Drones Across America

I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

Pointer Pointer

Some may ask, what’s the point?

A New Clocktower

At :45 minutes past in my office, without fail, a symphony of chimes and bells from Androids and iPhones sound. This marks the reminder for the next meeting at the top of the hour. No longer a call to prayer, our mobile devices instead sound a call for assembly.

Go where the climate suits your clothes. - Woody Guthrie
circuit texture

Short Circuit : Number Five is Alive

Love this pattern that I saw on CoExist from Fast Company. I don’t think that it repeats, unfortunately, but the texture is techno-fabulous. Here’s the link to the stock art.

Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro

Book Review : Design is a Job

I often waver between an unquenchable need for self-criticism and an optimistic appraisal about where I’€™ve found myself in my career. As this economy continues to fluctuate, designers should take a perspective on what we do as being a pretty good gig.


Are We Ever 100% Complete?

According to Google, I’m now incomplete when I search. Apparently, there is now a competition going on to see just which Nick Cawthon is going to fight to the top of the search engine rankings? Lights out, all-region High School football linebacker Nick Cawthon; or somewhat jaded, psuedo-hipster with the far-away eyes Nick Cawthon? We’ll, time to show these young whippersnappers just what SEO ranking is all about. Boom! I’m gonna clobber him with keyword categorization and, Wham!, optimized headers.

PhoneGap Night at the A's Game

PhoneGap Night @ the A’s : Game Two

Thanks again for coming out to the ballyard this week for our Meetup. We had a great time talkin’ PhoneGap and watching the A’s beat the Dodgers 4-1. Looking forward to our next event and seeing you all around the meetups soon.


Laptop Paradox

Another Surface parody, courtesy of @isaach. Mr Ballmer, wherever you go – there you are.

It takes a long time to become very young. - Pablo Picasso
Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane

Book Review : Elements of Content Strategy

Sometimes the best way to learn about the web design world is to close your browser and open up a book. Erin Kissane’s The Elements of Content Strategy does just that. Just one part of A Book Apart’s series of “brief books for people who make websites,” Elements covers content strategy’s basic principles, its origins and what it produces.



Great post from Subtraction, highlighting some tweaks to the new Twitter logo by APELAB. Doesn’t take long for the interwebs to iterate. Change your avatar today!


PhoneGap Night @ the A’s Game

Had a great time last night watching your Oakland Athletics with a great group of devs who love PhoneGap and the new Cordova build. Thanks for coming to the meetup, we’re going to do it again in a fortnight.

The Business of APIs by Kin Lane

Book Review : The Business of APIs by Kin Lane

The Business of APIs, more aptly described as a well-published pamphlet is a great starter to anyone interested in the use of APIs for business, either externally or internally.

The Anti-Social Net Worth?

The Anti-Social Net Worth?

In all seriousness, I had a discussion with an attorney yesterday who helps tech companies with their IPOs for a living. He thought that accurate pricing and (relative) stability of a stock’s first week of trading was a good thing. Rampant speculation only hurts in the long run.

Moog Doodle

Something about the synthetic nature of Gary Numan’s Cars being reproduced in a browser makes this my favorite of the Moog Doodles. #moogdoodle

Robotic Confluxion

With Devo playing at the MoMa last week, and the unfortunate passing of MCA, this track seemed to merge stories nicely.

Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst

Book Review : Bit Literacy by Mark Hurst

I stumbled upon reference to this book when looking at requirements listed around a User Experience Designer position on Craigslist (not for me – a colleague’s posting, I swear). The posting required any potential applicant to have read the book, and have an opinion it’s merits.

If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? - John Wooden

The Dawn of Manimated GIFs

Anything BOTH chimp and Kubrick-related makes it automatically my favorite animated GIF. Click through to full size image to see the monolithic petting. Courtesy of Teehan + Lax.


iPhone with Frickin Lasers

In addition to assaulting your fellow commuter’s eardrums, you can now also sear their retinas.
[ via fastcodesign ]


OUI Brave a NUI World

This past weekend saw a great turnout for the Interaction Designers Association REDUX – a recap of talks presented in Dublin, Ireland in early February. The San Francisco chapter of the IxDA gathered at Adobe in China Basin on a glorious spring day.

Ghanan Post Office Rhythm

I wonder how this evolved, whether a step in the stamping of letters got overwhelmed by the cadence and had trouble keeping up. It would be a great motivator to make sure you don’t miss the beat, but I can imagine large piles of letters at my desk – still waiting for the next verse to come around.

Chain LinkedIn

The Lay of LinkedIn

Well, OK LinkedIn – you’ve gone IPO, gotten rich, kicked off from using your API and “making money from it”, but now what? Where does this application platform move next?


SXSW Recap [ 1 of 3 ] : Sixth Street of Separation

Wet. Wet. Wet. There’s nothing like the smell of damp nerd to get 35,000 people in the proper mindset to learn and experience the latest in technology trends here at SXSW.


SXSW Recap [ 2 of 3 ] : Trends in Talks & Panels

SXSW offers a deluge of content to try and digest; it’s difficult to make sense of it all. The holy grail of the “Social/ Mobile/ Local” trinity is a tired but obvious reoccurring theme

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SXSW Recap [ 3 of 3 ] : Oversubscribed Serendipity

We’re winding down our time here in Austin, and the nerd masses are readying to vacate town to be replaced by the much hipper and edgier music crowd.


Strata Conference 2012

Prior to attending Strata, I had participated and presented in several data visualization programs that housed within larger, related conferences

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG -- Bill Gates

Drinking Beer through a Straw

I once had a very wise teacher proclaim that using dial-up was like drinking beer through a straw. This was late 1999, and he was riding high with Flash design work and his newfangled DSL. Fast forward to a more tumultuous point of his life 18 months later and indeed, it was all straw for him, as his bandwidth was ruled an extraneous expense. Nostalgic memories of possibility as my 14.4k modem connected me to the knowledge base of the GHWBush world.

Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road. -- Stewart Brand

Google Buzzkill?

Now that Wave has been waived, will Google also kill Buzz for good? I understand that they do not want to compete with their existing platform of +Plus – but Buzz was an excellent way to receive notifications of any changes within your search results or selected keywords. I don’t yet see this type of functionality within Google Plus yet, and it doesn’t seem to be geared towards the same space. Social Networking is a completely different beast than feed / search results monitoring.

A GIFwork Orange

Sex, Droogs & Violence

Another Kubrick Animated GIF, this time of Alex and his droogs drinking Moloko Vellocet at the Korova before a little ultra-violence.

Street Fighter II on the SNES

Defeat Sheng Long to Stand a Chance

The release of this version was a turning point of my teens. I was enough of a loser that I had developed my arcade skills to the point where I was ready to privatize to the console wars. Yet, the separator between good and great players was the joystick, as the default controller was too hard to do the special moves with. SNES, I am with you.


House of API Evangelism

Earlier this year, we at had a great day at the ballgame with a number of developers of API-based applications. No easier way to get nerds together than to offer them free tickets, buy them beer and root, root, root for the home team. One API-guy in attendance was Kin Lane from the professional blog API Evangelist.

Five years ago, we thought of the Web as a new medium, not a new economy. -- Clement Mok
Android Multiply

Android: What’s a Half-Million Between Friends?

The word from Larry Page at the Q2-2011 earnings call deep within the Googleplex is that Android is not actually registering 500,000 new devices a day, as tweeted just sixteen days prior, but instead 550,000. Rubin stated that the growth is 4.4% week-over-week, and up from 300,000 last December.


Tech Compaines Using APIs as Recruitment Bait?

Woe is the tale of Cube Duel, a hot-or-not product for LinkedIn, using their public APIs. We’ve loved seeing the progress of this startup, in that the news went from being banned for being evil, to banned for exceeding limits, to screw it – maybe we should just get bought out by LinkedIn.

If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. -- Omar Bradley
granny playing hopscotch

Foursquare Playing Hopscotch

In March 2010, two location-based checkin services launched at SXSW2010 with only a handful of alpha users and a relatively level playing field. Their features , many of their screens looked alike were fairly simliar too. Not more than four months later – Foursquare quintupled Gowalla in terms of active users.


Orkut and the Social Networking World

[Click above image for animated version] When looking at the next “know” for Omkno, the distribution of Social Networks across country boundaries are always important. We’d like to provide a targeted service and be able to advertise to a specific group of people, rather than everyone all at once.