Procrastinating With Objective-C

One of my TaskFactory procrastination tasks over the last few years involved digitising my small pool of CDs and vinyl and pulling the resulting tracks into iTunes. To reduce the total time cost, part of this involved knocking up a quick and dirty tool to convert tracks with metadata based on naming conventions and directory structure, originally written in C# using the iTunes COM API available from the Apple Developer site. In another burst of procrastination I thought I’d try and craft a version using Objective-C… the original took a couple of hours to research and put together… should be easier with Objective-C right?

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Digesting Comics June 2013

I’ve been getting into sourcing floppies recently from the ladies and gentlemen at one of my favourite graphic art emporiums, Mega City Comics. Its difficult to find the time to pick up issues in person, but the wealth of interesting new material being released at the moment makes it worth the effort. Some of my picks…

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Reading All Star Superman

Just finished All-Star Superman after getting a hat-tip from Comicbookgirl19 in the attached review. I’ve picked up all of Grant Morrison’s uniquely penned content generated since Zenith Phase I in 2000ad, and decided to check this series out when it was mentioned in the same breath as Red Son, one of the few Superman stories I’ve encountered and enjoyed. Morrison portrays Kal-El as he should be, a loving guardian that gives everything he has to preserve and protect life, exploring his motivations and making explicit his link with mythical archetypes by giving him a Herculean task to undertake.

In the past I’ve found it difficult to take Superman seriously as it read like a teenage power fantasy, but over the twelve issue series the writer has developed the hero and his surrounding family into more than mere Deus Ex cyphers. With interestingly fleshed out characters, I can strongly recommend the collected works to people that might have enjoyed the Invisibles and want to get into the Man of Steel.