Tim Webb

sentiment_very_satisfied It's Tim!
Joined: Monday, August 22, 2011
Last Seen: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Posts: 330
I think I can answer those: Probably, almost certainly not, and yes. ;)
On June 24, 2017 - @Nozomi said:
Re. my iOS device = iPad Air 2, iOS 8.3
Browsers: Safari & Dolphin

In the Music App Guide, the App Category & Supported Devices is grey - cannot use.
The Release Date is also grey, unless I tap Toggle View.

They should be gray, but they should not be disabled. Can you double-check that although they are grayed out you can still use them?
@BDBaker1958: Ah good! I'm glad it was something simple like that. Thanks for coming back to confirm that!
On June 23, 2017 - @BDBaker1958 said:
Tim - I'm using Chrome and the top portion of the App Guide looks different than your example above. The "Toggle View" icon is surrounded by white space with the "Search For" and "Search In" fields at the top and the blue "Search" button down below in the lower right. I can send a screen shot if you need a visual. Perhaps this is a Chrome "feature" related to my ad blocker or some other fluke in the way the html is presented.
Yes, please email me a screenshot. I do all of my development on Chrome, testing on everything else, so I'm surprised to hear that! It sounds like something is misaligned, but I'd have to see a screenshot to know what.

Maybe it is a CSS issue. There were a lot of CSS changes in the update, but sometimes Chrome caches CSS when it shouldn't. Assuming this is Chrome on desktop, try holding down left-shift and the press the refresh button in the top-left of the browser. This should force it to refresh the cache. If it is still screwy then please send me a screenshot.

If you don't have my email address, it is Tim at the most obvious domain name that comes to mind. ;)
@senhorlampada: Nice! I was able to embed them into the article. Thank you very much!
You're welcome! That was some excellent work on the visuals!
On June 20, 2017 - @Laarz said:
I'm with you Tim, I like to track the evolution of music. Really recorded American music. I also love the crooners of the twenties. That was a revolution in singing styles that is still felt today.
Exactly. I listen to music and see all the connections between, and across, all of the influences that led to its ultimate creation. This is pretty lame as super powers go, but it does increase my enjoyment of the music!
On June 20, 2017 - @dysamoria said:
Frankly, i hate genres. I get the need to classify things, and i surely participate, but music genres have gotten to the point where they've defeated the purpose.
I've been amused by genres since the early 90's when I heard Primus - Mr. Krinkle:

There's a memorable line in there:
Hey ho Mr. Krinkle have you heard the brand new sound
It's a cross between Jimi Hendrix
Bocephus, Cher and James Brown
It's called, "Heavy Hometown New Wave, cold-filtered, low-calorie dry"

I take my musicology pretty seriously. I listen to everything from the 40's to today. A big part of that is understanding genre as a relationship. I don't care about it as a label. I often disagree with the labels people apply to music, and I always disagree with dismissing music because of the label. But when you look at genre as a kind of family-tree it can enhance the appreciation when you hear the connections. My appreciation for Nine Inch Nails grew 10-fold by the time I finished listening to all of the "Industrial" music that came out of the 70's.

So I like genres in that context. I enjoy the challenge in trying to come up with an informative genre name. I think Post-Emo here is one of my better ones; in terms of informing expectations. Like DnB became post-DnB before becoming DubStep. I think we're seeing an interesting evolution from Emo to some kind of wild new contemporary Blues. Whether or not that evolutionary trait takes hold as a successful species is something we'll have to wait and see, but for now we can enjoy witnessing the first steps of a new species.
On June 19, 2017 - @dysamoria said:
I know we vegans are hated and all that... but leather? The device seems kind of full featured and thoughtfully designed. But leather? Why is that necessary? This is an audio interface. Why does it need leather?

For flavor!
Your second analogy would hold up if something I linked showed pictures of gay people having gay sex.

You took issue when you saw photos of gay people.

My husband and I are celebrating our 11th Anniversary this month. We're also fans of South Park. Don't fucking accuse me of being P.C. Principle when you're coming at me from every single method to push your message of, "Seeing gay people is weird. I don't like it!"
@stub: If you can read this, question marks are now allowed in forum titles!

Let me know if you notice any other weirdness. The forums are the least tested part of the new site.

Toz Bourne suggested that a topic for the forum would be a clear explanation on how the iTunes links work here. This is a good suggestion, because I've often received emails from people who want to support the site, but aren't sure how the iTunes links actually do their thing. I've probably gotten over a hundred emails like:
"New app XXXXXX is out! Can you put up a link to it, so that you get the affiliate credit?"
I'm extremely grateful to hear people have that kind of thought for me. Even when my finances weren't struggling, I super appreciated the idea that someone would delay their purchase; to wait until they could share the revenue with me. Fortunately you don't have to wait!

By clicking any of the iTunes links here, from the device you're going to purchase on the App Store, you're setting a little identifier on iTunes.

Here is an example, this link goes to Animoog:
The &at;= signifies that my affiliate code is 11l4Kv. This code is automatically added to all links that go to iTunes from here.For the next few hours, any purchases you make will be credited to the last affiliate identifier you clicked on.

The exact way that this works has changed a few times in the past, and I'm not 100% sure how they're handling it now, but the rule of thumb is: Just click on any of my links and when that takes you to iTunes, search for the new app you want.

This also works on other things besides apps. For the next few hours if you purchase songs, TV shows, or anything else on iTunes... I'll get a cut! And my cut does not take any money from you, or the developer. My commission comes out of the 30% that Apple already takes from publishers. I'm not allowed to say how much the percentage I get is, but it's more than 5% and less than 10%.

So thank you very much to everyone that makes it a point of supporting the site by using my links! It all adds up, and is a big help to my overall income.

There is one exception to all of this though, and that's advertisers. Advertisers often have their own affiliate codes, and campaign codes, in their links. If you click on the Howl ad for instance you'll get to this link:
This lets developers track which ad campaigns are driving sales. Since advertiser revenue is still my primary source of income, please use ads to purchase apps you want instead of my links; so that they know their ads are working!
I resisted it for years, partly because I didn't want to moderate one, and mostly because I assumed no one was going to use it. Prove me wrong!