1Password for Journalism

Swapna Krishna writing for 1Password:

It’s not an easy time to be a journalist, which is why we want to recognize World Press Freedom Day. On this crucial day, we celebrate the freedom of the press, defend and support the independence of journalists, and honor those who have lost their lives while reporting a story. Journalists are increasingly under attack, thanks to the proliferation of fake news and direct attacks from celebrities and those in power. What’s more, dwindling salaries and budgets for newspapers, websites, and magazines translate to fewer resources to tell important and necessary stories. Journalists are being laid off in huge numbers at a time that a free and independent media is more crucial than ever. We know just how vital journalists are to the fabric of our society and how stretched their resources can be. Journalists often put their reputations and their lives on the line to report stories. This means that they are often targets for doxxing, harassment, hacking, and other security nightmares.

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This is why we offer 1Password for Journalism, which is a 1Password membership for reporters that is completely free. Journalists can sign up by entering their name and work email on our 1Password for Journalism page; we’ll be in touch to confirm any necessary details to get your press status added. And if you’re a freelance journalist without an organizational email? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Just enter the email address you use for work and we’ll follow up to qualify.

I love the fact 1Password is doing this. Journalism has always been interesting for me and something I consider to be an honorable profession. I’m glad a company like this is making it easy for journalists to make their work safe from any nefarious parties.

Reeder Is Back and Better Than Ever

Matthew Cassinelli’s review of Reeder 4 dives deep into the chasm of what this new RSS reader app offers.

Spoilers: there’s a lot to this app, Reeder has really outdone themselves with his app and I hope they continue to innovate and improve reading RSS on iOS and macOS.

Just Be You

Lee Paterson on LJPUK:

Something changed for me in the last year with my writing and based on feedback I’m getting it’s for the better. When I started blogging back in 2008 I stuck to a niche (at the time it was guitars) then I moved into technology a little while later based off the back of my freelance stuff. What I’ve found though in the last year is that I’m writing more personal (posts like this one) and not worrying about sticking to any sort of niche, just writing about what I’m passionate about or is on my mind.


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I guess what I’m trying to say as I’m starting to ramble is if you have a personal blog just BE YOU. Write about your passions be it the latest gadget you love or the most recent movie you’ve enjoyed.


Like so many things Lee writes, this post spoke to me at my core. Recently, I spent time on Twitter contemplating the name of my site. While doing so, I forgot that the name of my site doesn’t matter if I don’t know what I want to say on it.

My answer to that is this, Rocket Panda was created because I wanted to have a name outside the box Tablet Habit was putting me in, and I have slowly done so. I plan to continue to do so, and write about the things I want to write and not worry about my “niche” as much.

How to Make Marbling Artwork on the iPad (Free iPad Wallpapers)

After buying my iPad Pro I have been looking at the box and the wallpapers that shipped with iOS 12. The swirls and ripples of color always caught my eye. After some time admiring it I rememebered watching a video from Field Notes on how they created their own similar effects with acrylic paint and thickened water. That process was called Marbling and after some quick searching I learned you can do something very similar on the iPad. Here are some examples I have made in the 20 wallpaper pack I have created.

It has been very rewarding to create art that I love, and it’s been therapeutic for me as well. If you want to give it a shot it is actually fairly cheap and easy to get started. Here’s how I do it.

The app I use for this is Procreate, but from what I understand you can use other apps for this as well. So long as they have a Liquify effect you should be fine.

Once there I make a blank canvas for the size of my screen and change the background to my color of choosing — in most cases I choose black as that looks great on the new iPads and iPhones with OLED displays.

Making a new image from the screen size of the device in Procreate

Changing the Background color in Procreate

From there you can start adding the colors you want to use for the Marbling. It is also a great time to play around with different brushes as well with Procreate. Alternatively you can import an image into Procreate and use that as your starting point for the Marbling. I did so with the artwork of the Supercomputer podcast at the request of Matthew Cassinelli and it turned out great (I also have it in the 20 pack of wallpapers below if you want it).

Colors added to a canvas prior to Marbling in Procreate

Once satisfied with the colors you have added, this is where the Marbling starts. Just tap on the magic wand in the upper left of your screen and select “Liquify.”

How to Liquify an image in Procreate

Once in the Liquify stage you will see a number of options on the bottom and sliders for those options. All of these are better learned through experimentation. It took me under 20 minutes of playing around to understand each one. I recommend you start using the “Push” option first and get acclimated with that. Don’t worry about making things perfect when starting out. Your goal should be to make a mess and learn what each of these tools do before you really start making something.

Liquify options in Procreate

From there it is just a matter of getting the Marbling to your preference. Play around with the different options and sliders, you can always undo and action by tapping with two fingers or redo something by tapping with three fingers. Once done you should get something like this, or whatever you prefer to make. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to make your wallpaper art.

Final product of Rocket_Panda Marbling

From there just tap the wrench next to the effect tool you pressed earlier and share it out to the world (or your Photos app).

This image I made is part of the 20 images you can download here for free here.

The files are in a .zip file in Google Drive so if you want to get them on your iPad I recommend you use this Unarchive Shortcut and save the files to your Photos.

If you prefer you can download it via Dropbox as well.

I am open to other color schemes and/or images you want to have Marbled as well. Just let me know on Twitter or via email what you would like and I will be happy to make it!

Podcast - And You Are?: Jeff Perry

Greg had me on the podcast recently and I came to some realizations during our conversation about my inability to continue with projects. I love this podcast and it was a pleasure to be a guest on it.

Also, Greg managed to edit this is record time. We recorded the episode Sunday and he posted it the following Tuesday. Insane!