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

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 about 2 major reasons: (a) websites-as-quick-and-dirty ad-pages (but isn’t that Facebook pages now? whoa, Facebook==Yellow Pages. Ha!) & (b) …?

Anyways, why not have webpages be like the interface on my phone? And there are a million iPad apps out there just for viewing webpage-content. But this has already happened: Twitter’s new interface & Gizmodo, who just did this very thing. Magazine 2.0: The Blog has Died.

It’s funny to me, how web-trends roll. And me knowing how to build these things, makes doing an experimental content/magazine-viewer like Gizmodo’s tempting. The major trouble-spot: scraping other webpage-content. I’d really like to, but I’m sure that’s still not ok. I mean, I read an RSS excerpt, but I want the full-post with all the images. Can I just send an AJAX call over & scrape out the header, footer & sidebar? I’m not using the content in any malicious way; it’s as if they just received another web-request.. anyways, back to work.

Update #1:

Blogs were a handy reset-button for a web-world which desperately needed it. We wouldn’t be here today without blogs, especially the blog-platform. But personal-journal blogs aren’t what I’m on about as much as the newspaper-and-magazine styled blogs: Gizmodo, ApartmentTherapy, even traditional print-media houses like the Economist & WSJ all use the blog+comment+recent posts mantra.

Let’s do a review of styles:

  1. The Print Edition. Found in Newspapers, Magazines, the rarely-used print-format for webpages (which I’ve posted recently from the Economist) and now iPads.
  2. The Web Edition. What most people in Browsers see, and all they often think exist; likely what you are doing now.
  3. The RSS Edition. What mostly just geeks use, but is a quick way to NOT “browse around.” Your content, delivered. Google Reader. The joy of Syndication.

It is, of course, this latter edition which the iPhone made easy, that Twitter & Giz have killed off their web-format edition for. Something which is readable, visually rich, and informationally dense. The prior “web-edition” which most print-media-houses are still using today is not dense enough nor is it readable enough (thank you, 1990-style ads!). The middle is squished by the mating of the ends.

The Future’s Future.
I still believe there is another wave yet-to-come. Google Reader is dandy, but not readable enough, and a tad too dense. I need a smarter Google Reader. One which knows what I like, and filters out the crap. I mercy, I do not need 17 articles on the same topic, be it the 2010 sagas BP and Chile, or 2011′s Egypt. I care, but not enough when there’s only 1 paragraph of new content every hour. Give me a decent article, every other day. It’s fine. I’m not that close, the resolution is too high.

That said, most RSS feed should have a “resolution” setting. Or perhaps the topic/tags should. It’s not really as simple as “tag,” because it’s the intersection of tags which makes the news. This was my last rapid-prototype, before obvious need for re-factoring:

I intended to move the left-color-column horizontally, above it’s most-recent tag-dot, as well as improve the lines & dot locations.

Now I think I’m thinking explicity orthogonal, 2-dimensional. But that’s what Twitter+Giz+TweetDeck+iPhone is. Oh well.

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