Archive for July, 2013


Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

One day not too long ago a new icon appeared on my AppleTV. Crunchyroll? What’s that?

Turns out it’s a service for watching Anime, and it didn’t take me long to get addicted. The first series I watched was Sword Art Online, in which people are playing a super realistic MMORPG in which they wear headgear to become totally immersed in it. Turns out some bad dude is behind it all and nobody can leave the game or they will die. They have to beat the game to leave. Yeahhhhh can’t stop watching that!

Then I moved onto Attack on Titan. Huge giant humanoids (titans) essentially cover the world and humans have been forced back into a triple-walled city to survive. But all the sudden this SUPER big titan shows up and starts knocking down the wall. Humans need to step it up and fight. So good.

But now I’m caught up with that (it’s an on-going series right now) and looking for the next addiction. I was thinking Naruto Shippuden but…

I’m going to document a few more recommendations from Twitter friends:

Possibly not on Crunchyroll…

And finally…


Emotional Connection as a Superpower

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Dana Guerrieri on Pacific Rim:

Guillermo del Toro built a world where there are a few exceptional people who do a really awesome thing, and those people aren’t exceptional because they’re the smartest or the strongest, they’re exceptional because they can empathize really deeply with another person. He’s telling kids that they can be awesome and special by working together with other people and understanding them rather than trying to be better than them

How To Live With Introverts

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

A great comic from Schroeder Jones in March 2012:


Nah. I’ll pass.

Monday, July 15th, 2013

There is this UI framework Flat UI that got a lot of attention. It was the right style at the right time. Lots of smart people saying designs that mimic reality are dumb, fast is important, not using images at all is ideal, vector icons are awesome, etc etc.

Turns out Design Modo, the website behind this Flat UI framework, ripped some stuff off from LayerVault, a service website that uses this style pretty heavily. LayerVault sent a legal takedown notice.

This was HOT DRAMA at it’s best. Design Modo was trying to be super open with their framework. It was open source on GitHub. Flat design is clearly a trend and you see it all over. Yes there were some similarities but with a trend this simple, of course there would be. Screw LayerVault and their lawyer bullshit! The man is always trying to step on our freedom!

But then you look a little closer and it was pretty clear they ripped a lot of stuff off. Some icons were identical. The color palette wasn’t just close but identical. Design Modo rushed to change some of the illustrations which were the most obviously ripped off things.

LayerVault could have handled this a different way. Our community can be pretty vicious about stealing so they could have just pointed out the crime with a “this bums us out” vibe and the community surely would have gotten the pitchforks out and handled this the good old fashioned way. Instead, LayerVault took a very heavy handed approach with the lawyers and deleting posts off their news site and the whining and such.

Kind of shitty behavior on both sides.

Now many months have passed and this drama is long over. Except. Design Modo is still pushing this Flat UI framework thing as hard as they can. Any publicity is good publicity right? If you go to their site, you can’t even find the free version anymore. What was this cool open source project is now a paid-only framework. The GitHub repo is still there, but you can’t find a link to it on the Design Modo site, you gotta search Google for it.

And now, I get gross emails like this:


No, Design Modo, you cannot spam my email list with your ripped off framework that you’re milking for every cent it’s worth.


Sunday, July 7th, 2013

This is just funny.

This is just exaggerated for effect, but it’s ultimately why I didn’t love it there in the nearly two years in the Bay Area. You’d wouldn’t describe most folks you met straight up snobs, but there was always some hint of it. It’s nearly snob-free here in Milwaukee. It feels a lot more comfortable being just a run of the mill dude.

Negative Nellys

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

I’m doing this new thing where if someone is being all negative nelly on a social network I just unfollow them. Life is tough enough without me reading about your crap. Pretty radical, I know. If I was a better person I’d send you a private note making sure everything is OK and voice my concern about the negativity.

On the flip side, I really try not to post generic negative crap. If you catch me doing it, I’d love a nudge about not doing that. But no hard feelings if you just unfollow me. It’s cool.

Introversion Comic

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Super great comic but Luchie. See the full comic with a nice happy ending.