I’m not entirely against using Skeuomorphs in our designs. I do it too. Without being able to use textures and fake 3D it would quickly get boring. But maybe something to keep in mind: Using Skeuomorphs on desktop screens are wayless problematic than on tablets or phones because on desktops you don’t touch it with your finger and you mostly keep a straight angle.
There’s been a lot of talk about Apple’s overuse of skeuomorphs lately. Personally I love that apps on the iPad look and feel like real world counterparts, even if they don’t always function/act like their real world counterparts (when the iPad was first demoes I wanted one solely for the amazing iCal application alone).
However sometimes they go overboard. Music.app in iOS 5 really doesn’t need to look different from iTunes, though for the most part I don’t mind the change other than the horrible scrub bar. That said, when they get it right it really does add a spot of polish to the app.
And while I think Simon’s point about desktops being more inclined to skeuomorph is an interesting one I cannot help but disagree to some extent, specifically in terms of Apple’s use in Lion. iCal and Address Book feel completely out of place with their new look (iCal is passable, Address Book is just plain weird). I understand Apple is designating them as “special applications” but the real world look doesn’t mesh as nicely as it does on the iPad because we do not interact the same way.
Yes, iCal.app’s leather may not have shadows and reflections change as we move our iPad but at least we touch the app like we touch a real world object. On the desktop screen however we interact with a pointer and a mouse. It is that non-touch breakdown that makes those apps feel weird and out of place.
Turns out Rogers is officially the world’s worst internet throttler based on research derived from the initiative known as the Measurement Lab (MLab), backed by Google. Results of the study reveal that based out of all the internet providers on earth, Rogersthrottles internet more than any other ISP out there, notes TorrentFreak. As we’ve covered before in the past, internet speeds mean a lot to Canadians.
Which is why I’m glad I support a small independent ISP that puts me first.
I insist everyone go ahead and do so. In a world where teenagers, even children are committing suicide over bullying its not enough for a school to simply back off and allow this kind of shit to happen.
It has to stop. Right now.
"For all the people out there that have that hate in their heart, they need to let it go," she says. "Because, you know, people are gonna be who they are."
Another track from the Viva la Vida instrumental collection from which I posted yesterday. What’s interesting about this track is that it clearly originates from an earlier mix of the album in which Rainy Day (from the Prospekt’s March EP) was still included and followed after School (which some might recognize as the opening half of Death and All His Friends).
Not only is it nice to hear the beauty of Chris’ piano, along with the beautiful orchestrations on “Rainy Day”, but it’s also an interesting look into how the album may have sounded at one point.
The new Coldplay album comes out today, but rather than posting a song from that (since I haven’t had time to sit and listen to it yet) I’m posting this incredibly beautiful live performance of one of Coldplay’s finest (and least known) songs of all time.
And yes, it’s dedicated to a special certain someone… who will never see this blog post.
Yes, Mr. Mayer is a fantastic writer and Steve Jobs is on my "Deadman Ugh" list, right now. : ( What a slap in the face, after such a good tribute, to have this book come out on Monday, saying what he said about John. Bet Mr. Mayer would have kept his typing fingers off the keyboard, had he known.
I’m not familiar with what the book claims to say about Mayer, so I cannot comment.
But I wouldn’t put Steve Jobs on your UGH list because of something bad he may have said about John. Instead, understand why Mr. Mayer would be so inclined to write such a tribute.
I don’t think anything this book contains would change Mr. Mayer’s mind.
I used to think that when you died, everything you ever learned and amassed along the way in your life just stopped existing, all of it returned into the universe and repurposed for something else completely. Steve’s passing made me realize that can’t be true, because every bit of energy and intellect he spent his life to collect is still here with us, as vital as it was when it was with him. I can’t think of a better way to measure a life well lived.
Say what you want about John Mayer, but damn if he isn’t a fantastic writer.
Los Angeles district attorneys prepared to wrap up their case in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray on Thursday. An expert on the drug propofol, which killed Michael Jackson, told the court there was only one way a deadly amount of the anesthetic could have wound up in his system: through doses administered by Murray, who was his physician.
Continuing his testimony from Wednesday, Dr. Steven Shafer, a Columbia University anesthesiology professor, said that Michael Jackson could not have orally taken an overdose of propofol because it is impossible to ingest a lethal amount that way.
Could this be the smoking gun?
Conrad Murray is not the only person responsible for Michael Jackson’s drug addiction, and eventual death. But the fact remains he was a medical doctor who did not do what was best for his patient. Many others may have contributed to Jackson’s demise, but it sure looks like Murray delivered the final blow.
Seriously, if you haven’t done so yet and you get a chance to do so go see Jesus Christ Superstar in Stratford. It’s absolutely stunning. This stirring rendition of Gethsemane is one of the best I’ve ever heard. And I’ve heard a lot.
Nolan is quickly becoming my favourite actor to perform Jesus. Yup, that’s right, he’s even starting to beat out Ian Gillan.
It slows your breathing and reduces brain activity to such an extent that Weightless, written by Manchester band Marconi Union, is said to be the ’most relaxing song ever’.
The eight-minute track is so effective at inducing sleep, motorists have now been warned they should not listen to it whilst driving.
The band worked with sound therapists to get advice on how to make the most effective use of harmonies, rhythms and bass lines. The result on listeners is a slowing of the heart rate, reduced blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Few topics rankle the feathers of the video game enthusiast these days quite like that of pre-order bonus content. Whether it’s lamenting the excising of content from a game for the sake of releasing it later as a bonus (or paid DLC), offering unlocks for content that’s already on the disc, or tossing so many confusing, bizarre options out there that invariably, everyone is going to end up disappointed, there isn’t an awful lot to like about pre-ordering games these days.
Figuring out where, how, and why to pre-order has apparently been something of a headache for would-be players.
We know this, because a moderator on the official Arkham City forums actually went to the trouble of creating a pre-ordering guidefor anyone trying to figure out where to get the content they want. Yes, that’s right: a guide to pre-ordering a game. I’m not completely certain if this is the last sign of the apocalypse before the Horsemen come down and start inflicting plague, pestilence and pre-order bonuses on the screaming, writhing masses, but it certainly looks like it.
I’ve only recently gotten back into gaming so this is all fairly new to me. As if the cost of the game alone wasn’t enough to put me off to start with, this pre-order and retailer exclusive bonus B.S. is absolutely infuriating. So much so that after weeks of trying to figure out where to pre-order Arkham City to get the best bang for my buck I finally have given up and decided I’m just going to get the game for Christmas (apparently most of the worthwhile pre-order bonuses will be DLC anyways).
I hated it when they did this with movies (had I known that Future Shop was the only retailer including a Digital Copy of Black Swan I would have bought it there, but why-in-Christ wasn’t it included everywhere!? And don’t get me started on the Walmart exclusive bonus features for “This Is It” - which you couldn’t actually get in Canada) and I hate it even more with games, especially since it’s become so commonplace.
It’s one thing to have an exclusive costume that you can only get through pre-order or buying at one place (yes, it’s annoying, especially if you’re an anal-retentive completist like myself), but it’s a whole other thing to completely exorcise story segments from your main game and make them exclusive to a specific retailer.
Can you imagine if it were the same way in the film or telveision world? Can you imagine if you wanted to see the entirety of the newest Christopher Nolan film you had to purchase it from three different retailers to make sure you got all three missing scenes and then edit them back together yourself? It’s ludicrous! And yet with games it’s becoming par for the course.
It may be good for “marketing” but it’s a giant screw-you to consumers.
So from here on out I say we call these companies out on their bullshit. If they want to sell a deluxe edition of the game with some added content that wasn’t finished at the time of the disc going to the press, fine. You want to add additional DLC over the next year, great! But taking a completed game and removing story-lines here and there, adding certain ones to one retailer’s editions, and other ones to a different retailers edition, that has to stop. It’s insulting, immoral, and to be honest I’m not even sure how the hell it is legal.
Stop the madness. Refuse to buy into the marketing ploy, after all they’ll only keep doing it if we keep shelling out our cash.
The iPhone was just the prelude to Jobs’ final masterpiece. The iPad. When it was unveiled it was mocked:
"What a silly name."
"It’s just a big iPod Touch."
"Overprice Apple garbage. Who’d want one of those?"
Two years later and its the hottest selling consumer electronics device on the market.
I remember the day it was announced I kept saying: “Just wait. We don’t really understand what this is yet. But I just have this gut feeling this is going to be big. Bigger than we can all imagine”. I had arguments in my media class with even longtime Apple fans that it was something special, and everyone shot me down.
Two years later I can safely say I was right.
The iPad changed the personal computing landscape and created a new market, one that never existed, and one that Jobs had been striving for since the creation of Apple: a personal computer that could truly be used and understood by everyone. From babies to grandparents.
The iPad was his final masterpiece. And what a masterpiece it was.
We’ve got three revolutionary new products today. The first one is a widescreen iPod with touch controls. The second is a revolutionary mobile phone. And the third is a breakthrough internet communications device… These are not three separate devices. These are one device. And we are calling it iPhone.
These are one device.
I’ll never forget those words. I’ll never forget that day. I cannot remember a time I had been so excited by a product announcement. It was a truly special moment.
Ever since this speech I modelled all of my presentations for school after the Jobs model. I even went so far as to ensure I wore a black top and jeans. Mimicking the best clearly paid off. I nailed every presentation I gave, and one university professor even said that in his 15 years of teaching University mine was the best he’d ever seen.
Steve was truly the master of the Keynote. This was the prelude to his final masterpiece.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Believe it or not, copyright was invented to encourage creativity, not stifle it. The public domain is a key part to ensuring this happens. Disney made its bread and butter off of the PD, despite being among the worst copyright trolls out there.
Disney has seen the 3D light following the success of its re-release of The Lion King in the extra dimension, announcing today limited theatrical releases for four more of its animated films: Beauty and the Beast (January 13, 2012), Pixar’sFinding Nemo (September 14, 2012) and Monsters, Inc. (January 18, 2013), and The Little Mermaid (September 13, 2013).
To me, Disney re-releasing the films in 3D is akin to colourizing old black and white movies (keep your damn crayons away from my movie) and Lucasing Star Wars (a term I use to refer to Lucas going back and ruining his own friggen movies).
The only releases that somewhat make sense are the Pixar films since so long as the original files are still available a 3D camera can easily be added. But even then, 3D won’t make the movies any better. After all, they were perfect to start.