Archive for January, 2013

F. Stokes

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Pretty sweet song shot in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Kinda funny how it starts out though: “make some noise if you’re from a town with less than 100,000 people.” Madison is more than twice that and doesn’t feel all that “small towny” to me. If you’re from Brooklyn though, I get it.

He’s doing a Kickstarter too.

I love that he played at BendyWorks and Jim says:

“I found myself trying to explain why we were doing this and there was no good reason,” Remsik says. “So that’s why we should do stuff like this, because there’s no good reason to do it.”

Uke is Done!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

From the good folks at mya-moe ukuleles.

And the process pictures. Can’t wait to get it in the mail.

Ghostbusters: Now That’s a Startup

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Not too far apart from every other startup:

New American

Friday, January 18th, 2013

The AA rebrand seems pretty ubiquitously loved. I like it myself. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the really nice presentation of the launch page, despite some traffic load hiccups.

You gotta wonder though.

Related: Graphic Design Criticism as a Spectator Sport

15th Ave

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Tons of stuff from Portlandia is about my old hood. This one is especially close to home though, as it’s about renaming 15th Ave, and it starts with them on Killingsworth. (I lived literally on 15th and Killingsworth).

They rename the street Martin Luther King Sr / Mel Blanc / KuGuPu / Steve Jobs / Ken Kesey / Film History / Calligraphy street.

Must Be Rough

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

I get a good amount of emails from businesses that are looking to hire people. Hiring good people is so difficult these days, they say.

I dunno. I think you are doing pretty damn well if you are hiring people at all. I’d love to be doing so well in business that my problem is finding people to give money to.

“We Fight For Love” or “Someday, Somehow, Someone’s Gotta Pay”

Friday, January 11th, 2013

This song is so badass. It plays in the credits of Commando and it’s impossible to find on album or digitally.

The Pastry Box Project: Everyone Should Blog

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

I’m doing The Pastry Box Project this year. I’ll have an article a month. My first one was published, which I’ll re-post below. I just sent them another one too. I like the style over there. Kind of think-y experiential posts that I normally wouldn’t probably write, but do enjoy it.

I wish everyone in the world would blog.

Did you solve a tricky user interface problem today? I’d love to read about the options you considered and why you picked the one you did.

Did you use some technology that you never used before today? I’d love to read about why you avoided it at first and why you came around.

Did you eat at a great restaurant this week? I’d love to read about what you ordered and what it was like there.

Did you subscribe to a new podcast recently? I’d love to read about why you chose to subscribe and your review of it.

Did you buy a board game recently? I’d love to hear how your first time playing it went.

I enjoy living vicariously through you, even for a moment. Give blogging a shot, I bet you won’t regret it.

The Greatest Adventure

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

#1) Glenn Yarbrough has the worlds weirdest voice. It’s my strongest memory from the old cartoon Hobbit:

#2) If you compare the old Hobbit cartoon movie to the new one in theaters now, I wonder which aspects J. R. R. Tolkien would have considered closest to his original vision. The new film is likely much closer, but I can’t help but think the cheesy round faced puffball Bilbo in the cartoon is closer to how he pictured them.


#3) Was the music written out in the book (yah yah I never read it)? Many of the songs used the same root melodies.

Uke Tracker

Friday, January 4th, 2013

My custom ukulele from Mya-Moe has begun contruction and the progress can be tracked.

And the first build shot Aaron Keim sent me:


The System Works

Friday, January 4th, 2013

I had a cool moment today of using my own product.

  1. Someone sent me an email referencing a CSS-Tricks snippet about fonts that they were having trouble with specifically on iOS.
  2. I used the CodePen bookmarket to quickly move it over into a Pen.
  3. To get some text to look at, I typed “lorem”-TAB.
  4. In Chrome, the text looked like the CSS was working. I needed to test iOS, and I wanted to do it on a real device to be sure. So I used our SMS feature to send it over to my iPhone.
  5. Then I read more into the email and they said it was really the header tags that were the problem, so I updated the Pen to have header tags instead of just paragraph text. I typed in Markdown to make it super quick.
  6. I picked up my phone to refresh and see the changes, but OH WAIT, of course I’m CodePen PRO so the preview was already live refreshed and showed me the changes. All seemed well.
  7. I made the Pen private because it’s just a dumb little demo, not really needed to be seen on my profile.

I even used another secret feature that was also helpful but I can’t tell you about yet =). It’s a nice feeling to know that the product you’re building is useful to yourself.