Free iOS app of the week

This week Apple has selected Back to Bed as its free app of the week. Normally ringing up at $3.99, the 3D puzzler looks and feels a bit like last year’s smash hit Monument Valley and features beautiful Escher’esque imagery. Although according to quite a few iTunes store reviews gameplay is a bit of a mixed bag. For free however, why not take a look for yourself? (iTunes link)


There is nothing quite like the little surprises in life. For example, when completely ordinary everyday objects reveal that they are actually exquisitely crafted ‘objets d’art’. And why wouldn’t your cup of morning coffee, as you sip away the weariness, gradually reveal an adorable octopus?

Beautiful. By Yumi-Yumi & via Etsy.

Thank you. And Godspeed.

Tonight, Apple publishes news of Steve Jobs passing away.

A visionary and creative genius, indeed. I never had the chance to meet the man, and yet I literally would not be where I am today, were it not for his vision and that lonely little SE/30 I stumbled across while working a crappy side job right out of high school.


No Choice

Does your work have to do with design, do you own an iPad and are you interested in the world around you? Goodie. Then stop by the iTunes Store today and take a close look at Al Gore’s “Our Choice(< iTunes link). Or browse on over to the PushPopPress’ website to see the UI in action.

Screenshot nicked from the trailer

Regardless of your political convictions, the app’s user interface alone is worth the $4.99 admission price. Finally someone who put some love into creating an iPad-appropriate experience. Brilliant work!

Virginia Currents #002

Another one of the aforementioned Virginia gems — Caffespresso, one of the handful of places in and around Richmond where you can find an authentic Italian experience. Coffee that deserves the name (?), delicious paninis, mouth-watering sweets and gelato.

A true café, just like the ones you’re used to if you’ve spent any stretch of time in Europe. I love this place, the perfect cure for them ‘lil bouts of homesickness.

Torn between Digital & Analog Desires

At times, otherwise beloved digital helpers à la iCal, Things, etc. get on my every last nerve — they never sync exactly the way I need them to, there’s always some feature missing that I could really use at the time, and they tie me to the computer even more closely.

On most days, I take comfort in the fact that these tools do 97.5% of what I need them to, and that things could be much worse. Someone might force me to use Microsoft’s Outlook, or worse, Google calendars. The mere thought is sufficient to make my eyes bleed and ogle the Apple logo on the back of my laptop for reassurance.


Virginia Currents #001

In regards to ‘Miles driven vs. Points of interest worth stopping at’ no one can really say that Virginia can keep pace with the cultural epicenters of the world like Italy or Greece, for example.

There are however quite a few true gems to be found in Virginia, and pictured above you see one of them. Barboursville Vineyards in Barboursville, VA (?) (located roughly 10 miles northeast of Charlottesville) is one of those exceptions from the general drabness that tends to blanket Virginia. And what an exception it is at that.


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