Podcast 62 – Some bright, earthy tones

“There’s plenty of people who’ve let it lapse.” / ‘There’s like a clamminess, a grayness, a frizziness.” / “TextEdit has gone kind of like all over the place.” / “And also then there’s the publishing part.” / ‘I’m not a fan of Apple’s Maps.’ / “I’m not sure how it works, but I was using it earlier.”

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Hosted by me and Jessica.

show notesDJMcloud podcast episode #62 – recorded Dec. 15, 2012

Jessica has purchased some new features and is making some new art with the Paper app for iPad.

I discuss writing tools (which were used in creating my novel Crossing the Continental Divide) [This episode discusses tools; the plot of the book was discussed in podcast #60.]:
Drafts (iOS) [also discussed in podcast #33]: I did a lot of the writing of the book on the iPhone with onscreen keyboard or voice recognition, on this simple creation app; when I was done I could send the text to Dropbox [or optionally also to Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, and many other services.]
Epistle (Android): Writing with my tablet was less frequent but this Dropbox-friendly editor worked.
Sublime Text (Mac): This provided a simple window to enter text on the computer; used sparingly.
BBedit (Mac): Made merging multiple text files in Dropbox directory into one manuscript easy, with word counts.
Textmate 1 & 2 (Mac): Did a little bit of editing for typos and a little bit of writing with version 1 on my iMac and 2 on my MacBook Pro.
Pages (Mac): used Apple’s desktop word processor to import BBedit text file to add cover and image and then make an ePub version.
iBooks Author (Mac): used to make PDF and iBooks/iPad version with consistent page numbers using Futura font.

Google Maps for iOS is now available. (In iOS 6, Apple replaced the previous default Maps app [which had until then relied on Google Maps] with an app that utilized the Apple’s new maps.)

GTA Vice City for iOS: the 2002 classic game gets ported to iPhone & iPad (and some Android phones).

[Grand Theft Auto 3 Tenth Anniversary Edition came out last year and we discussed it then on podcast #19.]

New update to Flickr app for iOS moves in the right direction: Aviary filters, easy linking to Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, updated interface for viewing photos of users and groups that you follow.

La Défense

Podcast 61 – A crazy and unhelpful tactic

La Défense

‘The traditional resentment politics don’t work in this era.’ / “[Drone killings:] It’s just plain murderous.” / “‘Maybe he’s goin’ for the upper class?!'” / ‘These are probably the people you want to take over Egypt.’ / “There is a similar feeling going on all around the world.”

Listen: download the mp3

Hosted by me and Jessica.

show notes – episode 61 – recorded Dec. 9, 2012 

Twitter is no longer displaying Instagram photos inside its stream–Instragam stopped supporting “cards.”

Breaking The Taboo” (video) narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring current and former Latin American heads of state among others illustrates the futility of the War On Drugs.

George Will says that “opposition to gay marriage is dying (video).”

Barack Obama and drone attacks: “It’s Time to Stop Killing in Secret.”

Supporters at Romney rally (video).

Egypt protests and clashes continue as liberal opposition (including ElBaradei) opposes Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Morsi. 

Apple releases iTunes 11 with major layout changes.

Snapseed photo editor now free and on Android as well as iOS.

UI for reading/ebook apps:
-page turning versus endless scrolling
-page turn animations a good idea?

DoggCatcher podcatcher app for Android: Download or stream, import/export OPML features, handles most feeds well, podcast directory is sketchy.

UFC on Fox shows people beating each other senseless but censors a fighter giving an opponent the middle finger.

African gray parrot has beak-controlled scooter (video).