Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
One day not too long ago a new icon appeared on my AppleTV. Crunchyroll? What’s that?
Turns out it’s a service for watching Anime, and it didn’t take me long to get addicted. The first series I watched was Sword Art Online, in which people are playing a super realistic MMORPG in which they wear headgear to become totally immersed in it. Turns out some bad dude is behind it all and nobody can leave the game or they will die. They have to beat the game to leave. Yeahhhhh can’t stop watching that!
Then I moved onto Attack on Titan. Huge giant humanoids (titans) essentially cover the world and humans have been forced back into a triple-walled city to survive. But all the sudden this SUPER big titan shows up and starts knocking down the wall. Humans need to step it up and fight. So good.
But now I’m caught up with that (it’s an on-going series right now) and looking for the next addiction. I was thinking Naruto Shippuden but…
@chriscoyier don’t get into naruto unless you are willing to watch 400+ episodes. Shippuden won’t make sense without the back story. IMO
— Matthew Daniels (@mattdaniels) July 26, 2013
I’m going to document a few more recommendations from Twitter friends:
— Scott Yoshinaga (@kimonostereo) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier "Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet", "Zetsuen no tempest" & "Psycho Pass" are pretty good recent shows.
— Rembrand (@LordRembo) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier If you're watching on CrunchyRoll, I started Hunter X Hunter after catching up on Titan. Didn't expect to like but not bad.
— Christopher Stumph (@ChrisStumph) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier fairy tail is epic :-)
— Tianyi-天轶 (@TianyiWang33) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier space battleship Yamamoto reboot (ongoing)
— James Christie (@JC_UX) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier you could also try first 10 episodes of code geasse
— Mon Noval (@monnoval) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier you should check out hunter x hunter or toppa tengen gurren lagan
— Antoine Martin (@techpaf) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier I'd recommend Gargantia, it's entirely finished and on their site, so no cliffhangers.
— Alex Houghton (@amhoughton) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier I don't know if it's on Crunchy Roll, but I also recommend Angel Beats. Pleasant surprise, interesting plot, great score.
— Nick Pfisterer (@nickpfisterer) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier I just noticed some new Full-Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood goodies on Netflix. It’s glorious if you haven’t watched it yet.
— Bermon Painter (@bermonpainter) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood <= Better bestest best
— Dan Govan (@mochaholic) July 26, 2013
@chriscoyier Don't you think you are a bit too mature for a show meant for japanese teenagers?
— Goran Stošič (@Goran_Stosic) July 26, 2013
Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Guillermo del Toro built a world where there are a few exceptional people who do a really awesome thing, and those people aren’t exceptional because they’re the smartest or the strongest, they’re exceptional because they can empathize really deeply with another person. He’s telling kids that they can be awesome and special by working together with other people and understanding them rather than trying to be better than them
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
A great comic from Schroeder Jones in March 2012:
Monday, July 15th, 2013
There is this UI framework Flat UI that got a lot of attention. It was the right style at the right time. Lots of smart people saying designs that mimic reality are dumb, fast is important, not using images at all is ideal, vector icons are awesome, etc etc.
Turns out Design Modo, the website behind this Flat UI framework, ripped some stuff off from LayerVault, a service website that uses this style pretty heavily. LayerVault sent a legal takedown notice.
This was HOT DRAMA at it’s best. Design Modo was trying to be super open with their framework. It was open source on GitHub. Flat design is clearly a trend and you see it all over. Yes there were some similarities but with a trend this simple, of course there would be. Screw LayerVault and their lawyer bullshit! The man is always trying to step on our freedom!
But then you look a little closer and it was pretty clear they ripped a lot of stuff off. Some icons were identical. The color palette wasn’t just close but identical. Design Modo rushed to change some of the illustrations which were the most obviously ripped off things.
LayerVault could have handled this a different way. Our community can be pretty vicious about stealing so they could have just pointed out the crime with a “this bums us out” vibe and the community surely would have gotten the pitchforks out and handled this the good old fashioned way. Instead, LayerVault took a very heavy handed approach with the lawyers and deleting posts off their news site and the whining and such.
Kind of shitty behavior on both sides.
Now many months have passed and this drama is long over. Except. Design Modo is still pushing this Flat UI framework thing as hard as they can. Any publicity is good publicity right? If you go to their site, you can’t even find the free version anymore. What was this cool open source project is now a paid-only framework. The GitHub repo is still there, but you can’t find a link to it on the Design Modo site, you gotta search Google for it.
And now, I get gross emails like this:
No, Design Modo, you cannot spam my email list with your ripped off framework that you’re milking for every cent it’s worth.
Sunday, July 7th, 2013
This is just exaggerated for effect, but it’s ultimately why I didn’t love it there in the nearly two years in the Bay Area. You’d wouldn’t describe most folks you met straight up snobs, but there was always some hint of it. It’s nearly snob-free here in Milwaukee. It feels a lot more comfortable being just a run of the mill dude.
Saturday, July 6th, 2013
I’m doing this new thing where if someone is being all negative nelly on a social network I just unfollow them. Life is tough enough without me reading about your crap. Pretty radical, I know. If I was a better person I’d send you a private note making sure everything is OK and voice my concern about the negativity.
On the flip side, I really try not to post generic negative crap. If you catch me doing it, I’d love a nudge about not doing that. But no hard feelings if you just unfollow me. It’s cool.