New Podcasts for February by John J K Morris

This has been a very busy month, even if I fitted in a quick holiday to Thailand. This month I launched my third podcast series, this is my most serious and specific yet. Regular readers of the blog will know about the Hong Kong People Podcast. It's where I sit down in each episode and talk about Hong Kong's past, present and future with the interviewee.

All in all, 12 episodes have been released in the month of February. Enjoy.

Hong Kong People Podcast (subscribe here).

Already this month there have been 5 episodes released. The plan is to release 50 episodes this year on a 6 day release schedule. I'll be doing this podcast in series as I don't think I could sustain this level of output. In 2016 I'll release another 50 and so forth. This particular podcast is special from the other two as I can host it myself on Squarespace. Squarespace has worked out even better for me financially as I don't need to host it on Libsyn like I do with the other two podcasts.

  • Episode 1 - Chelsea.
  • Episode 2 - Nikki.
  • Episode 3 - Vanessa.
  • Episode 4 - Rea.
  • Episode 5 - Harminder and Tai.

If anybody from Hong Kong is listening and likes the show, please contact me and I'm happy to bring visitors of the website on the show.

 

JPG (subscribe here).

Episode 27 is what it is through an informal discussion with my co-host Charmaine. She's thinking of getting a squarespace account. So that's me trying to work through my first week. Episode 28 can seem a little mysterious if you judged it solely from the title. It's actually a discussion of CGP's Youtube video 'Humans Need Not Apply'Adam and myself attempt to solve some of the problems that the video raises. Episode 29 is a reading of 'The Shape of Things to Come', a New Yorker article by Ian Parker. Parker gets amazing access to the old and new Apple campuses and speaks to many important faces at Apple, with the focus on Jonathan Ive. The article is 17,000 words long and I was inspired by Mike Hurley of Relay.fm to do a reading of it. 

  • Episode 27 - First Week with Squarespace.
  • Episode 28 - Socialism and Genocide Sitting in a Tree.
  • Episode 29 - A Reading of 'The Shape of Things to Come'.

 

 

 

 

Prick Me (subscribe here).

Ami and myself finally finished our critic of Susanne Venker with Side E of 'An Anti-Feminist'. Then the next episodes from Prick Me are a discussion of various news stories we've come across. Next month I'll be doing some interviews with various individuals about their thought processes when it comes to dating, this is alongside our usual discussion topics. With that idea taking time to create, Prick Me episodes are possibly being moved to a longer release schedule. Most likely one episode every two weeks just like JPG.

  • Episode 10 - An Anti-Feminist, Side E.
  • Episode 11 - A News Round Up.
  • Episode 12 - Photography as a Tool for Gender Equality.
  • Episode 13 - Agreeing with Compliments from Men.

If you like any of the shows, stick around, subscribe and if possible leave feedback on the iTunes Store.

Oh Just 3D Print It. by John J K Morris

There's an article over at Geek.com regarding a new type of Beehive. It's a big deal because it's a beehive with a tap. That means you don't disturb the bees so much when collecting. Imagine the extra convenience and less stress placed on the bees.

Anyway that isn't the point. The point to note is currently the last comment by commentator 'TR'.

Looks like after someone gets one they can 3D scan and print the parts to make another. Ooh, I didn’t say that...
— TR (Geek.com commentator)

3D printers are public knowledge, but how many are out there? Well Gartner says:

The latest forecasts from Gartner on 3D printers worldwide sales are 108,151 units in 2014 and 217,350 units in 2015. This number will then more than double in 2016, 2017 and 2018, when he is expected to exceed 2.3 million units sold.
— http://www.favorangels.com/global-sales-of-3d-printers-will-double-in-2015/

Even with expected sales accounted for up to 2017, we are still not talking the first year of iPhone 1 numbers (5.4 million Q3 2007-Q3 2008). But what TR's comment illustrates is the disruption 3D printing is going to create. TR mentions 3D printing the beehives because the creator of the beehive is selling the beehives with taps for over $400 USD.

TR's comment already takes for granted a technology that's already been enabling people to circumvent typical everyday transactions that occur today.

If you have one of those 3D printers or know somebody with one, there's no need (as a beekeeper) to buy it. We are on the cusp of everybody downloading anything they want. If you thought the music industry was being buggered by Napster (because the value of music dropped as soon as there was an alternative and inexpensive delivery method being used), what do you think will happen when actual everyday objects lose their value from people printing their own? Even NASA has been emailing blueprints for tools up to the International Space Station.  

So why will we even need money? What happens to our current economic, manufacturing and value systems? These beginner questions, along with the changes coming from automation that was discussed in episode 29 of JPG is going to force us to change our society in ways we aren't taking into consideration today.

 

 

 

 

 

Vesper's Line in the Sand by John J K Morris

Vesper is going to cost a whole lot more - for a whole lot more. Announced earlier on Daringfireball. Q Branch are raising the price to what they say is a realistic level and as a statement to other developers towards the real cost of developing software on iOS.

If Vesper pricing could motivate other devs to raise prices to a sustainable value then good luck to them. I want more quality titles on the app store instead of the free crap that incorporate in-app purchases.

If those developing Vesper also have other well paying jobs then that's great as they didn't have to draw the line in the first place, they don't need to allow their other jobs subsidise the making of Vesper. Who better to take this position? 

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Those dwelling in the Safari-extension-enabled, unofficial comments section on daringfireball would disagree. But public twitter comments share a sentiment that justifies the stance that Q Branch is taking. Let's see what happens.

Watch this Watch by John J K Morris

The Internet is discussing the pricing of these Apple watches and we now have just over a month before we actually find out. Collectively we're wondering and denying how high they could be. People who don't believe these things won't cost much more than $1,000 for the stainless steel and gold editions don't understand the Chinese market (or the basic pricing of material costs).

Living in Hong Kong for me reinforces the idea that Apple is on a winner with $10,000+ watches ($350 as well for that matter). The mainland Chinese know no bounds to obtaining and then wanting to show off the ownership of their luxury goods. This is a huge part of Chinese culture just like big cars are to American culture. Americans love their big cars, the Chinese love showing off how wealthy they are. These cultural trends are that obvious.

Do people realise how many luxury watch shops there are in Hong Kong alone? This watch wasn't meant for you, you as in the western market. I feel like the West is going to be by-standing on this one with a collective 'WTF', and learn something about Eastern Culture in the next Apple earnings report. Who knows, maybe even before that.

Analysing Movies Part 2 by John J K Morris

I've recently come across various supercuts of Tarantino movies. The three I'm interested in are below. After watching them though, I find myself being interested in the art of the supercut rather than thinking about the content. I think I'm referencing supercuts for my own supercuts much like a movie student would refer to significant movies for their own movies.

I've taken a break from editing supercuts, while focusing on my podcasts, but I think I can do an hour a day soon, just for super cutting, it's a muscle like anything else and a great way to employ Final Cut's features. All three videos were made by three individuals. Analysing Movies Part One can be found here.

I'm thinking, where I can do this as I slog through all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine. @charmso submitted this.

This supercut is pretty intense, I'm not responsible for the feelings felt here through watching it.

Close ups and sounds wouldn't be the first thing I would have thought of.

It's only with the Wes Anderson supercut that I am actually looking at the art. So enjoy that as well.

A supercut examining Wes Anderson’s use of the colors red and yellow. Edited by Rishi Kaneria (@rishikaneria). Music by Mychael Danna. Footage from: Bottle Rocket Rushmore The Royal Tenenbaums The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou The Darjeeling Limited Fantastic Mr. Fox Moonrise Kingdom The Grand Budapest Hotel Hotel Chevalier Castello Cavalcanti.

JPG Episode 29 - Special by John J K Morris

A Reading of 'The Shape of Things to Come'.

SHOW NOTES

In this special episode we have a reading of the recent New Yorker article by Ian Parker. The article is about Apple with the focus on Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive. It's superbly written and I mentioned it earlier last week with quoting some choice sentences. The quality of this article is head over heels more insightful than the Walter Isaacson book from a few years back. This article is the only New Yorker article I've ever finish from first word to last and it gives the reader a huge look behind Apple's motivations towards their products and personal motivations.

The idea to record an audio version was given to me by Mike Hurley of Relay.fm fame. So if people find the 17,000 word article too long to read, now you can listen with the variable speed from whatever your podcast app of choice may be.

  • 11:45 - Chapter 2 - The Studio
  • 34:02 - Chapter 3 - Managing Newness
  • 1:05:00 - Chapter 4 - A Tap On the Wrist

SHOW LINKS

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/23/shape-things-come?currentPage=all

http://www.relay.fm/upgrade

Subscribe in iTunes here.

17,000 Words of Insightfulness by John J K Morris

 

I asked Jeff Williams, the senior vice-president, if the Apple Watch seemed more purely Ive’s than previous company products. After a silence of twenty-five seconds, during which Apple made fifty thousand dollars in profit, he said, “Yes.”

Such a good quote from this New Yorker article. Here's another one. 

Michael Ive, remembering his son’s hamster obstacle course, wondered if young people were now “too screen-focussed.” On a sidewalk outside the studio, I later saw an employee looking at his Apple Watch while balancing an iPhone 6 on his forearm.

The second quote illustrates perfectly how much thinking goes on at Apple. They've seen the consequences of the success of their own products (iPhone) and will raise the level of thought into the next one (Apple Watch). Apple use these products and so are invested in them themselves.*

This is where I feel that other companies will just think about churning out more phones or more computer watches for us to stare at. I am beginning to like the restrictions of the Apple Watch even more. I still don't want one, I want something like the Jawbone which totally eschews the screen.

 

*It would be nice if Apple allowed something like f.lux to happen on the phone. There is a bigger danger with staring at blue light after sunset. At the moment I can't jailbreak so instead, I wear blue-light blocking glasses. If you can jailbreak check f.lux out here.