My friends Brad and Myke sent me down an endless pit of looking at “everyday carry” sites thanks to the latest episode of their excellent podcast. So I figured I would post my own. I know these things have run their course with some folks, but I’ve always been a fan of seeing what’s useful to others. So here goes…
Not Pictured: I generally use an Incase campus backpack, but depending on what I have to carry, that could change to a messenger or a sling. Also not pictured is my Space Gray iPhone 5s. I used it to take the photo. Duh.
I’ve got a quick-and-dirty on Unread over at Culture Milk. I adore the app. It’s the best RSS client for iPhone I’ve ever used.
For a deeper dive, check out Stephen Hackett’s piece:
While I find swiping-based UIs tiring in some apps, Unread is tuned in such a way that using gestures never feels like its slowing me down while navigating through items or folders. In fact, the gestures give Unread a playfulness about it I think embodies much of what Apple wants to see in iOS 7-era apps.
There are no toolbars in Unread. The app is based on the premise that Mail-like layouts aimed at putting feed management in your face shouldn’t take away from content, which is a very Apple-like way of thinking. Articles take over the entire screen, and the app is adorned by beautiful typography that visually differentiates titles (condensed, bold) from feed names (red), author name and date/time stamp (italic, light gray) and body text (regular weight, black). Articles you’ve read are dimmed and hyperlinks are highlighted in red. The app has support for themes: by default, it comes with Day (my pick) and Night themes, and while more can be unlocked (with a system similar to Clear), they’ve all been balanced for the reading experience, making content understandable at a glance.
I’ll also be giving a few copies away today on Twitter at the Culture Milk account. My gift to you.
Adam Grossman, at Forecast.io and Dark Sky:
Today we’re launching that app in the form of the all new Dark Sky. Completely rewritten from scratch, it sets aside the limitations of the web to become the weather app we’ve always wanted — and always wanted to build. It’s the culmination of over two years of work in figuring out how to display and organize weather data the right way. And it’s a full featured weather app — something we swore we’d never do — but it still remains true to its original focus on what’s happening right now, where you’re standing.
Wow. This looks like a fantastic update.
Pushpin is one of the most feature-rich Pinboard clients in the App Store. Version 3.0 hit last night and looks like a winner. Everything you would expect is there, including full-text search for those with a premium account. It’s a good time to be a Pinboard user.
Nick Heer, with a good piece at Pixel Envy:
With so many paths to enable a solid music addiction, you’d hope that these would stand out above the others. And, indeed, I’ve found these recommendations to be a cut above the rest. You do still see boneheaded recommendations (People who like Queens of the Stone Age also like old Kyuss? How very wet this water is.) but it also throws out some pretty solid recommendations. As an example, I love Autechre, so it recommended a playlist of Leftfield music (the genre, not just the artist).
In addition, there are some really great playlists to introduce you to artists, so you can get an overview of their entire career. There are playlists with an artist’s influences: Arcade Fire apparently digs Springsteen and the Rolling Stones; similarly, there are playlists with artists who were influenced by a given artist: Radiohead apparently influenced Bloc Party and The XX. The home screen will feature any of these at a time, based on listening habits. Like any good recommendation engine, it gets better as it’s used more.
I agree with Nick. At first, I was kind of “meh” on the service, but after using it for a (very small) bit I have to say I really like it. The playlists are original, diverse, and spot on. I haven’t seen anything as good in terms of discovery, and that includes my beloved Rdio. I have to hand it to the Beats Music folks. Outside of some launch-day stumbling blocks, it looks good. Interested to see where it goes.
The story linked above guesses that the cost to replace the glass will be $450,000, based on the bill for renovating the cube in 2011, when it changed from 18 panes per side to 3. Considering that each pane is made up of (I think) 5 layers of ~10’x32’ tempered glass laminated to each other, this cost does not seem surprising.
The incomparable Anand Lal Shimpi:
The new Mac Pro is a dramatic departure from its predecessors. The chassis is still all aluminum (with the exception of a plastic cover over the fan) but it features a dark anodized finish vs. the bright silver finish of its predecessors. It’s a glossy finish but the good news is that unlike a mobile device it’s pretty easy to ensure that the system remains looking clean. The surface of the new Mac Pro is also incredibly smooth. There’s a heft and quality to the design that is at odds with how small and portable it is. I’m hardly an art critic but I do feel like there’s a lot to appreciate about the design and construction of the new Mac Pro. I needed to move the system closer to my power testing rig so it ended up immediately to the left of me. I have to admit that I’ve been petting it regularly ever since. It’s really awesomely smooth. It’s actually the first desktop in a very long time that I want very close to me. It feels more like a desk accessory than a computer, which is funny to say given just how much power is contained within this tiny package.
You won’t find a more thorough review anywhere. Grab a full cup of coffee and hit the bathroom before you jump in.
Zach Dionne, at Grantland:
So yeah, Sheree, after some Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket–style shouting, won the brand! new! car! and $10,000 in gas money and went appropriately insane, possessed by the spirit of each and every dollar that went into creating her slick new ride. Drew Carey stayed pretty chill.
We’ve all watched The Price is Right at some point, and Sheree’s reaction is perfect.
Beautiful and easily printed gift tags made by Rachel Ridings.