Living the Space Gray Life

The idea for this website in its current form and title came from an offhand comment I made while recording an episode of Apple Juice Cast, my first regular podcast. Justin, my co-host, was talking about how he hoped the next generation of iPhones would be more colorful. He was tired of the black and white of the flagship phones. “Give me some color!” he said. I responded with a recommitment to “the space gray lifestyle”, as I called it.

As I tweaked some of content on this website later that night, planning to launch it with a domain name that mirrored my own, it occurred to me: what if I had stumbled onto the perfect domain for me? I have been an on and off Mac computer user for years. I have always chosen a Mac whenever my job and budget allowed. My first iPhone was a black iPhone 3G, and I’ve carried an iPhone ever since. 

As soon as Space Gray debuted, most of my Apple products seem to have morphed into something in that color. At the time of this post’s publishing, I have an iPhone X, iPad Mini 5, 13” MacBook Pro, aluminum Apple Watch Series 3, Magic Mouse 2—all in Space Gray. (I have a Magic Keyboard in white—the Space Gray one was just too ridiculously expensive and hard to find when I needed one.) As I sit here typing this, I am wearing a light gray athletic shirt, and darker gray shorts. (I may have a problem.)

I committed to this color without really thinking about it. As I’ve psychoanalyzed this choice, I like to think it’s a representation of me—solid, not flashy, usually has the right tools for the job, and sometimes needs to be updated. As you can see from the photo above, Space Gray comes in many shades, but I find all of them quite lovely.

I am and always have been interested in technology—how to use what we have now in the best way possible, and what might be coming next. That’s why you can find me on the TEKSide Network, with a cadre of other people who are interested in those things, too. I’m also kind of a data geek—that’s why Apple Health and all its initiatives fascinate me—and why I’m launching a podcast called Healthy Discussions that focuses on that very topic in July 2019.

This isn’t an “about me” post—that will come soon as I continue to develop this venture, but I wanted to share why I chose this name instead of, which just points you right back here. Who’s Ken Cooper? Most of you don’t know me yet. But there’s a lot of us out there living the space gray life. This site is for all of you. I just happened to get here first.