Author Archives: Jerome

Plugging back into the matrix

Dear Internet, After almost 10 years of working as a freelancer, I’m plugging back into the matrix. I will once again be an employee. The company is iQmetrix. Today, they mainly make POS systems for mid-sized retailers of mobile phones, but they have an eye towards much bigger things. I will be joining them as […]

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That YouTube movie: Life in a Day

Did you watch it yet? You should. First thoughts: It is life affirming. It affirms my faith in humans. It makes me want to create things. It makes me want to become a better storyteller. It makes me want to hold my kids and wife. It made me laugh out loud more than once. About […]

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Mule Design Studio’s Blog: Giving Better Design Feedback

Mule Design Studio’s Blog: Giving Better Design Feedback.

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Whip My Hair cover by Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and Bruce Springsteen

Ridiculous and awesome is the cover by Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) and Bruce Springsteen. The original Whip My Hair video is more ridiculous and less awesome. Less ridiculous and still awesome are the clips of the other two songs Bruce did on Jimmy Fallon. Bruce is epic.

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Hey hippies, please help me understand something about those plastic bags

If I am buying garbage bags instead of using my once-used plastic grocery bags, am I really saving anything?

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Notable 2009 music, the first 6 months or so

In my opinion, these are the best releases of 2009 so far.

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Media Temple and Customer Service and Transparency

This blog post is from the company that hosts my website(s). They are basically saying ‘We messed up. We’re sorry. This is why it happened. This is what we are going to do to ensure it (probably) will not happen again.” The essence of the post, while full of technical details, is not out of […]

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Beer Advocate: Respect Beer

So much beer, so few I have tasted. I particularly like the top beers lists.

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Bus Etiquette – 6 rules

My list of simple rules that will ensure we all get along. 1. Don’t take the aisle and hope that I will not ask your ass to move over or let me in. Take the window seat. 2. Don’t leave your bag on the empty seat beside you and hope that I don’t ask your […]

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Good design: The ten commandments of Dieter Rams

Good design: The ten commandments of Dieter Rams. He was a designer at Braun forever. Read these and obey. It’s mostly relevant to industrial designers, but designers of all things can take stuff away from the fundamentals of what he’s talking about here. via Kottke

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Influential Books

These books have significantly impacted the way I look at the world. Guns, Germs and Steel (by Jared Diamond) – Describes why white people have ruled the world… so far. Freakonomics (by two guys named Steven and Stephen, seriously) – Reinforces the major role that genetics plays in determining your path through life. Mythical Man-Month […]

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3-2-1 Contact

This is one of the most beloved TV shows of my youth. It made science cool for me – and I know I am not the only one. I especially enjoyed the Bloodhound Gang. So here is some nostalgia for you. The opening sequence: Bloodhound Gang: The Case of the Thing in the Trunk – […]

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Another test post from iphone

The first one did not get pushed to facebook for some reason. But normal posts seem to.

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Here is test iphone post

Just testing mobile blog app. Carry on.

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WordPress is back on, now with more Wordbook

The Wordbook plugin for WordPress is installed now. This post is just to test whether it actually posts to Facebook and what that post looks like.

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Awkward Facebookness

I think it’s a bit strange when the stream of status updates puts some heavy shit (like updates about sick or dying people) beside some completely asinine shit (like the stuff I put up).

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It’s a blog again

So I decided to start writing again. Twitter and Facebook are fine for what they do, but this format just has some more stuff I can do. Plus, it keeps me active with WordPress and that’s important to me. Stay tuned folks, I might have some stuff to say, or I’ll outsource it all.

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New Host

Now powered by MediaTemple.

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It’s Late

And I’m sleepy.

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Camino 1.0.3 vs Firefox 2.0

I have always had Firefox on my computer and used it for development, but it always felt too slow for everyday browsing. So I gave it up for Safari, then I gave Safari up for Camino (a while back I raved about Camino and listed reasons why I switched), Firefox 2.0 was released recently and […]

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betamale is finally

I started using a few weeks back. If you want to know what I am looking at on the internet, then keep up with this page.

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Am I still here?

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Link Roundup

It’s been a while and I had some internet to catch up on (thanks to the mailing list). Almost all are videos, except the game: Learn English through Song Scruffs Workwear – Blue Collar meets Blue Movies Big Deck – Starts slowly, but it builds Special Massage Chairs Real Riding – Moto Game play the […]

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Watch this and laugh. It is made by the same guy that directed Thank You For Smoking (not yet seen, but on the list). Thanks to Maria for the link.

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Redesign: Where to put post dates and categories?

One of the little decisions I get to make is where to locate the date and/or time of a post and its corresponding categories. One option, place all that meta-info near the top/title. A second option is to put all that meta-info after the main text of the article – at the bottom. Another option […]

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Redesign: Wireframes: Not Done

It seems that applying the traditional site building process to my own microscopic piece of the web is proving difficult. I am finding that I alone have to make the multiple little decisions that go into every site. This should not be a suprise to me, but it is. I thought that this process would […]

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Rented and watched Spanglish last night because Caitlin is at Grandma’s for a sleepover (insert my obscenely large smile here). The movie? Good performances. Charming. Recommended. 8/10.

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So I have had the urge to redesign this site again. I am using WordPress‘ default theme (Kubrick) with my own banner image and some small changes for Flickr and the location of the main blog’s name/header. I am not sure what compels me to do this. I have only limited time, and my time […]

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We can, we can, demolish forty beers

They are the UBC Engineers. And they can build a damn efficient gas-powered vehicle somewhere in between drinking binges too. Vancouver to Halifax using about a gallon (3.79L) of gas. via Slashdot

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Cheer Up

I am on the cusp of turning 33, and yet I will still howl with laughter at stuff like this. I don’t care if I can’t hear them fancy teenster ring tones. This makes me feel young and stupid.

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