Apple, Streaming, and Oprah Too.

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

March 25, 2019

You knew that it was going to be a weird event when Apple let all of its hardware announcements slip via press releases, ensuring that only its services had the stage for today’s event. Though I have mostly left my tech writing life behind, my years at Macgasm make watching every one of these a reflexive habit.

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Book Review: Orpheus Emerged By Jack Kerouac

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

March 22, 2019

No one deserves to have their earliest work published without a chance to edit out the excesses of youth and inexperience. On the other hand Orpheus Emerged should give everyone hope that even the most famous writers have shakey work.

Fans of Kerouac that have delved deeper than just a cursory reading of On the . . .

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The Cult Of Implements

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

March 15, 2019

One of the maddening things about Mac/Apple blogs, if not the entire tech space, is the time spent writing about what tools you use for work. At a certain point it completely overshadows what work gets done.

Though pen and stationary collectors have the same battle. We’re all writing about the things that we like, but how much of . . .

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Book Review: Crows, Papa New Guinea, And Crows by David Thorne

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

March 08, 2019

David Thorne is probably known to most of the internet as the guy who does fake email chains. His most famous meme was a run where someone was asking a graphic designer to make a free missing cat poster. If you liked that, you will likely enjoy his books.

Crows, Paupa New Guinea, and Boats is Thorne’s newest book, featuring some . . .

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Yelling Birds And Angry Grandmas

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

March 01, 2019

In what is apparently an ongoing series I'm going to have to subtitle at some point Middle-Aged On The Internet, I have spent time this week thinking about the growing backlash against tech. Considering that every one of the [big four]has managed to earn the ire of the customers in one form or another it’s not . . .

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The Middlewest Of The Internet

Post-BBS, Pre-MySpace

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

February 22, 2019

Though I grew up primarily in the Midwest, living in Wisconsin for most my life with a detour into Illinois for a few years, I use Middlewest to invoke the idea of the time when the Midwest was the frontier. Like the Midwest in the Little House On The Prairie era, the late ’90s wasn’t the pioneer days of BBS’s and coding new programs out of . . .

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Book Review - It’s Not News, It’s Fark by Drew Curtis

MikeNM

Rants and Reviews. Mostly just BS and Affiliate Links.

February 15, 2019

A Fark book seems like an odd proposition. In the Acknowledgments Drew Curtis thanks a friend who guided him to compromise with the publishers looking for a best-of Fark book. Curtis wanted to do a straight media critique, and what we get is a series of Fark articles that illustrate the principals of bullshit news.

Before digging . . .

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