An upcoming documentary titled The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? explores the development of a late 90’s Superman film that was being written by Kevin Smith, directed by Tim Burton, and the lead part being played by Nic Cage.
From the first trailer, it looks like they were pretty far into pre-production and if released would have been a huge departure from any past Superman film that had come out.
The documentary is almost finished, but the team behind it needs an extra $85,000 for legal fees and post production. They are using a service called FanBacked to try an raise enough money to tell its story of the movie that never happened.
MG Siegler on why the iPad is so great for writing:
It’s the best of both worlds in many ways. It has the benefits of correction, with the benefits of focus. And it’s decidedly portable. It may be the perfect writing machine.
I couldn’t agree more; I use my iPad Air along with an app called Writing Kit and it is the perfect setup for me. Putting on Do No Disturb mode and having one single app open has helped me focus a lot more when writing. Unlike MG’s setup, I like to type directly on the display. I’ve found that I can type almost as fast as I do on a standard Apple keyboard. I use the Vuscape Protective Cover Stand by Targus to help me get the iPad at a comfortable angle.
After backtracking to figure out when I last saw a pen in the house, I realized it had been more than two months.
While my home is filled with multiple laptops, smartphones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices, there isn’t a single pen to be found. No ballpoint, fountain or rollerball. No highlighter, marker or even an itty bitty nub of a pencil.
Emoji - Seinfeld Edition [iTunes Link] is a new iPhone app that brings one of my favorite shows of all time in emoji form. The only caveat is that once you’ve typed out your emoji message, you can only share it as a picture.
To get a closer look at all of the emojis you can send, visit their site. The emojis span from the main cast to a Blu-Ray disc of Rochelle Rochelle. When iOS 8 allows third party keyboards, I look forward to the possibility of seeing this.
Be sure that your Mac is running OS X Mavericks. If you don’t have OS X Mavericks, you can download it free from the Mac App Store. We recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac, since it may contain errors or inaccuracies. Please be sure to back up your Mac using Time Machine before you install the beta. This is beta software that is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected. Some features require iOS 8, which is not being offered as part of the OS X Beta Program.
Now that you’ve read the above, if you are ready to take the plunge into Yosemite, take a look at Christina Warren’s preview of the new operating system coming this fall.
On July 16, a new Indiegogo campaign launched touting a family robot named JIBO. JIBO was created by MIT professor Dr. Cynthia Breazeal and if you watch the video below, the concept seems so futuristic that it couldn’t be close to production —yet it is.
For backers who pay $499, JIBO is expected to be released by holiday season 2015. Its public debut is slated for early 2016 and if that video seemed to go to be true, check out Dr. Breazeal’s interaction with a prototype JIBO below.
Andrea Contino is an Italian blogger who has been collecting interviews on his site for an upcoming eBook called #WhyIBlog. Andrea reached out to ask if I could answer some questions and I was happy to help.
Marco Arment’s Overcast has only been out less than a week, but since then I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts and have some thoughts about its two stand out features Smart Speed and Voice Boost.
Without any prior knowledge of its launch date, Overcast came to me at a good time. I was behind on my podcasts and when I found out about the app’s Smart Speed feature in particular, it sounded like it could be a great value to me.
As I write this Monday morning, according to the app, Smart Speed has saved me 60 minutes. That’s an astounding metric. For me that is a commute and a half worth of time saved. I’m subscribed to ten podcasts that update weekly and with hosting my own podcast, posting to this site, and working a full-time job, every minute saved is precious.
In short, the Smart Speed feature analyzes all of the silent sections of a podcast and trys to cut them out and squeeze the times between speakers closer together. Using Smart Speed coupled with playing some shows at 1-1.2x, I’ve been a more productive listener.
The Voice Boost feature equalizes and normalizes the audio for a show’s hosts. I’ve found that it could hurt very well produced shows, like Arment’s ATP, though it is very handy when I’m trying to listen to shows through my iPhone’s speakers and it gives me an extra volume boost. Also, the feature helps shows that aren’t as well produced to sound better and will try its best to keep multiple hosts sound at the same level.
I’m enjoying Overcast 1.0. Its two audio features, great design, and fine grained playlist creation have really impressed me. I will be sticking with it for the foreseeable future and recommend you at least try it for free in the App Store. To unlock all of its features permanently, it’s a single in-app purchase for $4.99.
I want to keep this brief so that you can get to reading my actual posts. I’ve now been blogging on this site since late 2011 and it’s been flattering to see my readership grow over time. Dot info has been viewed more like a hobby to me, but in recent I have been trying to consistently post interesting finds daily and write articles more often. I’m going to continue to run the site in the same way, but in a different mindset viewing this almost like a part-time job. I will keep improving the site’s design and layout to make it as easy as possible for you to view its content.
I’ve set up a donation button in this post. The button isn’t going to be plastered throughout every page and although I’m not the biggest fan of PayPal, it’s the most well-known and trusted way to send and receive online payment. This isn’t a plea for money; I have a full-time day job. I will continue to post no matter what, but it’s here if you feel like you want to contribute to the development of the site’s future. Thanks for reading.
Michael Dubin, mostly known as a concert photographer, is a lot more involved in the music scene than you’d think. You may not even realize how many shows he’s been to photographing or just hanging out with bands like Brand New, Dashboard Confessional, Manchester Orchestra, The Black Keys, and more. There’s also a T-shirt that band members wear saying “I’m with Dubin” because of how popular he has become especially in New York. Recently, he was profiled in a series called It’s Who You Know and it’s interesting to see how he started from a kid going to shows on Long Island to one the most known names in the rock scene.
Marco Arment’s long awaited podcast app, Overcast (iTunes Link), has finally released. After reading about its 1.0 features, I’m more intrigued about its prospects than I thought I’d be— especially the Smart Speed feature which could allow me to listen to more podcasts in a shorter period.
I’m going to give it a try this week and see if it could replace my current pod catcher, Pocket Casts. Also, if you want to read a great review on Overcast, check out Federico Viticci’s. Overcast is free to try and has a $4.99 in-app purchase to receive the full experience.
Ryan Block sits through a torturous call with Comcast as he tries to cancel his service. The eight-minute clip is mostly filled with the Comcast representative borderline berating Ryan. It’s really tough to listen to. Comcast has tried to do some damage control, but that damage has already been done. I really don’t look forward them buying Time Warner. A company that already is plagued with similar antics.
I am not a fan of soccer, but I know that when the World Cup is on, you don’t interrupt or even speak to the die-hard fans. Elmira ABC affiliate WENY did not get the memo when they cut to an awkward silence shot of a weatherman who went on to explain that severe thunderstorms and a possibility of a tornado watch could occur in some areas. It didn’t seem truly urgent and if I’m putting myself in those soccer fan’s shoes, I would be beyond outraged if they cut away from the Super Bowl if the Giants were playing it. I wouldn’t care about a possible tornado watch. If my team wins then just let the tornado take me away. In all seriousness, the only reason they should have cut away from the game is if it was an imminent danger. Watch the video yourself, it didn’t seem to be one.
For someone like me who commutes in New York City and takes the subway every day to work, I find this fascinating. I thought that once it was on the tracks, it’s gone. Apparently that isn’t the case. There are people who are designated just to retrieve items from a subway track for a living.
Somewhere in San Francisco is a hidden workshop of wonder. A place where iconic characters, creatures, and props from cult favorite movies are pulled from the screen into reality. Adam Savage’s Cave is the Mythbusters host’s personal sanctum, the place he goes not only to build his painstaking creations but where he displays a lifetime’s collection of oddities, eclectic memorabilia, and film props.
Quite possibly the best video you are going to see all weekend. This place is fascinating and the seventeen-minute tour was just not enough for me. Also, Tested.com has partnered with Google Maps for an internal Street View of Adam’s cave. The only thing is that they aren’t telling you where it is located. The clue is that it’s under a manhole cover somewhere in San Francisco so you are going to have to do some serious clicking.
Creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has been pretty tight-lipped about Season 2 of True Detective. But now that he is halfway done with writing the season, he’s firmed up some details about plot and cast. Season 2 will be set in California and have four lead roles. I’m really excited about the casting possibilities and hope Nic keeps the eerie tone that the first season set.
Today I am announcing that I will be departing 5by5 on July 16th 2014.
The last 18 months have been a tremendous experience, but it is time for me to move on to new things. I have new goals that I want to tackle, and to be able to do this I need to be independent again.
The first time I heard of Myke Hurley was when I downloaded an episode of CMD+Space featuring Merlin Mann. At that time, without knowing, this was going to be one of the last episodes to run on Myke’s podcasting network called 70 Decibels.
Once 70 Decibels was acquired by 5by5, a podcasting network I was very familiar with, the shows that were brought over, rebooted, and created by Myke filled my podcasting app and were such great additions to the 5by5 network.
Now he embarks on a new journey and I couldn’t be happier for him. I know he will do great things and I look forward to the near future to make sure that I’m there to see and hear those great things. Myke has been kind to me over the years and has even given me feedback about some of my posts. I wanted to thank you, Myke, for your hard work. Keep it up.
I agree that Dark Sky is the best third-party weather app overall, but what I don’t get is why David Smith’s Check the Weather wasn’t mentioned at all. I feel that was huge oversight. Check the Weather is a great app for at a glance usage and I use it in tandem with Dark Sky’s accurate push notifications. Also, CTW uses Dark Sky APIs for basic radar.
Rowling’s new story is available to read at Pottermore, but the site is crawling right now and largely inaccessible (you can probably make an educated guess as to why). You’ll also have to create an account at Pottermore and be logged in to read the story too, unless you find one of the many copies floating around elsewhere at this point.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Sega Genesis was one of the first console videos games I’ve ever played. It was also one of the best games I’ve played to date and its multiplayer kept me and my sister occupied for hours. I have revisited the game on Xbox 360 and it stands the test of time.
What I did not know about was the unreleased level that fans obsessed about playing after the game became popular. Heidi Kemps not only tells the tale of how this level became discovered, but she also meets the creator of Sonic to discuss this infamous level.
Note: This was originally published in the May 1 issue of The Loop Magazine. If you enjoy this post, I would highly recommend subscribing to this great publication.
This past November, I attended a showing of The Lion King on Broadway with my wife. The show was spectacular, and I couldn’t believe it took me this long to see it, but that isn’t why you are reading this. Something happened at the start of the play that not only made me angry, but made me really think about the current state of our culture.
It was a matinee showing that was supposed to begin at 1 p.m. As soon as you enter the theater, you are reminded multiple times by the ushers that no pictures are allowed to be taken inside. Prior to the show’s start, everyone seemed to ignore that warning—me included. The play clearly hadn’t started, people were still finding their seats, and I was going to take the obligatory Instagram photo of the Play Bill as cliché as that may be.
The 1 P.M. start time had come and gone, but I still knew we’d be starting any minute. The iPhone was switched to vibrate, screen locked, and in my pocket. The couple next to me, along with almost everyone else, were also on their devices. As a tech nerd, I’m always taking note of the type of smartphones people use, and I’m nosy about what they are doing with them. The gentleman directly next to me was playing Angry Birds Space. His female companion (wife, girlfriend, sister, friend? It doesn’t matter) was also phone-in-hand, locked in a heated game of Candy Crush Saga.
The lights began to dim. The theater got super quiet and the stage curtain began to open.
If you are familiar with The Lion King, you will know the African chant that starts the show (“Ahhhhhh-Teh-Sane-Ya!!!!”). The room was pitch black, and the stage was subtly lit. Out of the corner of my eye, though a blinding LED was still beaming into my peripheral vision. Our Candy Crush-er had not flinched nor seemed to care that a Broadway play was underway. She seemed determined to beat the level under any circumstances. Her friend, the man sitting next to me, nudged her, urging for her to stop the game; he got nudged back in dismissal, and she didn’t even look up from the screen. I tried to enjoy this opening number, though I couldn’t help but watch someone completely disrespect the actors and theater-goers surrounding them.
Roughly two minutes in to the show, an usher to the right side of our aisle had spotted the offender and pointed a flashlight directly at her. He waved the flashlight left to right vigorously to get her attention; she completely ignored him. The man next to me, completely embarrassed by now, nudged her again which at least got her to look up. The usher then made eye contact and hand gestures while mouthing “No cell phones!” with the angriest face imaginable. She finally put the phone away after another plea from her companion; thankfully, it didn’t make a return appearance for the rest of the show.
This minor incident did not influence the rest of my experience during the play. It entertained a fraction of time in my mind, but it did stick with me later on the way home. I found it fascinating and a little disturbing that a game, albeit an extremely popular one, had so much power over its user that they would forgo missing part of a live play that isn’t inexpensive to attend and can’t be recorded and enjoyed later, just to get to the next level. I’ve found that the best moments in life are mostly the ones you couldn’t or didn’t capture, the times where you only have your memory and a story to convey the experience to others. I can’t tell you how many times I wish I would had stopped recording at a concert and just experienced it live. Those videos turn out terrible and I wind up not even rewatching them. This upcoming generation, where technology is all they know, could be content with living life through their devices. But sometimes it’s just nice to live.
Our culture has changed so dramatically with the introduction of computers in our pockets, but I now cherish the moments when I’m forced to put my phone away or have no service.
It almost seems barbaric, but our parents and grandparents lived perfectly fine in a world without portable cell phones. Sure, these devices are extremely convenient, and I can’t imagine not having one at all. But what happened during that play taught me to appreciate the silent times, the times when a text can’t interrupt your train of thought. The times when you can sit down and read a book without hearing the ding of your email notification. The times when you are with family and friends without a phone in hand. These times happen less and less: I anticipate they’ll become more rare as technology advances. But for now, don’t let Candy Crush your Lion King.
Seinfeld, by far, is my favorite sitcom of all time. I grew up on Seinfeld; my parents would tape episodes and somewhere in storage there are VHS tapes with those first-run shows. I may have not understood everything when I was younger, but it’s now a show that I watch weekly. Episodes never get old.
As Seinfeld reaches it’s 25th anniversary, Christina Warren has put together a great list of GIFs and videos to commemorate this hilarious television show.
Claude Shannon may not be a household name in history, but make no mistake; you wouldn’t be reading this or watching a video about him if it wasn’t for his discovery. It all started at a blackjack table.
Snapchat has been around since 2011 and up until recent, I haven’t used the app because I didn’t get it. I signed up about a month ago because one of my favorite filmmakers, Casey Neistat, joined and I just had to see why this service was attracting more and more people to sign up each day.
My initial thoughts of the app was that it was used to send NSFW photos around to your friends — I was naively wrong. Snapchat is such a fun service. There are two elements to it. You can send photos and videos to friends individually or you can have a “My Story” stream that is available for 24 hours which anyone who follows you can see.
I’ve found myself using the service to connect to more friends and family on a daily basis than I’ve ever had before. You can doodle and write little short sentences before you send out a snap and if you see a funny one, you can take a screenshot.
I’m “joecaiati” in the service if you are interested in seeing photos of coffee, my dog, and lots of selfies.
I’ll never forget the day when I could finally afford to get a Razr. That phone was the epitome of cool back in the earl aughts. It’s amazing how torturous it now feels to use one for a month ten years later. I couldn’t do it, but Ashley Feinberg did.
A fascinating 4 minute short film on handcrafting a pair of scissors. It sounds more interesting than you would think. The films is titled ‘The Putter’ for a reason which you will find out while watching.
If you have been following journalistic trends over the years, clickbait titles are a clever way to lure the reader to the site even though the content may not be worth the time. For page views and ad revenue, clickbait titles are some websites greatest friend and ally.
Don’t click on that. I already did. Saving you from clickbait and adding context since 2014.
In the month that I’ve been following the account, it has become one of my favorite parts of my timeline. Jake is actually saving me valuable time throughout the day providing us with the facts that we need to know and cutting out the rest. Here’s an example:
Chicago. RT @CNBC: George Lucas is opening a “Star Wars” museum in this lucky city:
High Dynamic Range photography represents the incredible feats that can be accomplished with digital imaging. But! HDR abuse is also responsible for some of the most horrendous displays of photographic over-indulgence. This must stop.
I agree with Michael that HDR has been overused; however it’s mostly the user over saturating and sharpening their photos with apps like Snapseed, VSCO Cam, and Afterlight which cause some horrendous results when overdone.
It’s interesting to see and read about other’s setups on the site, but I’m also curious how people organize the rest of their phone. I’ve seen many methods used by friends and family over the years; all folders, free-for-all, second organized screen, and a mix between. I thought I’d share how I organize the rest of my iPhone. It’s simple in principle, but the setup is particular. I do want acknowledge that using Spotlight to find your apps is a great tool if you have an app buried in a folder or are not sure what page it lies on. I, however, like to do both and having some semblance of organization is important to me.
Beyond Page One
After page one, all of my apps are in alphabetical order with no use of folders. I have over 100 apps on my iPhone1 and while most people have a similar count or more, it would be painstaking to have to organize all of those apps in alphabetical order. I have found a better way.
There is one prerequisite that must be followed before you try my method. If you already have your first home screen setup the way you like it, take a screen shot because it will get messed up during this process. Once the screenshot is saved and in a place where you can reference it, you are ready to start.
On your iPhone, enter the Settings applications. Tap on “General”, scroll all the way down, and tap “Reset.” Then, tap “Reset Home Screen Layout”. What this will do is set up your iPhone’s first home screen to its original stock form.2 But it also does something else. It takes all of your third party applications and places them in alphabetical order.
The only heavy lifting you have to do is grab your home screen apps, reference your screenshot, and set up your first home screen. The rest is done for you.
Once your first home screen is setup, you now have your apps in alphabetical order. If you download new apps in the future, it’s easy to move them in place with the rest of the pack. For me, when it’s an app I’m not sure I am going to keep, I’ll just leave it at the last home screen until I deem it worthy of organization.
Order and Variation
This method is simple and although I could Spotlight search apps, sometimes I don’t remember all the of apps I have on my iPhone. If you are a folders type of person, you could set up a variation of alphabetic folders3 or maybe do something that I’ve never thought of before. I’ve had some friends like this method, but I’ve also seen some other cool ways to organize your iPhone. I’d love to hear about your way.
Directed by Hervé Martin Delpierre and co-written by co-written by Marina Rozenman, the documentary will chronicle the rise of and the artistic world of the two award-winning DJ’s, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who formed Daft Punk in the 90′s and became the leading figures of the French Touch scene.
This short article was confusing and written oddly. What I’d like to know is if this documentary is officially happening with Daft Punk’s involvement. It’s seems unclear.
Also, writer Elsa Keslassy writes the word “documentary” in three different ways:
Seems odd to shorten it twice in two ways for such a small article.
Drummer, Kyle Smith, plays a melody of the entire discography of Blink 182 in what appears to be one single take. It’s amazing. The practice and capability to play to multiple time signatures tempo changes1 without falling out of sync is just astounding.