Podcast 20 – Notes on Hipstamatic/new iOS apps/Christmas episode/with Jessica

djmcloud.com podcast #20: The current version of my Notes on Hipstamatic,some links to Christmas videos, minor corrections to episode 19, and two new iOS apps: a fish-eye lens simulator and Google Currents.

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show notes (Dec. 17, 2011)

follow-up on the previous podcast (#19):

I mentioned GTA 5 when I clearly meant GTA 4 at one point, and I also called Star Wars Battlefront 2 “Star Wars Battlefield the original one” which makes sense as far as that being the first Star Wars Battlefront title on PSP but obviously not on all platforms. For example PS2 had the true “original” Battlefront.

Christmas videos we’ve done:

pacificpelican.us/podcast 17: Santa Claus makes a brief appearance in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

The Christmas rainbow: When Jessica and I spent our first Christmas together in 2009, it was the kind of Christmas Day in Ohio that you could ride bikes–so we did and then we saw a rainbow.

Christmas in Chicago: In 2010 Jessica and I went to Chicago to spend the holidays with my family out there, and this video collects some clips from that season.

[the Santa photo]

Gordon Square: This year we made a video about rock music, Christmas–and not snitching.

My Notes on Hipstamatic [incomplete as 12/17/2011]

Currrent Hipstamatic version: 225 231


Black keys super grain: nice sharp black and white with small black frame, no noise

Alfred Infrared: Cool take on infrared film; can create very cool reddish images; leaky white frame; no noise

Ina’s 1969: Creates mild “60s” colors effect; has retro yellow dot border; no noise

Blanko: Offers a relatively neutral platform for the lens, with solid white border

Pistil: Creates reddish colors, uses distracting verbose alphanumeric-character-having border that says something like hpstm 269 or something

Cafe Cafenol: brownish sepia like tones with a shattered partial dark frame

Blanko noir: neutral film with black border

Float: Japanese style film yellows the image somewhat while placing a dark border with random seeming tentacles reaching into the image in some areas

AO DLX: a free Nike-sponsored film, creates slightly grainy black-and-white images within a somewhat uneven black frame which includes alphanumeric noise including “Nike”

AO BW: another free Nike-sponsored film, creates high contrast black-and-white images with a nearly even white border without alphanumeric noise


Hornbecker: from the Nike free pack, emphasizes realism and accuracy

Lucas AB2: creates muted, retro colors

Chunky: creates sharply focused images with light leak effects

Labatique 73: mild grainy effect: from the Cowboys and Aliens free pack

Matty ALN: causes notable light ray effects; from the Cowboys and Aliens free pack

iOS apps

[repeat app recommendation/The djmcloud.com app of the year] ProCamera: the best iOS photo app abides–does the best job with meta-data, combing photo and video, and with overall shooting.

Snappr: another entrant in the fish-eye lens effect photo app category: offers a custom shooting interface and multiple fish-eye effects but currently has the limitation that it renders photos at 1200×1200 for iPhone 4S, smaller for older phones; also of course has the limitations that any app will have compared to an optical fish-eye lens

Google Currents: another entrant in the customized news and content reading experience; sort of like Flipboard and the various Twitter apps but with its own spin: allows reader to focus on a handful of feeds more so than the firehose of content on apps like Reeder (which actually is much more of a Google Reader client than Currents, but that’s not the point I guess).

Podcast 19 – Jessica joins me to discuss GTA 3 and more

djmcloud.com podcast #19: Jessica stops by as we talk about GTA III for iOS and mention Google Music–and our music

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show notes (Dec. 16, 2011)

iOS game:

Grand Theft Auto 3 (10th anniversary edition)


also available for Android:


From the intro credits music to the crazy radio stations (“Jah,” “Head Radio”) to the eccentric, boxy and gently rising street grid, which is utterly mapped to the inner synapses of the greatest minds of my generation: it’s the game that ranks as very possibly the greatest video game of all time, starting in 2001 as a PlayStation 2 game and moving eventually to Xbox and PC before living middle age as “Liberty City Stories” on early attempts to take such scale of games to mobile as on the PSP before now finally living a grand old age as the one that came first (before the wild Vice City, the brilliant San Andreas, and the imperfect but impeccably tuned GTA V, before the transcendently good Red Dead Redemption) and laid out an amazingly large amount of the formula, fully formed, onto the public.  We’re talking about the deadpan timbre of the satire in the game, the utter corruption of power, the un-deniability of the wary protagonist, the complexity of the game’s universe, and the weapons–oh the many weapons.

Limitations present in GTA III and subsequently fixed in Liberty City Stories are present again–no baseball bat damaging vehicles, no motorcycles at all–still it’s incredible to see such an advanced game from ten years ago compacted down but utterly playable on an iPhone 4S.  It doesn’t hurt that I have pleasant associations with the game, but get through the fog memory and try it yourself–you’ll probably be surprised at how good the game is even today.

The Neener Band Blog


Our music.  More songs like “Occupy Your Mind” (as heard on this podcast) forthcoming.

Google Music:


Music “locker service” that allows anyone to store up to 20,000 songs and stream them to their devices via the web.


Podcast 18 – 3 new videos I made & 3 new app picks

djmcloud.com podcast #18

New videos from pacificpelican.us/podcast and three new photo apps for iPhone and why I can’t be bothered sometimes to try to fix crappy CSS for someone else’s project.

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pacificpelican.us/cms: a free web app for uploading files and text documents and shortening links that you can download and use on your own web server for free

djmcloud.com podcast 18 show notes – Dec. 13, 2011

New videos from pacificpelican.us/podcast

Gordon Square“: a video set in Cleveland and Lakewood starring Jessica and the birds (and I appear briefly at the end) with new music from Neener and an important message: “DON’T SNITCH!”

Big Parrot Millet part 1“: a short fish-eye-lens-style video that seeks to answer the question of whether my parakeets like the type of millet sprays which are packaged for larger parrots.

Big Parrot Millet part 2“: in this rare sequel, we conclude that the parakeets do enjoy the big bird millet.

iOS apps


A way to view content from numerous sites in one interface–can link to Twitter, Tumblr, Google Reader, Facebook, Flickr and more.

FishEye Toy Camera (by misskwi)

Creates circular photos with simulated fish-eye lens effect; fun to mess around with but of course doesn’t offer the type of angles and views that optical fish-eye lenses can.

Big Lens (by Reallusion Inc.)

Allows photos taken with iPhone to appear to simulate a (dSLR-style) shallow depth of field.  Includes circular or rectangular focal area highlighting tool and virtual aperture picker.

podcast intro music: “No Sleep” by Screambird

podcast 18 additional notes


new version 3.3 with new features including updated media uploader: http://goo.gl/MXe13

CSS for default Twenty-eleven theme still smushing images cross-posted via Posterous on iPhone browser: http://goo.gl/OQtpr

archiving tweets using WordPress: this update/fork to the Twitter Tools plugin allows RTs to be archived along with regular tweets: http://goo.gl/78nyK

“Republican shills?!”: No Agenda Podcast episode 363  http://363.nashownotes.com/

Green apple photo taken with “Big Lens” app: http://links.danieljmckeown.com/?r=2

Podcast 17 – Jim reviews the Kindle Fire

djmcloud.com podcast #17:

Jim offers his thoughts on his new Kindle Fire tablet

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show notes for episode #17, Nov. 20, 2011

Jim’s review of the Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire reviews by Marco Arment and Engadget

DJay app for iPad

Evernote in the Amazon app store

Podcast 16

djmcloud.com podcast #16:

Occupy Movements raided across the country, GarageBand comes to iPhone, video sharing, ads in Twitter, iOS photo apps including Photogene2, LensLight, and Pocket Camera PRO–the intersection of apps and activism

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show notes for episode #16, Nov. 15, 2011

iOS/iPhone apps

Photogene2: a new app for editing, cropping, filtering, and even adding text on photos


Pocket Camera PRO by Punicasoft: a point-and-shoot camera simulator, down to the left-right up-down button activated menu


LensLight: like LensFlare [covered on podcast #14], but with different light and color patterns to place atop your iPhone photos


The Amazing Type-Writer: App that simulates using a type-writer; can export writings (in type-writer style and font) as images


GarageBand for iOS: The very cool mini DAW music creation software for iOS is now universal, meaning it can run on recent iPhones (and iPod Touches) as well as iPads now.


Wall of Sound: an app that plays music and allows you to explore your collection using album art


in other news

new bug fix version of free and open source pacificpelican.us/cms ( now available


ads in Twitter stream

Instagr.am grows; will it add video?

Youtube vs. Vimeo

big road wins in college football: Oregon beats Stanford; Michigan State beats Iowa

Occupy Wall Street #ows

Global Revolution live stream

We Are The Other 99 live stream

Paul Krugman on the raid of Zucotti Park in New York City.

Instagr.am blog with photos from the New York raid

BBC News on the Occupy Oakland raid


The first half (roughly) of this podcast was broadcast live via Ustream, and is archived on that site.

Thanks to Jim for the music in this episode.

Podcast 15

djmcloud.com podcast #15

Michigan State football video, GTA V, new web feature requests, Ubuntu 11.10, iOS vs. Android

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Oct. 29, 2011

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new intro music: an unfinished track by Screambird


I was at the game and took a video of the stunning “Rocket” play that won the game for Michigan State over Wisconsin in East Lansing earlier this month.


“The public will be able to carry guns into most parts of the [Wisconsin] state Capitol, under a policy being developed by Gov. Scott Walker.”


Grand Theft Auto V announcement forthcoming


Republican Herman Cain’s campaign creates ad with tightly wound staffer spouting a junior high level stream of right-wing political consciousness–while smoking a cigarette.  At the end Herman Cain himself makes a weird look into the camera for like 8 seconds before it melts into a strange smile.


“What feature would improve the web? « Paul Irish”


Ubuntu [GNU/Linux operating system]: trying out the “Unity 2D” interface which is the default for older PCs on Ubuntu 11.10 (Unity 3D is on new machines but my Linux box is an old single-core machine)

iOS and Android: why I picked an Apple iPhone 4S over a Samsung Galaxy S II.

Thanks to Jessica for the outro music!

Podcast 14

djmcloud.com podcast #14: baseball playoffs, iPhone 4S, OS X Lion, Jose Reyes, #OccupyPlacesAndStuff, iOS 5

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Oct. 17-18, 2011

show notes

Michigan State beats Michigan in football for the fourth year in a row:


Occupy #OWS

Wall Street:






My writings over the last few years about America’s troubled economic system:


Jose Reyes is the 2011 NL batting champion–the first Mets player to win that distinction


OS X Lion

Launchpad application launcher & other iOS-style tweaks

iOS 5

syncing improvements

iPhone 4S

Siri, better camera

iOS apps

Flashlight by i4software:




@mostlylisa (a developer of the Camera+ iPhone app) says “Dramatic improvement of lens flare with the iPhone 4S. No more red dots!” [But commenters say: “I kind of digged the red dots.”]: http://campl.us/geLY

baseball playoffs: Cardinals over Brewers in NL; Rangers over Tigers in AL

Podcast 13

djmcloud.com podcast 13: iPhone 4S announced, Snail Domino, Dolphin Browser, Lake Michigan trip, No Sleep trance song from Screambird, Delicious.com changeover, Pinterest, Netflix/Qwikster debacle, sketchy social networking, declining cinema attendance, more on Spotify

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Oct. 4, 2011

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djmcloud podcast 13

show notes

iPhone 4S announced

iOS apps

-Dolphin Browser: http://goo.gl/MOniD

-Snail Domino: http://goo.gl/ilSio

Lake Michigan anniversary trip: photos: http://goo.gl/sGvl3

Meta: djmcloud.com podcast [aka djmblog.com podcast aka danieljmckeown.com podcast]

Screambird: new song: No Sleep: http://goo.gl/u46py

and video: http://goo.gl/jDnQQ

Trends in social networking

-Delicious.com changes owners; changes site; deletes accounts that didn’t move over to new site/terms

-Spotify requires Facebook login to start an account with them now http://goo.gl/dOS2I

-What is the point of sites like lockerz.com?  Please don’t tell me that “Gen Z” or whatever are all that dumb. http://goo.gl/ZSuGZ

-Time to delete my account on Linkedin http://goo.gl/gtg5j


Podcast 12

Core Image, trance music, puking after swimming, lots of domains, and cloud music services:

danieljmckeown.com podcast #12

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August 17, 2011

show notes

hosted by Daniel J. McKeown and featuring an appearance from Jessica McKeown

Screambird (my electronic music side project) trance song “Fly Away”:


plus the video featuring Cleveland:


iOS apps

-Decim8 (photo editing app):


-Pixlr-o-matic (photo editing app):


Mac OS X app

-Pixelmator (pixel-based image editing program with Core Image filters):


Core Image to be available in iOS 5 (it’s already in OS X)

Should I criticize Apple for only having one dinosaur sound effect in Apple loops or should I be grateful that there is one at all?

Tom Friedman is a moron

my article from years ago:


the Professional Left Podcast this week (Ep. #88):


“Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who attempted to become the first person to swim between Cuba and Florida without a shark cage, was forced to abandon her effort early Tuesday morning — roughly halfway through her journey.

Nyad was vomiting when she was brought aboard a boat at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday — 29 hours after she jumped into the water Sunday.” via Chicago Tribune. http://goo.gl/IiRb5

Turntable.fm vs. Spotify vs. Rdio

iTunes Match vs. Google Music vs. Amazon Cloud drive

Post-Oasis bands:

Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye:


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds:


How many web domains do you own?  This dude has over 100:


Do you like filename extensions? (Like .ogg or .txt) Mac OS X and Windows and Linux use them but classic Mac OS did not (as far as I can remember).

Twitter photo sharing

Are all Twitter links t.co links now?


Neener (Jessica’s and my band):


podcast 11

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Mac OS X apps
Reeder (RSS reader which syncs with Google Reader)
VirtualDJ Home (music player/turntables simulator)


iOS apps
Flare (HDR video app)
Dropbox (cloud file sharing app)

bit.ly now allows customs domains for free accounts


LA Noire (PS3)


Podcasting and the obnoxious “picks” segments

App Store review quality