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The further misadventures of my smartphone

September 30, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com 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 MEMwrites.wordpress.com 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 MEMwrites.wordpress.com 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 MEMwrites.wordpress.com 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 […]

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

September 1, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com 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 MEMwrites.wordpress.com 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 […]

Non-adventures in dog-sitting, part 2

June 29, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com June 29, 2017 Late Tuesday afternoon, I showered, took the dog outside and set out for Sterling, Va., which is a 20 or 25-minute drive from where I’m staying. I was going to — well, let’s call it Massive Marvin’s, a dining establishment that a pair of Internet websites assured […]

My password security fiasco: Part 2 of 3

May 7, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com May 7, 2017 When I left off my pulse-pounding story about forgetting my master password, I was discussing the trouble I had in recovering — that is to say, guessing — my password. One of the problems was that I couldn’t just keep entering password guesses until I found the right one. […]

Notes on my musical preferences

March 15, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com March 15, 2017 Last summer, I wrote about my favorite podcasts. Now, some notes on my iTunes/smartphone musical preferences. (What’s iTunes? I imagine you asking. It is, of course, the free piece of Macintosh audio software that served as a precursor to Apple’s immensely popular iPod portable digital music player. It’s […]

Majoring in classics, minoring in murder? A handful of college students are united by dark secrets in Donna Tartt’s spell-binding 1992 debut, ‘The Secret History’

December 16, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken MEMwrites.wordpress.com Dec. 16, 2016 I first read The Secret History in the mid-1990s, a few years after its publication, and not long after I’d graduated from college. That makes it awfully tempting for me to compare and contrast myself with the narrator of Donna Tartt’s 1992 debut novel. Richard Papen is a classics […]