various stuff, mostly boring

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Why I’m not excited about the Higgs boson

Wed, 04 Jul 2012 21:01:44 +0000

A friend at work (@obviouscorp) asked me why the Higgs boson was such a big deal. And as nearly as I can tell, the answer is “It’s not.” Now don’t get me wrong. I think the discovery of a particle we have been hunting down for 50 years is a big deal. But I’m still […]

The story behind the new Notespark icon

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:33:03 +0000

Ryan Hicks (from Adobe’s XD team) designed the new Notespark icon for us. He did a writeup of what the design challenges were and how he approached the problem. Check it out!

Announcing our new startup — Phile

Wed, 03 Nov 2010 00:04:48 +0000

For those people who have been following me since the days when I used to keep this blog up to date… I thought you might want to know that I’ve started a new startup called Phile, which launched a public beta earlier today. There are lots of ways to think about Phile, but in many […]

Apple vs. Lean Startups

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 20:10:06 +0000

Recently, Andrew Chen has been mulling over the differences between Apple’s approach to product design and (a) the typical corporate approach and (b) the “lean startups” approach. In a recent post, he proposed the idea of a “minimal desirable product” to try to blend Apple’s approach and the lean startups approach. I kind of agree […]

State of the design economy?

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 16:22:56 +0000

Mike and I have had our heads down for most of the year working on our next project (which we are INCREDIBLY excited about, but not yet ready to talk about publicly). We’re at the point where we need design help, and we need help with everything: branding / identity, usability / UX, CSS / […]

Worth a read

Wed, 21 Oct 2009 16:44:24 +0000

James Polanco of DevelopmentArc has a great post on Flash Player internals. Worth a read.

JavaScript performance optimization, take 1

Fri, 09 Oct 2009 23:32:45 +0000

For the last several months, Mike and I have been working on a new project, which is nearing closed beta. That means we need to start battening down the hatches, and today was the day to start tackling client-side JavaScript performance. I’ve actually done quite a bit of performance work in my life, but not […]

YAWR – Yet another watchmen review

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 04:37:24 +0000

Ok. So now I’ve seen the Watchmen movie. It’s about as good as I could imagine the movie being, and I followed Scott Knaster’s advice: I enjoyed it for what it is. Yes, the movie had faults, but it’s hard to imagine how those faults could have been corrected without major departures from the source […]

Trepidation about Watchmen: can you recapture a moment?

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 18:35:52 +0000

I’m going to see Watchmen this afternoon, and I’m nervous. The issue isn’t whether the movie will suck, or whether it will be faithful to the comic, or whether something will be lost in translation to movie format. The issue for me is that the Watchmen was a moment in time, and that moment can’t […]

Safari 4 First Thoughts

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 23:36:47 +0000

Just checked out the Safari 4 beta. Overall, it looks promising. The good JavaScript performance. I’m curious to know how they accomplished this (JIT compiler?) but I’m happy it’s here. More and more, client-side JavaScript is becoming something that can do heavy lifting. Tabbed browsing. The weird tab/title bar doesn’t appeal to me, but I […]