I wouldn’t normally write about these things on here, I guess this is meant to be a personal blog but since it requires a little more explanation than 140 characters can express, I’ll take this opportunity to let you guys know that I’m deleting my Skype account and discontinuing my podcast. Shocker!
RAM: An Experience
You cannot judge music from your first impressions. I’ve discovered this since listening to RAM for a second time. Tip: It’s much better with headphones!
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed how much not just I, but the whole world has raved about Daft Punk’s new album in recent weeks. We’ve been waiting a long time for new material and if you discount the Tron soundtrack, it’s been almost 8 years. If you are a fan, you should now be used to the awe and mystery that has always surrounded the duo, and this time around, there are no exceptions. Random Access Memories is set for release this Friday, but was leaked to the internet just yesterday, only to be immediately followed by an official full album preview on iTunes. Coincidence? I think not. Whoever markets Daft Punk knows exactly what they’re doing.
Dear Papyrus users, I have lost all respect for you.
Ok, call me crazy, but Typography is something I have a great passion for. I’ve seen that in the past few years, a lot of great design has spawned from great typography. Content is king and the font you use is 95% of the design. Ignoring typography would mean the difference between something mediocre and something solid.
Although I must admit, I never used to give much thought to typography myself. Companies today do not give enough priority to the font they use in their promotional material. Clean, minimal, sans-serif fonts are currently “in fashion” (I appreciate them at least) and any company who has a clue about advertising should have already taken note. Whether people consciously recognise and appreciate typography or not, I can assume everybody will notice, at least on a subconscious level.
I may have gotten ahead of myself here. I don’t intend to discuss the intricate ins and outs of font design (not today anyway), but I thought you may be interested in a few font usage tips?
Is music streaming really the future?
Twitter’s new #music discovery service launched this week and I have to say, I seem to be the only person around decidedly unimpressed. The UI, especially in the new iPhone app looks great. But what does it offer me that I so desperately need? A few 30 second iTunes previews and some big beautiful profile pics? I deleted the app after 10 minutes.
Twitter is by far not the first to bring music discovery to the masses. I may be wrong, but from what I can remember, the whole idea of ‘discovery’ started way back with services like Last.fm and Pandora. The newer streaming services, namely Spotify, Rdio and others also recommend music you may like, ‘based on your tastes’. But don’t get me wrong, this is a great feature, I’m always open to discovering new music and I’ve found that Spotify and Pandora generally do very well here, but this is not my reason for leaving.
Media Hint: An extension worth talking about!
I wouldn’t usually post tutorials on this blog. Then again, I don’t usually post anything at all.
YouTube’s rules, especially when you’re a partner can be a bitch, and given the circumstances I’ve found myself in before, I’m not too willing to risk losing partner status again!
I’ve made a few videos in the past that I probably would have to reconsider were I to upload them now. Videos like the one on Hotspot Shield, a clearly “questionable” way to access US only content sites, and then other ones such as How To Download YouTube Videos, probably my most popular video so far, which only afterwards I found out is, in fact, against YouTube’s rules. Oops!