May 2006

Matthew: Mine!

Matthew was carrying something he shouldn’t have. Can’t remember what. I said, "Matthew, put that down". Matthew: "Mine" (Matter of fact) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "Mine?" (Are you sure?) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "MINE!!!" (Screaming like a teradactyl) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "Miiiine" (Whining) Daddy: "No." Matthew: "mmmmmmmiiiiinnnneee" (Like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings…’precioussss’) Daddy: "No." Then he just let’s it drop in slow motion. He had a very sad look...

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Creative Genius

A colleague lent me this book. Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzie. I read the first few pages and I am really intrigued. Here is the cliff-notes edition of the first 5 pages. The guy is a sculptor. He visits elementary schools once a month for a whole day. He sits with each grade one at a time. He basically starts the same way. “Hi, I am an artist!...

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JS Motion Tweening

Check out this framework for motion tweening in javascript. This is brilliant. It is pretty concise code. Easily readable. It allows for Flash-like effects making things fade on and off and move on the screen. I am using it for a bunch of effects. It is the best framework of it’s kind that I have seen so far. View the examples.

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Numbers

Monday, May 22 was my birthday. I am 34. I used to be 33. 33 gets rounded down to 30 and is almost like being in your 20’s. 34 gets rounded up to 35. 35 is nothing like being in your 20’s. This is the first time I have felt old. I didn’t do anything for my birthday. Katie might think I am old too now. My hair is thinning....

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Basketball

Ever since Shaq entered the league, I have hated basketball. It was all bump, bump, slam. The post was the worst play in the world. It was boring. What happened to the no-look pass? What happened to the 3-point shot? What happened to faked him out of his shoes that Michael Jordan made famous? Well, I am here to say, Steve Nash is the second coming of basketball. He is...

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Ethan the entrepreneur

Yesterday, we had a great Mother’s Day. In the morning, we went over to Burlingame (a very nice community that we hope to live in one day). Ethan was petting someone’s dog and said that he could make the dog sit. The owner said, “Ok, give it a try, but he is only a puppy.” He called the dog and got his attention, “Sit!” he said and used the international...

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Calling all Word-Smiths

I volunteered with some people at work to help a non-profit. They provide technology and communications specialists to emergency areas. So if an earthquake hit San Francisco to help drive the prices of homes down, then they would swoop in and set up wireless networks so people could communicate. They would rebuild the cellular tower that fell, etc. So they need a brand name. They want to draw in engineers...

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Work Update and Peeing

Work has been really frenetic. So many different projects and so much to do. I got approval to hire and manage a web developer to free up some of my time to work more on Information Architecture and UI Design. The guy we hired was offered alot of money from his previous employer to stay, but he said no. It has always been important to me to look out for...

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NFL Draft part Duex

When the draft was over, I was thinking about the hundreds of guys who didn’t get picked. On this one single day, they go from their old lives as collegiate superstars to the potential of being picked for the NFL (which carries with it a hefty salary check) to being left out in the cold. Of course many of these players will go on to the Canadian football league, arena...

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Da Jets (Draft)

For the second time, since I can remember, I am not unhappy after the NFL Draft. The first time was when the Jets selected Abraham, Ellis and Pennington. All good additions. This year the Jets selected 10 players. (This is alot for a draft). And I am very happy. If I were grading them based on my expectations, they got an A+. They blew away my expectations. If I were...

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