If you always want the best seat in the house, get a virtual headset. The struggle to strap in is worth it.
That’s my takeaway from a recent visit to a virtual reality bar sporting HTC Vives. Yes, a virtual reality environment was awkward to setup; I almost tripped over my cord; the software has bugs; and I honestly felt like I needed to pay another human to help keep me oriented.
Despite all that, I felt like I owned a home in the mountains. It was satisfying to look over the edge and view Crater Lake—without tourists. I was tickled when I could go to Mar’s, even if exploring it was in fits and starts. I forgot I was in a rather drab room with my wife and a good friend. That last part is concerning, but I am going to let those thoughts slide for now.
Virtual reality is finally finding its foundation. It’s too good to be ignored, and too expensive for everyone to know it.
I am sold on the Kindle because I love having the ability to highlight passages and add notes to them. It’s a really underrated feature, and it allows me to ignore a lot of the things that bug me about the Kindle (an evenly lit display that doesn’t get dog hair stuck in it would be nice).
I use Clippings to export, format, and manage my highlights. It’s neat, and I want to give them some link love.
They may look like coasters, but they’re far more useful. I haven’t plugged in a cord for at least a week, and my iPhone always has a spot in the house. I didn’t know how irritating it was to dig up a cord until I didn’t have to anymore. Charging ports will one day go the way of headphone jacks.