Podcast 29


djmcloud.com podcast episode #29

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NPR show This American Life was forced to retract claims by Mike Daisey about what he saw around the Foxconn factory in China that made Apple products.  What this story shows is the willingness of Apple haters to believe (and repeat) the worst about the company, even when it’s not true.  The clip that starts :40 into the show is of the faif.us oggcast in a recent episode in which Bradley Kuhn (even after This American Life had an episode called “Retraction“) claims “they didn’t retract it.”

The next clip is from the No Agenda podcast, in which Adam Curry tries to pretend he isn’t a Republican shill by claiming he has, yes, “no agenda.”  I clipped his podcasting partner on that show, John C. Dvorak, saying similar in djmcloud podcast episode #18.

We circle back to This American Life host Ira Glass and his pompous ass-covering over having broadcast a false story for one more clip.  NPR isn’t the high quality outfit he claims it is: read this blog post about their coverage of Greece.

WordPress theme

GrandFork: My free and open source theme, now with left, right and below-content-area widget sections.  Uses Futura font [or sans serif if that font or Helvetica are unavailable].  No support for internal WordPress comment system, though I think alternatives like Disqus or the Facebook blog comments system might work with it.  The GrandFork theme is currently in use at the Neener band blog.

The GrandFork theme is now available on GitHub.

iOS apps

Angry Birds Space: new title from popular series adds some gravity to the game’s physics as birds are shot in and out of orbit.

Cloudscrob: tracks what you’ve listened to on your native iOS Music (formerly iPod) app and sends [“scrobbles”] the song to your last.fm account.

Readability: one of the numerous “read later” systems which allow users to save web pages and blog posts using a desktop browser plugin (or on iOS a specialized browser inside this app) so they can be collected together for subsequent perusal.

Mac apps – raster image editors

Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta: a new version of the CS6 suite of applications is coming out soon and the beta version is free to try for a limited period.

Pixelmator: originally discussed in episode #12.

music by Screambird

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