Caitlin Dewey, writing for the Washington Post:

But it was too late: Bigger fish had already picked up the story. On January 6, Jason Tate — the prolific, much-followed founder of alt-rock fan site Absolute Punk — noted the Tumblr chatter in a five-sentence brief on the site.

Not exactly the kind of story I wanted my name in the Washington Post for — but, alas, I thought Ms. Dewey did a really commendable job chronicling this entire tale and talking about the role the internet has and will continue to play. As I wrote in the original post:

Over the past couple years we’ve seen an uptick in these kinds of articles hitting the internet, how we cover them is something that remains a struggle and a work in progress of how to best present the information to you. At this point the information we have is what is included at the aforementioned links.

After months of thinking about it — I still believe that presenting the information of what was happening, where it was happening, and giving all of that information to the reader, was the only way to cover this extremely sensitive topic. I think it is important to be aware of what is occurring and how a story is progressing. I also think it is as vital to give as much time and space to the story’s outcome. Because, as the author points out, many readers only see the first portion of a story and not the end (our readership is a little different given our very loyal and daily audience).

I try to bring this line of thinking to some of the more mundane stories that we cover as well — if I can’t independently verify certain facts, I’ll make sure to point out who is reporting what and included a prominent link to where that source can be read.

One of the most vivid arithmetic failings displayed by Americans occurred in the early 1980s, when the A&W restaurant chain released a new hamburger to rival the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder. With a third-pound of beef, the A&W burger had more meat than the Quarter Pounder; in taste tests, customers preferred A&W’s burger. And it was less expensive. A lavish A&W television and radio marketing campaign cited these benefits. Yet instead of leaping at the great value, customers snubbed it.

Only when the company held customer focus groups did it become clear why. The Third Pounder presented the American public with a test in fractions. And we failed. Misunderstanding the value of one-third, customers believed they were being overcharged.

Recommended Podcasts

Nick Terborg, asking on Twitter:

random question, but what are some of your favorite podcasts?

For some reason I thought I had answered this once before, but when I searched for it I couldn’t find it (which definitely doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist). Here’s what I am currently1 listening to and enjoying:

Music Related

Tech Related

Miscellaneous

I subscribe to everything via Overcast on my iPhone and listen on walks with headphones or on the insanely portable Ultimate Ears Mini-Boom bluetooth speaker around the house. I have one main playlist in the app that grabs all the podcasts I listen to weekly, then I set my favorites as “priority podcasts” so that they show up at the top when they are released. I’ll listen to every single second and episode of my priority podcasts — but be a little more picky with the others and cut myself some slack if one just doesn’t grab my attention one week.

Hope this helps you find something new and awesome to listen to. I’m always looking for new things to check out as well, so hit me up on Twitter if you have suggestions for me. I’ll try and keep this post updated when I discover new podcasts.


  1. When I have no new episodes I’m getting caught up on old, retired, podcasts as well. Like Hypercritical.
  2. I usually listen to our podcast back to make sure the sound quality/levels and everything sounds right.
Episode 44: Defend Pop-Punk T-Shirts For All


  I’ve spent more time in Logic Pro X over the last 48 hours than I care to admit. Now, following on the heels of yesterday’s special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, we have your regularly scheduled episode ready for listening. You can spend so much time with us over the weekend now! This week we touch on a variety of topics: Should we re-order how an artist has set a track listing? Why is everyone so judgmental online about music tastes? Are 5 Seconds of Summer a pop-punk band and why does anyone care? What is the point of an album review on AP.net? Will Andrew McMahon blow up this time? How did AP.net get popular and why? We tackle all these questions and more.


Remind me to never try and do two of these in one week again; damn that editing was a pain in the ass. I think it was worth it though, this was a really fun episode.

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My Recommendations From This Episode:

Luther
UE Mini-Boom
Ninkasi Wunderbier
Aaron Sprinkle
Threes

Episode 44: Defend Pop-Punk T-Shirts For All

I’ve spent more time in Logic Pro X over the last 48 hours than I care to admit. Now, following on the heels of yesterday’s special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, we have your regularly scheduled episode ready for listening. You can spend so much time with us over the weekend now! This week we touch on a variety of topics: Should we re-order how an artist has set a track listing? Why is everyone so judgmental online about music tastes? Are 5 Seconds of Summer a pop-punk band and why does anyone care? What is the point of an album review on AP.net? Will Andrew McMahon blow up this time? How did AP.net get popular and why? We tackle all these questions and more.

Remind me to never try and do two of these in one week again; damn that editing was a pain in the ass. I think it was worth it though, this was a really fun episode.

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- Sponsor -

Snapback Slim Wallet: Snapback Slim wallets can handle your cards, cash, and receipts. The company has now funded two Kickstarters and the latest wallet, the “Snapback Slim 2.0,” improves on the original design while keeping the same functionality. They are handcrafted and made in the USA and geared toward a simple and minimalist design. If you check out their website and order using the coupon code “absolutepunk” you’ll get free shipping on any wallet order. Very cool and simple wallet — definitely check them out. Thank you to Snapback Wallets for sponsoring this week’s episode of the podcast.

My Recommendations From This Episode:

Leigh Alexander:

Don’t: Feel like you have to give a response. Sometimes people simply want to be heard and understood, and you do not need to prove you are a good person by offering a pithy reply or insincerely fist-shaking along. One component of sexism is that men tend to inherently expect that what they say is valuable, and that a statement from a woman cannot possibly stand alone without their contributions. It is totally and entirely possible that you might have nothing to add, and you could benefit from the conversations of those who do.

Episode 43: The Gaslight Anthem’s “Get Hurt” Discussion


  Check, check … is this thing on? Is it Friday? Well, not quite, but it’s still podcast day. Today we’ve got a special edition episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast talking exclusively about The Gaslight Anthem’s upcoming new album, Get Hurt. Your two favorite hosts, and me, talk about our impressions of the album from first listen all the way up to now. Then we tackle the whole thing track-by-track and give thoughts, complaints, and discuss what we think works or doesn’t work. The end of the episode has us looking at what we think about “deluxe” albums and if we consider the bonus tracks part of the canonical album or not. We really hope you enjoy it!


Getting to talk with two friends about The Gaslight Anthem’s new album for over an hour? Priceless. What a fun bonus episode to record.

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Episode 43: The Gaslight Anthem’s “Get Hurt” Discussion

Check, check … is this thing on? Is it Friday? Well, not quite, but it’s still podcast day. Today we’ve got a special edition episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast talking exclusively about The Gaslight Anthem’s upcoming new album, Get Hurt. Your two favorite hosts, and me, talk about our impressions of the album from first listen all the way up to now. Then we tackle the whole thing track-by-track and give thoughts, complaints, and discuss what we think works or doesn’t work. The end of the episode has us looking at what we think about “deluxe” albums and if we consider the bonus tracks part of the canonical album or not. We really hope you enjoy it!

Getting to talk with two friends about The Gaslight Anthem’s new album for over an hour? Priceless. What a fun bonus episode to record.

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fadingfiction asked:

Hey Jason. I've been thinking about where I'd like to move to after I'm done with school and what not, and Portland is one of the higher ups on my list of places. Everything I know about the city is from the show, which could sway ne all on its own to choose there, but what do you love about it?

Just yesterday I was sitting at lunch and discussing with my girlfriend one of the many things that floats around my brain: Are some of the things I like a product of my environment, or do I like my environment because it contains a variety of things I like. What I love about Portland is that its best qualities are all things I value most: it’s relatively small compared to other cities and there’s a premium placed on local companies vs chains. There’s a lot of great local beer, food places, coffee shops, and the general vibe is very laid back. One of the things I hear most often from those visiting is how odd it is that there are no horns honking in the city. It is something I never noticed until it was continually pointed out to me — and it’s completely true — it’s just a different speed here.

I also love how walkable Portland is. I walk virtually everywhere: to the store, to shops, to local breweries, to the book and record store, to grab coffee or to the food carts. Portland is known for its rain and if you move here that’s something you’ll definitely discover in short order. I’ve lived here most of my life and really am used to it. You learn when to make a run for it (the app Dark Sky is pretty invaluable) and what kind of clothes to avoid soaking it all up (I recommend a light waterproof shell — like those from Columbia Sportswear). It’s all worth it though when the rainy fall and winter leads to a pretty spectacular summer and spring. The attitude, overall friendliness, and little quirks are what have kept me in Portland all these years. I don’t know if over the years some of the things Portland is becoming known for (beer, coffee, books) I started loving because I live here, or if I love living here because there’s such an abundance of things I love.

My recommendation would be to visit. If you have the ability, check out the city during a summer and sometime in November when it’s one of the rainy months. Explore the different areas (NW, NE, SW, and SE all have unique things about them) and try to immerse yourself in the local life. And don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions or help — most Portlanders are extremely willing to help point you to anything you need.

Hope this helped to some degree. I’m going to go crack a Ninkasi and read some more of my book.

Known Issue: Underlined Links in Chrome for OSX

Chrome for OSX is currently throwing a weird bug on AP.net. For the font-face Tahoma set at 11px — it messes up the spacing of the underline on our links. I was worried it was something in our code at first, but after creating a simple test, it’s clear this is a bug in recent versions of Chrome for OSX (even the most recent Canary build).

This is a known issue and I’ve reported it to Google. Hopefully this gets fixed soon as it’s driving me nuts. Please let me know if you have other suggestions.

A week or so ago I posted about Capo Touch launching on iOS. The author has posted a really great blog post about the app and the process behind creating it:

It’s very hard to describe how Chord Intelligence works without getting too deep and technical. I’ve attempted it a few times, and the best I can do is use some analogies and hand-waving.

With enough musical recordings and annotated data (i.e. the chords in the song), you can form some statistical “pictures” of what chords sound like. Imagine going into a music collection and saying, “give me all the C chords!” You’d have a collection of short snippets of audio—some with just a guitar, some a piano, some that have a singer following along, and so forth.

If you do that enough times for enough chords, you now have a rather broad sampling of what every class of chord sounds like regardless of musical styles. Of course, depending on your sample set, you might come up short with certain chords. This is why the current version of Chord Intelligence does not automatically detect diminished chords. There just wasn’t enough data in my collection to form a clear enough picture of what it sounds like in real recordings!

Super fascinating stuff.

A French court has ordered a blogger to pay a substantial fine and change the title of a restaurant review because the review was too prominent in search results and harmed business at the restaurant. The post has since been removed …

I can’t even fathom what it would be like if this sort of thing were possible over here … #GFYTN would become a legal threat.

Anonymous diatribe:

The fact that birthday dinners suck shouldn’t be anything new. Take a moment and try to remember a single time you left a BDD and thought, “Man, that was incredible. I’ve got to do something like that for my birthday.” NEVER. Yet when your own big day starts approaching a little too rapidly, and the idea of coordinating some epic camping weekend seems really stressful, but the idea of doing nothing seems really sad, you forget everything you know and think, “Wait, what about DINNER. With everyone! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!” It’s not a great idea. It’s the worst idea. Please don’t. But no, you’ve already given birth to what will become a heinous group-email thread, so here we go.

Having gone to more than I can count birthday dinners in my life, I can appreciate the humor and underlying truth of this epic rant.

Jesse Thorne:

I will start with this: I don’t know Zach Braff, and I have no idea if he’s a nice guy or a heel. I saw Garden State and wasn’t nuts about it, and I’m not a huge Scrubs fan. I’m also jealous of his New York apartment which I once saw in maybe the New York Times? It was beautiful. So basically overall I’m the kind of guy who is complaining a lot about Zach Braff right now.

But seriously, people like me: quit complaining about Zach Braff. Especially his Kickstarter. You’re being dicks.

I agree with basically all the reasoning here. Also, I backed the movie and got to watch the screening of it last week — I thought it was really good. Basically exactly what I expected when I contributed.

Episode 42: The Red Sweatpants


  Ever wonder what your favorite podcast hosts dream about? The answer is revealed in this week’s episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. We follow up last week’s discussion with a few more thoughts on the best artist catalogs. Next, we move into some ‘behind the scenes’ talk by looking at if getting advances ruins the music listening experience for us, how we feel about bands going with “bigger press opportunities,” and the overall use of embargoes by bands and labels. We finish up talking a little bit about Andrew McMahon’s re-branding


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My Recommendations From This Episode:

Overcast
Braid
Ultimate Spider-Man
Coastal Cities

Episode 42: The Red Sweatpants

Ever wonder what your favorite podcast hosts dream about? The answer is revealed in this week’s episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. We follow up last week’s discussion with a few more thoughts on the best artist catalogs. Next, we move into some ‘behind the scenes’ talk by looking at if getting advances ruins the music listening experience for us, how we feel about bands going with “bigger press opportunities,” and the overall use of embargoes by bands and labels. We finish up talking a little bit about Andrew McMahon’s re-branding

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My Recommendations From This Episode: