North by Northeast


Another friend hits the blogosphere!
10 April, 2008, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Local, web

My friend (and for the time-being, co-worker) Ash is going travelling this summer to Asia and I think I finally conveniced her to creat a blog about it: Global Trottage. Her first post on packing (a black art, I’m told) is here.

All she needs now is an Amazon referrer account, so she can get kickbacks on the all gear she’s recommending… enough of it will ultimately add up!

We look forward to reading the tales and seeing the pictures!

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FSJ hilarity
9 December, 2007, 2:47 pm
Filed under: web

FSJ’s flame-bait here is quite an enjoyable post. Based on a post about a “no guns” sign, a reader who supports the use of concealed weapons called upon his fellow gun toters to leave comments on FSJ.

Hilarity has ensued, not only in the original post, but in the second post, and in the many quality comments.

Enjoy.



Whine Time
7 October, 2007, 12:09 am
Filed under: web

I have a real like-hate relationship with John Gruber. You may remember back a bit that Gruber really screwed me over as a paying supporter of his blog. He did finally come through, but it look much too long.

Recently, I sent him an email giving him an update on a blog post where he referenced a pic from the University of Missouri. The pic shows a freshman class of journalism students in a lecture hall, where nearly every pupil had a Mac. A great pic that warms my heart. I sent him a link that Mizzou all but requires Macs for its in coming freshman journalism students. He wrote back within a few hours to say “the point is the increase in Macs in that picture, versus the one taken five years earlier.” I wrote back to remind him that the Mac near-requirement was only instated two years ago, and that’s what makes the comparison “not fair.” I sent him a link to a study at Cornell on the rise of Macs on campus there, across all students (who lived on campus) was a much more “fair” representation of the increased penetration of Mac on campus.

He liked the link so much that he made a post out of it. Without replying to my email, or crediting me for the link, as is standard practice and common courtesy in the blogosphere. I wrote him to kindly request credit for my idea. He declined to reply. As of today, about a week later, he still claims the link as his original thoughts.

When you count his anit-Boston taunts on Twitter, I guess I have a like-hate-like-hate-hate relationship. Well it’s not a relationship at all, because he doesn’t know me from Adam. I doubt he even realizes I’m the same guy that he shafted in the past. If he didn’t write posts like this one, I’d totally wipe all notice of him from my RSS, etc.



Whiteboard Animation
22 November, 2006, 6:05 pm
Filed under: web

This is incredible.

Minilogue/hitchhikers choice

Via Todd Dominey.



Blogging from Flock 0.7
15 June, 2006, 5:15 am
Filed under: web

I read a blog entry today, Introducing Flock Beta 1 which, oddly, translates to Flock 0.7.

Flock was unveiled last year to much fanfare, finally a browser that got the “Web 2.0.”

That was all well and good, until the beta showed there was much work to be done, much promise to be fulfilled. I left Flock after one use. That said, after reading the above blog entry, I was willing to take another look. Direct blogging within the app, direct uploading to Flickr and bookmark sync with del.icio.us… and coincidentally, integrated Yahoo! search… if you’re not up on business in the valley… all three of those entities are owned by Yahoo! Never the less, Flickr and del.icio.us are both best of breed apps, so Yahoo knows how to pick them.

People keep talking about Google secretly building a browser… and here’s a browser built by a private, for-profit company… for Yahoo! Yes, I’m sure Y! has kicked some cash to the Flock kids, too.

This post is coming from the built-in blogging client, which allowed me to enter my WordPress credentials and elegantly hooked me up with instant blogging. You can control-click any page and get a menu option to blog the page’s link… which pulls up the page’s title auto-hyperlinked. Since my WP blog isn’t my tech blog, I will transfer this post to there, too.

The blogging app is just like the one embedded in the WordPress post entry page, if you’re using a Mozilla/Gecko browser. Or, if you’ve used a web forum based upon vBulletin, it’s like the “advanced” composer. I think it’s a little awkward… like a hybrid web-desktop app. I think it’s great on a webpage, but weak since it is a desktop app. Especially, one I’m using on Mac OS X, since the Mac OS provides so many amazing tools for apps to use for free. the best of these, is the automatic text fields… gives a developer/user all the cool things TextEdit can, the best of which is the built-in spell checking as you type and dictionary+thesaurus services, powered by the Oxford Dictionary. All of which are of utmost use to bloggers. There is a spell check option in the blogging client, but it’s average. I mention all this because simply blogging via webpage form has all these great features when you do so from Safari. This app It could really use a keyboard shortcut for hyperlinking. And of course, now a geeky request that will never be answered (unless someone could write a Flock extension to accomplish it?)… I would prefer to use Textile for markup, instead of HTML or WYSIWYG buttons.

The photo section is impressive. The icon image at the beginning of this post is a product of the Flickr uploader built right in to the app. Worked great looked great. Some of the best UI design (visual and usability) in the app.

The overall app is pretty for Windows, beautiful for Linux, it’s only ho-hum for Mac OS X. These guys should hire the Camino crew for their Mac development. It certainly looks better than regular Firefox, though.

[Edit: post post-mortum: I forgot to spell check. Word “blog” (and all derivitives) not in dictionary. If that’s not a goddamn bug in a blog entry app, I don’t know what the hell is. Lame! It also didn’t recognize “Flickr” “del.icio” “Google” “WordPress” “Mozilla.” I’m thinking they should add most of those, just out of blogger pride. I selected “add “blogged from Flock” at the bottom of the post, to see what would happen. I also asked to be taken to the post automatically after posting, which didn’t happen. I also moved the top image, because dropped it in the wrong place. Here we go with take two.]



I made a mistake.
10 May, 2006, 3:59 pm
Filed under: bike, web

The mistake I made was joining the forums at mtbr.com Boy, I'd managed to stay out of forums for the majority of the last several years. Why? They suck all the time out of your day. I sequestered all of my online interactivity to the comments sections of blogs. Much less grippy. All of that is out the window now as I check the mtbr boards several times a day…

In other news, I'll be posting more info on my bike when it gets its new shifter, saddle and pedals, then I'll stop tinkering and start riding, hopefully. I've had a little trouble with Wheelworks… they promised me on the spot install of the shifter they forgot to give me… and when I showed up they weren't even expecting me. I said I could leave it over night. That was Monday and I haven't heard back from them. They also forgot to order my saddle as they promised. Things are going down hill after an initially great experience. We'll see if we hear from them today, or else they'll hear from me tomorrow.

They need a customer database. Seriously.