Lucy Sleeping On A Bag

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I'm a cat person, don't get me wrong; I love dogs too, but boy do I really, really, love cats. 

I had a cat most of my life named Chaquita, she was great and died Spring 2010 and it was sad. My mom, though very sad, was happy to not have cat hair to deal with anymore, and made it clear we wouldn't be getting a new cat anytime soon (or at all). 

Fast forward to when I move out of my mom's place and find my own place. I knew I would eventually be getting a cat, though I figured it would be something I should wait for, get other things like school and work out of the way. Time passed and neither of those things "got out of the way," I'm fact, they became more in the way. 

Then, I got onto Facebook one day and saw a post from my aunt. A stray cat had a litter of kittens in her backyard and they were up for grabs. I remember I thought about it a lot, whether it would be a responsible decision to get a cat with school and work and the potential of moving and trying to find a pet friendly place. 

In the end I just did it. I drove up to pick my cat and the rest is history.

White Space

I've had the domain gibsonsmiley.com for about four years now. The entire time I've had it I've tried to find a purpose for it. Mostly it's been a place for me to write, though the more time that passes the harder it is for me to find things to write about. Usually, whatever thoughts I have find their way to Facebook or Twitter, and that's enough. The need to expand these thoughts or create different longform ideas just isn't there. Yet here I am, trying again. 

I'll keep the domain for the rest of my life, because why the hell not? And it will keep changing and evolving to suit my need for it. For now, I guess that need is just white space with some text.

A Poem?

a post from April 10th 2012

Well tonight I went a little gathering of some people that write poetry. I really enjoyed it while simultaneously being intimidated by the amount of culture oozing from their every pore.

Nevertheless a few lines appeared in my head while I was there and I threw a few more together. I’m not sure if you could call this poetry, so I won’t, but it’s got to be pretty close. I wrote it very fast and I acknowledge there may be some pretty big cliches in there, forgive me.

Pushing eternity past the limit

Fleeing the sin-forged hearts

Pushing through the Aryan crowd,

Diamond in the coal turned coal in the diamond

Tasting the forbidden fruit, yet staying in Eden

Breaking the straight line in search of self and love

Lost in obsidian while feigning marble

Following a compass with no true north

Clinging to the familiar, but embracing the taboo

Facing the harlot for what she is; a bitch. 

What I’m Really Excited For In iOS 7

iOS 7 is due this Fall, it ships with a new design, new services, and many new features. All very exciting, though a little overdue. One of the features I’m most excited about is the updated Shared Photo Streams.

Now, let me take a step back real quick. In the last year, two of my sisters and their husbands moved to iPhones from Android. One of those sisters had her first baby this year, the other already has three. My mom, who I convinced to buy an iPhone the year before, has learned what planking is, and I just got the most adorable kitten in the entire world. Along with my dad, that makes seven of the ten people in my family with iPhones.

My family takes pictures. With the new babies, nieces and nephews running around, planking, and kittens, there’s a lot to take pictures of. Though we may not always be together when we take these pictures, we still want to share them. On trips, at home, or at school, people like to take pictures everywhere, and then show everyone else. This is why apps like Instagram sell for a billion dollars.

The problem starts when someone starts to post too many photos. 

I love seeing pictures of my nieces and nephews, though I can imagine my sister’s lab partner from high school could get tired of it pretty quickly, especially if her kid isn’t as cute as my sister’s. Which is most likely the case. So at what point am I getting enough to satisfy my fix, while my sisters don’t annoy all their other Facebook friends?

Other services have tried to solve this problem. Path is founded on the idea of creating a more intimate network of friends, Google+ has their Circles, Facebook lets you create groups. The problem with all of these is that my family doesn’t use them. 

One thing almost everyone in my family does have is an iPhone.

Shared Photo Streams aren’t new. Apple introduced them in iOS 6, though with a lot of things Apple sent out in that update it was pretty half-assed. Photos could only be shared one way in a stream; that meant to send and receive pictures with one person would require two different streams. Streams were also shared via email. Maybe I’m the only person that’s annoyed by this, but if I want to share a photo by email, I’ll go into my email app, if I want to text a photo I’ll go to my messages app, but if I’m in the photos app… see what I’m saying?

iOS 7 fixed all of that. It’s probably perfect.

Shared Photo Streams is a killer feature, but Apple needs to capitalize on this. Social simplicity, while also promoting the idea of converting all your friends and family to iOS.

I’m excited for iOS 7. Not because of iTunes Radio, or Control Center, or because of the new design. I’m excited because my family will have a new way to share important moments with each other. 

And I can finally show off how great my kitten is.

The problem starts when someone starts to post too many photos. 

I love seeing pictures of my nieces and nephews, though I can imagine my sister’s lab partner from high school could get tired of it pretty quickly, especially if her kid isn’t as cute as my sister’s. Which is most likely the case. So at what point am I getting enough to satisfy my fix, while my sisters don’t annoy all their other Facebook friends?

Other services have tried to solve this problem. Path is founded on the idea of creating a more intimate network of friends, Google+ has their Circles, Facebook lets you create groups. The problem with all of these is that my family doesn’t use them. 

One thing almost everyone in my family does have is an iPhone.

Shared Photo Streams aren’t new. Apple introduced them in iOS 6, though with a lot of things Apple sent out in that update it was pretty half-assed. Photos could only be shared one way in a stream; that meant to send and receive pictures with one person would require two different streams. Streams were also shared via email. Maybe I’m the only person that’s annoyed by this, but if I want to share a photo by email, I’ll go into my email app, if I want to text a photo I’ll go to my messages app, but if I’m in the photos app… see what I’m saying?

iOS 7 fixed all of that. It’s probably perfect.

Shared Photo Streams is a killer feature, but Apple needs to capitalize on this. Social simplicity, while also promoting the idea of converting all your friends and family to iOS.

I’m excited for iOS 7. Not because of iTunes Radio, or Control Center, or because of the new design. I’m excited because my family will have a new way to share important moments with each other. 

And I can finally show off how great my kitten is.