Have you noticed that all digital publishers have suddenly and unanimously begun adding asks in their podcasts to take extensive audience surveys on SurveyMonkey? I’ve only encountered three so far, but still… Three in the same week seems odd.
Regardless, I’ve shamelessly hopped right on that fucking wagon and written one up for Extratone. If you’re savvy/snoopy/interested enough to have found this blog, you are required to take it.
My own design goals for Extratone made sure it would never provide the opportunity to experiment with Medium publications from the get-go.
I’m already trying out a Medium membership with the intent the write a column about its user experience and how it’s changed from the perspectives of the reader, member, and publisher.
I’m apparently an enthusiastic Gimp poweruser, addicted to cranking out a rough-but-extensive rack of digital assets in a single morning.
Just this evening, I discovered Schick Toikka’s Saol Display via this Tweet from Typographica and I’m Fucking In Love. I used Vivaldi screen captures of their sampler to create a few banner logos for Red Letters at a lower resolution than I’d prefer for “brand assets,” but since this whole thing is an experiment and I haven’t actually bought the typeface, I shan’t complain. While we’re on the subject — I actually created these super-cool, HP Journal-sourced promotional panels for the column two weeks ago using the same IBM corporate typeface this blog wears (Plex.)
Custom dropcaps are easier than I remembered/expected — I can’t recall how much I’ve actually played around with Medium composition in the past — and Electric Literature definitely has the best I’ve seen thus far.
I don’t know how many other folks actually listen to Tomorrow with Joshua Topolsky (though you’ll note the show has less than 3000 followers on SoundCloud) and The Vergecast, but I do regularly and have for nearly three years now — perhaps I have some odd attachment with the Engadget — Vox Media — The Outline sphere. Over time, Paul Miller has become one of my favorite tech journalists as perhaps the token small-government Christian Republican of this community, yet I somehow missed his appearance on Tomorrow in 2016, when he… unfortunately… said “I love [Donald Trump’s] position on Mexicans,” but then immediately followed up with an insightful comparison of our new POTUS with Kanye West. The thing with Paul is that he’s only explicitly mentioned his contentious (as far as New Media goes) positions once, when asked on this podcast, and it’s inevitably tough to listen to and even tougher to read the sparse SoundCloud comments.
Papa John is dead. (Look at that byline… Imagine actually living with “Jargon” as your surname.)
I’ve finally arrived on my Final Conclusion regarding my personal reality as a whole.
It’s a good thing I don’t watch that one television show…
I haven’t run Linux since 2006, on my dearest Dell Inspiron 2200. (Holy shit.) I was an “intern” for a three-man company that maintained a nationwide tracking system for truckers out of a tiny office within walking distance of my childhood home. (I’m pretty sure my Mom paid them… It was more like babysitting.) They installed Ubuntu and Doom for me and taught me about operating systems, hard disks, and dual-booting. One of them also attempted to try out a 9-display setup on his desk (3 wide, 3 high) during my tenure, which provided one of my best stories to share among IT-minded folk. (It wasn’t even a full week before he reverted back to 3.)
Thanks to Hawthorn, I am now running Linux Mint on a decade-old HP EliteBook 6930p from a hospital (“pointing stick” lol.) Given my overuse of the word “decade” and my late penchant for celebrating anniversaries nobody cares about, perhaps I’ll write a review of the machine along with this — my first new OS exploration in years. You are excited about this, I’m sure, but not as much as I am. Look, this is a blog, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Or is there?
Yes, this is exactly what I’ve been doing here. Welcome.
It’s taken me way too fucking long to discover that blogging is still cool and surprisingly useful, and especially that there are real media personalities still heavily engaged with it. Eugene Wei’s 100% free, yet extremely interesting Remains of the Day seems like something all industry obsessives should be following. Surprise, surprise… I discovered him because of Recode Media, and yes, the topical “Invisible Asymptotes” post is very interesting and good (though I’m not quite finished with it, sorry.)
Why am I actually bothering with embedding the player here? It’s not like you’re going to stay on this page to listen to the whole episode, are you? I mean, if it was any other sort of internet content and you needed to conserve bandwidth, sure, but it’s streaming audio.What the fuck are we even doing here, dude?