Hello again all. We're back at it again.
It's been awhile since I last wrote to you here. In my last weeks of High School I felt like I needed some time off from just about everything while it all came to an end, and so I gave myself a break from most of the things I would usually be doing on a weekly basis.
I can admit that a break felt good, but before long I was drawn back to the weekly writing & reading that make me feel productive and fulfilled. It's good to be back doing A-Players links for you all, but it also feels like forever since I gave you some actual content here or otherwise - and I promise that will be changing very soon. I'm back in this.
As for this week's links we've got coffee nerdery galore, some thoughts on the new App Store subscription changes, if Medium is really the rightmedium for online content, a gorgeous app update, and a interesting piece on the little bits of video-game sound design.
It should be a unique one this week, so let's get going. 🙂☕
A Review of the Philips Saeco Intelia HD8751/47 Coffee Machine - Tools and Toys - As both a bit of a coffee-nerd and as a fan of Josh Ginter's work, this piece was a delight to read through. I've heard little bits and pieces of Josh's time with his espresso machine over the past couple months, and so getting to read his full thoughts on such a great machine - and to have his thoughts come from a unique-to-me coffee everyman's perspective - was a great time. Beautiful photography is along to round out the reading experience as per the usual from Josh, but that doesn't mean it isn't any less fun to look at. Much like the Philips Saeco is a favorite product for Josh, I think this review is a favorite of mine as well.
A few initial thoughts on the new subscription model for apps - Riccardo Mori - Late in this week Apple dropped news to a handful of outlets about some big changes that are coming to the App Store soon. There were several good pieces from people I follow breaking down the changes, but I especially related to Riccardo Mori's initial thoughts. I'm all for supporting developers whose apps are integral to my workflow through subscriptions, but what happens to the apps I use less frequently? Riccardo tackles those thoughts and more in his piece, and I think it's an incredibly solid take from the consumer's point of view. Worth a read if you're invested in the App Store, indie developers, and their apps like many of us are around here.
Some Thoughts on Coffee - Joe's Blog - Another coffee-related link this week, this one being a great nerdery-filled piece on how Joe Cieplinksi does his coffee setup at home. Each person is a little different when it comes to coffee, and as a fellow lover of the bean I'm always interested in how others get their fix. If you're at all into coffee, then you'll love this.
✖︎ Not the Right Medium - Kordumb - A solid statement from Kevin Kortum on how Medium is not always the best medium for your work. While the whole piece is great, this line is killer:
"Medium may be a beautiful site but when every site begins to look the same, the beauty vanishes"
Introducing New VSCO - VSCO Journal - I don't usually link to app updates in the A-Players links, but VSCO has been a big part of my toolset for years now, and I thought this week's update was worth pointing out. VSCO's always had a thing for having an unconventional UI, with good and bad resulting from it in the past. This week's update freshens up the app's typography and layout, while also adding a new navigational "slidepad" which I think is pretty brilliant in comparison to the old hamburger menu. Give the app a download and a try yourself if you haven't. You don't have to use filters to have a great time with VSCO - it's a great editing & library tool regardless of your trend-riding choices.
Tonight’s Alright for Hunting – A Monster Hunter 4 Soundtrack Retrospective – Critical Hit Records - A weird one for the A-Players series, but a nonetheless great writeup on the Monster Hunter series, what makes it tick in general, and how awesome sound quality and design elevate it even further. I've been getting back into video games more over the past months, and Monster Hunter is something I've enjoyed dabbling in - if only just a bit. There's quality writing to be had in the 'video gaming circle' of the internet as well, and this piece is proof of that.
I want to thank you ever so much for sticking with me even when I don't keep up with things that I usually do. I promise I'm back at this with renewed dedication, and I'm beginning to have some exciting things planned for this summer.
I hope you all have great weeks inbetween now and next Saturday. It's sure to be a fun, and Apple-news-filled time.