Cristian Colocho

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Careers and Colleges are hard choices

Recently, I had the opportunity come across for me to enter into the Iron Yard Academy. The Iron Yard is a 12 week program and offers employment assistance, the programs vary from different types of development, ranging from Ruby to basic iOS. There’s always the slight risk that a 12 week how to code program is going to be a dud, but when I met with the director and teacher in person, most questions of the validity of the program subsided. It checked out.

While I was speaking to the teacher of the program, I was told that most jobs out of the program would be “setting the type, and not building the printing press.” That in of itself was quite fine given the time spent in the class but after that was said all I could think was “fuck building the printing press, i’d have the time of my life doing nothing but playing with type!” After a couple more...

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Generic After Apple Keynote Think Piece on the Apple Watch

Tim Cook’s legacy on Apple is going to be him making the company known as a high fashion brand.

The Apple Watch is the first mixing of fashion and tech that hasn’t been a mess. The Apple watch has great ui, fashionable hardware, and a large user base of customers willing to buy it. This is something that Android OEMs have never been able to achieve. They’ve never shipped products that sell widely, are fashionable, and have great user experiences. It’s always been a pick two out of three, or less.

The Apple Watch is rounded metal, most likely aluminum, and the biggest selling point hardware wise is the absolute plethora of styles in which you can wear it. They have sophisticated gold and real leather strap styles, sports styles which look to be out of fitbit or nikes playbook, and all sorts of styles in between. The UI is an interesting bubble based concept with...

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Binging Versus Episodic Consumption

I’ve been on a binge of comic books lately. When Telltale Games released the quite awesome Wolf Among Us, I got hooked on the story enough that I started to check out the series it is based upon. Fables is the name of that series, and it was the start of my new wonderful hobby, reading comics. But reading through all the backlog of comics had me wondering about how binging on content versus waiting month to month for it changes an opinion of the work as a whole.

Fables as a series has been publishing monthly since 2002, under the DC imprint Vertigo (Sandman, The Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc). I purchased every trade book (a collection of 5 or more issues into one volume) and essentially read them all in a weekend. As I binged through the entire series, it had me wondering how my view of the work as a whole would differ from someone who went month to month on the story.

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Direct versus Indirect

A common trope among those who write about Apple is that a service is somehow less of a real product when you are not paying for it directly. The biggest example of this being Google, and because of how they sell your information to advertisers, you have no influence on their product development. When one pays for a product, you have a “relationship” with the creator of said product. Without ones direct support, the product would not sustain itself and therefore wouldn’t be successful.

This, as any skeptic would point out, is bullshit. The argument that giving information isn’t just as direct as using a real currency sounds nice in theory, but isn’t true in practice.

If one didn’t give out their information to Google, then Google would have less information to sell to advertisers causing them to make less money. If one doesn’t pay for a...

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