Archive for 2010

My Amazing Graphic Accomplishment

December 28th, 2010

Let’s start this off by saying that I am a bad artist with zero sense of graphic design. When talking to clients about development projects they inevitably ask me a design question, to which I respond “I’ll pull in a designer to answer that question, because believe me: you don’t want my design advice. If I designed our sites, everything would be in black and white.” Usually worth a good laugh out of the client and helps set the expectations — Sean != Designer.

But, this holiday season I found myself in need of a specific icon for a project I’m working on, and the design staff is either slammed or on a well earned vacation, so what’s an enterprising developer to do? Role up his sleeves and get dirty with a graphics application, that’s what! And my success was so complete, I couldn’t help but share in the wonder. Read more…

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Europe 2010 Travel Log — The Days of Beer & Wine

April 23rd, 2010

Following London, Sarah and I went on a strict detox diet to recover from three days of strong meat pies and weak British beers. Sadly, it lasted but a few days, because by Thursday night we were embarking on a four day drinking event the likes of which are unrivaled in my short time on this planet. From one of Holland’s first pubs to carry international beers, to the outlandishly wide-ranging wine tasting, and with stop to a Trappist Brewery in between, it was truly the days of beer and wine. Read more…

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Europe 2010 Travel Log — London: Day Three

April 23rd, 2010

Our last day in London meant accounting for travel back to Holland, and while we were taking one of the last flights out of Gatwick, we still had to leave the city around 3pm. Thus, with a shortened day we targeted our sightseeing on what some might call the Crown Jewels of London: The British Museum. Bet you thought I was going to say the actual Crown Jewels…but those are kept in the Tower of London which we had already visited. After the museum we did a bit of light touring and shopping and said our final goodbyes to the city. Read more…

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Europe 2010 Travel Log — London: Day Two

April 22nd, 2010

Our second day in London was entirely “in-country”. We woke up in Britain, we went to bed in Britain, and through out the day did thoroughly British things. Today’s main objective was to see St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Greenwich Observatory, and enjoy a nice romantic dinner in Parson’s Green. Our journey threw more than its fair share of curve balls along the way, but we managed to hit all of the major destinations and scored a major piece of swag. Read more…

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Europe 2010 Travel Log — London: Day One

April 18th, 2010

In an effort to make these travel posts more bite size, I am going to post about our three day trip to London in single day posts. Hopefully this makes it easier to write and more enjoyable to read. Our first day had us arrive in Gatwick, check in at our hotel, ride the London Eye, walk through White Hall, visit Sarah’s alma mater, see Buckingham Palace, eat delicious Indian food, observe Soho nightlife, and ride the Tube back to our hotel. Read on to hear about these adventures, and more, along with pretty photos. Read more…

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FCC and Network Neutrality

April 9th, 2010

Some months ago the FCC — now with a majority of Democratic commissioners — implemented network neutrality rules using it’s “ancillary” regulatory powers. I’m on record as a proponent of network neutrality, taking the general position that the internet should be treated like a common carrier and/or utility, and that the only thing providers should be in the business of is delivering reliable and fast service. The moment providers become content filters is the moment their interests stop being aligned with the general good. Think of it like a road builder who also sold cars… don’t you think you’d build your roads to benefit your cars? After a failed effort to enact a network neutrality statute in Congress, the FCC stepped in, however a Federal Court has struck down the regulation taking us back at square one. But don’t worry, that’s a good thing. Read more…

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Europe 2010 Travel Log — Week One

April 7th, 2010

Today marks the end of my first week of travel abroad, and while I had hoped to post a bit more frequently, you’re all just gonna have to survive with a weekly summary here and hope that I do better in the future. Sadly, I have nothing in the way of photos to share, so sit back and enjoy a bunch of poorly strung together prose. Read more…

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On the Allure of Brackets

March 25th, 2010

For the first time in my life I am participating in a NCAA Championship Bracket “pool”. First, an honest disclosure… I have never once seen a complete NBA, college, or high school basketball game. I think the one basketball game I watched from beginning to end was a community league game with a team from Microsoft way back when I was, like, ten. Basketball has just never been my game, and when you’re not all that into sports to begin with, these things have a way of totally falling off your radar. Yet, since I have joined this bracket thing, I have become obsessed… but I still haven’t watched a single game of basketball. Read more…

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Yes, I Still Have a Blog

March 23rd, 2010

It was mentioned to me yesterday that my blog is tragically stale… and not just that I haven’t posted since November. It’s time to liven things up with some fresh content and, perhaps, some fresh means of communication. I’d like to get my Twitter feed up and my Yelp reviews posted. Something to give the place that lived in feel even when I’m not posting as regularly as I like. But, before the redecoration, let me get to the first important topic of 2010… it is both timely and pressing. Read more…

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