On a totally unrelated note, I forgot to tell you guys that I blacked out during District 9. As a fear response! It’s not even scary! Can you imagine what would happen to me in a real horror movie? Anyhow, I’m a weirdo, and I was fine after 5 minutes or so. Go watch it if you haven’t already, it’s passing out good!
It’s no secret that iPhone applications are a breakout hit for Apple, even beyond their own expectations. Because of this, a culture of app fanatics is popping up online, which include a slew of new podcasts and video shows that cater to people looking for the best and brightest apps out there. Frankly, with all the crap that makes it onto the App Store, I’m glad there are people out there testing these things out for us first.
Revision3 (where we produce Tekzilla) just announced a new show called AppJudgment, which also covers BlackBerry, Android and Palm Pre applications alongside the more familiar iPhone apps. Here’s the most recent episode:My friends Scott Johnson and Eric Skyhawk have also launched a new podcast called AppSlappy, which is quickly making it’s way up the iTunes charts. They cover what’s new in the App Store, hot deals of the week, and also give us their take on what apps they’ve been using lately.
Last but not least, Sean Bonner (along with a huge cast of well-known names in new media) is hosting a new show called iPhun. It’s honest, quick-paced, and sarcastically funny in the best way. They also have more in-depth written reviews on the blog, so check that out as well.
On a slightly different note, fellow Emerson alum Jared DiDomenico has a music project called Nuclear O’ Reilly with his friend Brad Naprixas, and they created their new album entirely on the iPhone application Beatmaker (iTunes link) by Intua Software. It’s called, very appropriately, Phoning It In. Worth a listen just to hear how much effort went into it, but it’s pretty damn catchy as well. Here’s their “making of” video:
As applications (and the iPhone itself) become more advanced, users will continue to find new ways to be creative with them. Time for me to go download some new ones!
BuzzFeed asked me to pick a few of my favorite stories from today and try to recap them in nine seconds! I was a little rushed at the end as the clock started ticking down, but I got it all out. It was fun to edit some video again, it’s been a while since I’ve tinkered with good ol’ iMovie. In case you were wondering, the brief theme song is a snippet of Jonathan Coulton’s “Tom Cruise Crazy” (which is one of my favorite songs of his).
If you haven’t checked out BuzzFeed yet, you should. It’s where I probably spend 90% of my free internet time.
Last week I was part of a video panel for a new show called 5Across, hosted and created by MediaShift’s Mark Glaser. As part of this beta for their monthly episodes, we discussed topics such as how we started in our new media video careers, professional vs. amateur video, distribution methods and more.
With me on the show was Irina Slutsky, Mark Day, JD Lasica, and Eric Elia. Full video is below, and you can see the video segments by topic on their site. We didn’t agree on everything, of course, but it was great to sit down and chat with other people in our industry.