JavaScript renaissance

JavaScript Libraries are definetely changing the way developers approach the client-side.  Richness in the UI is becomming easier and easier.  (Remember designers: With great UI power comes great UI responsibility.)What is happening now is an explosion of different libraries that all do similar things in different ways.  Of course, I am a staunch support of…

TurboTax rap

David Foltz over at Turbotax pointed me at this video.  I think it’s brilliant.  Apparently they are having a content for the best Turbotax rap.  Now that is some inspired marketing.  They should put this on TV.  Their regular commercials are boring and stale. The work I did with Turbotax last year has been tested this season.  Although…

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My Whole Body Hurts

My whole body hurts.  It hurts to type.  I played tennis yesterday and today for 2.5 hours each.  I joined a 4.0-4.5 league.  The competition seems right. My physical game is ok, but my mental game is horrible.  I am constantly trying to STOP thinking about my game.  Whenever I am thinking about my game,…

A wonderful thing has happened!

I was checking email this morning with Matthew on my lap.  He slid off and sat under Katie’s desk.  I immediately recognized this action.  He needed to go #2!  So I jumped up and said, "Come on Matt, let’s go sit on the potty."  I put him on the throne and he looked at me…

Book, by Glen Lipka

I am interested in writing a book.  It’s hard to get started and get organized.  The theme of the book is this: People who know HTML and CSS, but are newbies or know nothing about JavaScript can create nice looking but static websites.  They can’t add interactivity unless an engineer helps them out.  I was…

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Meet-aversary

It was 12 years ago tomorrow, St. Patricks Day.  I went downtown in NYC with my cousin Andy.  We hit Jack Dempseys Bar.  Is that the right one?  I saw this girl across the room smiling at me.  I asked Andy if he knew her.  he said, "Her name is Kathy, and her friend is…

Microsoft Vista UX Report

I saw this article while searching for the use of animated logos as "please wait" icons.http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511284.aspx It is part of a larger UX guidelines kit from MS regarding VIsta.http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511258.aspx Amazingly, it is quite objective and even harsh against certain Microsoft tendencies.  I think it’s awesome that a company can be that objective and publish "bad…

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LinkedIn

I used to slam LinkedIn for being too complicated.  It was so hard to just get up and running because you needed to know everyone’s email.  However, after using it for a little while, it has grown on me.  It has nice features and a crisp design.  Several UX things they do, I have adopted…

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JSFrameworks.com

This is my idea for a cool site that would help alot of people.  The URL is available now: jsFrameworks.com.  It would have sections for all the javascript frameworks.  The idea is to have similar or identical challenges with the different implementations from the different JS Framework communities.  So, for example, there would be a…

What “Bee” the problem?

Something is definetely going on.  Bees have disappeared all over America. http://digg.com/environment/Earth_Life_Threats_Alarming_Disappearance_of_Honey_Bees  This is not cool.  A third of all of our agriculture depends on these little creatures.  We are not ready to deploy millions of nanobots either!  We are not far enough along to make “The Age of Spiritual Machines” a reality.  I knew…

CSS hacking

I was forced to do the unthinkable.  I used my first css hack.  I was trying to modify the style of an existing UL-LI structure as a row of tabs.  Everything was honkey-dory until I tested in IE6.  I looked at it and said, “Yuck”.  The LI’s were not stacking in a left-to-right format no…

Beard

I shaved the beard.  I like the way it looked, but I just couldn’t get used to the way it felt.  I was constantly touching it and playing with the whiskers with my tongue.  It was a fairly bad Cher impersonation. This is me WITHOUT the beard.  This is me WITH the beard.  Which is…

Ann Coulter sucks.

Ann Coulter is the worst human being on the face of the earth.  Ok, maybe that isn’t true.  Kim Jong-il is worse.  But she sucks.  She just gave a speech and called John Edwards a “#@%^”. (censored, because I seriously don’t want to repeat it, although the news media has no issues repeating it again and again.)…

Germ factory

Matthew has made me sick.  His cough and stuff nose have worked their way over to me.  I didn’t used to get sick before these little germ factories were born.  I used to have to “pretend” to be sick, just so I could stay home from school.  I don’t ever remember actually being sick or…

Telephony

Our whole telephony situation has been in flux.  First, we are sick of Vonage acting like crap.  We are taking our first steps to getting rid of it completely.  Second, we have been sick of Cingular getting crappy coverage.  So we pulled the trigger and got new Verizon phones this week.  It was a surprisingly…