Wednesday, December 15, 2021

new smarthome standard “Matter”

 This Verge article explains the Matter standard for smart home devices and networks. It will be updated as new information is available, so bookmark it. Matter 1.0 is the current standard, supported by many vendors and some devices will be upgraded over the air to support it. I welcome this move.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Six by Sondheim documentary

 I was deeply moved by this documentary about Stephen Sondheim. I had an inkling this would happen, based on my enjoyment of the three part coverage of Sondheim on Fresh Air, but I was not sure. After all, I am not a fan of musicals, especially mainstream ones. Having seen a few and watched some filmed,  I know they are not my cup of tea. This, on the other hand, is! I do like watching documentaries and here is one that stands out to me. What impressed me is his level of creativity and his ability to explain his creative process. A comment Gregory Bateson made came to mind, that Milton Erickson was the best therapist, but his theories of what he did were mediocre. Sondheim is supremely a master of both. Watch this and see what I mean! Streaming on HBO Max.