Let's Play with Aparillo

There are a few synth apps available on iOS. It can be tough to decide which to spend time with, or if any of them are any different from the others. Aparillo does an excellent job of distinguishing itself from the pack!

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Aparillo offers a very unique approach to sound design and synthesis! Let's Play with it!

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Hello, Fellow Kids 👋😜

As someone who likes to consider himself a writer, I've resisted using emojis. I try not to use them even informally on social media. I feel that, like the emoticons that came before emojis, they become a crutch.

Conveying nuance is hard, especially in written text. If you start to take shortcuts you'll have to rely on them. You cannot take shortcuts if you want to master any art form.

My thinking on this has changed recently after reading the 1985 sci-fi novel Eon, by Greg Bear. In it he describes a system of communication that includes both language and pictures. The "picts" he describes in the book sound exactly like emoji. They don't entirely replace verbal communication, but instead enhance it.

In order to maintain relevance, and reach younger generations as the site ages, it is important for me to communicate in the style of the times. To wit: 🍴💩🥑🍞

New iPad Air & iPad mini for 2019

Apple just pulled a very un-Apple move by casually releasing new iPads today without a lot of fanfare. This is just one week before their big March press event, which makes me wonder what (if anything) will be happening on the 25th. The current rumors are that the event will be about a new TV streaming service.

Guess I can skip it now!

Rumors leading up to this month had been indicating that we would see a new "non-Pro" iPad and a new iPad mini. Both of those were correct! The new iPad Air is being compared to the old iPad Pro of 2017, with a similar 10.5" footprint. Meanwhile the mini is coming in at 7.9", which has been the standard iPad mini size.

Both devices arrive with support for Apple Pencil and $160 Smart keyboard covers.

You can buy both of these models today, and they'll be shipping next week. Currently the site estimates deliveries between March 29th and April 2nd. The new iPad Air is $500 for 64GB, or $650 for 256GB. The iPad mini starts at $400 for 64GB, and $550 for 256GB.

There are two key distinctions between these new entries and the Pros that came out last Autumn. Today's models include headphone jacks and Lightning connections; while the Pro models have a USB-C connector.

The current iPad range includes last year's 9.7" $330 "New iPad", the actually new 7.9" $400 iPad mini, the also new 10.5" $500 iPad Air, the recent 11" $800 iPad Pro, and 12.9" $1,000 iPad Pro. There are no technical specs available for the new devices, other than they sport the A12 Bionic chip found in the current range of iPhones. This is not the A12X found in the latest iPad Pro models.

Let's Play with NanoStudio 2 Obsidian

New Let's Play yadda yadda... Holy shit I have so many Patrons to thank! As of this morning there are 98 patrons spread across the Per Video Patreon, Per Month Patreon, and now Timmeon. I've had to write a little program just to keep track and make sure I thank everyone in the video credits! Seriously, thank you all!

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Now that I've finished http://AppKaiju.com I'm getting back into the swing of things here! To start off this new year of Let's Plays I'm looking at one of the biggest new apps, NanoStudio 2. Specifically I'm focusing on Obsidian, the built-in synth you get with NanoStudio 2.

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AppKaiju.com is Now Live!

I made another site! When I finished coding the new CMS for discchord in 2016 I tried telling myself I'd never write another big site like it again. And so far this is true, because the new one is much much bigger.

AppKaiju is my AppShopper killer. It does all of things AppShopper does, but better and with style!

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After working on this for nearly a year I'm proud to announce AppKaiju is finally live! AppKaiju.com will help you find new apps (that you'll actually want) on iOS, macOS, and tvOS. It will even help you get the best deals on those apps! In this video I show off the features that will help you do that, and explain why you'd want to use AppKaiju instead of other sites like AppShopper.

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