This week, what's making me happy is a new phone, some old jazz, and a sitcom that's sort of in-between:
- I got an iPhone 4S last week and so far it's been great. Of course, for me the attraction is kind of specific to me--most people have been making a big deal about the voice recognition, the more powerful processor, and the upgraded camera, but the main thing that I like about it is that it works. My previous phone--a three-year-old iPhone 3G--had a giant crack running up the back, three wide bands of dead pixels cutting across the middle of the screen, and after the upgrade to iOS 4 last year had become so slow that it was basically useless as an apps platform. (It did, however, still make calls.) So, yeah, the new 4S features are nifty and all, but the most important thing it does for me is alleviate the irritation that my old phone caused multiple times each day.
- I know this isn't really news to anybody at this point, but, man, Modern Family has got to be the funniest show on TV. And the really impressive thing isn't just that it's so funny, but that it's so consistently funny. Literally every time I turn that show on, I laugh out loud, and I don't know if I can say that about any other television program, ever.
- As I'm sure you all know by now, I'm a sucker for some old-school jazz, especially stuff from the pre-bop era. The man I've been listening to the most lately is Art Tatum, who in terms of pure virtuosity is by far the greatest jazz pianist of all time. Just take a listen to his arrangement of "Tiger Rag"--you'd swear that there were at least two pianos, if not three, but no, it's just Tatum all by himself:
Happy weekend, everybody!