Apple’s new iPad Air came out in stores today, and like any devout fangirl, I had to get my hands on one. And I did. And it’s great.
Now that I’ve spent some quality time with Craig (after Federighi, because I name all my Apple devices after the men of Apple, because I’m a NERD), here are my first thoughts.
Design and Display:
One word: sexy. Incredibly sleek in the black/slate grey colour, and surprisingly light given the amount of power it packs. The thinner bezel makes it look so much better and less amateur. Retina display has amazed me since I got it with my iPhone – and it looks even better on a larger screen.
Like everything else Apple puts out, it just works. They nixed the Calculator app which doesn’t make any sense to me, but it’s not a huge issue. It’s really irritating how many app developers haven’t paid more attention to iPad users, namely, Instagram. Can’t blame Apple for that though. Suppose I’ll just have to look for an Instagram alternative for my iPad.
CRAZY. I’ve been playing with this thing basically all day and I’ve still got 34% battery. Colour me impressed.
A few more notes: speakers sound awesome, front-facing camera is great quality though the back one is lacking (no flash either) but unless you’re one of those weirdos who takes photos with their iPad then it’s not an issue. Overall, I’m super happy with it.
One of my first assignments this year was to analyze a speech. I chose Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk, called ‘The Art of Asking.’ Amanda, lead singer of The Dresden Dolls, talked about her experiences with asking — from asking people for money as a busker on the street, to asking her fans for a couch to crash on or equipment to use, to eventually becoming an entirely crowd-funded musician. Amanda doesn’t think of asking as greedy, or something to be ashamed of. She thinks of it as a connection shared between two people, an exchange. Sure, she’d ask her fans for money, but only after she put on an incredible show. Her fans didn’t even need to be asked. They simply handed what she wanted over, because they respected her and felt she deserved it. Amanda talked about how rather than saying “This is my album, it’s $20 and you have to pay for it,” she said “This is my album, it’s free for you to download, but I am accepting donations.”
It’s amazing what people will do for you when you simply let them, rather them force them.
I had my own experience with this recently. I was just wrapping up a pretty big client video I’d been working on for the past couple months. As I went through all my footage and began editing, I realized the project was going to be a lot more work than I had thought, and a much longer video than what we originally had agreed on. I thought about asking for more money, but I was weary as we had already signed a contract on a quote — a pretty expensive one. I didn’t want to seem greedy. But I decided to ask anyway, for a substantial chunk of extra cash, one that would fit well with the amount of work I did for the project. Turns out, the client was more than happy to pay me more, they were actually already talking about it before I’d asked. Huh!
So there you go. For some reason, asking has become a shameful thing, something we should get out of our heads because it’s not going to work in our favour anyway. Had I not asked my client for a pay raise, I wouldn’t have been paid the money I deserved, and I likely would have been really bitter and bummed out – not the way you want to end a big project.
Next time you want to ask someone for something but have inhibitions, just do it anyway. Who knows what the person will say, and really, the worst that can happen is they’ll say “no.” You never know, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Ever had a hankering for some chocolate chip cookies, but didn’t want to make enough to feed a small village? I have! I wanted to make some cookies yesterday, but realized I only had half a bag of chocolate chips left. And so I used my smarts…aka Google, and found a recipe for a dozen chocolate chip cookies. And here I am sharing it with you all.
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tbsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Mix melted butter and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry mixture to wet mixture. If too wet, add flour by the tablespoon. Mix in chocolate chips. Preheat over to 350 degrees and cook for 8-12 minutes. Yields 12 cookies.
Recently, I got an assignment in TV class to make a short silent video. Here’s what I came up with. Big thanks to my friend Erin Schwartz for being my actress and chugging back a bunch of gross vodka water for me.
Last night I visited Market Burger. I’ve heard a lot of great things about the joint, so it was about time to check it out for myself. My date and I decided to enjoy our meal on the rooftop patio, a nice little addition to the restaurant. The patio is on the smaller side, but not cramped, with wooden benches and chairs. We’re happy we got there when the sun was setting, because of the charming lights strung around the entire rooftop.
The menu wasn’t lacking options. Shaped as our own homeland of Manitoba, you can tell whoever came up with this place really wanted the “totally local” vibe to show through in every inch of the place. At Market Burger you can choose from a number of burgers, or you can build your own. They also offer a good amount of sides – fries, onion rings, and even mac ‘n cheese.
After some deliberating (burgers are serious business!), I decided to build my own burger, while my boyfriend opted for the sliders. We decided to share an order of onion rings as well. We may or may not regret not trying the massive grilled cheese burger that they have on special right now (a burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Really.) Our server, Jade, was great – friendly, energetic, and knew the menu inside and out. Our drinks were quick to come out, and our food took about 25 minutes. I was starving so it felt like longer than that.
I like how Market Burger takes the rustic route – no plates, just wooden boards with a bit of parchment paper. My burger was pretty good. It definitely tasted like a homemade burger, as opposed to the fast food taste you get with other burger joints in Winnipeg. The bun was light and fluffy, the patty was thick and seasoned well, the bacon was perfectly cooked and crispy, and the lettuce was fresh and not wilted. However, my burger wasn’t served as hot as I like it to be (neither were my boyfriend’s sliders), same with the onion rings – which took away from the flavour of the meal as a whole. That aside, the onion rings were very good – large and crispy fried in just enough batter. They could have used a bit more seasoning but they were still tasty. I also kind of regret adding dijon mustard to my burger – I thought it would be good but it kind of spoiled the taste. That was my bad though, not the restaurant’s. My boyfriend had two of the mac ‘n cheese sliders on his platter, and one of of The Desi. He enjoyed them.
Overall, Market Burger is a must, at least once, for any Manitoban – or anyone who wants to get a taste of what Manitoba is all about. The restaurant is local inside and out, and they care a great deal about what ingredients go into their food. The place is still pretty new, so I imagine in time as they work out the kinks, they’ll be even better.
Market Burger is located at 645 Corydon Ave.
Up until this summer, I could count on my fingers how many times I’d been to the lake. My family doesn’t have a cottage anywhere and I wasn’t friends with people who did either, so I never had a reason to go. But this summer, I visited Falcon Lake in the Whiteshell for the first time (and several times after) and it’s become one of my favourite places to spend my down time when it’s hot out.
Also, to further reinforce how awesome the Whiteshell is, my fellow CreCommer Marney Blunt has created a website devoted solely to lake life there. Check it out at experiencethewhiteshell.org.