Font Nerd

Everyone has a favorite typeface and font designer, right? Well, I guess it is pretty rare that any of us other than designers even care about typography. Take it from me, type can be discipline of beautiful proportions – no pun intended… Without getting into too much geekery, let me just say “the web looks better in PT Sans”. And if you want to elevate your game and make web browsing beautiful you can get it here:

Font Squirrel presents: PT Sans

If you want to go for the gold then I would recommend also getting Ti92Pluspc for your mono spaced typeface needs. This is a great font for terminal and coding duties. Both fonts will really improve readability in any browser, just make sure that you force the browser to always use your fonts instead of implementing its own.

Windows users, you know where to put these files. Mac people, might I suggest your /library/fonts directory.


SIMulated

Ever wonder about the funny relationships of Aperture, Shutter speed and the size of your lens? There may never be any solution other than taking matters into your own hands and just practice taking pictures. There have always been two main aspects to photography; framing technique and exposure formulas. One can be learned, the other should be mastered. Thankfully, this art form is subjective but this tool may help you out in understanding that the camera is less complicated than it seems.

The SLR Simulator

and if this doesn’t work, well there’s always Instagram, right..?


Stir The Blood

Stir the Blood by The BraveryThe track that drew me in: Slow Poison

The track I discovered: I am your skin

The track best enjoyed with headphones: I have seen the future


Wrapping up

The parking lots are starting to get fuller and the media blitz that accompanies Christmas is in full swing. Somehow we are closing in another new year and it’s still a surprise, sort of. The year has been a blur of half baked plans, trips, get-togethers, concerts, tears, laughter and moments of quiet solitude. It’s been a blast. I’m sure that the next 3 weeks will go by quickly but I’m looking forward to trying new things and pushing myself a bit more in 2012. Karen and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage next year and that’s hard to believe… Well, not really, but it’s still a pretty good milestone.

So yeah, things are on a definite upswing and we’re enjoying it for what its worth. We’ve made an extra effort to remove ourselves from most ‘life equations’ and an even better effort at ‘purposeful living’. What else can you do – right?

I’m looking forward to Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Resolutions; I’ve got some ideas I want to try out for the new year and re-inventing yourself is never easy, but it can be a lot of fun if you embrace it completely. Whether everything turns out to be status quo in 2012 or the planet falls into galactic oblivion, it will find me playing life as loud as I can, for as long I can…


Heading DWNTWN

A smashing version of one of my favorite songs. Really makes me miss my 20s…


Fallen Empires

Fallen Empires by Snow PatrolThe track that drew me in: I’ll never let go

The track I discovered: Lifening

The track best enjoyed with headphones: This isn’t everything you are


Lego House


Enqueue’d

I’ve never been a fan of iTunes. There are various reasons behind this, but I think that it’s mostly due to the DRM controls that Apple has had to put in place to appease the music industry. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still a fan of the original product; SoundJam. SoundJam was a lightweight, full featured and extensible music player. Cassidy & Greene’s version of Winamp for the Mac was awesome, but therein lies the problem. It was so good that Apple decided to buy it than to try and compete with it. Of the two products that I loved back then, SoundJam and Audion, SoundJam was picked to become the world’s most recognizable music player of all time.

After the product was bought and development began by some of the original SoundJam developers and Apple’s own development team I had hopes. As it turned out the loyal fans of SoundJam realized that iTunes was a mere shadow of it’s original self and a complete disappointment for those of us who enjoyed the tweaking aspect of the previous version. Ever since, in my opinion, it has gotten worse… bigger, more feature laden, slower and harder to manage your music library. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t argue against its success and I can understand its mass market appeal, as well as some of the design choices that Apple made. After all, iTunes is so much more than just a mere mp3 player, but that’s the reason I ultimately abandoned the product and what it it looks like today.

If iTunes were a fighter, it would be overweight and out of shape and that’s sad. So many limitations and not enough time to talk about all of them… Needless to say I’ve been looking for a worthwhile replacement for a LONG time and… behold, I have finally found one. Enter Enqueue.

Now, before you start getting all rebuttals going, I’ll be the first to admit that Enqueue is not for everyone, and that’s okay. I was looking for some specific things and though Enqueue doesn’t have all the features I think it should have, it makes up for it in simplicity and power. The best part about Enqueue is that I can add multiple folders for it to “watch” and it supports most of the music file formats out there, including FLAC, which is the most important. You can create playlists and you can edit tags just like in iTunes, but this app is all about keeping all of your libraries under one roof and playing them without a hiccup.

No more worrying about adding things to iTunes and then removing them when I’m done. No more having to convert files from one format to another and compromising sound quality. I can work and rework my library at the Finder level and Enqueue continues to roll with the punches. This feature alone made a compelling argument due to the heavy rotation of music I trudge through on a weekly basis. I love this product so much that I actually paid for the app… yes, you heard me, ”paid” for it – and that’s a rare thing indeed.

I highly recommend Enqueue for those of you who are just looking for a great music player; not genius, not streaming audio, not the app store or managing an electronic device… Maybe you don’t even realize that you’re putting up with a lot just to hear some great music, so why not find out and see if that’s the case…

And for those of you who are obsessed with the best audio… give Audirvana Free a shot. This player is definitely the ugly step child of MP3 players but the best part about it is that it uses Apple’s Core Audio Engine and for the purest quality of sound, nothing beats Audirvana cranking out your favorite album (FLAC version of course) over a good pair of earphones. Believe me, it’s a difference you can hear and it will definitely put a smile on your face.


Veo la Marea

Veo la Marea by Ceci BastidaThe track that drew me in: Controlar

The track I discovered: No me conocerás

The track best enjoyed with headphones: Perderás


Stuffing and all that good stuff

Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful and definitely worth all the effort that was put in. All the family favorites were served up with the usual magic that Karen can muster. Now as she has moved on from a mere helper in the kitchen and center piece creator to an integral part of the feast I can’t help but look on in wonder. There is a lot of time and preparation that goes into this Cadillac of seasonal meals and now that I’ve been pulled into it I have a new appreciation. Karen continues to put her own personal spin on the standard fare and her signature style is definitely being stamped on our turkey extravaganza.

Despite all the changes and ups & downs so far, we’re a family again, and that is what this day is all about. My last fleeting thought is hoping that you’re having a fantastic Thanksgiving day as well, wherever you may be celebrating it…

Thanksgiving 2011