Long Overdue and Happy New Year

I’m long overdue for an entry and will do it quickly over morning coffee a cappuccino that I have grown fond of at a local spot in Brooklyn dubbed Crespella.

For starters Happy New Year to all and wishing the very best to everyone who sees my blog.

Several thoughts my launch app for Apple mobile devices, a currency converter and tip calculator I released in October dubbed Tips Across The Waters is alive and well in the Apple store for .99. I have made several modifications to the app and am planning the first update release this month. If you haven’t already, thank you for buying. On its release you will get an update notification in your App Store icon and the update is free. Stay tuned for news on that.

Though this blog is ideally about my software ventures, in addition to this muse I am also a musician and frequent contributor to the new muisc community ImprovFriday. Along with fellow host Paul Muller I’m part of a podcast series for the community. We are on the edge of posting our first episode for the new year which will be a feature on the work of microtonal/polytempic composer/musician Peter Thoegersen. We are in final production stages and should have the episode out this month. The show is accessible in iTunes or on Podomatic at http://improvfridayradio.podomatic.com. Mor news on that release soon.

On a sad note regarding that community, composer, synthesist, new music pioneer Richard Lainhart passed away on December 30, 2011. Richard was based in New York and a major voice in the experimental and new music scene here and was a contributing member to ImproFriday. This news was so sad and shocking when I learned of it last weekend as I knew Richard, worked with him producing a live webcast for Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn and heard him perform several times over the last year. His passing is a tremendous loss to the local and Internet music world. ImprovFriday’s regular weekend recorded music event is inviting member musicians to post work this weekend in Richard’s memory. Visit the community this weekend at ImprovFriday.

On the music front as well I have begun some recent work with composer/trombonist/synthesis artist Paul Bailey. As with many musicians around the world that I have collaborated with the last few years, it’s all made possible by an open source software called NinJam which is just amazing. Paul and I recorded live via NinJam 3,000 miles a part earlier this week. I’m planning to post some of that session on this weekends ImprovFriday as well as on Soundcloud.

Among several resolutions for 2012 I’m trying to promote more artists I’m associated with around the world. Please visit the worlds of Daryl Shawn, Chris Blais, Rainer Straschill, Steven Moyes, Jeffrey Duke, Catherine Todd and by all means as his flame is now burned out but his spirit lives on please get to know the work of Richard Lainhart.

Memory from New Years Eve fireworks in Brooklyn…

Post Thanksgiving images, app thoughts and wanderings and caught a great podcast series

I hope everyone in the States had a great holiday weekend and that those abroad had a wonderful weekend. I spent time in my native Arkansas with my daughter visiting family. It was a wonderful time and as always I need to find more opportunities to get back more often. A few pic’s from the trip are…

Coming in to Little Rock

Coming in to Little Rock

Lights on the HIghway, near Batesville

Lights on the Highway, near Batesville

Continuing to think about my current and future app ideas for Wood and Wire Ware. As echoed earlier I’m planning the first update on Tips Across the Waters, my first app, which I released and was accepted in to the Apple store in late October (2011). An eleven currency converter and tip calculator, Tips Across the Waters, offers ease of use for both the world traveler and neighborhood diner. I’ve been offered a couple of suggestions that I’m hoping to employ in the first update. For those of you who have purchased my app, thank you! If you have please consider doing a review on iTunes. Additionally I’m working on my next app idea that will have a focus on diabetes.

I’ve recently came across a great podcast series on development, entrepreneurialism and Internet startup ventures, titled ‘Startups for the Rest of Us’ hosted by Mike Taber and Rob Walling. I’ve enjoyed four episodes thus far that is providing much food for thought as I delve in to my venture in app development. Check them out via their site at Startups for the Rest of Us as well as in iTunes.

My brother Bill's back deck

My brother Bill's back deck

All the recent images as well as these on this post were all made from the iPad. Though a few strange looks in public when I photograph from it, it so much reminds me as well as feels like I’m working with a view camera, something I always wanted in the analog world but was too costly to afford. The detail is of course not what it would be in a 4×5 or 8×10 film view camera but the feel of looking through the iPad display is both exciting as well compositionally inspiring.

Arkansas - wood cut

Arkansas - wood cut

I produced a walk through video of Tips Across the Waters recently and you can see it here on YouTube.

That’s it for this entry. Here are a couple more images from the recent trip.

Flying out on Monday - Clouds and Hidden Landscape

Flying out on Monday - Clouds and Hidden Landscape

All photographs were made by Jim Goodin.

Happy Thanksgiving and iPad Pic Daily tweets

For those here in the USA many wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving today with you and your family from myself and Wood and Wire Ware. For me I’m celebrating with my immediate family today and then traveling with my daughter tomorrow to my native land of Arkansas to celebrate with sibling, sibling spouse and parent there. Very much looking forward to both.

One area related to mobile apps and this blog is a random photo series I started several days ago taking one to two to three pictures a day made with my iPad camera documenting the day and tweeting them. I’m particularly enjoying photographing through the iPad as it feels like photographing through an 8×10 view camera.

Three images made this AM in celebration of the day and the fall are these, Thanksgiving Day Detail 1, Thanksgiving Day Detail2 and Thanksgiving Day Detail 3.

Follow me on Twitter to see my images and reflections daily at jimgoodinmusic.

Remember my first app available through the Apple store, a currency converter and tip calculator, is at Tips Across the Waters.

Have a wonderful holiday!

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