Author Archives: Michael Cohen

Math is hard, even to talk about

Imagine how hard math would be to discuss if the length of a number’s name was equal to the number itself. For example, this might be how you would say 1,000: That number you get when you take one, and … Continue reading

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Crichton and Me

As I’ve written elsewhere, one of the first three Voyager Expanded Books was Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Because it was one of the first three ebooks ever, we wanted to show off some of the special capabilities that a book on a … Continue reading

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Some Apple Watch perspective

It’s been interesting to watch the coverage and analysis concerning Apple Watch. It does do this, it doesn’t do that, it’s pokey, it doesn’t work with sleeve tattoos, and, of course, it’s really expensive considering that it has no killer … Continue reading

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An accumulation of small pleasures

Now that I’ve been wearing my new Apple Watch for more a week, I’m beginning to get a better idea of its virtues, its limits, and how it fits into my life. I’ve already discovered that I don’t need the Apple Watch, but … Continue reading

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Album covers as seen through a shower door

When you play music from your iTunes library, the Remote app on the Apple Watch shows the album cover behind the controls. However, a translucency effect renders the cover an unrecognizable blur. I applaud Apple’s attempt to give the user some additional visual … Continue reading

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“It‘s a goddamn piece of hardware”

“This isn’t a vision quest or zen retreat. It’s a goddamn piece of hardware.” So said a friend of mine as he expressed his frustration with using his new Apple Watch. And he was right. It is just a piece of hardware. … Continue reading

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A Matter of Time

When I placed my pre-order for the Apple Watch, this is what I first saw: It continued to show the delivery date range of 4/24-5/8, even after the initial date of 4/24 had passed. That was somewhat distressing because it … Continue reading

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Mainspring and Fall

A unplanned collaboration via email: MICHAEL, are you grieving Over Apple Watch not shipping? This bright thing of man you With your old heart care for, can you? Ah, as the year grows older That lack will make you smolder By … Continue reading

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Apple Watch—First Impressions

My Apple Watch, a 42mm Space Gray Sport, is still in the Apple Store’s “processing” phase and hasn’t yet been shipped, but because everyone else is already posting their first impressions, I would be disappointing my massive fanbase if I … Continue reading

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What happened in Super Bowl XLIX

A recap for those who missed it. Balls were thrown. Some were caught. Some weren’t. Some balls that were caught were caught by the opposing team. Fans cheered. Fans booed. There was a fight. The most important thing we learned … Continue reading

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