As Nick wrote today on the Blue Flavor weblog, it’s true and official: I’m leaving Blue Flavor. I’ve had one hell of a time with this group of people and I’ll miss them all dearly, but it’s the right move for me now and I’m thrilled to see where it leads. In short: I’m open for business. I plan to spend immediate future doing freelance development...
So my recent Design by Hümans order never arrived. The postal service claims they delivered it on February 25 in the afternoon, but no one in my building ever saw the package, and no one rang my doorbell. I called the USPS to ask them what I should do about this. The eventual result: Not much. Apparently, if an uninsured package (it was just tee shirts, after all) goes missing or is...
(Shitty writing + Ridiculous direction) > The power of Christian Bale.– My math for the impossibility of the recently announced Terminator 4 being any good.
You made the first contact. Just like the Borg. You’re like the kid Borg....– My mother
Bunny Suicides →
What’s really great about these is not just how smart and genius each suicide idea is, but just how many there are. It’s staggering. This artist must have been entire years of his/her life drawing these. (via sujay) Update: Jesper reminded me that these came from The Book of Bunny Suicides, which I remember seeing and which I might now buy.
Brian Fling: Today I had a great idea for a movie: A short film which features a man running from something in the city. Fast, always running, getting away from something. At the end, just when he thinks he escaped, someone walks up to him casually and shoots him like 10 times. I’m already 10 pages into my treatment. Damn it!
I was cleaning up some old Writeboards in my Backpack page when I came across some great movie ideas I wrote a long time ago: A man buys a cup of coffee from a street vendor, and from the cup comes a genie who promises to grant three wishes, but only if they’re related to street vending in some way. A short film which features a man running from something in the city. Fast, always running,...
I mean, you buy them and then you cook them in boiling water for ten minutes. I...– Shawn on cooking lobsters
A Love Story →
One of my biggest fears when sending text messages of any meaning is that I’ll send them to the wrong person. This is a heartbreaking case of that happening to someone. Then again, I rarely get text messages declaring random love for me. If I did, though, I wouldn’t believe them. Unfortunately, Richard did. Awesome and awful.
In case you only read the site via RSS or through the Tumblr dashboard, I just thought I’d let you know that I redesigned again today. It isn’t that drastic of a change, really, just a little new paint (hah! pun!). Statistical fun: This is the 15th design since November of 2005. This means on average I change my design once every 1.8 months. I have problems. You can view most of the...
MRPC: Episode 29 →
It has been a while and we’re back with more audio goodness. What a lovely night for a new episode: a lunar eclipse, people leaving home without their shirts on, crazy blind dates and Garrett’s amazing cooking skills. Happy 29th, MRPC, you’re almost 30!
Does it bother anyone that the current spy satellite/missile thing is pretty much the basis of the storyline for all of George Romero’s zombie movies? Shouldn’t we be worried the satellite will release a virus on Earth turning the world into a post-apocalyptic bloodbath? Let’s hope that missile hits its target.
I hadn’t thought of the commenter/viewer ratio. I suppose if you have a constant...– Dan on bad commenters (via marco)
A long while back I mentioned Design by Hümans, an online shirt company similar to Threadless, et al. I forgot to follow up and say the shirts are excellent. They’ve held up to several washings much better than my Threadless shirts have, and I like the designs and printing better. Tonight I sat down and ordered a few more shirts, but it seems they’ve discontinued their instant...
Barcode Yourself →
My value is apparently $9.95 USD. Not too bad, I guess. Cool idea for creating a barcode that represents your stats, although it would be nice if it could include your contact info as well. Then it would truly be you in barcode form.
Reminder: Vote for Leaflets at the SXSW People's... →
Head over to the SXSW interactive site and cast your vote for Leaflets in the mobile category.
The Chicago Spire →
I’ve said this before, I’ll say it again: Human beings are not meant to live this far off the ground. Also, if you watch the little rendered intro movie, it looks exactly like the beginning of a video game about zombies or something. “The perfect building, with 1,200 residents, and then, SOMETHING WENT WRONG.”
Shawn Morrison: What are you up to tonight?
Me: I was thinking about building a scale model replica of the Brooklyn Bridge out of matchsticks.
Me: And then murdering the first 3 people I see on the street.
Me: And then watching The Princess Bride.
Shawn Morrison: So you have plans.
We don’t use Macs and Mac software because of the eye candy. We use them because...– Marco in a great post about Macs versus PCs
Verizon: Awesome At least Michael Bay knows how much of a joke he is and can have fun with it. This is actually a pretty good commercial. (via soxiam)
PNGCrusher for Intel Macs →
I frequently need to get PNG filesize down when I receive files from clients, designers, or even when working on my own designs. Up until last year, I used PNGCrusher for these purposes. It works very well, but it was never updated for Intel Macs, so it’s extremely slow to start up. A while back I took some time to recompile the app with an Intel version of OptiPNG, so now it’s...
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull... →
Over the last few days I watched the Indiana Jones trilogy for the first time in years and they’re still some of my favorite movies of all time. Obviously, I’m nervous as hell the new film will tarnish that greatness. After watching the trailer, though, I’m far less concerned. The production quality looks amazing (this was to be assumed anyway, since it’s a Spielberg...
These are plain old cinderblocks, for fuck’s sake. You don’t need to...– Cinderblock seller in a Craigslist ad (via snook)
Ever had one of those moments where you’re doing something completely normal, like, say, making dinner, and all of a sudden you wonder what would happen if you threw the pan of stir-fry chicken across the room, screamed “GO STRAIGHT TO HELL!” and then ran outside and laid down in the snow? And maybe right afterward, a neighbor walks by and stops and asks you if you’re okay...
Vote for Leaflets at the SXSW People's Choice... →
Head over to the SXSW interactive site and cast your vote for Leaflets in the mobile category.
U.S. Army Divisions in World War II →
“Provides a graphic overview of the formation, expansion, and campaign history of all 91 divisions of the U.S. Army Ground Forces from 1939 to 1945. Every infantry, armored, airborne, mountain and cavalry division is represented.” Pretty amazing data charting, and it looks beautiful to boot. (via airbag)
Reminder: Tumblr Users Group on Flickr →
If you’re a Tumblr user and you haven’t uploaded a screenshot and link of your custom design to Flickr, get on it! There are a lot of nice designs in there.
I used to name all my computers and gadgets with a “silver” theme. It started when I worked for a small web company a long time ago where every computer in the office was named after an element. The machine I got was called silver. Once I started working there I renamed my home machine silver as well because it was easier to remember just the one name when using crappy Windows...
Solar Gorgeous. I want this to be my screensaver or something. I can’t get enough. Definitely check out the HD version.
Leaflets is a Finalist at SXSW Web Awards! →
Would be nice to win this after all that hard work. I poured a full month into Leaflets and it came out really nicely. Brian and I have talked about it at a few conferences (as a great example of mobile context, usability and design) and it would be great to have the work recognized. We’ll see!
What’s interesting to me about the outlook of Hillary Clinton being the democratic nominee has nothing to do with the fact that I want Obama to win. It has to do with short-sightedness of our party. If we choose Clinton, we’ll have that much harder of a time getting our party elected to the presidency. Republicans hate Hillary. With a passion. Plenty of democrats do too, actually. If...
Me: Hmm, there's an 8 ticket limit per person for the Feist show.
Me: So I don't know if I can go.
Shawn Morrison: I know how you talked about "getting obese for the spring" but I think that only means you need 2.
Me: Maybe you're right.
Me: Do they have hot dogs there?
Shawn Morrison: I think just oversized pretzels.
Me: That should do. I'll bring crisco for dipping.
Shawn Morrison: Might want to get 3 tickets then.
I can’t believe I did it, but I just canceled my order for the MacBook Air and instead ordered a black MacBook, with 4GB of RAM. Amazon had a $100 mail-in rebate, so it was dirt cheap. I saved over $500 compared to the cost I was going to pay for the MacBook Air. I love gadgets, and I have a problem where I buy them sometimes even when they’re not the right choice. For me, the extra...
Back from an awesome weekend in Whistler, but still in Seattle. Flying back to NYC on Wednesday, at which point normal updates will resume. And hopefully another snowboarding video.