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Aaron Mentele

personal blog of Aaron Mentele, web developer and partner at Electric Pulp

Last Build Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:09:12 +0000


Media queries for mobile browsers

Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:53:55 +0000

On Friday, I posted about some test cases and detailed how Mobile Safari handles redeclared assets in three situations on iOS. I did this to try to clear up the concern that using media queries led to compounding or unnecessary file downloads. There are specific cases, in older versions of the Mobile Safari, that raise […]


Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:33:00 +0000

There seems to be a widely held belief that using media queries to overwrite css properties results in compounding load times (in the case of replacement assets being declared) or unnecessary load times (in the case of display properties being set to none). More likely it’s simply an uncertainty that, lacking time or reason, few […]

HTML5, again

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 21:49:03 +0000

If you’re a front-end developer, I want you to do me a favor. I want you to pick a project and mark it up in html5. I’m not going to ask you to code a game experience inside the canvas element or replicate a youtube video player or do anything really, except challenge you to […]

The day hip went pop

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 21:50:28 +0000

The first rule of Typography Club is grow out your soul patch. Or, grab an adhesive one at the door. Because we all know that simply announcing an interest in the matter isn’t enough. Or maybe it is. Personally, I don’t care if you had an interest in typography on the web two years ago […]

I know…

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 05:50:17 +0000

Someday I’ll discover how to sit up straight and look cool on video. Until then, I’ll look more like I do in this interview I did with John Meyer for Silicon Prairie.


Fri, 11 Dec 2009 04:15:38 +0000

I’ve been coding a bastardized form of html5 for a while now. Basically it’s been xhtml 1.0 with a nicer doctype and div ids and classes paying tribute to proposed element names. It’s easy to blame browser compatibility for the frankenstein approach since getting IE to even recognize the new html5 elements in the first […]

Be cool, part two

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 22:27:28 +0000

I should clear up my last post. To start, I’m not rallying against marketing. I have a very specific way I like to see marketing handled, and while it definitely differs from traditional tactics and strategies, I do recognize the other way works. The other way, the traditional way, is quite simply outbound promotion. Selling. […]

Be cool

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 03:42:24 +0000

You say, “social media strategy” and I hear you’d like to get in front of the twitter demographic, maybe set up a business account or fan page on facebook, you just need an expert to get you set up and show you who to follow and how to get them to follow back, and then […]


Fri, 04 Sep 2009 14:53:41 +0000

I spent the morning at an old friend’s house pitching Jerry Bruckheimer on my new movie idea. The film is titled “Eight.” Basically, it borrows from the “007” franchise. But it’s better. And American. I know what you’re thinking. Why Jerry Bruckheimer? I’m not really sure. And, now that I think about it, it was […]


Fri, 28 Aug 2009 16:43:46 +0000

One of the things that keeps me from attending many conferences is the inherent lack of participation. Assuming you’re not speaking, you have very little control over the experience. You get what the event organizer says you get. Sure, you probably get to raise your hand in answer to the “how many people here have […]

Shorter URLs

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 18:33:32 +0000

I’m not going to lie to you and tell you I worry about obfuscated links in my tweets. I include the actual, un-shortened URL when I can and don’t worry about it much when I can’t. Query strings and stuffed permalinks will get most links auto-shortened anyway — twitter shortens anything longer than 30 characters […]


Fri, 17 Jul 2009 19:09:36 +0000

My last post mentioned Umair Haque’s recent rage against old people who ruin the world. He’d like to break up with them (and their ways.) Actually, he suggests we’d like to break up with them. And when you read Umair, like I hope you do, you want to be part of the we. But, when […]

Another manifesto

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 18:52:12 +0000

I love the intellectual flavor of Umair Haque’s rage against the machine. I’m not going to tell you I agree with everything the man suggests, but there’s something about his righteous contrarianism and fundamental logic that makes you stand up and say YEAH. In your head. “Big, fat, lazy” businesses SHOULD fail. Politics HAS become […]

Alternative officing

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 19:27:01 +0000

In a recent twittering, Jason Hummel suggests we move the Electric Pulp offices to the world’s deepest underground lab. The article he links to explains the abandoned mine (also located in South Dakota) is ideal for experiments because it’s “shielded from cosmic rays” and will soon be used by scientists trying to prove the existence […]

Relative things

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:29:30 +0000

Time for further elaboration on the topic of My Opinion Regarding Website Sizing Relative To Viewport. I don’t think there’s a Team Page Zoom – you’ll have to forgive my previous title. And if there was, membership would not require taking an oath to make sites fixed width, fixed font size, or fixed anything. My […]