Sunday March 16, 2014

Ennui Tacos

Dan Frommer joins us this week on the Internet’s most beloved podcast. Topics include bodily functions, as usual.

Anti-Pi Rant

Thursday March 13, 2014


Sometimes the Internet surprises you. What started as a joke has turned into something great, and I wanted to share it here in hopes that more people could join in. The rules are simple: take a photo of a real-world version of an emoji, then tweet it (and the emoji, for comparison) with the hashtag #IRLmoji. Just two of my favorites so far:

So very great.

Tuesday March 11, 2014

Paying to Speak

Remy Sharp on conferences not covering travel costs for speakers:

What it costs you

  1. Your time working on slides when you could be working on project work
  2. Your flight or train or taxi costs
  3. Your hotel cost
  4. Your time on the day at the event

Yes, you might generate work during some awesome-high-fiving-network session. Really? Okay. Yes, you have a “free ticket”, but most new speakers I know have their head in their presentation until it’s over.

So you’re out of pocket. And for what?

Alex King disagrees:

This sort of entitlement crap really irks me. No one is making you speak at a conference; it’s a choice. Expenses covered or not is just something you need to factor in when agreeing to be a speaker.

There’s an argument to be made for the benefits of a new speaker to get some experience or promote themselves, but the idea that wanting to be paid for your time and effort is entitlement seems silly to me.

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Apple and the Trajectory of Design

I wrote a piece for Macworld about what to expect in iOS 8 and the next release of OS X.

Arkham Knight

Fuck yeah.

Orange-Pineapple Affair

The ever-fascinating Sean Nelson returns to Unprofessional this week. If nothing else, listen for the part where I accidentally quote his own lyric to him (which I didn’t catch until editing).

Tuesday February 25, 2014

Dudes Love Star Wars

“You’re Not Pretty Enough” author Jennifer Tress joins us on this week’s Unprofessional. My first time hosting the show with two women, and I got through it without embarrassing myself.

Sponsored by Karma. Unprofessional listeners get 10% off.

Tuesday February 18, 2014

Human Salad

My friend, colleague, and mentor Brent Simmons returns to Unprofessional this week. As a result, Vesper sync will ship about an hour later than planned.

Tuesday February 11, 2014

The Last Man on Earth

Myke Hurley of various 5by5 shows joins us this week for a weirdly focused episode of Unprofessional. In it, we outline the plot for what would be a pretty amazing movie.

As an experiment, this episode is sponsored by our listeners.

Beautiful Pixels Reviews Vesper

Mikhail Madnani:

Everything in Vesper has been animated beautifully. Whether it is the view fading in while the compose window is displayed or the way the other items in the notes list behave as you swipe back.

Brent’s comments on getting those animations just right:

So. Much. Cursing.

It’s amazing he still speaks to me.

Saturday February 8, 2014

Karma Wi-Fi Hotspot

Karma is a Wi-Fi hotspot that rewards you when you let other people use it. You log in via your Karma account, and your hotspot’s SSID is left open. When other Karma users join your hotspot, you get more data credit. When new users join, they get 100 MB free. And there’s no time limit, so the data you buy (or earn) today is good until you use it.

Conceptually, Karma is brilliant. The company makes more money when people buy data; they don’t care whose device gets used. So instead of making you share out of your own pocket, they give you a real incentive to leave the thing on even when you’re not using it. Sit in a busy airport for a few hours and watch the free data roll in.

The device weighs almost nothing and costs $99. Data goes for $14 per GB, or you can get discounts when you buy more — I just topped mine off with 10 GB for $99. If you travel or attend conferences, this is a no-brainer. Go get one.

[My friend Klaas Pieter Annema is Karma's iOS developer. He gave me a free device to check out, but this isn't a sponsored endorsement. I do get referral credit if you sign up via my link, though.]

Friday February 7, 2014


From Core77:

The pill-sized camera doesn’t invade your butt but instead goes in from the other end, and once you’ve swallowed it, it starts beaming high-speed photos of your insides to a device on your waist as it makes its way towards your waste. Then the doc checks the resultant video out, and uploads it to his Facebook or whatever, and you didn’t even have to take your pants off.

Nobody tell the TSA.

Thursday February 6, 2014

Science, Guy: Volumes One and Two

This week’s episode of Unprofessional was so big we had to split it into two parts: Volume One with Guy English, and Volume Two with Guy and a special appearance by Marco Arment.

Sponsored by MartianCraft and Audible.

Friday January 31, 2014


New app for keeping track of your digital media. Whoever made this has great taste in music.