To All Engineered Eloquence Followers On Tumblr:

As discussed in my post entitled "Nesting", I will be moving all future posts to a different Tumblr blog. Unfortunately, this is not the easiest thing to explain and due to Tumblr’s obstinance regarding migrating data between blogs, I am left at an impasse. There is no way for me to automatically move a user’s follow status from one blog to another and there is no way for me to migrate blog posts from one Tumblr blog to another.

In other words, from here on out, I will be posting all information to what was the “Links" blog at links.engineeredeloquence.com. At some point in the near future, that site URL will change to simply engineeredeloquence.com. Once that change occurs, no other information will be posted on this account, so you will have to "Follow" the other site to keep up with new posts. Please email me or reach out via social networks if you have questions or concerns about this move; email address and social network connection information is available on the About page. Thanks.

Jay

There is a phenomenon called “Nesting” that some of you may have heard of, especially if you have ever had a child. Nesting is considered a point in time when a future parent prepares their lives for the arrival of a child. Some things that such a parent might do are clean, rearrange, paint, or otherwise child-proof their house, clean, re-prioritize, or otherwise child-proof their daily activities, such as giving up bad habits, or do something otherwise out of the ordinary. My form of nesting, if you can call it that, had interestingly enough nothing to do with any of the above categories, but I found myself realizing that it was nesting as my weekend went on, in so much as I was preparing in what small ways I could for the arrival of our new addition. This weekend, as I am wont to do anyway, I cooked.

Jay, you might say, that’s not weird for you; you cook all the time! Let me rephrase, I cooked everything in my kitchen; I spent upwards of six hours in the kitchen on Saturday and approximately four hours on Sunday.1 I ended the weekend with pumpkin seeds, chunks, and puree; fresh stewed tomatoes, homemade tomato sauce, and the makings for gazpacho; spiced parsnip soup; and sweet red pepper hummus and homemade chick pea burgers.2 If that seems like a lot, it is; I might as well have been prepping for Thanksgiving Dinner. I have posted pictures below to better illustrate what all I am talking about. If this isn’t nesting for me, I don’t know what is.

The fact is that I like cooking and I like sharing what I have done with others that enjoy cooking. I have posted two reviews of and discussed my use of Basil over the years because it was the first time that what I really needed in an app was placed at my fingertips. After the arrival of my first child, I have no idea what type of time I will have to enjoy such activities—writing or cooking—and that freaks me out a little because cooking isn’t just cooking to me, it is therapy.

As is also the case with my stance on physical books, I do not want to miss out on the chance to provide my child with a developmental moment in the form of a healthy love of food and cooking. What better time, therefore, to announce that I will begin posting recipes, like I post links, on this blog. Over the coming weeks and months, as I continue to nest and acclimate to the birth of my first child, I will be consolidating Engineered Eloquence into a single website, so as to mitigate the confusion over what is considered a standalone post and what is considered a link. This is especially necessary given the fact that my cooking posts will be a cross between a link to an external recipe site most times and a post with successes, failures, and thoughts that I feel like sharing about the recipe itself. In addition, I am going to try out a couple Basil integrations, almost like the Instapaper “read later” link that I append to text posts. Finally, I am going to be testing out a few Tumblr/DNS tricks that will allow people only interested in links, posts, or recipes to get to that content quickly. One immediate drawback is the change to the way RSS and Archives will work, but my 100 or so consistent readers shouldn’t be bothered by that.

I hope the changes are met with generally positive reactions and that it won’t detract from the content, as it is always my goal to put the content front and center for the benefit of my readership. Links will continue to be posted at regular intervals, but I know that my long-form posts may suffer short term, as my life is about to get hectic. Enjoy the pics and let me know what you think about the changes when they occur on Twitter, App.net, or Facebook.

Soon-to-be Pumpkin Puree

Tomatoes in Progress

Spiced Parsnip Soup



  1. I will admit that some of the time was spent cleaning, although I attempted to clean in stages as I dirtied things to make it: 1) easier to move onto the next dish or ingredient and 2) easier to clean up at the end of each day.  ↩

  2. Lexi and I even made blueberry, cream cheese crepes on Sunday morning and completely from scratch lasagna Sunday evening.  ↩

I didn’t want to write anything about the new iPhones until I watched the Keynote myself. Prior to doing so, I was inundated with articles and other social network coverage on the topic, some of which was simply asinine and others of which were level-headed, objective, and similar to my personal feelings on the subject. Some people liked to look at Apple’s announcements from Tuesday and say that Apple lacked vision in the smartphone market, which is crowded with free phones that lure customers due to their price. However, I think that Apple was simply drawing their line in the sand; Ben Thompson said it most succinctly:

This was Apple, standing up and saying to all the pundits, to all the analysts, to everyone demanding a low price iPhone:

NO

No, we will NOT compete on price, we will offer something our competitors can’t match.

No, we are NOT selling a phone, we are selling an experience.1

No, we will NOT be cheap, but we will be cool.

No, you in the tech press and on Wall Street do NOT understand Apple, but we believe that normal people love us, love our products, and will continue to buy, start to buy, or aspire to buy.

Oh, and Samsung? Damn straight people line up for us. 20 million for a concert. “It’s like a product launch.”

Neither Apple as a whole nor iPhone specifically has ever been a brand of affordability. Apple does not want to get into the business of “cheap” hardware.2 Also, Apple has never insinuated that they aimed in that direction; the continued existence of the iPhone 4S in the lineup is yet another clue that the company’s aim is not cheapness. I am adamant that time and time again, Apple has set the expectation for their customer group to be that of the cost of premium design. Setting expectations is an important part of any business and I think Apple has been great about being consistent in their message to insure that proper expectations are set. Which brings me to my complaint for the pundits: putting down Apple’s new hardware, some without even touching it, due to your abnormally high expectations is not only subjective in nature but outlandish. I understand having to get copy to your editor, but think before you type.

Now, I don’t plan to make this post about the features because so many other posts have covered them. However, the iPhone 5s is a wonder in terms of feature set and is tempting, even though I currently have an iPhone 5. In addition, the iPhone 5c is undoubtedly going to be a reboot of the revolution, so to speak, in the sense that the iPod mini and its colors brought the iPod to the true mainstream. Along with the iOS 7 update, which is coming next week, Apple has made a statement yet again about being willing to leave the past behind and make people uncomfortable. Just like this post will quickly be forgotten, the talk of Apple having a “rare miss” will fade into the background as the spotlight refocuses on happy customers and record-breaking profits.

I have been pleasantly surprised by Apple’s moves in iOS 7 and their new iPhone hardware; this is due to the fact that I can see where they could possibly go in the future and I still see their superior design and software/hardware integration as the best on the market from an overall experience point of view. They have set the expectation that they are a premium brand for those who are willing to spend more for a superior product. Even as the company has moved away from serving just the tinkerers and enthusiasts to serving the greater consumer population, they have not changed their message and they continue to lead the industry, in both technology and ambition. As for their market price and their future, I don’t see these announcements as anything but full-steam-ahead innovation and even if Wall Street doesn’t see it, come next week, the millions of new iPhone customers will.


  1. In a stroke of genius, Apple is now offering their iWork and iLife softwares for free to all new iOS customers, just as they are on the Mac. Oddly, Garageband is not included in the list of freebies, but I have a feeling that is due to its profitability. I have a feeling that a lot of people have paid full price for Garageband since it is a remarkable product, so Apple’s question is why leave money on the table? I don’t think as many people desired iPhoto or iMovie, as those who desired Garageband.  ↩

  2. Hell, they even make their plastic phones like (almost) no one else can.  ↩