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Now Open Fortnightly

Hi patrons!

As you may have noticed our release cycle for The Menu Bar has been getting a little bit flakey. Occasionally we miss a week without explanation and sometimes episodes are late in coming out.

This is due to some personal circumstances the both of us are facing that make it harder and harder to visit the bar on a consistent weekly basis.

As such, we’re now moving to a fortnightly release cycle. This will hopefully give us the time we need to make a great episode made for you, will allow us to put more effort into the planning & editing stages, leading to even better episodes.

As always, thank you so much for all of your love and support. We have no intention on abandoning the bar and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Cheers!

xoxo Andrew & Zac

Goodnight Internet - By Harry Marks

Friend-o-the-bar Harry Marks finished the poem mentioned in episode 036...

Goodnight Internet, goodnight web.
Goodnight comments never read,
Written by those with empty heads.

Goodnight Netflix, please soon add
the last episodes of Breaking Bad.

Goodnight creepy nerds out there,
Google Glass upon their ears.
Taking pics of girls in college,
Usually without their knowledge.

Love it. The read the whole thing.

Did Everpix Need To Exist?

Friend of the bar (and guest on our call in show episode) Allister Jenks has written a great response to our ongoing ramblings about Everpix's failure, and whether you can pin blame on a single "part" of a business.

Everpix was a great example of how to sex up a product to generate buzz, and even some sales. Great name. Great interface. Great narrative. The big shame was it didn’t need to exist. And now it doesn’t.

Allister systematically goes down the list of all the use cases for Everpix and why, for him, each was not really valuable enough to sustain such a bandwidth heavy business.

Many people did find these features to be worthwhile, but clearly not enough, and that point seems to have gone mostly unnoticed through this whole saga.

Official Menu Bar Wallpapers for iOS

Hi Patrons

I'm delighted to present to you 5x iPad and 5x iPhone Official 'The Menu Bar' wallpapers, exclusive to homo sapiens who listen to the show. I recommend setting the blank wooden version to your device's home screen, and then picking one of the logo'd versions for your lock screen.

These are designed to fit nicely within iOS 7's sizing and layout specs so you should not need to do any additional scaling.

Cheers!

iPhone Retina Wallpapers:

 iPhone Wallpaper 01 "Blank"

iPhone Wallpaper 01 "Blank"

 iPhone Wallpaper 02 "Icons"

iPhone Wallpaper 02 "Icons"

 iPhone Wallpaper 03 "Full Logo"

iPhone Wallpaper 03 "Full Logo"

 iPhone Wallpaper 04 "Welcome To The Bar"

iPhone Wallpaper 04 "Welcome To The Bar"

 iPhone Wallpaper 05 "Featuring..."

iPhone Wallpaper 05 "Featuring..."

iPad Retina Wallpapers:

 iPad Wallpaper 01 "Blank"

iPad Wallpaper 01 "Blank"

 iPad Wallpaper 02 "Icons"

iPad Wallpaper 02 "Icons"

 iPad Wallpaper 03 "Full Logo"

iPad Wallpaper 03 "Full Logo"

 iPad Wallpaper 04 "Welcome To The Bar"

iPad Wallpaper 04 "Welcome To The Bar"

 iPad Wallpaper 05 "Featuring…"

iPad Wallpaper 05 "Featuring…"

Show Notes for Episode 024

In Episode 024 we discuss a whole bunch of films & video games. We decided to post some trailers and links for them here so interested patrons can check out these good thangs.

Pacific Rim [2013] by Guillermo del Toro

Watch on YouTube

Gravity [2013] by Alfonso Cuarón

Watch on YouTube

Little Inferno [2013] by Tomorrow Corporation

More at Tomorrow Corporation - App Store link

Sword and Sworcery [2011] by Capybara Games

More at Sword & Sworcery - App Store Link

Enter The Void [2009] by Gaspar Noé

Watch on YouTube

Bar Terms

Friend of the bar and Call-In-Show-Guest Allister Jenks sent us this bit of genius - a glossary of Bar Terms! We've added a few to it but invite our valued patrons to do the same.

  1. Patron: A valued listener.
  2. Friend Of The Bar: A person who has visited the bar.
  3. Side Bar: When Zac or Andrew mention something then won't discuss it on the show.
  4. Re Bar: Strengthening the podcast by bringing up past topics again.
  5. Fu Bar: Episode 16.
  6. Dis Bar: Talk about someone disparagingly on the show, so they will never be a guest.
  7. Mini Bar: A 15 minute guest slot, such as on Episode 16.
  8. Bar None: The show for the first week of August.
  9. Bar-o-meter: The download stats we said we would not check.
  10. 5-Bar-5: Referring to 5by5 promo code's mid conversation.

Send your suggestions for other terms to @themenubar. This is a living document.

Voicemail: A Patron's Thoughts on Google Glass

Bar patron Jeffrey (@Inthecascades) left an interesting voicemail about Google Glass, specifically how it may not work with all the variations, imperfections, and medical conditions the human eye tends to develop. My (Andrew's) grandfather suffered macular degeneration yet I hadn't really thought about it from this perspective.

If you'd like to leave a voicemail at the bar send a recording from your app of choice to menubarshow@gmail.com

State Of The Bar - 10 Episodes!

Making a thing is difficult.

What is even harder than that is making a thing each and every week. This is one of so many reasons that we are glad to celebrate hitting our 10th episode at the bar!

After what feels like a very short time The Menu Bar has grown into something "real". Real in the sense that there are patrons who visit the bar each and every week, who talk about it on twitter, who contribute ideas and feedback. It's no longer just the two of us sitting and chatting each week - it is a vibrant little community. This means the world to us.

Some stats: We have now spent 13 hours and 21 minutes at the bar. The bar opened 58 days ago. There has been a total of 15 alcoholic drinks served. None drank by Zac.

So, from the butt's of our hearts… thank YOU so much for listening! We are super excited to have made it to double digits, and we are even more excited about what will be happening next at the bar.

What things you ask? These things!

  • We are starting to post more to the wall, and are beginning to take it more seriously, viewing it as a partner to the main episodes.
  • We are talking to more guests and thinking up interesting ways to bring people, friends, patrons, idols, and other podcasts to the bar.
  • We are brainstorming some cool ideas for other things we can do at the bar. We would like to do a call in show where we talk to as many of our most awesomest patrons in an hour - World Wide Menu Bar!
  • Andrew would like to do a poker night where a panel of guests comes to the bar and plays, well, poker. Still trying to figure out how that could possibly work.

We had a bar meeting several episodes ago and talked about better ways to interact with the patron community. The general feeling we got from the feedback is that twitter is the main place for that conversation, but we are going to experiment with using SoundCloud so that sections are comment-able and more easily citable: www.themenubar.net/soundcloud

Andrew says:

I have made a lot of things. Comic books. Animations. Documentaries. Short films. The common theme of all of these projects has been that, ultimately, I end up trading some of my own soul to complete them. Time. Attention. Life. Something is traded, and energy is lost in the conversion.

The Menu Bar is the first thing I have ever been involved in where, each week, I feel that I am enriched by it. It hasn't required me to whip teams into action, or barter favours to borrow cameras. All it's required is me to sit, have a drink, and talk to my best friend.

Zac says:

I start things I never finish. I've dabbled in all sorts of creative endeavors. There is a person who changed all that for me. Enter: Andrew J Clark into my life. I'm honored to call this guy my best friend.

I can honestly say that nothing I have done compares to what Andrew, The Menu Bar and you the patrons give me every week. With each passing episode, I find myself more convinced that we are on the right track.

It has been my long time wish to do something different. To push the conversations we have about technology a little further and a little deeper. It turns out that for years, I've been doing it wrong. I was always trying to rig the outcome as opposed to making room for opportunity to flourish. The greatest things are never truly finished. They are an ongoing conversation. And with The Menu Bar, I think we're just getting started.

Thankyou for listening.

Zac Cichy (licensed Soothsayer) WWDC 2013 predictions

On Episode 009a Zac lists his predictions and wishes for WWDC 2013 (currently 14 hours away). Here they are for posterity and retrospective LOLs:

  1. A discussion of maps, if not a Maps 2.0
  2. Andrew will be visible in a store opening video
  3. Siri offline, more 3rd party integration
  4. OS X will be called Sealion or no name at all
  5. Airdrop on iOS
  6. Maps and Siri on OS X
  7. No iOS hardware, nor an Apple TV update
  8. iOS 7 better keyboard control
  9. Mac Pro redesign, maybe use thunderbolt for expandability
  10. Insane theory: Arm on Mac Pro
  11. "Flat UI" will not be flat, just more focused
  12. Linen will be replaced, Avenir will be used but not the default font
  13. iRadio will be more like Pandora, less like Spotify, and a bigger deal than is currently being imagined
  14. Insane theory: iRadio will integrate podcasts in some way

Episode 009b will be recorded a few hours after the keynote and will be uploaded post-haste! Please bug @andrewjclark until it's up.

Designing The Bar Logo

Patrons have said they like The Menu Bar podcast logo. I take this as a huge compliment, particularly as the design did not come easily. Whereas the idea for the show/bar emerged quickly and organically from an IM chat, the logo proved very squirrelly and for many iterations it simply made no sense.

The very first designs took the name very literally and focused too much on the OS X side of the term.

 This design was unintelligible and made almost no sense. With the File Edit text it made it more recognisable, but it also drew the eye. Very confusing and didn't at all communicate a cool place to hang out.

This design was unintelligible and made almost no sense. With the File Edit text it made it more recognisable, but it also drew the eye. Very confusing and didn't at all communicate a cool place to hang out.

 Next I tried putting some more emphasis on the "bar" side of things. A half drunk whiskey glass and an iPhone? Seemed a pretty good summary of what we wanted to talk about. And get it... It's IN the Max OS X menu bar ... Still no good.

Next I tried putting some more emphasis on the "bar" side of things. A half drunk whiskey glass and an iPhone? Seemed a pretty good summary of what we wanted to talk about. And get it... It's IN the Max OS X menu bar ... Still no good.

 Again, exploring the alcoholic beverage side of things I messed around with stock footage of bars, drinks on tables, etc. The thing we kept coming back to is we didn't want to emphasize either interpretation of the name so much that people wouldn't "get it". Too alcoholic and we might miss the tech ppl, too much about OS X and people might think it was an apple support video.

Again, exploring the alcoholic beverage side of things I messed around with stock footage of bars, drinks on tables, etc. The thing we kept coming back to is we didn't want to emphasize either interpretation of the name so much that people wouldn't "get it". Too alcoholic and we might miss the tech ppl, too much about OS X and people might think it was an apple support video.

 Then finally… brain wave! 3 words & 3 icons. These could represent what this bar for our friends would be all about.

Then finally… brain wave! 3 words & 3 icons. These could represent what this bar for our friends would be all about.

 Getting closer. I don't know why I liked the idea of a bevel and drop shadow. The flat UI police would have executed me.

Getting closer. I don't know why I liked the idea of a bevel and drop shadow. The flat UI police would have executed me.

 Adding the wood immediately breathed some life into the logo, but again I tried to add depth to the text and icons.

Adding the wood immediately breathed some life into the logo, but again I tried to add depth to the text and icons.

 A bunch more twiddling, fiddling and tweaking and voilà - the final logo.

A bunch more twiddling, fiddling and tweaking and voilà - the final logo.

It gives a sense of the atmosphere of the show. It's rich and textured and pops out in the iTunes Store. It also has the feel of a carefully crafted, clean, well lit place - like if an Apple store and a bar were fused into one.

But best of all it explains the whole point of the bar.

Alcohol. Technology. Talking to Friends.

by @andrewjclark

An Australian Care Package For Zac

Andrew surprised me at The Menu Bar this week with mystery box full of goodies from the mystical land of Australia! I unboxed it on Episode 003, but in case you wanted a visual, here are some pictures for your enjoyment. Thank you SO much Andrew :)

- Zac

Box Items

  • Custom @zcichy Coffee Mug
  • No Blunder Down Under, Aussie Slang Book
  • Vegemite
  • Milo
  • TimTams
  • A delightful Boomerang
  • 3D Printed Apple Logo
  • And of course... A Wombat.
 👊👊 4 lyfe. Listen to Episode 003 to understand the reference :)

👊👊 4 lyfe. Listen to Episode 003 to understand the reference :)

 Not mentioned on the show, but Andrew 3D printed an Apple logo for me. Seriously. How cool is this!?

Not mentioned on the show, but Andrew 3D printed an Apple logo for me. Seriously. How cool is this!?

 Everyone *needs* a Wombat.

Everyone *needs* a Wombat.

 Australian slang. Andrew will be quizzing me on this soon. :)

Australian slang. Andrew will be quizzing me on this soon. :)

 THESE ARE DELICIOUS. If anyone knows where @zcichy can buy more in the US, please let him know immediately.

THESE ARE DELICIOUS. If anyone knows where @zcichy can buy more in the US, please let him know immediately.

 So much amazing stuff! Vegemite, Milo, and a Boomerang too!

So much amazing stuff! Vegemite, Milo, and a Boomerang too!

Introducing The Wall

What is a bar without a wall?

The wall is a place for things we want to share with you. These things may be related to specific episodes, feedback from patrons, or whatever the bar staff feels is worthy of your attention.

These posts will be like tweets, but longer.