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Month: May 2008

Bad Allergies

Wow, today is a terrible allergy day.  I took a claritin, but I still feel awful.  Maybe this is punishment for being mean to Katie.  She deserves better.  I woke up and my eyes immediately started bleeding, then I started sneezing.  I took a drink of water because I was terribly dehydrated and the fluid went straight to my nose.  Now my nose is raw from tissues and my head feels wobbly. I wish I had the personality of someone who goes to the doctor and gets allergy shots.  This stinks. I can’t think straight like this.

Women!

Women!  Am I right?  yes, I am right. Typically, I don’t find this sort of thing amusing, but this one really made me laugh. It made me think of Katie.  She has so much crap around the house that I look at and think, “We don’t need this!  Seriously, we don’t need this.”  So I throw it away and she gets this look on her face like, “You hurt me so much, I can barely keep from crying.  But I won’t cry because you said you hate that.  Fine, I won’t cry.  You are mean.  A mean, mean man, but…

The UX of 36

I turned 36 yesterday.  The day started off rough with a huge mistake I made and some scrambling to fix it.  It kept going with details and a million things to deal with.  I got a bunch done.  Some good product management candidates coming in next week. Then we went to dinner at BenniHanna‘s in Burlingame.  I had gone to Hibachi restaurants every year for my birthday.  It is one of my favorite memories.  The food is so sumptuous, the taste of ginger is so wonderful and the entertainment of the chef cooking right in front of you is awesome. …

FreeCreditReport.com

I can’t get this commercial out of my head. Make it stop.

The UX of Firefox 3 (RC)

Mozilla just posted a Release Candidate of Firefox 3.  I had installed a beta a while back but things have changed much.  The browser doesn’t crash on me anymore, but more importantly, everything that uses JavaScript launches twice as fast.  Gmail is really zippy.  So is Marketo.  EXT apps are wiked fast.  I am very pleased. The big back button on the top left is a nice design feature.  In general, it is clean, fast and pleasing to the eye.  I think they did an excellent design job both technically and visually.  My plugins work (for the most part).  The…

Cross-client HTML Email v2

UPDATED HERE As previously posted 6 months ago, I had been working on a solid design for HTML emails that would work in every client.  The design of that email worked pretty well.  However, since then, I kept getting asked to do the impossible.  Rounded corners, curved strokes and shadows.  As mentioned, Outlook 2007 doesn’t support positioning and doesn’t support background-images.  This combination makes it really really hard to create a decent design. I just upgraded one email for Marketo.  I got the rounded corners to work in all clients, but it was really annoying.  Doing the curved corner stroke…

The UX of Google Maps – Real Estate

Go to http://maps.google.com and search for your house. Then click “Show search options” to the right of the search box. Notice the box “Restrict Results to:” Change the box to “Real Estate” Click search again Notice the left hand side shows real estate listings. Click one of the listings. Click on the detail bubble on the right. Side note: 3bdr, 2bath, 1400 sq feet = $830k.  1400 sq feet! Ok, back to the UX.  I think Google made some serious errors here.  This feature is BURIED under a pile of clicks and drop downs.  I suppose they are trying to…

ShareThis

I love detective work, figuring out how things work.  Here is a quick sample. Rey Bango (proud new papa) posted about a plugin called ShareThis.  The reason he posted it was because they are using jQuery on their website.  So I click around and see that it has a WordPress Plugin.  Easy to install, (click below, it’s cool) and easy to manage.  So, of course, I look at the source.  Turns out that ShareThis uses MooTools as it’s base to build the feature. Interesting that they choose jQuery for the site and MooTools for the script itself. Anyway, I like…

Dan in Real Life

Katie and I just finished watching Dan In Real Life.  We liked the movie very much.  It was a little formulaic,  but the direction, acting and writing were good enough to overcome the formula.  The story had a big family on a yearly reunion as the backdrop.  It reminded me alot of my own family and Katie. The paralels were really weird actually.  If Katie had actually met my brother Dan in a bookstore after meeting me and they fell in love and I ended up with some hottie, then it would have been EXACTLY the same.  But alas, Lindy…

The UX of Web Reading

Rachel Luxemburg was kind enough to forward me this report from Jakob Nielsen on how people read on the web. I have always known that people do not read a web page the way they do a book or email. On the web, people will skim. They will pass whole blocks of text. Their eyes will jump around like mad. There have been slews of authors who point this out, like Steve Krug with “Happy Talk Must Die“. This article brings much needed statistics to the discussion. Some takeaways I get from it. The report itself is too long. I…

The Makers Faire

The boys and I attended the Markers Faire last weekend.  We first went in the morning and then had to leave for little league practice.  Then we biked back without Matthew to spend time before Katie had to go to the Opera.  Both times, we forgot the camera.  Ugh!  How lame are we.  Here are some pictures from other people. The boys loved it.  There were tons of things for them to get excited about.  Giant Statues on Fire.  People riding giant cupcakes.  Solar powered vehicles.  This statue was just awesome to be near.  Man-eating robots. A giant-sized Mousetrap game. …

The Office (US v UK)

The Office is a funny show. Started in the UK, it has since been redone for a US audience. I have been watching both on Netflix through the web. There is a fascinating difference. In the UK BBC version, the main character David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is a total dick. There is nothing likable about him. He is rude and obnoxious. He will spread rumors because he doesn’t like someone. I hate David Brent. He makes me not want to watch the show. However, he is funny to watch because of how annoying he is. Sort of. On the US…