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:

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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Marco Arment released his new podcast app, Overcast, today for iOS. After using it all day, I’ve moved it to my home screen. It’s simple, clean, and works with my podcast listening workflow flawlessly. The additional features (voice boost, perfect skip buttons, recommendation engine) are all icing on the top of the great playlist creation features. It’s a free app but some of the more ‘power user’ features can be purchased via an in-app purchase (I bought them all to support the developer). Some other more in-depth reviews can be read by Jason Snell and Federico Viticci.

If you’re not subscribed to the AP.net Podcast already — this is a fantastic app to use to listen to it. And if you click that recommend button Jesse Lacey will love you (ok, not really).

Andy Baio:

On Saturday, a Twitter account appeared that perfectly predicted the outcome of the final World Cup game, down to who scored the winning goal for Germany. It was a con—and a classic one. (We’ll talk about how the con works in a moment.)

But it also felt like a missed opportunity, and immediately made me think of a much more serious con perfect for the 2016 election.

It’s been quite a while since I followed comic books on a regular basis. In the past, I’ve grabbed larger trade paperbacks a few times a year after browsing through my local Powell’s. This year, I decided I wanted to pick a few comics and set aside part of my entertainment budget for them each month. So far I’ve been absolutely loving the Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man book — I’d highly recommend it. I’ve also been following the Amazing Spider-Man story, and a few others, but the art and story of this Ultimate universe really does capture everything I love about the character.

After I finish my current novel I think I’m going to try and get caught up on Saga, I’ve heard good things.

Director Christopher Nolan writing for the Wall Street Journal:

The theaters of the future will be bigger and more beautiful than ever before. They will employ expensive presentation formats that cannot be accessed or reproduced in the home (such as, ironically, film prints). And they will still enjoy exclusivity, as studios relearn the tremendous economic value of the staggered release of their products.

The projects that most obviously lend themselves to such distinctions are spectacles. But if history is any guide, all genres, all budgets will follow. Because the cinema of the future will depend not just on grander presentation, but on the emergence of filmmakers inventive enough to command the focused attention of a crowd for hours.

Jon Grinspan, writing for the New York Times:

Union troops made their coffee everywhere, and with everything: with water from canteens and puddles, brackish bays and Mississippi mud, liquid their horses would not drink. They cooked it over fires of plundered fence rails, or heated mugs in scalding steam-vents on naval gunboats. When times were good, coffee accompanied beefsteaks and oysters; when they were bad it washed down raw salt-pork and maggoty hardtack. Coffee was often the last comfort troops enjoyed before entering battle, and the first sign of safety for those who survived.

The Last Time

This is the last time I am going to write about Cody Payne. I spent a good portion of last night trying to decide if I wanted to respond at all to the recent bullshit that spawned up over the weekend. In all honesty, I don’t want to squander any of my time writing about this or giving him any more publicity. After talking with some close friends about the entire ordeal, they convinced me that I needed to at least say something and close this chapter for good. My plan is to be brief and explain myself and then walk away from this toxic hellstew.

From Floodlove’s Twitter:

@jason_tate get over the fact that your wife divorced you after one month. youre such a bitter fuck these days.

I’ve had virtually every insult known to man thrown at me over the course of my online life. I’ve been called every name in the book, had practically every relative (living or dead) insulted, been photoshopped on plenty of naked bodies, had loved ones threatened, abused, and lied to, and received multiple death threats. Forged in the fire of the internet: I have very thick skin. It has become an unfortunate reality that you either develop one or you find another job. That said — this is not an insult to me. First, it’s factually incorrect. I was with my former wife for over three years and we mutually agreed to get a divorce, like millions of people do, over two years ago. This isn’t news. It being “public” information is also a byproduct of a life lived partially online. Furthermore, I am virtually certain we would both agree: it was a wonderful decision to do young and to be able to walk away when we did. This was a good thing for both of us and it has led to the most meaningful time in my life in terms of relationships, education, and personal growth. It seems almost cliché to say I am happier now, but it remains the truth none the less. Given all the occasions that Louis CK bits are used online to try and justify horrible things, I feel compelled to point to where he got it right. Using this as an insult is absolutely ludicrous — it’s like trying to make fun of me for graduating college. It’s actually closer to saying, “hey, you know that event that made your life immeasurably better, led to vast personal work and growth, led to the best relationship of your entire life, and made you, your family, and those around you happier? — Yeah, that’s gotta suck!” He’s used this same ‘dig’ toward me at least three other times, and after the second one I blocked him on Twitter and from Facebook. I’ve gone out of my way to ignore him because I truly believe he is a disturbed individual and I don’t want to have anything to do with him.

As for the legal threats, the absurdity of those have been pointed out quite a few times already by lawyers (also instantly discoverable by anyone that has ever spent 15 minutes on Google). Apparently Zack tracked down and called Cody’s alleged lawyer today:

You ever call Cody Payne’s lawyer, and get the response: I’ve never heard of that person, I do not work for him.

Cause, I did.

Shocking. There’s really nothing more to say on this portion — it’s entered the theatre of the absurd and is a waste of everyone’s time to enable Cody in this way any further.

Over the course of running AP.net, I’ve come to believe that issuing an outright ban on certain bands or artists is overkill. We never know if something will change in the future, if more information will make certain posts applicable, or if another staff member besides me will have a different viewpoint. I go out of my way to err on the side of not making sweeping decisions that could alter the editorial side of our website. Take this very example: I really don’t like posting about Cody Payne.1 However, posts like this I still feel inclined to make because I truly do believe raising awareness in certain “buyer beware” situations is advantageous for our readers — they should know what they’re getting into if they choose to spend their money. On top of that, I need to be very clear — I also believe that Mr. Payne needs help. After he sent me a request months ago to post his suicide note on our website, I spent hours on the phone with his friends, record label, and the LA police making sure that someone was with him and he was safe that night. It is clear to me that this man is struggling with issues that are not being addressed. His current path is one of destruction and pain and I don’t know what to do besides what I’ve already done and who I’ve already talked to. At this point, I want nothing else to do with him going forward. The threats and the accusations are too much. As I wrote above, I have put a lot of work into making changes in my life to better myself each day. I have put a lot of time into finding the things that make me happiest and reaching for those. I have learned that I am happiest when I can spend the majority of my time on projects and endeavors that excite and inspire me.2 I’m not about to let someone like this drag me down. Going forward, I hope he gets the help he needs, first and foremost, but I’m not going to go out of my way to cover any of his personal projects — there are far better uses of my time.

Thank you for reading, I hope I’ve been able to explain this in a way that makes sense. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

  1. I’ve even been asked by former members of the band to not refer to them as “ex-The Dangerous Summer” because they wish to avoid any association with him, I’ll continue to write about their projects.
  2. Yes, I am aware that it’s a little weird it took this long for me to come to this seemingly obvious conclusion.