Two Thousand Sixteen

2016 is a difficult year for me to digest.

Personally, it's been one of the most amazing, transformative yet. I started a great job earlier this year and in July my wife and I welcomed our first child, Jesse Davis Flanders, to the world. Watching him grow up has been an hour-by-hour adventure that has given me an entirely new perspective and appreciation for my parents. Working from home has been one of the greatest perks of my job, allowing me the oppurtunity to see fleeting moments otherwise missed.


However, the World lost a seemingly unprecidented number of celebrities, personalities and other impactful individuals. America now faces a new Presidency that brings uncertainty, chaos and soul searching for many.

Goodbye and thanks for everything

Vigoda, Frey, Gruber Rickman, Shandling, Emerson, Prince, Bowie, Summitt, Yelchin, Ali, Palmer, Henderson, Cohen, Thicke, Sager, Glenn, and hundreds of others.

sigh

Trump.

Update

Damn you, 2016

RIP George Michael and Carrie Fisher.

“The best selling Pro notebook lineup”

I'm pretty tired of hearing that the 2016 MacBook Pro lineup is "the best selling Pro notebook lineup ever" on blogs and news articles. The actual quote given during an interview with The Independent was,

... our online store has had more orders for the new MacBook Pro than any other pro notebook before.
— Phil Schiller

Let's ignore the qualifier of "online store" for now, and focus on the idea that these are the best selling "pro notebooks" that Apple has made.

Previously

The MacBook Pro lineup has previously included 2 different machines, a 13" with a lower wattage (28W) CPU and no discrete GPU option and a 15" with a higher wattage (45W) CPU with 2 more cores, and an optional discrete GPU. The new lineup continues on largely in this same tradition, only trading the optional discrete GPU for one that's non-optional.

Now

Now, they've also tossed (what I believe to be) the MacBook Air successor into the MacBook Pro lineup. The MacBook Air has always used the even lower power Intel CPU size class (15W). This is what originally allowed Apple to slim the machine down and then later, still deliver solid battery life. The new MacBook Pro (non TouchBar) has the 15W CPU, and is now thinner and lighter than the legacy MacBook Air. If the MacBook Pro (non TouchBar) were $500 cheaper, I reckon Apple would've discontinued the MacBook Air instead of keeping it around. I'm sure that the Retina display and the faster SSD were enough to substantialy drive the cost up compared to the long-in-the-tooth MacBook Air. The new 13" MacBook Pro (non TouchBar) is now faster, thinner (on average), narrower, shorter, and within a breath of being the same weight as the legacy 13" MacBook Air. It's clear to me that this machine is the MacBook Air in all but name.

Here's why it's the best selling lineup of all time

So, we have a new MacBook Pro lineup that spans 3 Intel CPU performance classes and groups together the 2 highest selling Apple notebook model lineups. Our new lineup is:

  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)

Are you seeing where I'm going with this yet?

Let's say BMW waited for 2 standard model refreshes to update the M3. When they did refresh, they decided to label all models in the 3 series lineup "M3". Now the M3 is a lineup of vehicles:

  • M3 (2.0l turbo engine)
  • M3 (2.0l turbo engine, all wheel drive)
  • M3 (2.0l turbo engine, all wheel drive, station wagon)
  • M3 (3.0l turbo engine)
  • M3 (3.0l turbo engine, all wheel drive)
  • M3 (3.0l high output turbo engine)

In rebuttal to press about a "dissapointing M3 refresh", BMW says that they are seeing the "highest sales of any M series in it's history". Does this accuractly reflect the state of the M3? Of course not.

RIP Magsafe

The definitive Apple feature is now gone.

Jesse Davis Flanders

Jesse Davis Flanders

After only 8 hours of labor, Meghan gave birth to our first child on July 26th at noon. He measured 21" tall, weighed 8lbs 5oz and instantly melted our hearts. It's difficult to explain how incredible the experience was, Meghan was amazing throughout and impressed everyone.

Uncle Colin

The last 9 months have flown by and now he's here. When we were building the nursery this all seemed so far away. The days leading up to his birth, it was so hard to imagine what it would be like. It's weird to say that we have a son now.

We welcome Jesse into our young family as both of our parents' first grandchild and the first great grandchild in Meghan's extended family. We chose a pair of family names, Jesse from the Flanders - from both my great uncle and great grandfather - and Davis from Meghan's family - most recently as her brother Con's middle name.

The first week flew by with less sleep than we need, more worrying than we should, and so much help and love from everyone. The grandparents are all glowing and already bragging on him, and my brother, Uncle Colin, is possibly the most excited of us all!

Now that he's here, we get to work, learn, make mistakes and have fun raising our little boy.

Getting our first christmas tree

Meghan, Mac and I went with the family on our traditional Christmas Tree hunt. This year it was pretty cold out and I'm not sure Mac got to ride in the coat for his benefit or to keep Meghan warm.

Either way, we got a beautiful tree for our first real Christmas as a married, home owning family.

Mac

From my archive, Mac Flanders (3 months old), hanging on the porch. I need to get some newer photos of this little guy now that he's grown up so much already.