Case Khor

Kaws Studio by Wonderwall

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[T]he atelier of a Brooklyn-based artist, KAWS. Unlike the solid, brick facade that blends well into the neighbourhood, the interior is a vastly open space. This bright, extensive openness illuminated with toplight is a result of the artist’s request to create large paintings under natural light. The appearance is more of a gallery than an atelier, with a simple composition that reduces detail and amplifies openness.

So fucking sweet.

Aesop Club Street

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Aesop never fails to impress me by just how well they sell in their brand of lifestyle: space, packaging, retail experience, copy … everything is pitch perfect. Got a bit carried away on this occasion, but I’m not ashamed to admit I'm a huge sucker for the whole olfactory experience of using Aesop products.

Samsung to stop making plasma TVs

Samsung says it will stop making plasma TVs on November 30th. While disappointing, this isn’t unexpected news. (Panasonic did the same earlier this year).

The marketing, hyperbole and higher margins behind LCD’s popularity nailing the final nail in the coffin. Sad news for plasma fans. My first flatscreen was a Panasonic plasma and it’s still serving me well, and I had my eyes set on a Samsung make when an upgrade was deemed worthwhile/necessary.

Tengu: God of Mischief - Subway Skating

The NYC subway snippet is so sick, beats are killer. From Tengu: God of Mischief by Colin Read. Original music made entirely of subway sounds by Jacob Ireland.

Applied for the Founder Institute

2 simple questions: * Write 2-4 paragraphs on why you want to be an entrepreneur. * Provide 2-4 paragraphs on a field that you are passionate about

Gave it a lot of thought and wrote it all down, submitted the application just in time to meet the Early Admissions Deadline. Regardless of whether my application is successful, it was an excellent soul-searching exercise. I emerged reinvigorated.

Photoshop “Save For Web” Color Shift

I’ve been saving out jpegs at double the resolution but in low quality, resulting in great looking images at a relatively small file size. Today I learnt that can introduce colour shift, which is bad when you’re matching a background colour to the image.

Yo secure $1.2 million in funding

Jordan Crook offers his 2¢ on Yo:

I’m going to go ahead and place my bets early […] and say that Yo will have dropped out of our collective consciousness by next year. But that’s not to say we should write it off as a silly gimmick.

The brief popularity of Yo is a signal of a larger trend. Software developers are today tasked with a bigger problem than convenience or accessibility or distribution. The line between our physical lives and the lives we lead in our minds, with our thumbs, on a touchscreen, is rapidly fading. Yo may be just a touch too basic (bitch) to last for the long haul, or perhaps Yo is the beginning of a new era in push notifications. But apps that integrate pieces of our real-world lives are just settling in for a long stay.

The API possibilities intrigue me but I can see this rapidly becoming really annoying. I too am betting on it fading away.

Edit: Well that escalated (unsurprisingly) quickly.

iOS Developers Need to Know Objective-C

I took a deep breath and dived into Objective-C just over a month ago. My first serious attempt at learning a “real” programming language, I seem to be making decent progress and finding the challenge fairly enjoyable. Naturally I freaked out a bit post WWDC 2014 Keynote. Am I wasting my time? Should I drop Objective-C and attempt to start learning Swift straight off Apple's ebook?

Aaron Hillegass take on it reaffirms my self-assurance that Objective-C is still the place to start:

If you want to be an iOS developer, you will still need to know Objective-C. Objective-C is easier to learn than Swift. Once you know Objective-C, it will be easy to learn Swift. […] Honestly, it doesn't matter which you learn first; eventually you will know both languages.

Phew, I guess.

Supreme × ANTIHERO® 2014

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Inaccurate rough trace but sufficient for my purposes / personal amusement.

Tom Francis on why his latest game Floating Point is free

When Gunpoint came out, and did well, I thanked those who bought it for putting me in a position where I didn’t have to actively chase money with everything I do. In return, I promised to “make new things for you!” […] Floating Point probably could make money – if I was a publicly traded company, it would probably have to. But because I’m just a person, I’d rather just give it away as a thank-you. And because you’ve let me become completely independent, I can.

Field Day London 2014

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Caught Jamie XX and Jon Hopkins at Field Day in London, had a blast. Getting to, from and in wasn’t a mission, crowds were pleasent, queues for booze were short and porta loos plentiful and maintained throughout the day. Maybe I don’t hate festivals after all, just Australian festivals.

Five things I miss about Sydney

Cold tap water

Run the tap for a short while in Sydney and I’m greeted with clean refreshing tap water at just the temperature I like it. The NEWater in Singapore is tepid at best. I’m going to really miss taking proper cold showers.

Decent/excellent food

Everything from world class fine-dining to proper authentic South-East Asian fare, all without even leaving the city center.

Weather

Mild, mostly sunny, with a chance of beach friendly weather in the middle of “winter”.

Beaches

I’m not much of an outdoors person, much less a beach person, but I do partake in a bit of sun now and then. The beaches peppered around the city are brilliant, and the ones up and down the coast are pretty damn spectacular, giving me absolutely no reason to visit anything less during my travels.

Coke

Contrary to popular belief, soft drinks (and products from global brands in general) taste different around the world. Coca-Cola is franchised and although the concentrate is the same, each bottling company adds their own water and sweeteners that result in variations. I find the beverage in Australia to be crisper with a citrus note, while the cans and bottles in Singapore are too sticky sweet for my liking.

Sydney → Singapore

My first day as a quasi-nomad, setting up camp in Singapore for at least the next six months.

The weeks prior were spent packing up my apartment, stacking boxes in storage, getting my affairs in order, and drinking litres of whisky. Over a decade of living on my own in Sydney, frequent travel, and moving between rentals prepared me for the ordeal; still there's no way I couldn’t have done it without the help of friends who took the time to help me out. I'll be back soon guys.

Packing up is a fucking bitch and I’ve vowed to stop accumulating/hoarding and live more minimally. Good luck to me on that one.

Current short-term goal: Get a routine going and resist the temptation to slip into “holiday mode”.

Brio Logo

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I don’t recall owning any Brio as a child, but I do fondly remember the classic beechwood track pieces, and the satisfying click of the magnets that held the train carriages together.

The current modernist take is far less iconic than the classic 3D Brio logo, but it’s just so refreshing next to most toy companies. I don’t think I’ll ever purchase a toy for a toddler that’s not Brio. Shopping for kids is hell.

Painstakingly traced this logo, then of course found it embedded as a vector in a PDF catalogue online. Presented here boldly on black, and available to download ‘till I get told off.

I think my client gets Flow

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