you got your first iPhone

§ August 16th, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on you got your first iPhone

so, you’ve finally moved from android to an iphone. great.
here’s a few things you should do directly.

get an iTunes/apple account.
that means you need to give apple your credit card details.
until you do that, you won’t be able to get either free or paid apps.
we’ll get to the apps in a moment.

here’s the apple page if u need it

by having an iTunes account, you’ll get an apple email, like
that will let you go to and sign in.
ya, u could have an iTunes account and not use an apple email, but its easier if u use the…or the now more likely
this page has some help about this:
i should say that my email methods are a little odd for some people, so i’m not the greatest person to get email/itunes help from.
but, to continue…a big reason you want to sign into is so you can turn on “find my iphone”.
do it right away. then if u lose your phone u can locate it on the web.

also, you’ll get 5G of data from apple with our account.
that data is for you to use as backup as well as data in files that are in your email.

you have a mac. awesome.
now you want to make sure your MAIL is in SYNC with your mac and your phone on the go forward.
so many people have trouble with deleting on one device and not deleting on the other.
ugh. don’t be that guy.
you need to move all your folders on your mac in the cloud…eg iCloud.
so, on your mac, you have to make sure you “turn on” iCloud.
that is located in preferences/icloud.
you’ll see it.
sign in with your apple ID on your mac.
click all the apps eg mail/contacts/calendars/etc.
now, when you add an address on your phone, it will show up on your mac contacts app as well.
ditto with deleting an appointment on your calendar app.
but with mail, you need to set ALL the folders into iCloud.

ok, next.


how much storage do you have?
on your iphone, go to SETTINGS / ICLOUD / and scroll to the BOTTOM
here is where you can see how much storage you’ve used

next, same page, note it says BACKUP.
turn “iCloud backup” ON.
now your phone will back up to the cloud when you have it plugged in, on wi-fi, and locked.

next, go back one page to the iCloud page.
note at the bottom it says “Find My iPhone”.
turn that on!
now, you’ll be able to find your lost iphone.

next, make sure all the rest of that stuff is turned on for iCloud as well.

next, personal hotspot.
if you want to use the LTE connection on your phone to get on the internet with your iPad – say, in a car, you can.
create a hotspot on SETTINGS/ PERSONAL HOTSPOT page.

oh, practice pulling your thumb up from the bottom of the screen to invoke a settings page that gives you a bunch of instant changes, eg turn on/off air/wifi/bluetooth/do not disturb, brightness, volume, calculator, camera, flashlight…etc.
Practice puling that thing down as well.
its a little tricky, but you’ll get the hang of it over time.

next, i make the TEXT larger on my phone. i’m old. lol.
you can too.

want emojis on your text and emails?
at the bottom of that page is another “keyboards” click. click it.
add a keyboard, and find EMOJI. add it. voila. instant happy faces and more.

wanna save battery life?
one good way is to NOT use Push Email.
Push checks constantly, and uses a ton of battery.
change “fetch new data” from push to “every 15 minutes”.
i notice a huge difference in battery with this one single modification.

same place – ok, back just one page – set preview to 5 lines. then u can read a fair bit of most emails.
want a signature that isn’t that stupid “sent from my iphone” ? change it here, at SIGNATURE.

There’s a fair bit more you can look at and modify, but the above are the biggies for me.

ok, apps….

here’s what i would use on an iPhone…ok, here’s what i DO use on my iPhone.

Google Maps…i use both Apple maps and Google Maps. they are both useful. have both.
Facebook. well, if you use Facebook, chances are you’ll mostly use it on you iPhone.
Facebook Messenger…well, as of August 2014, you love it or hate it.
Twitter or Hootsuite. I use Hootsuite to access Twitter. there are several. if you use twitter, you need an app.
Speedtest. you are going to find that LTE is way faster than most wi-fi networks. but to be sure, checking internet speed will prove it to you. home/work/car/mall…they all have different speeds.
Dropbox. if u use dropbox on your mac, you’ll want it on your iPhone.
Rdio or whatever music app you use on your desktop. They’ll sync to your iphone. cool.
all of these apps are free.
you can go mental with apps. there are over a million of them. good luck.

press and hold the home button.
a squiggly line shows up.
asap let go of home button.
say in a clear voice “what’s the weather like today”.
it will talk to you, telling you the weather.

do it again, but this time say “i want to go see a movie”.
i use SIRI to create REMINDERS.
i click it and say (fairly quickly, eg without pausing, and in a clear loud voice”) “remind me to get milk tomorrow at one pm”
confirm it.
practice that.

Reminders are a massive help.
you can use reminders on your mac to create or edit, and they’ll show up on your iPhone.
i let it remind me that i lent someone a camera, to get milk, to reach out to bob, and i tell it when to remind me.
brain power!!

ok, that’s a good start on you iPhone.


§ August 14th, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on work

workin’ on my shit


Today’s book

§ August 14th, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck § Tagged Comments Off on Today’s book

Not because I wish to micro dominate anything
But because I’m a member of my local library
I can borrow books like crazy
And I need not overthink what I wish to read
Libraries are awesome
Especially in 2014


life is complicated

§ August 13th, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on life is complicated

how to stay sane in an insane world?

go for a walk!


Thought for the day

§ August 7th, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on Thought for the day

my biggest problem with anything, no matter what it is, is this…if it collapses under its own weight, it probably stopped being fun and interesting and started feeling like a job.  


Good read

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how to be a music supervisor

§ March 11th, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on how to be a music supervisor

someone emailed me to ask what they should do in order to become a music supervisor.  This is what i wrote him back

the single best thing u can do is to intern somewhere with someone who does this already.

arrive early
stay late
soak it in
until then:
know music history
not just the things u think u like
things u have no idea about
all of it
this is not about rock or hip hop
this is about music
maybe its about polka
or comedy
or metal
or jazz vocal
or world
its endless
the easiest part of this gig is loving music.
everyone loves music.
but u need to know music.
school:::  sure, there are some. go if u like. particularly if u have no idea about the music biz itself.
the more you read the less you’ll need what u learn there.
music history.
google that.
you’ll find lots.
watch a million movies.
what do they do?
learn about directors.
don’t limit the style of film/tv u watch.
action, romcom, doc, its all part of what you’ll come up against.
or the country of production.
iran. australia. japan. they make great media everywhere.
soak it in.
i can’t tell you how many people i’ve met who think their record collection is their badge of brilliance.
don’t be that.
be better.
be undeniable.
don’t be a music snob.
be a music lover.
all music.
all sound.
be a good person.
be easy to like.
get along.
be a good speller.
write good letters.
communicate clearly.
don’t be evasive.
don’t be a flake.
be honest.
be smart.
have fun.
it’s a long road.
it might take some time.
maybe years.
don’t give up.
be well


podcasting..the future of

§ February 23rd, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on podcasting..the future of

Located here is an almost 2 hour discussion that claims to be about “the future of radio”.What it’s really discussing is the future of podcasting. That’s the first problem with podcasting and personal broadcasting of all kinds…not being accurate about what you’re selling.

but, i’ll get to that….

First some background.
When i went to Ryerson in the late 70’s, I discovered radio. Oh, i loved to listen to radio – Reiner Shwartz & David Marsden – truly great broadcasters – but i had no interest in working in it until i stumbled on it a month into my journey to be a TV director. But i was hooked the moment i found it, and within 10 weeks i was Entertainment Editor, and by the end of my first year i was Music Director, complete with a $50/week salary and my own cubicle with a lock on the door.
To be 19 with a key to by own personal space? Priceless.
I will take credit or the blame for insisting that jazz and Classical music would be the only thing you would hear until 11AM at CRFM, then with its new call letters CKLN. I MD’ed for 2.5 years. It was heaven. But, i already digress…

Years later, though i certainly was not among the first 5% to discover, claim, use, or have an interest in podcasting, I was certainly among the first 15%. Me and my company – arpix media – began creating podcasts in early 2005 (prior to launching an actual podcast specific company in august called Podzapper…yes, i was just that sure of podcasting’s potential).

In fact, If I wanted to lay claim to stuff like so many others do, I’d trumpet that I/we were first or super early to this or that format, hill, checkmark, or genre.

We created, named, and produced “ReGenesis : ReMixed”. I’m pretty sure we were either the first or among the first to;
get paid to produce a podcast (lol) – this was 2005;
to create a podcast discussing some aspect of a television series – certainly for a Canadian tv series;
to create a podcast based on the music of a television series – probably for the world;

Earlier in 2005, we created Indie6, a music discovery podcast. It charted on some crazy podcast charts as high as #50. We were understandably thrilled.

But then…
Google Video started to show up on our radar.
Youtube was invented by a couple of guys.
People started asking each other if they’d heard of something called “youtube”.
People started to share videos.
People started using the term “viral”.
Just like TV kicked the ass of radio, people into podcasting quickly began thinking about “video podcasting”.
Google bought YouTube.
The world changed…yet again…people ears were taken over by their eyeballs.

All of which is my long story long way of beginning my own “future of radio” commentary.

Here’s the first problem…ask the right question.
Like i said at the top, its not the future of radio…its the future of podcasting…or call it personal audio blogging…or personal broadcasting…all it whatever u like, but we all know it when we see it… hey, i hate the term trans-media…but people have made it the de facto term to describe uh…trans-media stuff…
so, podcasting.

well, just like a two hour video-enabled show of 3 guys at a microphone is devoid of visual information – eg boring by definition, so too is a two hour conversation even with-out visual information.

See, one of the key elements of successful online video is duration!! short wins the race. The beauty of or is every chapter of every lesson is specifically about one topic. Success online requires attention to this.

Far too many personal podcasts are full of “how are you” and bullshit nothing…eg get to the point, and make it a good point, and you will have an audience…if there’s an audience for your point.

Coverville – as of this writing having release episode 1017!! – has been one of the most successful podcasts due to its laser beam focus on cover songs. He delivers the goods.

Here’s The Thing is my favourite podcast. Alec Baldwin is an awesome interviewer and he knows not to overstay his welcome with his audience or his guest. Having said that, his shows used to be w a single guest, but somewhere along the way they’ve been doubled up, as if Lena Dunham and Elaine Stritch were on the same show, but that’s not how I listened to it at the time.

In any event, be brief – unlike this very missive – as very few people will not invest the time in something TWO HOURS LONG! Be focussed, and make eight chapters of 15 minutes each out of your tome. Yes, that takes time. Poor you.

And, FOCUS! Don’t get off topic. The success of the best text fails, or trucks hitting an underpass is that’s exactly what they are, and nothing else. Don’t be anything else. Be ONE thing, and be great at it.

So, don’t tell me you’re gonna discuss one thing, then discuss another.
Don’t then never shut up about it without considering that an edit might help get you more customers and/or consider editing one long thing into several short things (gee…that’s what a tv series does)
Don’t create a video podcast and give me nothing to look at.

Lastly, Apple isn’t the best at podcast promotion. But, its not their job, so don’t blame them. You know what i love? @soundcloud. Soundcloud could totally rule the personal audio space. They are doing a fairly good job with songs, and have some podcasts already, but they could dominate if they had just one talented person behind the scenes with his/her eye on the ring. if you’ve not yet checked any podcasts out there, give it a whirl and you’ll see/hear what i mean. But…it has to get better…its a mess right now.


I love personal radio…i love podcasts…i love communication…but i don’t like to waste my time.

My time is what i’m trading when i decide to interface with you, just like your time is what you had to consider while deciding if you were going to reach the end of this piece just now.

Where to next?

§ January 5th, 2014 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on Where to next?


how cool are you/

§ October 28th, 2013 § Filed under #hownot2suck Comments Off on how cool are you/

how cool are you?  if you’re wondering if you’re cool, chances are you’re not. if you do an asshole thing, there’s no way you’re cool. you’re an asshole. and an asshole can’t be cool. if you want to be cool, do good things, and don’t do asshole things. That way, you can be sure you’re doing the minimum thing that it takes to be cool. And then, you may be on your way. Ya, part of truly being cool is being a good person.

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