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A weblog by Joe Caiati

Interview with Creator of 'True Detective' Gives Us New Details about Season 2 »

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.

Thanks, Myke »

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.

Standouts like The Prompt, Directional, and Bionic were just some shows that rose to the top of 5by5 fame with a key ingredient: Myke.

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.

The best weather app for iPhone »

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.

Breaking Down the Seinfeld Economy »

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For a potential tenth season, Seinfeld was offered $5 million per episode, or $110 million per year. He turned it down.

Wow.

Also, take a look at the syndication numbers that are discussed in this article. Seinfeld may be 25 years old, but Jerry and Larry are still taking in millions for syndication.

P.S. - I’m in the process of starting a Seinfeld podcast called The Anti-Dentites. Look out for a tweet and a post when it’s available for download.

J.K. Rowling Has Written A New 'Harry Potter' Story »

via The Verge:

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.

I look forward to reading it.

Kids React to Game Boy »

My favorite line:

"Wait, I’ve seen this case before. It’s an iPhone case."

I was fortunate enough to get an original game boy for Christmas when I was a kid. I can’t say for sure if I still have it, but after watching this I regret not keeping it in a safe place.

How a 'Sonic 2' Lost Level Was Returned to Its Owner »

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.

Candy Crushes the Lion King

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' Turns 25 »

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.

I Get Snapchat

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.

Razr Burn: My Month With 2004's Most Exciting Phone »

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.

The Putter »

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.

via Kottke