August 2006

Vacation

We just got back from a 10 day adventure to the east coast.  We spent the first 5 days in Lake George with Danny, Dad, Me and all wives/kids.  It was a good time.  We went fishing and caught bass.  We canoed on the lake.  At one point, Abigail and Ethan wanted to canoe together on the lake.  I was hesitant but everyone else thought it was ok.  On the...

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Books and Good Design

Had a great conversation with Abigail about books.  I suggested The Autobiography of Malcolm X.  Lots happening.  I am out of my regular schedule.  This page from Don Norman caught my eye.  I aspire one day to be on it.  Read the part about Outlook.  I had no idea this was possible.  In the date field you can type ‘Next Tuesday’ and it will work.  Type two months, and it will...

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Shaved Head

I am thinking I should go Andre Agassi and shave my head.  Or maybe I should just use the buzzer with one spacer and have it super short.  Please vote.  Shaved head or not.

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Lorem Ipsum

Many designers use a particular set of latin for "dummy copy".  It starts with, " "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…".  On a lark, I looked up it’s translation on this website.  Apparently, it has been in use for 500 years.  The translation is pretty surprising.  Basically it is talking about sadism.  Take a look at the 1914 translation.  

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Empathy in Interaction Design

I just read a passage in the book Flow. (page 148) I had to highlight it. Since childhood he had been fascinated with machinery of every kind. He was especially drawn to anything that wasn’t working properly: "Like when my mother’s toaster went on the fritz, I asked myself: ‘If I were that toaster and I didn’t work, what would be wrong with me?’ " Then he disassembled the toaster...

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Quiet Friday

I just got into work.  The floor is dark.  None of the lights are on.  No one is here.  Should I streak down the halls buck nekkit?  Helllloooooooo! (echo) Fridays here are often like this.  Reminds me of the night Andy and I played pool at Sporting Life.  It was a converted warehouse, huge tall ceilings.  We were the only ones left.  They shut off all the lights except for...

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WordPress Continued

Getting a little comfortable with WordPress now.  The way plugins work is actually pretty easy.  I tried out a whole bunch of standard editor plugins.  The reason for this is that the out-of-the-box WordPress does not include spell checking.  I tried 5 different ones. Ajax Spell Checker EditorMonkey Visual.SpellCheck WYSI-Wordpress Xinha4WP combined with Text Control The last one is the one I am using now.  Looks pretty powerful.  This is...

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DirecTV HDTV

DirecTV sent me a letter.  It looks like they finally figured out the legal issues and now can broadcast local channels in HD.  This has been a big competitive pitch by the cable companies.  So the letter said, 'Call us and we will hook you up with a new satellite and a new receiver'.  This kind of annoys me because I just (last year) bought (out of pocket) a new...

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