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Saturday, December 20, 2021

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I’ve stumbled upon another sorta-Easter Egg for the iPod Touch, to go with the two-button screenshot trick. I’m not sure how “hidden” this stuff is, but I do know that Apple doesn’t make it explicit as to their existence, so I’ll note this one here:

Some (probably most) games available through the App Store, when launched, will cut off music that’s already playing on the iTouch. It’s an annoyance for me — my primary use for the media player is to hear music, and I don’t expect any other function on it to override that primary purpose. For instance, booting up applications like Safari, Contacts, or the Calendar doesn’t stop the music from seamlessly playing. So why should some game?

Granted, some games are playable only if the sound effects are enabled. But most aren’t; they just have non-essential soundtrack music to go with the gameplay. I’d prefer the audio to be my choice. It had gotten to the point where I’d make it a determining factor on whether or not to download a game, since compartmentalizing gameplay and music-listening would effectively lessen the amount of time I’d be spending with the new game.

But I’ve since discovered, via Touch Arcade commenting, a rather obvious way to keep my music playing regardless of which game is on the screen:

1. Start the playlist
2. Fire up the game, for most games this is going to fade out and pause your music, don’t panic
3. Turn off the in-game music
4. Double click the home button to bring up the music control box (this works anywhere in the iphone os)
5. Tap play and enjoy your game

I guess I should have known about this. I already knew about the double-press home button maneuver for popping up the music control. But I didn’t make the connection on bringing it back up after a game seemingly overrode the playlist. Maybe that’s obvious to others, but I missed it.

From the limited experimentation I’ve done on the games I have loaded on my iTouch, it seems like you don’t necessarily have to bother with Step 3 above — the playlist should take over as soon as you hit Play on the control box. This might vary from game-to-game, although as noted, the control box is a key OS feature (probably on the same function level as incoming phone calls on the iPhone), so I’d be surprised if it didn’t work universally. And some games automatically allow your own music to be played over them, with the added advantage of preserving the game’s native sound effects (which I prefer, although that might peeve some people).

Another iTouch mystery solved. Makes it that much more functional. Unfortunately, it also eliminates a built-in excuse to curb my App Store game purchases…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/20/2008 06:16pm
Category: Videogames, iPod
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So I’ve now got my answer to what became of that Craigslist announcement for a recreation of the Edouard Manet/Bow Wow Wow scenery in Central Park: It was for a feature shot on CrackBerry.com, a BlackBerry fan site.

Click through on the above link to see John Broughton’s “The Picnic in Central Park”, as photographed by Cynthia Vesser. Nice homage, complete with foreground male model filling the seemingly empty hand from the original with a BlackBerry Storm.

The staging of the scene did hit a few snags, though:

Despite only getting one shot in before we were removed by the park police, the photographer, Cynthia Vesser, delivered an amazing photo. The area of the Park that we were in was not covered by permits, and because of the partial nudity we had to pack up the shoot and go before we were able to finalize the scene. We did manage to convince the park police for one shot before leaving and the attachment is what was produced in that shot!

Personally, I think the photo was well worth the excitement! We tried to pay attention to detail -if you squint, you can even see blackberries in the front (but also my cowboy boots still on the girl in the back - she didn’t have time to take them off and stand in the freezing stream). We had wanted to better position the quilt to show the Blackberry name or CB logo, but we had no time. Every time I see the picture, I can still visualize the two park police, standing just out of the frame of the photo on the left - and especially their surprise when the girls started disrobing for the shot :-)

Just as well that I didn’t trek out there to see this action — sounds like it was all too short. In any case, here are the two images that inspired this whole adventure:
Edouard Manet, “Luncheon on the Grass”, 1863

Bow Wow Wow, “Go Wild in the Country”, 1982

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 12/20/2008 01:16pm
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Photography, Pop Culture, Tech
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