‘From Raw to Cooked to Sushi’

In iA Writer 5: From Raw to Cooked to Sushi – iA:

In every design iteration, our individual versions evolved from the raw, to the complex, to the simple. Overall, we have reached a point where our adventure now leads, not back to a raw app, not onward to a more complex app, but upwards to a simpler app.

An interesting look and preview of what’s to come in iA Writer. Especially the hint that a Windows version might be in the works is interesting.

but we are now more than ever focused on offering iA Writer on different platforms.

Check the post for more info.

‘When the music is being read on the likes of iPads, all bets are off’

In A few brief thoughts about the size of music paper – Scoring Notes:

The sweet spot for much of the music I prepare is around 7.5 mm. For studio sessions and other instances where music is sight-read, the stands are shared, and/or lighting is sub-optimal, 7.7 mm is nice; for chamber music that is likely to have the benefit of a lot of rehearsal, 7.3 mm or even smaller can be just fine.

Just finished another arrangement and these ideas are certainly useful. I usually stick to the default of 7.0 mm, but will give a slightly larger size a try. Either though feels a bit small on iPads. At least on the 9.5 inch models. I have yet to see music on one of the larger ones.

‘Keep the Pad Unstuck’

Ben Britton in Battling the Sticky G-sharp Key:

The conventional wisdom that gets passed around is to clean the pad with pad paper or a dollar bill, but a bit of liquid soap and water (or just some water in a real pinch) can go a long way. Use a toothbrush if you can to be thorough.

Ben has some helpful tips to help un-sticking the G# key. I was familiar with the Dollar-note (ie.coffee-filter) and the oil one, but soap/water was new to me. I will give that try next time the key acts up. Which is probably tomorrow.

‘Facebook Cross-Posting’

Manton Reece in Micro.blog + Facebook:

Micro.blog’s cross-posting naturally works with long-form content or microblog posts. For longer posts, it includes the title with a link back to your blog. For microblog posts, it sends the entire text to Facebook.Micro.blog also parses your post HTML looking for img tags, downloads the photo and attaches it to the Facebook post. This means that microblog posts with photos look great on Facebook, but the source content is still on your own web site.

A nice new addition to Micro.blog. I haven’t updated, or posted anything to worth mentioning to Facebook since late 2009 (just checked, only automated posts from the blog), and this sound like a good way for me to post there. If nothing else, it might confuse people.

Day One Encryption

In Day One Encryption:

This approach allows us to continue developing additional applications and services for Day One, like our web and Android apps (currently in beta),

Encryption is great but I am almost more interested into the web-version and the Android version, which would make it more usable for me. Currently I’m using Journey (which is a nice, cross-platform app), but would switch back to DayOne for IFTTT integration alone. I’m not good at all at daily journaling but if I can automate at least some entries, that would already be helpful.

‘Trying to compare the two as if they were parallel just doesn’t make sense’

In Apple’s Android upgrade jabs don’t tell the whole story :

So, yes: Android OS upgrades are not a stately situation. Apple’s pie chart doesn’t lie about that. What those stunning circles don’t tell you, though, is that OS upgrades on Android play an extremely different role than OS upgrades on iOS. Google has deliberately shifted much of Android’s core functionality away from the operating system and into standalone apps — apps that are then updated instantly and universally, numerous times a year, without any manufacturer or carrier involvement and without any direct connections to the OS itself.

J.R.Raphael nails it here. Android updates are a pain in the butt, but core-functionalities are added and updated many times a year. To me this makes sense. All of Google’s apps get updates all the time, which is much more exciting than waiting for the yearly (or twice yearly incremental update).

‘You may be drinking something that gives a burn from top to bottom’

Matt Gemmell in Whisky:

Whisky, like any non-clear spirit, is an acquired taste – and I mean acquired in the same way that we acquire wealth, or possessions: it takes work. You have to actually decide that you’re going to drink it. That’s the first step.The next step is that you do drink it, and then usually you wish you hadn’t.

One of my favourite articles from Matt and since I have gotten recently not only one, but two, bottles of scotch as a gift, I am about ready to give them a try.

‘A Plethora of Space Operas’

In A Plethora of Space Operas: Where to Start With the Work of John Scalzi

I have tons of favorite authors, but there’s something special about finding that first author in whatever your favorite genre is that can tell a story that makes you go, “I want more of this immediately.” After reading Old Man’s War, I devoured all the work by Scalzi that I could afford to buy and then started waiting for him to publish more

Even though I am still not finished with the Expanse series, I am already looking forward to read something new. I have read one novella by Scalzi which was very nice and am interested in more. In this article are some good suggestions.