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Chrome Extensions The Chrome Extension Cleanup

The Chrome Extension Cleanup

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 under News | No comments

When I opened up Chrome last week, the latest update seemed to have wreaked havoc on my toolbar extensions, with all of the hidden and disabled items showing up in one long list. Odd indeed, but a perfect opportunity to clean out the cobwebs and pick some new favorites. Here again for your amusement and critique is my yearly Browser Extension Roundup! And yes, you will notice this year that it is only Chrome, as that ...

Apple Watch Apple Watch Noir

Apple Watch Noir

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 under Writings | No comments

It's now been just over two weeks into wearing an Apple Watch every day and I've been thinking that it could be a great villain is anyone is up for writing a tech crime drama. Something dark and suspenseful, but full of all those accurate details that make it feel true to life. That's really why I immediately loved a show like Veronica Mars so quickly; every little technical detail was spot on (like how ...

2014 Browser Plugin Roundup

2014 Browser Plugin Roundup

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 under News | No comments

It is that time of year again! We've moved past the initial NYE resolutions and the fresh feeling the winter solstice brings and now it is up to us individually to clean things up and push forward with resolve. This of course includes the obligatory OS X re-install (coming soon) as well as removing outdated and unneeded plugins/applications (more on that soon, too).

Here for 2014 is my list of extensions/add-ons for all the popular browsers. ...


Sustainable Design

Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 under Life | No comments

One of the main reasons that I have yet to get another tattoo, despite the definite urge I have for one, is sustainability of design. As an artist myself, it only makes sense to create what I put on my body, but there are so few things that I create that I want to keep around forever or see another day. Most are simply explorations of a thought or proofs of capability and have very ...

Exploding Libraries

Exploding Libraries

Posted on Monday, June 7th, 2010 under Life | No comments

... or "Why backup up, both often and diversely, is so important."

If you know Jodie and I, you know we enjoy movies, own quite a few and often fall into the role of being-a-local-BLOCKBUSTER-to-our-friends. It is for those reasons that we use the amazing Delicious Library application that Wil Shipley and his grass-roots team have developed for the Mac. With barcode scanning, Address Book-based check-in/out and a wifi-synced iPhone application, it is way better than any on paper setup we have had in the past.

Google IO Wallpaper

Google IO Wallpaper

Posted on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 under Downloads | No comments

This afternoon I got a chance to watch Day 2 of Google's IO Developer Event (the Android Keynote, in particular) and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed. Not only was it great to see such a strong commitment from Google toward an open platform that is working to strongly support Flash, but the sheer momentum of their device and user-adoption numbers was enough to have me wondering about Android-based iPhone alternatives (e.g. ...

iPhone OS 4.0 Sneak Peak

iPhone OS 4.0 Sneak Peak

Posted on Friday, April 9th, 2010 under News | No comments

I had intended on posting about all of the features I am excited for in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 software update (of which there are many), but Apple did a nice job of spoiling that with ...

More reminders of their continued belief that the HTML5 markup language is a direct equivalent to and a capable replacement for Flash, Flex and AIR ... where it definitely is not.
A re-written development agreement that not only restricts ...

Restore to Defaults

Restore to Defaults

Posted on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 under Life | 1 comment

One only has to sit in on my DFP Icon lecture, perused my Flickr uploads tagged osx, or (for you privileged few) use my Mac for a few minutes to realize that I am very particular AND very protective of the way my Finder windows look. I have nice sidebar separators, several essential tool bar application launchers, Windows 7-like window snapping, and a fairly even background image to grid layout ratio ... and that's ...

iPhone Zombies

iPhone Zombies

Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2010 under Life | 1 comment

You may have missed the announcement a few weeks ago, but one of my favorite games, Plants vs. Zombies, from one of my favorite Mac game developers, Pop Cap, has just spouted up on the iPhone. Now you can continue to quell some beautifully illustrated zombie madness on the go!

I know Jodie didn't install this on her iPhone, for fear of losing her life to it ... but I had no such qualms. Parcelling out ...

Chrome for Mac – Now with Extensions

Chrome for Mac – Now with Extensions

Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2010 under Life | 3 comments

The last couple of weeks I have been going back and forth between Firefox and Safari as my default web browser, trying to appreciate their full-featured nature over the fact that they are both so sluggish in comparison to the lovely Chrome Beta. Thankfully, Google announced support for two of the things that have really kept me from making it my preferred choice ... Extensions and Bookmark Management.

Circles of Interest

Circles of Interest

Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2010 under Design | No comments

Even though I have no plans of releasing these to the public, I thought you might enjoy seeing this fun little cross-platform project I have been working on. It is really just a fancy list for me to keep handy and remind me of what to work on most days. Not only does it come with a spiffy iPhone version (including a custom iPhone icon, of course), it now has an Adobe AIR version that ...


Daily Sketch – Wave

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 under Sketches | No comments

I don't know about you, but I've had a Google Wave account for more than a few weeks now and I still have yet to figure out what to do with it. I mean, I saw the amazing Developer Preview from the Google I/O event, but without any immediate collaborative needs or really any contacts already using Wave, this fantastic communication tool is just another inbox for me to check on every now and then.

What ...


Magic Mouse

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 under Life News | No comments

Since my beloved Mighty Mouse has not been functioning as preferred (specifically, the top and side buttons were not being recognized) I have been eagerly anticipating Apple's Fall product update so that I could look into getting whatever the new iteration of the mouse might be. Today Apple announced the new Magic Mouse and while I am very excited to try one out in person, I was less excited about the fact that it is ...


Hater Blockers

Posted on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 under Code Sketches | No comments

All the unnecessary hatin' that has been happening lately toward the Flash platform has been getting out of hand and definitely on my nerves ... so I have decided to start animating small little nuggets of fun into some of my drawings here on the blog. If you are not among the misinformed and propaganda-gobbling masses, please enjoy! Of course, I am also adding a nice bit of accessibility for all the iPhone users, ...


Code Nerd

Posted on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 under Code Sketches | No comments

One of my favorite Action Script-ers to follow, Felix Turner of AirTight Interactive, recently posted about all of the applications, plugins and resources he uses for Flash development. It is definitely a list worth checking out (as are many of the lists compiled by the great Smashing Magazine) and if nothing else, it gave me a reason to draw this nerdy guy, marking out all of the languages and frameworks I am either working with ...


No Coding?

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 under Design | No comments

I really think Adobe is heading down the wrong path with their no coding push of Catalyst. Didn't they learn anything from the WYSIWYG garbage that can be produced by Dreamweaver? I guess not. While there may be a small percentage of legitimate UX development planned for this app, I can already see it becoming another eyesore in the Adobe periodic table.


Wild Things

Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 2009 under Life | No comments

I have been get a crazy ton of things done at work today. Managed to resolve the "double contacts" issue I was seeing on my iPhone after the 3.0 upgrade, thanks in great part to this helpful article. I also used Terminal to enable the old skool but nifty "hot corner" indicators for a machine at work ... making it plenty easier to remember which corner of the display will start the screen saver.

Then I ...


iPhone 3.0

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 under Life Sketches | No comments

Apple just released the newest installment of iPhone software sweetness ... Three dot O! If you haven't already, head over the iPhone website or open up iTunes and get it. During the install my phone needed a quick restore, so I had to learn how to put it in recovery mode ... good to know, for sure.

Also, since I always forget, here is a link on how remove the photo-blue lines from a digital scan. ...


Apple's App Wall

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 under Code Design | No comments

If you haven't already, definitely check out AppleInsider's or TechCrunch's coverage of the sweet App Wall that developers at Apple made for the recent WWDC event.

Here are all the deets:

"What you're looking at:
Over 3,000 apps - and growing - are downloaded every minute from the App Store. This is a live feed showing the activity of 20,000 popular apps currently on the store. Every time a customer downloads an app, its icon lights up (5 ...


Bleeding Eyes

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2009 under News | No comments

... well not really, but close enough. Thanks the non-exporting and defunct joy that is SimpleLog, I have been staring my eyes out at MySQL tables and gui blog entries. I am only 1/4 of the way thru, but no worries ... I will continue to digitally dilate my eyes until you can enjoy the wholeness that is the next release of this blog. Soon ... soon indeed.


Mighty Moose

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2009 under Sketches | No comments

… err, mouse.My trusty Apple Mighty Mouse hasn’t been connecting immediately/reliably the last few days, despite re-doing the Bluetooth settings several times. Turns out fresh batteries are key … one of my wonderfully green USB Cell batteries has been wonderfully lying to me about its charge and still needed more rest. A couple of new coppertops later and I am back in business … but, of course, not before I made fun of the mighty ...


Coloring Coda like Textmate

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2009 under Code Design Downloads | 1 comment

In my ongoing attempt to fall more and more in love with the “One-Window Web Development” amazingness that is Panic’s Coda app, I have reached another yet milestone. I present to you the following Syntax Modes, re-colored to match the ever-popular Textmate “Twilight” theme:ActionScriptCSSHTMLJavascriptJSP-HTMLPHP-HTMLXMLCoda Coloring Theme - "Twlight"In case you are wondering, the font I am using is the delicious Inconsolata by Raph Levien.P.S. If anyone wants to send me a few example files of ...


Day #23 – Bags

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 under Sketches | No comments

For some reason or another, I ended up taking so much stuff with me to work today. I mean … I think I needed it all. Camera, lens, batteries, scanner, USB cables, sketchbook(s), art box, two books and on top of all that, my normal MacBook Pro backpack.Yeah … that seems about right. Let’s call it “being prepared” and leave all those “NERD!” comments at home, ‘kay? Thanks a bunch.


Adding More Coda Books – Version 1

Posted on Saturday, November 29th, 2008 under Code Design Downloads | 33 comments

After Sitepoint showed us all how easy it is to add custom references to the "Books" section of Coda (using their excellent HTML and CSS references as examples), I began my search for even more handy code guides with which to fill out that big empty gray space at Command+6.

Jon Hicks had some good stuff to say, as did the Coda Google Group, but what really got me moving was when I found Ray Brown's ...


Portfolio Updates

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 under Design News | No comments

The last 48 hours or so, I have been chucking a whole pile of new web, logo, illustration and t-shirt projects at the Illustrative Portfolio section. Even took some time to rewrite the CodeIgniter PHP files to optimize their indexing and output. Now, instead of having to manually add each thumbnail and larger image reference by hand, I can simply upload new examples to specified folders and magically, new samples show up on the Portfolio ...


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