A Writer’s Love: The Man

It was a really exciting way to start my Thursday morning by getting several notifications and emails from The Killers letting me know that their new song “The Man” is out now. I jumped onto iTunes, threw at them with excitement my money and started listening. It’s a rather odd thing to blog about or write a review on, but they’re my favourite band of all time, so of course I’m going to find something to talk about.

The song is a lot of fun and was even teased earlier in the year when they posted on their Instagram promoting the up coming performance in Hyde Park UK. Lead singer Brandon Flowers talked on Facebook and confirmed details of the upcoming album (likely) called Wonderful Wonderful (title track). Songs that will definitely be in the album include: The Man, Have All The Songs Been Written?, Some Kind of Love and Run for Cover (which has been performed live).

“I’m an observer and I like to observe a lot… I’m trying to reflect how I feel on a record.”

I believe the album is on it’s way in September. There’s a great live chat with Brandon on Facebook where he talks about the album and answers questions.

– Michael Topschij.

A Writer’s Full On Day

From seeing Michelle Obama talk in person to visiting Twitter headquarters and even being on the news, it has been one heck of a full on day for me here at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. The morning began with a ‘fireside’ chat between Michelle Obama and Apple’s Lisa Jackson. They spoke candidly about what’s been going on with Michelle lately in addition to discussing advice for areas such as business, making an impact on the world, diversity in the app development world, inspiration for women and of course fun stories from the White House.

“Do not fall, at least not in front of the cameras. Because you will be a meme for the rest of your life.”

My day continued with a sudden but exciting interview with ABC 7 to discuss my reactions to what Michelle had to share.

Check out the full interview by clicking on me!

Before the morning had finished, my friend and I made our way on into San Francisco. We we’re very privileged to be able to visit the headquarters for Twitter. I got to enjoy lunch from the amazing buffet of food and even enjoy a smoothie from the free smoothie bar!

It was certainly a most exciting second day here at WWDC. I’ll be spending the rest of the week getting hard to work on my projects with app development. I’ll be talking with engineers and experts from Apple and making the most out of the conference.

– Michael Topschij.

A Nerd’s Impression: Apple’s HomePod

Today Apple introduced something expected (and unexpected) at the worldwide developers conference a.k.a dub dub. A speaker. That would be, a speaker that you can talk to. A speaker that when it starts up, analyses the room it is in so that when it starts to play, it sounds amazing. HomePod as Apple calls it, is a wireless speaker that has built in Siri (Apple’s smart assistant) to allow users to control their media playback. The biggest push that Apple feels separates their speaker from the competition, is the quality of the audio. From their press release they state that it has;

Spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio.

It’s 18 centimetres tall. Comes in black and white. It has a built in “A8” chip that powers the way it thinks and works. You can even use an iPhone to get it setup, similar to the way you can quick setup with the new iOS 11 or currently on an Apple Watch.

HomePod will be available starting in December, initially in Australia, the UK and the US.

– Michael. Topschij.

 

A Writer’s Big Day: WWDC 2017

I think it’s fair for me to say that I am more than ready for bed. It’s been a long day. Waking up at 5 in the morning to then stand in line for hours for a very fully packed morning at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017. This is the second year in a row for me to be attending and as always the lining up was a little brutal.

The keynote address was full of wonderful nerdy goodness. I work as a developer making apps/games for iPhone. We got to see some awesome changes and also some awesome (again) new stuff. A new iPad, a freaking wow space grey iMac that is one heck of a machine. Then finally a speaker that has Siri built in. Something heavily rumoured, but released to much excitement for all us fanboys sitting in the audience.

Coming up in the week there’s some more interesting and exciting events including a special talk with Michelle Obama. I’ll be attending that one, for sure.

– Michael Topschij.

A Writer’s Thoughts: 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why remains to be my favourite novel. It was a book that I connected with on so many levels. And if I hadn’t of been so busy this year, I would have been traveling to meet Jay Asher himself. Unfortunately, my excitement for 13 Reasons Why being released on Netflix, was rather quickly destroyed when I started to view it. It’s an age old saying, the book was better than the movie. I was prepared for that. But that’s almost an understatement in this situation. Netflix has caused an outrage amongst many. News outlets have been posting about how many people are being affected by this on various levels. And this is not referring to a positive impact. But rather, in ways that are causing ones to become very distraught, anxious and low and behold… Depressed.

Quite frankly, the Netflix series is delivering this story in the wrong way. They are presenting the show in an unhealthy manner. It pushes a stereo type of this severe problem that is impacting millions of young adults around the world. They graphically show Hannah Baker’s suicide on screen. The book, does not do this. The Washington Post stated that “the show deviates from the book”, and that is most definitely true. An actor in the show stated that making audiences “past uncomfortable was a very deliberate decision.” They thought this would “show the ugliness and not use these events and issues as plot devices or romanticize them.” But instead they are causing the world to mock mental health and make people view suicide attempts and depression as ways to seek attention.

In my opinion. You don’t need to show a suicide attempt on screen. It’s freaking obvious what’s going to happen. And can have even more of an impact by getting people to think about it, rather than see it. Instead, this only causes problems and distress. And it does NOT help the cause of raising awareness for this issue.

– Michael Topschij. 

A Writer’s Excitement: Apple WWDC 2017

For the second year in a row, I’ve quietly been building my excitement for getting selected to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose this year. Apart from my passion for writing, a lot of my time is also spent developing apps. I’m a nerd, by all counts. You could definitely nickname this event; nerd-fest for Apple fans.

California is also a proud second home to me. I have family in California whom I’ve spent many months when I was a lot younger. I also spent a few months relatively recently living there. I’m looking forward to going back, and enjoying all that my favourite fruit company has to offer.

– Michael Topschij.