Photo Credit: Falling For Fall - Moose A Moose and Zee
Archive Link • Referenced in content and culture
Environment, locale, whatever. How do people perceive the information space where you live? What spatial qualities are present and how does proxemics influence how those are applied?
▶ Relevant: Proxemics - Wikipedia
'Three News Feeds Walk Into A Bar'
November 4, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in content and culture
Finding engaging content and continuity can be a challenge. The abundance hides the worthwhile and organizing content to read is its own task. Adding to this is an assumption that EVERYONE has the bandwidth to render not only content but the gadgets and accouterments that surround the content. If the bandwidth (or anything else) fails to deliver the potential efficiently it's just one more wait. Should you have to work your patience just to read?
The trend lunges at the visual effect instead of treating information as structure and influence. Has the web reached a point where we can define what the properties of the medium are? Sans-visual, what are the characteristics of information and what state does it have once it reaches the web?
It is not what a designer or developer thinks. It is the drive of information that influences and inspires.
Learning New Things
August 18, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in design and code
I have a PHP/XSL script that is on a cron job and has to open, load other files, and the output is part of the web view so the script and its output is in the HTML root folder. I/O stream errors and/or file path errors were present when attempting to do this.
Enter cURL, a lib of code that manages the process of getting all things from URLs. The aforementioned PHP script now runs effortlessly with one simple line in a cron job.
I do not have to deal with file requests directly within the cron job and the server, that has been removed and replaced with cURL requesting and executing the script.
▶ Relevant: cURL - Home Page
▶ Relevant: cURL - PHP Manual Page
August 12, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in culture
Goodbye, "so long and thanks for all the fish". The true measure of a mans life is in his stories and his friends. He had both.
▶ Relevant: Big Fish Movie Trailer - You Tube
August 08, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in design and culture
As we rush to redefine the obvious into a client strategy the new definitions impress some and intimidate others. I wanted use the word shim. It seemed perfect in context but according to the programatic definition I would be incorrect. If I was hanging a door however, I would be correct. Like I said, "the obvious".
This anomaly isn't so obvious. There was an issue with an article title. It was 10px more from the hr element than the other titles. After taking title padding and margin to 0px and inspecting the surrounding elements, the 10px gap still persisted. I removed the top entry. (which is just below this entry) This contains two floats and in this unique combination was affecting the CSS properties of the title below the floats. The hr element between articles was unaffected by this anomaly.
The cure was to create a 10px top margin for all titles. I had been using padding but this was a flow issue. When I defined the margin the title below the floats remained unchanged and the other titles now had that same distance from the hr element. This is why handcrafting markup and CSS is still a much needed skill. You can not redefine craftsmanship with frameworks, acronyms, or testing. Maybe a shim is just a shim. Despite the new world.
▶ Relevant: Define shim @ Google
Deela - Shelta Blues
August 05, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in music and video
Doing an audit on iOS and Android and just how they respond when width=device-width and/or initial-scale are employed at the meta element. Apparently, memes that surround markup and their relationship with devices scale better than tested application and result. It's the damnedest thing.
Locale And Value
July 28, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in culture and diversity
Locale and the things in it are valued by relevant, local standards. The increased flow of information to and from a locale in both velocity and speed does not bring the locale closer to another socially or economically, much less influence local standards that drive both pragmatic and esthetic values for that locale.
While looking for values at a local thrift shop I found an Omega B-22 35mm photo enlarger. It was complete except for a lens and is in mint shape. Its cost in the web marketplace $200 - $300 dollars. (it cost that new in 1975) When paired with a lens about $600. This find cost me just $.99 cents. On a subsequent visit I found a juvenile desk or vanity, circa late 1950s. It was plain in manufacture and in poor condition with scars that more than revealed its age. The asking price, $129 dollars
Right now, in the bay area, someone is enjoying artisanal toast at $4.00 a slice...peanut butter extra. Start your conversation about user experience here.
▶ Relevant: Omega B22 Enlarger
▶ Relevant: DIY Artisanal Toast - A 'how to' from NPR
The Gilded Age Now
June 23, 2014 | Archive Link • Referenced in culture and markup
In the late 1800's business and the economy grew in large part to the technology of the day. People grappled with adaptation then as they do now. Those that could adapt profited and grew. The fallout was that many of the current population and immigrants could not realize a better outcome. Along the way, the social concern was that gilding was an attempt to paint over what was undesirable.
It is important in the development 'new age' that core standards and practice are still first, regardless of CMS, framework, or can of gold paint.