Archive for December, 2007

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Friday, December 28th, 2007

Is sick. # Asleep on couch, sick and awakened by unexpected guests. Now watching their dog while Alana entertains them at bar. My dogs are in his ears. # after barely any sleep is galactically cranky this morning. # feels like a zombie. It’s only 10:40? #

Center of the Univers

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Univers is a realist/neo-grotesque sans-serif face designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1956. It features even stroke weights and a large x-height for easy readability. It’s similar to Helvetica, both primarily inspired by Akzidenz Grotesk, and hallmarks of the International Typographic Style. Wikipedia offers an excellent comparison chart of the differences between Univers, Akzidenz Grotesk and […]

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Thursday, December 27th, 2007

@dmkash the exception to this rule would be small children, who leave a trail of crumbs and peanut butter everywhere they go # Got to sleep in a bit this morning, it was glorious. # Google image search results for fail: http://tinyurl.com/32uphg # Attempted to teach dog to speak on command last night. Taught her […]

The Holidays Bring Terrible UI

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Working at a company whose traffic is largely impacted by holidays, I understand the extra consideration which goes in to making your site available for such occasions. Extra servers are tapped, caching systems are put in place and code is frozen. Two experiences in the past week reveal some companies, like Amazon and Webkinz, don’t […]

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Has not been a very restful holiday, thankfully I have next week to catch up on lounging and general laziness. # Just finished ranting about terrible online Christmas shopping experiences. # Would rather be reading any number of books received for Christmas at home than sitting at the office. # @brainfuel you folks never run […]

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

The Vatican Museum recently displayed reproductions of many famous statues, but in color. Much of classical sculpture was in color, but the pigments wore off over time. I think the colorless statues appear more realistic, while these sculptors had an amazing grasp of anatomy their understanding of color was pretty flat.

The Black Heart Procession

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Slow for Holidays

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Posting will be slow until after the holidays. Christmas was good. We got a bunch of stuff to keep us busy until we go to Florida next month. I spent most of my days off shopping, wrapping and cooking. Looking forward to spending next weekend lounging about. I’m going on vacation the week of January […]

My Love for Futura Knows No Bounds

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Futura was designed in 1927 by Paul Renner, a German type designer, and commissioned by the Bauer type foundry. Renner held the very Bauhaus/Howard Roark belief that a typeface shouldn’t necessarily be a revival of a previous design. When designing the face, he eliminated all non-essential elements, a design principle I usually try to follow […]

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Thursday, December 20th, 2007

This house isn’t going to clean itself. # House is clean, records reorganized, Insurrect on the turntable, dogs walked, healthy food in the fridge. # My department has a cereal buffet today. Starting with some Raisin Bran Crunch, thinking about some Fruit Loops. # This is just so sad, let your 15 minutes go buddy: […]

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

How did movie zombies get so fast? It wasn’t long ago that the cinematic undead obeyed the first law of corpse locomotion: A zombie might bleed on you, bite you, or rip out your ribcage, but wouldn’t beat you in the 40-yard dash.

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

A map of the island from Lost. Not only does this look awesome, but time consuming! How long would it take someone to plot all those points?

Lucien Freud: One of the Most Important Working Painters Today

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Slate has a great slideshow right now on Lucien Freud at MoMA. Freud became one of my favorite painters when I was in college, and began working in a realist style. He considers himself an autobiographical artist, frequently painting the people in his life. He’s been the center of two recent-ish scandals. In 2002 the […]

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Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Why does my dog come find me with sad eyes after she’s done something bad? It’s like she’s Catholic and wants to confess. # vegan sloppy joes & mac and faux cheese @ now that’s class # @bcolbow love those icons! # Ugh an entire week of free donuts at the office. They’re trying to […]

My Favorite Band of All Time

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Lovers is without a doubt my favorite band ever. Visit their Myspace page, and listen to Ginger. Listen all the way through. If you’re not completely heartbroken after listening to this song, well you have no heart. Their fourth album is coming out soon, and work has commenced on the fifth. Ginger is from the […]

Wednesday Link Roundup: Slush & Ice Edition

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Photo-documenting the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. I particularly like the sign, “Whenever you are, we’re already then.” Jonathan Snook on getting started with the Adobe Air Framework. This is a great article for any web designer interested in building their first desktop application with mostly familiar technologies. The lo fi illustration of Damien Correll. […]

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Quoting quoting quoting! # Hates when short socks inch their way below my heel. # Phone tag. # Dogs love when I come home for lunch. Hopefully going to Columbus this Sunday, but all my friends have to work # Ack! Just downloaded tons of new music and forgot to leave SimplifyMedia on Was just […]

The Mystery of the Leonard Ave. Parking Ticket

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

A few weeks ago, Alana received a parking ticket on our street, for blocking someone’s driveway. There were a few unusual things about this, the first being that no driveways were blocked. The second, is that police never go down our street, let alone ticket. If they did the three junked cars from my new […]

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

For Christmas, I would like a tshirt celebrating my favorite typeface.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Using Definition Lists to mark up forms. Interesting approach. Personally, having my label and field in the same list item is more flexible for most of my purposes, but this might be useful for something else.

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

BusinessWeek on Accessibility, and the Target lawsuit.

Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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Monday, December 17th, 2007

Scavenging free office food while suffering Twitter withdrawal! # @bdieldman she’s shameless, she schlepped Burger King too. I cannot stand her. # There is a lot of CSS fire and brimstone going around. # So so true: http://tinyurl.com/24hjy2 # Amazing. http://tinyurl.com/yo7nbb # Dear Cleveland Scene, stop pretending you are Gawker. # Fast morning, but sloooooooooow […]

Alana Interviewed by Cleveland Scene

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Wherein they spell my lovely girlfriend’s name wrong, after she spelled it for them twice. Read about HIV and tattooing and piercing here. We cannot refuse someone services based on whether they have HIV, but at the same time we provide the STD test pricing click to our clients, so everyone gets access to the […]

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Mario Batali on the Food Network: They don’t need me. They have decided they are mass market and they are going after the Wal-Mart crowd…So they don’t need someone who uses polysyllabic words from other languages.

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Browser compatibility woes? This might come in handy.

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Thanks to a recently signed bill, Lakewood now has more options for cable service. Currently, if you live in Lakewood you’re stuck with Cox. My Cox service goes out intermittently, certain channels never work properly, my internet service goes down almost daily, and they charge considerably more than Time Warner. Also their customer service (not […]

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Shirts + Smores = Delicious!

One Log In to Rule Them All

Monday, December 17th, 2007

I pay every bill that enables me to do so online. I don’t like dealing with people over the phone, or worrying about whether or not the check I mailed will arrive on time. But in the last couple of years, instead of making this process easier, most companies seem to be complicating it. I […]

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Saturday, December 15th, 2007

iTunes needs better built in tag management. #