Potatowire finally leaves the crib, joining Gabe and Erik to discuss command-line text editing with vim. We learn how he started, why he uses a forty-year old text editor, and some cool things you can do when your hands never have to leave the keyboard.
Episode 30: Coffee
On the day following the launch of his new app Overcast, Marco Arment joins John to talk about the unsung hero that helped Overcast to come together a little bit more each and every day…coffee. We cover the history from the 13th century to present with brewing techniques and a bit about our personal journies with that wonderful brown liquid.
Caffeine systematic name: 3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6-dione; aka 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine aka 1,3,7-trimethyl-2,6-dioxopurine
Many Tricks If you’re looking for some Mac software that can do, Many Tricks, remember to specifically visit this URL: manytricks.com/pragmatic for more information about their amazingly useful apps and use the discount code [listen to the episode to get the code] for 25% off the total price of your order. Hurry it’s only for a limited time!
LIFX is a smart lightbulb that gives you previously unheard of control of your lighting. Each bulb is Wi-Fi enabled, can give you light in whatever colour of the rainbow you like, and is an energy efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your smartphone. Visit lifx.co/pragmatic for more informtaion and use the coupon code “PRAGMATIC” for 15% off the total price of your order. For developers LIFX are running a competition with great prizes please check it out and submit your app by the 25th of July, 2014.
Guest-host: Marco Arment writes at his site and has a podcast with friends called the Accidental Tech Podcast each week. Check out his new podcast playing app Overcast site and the [App Store Link] as well as my review.
Some Useful Links:
History of coffee
The case for the humble Robusta coffee bean
Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms: Top Ten
Coffee Roasts from Light to Dark
What is Coffee Bloom?
World Aeropress Championships
Marcos Coffee Equipment & Recomendations:
Behmor Drum Roaster
Baratza Conical Burr Grinder
S-Filter for AeroPress
The Kaffeologie S-Filter
Grosche Glass Travel Mug
Contigo Travel Mugs
Johns Coffee Equipment:
Hario Skerton MSS-1B
Double Mesh Stainless Milk frother
The Tweets That Started This Episode:
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Published: 21st July 2014 6:30PM
The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of What’s App and Poke?
Borthwick sees far beyond the atomization of app suites, most precisely a harnessing of the notification paradigm that some of the Gang see as the biggest threat to search and maybe the Web. Those who follow the show know there’s nothing more viral and strategic in this age of mobile disruption than notification politics, so batten down the hatches and climb aboard. Yo know what I mean?
@stevegillmor, @alexia, @dannysullivan, @kteare, @kevinmarks
Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor
‘Who the hell wants to spend any more time in an airport than they have to?’
Edwin Heathcote explains the frustrations of airport architecture.
An all-star panel of Apple techs discuss dealing with customers who have broken iThings.
MGG 509: WiFi Answers with Wi-Fi Guru Alf Watt of iStumbler - Mac Geek Gab Podcast - The Mac Observer
Alf Watt, developer of iStumbler and also formerly of Apple’s Wi-Fi group, joins John and Dave today to answer all of your (and their!) Wi-Fi concerns. Join these three geeks to absorb all the Wi-Fi knowledge you can. Download, press play and enjoy!
The young men (and Stephen) of The Prompt gather one last time and discuss Overcast and IBM.
Tim talks about smartwatches; whether people outside tech actually want one, and the Comcast representative from hell; what their statement is really about. Carolynne Komata reports on how you need to sit less. Merlin Mann is the guest.
The Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor – examine the subtle signs of the gathering storm that is the Uber social network. After years of positioning, acquisition, soaring value payouts, and a winner-take-all sensibility in the tech community, now we’re seeing something different emerging. Among the data points discussed: Digg Deeper, Soundcloud, Twitter user metrics, and the latest Microsoft repositioning.
The Gang may be split on the import of these events, with some questioning Twitter’s ability to challenge the Facebook scale while others see room for many solutions. Are the record companies forcing Soundcloud to the table with licensing threats, or are they seeing the startup as one final opportunity to avoid the mistakes that lead to the current drought of talent and innovation? Are there real signs that Twitter is working to pivot from shutting down its developer community to letting filters bloom? At least we’re seeing products finally hit the market with some new answers.
@stevegillmor, @borthwick, @scobleizer, @kevinmarks, @kteare
Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor
Kowloon Walled City was the densest place in the world, ever.
By its peak in the 1990s, the 6.5 acre Kowloon Walled City was home to at least 33,000 people (with estimates of up to 50,000). That’s a population density of at least 3.2 million per square mile. For New York City to get that dense, every man, woman, and child living in Texas would have to move to Manhattan.
To put it another way, think about living in a 1,200 square foot home. Then imagine yourself living with 9 other people. Then imagine that your building is only one unit of a twelve-story building, and every other unit is as full as yours. Then imagine hundreds those buildings crammed together in a space the size of four football fields.
We can’t really imagine it, either.
Kowloon Walled City began as a military fort in Kowloon, a region in mainland China. In 1898, China signed a land lease with Great Britain, giving the British control of Hong Kong, Kowloon, and other nearby territories. But the lease stipulated that the fort in Kowloon would remain under Chinese jurisdiction.
Over time, the fort became abandoned, leaving the area subject to neither Chinese nor British authority. This legal gray zone was attractive to displaced and marginalized people. Thousands of people moved there after the war with Japan broke out. Even more people moved there after the Communist Revolution. It attracted gangsters, drug addicts, sex workers, and refugees. And it also drew a lot of normal people from all over China who saw opportunity there.
They built the city building by building, first blanketing the area of the fort, then building vertically. Buildings were packed together so tightly in the Walled City that the alleys were nearly pitch-black in the day time. Electricity and water were brought in by illegal or informal means.
The Walled City gained a reputation as a sort of den of iniquity–there were high levels of prostitution, gambling, mafia activity, and, for some reason, rampant unlicensed dentistry.
But an order did emerge. The Walled City had no schools, but there was an informal kindergarten. A resident’s organization settled disputes. And there was lots of industry: a fishball factory, a noodle factory, metalworking shops, a textile mill. There were stores, restaurants. You could even receive mail in the Walled City.
Kowloon Walled City was torn down in 1993. Today, it’s a park, and most traces of the city are gone. But the memory of the city lives on. It was featured in the non-verbal film Baraka, plays a cameo role in Bloodsport. It’s also served as the setting in a number of video games, including most recently Call of Duty: Black Ops
This week’s episode was produced by Nick van der Kolk. He spoke with photographer Greg Girard and architect Aaron Tan, who both spent time in the Walled City. Nick also talked to as Brian Douglas, who helped design Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Nick is the director of the award-winning podcast, Love Radio. You can also hear him over at Snap Judgment.
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