Abiqua Falls: Lessons in ice and water

This is the kind of thing that happens often enough that one would think I would have figured it out. I gather up my camera gear and follow my wanderlust into the Columbia Gorge, or out to the Coast Range, Bend, Seattle or Salem and trundle down some trail in search of something. What happens next, … Read more

Prototyping in the world of wearable tech

I’ve been designing and developing for the web for a long time now, and lately with this seemingly large uptick in interest in the Internet of Things and the growing array of wearable technology streaming into the market, the previous tools used for prototyping don’t necessarily apply to the real world in physical applications. With … Read more

Easy Android side-loading using OS X & Terminal

If you’ve been looking for a super easy way to side load your app on to your Android device, or multiple devices for testing or just for fun – well hold on to your butts – this is super easy on a Mac. Open a terminal window and go to the platform-tools folder within the … Read more

Featured posts on your WordPress category pages

While working on a new WordPress theme for my day job, I needed to have the ability to add featured posts to the category pages. WordPress makes things easy with adding custom fields to posts. By adding the field “featured” with a value of “true” to for the post you want to feature, makes it easy … Read more

Veteran’s Day

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the … Read more

Big brands go mobile – even if they don’t know why

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The list of brands out there with an app has a lot of girth to it, and is growing faster than a snotty little girl who just ate the 3 course dinner piece of gum. Unfortunately, not all of them are doing something unique, usable, or even all that interesting, and ends up being another … Read more

Film is fun again with the Sprocket Rocket

Several months ago I received an email from Lomo going on about this mysterious new camera they were coming out with soon, and being the consummate consumer and photo geek that I am, I decided to take the bait. After a few days of waiting, the official announcement was made about the Lomo Sprocket Rocket … Read more

13 states, 1 guy, an iPod and 5 minutes and 48 seconds of video

So I had this crazy idea a while ago that when I made my journey to the left side of the country that I wanted to make a time-lapse video of my trip. The first thing was to find a camera. Now, mind you, I already have three digital cameras, and the two point and … Read more

Navigating the changing IE landscape

Now that the IE 9 beta is available, people have started popping up on some of the stats of a few of the websites I maintain, and this is proving to be just as troublesome as just about every other new release of IE. The thing I noticed right off the bat, in fact it … Read more

The art within the craft

What makes something art? Anyone who has ever been around artists, or is an artist has had this discussion at least once. What is the difference been an artist and a craftsman? This conversation has a tendency to become very pedantic, and often times makes the one arguing for art come across as a pompous, self-important … Read more

Apple’s Magic Trackpad: Not Magic, just good

I’ve been living with this thing on my desk for a couple of weeks now, and I think I like it. I bought the Apple Magic Trackpad because I like how the interaction on all my ‘i’ devices works. I love my iPad and use it all the time at home and at work, so … Read more