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

desktop theory

The Future is half-way here ..both halves

Everyone wants the future to get here quicker. Awhile ago it was battery life for laptops. That dissatisfaction allowed explosive growth for ARM-based devices (iPad, Tablets, etc). But on the software side, the iPad & Android tablets are only halfway there: they’ve got the UI, tonnes of “apps” & user-buy-in, but the ability to do …

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Smartphones, Tablets & Dumbphones: Which are glanceable?

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m into tech, and that perhaps too much (by most reasonable standards). But what gets me about tech isn’t the tech itself (believe it or not!). I’m actually into 2 very distinct aspects of tech: it’s knowledge-utility, and the consequence for daily routine (ultimately very psychologically focused!). I’ve ¬†recently posted …

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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

Microsoft Courier.. the non-tablet

So as I read over the latest of the latest, I notice one sorta-important feature: vapor-ware still being fawned over. Ah yes, that dream of a bygone era: Microsoft’s Courier. The funny thing about this is how OLD this dream is: September 2009! Almost 2 years! Like, 700 days or something crazy! It’s still in …

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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

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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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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Linux Window Manager Idea: Dual Taskbars

Right now, I’m too busy to config, code or otherwise spend time doing what I enjoy: try out & build desktop UI’s. My long-term interest has been a 2-panel approach, with Easystroke to minimize or move windows, and Devilspie to place them on either the right or left panel. But I have been entirely without …

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