You may have heard of Take Control Books, a great source of information about how to bend various Apple-centric topics to your will, such as Take Control of Pages or Apple Mail. One of their most recent releases is the updated Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac. This new edition includes profiles of some notable podcasters including Chuck Joiner, Louis Trapani, Kirk McElhearn, and yours truly! I talked to author Andy Affleck about my setup for podcasting and how excited I am about podcasting. I endorse all Take Control titles—they make some complex topics really approachable, and they're good references. It's a US$10.00 book, but if you buy three or more books you get 30% off, so check out some of the other titles and see if you can't build a nice little bundle of information.
LEGO's popular Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril hit the iPad on Thursday, bringing with it Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and many more super heroes to save our world. The game includes more than 91 characters from the Marvel universe, 45 missions, and plenty of LEGO action to keep you busy while protecting the world from super villains. Considering how good the game play is in LEGO's other iPad-based super hero games are, we're excited to dive in and see just how much Hulk can smash. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril costs US$4.99 and and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
This is a twofold Cool Stuff Found. First, there's the Kitchen Overlord's Illustrated Geek Cookbook Kickstarter campaign, which is a wonderful thing you should totally check out. Then there's the "stretch goals" for the campaign; a custom Cards Against Humanity deck, dubbed Carbs Against Humanity. If you ever wanted a nifty expansion pack for your CaH deck, now is your chance to expand it deliciously. (If you have no idea what Cards Against Humanity is, NSFW is putting it mildly. You have been warned.) Right now the Kickstarter is sitting at just over US$8,400 and at $9,000 every backer who buys the print book will also get a caricature of Star Trek's Sulu, an action shot of him skewering Tribbles (shown at left). I love the illustrations, and I love the recipes, and the video tells you all you need to know about the actual cooking of things from the cookbook. So check it out, it's nice to have a source for nerdy noms besides the Star Wars Cookbooks, right?
Via Reddit, we have a link to a brief history of that key next to the spacebar on Apple keyboards. It's unofficially called the Apple key, splat, the pretzel key, or the propeller, but the official name for it is the Command key. On the Apple II keyboard, the keys on either side of the spacebar were different; one was the "open Apple" and one was the "closed Apple." For some reason the open Apple key was the one that did more things, so to this day I still forget there's another key over there on the right. In fact, I called it the open Apple key for many years, and finally broke the habit about the time the Apple logo disappeared off that key entirely. Check out the story of how it came to be, and if you haven't heard it before, it's an interesting Steve Jobs tale.
Tony Fadell sold his company—Nest Inc.—to Google for US$3.2 billion, but in an in-depth profile in Fortune magazine, the father of the iPod revealed that he wished he could have shown the Nest Thermostat to his former boss, Steve Jobs. "I would have loved to have been able to show it to him, but the timing didn’t work," he told the magazine. Mr. Fadell, shown in the image, said that Steve Jobs kept in touch with him when Nest was still in stealth mode, but by the time he was ready to show the device, Mr. Jobs had grown too ill. The piece offers an excellent look at Mr. Fadell, his career, how Nest was founded, his combative tenure at Apple, and why Google bought the firm. Fortune also reminded us that Mr. Fadell is one of the few Apple executives to see success after they left Apple.
Maurice Sendak's birthday would have celebrated his 86th birthday this week. Sadly, he rumpused his last in 2012, and therefore won't come across this tribute to him on his birthday. Via Brain Pickings we discover the wondrous book Posters by Maurice Sendak, a large format/coffeetable book of…well, of his posters. Some of them are the "yay reading!" type found in libraries and classrooms, which are the ones I remember most vividly, as they hung in the libraries and classrooms where I spent lots of time as a kid. In fact I convinced my mom to hang one in her classroom for me because I loved it so much. Head over to Brain Pickings and check out some images from this book. And if you're inspired to start a wild rumpus, well, that's on you.
Seattle Symphony has a series called Sonic Evolutions, where they perform music from and inspired by local artists, so it was only a question of time before Sir Mix-A-Lot made it on the list. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I was a Sir Mix-A-Lot fan way before Baby Got Back, because he was a "local" rapper, and let's be honest, before Macklemore, he was the only one. So without further ado, I will link you to the video for Baby Got Back which is making the rounds, but below is the video of the other song he performed, Posse On Broadway, one of my favorites from Sir Mix-A-Lot (it's in regular rotation on my iPhone). Definitely check out both videos, they're fun to watch.
If you aren't familiar with Sugru, it is a miracle substance that starts sort of rubbery and after it cures it becomes silicone. It's one of the common fixes for frayed cables, so common that Sugru now comes in white for those wanting a less obvious repair for their Apple cables. Sugru highlights some of the neater hacks on its site, and the latest one making the rounds at TMO Towers is a Lego hack. Here's the scoop: Take some Sugru and attach a flat plate to the desired surface, attach a Lego minifig, and let the little Lego guy hold your Lightning cable. You can also attach a Lego brick to your keys, and attach your keys to the same plate. Lego/Sugru hacks are relatively common, check out the site for a bit of inspiration.
There is so much to say about the CIA's new Twitter account, starting with the fact that the CIA has a new Twitter account. Twitter says that it's verified, too. It's the spy agency's first tweet, however, that has gone almost instantaneously viral. "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." That's brilliant, and it's hilarious to see that someone at the CIA has a sense of humor, even if there is little that is funny about what it does. The tweet is 20 minutes old as of this writing, and in that time, it has been retweeted 17,000 times and the agency itself has gained 20,000 followers.
We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.— CIA (@CIA) June 6, 2014
Apple kicked off WWDC on Monday with a keynote address, and that keynote address started with a video. It's a "thank you note to developers," according to Apple, who posted the video on YouTube. What I thought was interesting was all the people describing developers, because each of them looked like a developer to me. To be fair I live in Portland so my sense of many things is a little warped, but if the end of the video said all those people actually were developers I wouldn't have been surprised. See for yourself below:
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