The Memoir-and-Scrapbook Edition Sunday, April 2, 2023

Steve Jobs Has A New ‘Memoir,’ More Than 11 Years After His Death, by Christina Passariello, Washington Post

Steve Jobs never lived to be an old wise man.

But running Apple and Pixar, tumbling and thriving, earned him a lot of wisdom in his 56 years. Now, a small group of his family, friends and former colleagues have collected it into “Make Something Wonderful: Steve Jobs in his own words,” available free to the public online starting on April 11. Somewhere between a posthumous memoir and a scrapbook album, it is told through notes and drafts Jobs emailed to himself, excerpts of letters and speeches, oral histories and interviews, photos and mementos. (Some physical copies are being produced for Apple and Disney employees, but that format won’t be for sale to the general public.)


In the last email to himself included in the book, from September 2010, Jobs reflects on the fact that the world he lives in — the food he eats, the language he speaks, the medical treatment he receives — were all invented and grown by others. “I love and admire my species, living and dead, and am totally dependent on them for my life and well being,” he wrote. The final words are “Sent from my iPad.”


I Wanted To Hate The New App Apple Music Classical — But For The Most Part I Couldn’t, by Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune

All things told, Apple Music Classical is a gamble, and that gamble will likely only pay off for a highly self-selecting audience base. But I’m part of that audience, however begrudgingly.

So, take my money, I guess. Apple Classical is the best we’ve got for now.

This App Has Helped Me Fall In Love With Books All Over Again, by Lucy Pearson,

It ensures I never lose my childhood enthusiasm for books, all the while being able to navigate this passion in a digital world – Goodreads.


What The Duck! If Autocorrect Is So Smart, Why Are The Corrections So Wrong?, by Jessica Guynn, USA Today

Autocorrect is always on by default, so we’re often oblivious when it saves our bacon. But the autocorrect bloopers worthy of the BuzzFeed Hall of Fame? Those we notice.

"Because it’s usually pretty accurate, people notice when it’s not doing something it seems like it should have learned,” Myers said. “Fundamentally people want autocorrect to read their minds. Happily that is not what the computer is able to do, and hopefully it never will.”

Bottom of the Page

I was having fun with Apple Music Classical over the weekend.

I've listened to a few albums over the two days I was playing around with the app. True, I could have listened to the same albums over at Apple Music too. However, having all the Classical music albums front and center once I launch the app certainly beats what I used to do over at Apple Music: Launch the app, tap on "Browse", scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, tap on "Browse by Category", scroll, scroll, tap on "Classical."

I've also tried out searching on the new app. And that's how I ended up with Monster Mash: Search on Danny Elfman. Found Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Play Themes from Beetlejuice. Go to album page. Notice Monster Mash.

I'm just a beginning listener of Classical music, so I can't tell you how great (or how not great) the metadata and the search are.

But, yeah, I am having fun.


Thanks for reading.