The Deep Vault Podcast

The team behind “Achive 81“, another podcast that I enjoyed, teased their new show The Deep Vault and it sounds great.

The Deep Vault is a serialized, seven-episode audio drama set in in the almost-post-apocalyptic United States. The story follows a group of longtime friends as they journey from the uninhabitable surface world into a mysterious underground bunker in search of safety, shelter, and answers to their past.

This show seems to be right up my alley and I’m looking forward to the release.

Things I liked this week

A few apps and podcasts that I enjoyed during the week.

And without further ado.

A few apps

The latest Ulysses is out, and it is hands-down the best and most complete writing solution for me. Both on the desktop and most importantly on iOS. It’s so good, that it easily would justify getting an iPad only to use it.

As Ulysses contains all my writing I have continued to look for an Evernote replacement. I thought I could go with OneNote, but after using it full time it turned out that I was wrong and considered a Dropbox-based approach. The just released 2.0 of DevonThink to Go might just what I have looking for. Even though it is a bit on the pricey edge, the app/suite seems to hit all the right spots for me. But more on that later.

A Podcast

During the last couple of days I have been bingeing the podcast Wolf 359 and enjoy it a lot. It took a few episodes to get into it, but now (currently at episode 19) looking forward how it continues.

WOLF 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Set on board the U.S.S. Hephaestus space station, the dysfunctional crew deals with daily life-or-death emergencies, while searching for signs of alien life and discovering there might be more to their mission than they thought.

A Concert

On Friday we played with the Oulu All Stars Big Band on Elojazz. The program was music from Quentin Tarantino movies, arranged and conducted by Vellu Halkusalmi and soloist was Teemu Viinikainen. It was a very nice concert with great playing.

The idea of posting a Things I Like post I have from blogger Seth Clifford. I like the concept, since it is a lot less formal than a week in review and longer than a link post without turning into a fully fletched post.

OMG OF!

And back to OmniFocus. Sometimes I change my opinions faster than my underwear.

… Those were the words my wife used recently about me. She’s probably right.

While I was, still just a few days ago, very enthusiastic about 2Do, I have made a turn and went back to OmniFocus. A new update came out and at the same time David updated his video, so I thought I could give it a spin again.

To make a long story short:

I realized (once more, sigh) how much I enjoy and trust the. After all, it’s the task-manager that I used the longest and the one I apparently always come back to after every visit to another app. The app somehow feels the most solid to me.

Since the last time I used it (not quite sure how long of a break it was, I guess something around a year) a lot has happened and many features have been added both on the Mac and iOS.

A lot of improvements have happend: The background-sync between the apps works flawlessly and is very fast now. On the iPad I figured, that with some clever arrangement of my perspectives in the sidebar, I can open my most used perspectives with a keyboard shortcut. This makes very enjoyable to work with on the iPad. And once I realized how well the Spotlight integration works, that I can open tasks, folders and perspectives from within Spotlight, I was all set.

Now would be a good time to figure out what kind of workflows and automation stuff I have missed since last time.

I’m sure there is a lot.

Hayward Sanitarium Podcast

I was browsing through this comprehensive list of Horror-Podcasts on Reddit and found Hayward Sanitarium and have been listening to it since.

From the about:

Now considered a cult classic, the series broke new ground in audio theater production as one of the first digitally recorded and edited shows. Much of the series was recorded on location with live performances. The fear you hear may be very near.

It appears that the podcast sadly has never been completed, but it is fun nonetheless.

Things I liked during the last Weeks

A few things that I haven’t found the time to write about, but enjoyed nonetheless.

As many others I finished watching “Stranger Things” and enjoyed it a lot. Great story in a 80’s style and probably one of the best things that I have seen in the recent past. I think I might watch it again just for the fun of it. Looking forward to the second season if there should be one.

Prisma turned out to be a fun app. With a bit of help from VSCO and Pixelmator I managed to get a Gravatar which I am actually happy with. I was looking for a way to get some kind illustration-like images here on the blog, but naturally failed sketching them myself, this app will come in quite handy here. The only thing bothering me is the limitation to the square format. With a little planned framing though I can crop the image they I want later.

The next update to Ulysses will be great. I have been lucky to be on the beta, and now the app has everyting that I need: Typewriter scrolling, WordPress publishing and Dropbox and global search. As far as I am concerned it is perfect now.

I have been on a Neil Gaiman binge recently and enjoy his latest book “The View From The Cheap Seats“, a collection of talks and speeches, a lot. I’m not too far in yet, but there is a lot of inspiration for all kinds of arts in there.

Neil Gaiman – ‘Reading Aloud’

We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting and not to stop reading to them just because they they learn to read to themselves. We have an obligation to use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time where no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside.

Neil Gaiman – The View From the Cheap Seats