About the display:

The iPad mini with Retina Display has the same color gamut as the standard iPad mini, which is narrower than the iPad Air and less than the sRGB coverage we normally look for. The biggest issue here is that there are other smaller tablets in this price range that do offer sRGB coverage (e.g. Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9).

Could Apple offer sRGB on the retina Mini with a software update? Display parity with the Air is certainly desirable.

Yesterday, November 18, scientists presented evidence that suggests multiple hominid groups bred with one another:

The ancient genomes, one from a Neanderthal and one from a different archaic human group, the Denisovans, were presented on 18 November at a meeting at the Royal Society in London. They suggest that interbreeding went on between the members of several ancient human-like groups living in Europe and Asia more than 30,000 years ago, including an as-yet unknown human ancestor from Asia.

“What it begins to suggest is that we’re looking at a ‘Lord of the Rings’-type world — that there were many hominid populations,” says Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London who was at the meeting but was not involved in the work.

Considering that Neanderthals are increasingly viewed as similar to and equally as capable as modern humans, I make the following suggestion: it sounds like modern humans, modern humans, and modern humans have always been producing offspring. Sorry, Lord of the Rings.

I recently purchased a pair of Florsheim Jet Chukkas in brown, from Zappos. I was concerned when I purchased them, because they were only available in D and E widths; my foot is a little narrower than that. However it’s nearly impossible to find boots in a narrower width than D.

I’m only two days in, but these are now my favorite shoes. The leather is smooth, but not shiny. They fit well with regular dress socks or thicker wool socks. They are plain and simple. I can wear them with dress clothes or jeans.

As with any nice, new leather shoes, make sure to mink them up right away; that is, apply mink oil to waterproof the leather. Good thing I did, as it rained today.

Parks and Rec happened to be on. They put Ron Swanson in a circular desk (‘it’ll make interaction with others easier, and look, you can swivel!’). An old lady comes up to him and says, “Sir, there’s a sign at a park that says, ‘Do not drink the sprinkler water.’ So I made sun tea with it, and I got an infection.” The whole time, Ron is swiveling in his chair so his back is to her. She starts jogging around the desk, saying, “Sir, are you listening to me? Sir, are you aware that your water has waste in it?”

Super hilarious!