I was really excited when I heard that Apple’s design director Jonny Ive would be taking over software design as well as hardware. His work on the physical design of Apple’s products since the iPod has been extraordinary and I have always felt that Apple’s software has been somewhat lacking in comparison. I was truly looking forward to seeing how he would transform the UI of Apple’s OS. I must say that the first look at iOS7 has me thrilled. (more…)
Keeping up a travel blog has been a new experience, but it’s a really valuable tool for me to keep track of what I do each month here in Korea. If I didn’t have the blog, I doubt I would have the same motivation to keep regular reports of my activities.
If you want to follow my journeys in the Land of the Morning Calm, head on over to Un Voyage Extraordinaire.
Anyone with an interest in science should watch Carl Sagan’s stirring Cosmos television series from 1980 (you can find it on YouTube). Dr. Sagan invokes a sense of wonder and awe at the universe, and provides a fascinating historical overview of the physical sciences that causes us to marvel at the ingenuity and passion of the great thinkers that came before us. I watched a few episodes of Cosmos as a child and was mesmerized. I recently watched the entire thirteen-part series and was no less entranced.
I’ve been a casual fan of Brian Eno’s ambient music since I heard his “Prophecy Theme” on the soundtrack for David Lynch’s 1984 version of Dune. But I hadn’t explored his music much further until I recently discovered some of his earlier ambient albums on YouTube. Right now I’m listening to his fourth ambient album On Land from 1982. It’s both soothing and stimulating—great for listening to while working on a creative project. On Land has some pretty dark ambiences and it’s not just synthesizers and reverb—there are some pretty interesting sounds in there. I look forward to delving deeper into Eno’s music soon.
Over the last two years, I have been working as part of a marketing department. While I initially began as a graphic designer, my role has gradually morphed into that of a marketing associate—a position I had never given much thought to before. My experiences within the department have led to some musings on the nature of marketing—specifically, what I don’t like about the way it is often done now, and ways I think it could be done more honestly and effectively in the future. (more…)