8 Links for Jan 15th, 2016

It’s the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming ‘Let me out’
Pray tomorrow gets me higher

  • A very sad week. We lost two absolute titans: David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Bowie died just two days after releasing ‘Lazarus’ from his final album ‘Blackstar’. The Telegraph called it a ‘parting gift in a cleverly planned finale’.
  • Alan Rickman, the award-winning actor famous for playing Professor Snape in Harry Potter and Hans Gruber in Die Hard, passed away at age 69. He too had been suffering from cancer. Whether on film or the stage, his distinct voice and presence were unmistakable. BBC News shared early responses from his friends and family.
  • President Obama delivered his final State of the Planet Nation address. His speech set out a vision for the future and looped back around to his core concept of the ‘politics of hope’. Vox Media has a great 4-minute edit of the hour-long speech.
  • Netflix has rolled out internationally, but NBCUniversal says they don’t feel threatened. Alan Wurtzel says he doesn’t “[…] believe there’s enough stuff on Netflix that is broad enough and consistent enough to affect us in a meaningful way on a consistent basis.”
  • I promise I’ll stop talking about Star Wars after this (no I won’t) but you have to read VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett’s interview with Studio Daily. It’s a fascinating discussion of how they balanced practical and digital effects in The Force Awakens.
  • Apple has unveiled bold new plans for iOS in Education. This is huge news for schools using iPad in the classroom. Catch this special episode of the ‘Out of School’ podcast for more information.
  • And finally, Stephen Fry welcomes us to the UK. Perfectly British.

8 Links for Jan 8th, 2016

Each week, I’ll post eight links that I’ve read and enjoyed in the past week. They’re not intended as a summary of the week, or a particular comment on the news. They’re just things I found interesting. With that, here is the first edition of 8 Links.

  • The so-called white slavers at Disney have successfully guided Star Wars: The Force Awakens to be the highest grossing movie of all time. This is the first time in 18 years that a James Cameron movie hasn’t held the top spot.
  • Meanwhile, Matty Granger delivered an absolute smack-down in rebutting that Huffington Post article about ‘Force Awakens’ plot holes. It’s beautiful.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar explain the intricacies of Dreamworks Animation Studios production pipeline.
  • Polygon says MTV’s Shannara Chronicles is the next Game of Thrones. Critics appear underwhelmed.
  • Fraser Speirs has sold his MacBook Pro and gone all-in on the iPad Pro. He’s also launching a new podcast later today with Federico Viticci about the success and challenges of using iOS as your primary computing platform. I listened to a preview of Episode 01 last week – you’re gonna want to subscribe to this one.
  • Speaking of iOS and apps, Robleh Jama has described how he’s using Medium as a place to present Press Kits for his apps. Smart move.

Have a great weekend!

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