Good Things from Other People — September 12

Portland’s Community Podcast Studio

There’s an Airstream trailer here in Portland that’s been retrofitted as a podcast studio. Stream PDX has only just launched, but it has the potential to help a lot of folks record audio who wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

Rachel Nabors’ Intro to the Web Animations API

If you still don’t believe that documentation can be mind-blowing, check out “Using the Web Animations API” on MDN. Rachel Nabors created incredibly gorgeous animations as a part of this introduction (with the full code available to look at). Rachel’s animations are drawn from Alice in Wonderland and I want to see the rest of what Rachel would do with that story!

Mideast Tunes

How do you push for social change in countries with tight censorship? Mideast Tunes is using music to spread messages of social change, as well as to give artists a platform. The organization running Mideast Tunes is Majal.org, which also runs a variety of other projects (check all of them out!). Meri Williams has offered to match donations to Majal up to $10,000.

Good Things from Other People — April 22

Probably the Best Video Synth App of All Time

Jason Grlicky has been working on Lumen for years, creating a software video synthesizers with an enjoyable number of buttons and knobs. I’ve seen a couple of pieces created using Lumen already and there’s a level of artistry that I never expected — and you can use it to make .gif-worthy animations.

Portland’s Slice of the Action

Mattermark did a nice little piece of analysis on the money raised by startups in different cities. The really short version? Most major startup hubs are losing momentum, financially speaking — NYC’s volume of investments dropped 81.68 percent from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. But there are still plenty of cities where the volume of investments rose dramatically, including here in Portland: Up 674.55 percent from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016.

The Best Rebuttal to Alex St. John

This essay from Amilia St. John is well worth the time you’ll spend reading it. It’s a clear rebuttal of the arguments her father, Alex St. John has made online. Amilia has also taken the time to cite her sources and provide context, while also still maintaining a sense of humor. And Amilia’s explanation of what would really happen if her father’s opinions were correct has a certain delightful twist to it: “Given my allegedly inflexible millennial tendencies and gender inherited victim complex, I have no doubt I will eventually give up on tech and be forced to move into his home (I hope he has space) where I intend to start my dream blog about the college tuition bubble and how baby boomers ruined our economy.”

Following Up from Last Week

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