The Quick & Dirty:

  • 9+ years in the biz, 10 messing around
  • All the latest in HTML, CSS, JS & PHP (Sorry, no .net or Ruby skills yet)
  • Cross-browser compatible code from Photoshop or Illustrator files.. or napkins!
  • Custom Specialities in Wordpress theming & plugins, Twitter & jQuery
  • Subversion, server-log analysis, and blocking hack-attempts (of late).
  • Data/Project Geek. I ♥ timelines.

I’ve compiled some handy PHP functions I’ve had to whip up. More extensive code-samples are also available.

Wordpress-from-Photoshop/Illustrator

Wordpress-from-static HTML

Wordpress-from-Photoshop

interaction design

What’s Next, Steve?

I’ve suggested a few things this week to friends regarding Apple’s previous CEO. First, is that they have had a “succession plan” in place for a few years now. Second, that Jobs was much more than a CEO. People use terms like “visionary” do describe this quality, but fact of the matter, he ran Apple …

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Posted in desktop, desktop theory, Futurism, hardware, innovation, interaction design, life-of-a-geek, Mac, Microsoft Courier, mobile, Perspective, Social, Software Comments Off

Ben Bashford – Notebook of Things – DisplayCabinet

This is such a fun idea. Some people might not like the “totem” idea, saying “What if it gets lost or can’t find it?” But there are plenty of applications that use totems already, particular… children’s toys! Can you imagine a kid putting cookie monster on that circle & the latest Sesame Street clip with …

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Microsoft Mobile Surface

I can honestly say that I’ve had this same idea in my head for 3-4 years now. It’s why I got an architect/drafting desk. As much as I want a projection on my desktop, I wonder about the problems associated: namely, when I have a book I need to lay down (but could be good …

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Freedom of choice, or freedom to move on

The Economist has a blog post (2 years old!) regarding freedom & user-convenience. It’s nice to see the author string together various contexts suffering under the same problem (from e-med records to the everyman’s Mac/Win choice). But this is a common issue at hand, and actually, one which theologians are often faced with. I recently …

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Posted in 'net, bureaucracy, design, desktop theory, economy, Futurism, history, Ideas, interaction design, lies-damn-lies, life-of-a-geek, Linux, Mac, Perception, psychology, Software Tagged , , , , , , , , , Comments Off

New Tech, and How to Sell It

I did a little run-around town today.. which included purely accidental bump-ins with 3 semi-competing tablets: Nook, iPad 2 & Motorola Xoom. Had I cared, I could have also played with the Amazon Kindle. And, just for fun, I also played with a 21″ HP All-in-one and Dell’s touchscreen-netbook. The latter BOTH had Win7 Tablet. …

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The Future of Web

Awhile back in the recent past (as some may remember), Wired had an article claiming, “The Web is dead, Long live the Internet.” I get that.¬† Especially as my phone updates it’s status & downloads RSS feeds & images in non-HTML+CSS formatting/without a “browser.” Here’s the kicker: why are websites still around? I’m sure there’s …

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Posted in 'net, desktop theory, Information Design, interaction design, life-of-a-geek, Reviews Tagged , , , , Comments Off

Back in the biz, oh yeah, nothing changed..

There’s always been a line-of-division between those who make pretty pictures, and those who have to make those pictures do something. Interaction designers have come to fill the void, but if there are none, there remains a 1999-level of disconnect. You remember last century, right? The one that gave us OfficeSpace, Matrix & Fight Club? …

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Posted in coding, design, development, Information Design, interaction design, life-of-a-geek, Project Management Tagged , Comments Off

Super Sized LCD Calendar?

Small whiteboards: can I do this with google-calendar?

So I’m catching up on some news/blog reading, and I see this post:¬†Before & After: Miki’s Super Sized DIY Dry Erase Calendar | Apartment Therapy Chicago. In particular, there’s this trend of oversized calendaring going on lately, and I’m kinda game for a techy version of this: These cute, tiny, hand-scrawled whiteboards aren’t exactly google-calendar …

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Virtual keyboards need Materiality..

I wonder what would happen if you took some thin cardstock and cut out the iPad keyboard’s keys. It would be a inverted keyboard – keys going down, instead of up. The point is to give your fingers some edges to know where keys are without looking, enabling faster typing for longer durations (read: blog …

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Computers are anti-reflective, people are hard to predict, and maybe I have a solution

It seems that computers, without features like a global “recent documents”/history, stop us from realizing just how much time & anti-productive we’ve been. Sure we can view our browser-history & recent-documents in Word, but that’s still disparate & no one will do that. There’s really no features which allow us to analyze our activities on …

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Posted in desktop theory, Gnome, Information Design, interaction design, Project Management, Software, window managers Tagged , , , , , , , , , Comments Off