I actually ended up reading Plato because I wanted to read Alasdair MacIntyre, but realized that I should read Aristotle before MacIntyre, then realized again that I should read Plato before Aristotle.
Starting on Anna Karenina now (I really had the worst high school literature classes ever, apparently), and reading Lydia Davis's Collected Stories on the side.
Maybe we should stop derailing the Boston thread, so here goes.
It seems like we're dealing with a number of categories of restaurants, and making generalizations based on those categories. Obviously, this taxonomy won't be definitive, but I think it'd be nice to lay it out explicitly:
San Pellegrino style restaurants: long tasting menus with small portions at very high prices, seldom found outside of top-tier dining areas
Fancy French food restaurants: dinosaurs, largely available anywhere, generally good execution, sometimes fossilized, bidet service
Subgenre: Like the above, but with '80s or '90s style "New" American food
NBC restaurants: the cool places we all like
Subgenre: Restaurants like this with heavy, unique regional influences
Local vernacular restaurants
Is this sort of the taxonomy we've been working with?
I switched from Android to iOS and haven't really looked back.
iOS isn't perfect, and there are a few things that I miss, but overall even at the time of switch, iOS just consistently feels more responsive, fluid, &c. Also, iMessage and FaceTime are great, plus integration that just works with my Macs to let me do things like handle text messaging and phone calls on my computers.
A $200 premium over the 8+ doesn't seem ridiculous at all to get a comparable screen size in a much smaller body size.
To add nuance to Nathan's point on CPUs, where Apple has a huge lead in the mobile space right now is in single-threaded performance, which essentially bottlenecks responsiveness. The Qualcomm CPUs have been competitive (and sometimes ahead, at least on paper) on multi-threaded perf, but if you've ever extensively used both iOS and Android devices, the iOS devices consistently just feel more responsive.
In a vacuum, as a mobile OS, I think Android is better because of intents, cross-app integration, &c., but iPhones are just smoother in use, plus their suite of applications is really, really, really convenient in practice if you use a Mac.