Disney+ Redeem Now

So, after I wrote the article, I finally got my "Redeem Now" link in my D23 General (Free) Membership Account. Once again, You can find it under your account in 24 hours or less. Disney+ goes live on the 12th of November and if you must ask, I'm going to be using my Apple TV upstairs and hopefully an LG App comes out for my 2016 55" OLED C6 or maybe the Fire Stick. If not, then I have my PS4 still hooked up or maybe Apple will release a new Apple TV on September 10th along with Apple TV+ too! There goes the budget.

Sign in to D23.com > Go to MY ACCOUNT (top right menu) > Click VIEW ACCOUNT > Click REDEEM NOW

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Tesla Model X Auto Open Frunk Hack

What you need for this badassery is:

Qty (2) StrongArm 4882 Lift Supports Struts Shocks https://amzn.to/31GAcx3 (<-- this link helps out i1Tesla's Youtube Channel and not my site) He gets all the credit.

Soft close springs at Lowes 3/8 x 2 inch X .35 inch are the ones I bought.

After two weeks or so, I finally got my shocks and I'll probably install them sometime over the weekend after I grab those springs. Hopefully Home Depot has them as I've never actually been into a Lowes that I can remember.

Disney+ Offer -- Sign up now!

If you haven't signed up for Disney's D23 General Membership, you need to do it today, or at the latest tomorrow, so that you can take advantage of their current offer to save over 33%. The one caveat is that you have to prepay for 3 years. But again, you get Disney + Pixar + Marvel + Star Wars + National Geographic. Do it... you're going to do it anyways.

This promotional offer of $46.99 per year, if accepted, entitles the bearer to a one-time discount of $69.00 off the regular price of a three-year subscription to Disney+ ($209.97)

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The New Nomatic Zipper!!!

So I guess it's maybe time to change out my Brenthaven bag which may or not be able to be repaired due to failrure of the front pocket zipper. After months of agonizing between Nomatic, Peak Design, Brown Buffalo, 5.11+ and watching all of the Chase Reeves I can get, which, according to my kids apparently is not enough, with Nomatic releasing the updated materials, give me a few weeks... I'll let you know what I do.

  • straight-stitch canvas to give the bags the more minimalist design
  • more scratch resistant via tougher carbonite-coated 6PM tarpaulin
  • YKK Zippers
  • removed the two bottom zippers for more security
  • new interior material is higher quality
  • added hypalon belt loops
  • new stronger chest strap

Of course, you can get the previous version for $30 less but I always recommend the latest and greatest.

Tsundoku - "a pile of unread books"

You can’t possibly stay on top of everything, so… don’t. Let those information stacks crumble under their own entropy. Regain control by setting your own terms. Treat information like the flow that it is; dip your toes in when you feel like it.

Switch off notifications. Tell Twitter that you don’t care about tweets that happened ‘while you were gone’. Archive those emails you’ll never respond to. Shuffle your Instapaper list. Trust if something is important enough, you’ll see it amplified through multiple channels. In Safari, treat the queue as a pool of learning you can dip in and out of. Enjoy the liberation of knowing you don’t have to complete everything on your list.

Advice for everything in life (which has now been lost to the internet archives). Pertains particularly to how I've been feeling the last few weeks. Here's the definition of Tsundoku as well.

The term originated in the Meiji era (1868–1912) as Japanese slang.[4] It combines elements of tsunde-oku (積んでおく, to pile things up ready for later and leave) and dokusho (読書, reading books). It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf. As currently written, the word combines the characters for "pile up" (積) and the character for "read" (読).[4]

In 2019 the Honda Civic Still Reigns

We still wish Apple CarPlay were offered on the base Civic and better headlights were available on more trims. Take a big-picture look at this classic matchup, though, and it's a knockout. The Civic provides a more rewarding driving experience, important even if you don't care about driving. It's also more spacious, has a bigger trunk, looks better, feels more upscale inside, and is a car we'd consider buying for ourselves. Although it's not without faults, the Honda Civic remains the compact car to beat.

I mean seriously Toyota, you’ve had over 3-4 years to fully digest and breakdown the Civic Sedan and Hatchback, and still no answer. I still can’t believe that these two beast spec’d out are just right around $30,000! As Cleantechnica has clearly put it, you can own a Tesla Model 3, which is a far superior automotive, vehicle for less! Don’t forget to use my referral code “elijah2489” for 1000 free supercharging miles!

Rivet and Other Cool Children Apps

I'm always looking for new, child friendly apps for the iPad / iPhone or even maybe Amazon's newly updated Amazon Kindle Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet specifically when it comes to reading or math. Granted, I'm pretty sure that my children do not spend more than 20 minutes on any device per week when I'm home as I have a strict no screen time during the week and only VERY limited time on the weekend. Anyways, that's a whole different batttle these days as the Wall Street Journal points out.

Out today is Google's new Rivet app from their incubator team Area 120 called Rivet on Apple App Store or Google Play. It's a speech processing app that has over 200 books availble for children to read and learn. I played with it yesterday with my son for just over 3 minutes and it was awesome. I've also done the Apple Coding App for children called Swift Playground on the iPad but of course, Google has their own app as well, by the same group called Grasshopper. I encourage you to check them all out. Pretty intuitive and interactive stuff!

Time to Switch to Powerbeats Pro

They are the most sincerely and comprehensively new Beats product since the Apple takeover, and they are a triumph. The Doctor’s headphone elves have been quietly busy, and the first true wireless Beats earphones happen to also be the best Beats headphones of any size or kind. At $250, they don’t come cheap. However, the Powerbeats Pro deliver numerous advantages over Apple’s cheaper and simpler AirPods, and those upgrades totally validate the Beats price premium.

I love my AirPods, which by the way has been updated with a newer faster chip and wireless charging, but I love the idea that these won’t fall off when I sprint on the treadmill. There goes $250 I wasn’t budgeting for :)

Breakfast Waffles

Lately, I’ve been fortunate to stay home and am able to prepare my children breakfast. Usually it’s a batch of waffles or pancakes but lately, I’m into the eggs and no carb kick. Here’s a shot of my little one Arden enjoying her waffles which were cut up into tiny tiny pieces.

I might have mentioned before but I love carrying my camera or having it readily available to capture these moments. I did have my iPhone X in my back pocket at this moment but the Sony A7RII was also nearby and I was able to grab it within seconds and take this snap.

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Walking Around UTC

So, I didn’t have the time to try “hard” enough and find “Symmetry” for the Dogwood 2019 52 Week 5 Challenge and I know that we are probably in Week 7 or 8, but hey, here are a few pictures that I captured on my Sony A7RII + Sony Zeiss 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA. Have a great week! Oh, and I think I finally narrowed it down to the Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-angle Zoom Lens as my next lens which would enable me to do more video and landscape shots. Thoughts? I wanted the Batis 24 or even the new Sony Wide GM but, we’ll see. There’s only a “few” more lens that I really want apart from the Leica route.

The water fountain / reflection balls outside of Nordstrom. See if you can find the entire family.  

The water fountain / reflection balls outside of Nordstrom. See if you can find the entire family.  

Inside of Warby Parker while my wife and I juggle our third child while trying on and fitting new frames. You need a distraction and they rarely get this treat.&nbsp;

Inside of Warby Parker while my wife and I juggle our third child while trying on and fitting new frames. You need a distraction and they rarely get this treat. 

Dogwood 52 2019 Week 4

Besides making all the silly excuses about not having the time or such to post Week 4 of the Dogwood Challenge, finding “Warmth” proved to be rather difficult for me. I wanted to use a shot of our children and capture the right moment and to be honest, that didn’t happen until last night. I’ll post both pictures down below and you tell me which is “warm” but my official “entry” is the solo coffee cup. This is a from a little shop in Bankers Hill called James Coffee. Make sure to hit it up before Extraorindary Desserts opens up next door as it’ll still be easy to find parking and grab a seat. I wished that I took a better photo of the cup itself (apparently you can buy them for $64.95 a pop!) but alas, it was the latte art that proved to be more eye catching during that specific moment. I chose to edit it in the stock iPhoto App on my iPad Pro 9.7” (still no new iPad Pro or MacBook Pro) and used a Vivid Warm Filter along with some other tweaks in color and brightness.

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📷: Week 4 Story Telling: Warmth // Tell a story that makes us feel warm inside. 

Because my wife and I mistakenly thought it was BBQ Day at our daughter’s school, we found ourselves with an open time slot for lunch and decided to stay in the area. We called up our awesome friend on our way an amazing sushi restaurant in Bankers Hill called Hane Sushi (restaurant / yelp). After a few delectable dishes and specials, I’m sorry but I don’t have the names but here are some photos below, we strolled around and found James Coffee (restaurantyelp). There aren’t too many days that I bring the camera along, but I’m getting use to carrying it and love it so much. Check out the awesome sushi we had and oh yea, that other warm photo. 

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So maybe the piano shot isn’t as “warm” but it’s still an easy favorite. Girls are indeed precious.