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Whirly Word and 7 Little Words offer smartphone word-search fun

March 31, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken March 31, 2018 It’s time for another entry in my irregular and infrequent series of app reviews — and this time, it’s a twofer! I have two word games on my smartphone, neither of which are Scrabble or the popular knockoff Words with Friends. Some years ago, I downloaded Whirly […]

The further misadventures of my smartphone

September 30, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 30, 2016 It was around 11 on Thursday night and my phone was running out of power. I had my laptop backpack with me, but I don’t usually carry either a Lightning cable or an iPhone charger in it. So I ran out to my car. I grabbed my cable and started heading back […]

Smartphone reset, summer 2015 (part 3 of some)

September 2, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 2, 2015 The Apple Store in Raleigh, N.C., is located in the Crabtree Valley Mall, a place I hadn’t visited in a few years. Getting there involved the usual nonsense: Driving, parking, walking. I was a little taken aback when I got to the Apple Store: It was teeming with […]

Smartphone reset, summer 2015 (part 2 of some)

September 1, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 1, 2015 After abruptly canceling my mid-August road trip, I spent 90 minutes or so at the library before heading back home. Once there, I did something that I hadn’t done either at the library or in my car: I attached my seemingly dead iPhone to a charger and plugged it in. This gave […]

Smartphone reset, summer 2015 (part 1 of some)

August 29, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Aug. 29, 2015 The Great Phone Meltdown of 2015 happened at an inconvenient moment. In mid-December 2012, my Parental Unit bought two Apple smartphones: A 16-gigabyte iPhone 5 for P.U.’s own self and, as a very generous gift, a 32-GB iPhone 5 for me. This was a very spiffy upgrade […]

Near-miss on the interstate: My close encounter with a wrong-way driver

January 19, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken Jan. 19, 2018 I narrowly avoided serious injury and possibly death in a high-speed car crash while driving west on Interstate 40 around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. As is typical for me on Thursday nights, I was driving back to Durham from Raleigh when the near-miss occurred. Because […]

Practicality, love and gloves: A few thoughts

November 30, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Nov. 30, 2017 I used to own a pair of hybrid glove-mittens. When I needed to keep my hands warm, I’d pull on the hybrids and make sure the mittens enveloped my fingers. When I needed to use my digits, I could pull the mitten-pocket away from my fingers and pin […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 6-3 Stanford

November 10, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Nov. 10, 2017 Gosh… Last weekend’s outing in Pullman sure was wretched for Stanford fans, wasn’t it? I happened to be in Colorado for an event involving family (and religion!), and I happened to have Saturday afternoon free to watch the Cardinal game. I walked to a craft brewery that […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 1-0 Stanford

September 1, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 1, 2017 I missed the early scoring in the Stanford football team’s season-opening win over Rice last weekend. I played (poorly overall, alas; details forthcoming) in a Scrabble tournament in Durham that day before driving to my friends’ home in Northern Virginia. (R— seemed happy to see me; then […]

Non-adventures in dog-sitting, part 5

July 10, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken July 10, 2017 With this, my fifth post about the eight or so days I spent dog-sitting for the Os, I will now begin to discuss what I actually did with the dog in question. My ward was a very cute, sweet-natured six-month-old pup named R—. Her human adults departed […]