In the last year I discovered the joys of Formula 1 racing. As an American this is a somewhat unusual interest, but with the start of the 2015 season upon us I feel compelled to explain what makes this sport so fascinating to watch.
After a lot of hand-wringing and guilty-conscience-wrestling I've decided that it's time for me to give up maintaining tuneup-js. For those who still use this tool I don't feel like I'm a very good steward for it any more. I don't have the time to closely review the pull-requests generous contributors send me. Not only is this a disservice to those who would contribute, but I can no longer cast a watchful eye on the overall direction and code-quality of tuneup.
A small bit of hit-and-run damage on my car resulted in a surprising example of designing for failure. Application developers are often focused on optimizing the delightful experiences. Designing for failure seems like a very different mental approach.
If this past summer had a theme, it was probably “The Summer I Learned to Use Final Cut Pro”. My bread-and-butter iOS consulting work took a backseat to several video-related projects, each of which involved a significant leap forward in my video-making skills. If I compare the video project from the beginning of the summer with the most recent one, I’d say the biggest difference is really learning how to use Final Cut Pro effectively. I don’t mean shortcuts or slick hidden tools, but really internalizing the underlying mental model of the software.
I woke up this morning, turned my head to the nightstand and was greeted by an enormous rectangle of glass, metal and plastic. What the…
“Oh, hello there. You’re still here? Right. Well, let’s talk about our new life together.”
The amount of “pre-game” hype surrounding the forthcoming Apple announcement strikes me as hitting record levels. The rumor-mill is charging ahead full-steam and every techno-journalist crackpot in the world is spewing predictions like they’re going out of style.
But for real Apple insiders—folks who’ve watched this company for awhile—you know what’s going on, right? Why not get together Tuesday with a bunch of your buddies and show ‘em all who’s the biggest Apple nerd.
I took the summer off from consulting to a) spend more time with my daughter and b) to tackle some projects I’ve been itching to work on. On the music-side of things my big focus has been getting another guitar lesson out for Six String Recess. After a week of shooting, a week of video editing, another week of recording and mixing and various other bits of time I can’t quite account for, I finally finished this beast.
I’m declaring “blog bankruptcy” and rolling a grenade under my previous home-grown site. Rather than slogging through the effort of converting it over to a new platform, I just went with a clean break. There are still a handful of links that people seem to want to look at so it’s all found at archive.alexvollmer.com.