I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Bonobo — The North Borders ›

This year, thanks to the new cof­fee house I work in part time, I’ve been lis­ten­ing to a lot of Bonobo’s music. I’d come across his music a few years ago, but for some rea­son nev­er real­ly lis­tened much. Any­way, I’ve been enjoy­ing it so much I thought it only right to share a link to his fifth stu­dio album The North Bor­ders. If you like melod­ic, lay­ered, elec­tron­ic music give it a lis­ten.

All Things New ›

Over the week­end and through the start of this week I’ve been enjoy­ing the album All Things New by Rivers & Robots. If you’re a Chris­t­ian and enjoy folksy music with a slight­ly dif­fer­ent feel to it than your nor­mal Chris­t­ian music I sug­gest you give it a lis­ten.

The Martian Soundtrack ›

I’m a fan of the book, real­ly enjoyed the film and the sound­track is pret­ty darn awe­some as well. I’ve spent the evening work­ing with it in the back­ground and it com­plete­ly sucked me into my work. It’s been a long time since I found a sound­track that did that.

How to properly use “Likes” in Apple Music ›

First, let me tell you one of my big prob­lems, or sources of con­fu­sion, with likes on stream­ing ser­vices. Let’s say I’m lis­ten­ing to a Met­al sta­tion and a great song comes on, but I con­sid­er it to be Rock. Do I like it? I enjoy the song, but I’m afraid if I like it, more Rock songs will come on the Met­al sta­tion, dilut­ing it.

If, like me, you’ve been try­ing to suss out what the heart does in the new Apple Music, this piece from Jim Dal­rym­ple might just help. Although I still can’t suss why the heart does­n’t change state when a new song comes on when lis­ten­ing to Beats1.

The Week in Links

This weeks edi­tion of The Week in Links cov­ers a rande of top­ics. There’s the usu­al dose of Apple things, some thoughts from Shawn Blanc on focus and cre­ativ­i­ty, an obit­u­ary to one of the great­est type design­ers of all time, a mov­ing video from Israel and a mov­ing sto­ry from the Welsh val­leys.
With the edi­tion also falling on Father’s Day it would be remiss not to men­tion my Dad. So just a quick note to him to say thanks for being my Dad, you sup­port me, you help me and you guide me and as well as being my Dad you’re also a great friend. Have a beer on me tonight!

Reanimation by Lights & Motion

I don’t post about the music I lis­ten to very often, in fact nev­er would be clos­er to the mark, but I’ve recent­ly thanks to the won­ders of Rdio dis­cov­ered this album. It’s a large­ly instru­men­tal piece which suits me while I’m work­ing. This week­end a friend of mine point­ed out that it bares some sim­i­lar­i­ties to Cold­play with out the words, prob­a­bly explains why it’s been on my stereo con­stant­ly for the last few days then.

Apple’s iTunes in iCloud ‘won’t launch in the UK this year’ by the Telegraph ›

Just what I feared, the UK once again drag­ging feet and scared of the Tech­nol­o­gy. The one thing I don’t under­stand is this quote:

Mark Mul­li­gan, vice pres­i­dent and research direc­tor at For­rester Research, said: “Apple’s cloud music ser­vice will not launch in the UK until at least quar­ter one of 2012. These types of nego­ti­a­tions take a long time… For one thing the UK arms of all the major record labels are bid­ing their time and wait­ing to see how the ser­vice affects down­load sales in the US before they sign up to any­thing.”

I’ll be more like­ly to buy from iTunes for ease of access than I ever have been, but of course, the record labels believe every­one is a thief and will always down­load ille­gal­ly if it means pay­ing $25 a year to get those files includ­ed in the avail­able any­where access.
(Via Mac­sto­ries.)