Culture Milk Book Club!

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Everyone loves books, right? Of course. A literal 100% of people on this green and luscious Earth love reading books. Knowing that, it is my pleasure to announce the Culture Milk Book Club! The team consists of me, Brittany Stevens, and Gianna Gargiulo. Each month, we’ll be reading and discussing a new book from a specific genre. And each discussion will feature a guest reader to facilitate our literary dialogue. But to kick things off for the first month (and to undoubtedly iron out some kinks), it’s just us! It’s going to be fun and exciting for anyone who loves books everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, you can be a part of this. All you need is a copy of the book in any form you choose and the ability to read it. That’s it. We’ll officially start the Book Club on September 1st and begin a new book on the first of every subsequent month. We’ll end each month with a small podcast acting as a round table discussion. You can read along with us and contribute in the comments and on Twitter too. Everyone is invited to join us!

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Retro Physical

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Retro gaming is something that I’m relatively new to. Playing older consoles, growing a collection, modding them to look better, enjoying the games themselves solely for the fun factor – it’s all exciting. In experiencing these games, the realization of my obsession is rooted well beyond the games themselves and more in the ability to own physical cartridges, pop them in, and play the games as they were originally intended to be played.

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Write Creatively II

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Creating is something that everyone can do. We can all look at a problem and innovate upon or transform it into something that doesn’t fit the mold of what was once standard. The trouble, however, is that nobody is doing it. As a writer, I find myself running into this very problem. I do things that are considered creative within my field, but people will often assume I only do one thing. That couldn’t be further from what I’m trying to persuade you to believe.

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Unread — RSS for iOS 7 & Giveaway!

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Jared Sinclair is mostly known for his previous offerings in the App Store: Pillboxie is a medication management app (Jared’s a registered nurse), and Riposte is an innovative App.net client — co-created with Jamin Guy — that demonstrates some incredibly original mechanics that make it a favorite among users of the ADN platform. Some time ago, Jared announced that he was working on his own RSS app specifically for the iPhone. All he teased was a splash page, but folks who were familiar with Jared’s previous work immediately grew excited. For good reason. Released today, Unread enters the RSS arena, which is largely dominated by the darling Reeder. That could change today because Unread is far and away the best RSS app I’ve used on iOS.

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Short Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Due to the subject matter this film is a hard sell for me – it’s just not my type. That said, Leo and Jonah are both fantastic actors who put on some of the best performances of their careers. However, when watching the film, it felt like osmething better described as a modern Tarantino-esque spinoff of The Great Gatsby. Although, that may be due to residual bits of Leo’s performance in the Luhrmann adaptation earlier this year.

There are definitely genuine laughs, but a lot of the humor is so coarse that it borders on The Hangover-level scenarios that are just hard for me to get excited about (read: midget dartboard). The best moments are when the actors have a chance to open up: the pen scene at the diner, for example.

Technically, this film is a mess and the editing is pretty awful (probably due to the extremely rushed release schedule – it feels like a solid rough cut, especially toward the beginning). Prieto doesn’t bring much to the table, lighting or composition-wise, and the music never quite fits the way it could for this kind of film. As a whole package, it just doesn’t deliver the way I’d expected from a Hollywood legend.

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A Gameboy That Plays 3DS Games

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I bought a 2DS. Upon ordering the handheld, I knew exactly what I was signing up for and what the system could and, ultimately, could not do. However, after purchasing the little brother to the 3DS XL, there’s so much left to be said. There are no reviews that talk about the obvious differences in usage between one and the other. I see great reviews of the product itself as a standalone, but it lives in a family alongside a stepbrother who looks a little bit like it and an older brother who pretty much hands down his clothes directly to him. It’s a weird metaphor, but you’ll understand it soon enough. read more »

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Keep Quiet with the Das Keyboard Model S

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…with Quiet Key Design. The essential thing to notice in that title is the emphasis on its quiet key design. As with most keyboard enthusiasts, the joy in using a mechanical keyboard comes from tactility, the way it makes you place your hands, and with that, the sound. The click you hear every time you press a key is one that can’t be simulated. It took me years to realize why the Apple keyboard was universally hated in keyboard conversations, but when I got my hands on a Das Keyboard, it finally made sense.
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Falling Flat

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With iOS 7 comes a new way to design apps and make them appeal to an audience. The overall scheme, as of now, is to simply make everything flat and basic. While this model works well for certain apps (such as Twitterrific and Facebook), it doesn’t work well for others. The idea behind iOS 7 is to not only break down design elements to their essentials but to also surpass the inherent simplicity through creativity and innovation. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening. It’s worth talking about, and even as someone who isn’t a designer, it’s something that’s obvious in the overall user experience of an app.
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I Get It

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I never understood Paul Miller’s attempt at breaking away from the Internet for a year, but today, I finally get it. I first thought that he was simply reinforcing what I was doing in the interim between iPhone releases (where I would sell my previous generation iPhone and be forced to use a “dumb phone” before my new phone arrived), but it’s a much bigger concept than that, one that I think many people yearn for but still haven’t discovered a way to completely disconnect.

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Write Creatively

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We live in an age where a lack of information is a concept seen as archaic, dismal, and all around obscene. Because of this, we’re constantly bombarded with repetition. Providing the same information twice forces readers to make a choice, and when they choose, they usually opt for the prettier option. Substance be damned, your work is the exact same as someone else’s if all you do is post news and end your piece with a question in order to grab comments and push conversation. However, I think the majority of people willing to jump into the world of writing should consider writing differently. Not an overhaul, but a break from what we see on that site, and that site, and that site, and that site.

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