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 My pregnant wife says that when our baby kicks, it feels like a “strong Apple Watch tap”. My thanks to Apple Inc. for creating the technology that has enlightened me on the pregnant female experience.

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Mikey Llorin, Podcaster

I finally have my own podcast! I am proud to present You Chose Poorly, a tech podcast about regret, with Sawyer Paul and myself.

Sawyer has been kind enough to have me as a guest on his wrestling podcasts through the years, but the times we podcasted together with technology as the topic were a lot of fun. Tech geekery is something he and I can easily get very worked up about, especially since our emotional investment in it is often matched (or eclipsed) by our financial investment. Unlike many people in tech-writing-podcasting circles, we’re not (yet?) on the list of people that Tech Product Companies send review units to, yet we often talk about and write about and pour our lives into the damned things anyway. And the damned things can get damned expensive—in more ways than one.

You Chose Poorly is about the cost of having these beautiful/terrible devices in our lives. Sometimes it hurts so good, sometimes it just hurts.

You can check us out on Soundcloud here and iTunes here. You can also subscribe via our RSS feed here. Our show notes are on our Tumblr page over at youchosepoorlypodcast.tumblr.com.

You can also send us feedback about the show via Twitter — @mikeyllorin and @_sawyerpaul.

We quite enjoy making this show, and I think you might enjoying listening to us during your commute every so often. But even if you don’t, subscribe anyway!

Thanks, everyone.

At this point, it’s just attrition

Zack Handlen, reviewing The Walking Dead‘s season 6 premiere for AV Club:

But there is nothing exciting or scary about zombie fighting anymore. At this point, it’s just attrition: who will the writers decide is expendable during this latest attack. They’re not a threat, they’re a plot mechanic that’s outlived its usefulness, and while I don’t expect the show to give up on them anytime soon, we’re going to need some more interesting pressure to keep this from being even more of a slog than it already is.

This was me, three seasons ago.

The Verge’s Nilay Patel bought his mom a Chromebook Pixel

From Patel’s weekly “Divergence” column:

Should I buy my mom thousand-dollar computer that just runs Chrome?” I would idly wonder to anyone within earshot. I posted a forum thread to solicit opinions from Verge readers. I drove my friends and family insane with my indecision.

And then I bought my mom a Pixel. And it was one of the best technology purchasing decisions I’ve ever made.

Fascinating. I would never hear the end of it if it were my mom, though

 

I liked’em before they were cool

 

… by “them”, I mean Marvel, and by “cool”, I mean “super successful”.

The height of my Marvel fandom was back in the mid-nineties, when they filed for bankruptcy and they had to be saved by Toy Biz, the company that manufactured their action figures. 

Today, Toy Biz is defunct, and Marvel is such an institution that  famous movie stars fancy themselves as defiant underdogs railing against their juggernaut movie studio. 

It’s a cool time to be a True Believer.