The elements of directing

Tetsuya Takahashi, Executive Director of Xenoblade X:

There are also some decisions that are not easy to make. Like when one person would be happy with a decision, but someone else would not. Facing such decisions where there is a trade-off is all part of creating something. Ultimately you have to rely on your intuition. I try to make decisions not only considering the immediate consequences, but also considering where [we’re] heading in the future.

When creating something original, a person needs to come forward and make hard decisions based on intuition when data says otherwise.

John Frusciante is back

John Frusciante:

I now have a Bandcamp page and a Soundcloud page and have put up a bunch of unreleased music of my past. My own name has been taken by several people, so one is called jfdirectlyfromjf.bandcamp.com and the other is called soundcloud.com/jfdirectlyfromjf.

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This music is all free of cost to the public, and can be downloaded or streamed on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. With the exception of Zone, this is all music which was made purely for the sake of making music, rather than for having it released and thereby sold. In other words, Zone is the only song which was intended to be on a record.

When someone releases music on a label, they are selling it, not giving it. Art is a matter of giving. If I sing my friend a song, it goes from me to her, at no cost. That’s giving.

And now we’ve been given a couple of songs. I’m a huge fan of his solo work, with the Empyrean leading my personal play-count chart. I’ve come to like Letur-Lefr and PBX, too, no matter if they were weird next level shit. It’ll be interesting to listen to this unreleased work, I’m sure I’ll be able to connect. Frusciante is, and has always been, a true artist.

Astropad

If you want to use your iPad (and iPad Pro) to access your Mac display to draw on, get Astropad. You need to have both the Mac component (free) and the iPad app ($20) in order to get it work. With this you can have a true Wacom Cintiq experience where your tablet is your Mac screen. Here is a video with a small demo on the iPad Pro and another one comparing the iPad Pro to a Cintiq.

/via Daring Fireball

Visuals in El Capitan

I’m not the first to say that in Yosemite this entry field looks like a button, but since in El Cap made the buttons more like buttons, it’s even worse. Mind you, I was fine with Yosemite, but I feel the next iteration is a step backward. In El Cap there is a subtle gradient, and the visuals had been changed also – to be even more like buttons. I don’t understand why. Why fix something that wasn’t broken?

Did Apple really make a stylus?

“If you see a stylus, they blew it.” – Steve Jobs, 2010

Now that the iPad Pro is shipping with one, this question needed to be answered. And there is an answer, given by Tim Cook to the Independent:

“Well, we didn’t really do a stylus, we did a Pencil. The traditional stylus is fat, it has really bad latency so you’re sketching here and it’s filling the line in somewhere behind. You can’t sketch with something like that, you need something that mimics the look and feel of the pencil itself or you’re not going to replace it. We’re not trying to replace finger touch, we’re complementing it with the Pencil.”

It makes perfect sense: manipulating the UI with touch is one thing, but for creative professionals you need a lag free, palm-rejecting, pressure sensitive pencil. I’d just mention one more thing: I still could imagine a cheaper pencil for text or quick sketch drawing even on my iPhone. But I guess it will also come as an extra accesory.

It’s not the hackers we should be afraid of

Rich Mogull for TidBITS:

Reports emerged yesterday that a security exploit broker paid $1,000,000 for a browser-based iOS 9 attack, setting a record for buying and selling a computer exploit, at least in public.

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[a] reliable iOS exploit can run into the low-six figures on exploit markets. Government agencies use these for surveillance and law enforcement, and iOS is consistently a tough nut to crack. (…) The agencies that do purchase it will most likely use it judiciously in order to lengthen the lifespan of the attack and minimize the chances it will end up in Apple’s hands.

I recommend reading the whole article. It is painting a very frightening picture. I mean, it’s logical and certainly true, but I wasn’t aware how this business worked. Even though you have the latest OS installed, you must know, that if you’re targeted, government in the US has access to your phone. (What they can get out of it is a different question.) This 1 mil gig was good for show, but the real deals are not announced anywhere in any form.