I know that more stuff isn’t the answer. I know that I should spend my money on experiences and not things. Sometimes, though, I need a little inspiration. I was going to drop $500 on the Freewrite distraction-free typewriter. I really liked the idea of being able to escape into writing. I also recently had a birthday, so I had the perfect excuse for the purchase.
But, I still wanted to buy something related to writing. Instead, I spent $70 on a new keyboard with mechanical switches. I had heard good things about typing on this kind of device. After a few sentences of beautiful noisy clicks, I am convinced that I made a good purchase.
Stuff isn’t the answer. It won’t make me a better writer. But, sometimes it is a lot of fun and can act as inspiration to create new experiences.
Another Suicide Squad trailer was released this week. While Batman v. Superman was terrible, I am keeping my hopes up on this one. The trailers have made it look playful, though there are rumored reshoots to make it even lighter. Given the positive response to the trailers, this seems like a smart move.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them finally got a full trailer. I still haven’t read the Harry Potter books (don’t kill me), but really enjoyed the movies. This looks like a fun expansion of the universe (Potterverse?).
This week is actually pretty heavy with trailers for geeks. The teaser for Doctor Strange was also released. This is Marvel’s expansion into the world of magic (though Daredevil touches on it a little bit). I like magic. I like Benedict Cumberbatch. I like that the trailer looks like a mixture of The Matrix, Inception, and Batman Begins. I’m down.
I don’t need a new Kindle, but man do I want the new Kindle Oasis. It is super expensive, but it gets months of battery life and had a design that lends itself to one-handed reading, which is a problem with my Paperwhite when I am trying to read while laying in bed or on the couch.
Law and Policy
Microsoft sued the government, challenging the constitutionality of Section 2705(b) of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Under this section, a court can direct the recipient of a warrant (like Microsoft or Google) not to tell anyone of the existence of that warrant. For example, if the government decides that they want to look at your email for an investigation, under this section they can order Microsoft to share the contents of your email (but why are you still using Hotmail?) and Microsoft can’t tell you (or anyone) that this happened.
The Burr-Feinstein bill has officially been released and it is [still lame]
Ending on a Happy Note
The post-wisdom teeth surgery zombie prank is something that I have watched numerous times this week. I recommend that you do the same.