Phil Olin

My current journal(left) is almost full, so I stickered up the new one in preparations for starting it.

I was checking out the new Apple Maps in my neighborhood and noticed something strange, there seemed to be a gap where there should be houses. I’m guessing Apple is using machine learning to spot and mark houses on the new maps, but it looks like trees foil things.

iPod Classic Usefulness Wanes.

The start of the death of the iPod Classic is coming. I’ve used one in my car since I started driving. My current one I picked up in 2012 when I had one due on me right before a big road trip. It works ok in our 2017 Subaru Outback, but we test drove a new 2020 Outback this weekend, and the car didn’t recognize the iPod at all.

We tested with both an OEM cable and 3rd party but neither got the car to recognize the iPod. Sure it still works great as a stand-alone iPod, although it could use a new battery, after spending the last 7 years sitting in a car. Unfortunately the Classic doesn’t exist anymore, only iPhones or iPod Touches, so my new iPhone is a 256GB version to replace the Classic’s function in the car as music storage, on top of CarPlay GPS usage.

Placed my order for a new phone, big upgrade from my 6S+. Really looking forward to the new cameras and screen. I’m hoping Apple is over estimating the delivery dates and it arrives sooner, as we have a big day (👶) in the middle of the month.

I seem to have a thing for bright green. TWSBI Eco, and a custom Benchmade Mini “Grip”.


Enjoying a nice game of Potion Explosion! 🎲

The new volume overlay (that tiny bar on the top left) might be one of my favorite iOS 13 changes. The new silent toggle overlay is really nice as well.📱

Muenster is annoyed I won’t let him on the table to eat my dinner. Which I’ve never done. 🐱

The D&D 5e collection grows. Just added Xanathar’s and Mordenkainen’s. 🐲

Packing up the D&D stuff for this weekend. Probably not going to play, but it will be nice to refresh the rules and maybe build up a couple characters. 🎲🐉

Moose got a bath this morning, and is now exhausted. 🐶

Time to do some bike maintenance. The bottom bracket on my Moonlander started creaking last time I rode it. 🚵‍♂️

I absolutely love this pen, a limited edition Karas Decograph, 049/100, with a smooth cursive italic medium 14k nib. Fantastic writer, and the material is beautiful. 🖋

The views and scenery are what makes central NY beautiful.

Getting somewhat excited for the new iPhone release this fall. I think I’ll be read to upgrade from my 6S Plus that I’m currently using. Not looking forward to the new price tag, but I think 4 years out of a mobile pocket computer is pretty damn good, and I’ll do it again.

This one is too good not to share, good taste, and it has a nice peppery bite.

Game night this afternoon. Played a round of Mystic Vale, 2nd time playing it, very interesting mechanics, but really enjoyable. Then we played some Elder Sign. Failed miserably the first time, all three of use got devoured twice in the first 3 rounds. Second game went better, but ran out of time before we could finish the game. 🎲


Local fountain pen club (GNYPIG) meetup. Pens and inks have spread out every where.

Inspired by @cygnoir‘s post, I put together a currently inked list.

Managed to get out for a fantastic bike ride after work this evening. The trails were mostly dry and fast. 🚵‍♂️

He’s middle aged now, but still an amazing dog. Moose still wants to go for his long walks, but we are starting to need to cut them back a bit for him now.

He still thinks he’s a lapdog, and when it’s time for a walk, it’s time for a walk, but we still love him.

Took some work but I’ve got the skinny bike ready to hit the trails again. I haven’t ridden it in probably at least 4 years, so it will be nice to have a light and fast bike again.

Put together a nice little fire pit for the backyard. Should be able to put it to use next weekend.

Deleted my Instagram account. It was my last link to Facebook Co. and it feels good to get away, even though I know they’ll still track me with a shadow profile.