RUSH: By the way, folks, speaking of the Rush Revere Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, the children’s history book series, I got an e-mail note from Erick Erickson Saturday night. I was minding my own business as usual, wasn’t bothering anybody, and I got a little beep and a notification on my Apple Watch. By the way, people keep asking me, “So what do you think of it?”
Folks, it’s turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be. I’m using it exactly as I thought I would. I use it for basically two things: to notify me that I have received either an e-mail or a message when my iPhone isn’t nearby. On the golf course, or even sitting here, I can get a notification look on the watch. I can at least find out that somebody sent something to me and I can check the phone later.
As I also knew, given a choice between the watch and the phone, I’ll go for the phone every time. It’s bigger; it’s faster. This is version 1 of the watch. It’s pretty slow. It’s really cool the things you can do on it. You can answer the phone. You can make a phone call. The battery life is fine. It’s just slow. It’s a version 1.0 device. But I haven’t had any problems with it. I don’t make phone calls or get them, but I’ve tested it, and it works fine.
I just got a buzz now. Let’s see what this is. Ah. Kathryn just sent me a little note saying, “Yeah! Revere!” So I now know that rather than have to wait until the commercial break to see I got a note from my wife. The watch just buzzed — actually the haptic feedback. It didn’t buzz. It tapped my wrist. I have the speaker muted so as not to be a distraction for you, and it popped up. Now I can either reply to it here, which I think I’ll do. Siri on this thing is perfect, so…
Oh, I hit the dismiss button by mistake. I’ll reply to her later. Anyway, it’s exactly what I thought it was gonna be. I’m using it exactly as I thought I would. The point is, if the phone’s right nearby and the watch is on, I’ll do the phone first every time if it’s there. But it’s perfect on the golf course or at times like this when I can’t do the phone first. Anyway, this note from Erick Erickson. He said, “My kid’s book order through Scholastic is due on Thursday.”
He’s got kids at school, and he has to order the books according to the kid’s curriculum. So he just went online to the Scholastic Reading Club and a website to place an order for his kid’s books, and he says, “Look what I see here. The most recommended book by fourth grade teachers is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims — and it’s beating Dr. Martin Luther King no less!” He says, “Well done. Thanks. Erick.” So I looked at this, and I said, “Well, hot damn. That’s absolutely correct. He’s right.”
Scholastic Reading Club, fourth graders, teacher recommendations: The number one most recommended by fourth grade teachers, is Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims. This is mainstream stuff here. So that’s hopeful. That is actually good, especially when I run across the story that only 18% of eighth graders are proficient in US history. (interruption) I just got another message from Kathryn which says, “Ha, babe!” Because she heard me talking about the note from the watch.
So now I’m gonna reply to it.
“Very cool, isn’t it, sweetie?” question mark. Send it and it’s gone. You know there’s something else about this watch. Siri on the watch is flawless. There’s obviously a new Siri system, software rev version, server system, what have you. But it has, in over a week, yet to make a dictation error. Now, it’s confused words that have similar spelling but the same pronunciation. But it has not goofed up in a substantive way at all. It’s really stunning in that regard.