These days, we’re all drowning in technological devices and social media… but does it have to be this way? In this episode, Martin reflects on his own use of online accounts, covering both the rubbish that he left behind and how he aims for more meaningful consumption and interaction today.
It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t enjoy movies but some people don’t always think about the crucial role of the soundtrack. In this podcast episode, Martin is inspired by a noisy neighbour and a fellow Micro.blog user to discuss one of his favourite movie soundtracks and what makes it stand out from others, even years after it was released.
- The original post about what happened in Martin’s lounge room
- Fellow Micro.blog user Andrew Canion—who suggested this audio rumination—on the Micro Monday podcast, which highlights various users of the service and how they blog
- Almost 20: The Matrix on Lounge Ruminator
- An example of music from The Matrix (on Apple Music)
- Filmtracks review of the soundtrack from The Matrix
- Atonality on Wikipedia
- Here are more cool soundtracks to sample (on Apple Music): Inception and Interstellar by Hans Zimmer; Never Look Away and Ad Astra by Max Richter; and Blade Runner by Vangelis.
Design is all around us, whether in the physical products that we handle or the digital interfaces that we scroll, swipe and press. Martin ruminates on the importance of transparency and honesty in the design of interfaces, drawing on the work of Scolari and Mumford, along with Rams’s design principles.
- Second Law of the Interface: Interfaces are not transparent by Carlos. A Scolari
- Rams by Gary Hustwit
- Dieter Rams’s 10 Principles for Good Design
- Technics and Civilization by Lewis Mumford on Wikipedia
- Skeuomorph on Wikipedia
- Apple’s leather Calendar app and retro Podcasts app (the latter of which was interestingly based on Dieter Rams’s design for the TG 60 player/recorder at Braun—digital, functionalist skeuomorphism!)