Goodies: June 30

Posted by Matt Birchler
— 2 min read

Good morning, everyone! Last week was an absolutely fantastic week! The Supreme Court did amazing things and I still find myself smiling just by thinking about it. The SCOTUS also held up key Obamacare provisions and a racist old-fashioned symbol was shamed out of most public places. I feel better about being an American today than I did at this time last week, and that's pretty exciting.

On a personal note, I started a new job (which is going great so far) and moved my blog once again because WordPress broke on me one too many times. We're sitting on Squarespace once again, and I hope that I never have to worry1 about my site going down or having plugins get all wonky and break the site.

Oh, and someone made Mario in Unreal Engine 4!

New Music

Apple Music launches today, so tell me what you find! There's nothing that drew me in yet.

New Movies

Links of Note

  • Why Circa Failed - The Verge
  • Dropbox Is Struggling and Competitors Are Catching Up - Bloomberg
  • With Over 1 Million Users, Slack Now Aims to Get a Lot More Useful - Fast Company
  • The Future of UI Design? Old-School Text Messages - WIRED
  • Taylor Swift is Backing Herself Into a Corner - Above Avalon
  • How a file format brought an industry to its knees - Engadget
  • A Laptop for Writers - Matt Gemmell
  • Pete Docter on the goals and milestones of Inside Out - The Dissolve
  • Fox News wants “restraint” after Charleston shooting. Jon Stewart is having none of it - Vox
  • A Month Without Adobe Flash Player - Krebs on Security
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and the End of the Beginning - Polygon
  • The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well - Quartz

Swag of the Week

I know this is old news to a lot of people, but Girl Talk finally “clicked” for me, and I've been listening to his mashups constantly over the past week. All Day in particular is nonstop fun basically from start to finish. The best part of this week's swag pick is that it's totally free.

If you're wondering how it's free, check out the list of sampled songs and it's pretty clear getting the commercial rights weren't happening.

  1. At least until 2016 when I inevitably get bored and want to change things up again. I'd like to say I won't, but I know myself too well.