The Internet Age, so much information. It’s a struggle to keep the time we spend each day consuming it within reasonable limits. To that end, we offer this curated list of daily links of interest…
Covered this week; What Alex Trebek is really like… Where’s Waldo in Apple’s WWDC poster… The ubiquitous GarageBand has its fingerprints all over modern music… Adobe’s corner on the market… The history behind 5 classic typefaces… Casper’s clever little nightlight… You’re not gonna like the future of podcasts…
March 18, 2019
As Alex Trebek has now told the world that he has a pretty advanced form of cancer… I’ll be checking in here from time to time with good pieces I run across on Trebek, a true cultural touchstone. This one has a few behind-the-scenes bits that you may have not known as a Jeopardy fan. Ken Jennings gives his take in the New York Times.
It was about a month into my 2004 run on “Jeopardy!” that Alex Trebek made me laugh out loud. “And now we come to our returning champion, Ken Jennings,” he said, “who has won 29 consecutive games.” He paused for one perfectly timed beat as he turned and nodded offhandedly to me. “You may now call me Alex.”
March 19, 2019
One interesting game that has surrounded Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) Announcement each year has been trying to guess what Apple will be announcing based on the event poster… So wat’cha think? See the image at this link along with some other conference info… or just look up at the header image for this post… chose to include it here as it’s a pretty cool image (I’m a sucker for neon).
March 20, 2019
Lol… I’ve got some of my own GarageBand stories as it goes… but this was an interesting read and I’m sure will be news to many musicians and Macintosh enthusiasts alike. Exciting for me personally is that I’m currently working back towards an up and functioning home recording rig after a decade hiatus as my kids were raised up. Looking forward to it, can’t wait.
German engineer Dr. Gerhard Lengeling joined Apple 17 years ago when Apple bought his company Emagic to build the backbone of Garageband and its sister program Logic. He leads the half-dozen members of the team, which spends its days musing the practical (What model of electric guitar should be used to make guitar sounds for Garageband?), the scrupulous (How should a guitar string sound if an iPad screen is flicked with moderate versus moderate-to-extreme force?) and the philosophical (Can the haunting, physically resonant linger of an electric minor third be reproduced in a non-physical plane? Why or why not?).
March 21, 2019
I’m a creative that’s about 6 months into a process where I’m trying to decrease dependence on Adobe’s Creative Cloud by learning tools from Affinity (Photo, Designer, Publisher) and Panic! Software (Coda). The thing that served as the last straw were Adobe’s pricing tiers for Creative Cloud where you’re unable to buy programs a la carte, but rather, you have to pay for entire suites which contain many programs you don’t want or need. I’ll report back on progress down the line, but this article puts some detail to Adobe’s (anti-competitive) behavior over the years. Don’t get me wrong, Adobe makes some great software, that’s not the point. Read this article for a little better understanding.
Adobe isn’t a social network, search engine, or e-commerce giant—it’s largely a provider of services to the creative field, particularly in marketing and editorial realms. And Adobe has become an important part of that ecosystem, having originated many of the best ideas for creative software over the past 35-plus years. PostScript, a fundamental programming language used in desktop publishing, is an Adobe product through and through. The PDF, an open standard spearheaded by Adobe and based on PostScript, is literally the most important file format ever created. And tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and InDesign are best in breed and are involved in the creation of much of our printed and digital media. They help get the world ready for its closeup. But there’s a problem, and it’s long been lingering in the background: Adobe is too powerful and can ignore things it doesn’t want to do—whether in the form of cutting prices or ignoring usability concerns—in part because it carries itself like it’s the only game in town.
March 22, 2019
I’m prone to getting periodically obsessed with type. Reading this article and absorbing the intentions of this new book from Sean Adams has me thinking I may be entering one such period.
Typefaces create pictures of words. Like images, each typeface communicates an idea, emotion, and point of view. Helvetica might speak to neutrality and information; Garamond can read as literary and classic; Bodoni feels sophisticated, urbane, and crisp. The choice of typeface communicates a subtle message to the viewer. The typeface choice, like a moving and powerful photograph, is the difference between a good idea expressed adequately and a good idea expressed persuasively.
March 23, 2019
I don’t want a whole lotta stuff… but I want one of these.
After much anticipation, Casper recently announced a new product, the Glow light. Despite the price tag, it launched to, ahem, glowing reviews. This marks the direct-to-consumer darling’s first foray into connected products. Given the high caliber of design and engineering talent the company has amassed (including snagging folks from Frog, Astro, Apple, GoPro, Nest, Snap…), I’ve been excited to see what the company is up to.
March 24, 2019
It’s a shame that all great things in the world eventually turn to shit. It would appear that the age of subscribing to podcasts for free is moving towards its endgame… and that’s gonna cost us.
“We love the ads and we expect the ads to continue. But I think that long term to have a healthy content business, you have to have multiple revenue streams and you don’t want to be completely dependent on advertising,” said Jacob Weisberg, the former editor in chief of Slate Group who started a podcasting company called Pushkin Industries with Malcolm Gladwell. “That is why at Pushkin, we’re extremely interested in the experimentation that is really starting to unfold around paid content models. But, I don’t see them as one or the other.”