Ultimately, my whole approach to what I do is 95% effort and 5% talent. I really see it as a sport. You probably won’t become a tennis player if you don’t stand on the court for six hours a day and whack balls over the net. And if you do that, you have to be incredibly untalented for it not to work. But I think it’s tempting to think as a creative professional, you sit there and you’re creative. So much of it is just doing it everyday for hours. — Christoph Niemann: Short Deadlines Make You Think Straight
Today is my last day with TheAppleBlog.
I started TAB out of my college dorm room in November 2004, it was acquired two years ago by GigaOM, and today I’m bowing out of something I’ve spent nearly every day for six years working on.
It’s bittersweet, for sure. I’m completely burned out on Apple from a journalism perspective, but will miss growing it from a business perspective.
I’ve made some great friends through the whole process and have learned a ton of invaluable lessons about both business and life, and I’m extremely grateful to all the people who invested their time in my little chunk of the Internets.
A huge thank you to anyone who’s written for TAB, read our articles, commented on posts or sent in kind emails. It’s been a heck of a lot of fun.
So, what’s next for me? Pretty much the same things I’ve been doing: building stuff for myself and for clients through my little design/dev shop, Sabotage. I just have a lot more time to throw towards that now.
I’ve got a new version of PugSpot in the works, Critterly is getting closer to public launch, TrackThePack: Commercial is gaining a lot of momentum, and TrackThePack: Personal also has a number of major features in the works.
And as usual, I’m still taking on client work doing motion, design and development, so I’d love to chat if you’re interested in something.
So with that, I bid an official goodbye to my little Apple baby.
The Problem with Facebook's "Places" -
Here’s the thing about Facebook that really gets under my skin: They are slowly incorporating the features from every other independent web application on the internet. This is not inherently a problem—companies get bigger and they begin to have the resources to widen their feature set—the issue is that Facebook doesn’t do these features any better. They win simply due to how many users they have. It feels like mass-produced mediocrity.
Hugo's House of Horrors -
I played this thing for hours and hours on end when I was a kid.
Old School Color Cycling with HTML5 -
So I’ve got a small obsession with Starbucks Frappuccinos. Specially, the bottled ones you’d buy at a gas station or grocery store. The ones you get at Starbucks are usually too rich for me (minus the Java Chip flavor!).
Since Savannah was born (over 10 months ago) I’ve been drinking these things like water.
Then a couple of months ago, Ashley had the great idea of me just making them myself instead of forking over a bunch of moola, not to mention they’d probably be healthier (however healthy coffee, cocoa and sugar could be).
So, after trying out a few recipes we found online, I finally tweaked mine to be just right.
It doesn’t taste exactly like what you’d buy at the store, but it’s still magically delicious.
So here’s the lowdown on how to make your own. I actually kept a few of the frapp bottles I had purchased before, and just make them in those, but you could put this in anything, obviously.
1/2 tablespoon instant coffee
1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder (could probably use chocolate syrup as an alternative)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup milk
Combine all the dry ingredients and mix them well.
Poor in the milk.
Shake like polaroid picture. Seriously. Shake it. A lot.
Typically, the cocoa powder doesn’t dissolve very quickly, but I usually make mine the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so it’s super chilled in the morning and by then the cocoa has dissolved. If you don’t want to wait, the chocolate syrup I mentioned would probably be a better bet for you.
So, there you have it!