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19 June 2008 . Comments Off on Firefox Typography

Firefox Typography

Firefox 3 has some nice web typography features. Unfortunately, it seems to get as much wrong as right. Still, a new prominence of type on the web is approaching.

19 June 2008 . Comments Off on DestroyToday


Jonnie Hallman has created a site that is interesting on a number of levels. First, I love the domain name and the reveling in “seize the day”. Second, his lab is full of beautiful work. Third, he’s build a great Adobe AIR app called DestroyFlickr that really makes Flickr sing. Take a look.

17 June 2008 . Comments Off on All because…

All because…

…the gays are getting married! Bravo, California!

17 June 2008 . Comments Off on Beyond JavaScript

Beyond JavaScript

Take note, the world of web is shifting. In a fascinating “strategy letter” written last year, Joel Spolsky presented the past and future of programming environments as applied to web applications. He postulated a “NewSDK” would rise that wraps JavaScript into a neat package of standardized UI and interoperable applications.

Now look at MobileMe. Aside from the wretched name and graphical identity (really, Apple did this?), this new version of .Mac has a lot going for it. These apps will be amazing. Just wait, you’ll see. Or don’t wait, go over to the SproutCore page and try their photo manager demo. It is said that Apple built MobileMe on a SproutCore foundation.

SproutCore is just one contender for Joel’s NewSDK. We’ve got a long way to go to get to a full blown SDK (SproutCore development requires quite a bit of command-line tango still), but the advantages start to become clearer. And SproutCore is not the only player. Also keep an eye on Objective-J from 280 North. Their 280 Slides begins to light the way.

Building web applications is about to get a whole lot easier and the apps will become a whole lot more compelling. Can you feel the tension? Which way should we jump? Flash? AJAX? Think fast!

16 June 2008 . Comments Off on 20%


Is Google’s 20% policy drying up?

15 June 2008 . Comments Off on Father’s Day

Father’s Day

I had a wonderful Fathers’ Day weekend with Alex and Nathaniel. Yesterday we took a great seven mile walk around the neighborhood, reminding me of the afternoon walks we took in Vienna.

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Today we started the day with the pancakes my father taught me to make and ended the day with the schnitzel my grandmother taught me to make. Favorite foods. Since Mary is out of town, Nathaniel is sleeping upstairs with me. How nice is that for Father’s Day!

I am ending this Fathers’ Day listening to a wonderful sermon by Barack Obama about the need for fathers in our childrens’ lives.

We are blessed many times over with our gifts. Give thanks, get up, go forth!

14 June 2008 . Comments Off on FFR: Beautiful cloud

FFR: Beautiful cloud looks like a place to go for some fine word cloud action.

14 June 2008 . Comments Off on Grafitti that can’t get you in trouble

Grafitti that can’t get you in trouble

How about drawing in clean on dirt?

11 June 2008 . Comments Off on I’m voting Republican

I’m voting Republican


10 June 2008 . Comments Off on Scrolling with Collage

Scrolling with Collage

Over the past couple weeks I’ve given a brief presentation about the MDL a couple times. I’m tired of slides and wanted to try something new. Inspired by a presentation I saw that used Vuvox Collage, I created a very wide Pages document and converted it to PDF.


Meanwhile, I was invited to the Collage beta. While I’ve not done anything interesting with it yet, Nathaniel has put together a version of our experience going to the Obama rally last week.

I kind of like these long thin scrolls. I had a few complaints, though, about these as a way to convey professional presentations. A bit dizzying, I believe, maybe a bit unsettling without the bounds of traditional slides. I expect I’ll keep exploring this, more with Collage especially.

Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 /