If I were being charitable, I’d say, “The app’s editor is based on the WordPress mobile app’s editor.” If I were being honest, I’d say that Wix copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license. The custom icons, the class names, even the bugs. You can see the forked repositories on GitHub complete with original commits from Alex and Maxime, two developers on Automattic’s mobile team. Wix has always borrowed liberally from WordPress — including their company name, which used to be Wixpress Ltd. — but this blatant rip-off and code theft is beyond anything I’ve seen before from a competitor.
Read Matt’s letter to Wix here. Big love to open source and the people that prize and protect it.
Music news! I am so pleased to have music news to share this early in my Hamilton time. I was super fortunate to get hooked up with Secretary City, an ex-Toronto band that was in the process of coming back together after a distance-spanning and child-rearing hiatus of a few years. Our first show was a very exclusive backyard birthday party, our second is next Saturday, October 15th with Rae Spoon at Oswalds Gallery in Hamilton. (FB event)
New favourite, Billie Jo Spears.
“I have no desire to be a pop artist,” she said. “I couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers.”
It feels like city-moving month is still an ongoing distraction – all my pictures are still on the floor instead of the walls – but I am running out of time to tell people about next week’s shows in Alberta. There is more info about this stuff in a post on the band website, but here’s the quicker version:
We’re playing in Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Calgary, sharing the Ship & Anchor stage at the Sled Island Festival with The Flatliners, and particularly excited to play with old-hometown Halifax band Heaven for Real in Edmonton.
Check out the listings! Tell your western friends!
New album: Anchor Rights
You can purchase digital downloads, as well as prints of Nicole Aline Legault’s glorious cover art on the Big Knife Little Knife Bandcamp page.
Mine below! Video editing is super fun.
Relevant to my interests!
We have a bunch of new things out lately, but it feels premature to point to them overly strenuously just yet because we have even more news coming soon. Consider this an intro.
1. Release date! Our LP Anchor Rights will be released in a week, on April 29. It will be digital-only for the moment, one thing at a time since vinyl takes piles of money.
2. Cover art! Nicole Aline Legault built us some beautiful, intimidating waves.
4. Merch and presale! In advance of the album release, you can pre-order the digital tracks, or pair it with the order of a print of the cover art on our Big Knife Little Knife Bandcamp page.
More video, press, news…
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