Tristan Isham

Words about everything; written with passion

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What Do I Want To Be?

More and more I find myself asking this very question, “What do I want to be?” I’ve spent most of my life behind the keyboard of a computer or clutching a pencil, writing out my feelings, thoughts, and emotions on paper and pixel in an attempt to nail down what exactly drives me. What is it about writing that keeps pulling me back in? What is it about creating something out of nothing that excites me so much? Why do I spend all of my day reading article after article but feel so drained when I try to attempt to write about anything in which I lack passion? I can’t imagine that every story a journalist writes they care deeply about. Maybe it’s the field they cover? Maybe it’s the power their words carry? I just don’t know.
I know that it’s an often brought up topic on this blog, my writing, but I can’t seem to escape it. I keep coming back to find out what I enjoy and what my purpose

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The Subtle Sync

The most underrated feature of Apple’s various devices, in my opinion, is Continuity. This little invisible feature allows anyone with multiple Apple devices to pick up where they left on one device, then pick it up on another.

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Continuity is amazing because it just works… most of the time. The feature has been around for a few years, but I don’t think that it’s used to its full potential. I’d like to see some of these features come to continuity in iOS 12.

 1. Notification Center Sync Through Bluetooth on Mac From iPhone

I’ve heard opinions on this both for and against iOS notifications on Mac, but I am very much for it. I already get too many notifications on my phone and would love a chance to be able to easily clear them from my mac or respond to any iOS app via my Mac! I definitely do not feel the same way about Mac notification on iOS. Perhaps there should be an option to enable

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Google Allo Reaches New Milestone, Hangouts

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Google was finally able to remake Hangouts today by adding web support for it’s Allo chat app to iOS devices and browsers other than Chrome.

Google Allo on the web adds iOS support, along with Firefox and Opera - Android Authority.

The search giant had previously revolutionized chatting online by reinventing every company’s attempt at a messenger by adding stickers and customizable personable emoji.

With this update, it can be clearly seen that Google strongly believes that everyone deserves a chance to experience what they can anywhere else, but with less security and less of their friends to chat with.

The future truly is breathtaking. Perhaps in Allo’s next update, we’ll get something akin to “tales”?

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Elon Musk Will Create A Life on Mars

A Hypothesis

I was never really sure if Elon Musk was serious about his thought project, The Boring Company.

An idea to build subterranean solutions for modern day transportation problems. It seemed kind of ridiculous to think that in today’s world of regulations and structure that even the impossibly capable Musk could overcome and build out a completely organic and new infrastructure.

After today, any doubts I’ve had have been wiped away. I finally understand the point and purpose of not just The Boring Company, but all of Elon Musk’s companies and projects. Their purposes are not to only improve life for all of us living here on earth, but to create a way of life, a structure for all of us, on Mars. At least that’s my hypothesis.

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How &

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A *New* York State of Mind

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You never really realize how different, or similar two places can be until you’ve been there. This wasn’t my first time to New York City—nor do I even remotely think that it will be my last; but I doubt this time will be like any other.

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You often forget how small the world can actually be when you’re a communications student. After days filled with reading, watching, and absorbing news of all kinds it can be hard to pull yourself away and remember that you’re not average.

As a Comm. student you’re consuming an exhaustive amount of information regularly. Information that most people avoid, or simply do not have the time to consume. This massive influx of data can almost drown out the world around you and make you feel as if you’re on another plane of awareness. Global awareness. You pull yourself out of the world present before your eyes and exist in a state of existentialism that

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.cloud

Today I launch another website. http://tristan.cloud. An appropriate name for its purpose, which is to become a singular launch-pad for my ideas and for my many project. .Cloud’s purpose is to be a safe place to explore.

It might break, and probably will go down. It’s a learning tool. Who knows where it’ll be in a years time.

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My Letter From The President

I don’t remember what the day was like. I don’t remember what I was doing. I don’t remember what I ate for lunch, or dinner. I only remember being worried.

It was in the later half of the final year of the Obama presidency when I sent my letter to his administration about Net Neutrality. The FCC was about to make its decision on the matter, and to who better to write to than the man at the head of it all?

Dear Mr. President,

My name’s Tristan Isham, and I’m an 18 year old who’s first time voting will be in this election. I would be lying to you if I said that I felt represented in our current government outside of a few rare circumstances. Though through the past 8 years, I’ve supported you both through your first and second presidential terms, I am more than worried about the general election this year, and the candidates we have to choose from.

The issues that are important to me,

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Managing My Name

It was more than two years ago when I bought my last name. I was a lot younger (and a lot less educated). I didn’t spend as much time on the web as I do now. I wasn’t in love with the web in the way that I am now.
I thought I would be a programmer, working my way up towards the leagues of Microsoft and Google. I’m a journalist major, working up towards changing the world through stories. I still love tech in the same way though. I dream about it. I still love communications. I pay an exorbitant fee to study it.

I make things though now. I represent ideas, I make and mend creations and companies. I devise strategy, and I only plan on growing from here. That means centralizing who I am online, and creating a base for which my creations will reside.
It’s time to finally establish my name.

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I bought tristanisham.com almost a year ago. I ran a SquareSpace site off of it for a while, not

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How Long Until Facebook Wins?

You’re probably aware that Snap, Inc., the company behind Snapchat, is filing for an IPO. You might be aware of the volatile time this comes at, with Instagram stories knocking a large portion of the Snapchat’s user growth—despite it being a direct copy of one of the apps core features. You might even be aware of Facebook’s most recent attempt to crush its largest rival.

Obviously, innovation is dead. Evan Spiegel’s, the Founder & current CEO of Snap, Inc., fiancé certainly seems to think so. Miranda Kerr, in an interview with the Sunday Times[Paywall], roasted Facebook and its continued saga against her fiancé’s app.

The specific excerpt from her interview:

“‘I cannot STAND Facebook,’ she volunteers. She is not on Facebook itself, but she does have ten million followers on Instagram, which is owned by Mark Zuckerberg’s company. Instagram recently introduced a range of

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Who’s Going to Buy A Samsung Galaxy S8?

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Evan Blass, notorious — once retired — phone leaker, is up to it again. Blass reports for VentureBeat about the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung’s up-and-coming, highly rumored, flagship phone.

Samsung is no stranger to odd phones, with the rumor mill this week alone turning out that Samsung will reportedly be releasing a new device running Tizen 3.0. The S series has always been Samsung’s grounds for appealing to the mass market, with the S6 and S7 both being referred to by multiple reviews as the best Android devices of their respected times. However, if the leaked specs of the S8 turn out to be true, one has to wonder what strain of logic it was designed along.
The phone will reportedly feature both an aux headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port — a welcomed change for many who both enjoy the convenience of two ports, and the future-proofing Type-C provides. However, this simple boon might

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