Archive for November, 2007

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Friday, November 30th, 2007

Stopped in to visit Alana at work, but someone desperately needed skull tattooed on their face so I left. # For the past month my evenings have been filled with icons. # Suddenly there are more tasks than time in which to complete them. # Wishing I could work through meetings. # Complete and utter […]

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Friday, November 30th, 2007

Though is was only four days, this week has been hectic. It’s rained the last four Mondays in a row, and the weather has been generally unpleasant so the dogs aren’t getting enough outdoor time. This means Harper (the devilish one on the right whose fur is all smooshed to the side of her face […]

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Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Took morning off to deal with thrown out back. Came in to afternoon shit storm. # Elbows deep in bug ticket mania! Why do I take Ibuprofen? Clearly it doesn’t work. #

Ratatouille

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved everything about this movie, except perhaps the idea of rats in food. Otherwise it looked beautiful, the characters were great, as was the story.

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Someone just asked if I am proficient in dHTML. I wanted to ask where they got their time machine. # Up too late at Witchcraft, left early on account of meat-heads yelling "Ikea! Swedish meatballs!" slept in this morning. # Did something to my back, and now I can’t turn at all or lift things […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

OMG best thing I’ve seen all week! 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Golden Girls.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Bourbon goes high class. I think Bourbon’s always been a great, lovingly crafted drink, but terribly misunderstood. If you were to ask most people what their favorite bourbon is, they’ll tell you Jack Daniels, nevermind that it’s not a true bourbon and is to good whiskey what Heineken is to good beer. With the recent […]

Weekly Link Roundup: Slim Edition

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

10 Absolute “Nos” for Freelancers. The Email Standards Project. There’s some great people behind this, I’m excited to see what’s coming. (via) Where Are All the Women Artists at MoMA? Guerrilla Girls anyone? Great photography from Jill Greenberg. 40+ Excellent Free Fonts for Professional Design. One might argue if you won’t pay for type you’re […]

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Carrie Brownstein, a real musician, on Rock Band in Slate: Not even the creators of Rock Band could possibly believe that playing the game is tantamount to making your own music. There is, however, a sad similarity between Rock Band and some actual bands, and that is the attempt at realness. With so much of […]

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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Is back at work. Is it Christmas vacation yet? # How does one interpret Monday afternoon as Friday all day? #

Post Thanksgiving Madness

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

I’ve been sitting around my house in pajamas for the last 5 days letting Twitter digests accumulate. I had the grandest ambitions of writing a month’s worth of posts in my time off, but instead I tackled the behemoth of re-tagging my music collection. I’d already gone through and done this once, but poetically my […]

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Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Called my Grandma to wish her a happy Thanksgiving, she was wasted hahaha. # Anyone who went shopping today is a crazy person. #

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Making my brine. Dressing’s in the oven. # Time to make cranberries, iron table cloth and set china. Now I know why my mother always ran around like a crazy person on Thanksgiving. # @bridgetstewart only fancy two days a year 😉 # Finally relaxing while the bird finishes in the oven. Too bad there’s […]

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Finishing up the last of client work before the holiday! # Tonight will be spent brining turkey, making my stuffing and cranberry sauce. Oh and running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. # Will not be out drinking tonight, will be inside drinking in my kitchen! # @bcullen obsessive teacher. # Not […]

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Susan Kare, mother of the Mac UI is in Wired today.

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Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Turn on NPR during a long drive last night and but whose annoying voice do I hear? Everyone’s favorite blowhard, Jakob Nielsen! *groan* # @egwiley that’s the best way to do it. i put an amazon store on my site so my family wouldn’t even have to figure out wishlists. # Needs TakeANapTuesday and WeBeGoneWednesday […]

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Jeffrey Zeldman in the newest A List Apart, Understanding Web Design: The winning sites look fabulous as screen shots in glossy design annuals. When the winners become judges, they reward work like their own. Thus sites that behave like TV and look good between covers continue to be created, and a generation of clients and […]

The Pub Rocky River

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Last night Alana and I checked out The Pub, on recommendation of one of my work friends. I was immediately struck by the great authentic old-style British atmosphere. I spent so long poring over the beer list I almost forgot to order food. I think they have something like 28 imports on draught? Notably they […]

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Garrett Dimon gives eBay’s forms a much needed face-lift in this case study. Points of emphasis, using a blur to determine if your form has a clear hierarchy, better field and label relationships and bolder headers. Towards the end he mentions possibly removing the date of birth field. I don’t know why eBay has chosen […]

No Country for Old Men

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted to give this movie a 4.5, but I just couldn’t. I love everything the Coen brothers did with this film, and I loved the acting, but I don’t really love the writing of Cormac McCarthy. I enjoy it, but his stories seem to end in the same place they began, and coupled with […]

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Monday, November 19th, 2007

Hooray for short weeks and long weekends! # Use SimplifyMedia? Add me, username bethdean. Disclosure: when my hd died most of my country, blues, jazz and nice tagging died with it. # What’s an appropriate amount of time to wait before sending a client a second invoice? Considering telling new clients I only accept PayPal. […]

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Intended for the House & Garden website before they shut down are pictures of Amy Sedaris’ apartment. Fake meat, fake cakes and bizarre stuffed animals; no surprises here. I imagine living in a house like this would be like being on mushrooms forever.

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Chicago Type is a photo project documenting found typography across Chicago.

Monday, November 19th, 2007

An actual pilot found the pilot iPhone commercial as irritating as I did.

Professional and Personal Will Never Really Be Separate

Monday, November 19th, 2007

While listening to Andy Rutledge’s 5th podcast, the weekend before last, a line near the end made me pause and rewind. I suggest that if you cannot recognize and acknowledge that purpose in life can only be derived from God, by whatever name you call him, then I’m afraid you do not grasp what “purpose” […]

Infamous

Monday, November 19th, 2007
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re going to see one movie about Truman Capote, see Infamous. Capote presents the story with little context in which to consider it, and whitewashes over Capote’s flamboyant charm and eccentricities which allowed him to gain his position in society and access to gossiping Kansas families, and ultimately the murderers themselves. Hoffman plays Capote […]

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Sunday, November 18th, 2007

booing bad karaoke at the tower # @bridgetstewart India Garden on Detroit in Lakewood does a great small Sunday lunch buffet, and I hear Melt has a good lunch menu too. # Just wrangled what was once of a pair of underwear away from the dogs. # cleaning to Kreator part 2. #

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Saturday, November 17th, 2007

Cleaning house, listening to the Kreator – Pleasure to Kill LP that came in the mail today. # Contemplating a nap, dreading the crowded grocery store later. #

Site Errata

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

By request, I’ve added a preview comment feature. Honestly I don’t know why I haven’t had it all along. I’ve also added a comment feed link for people who don’t want to mess around with auto discovery. Lastly, since the holidays are closer I thought I’d save my family some guess work; I’ve used Amazon’s […]

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Friday, November 16th, 2007

@antiheroine you got some link love on Design Observer! # Apparently 60 minutes isn’t aware of predatory student lending. # Fellow designers, I generally don’t spam my stuff but would love input on this article about design & education. http://tinyurl.com/yvbrd6 # Thanks all for the commentary and link love! I hope this will be a […]