Making friends with others as an adult is quite different from making friends as a kid. This week, Martin reflects on the experience of making a new friend beyond the typical context of school, university or work.
Sport, film, television, music, food, technology, clothes, countries and even individuals have brands today and of course, their own fans… but is it enough to refer to them simply as fans? This week, an unexpected essay encourages Martin to see brand fandom in a new light.
- George Orwell’s 1945 essay Notes on Nationalism
- Bloomberg article: The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
- CNBC article: Chinese spy chips are found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg says; Apple, AWS say no way
In the first episode for 2020, Martin reflects on his trip to the United States with Natasha, particularly how he attempted to make the most of it through journaling, communication with locals and a more thoughtful approach to photography.
- The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
- Nighthawks (1942) by Edward Hopper
- Gas (1940) by Edward Hopper
- Ornament with Nikola Tesla’s portrait
- Full archive category of travel posts and photos on Feld Notes
- Transcription of conversation with laundromat attendant on Feld Notes
- Transcription of conversation with shopkeeper on Feld Notes
- Transcription of conversation with Alcatraz attendant and Ohio Man on Feld Notes
The years fly by… but rarely do we stop to appreciate how things have changed, along with how our use of technology has been reshaped by new tools. In this episode, Martin reflects on his own use of devices, starting with the seismic shift that was the iPad in 2010 and then focusing on 2019, with Apple’s release of the new, dedicated iPadOS.
- Craig’s copy of of Apple’s 1992 version of Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines, which prompted the rumination on shifting technology (on Feld Notes)…
- Today’s online version of Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines
- For your interest, here’s the introduction of the original iPad in 2010, posted by allaboutstevejobs.com on YouTube.
- iA Writer on the App Store
- Ferrite Recording Studio on the App Store
- Wavelength for Micro.blog on the App Store
- Pixelmator Photo on the App Store
- Linea and Procreate on the App Store
- Keychron K1 review on Mechanical Keyboard Info
- Logitech MX Anywhere 2S review on PCMag
- My desktop iPad Pro setup with aforementioned accessories, experimenting with writing app Ulysses for note-taking, before settling on iA Writer (in ‘PhD Study Journal: Entry 3’) on Lounge Ruminator
This week, Martin discusses the value of being truly present and attentive at live performances, along with how different kinds of product (smart or otherwise) can either inhibit or encourage this positive behaviour.