This definitive recording is available for a limited time, and exclusively for her Backstage Members, but don’t worry, the cost of membership is only $12/year. That’s right, for roughly the price of one album a year, you’ll get this recording and every other new album she produces!
I usually refresh the design around here by the end of year, and this one comes with some big news, and a little tweak. So, the big news, for the first time in over 10 years, MacManX.com has a logo! Sure, I had a favicon ever since this site started, but it was really just a scaled version of what my header image was when I started out. It was old, low-res, and irrelevant today, which brings me to the new logo, courtesy of friend and co-worker José Marques. The new logo incorporates my favorite shades of blue, along with two M’s and an X (MMX = MacManX), plus it kind of looks like a falcon, and it’s totally awesome.
The small tweak was to the fonts. After being on very slow wi-fi last month, I realized that web fonts are actually kind of lame. If you’re on a slow connection, you sit there looking at a site completely devoid of content while the fonts are downloaded on demand. They look beautiful, and there’s really something to be said about finding the perfect font for your site out of thousands, but the functional tradeoff just isn’t worth it, plus there are some sketchy things to be said about Google Fonts. I went with the Arial family, a font family which is installed by default on over 95% of desktop and mobile devices, and I’d like to give a special shout out to CSS Font Stack for making that choice easy.
I’m very happy with Sorbet, so nothing else has changed. The site should load quicker now without the web fonts (except Genericons, which I’m keeping, because it’s still lighter than using images for the icons), and there’s a great new logo to tie everything together. A huge thanks again to José Marques for the logo, and to friends and colleagues Kathryn Presner and Richard Spees, for always being there to help out when styles misbehave!
Sarah’s first professionally produced album, Soul of the Machine, was released last week! This was indeed one heck of a ride with professional orchestras and chamber groups all over the world recording some of her best compositions under the watchful gaze and mastering of Navona Records.
The album comes with full copies of the scores so you can follow along with the music, and can be purchased on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Classics Online. If you’re a fan of streaming music services, you can listen to the album on Spotify and Rdio too.
Three years ago, I published Save The Environment for Free, a post detailing some of the novel ways that you can help save our environment without having to spend a dime. Today, I’d like to talk about water.
Many of us are used to simply going to the kitchen for a cool and refreshing drink of fresh clean water, but over 800 million people worldwide lack access to clean water, and over 3 million people die from water-related disease each year.
Various charities are collecting donations to provide wells and water filtration to communities in need, but Children’s Safe Drinking Water is taking a new approach by providing two ways for you to provide clean water for free.
If you’re on Facebook, visit PUR’s Daily Drop to donate 10 liters of clean water for the cost of nothing more than a few clicks. If you aren’t already on Facebook, this may be the perfect reason to join.
If you have an iPhone or Android-powered phone, get the CauseWorld app. You’ll gain an average 5 karmas for every store you log visiting. Once you’ve gained 100 karmas, you can cash them in to provide 50 days worth of clean water for a child. 50 days worth of clean water for every 20 stores that you visit is not a bad deal at all, and you aren’t obligated to spend anything more than the effort (and perhaps gas) that it takes to visit the stores.