvements to the same camera as the 8 models and Animoji do not justify waiting and spending money on the model for me. I also imagine it won’t be easy to acquire one until January 2018 at the earliest.
  3. I use the iPhone almost all day, alongside it being connected to my Apple Watch, and now the AirPods, something which will have its own post soon. I needed a bigger battery without purchasing a battery case or having a socket nearby.

Since driving to Lincoln to collect it on Saturday, I’ve been using the iPhone 8 Plus around Manchester and to see how these first impressions would go.

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The Outpost Show 3: ‘You Had Me At Swipe’, With Greg Morris.

With every podcast dissecting last week’s Apple Event, you now get a break by listening to how Greg uses his iPad Pro, alongside being swayed to buy and download Tomb Raider II for it as well.

We go through the apps he uses, alongside how the Smart Keyboard is still underused, especially with games.

You can listen here, or subscribe through iTunes here.

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Interview: Jay Gruska.

I’ve always said that the music of Superman is as iconic as its story, the suit, and Lois Lane.

That couldn’t be more true with the show that made me discover Superman, with 1993’s ‘Lois and Clark’.
It’s 24 years today since the pilot episode aired, where a lot of music cues would continue until the series ended in 1997.
I’ve been able to reach out to the series’ composer, Jay Gruska, and asked him a few questions about composing Lois and Clark, alongside his career, and working with The Jacksons.

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