Archive for the ‘General Nerdiness’ Category

A Web Development Environment on Snow Leopard

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

This is an update to an earlier post I submitted about how to set up a web dev environment on Leopard.  A few things have changed from Leopard to Snow Leopard (namely switching to 64 bit code) so it makes sense to refresh this guide. (more…)

Google Wave Cinema

Friday, October 16th, 2009

A whole new genre of homage / parody: Google Wave Cinema.

Here’s someone’s take on Pulp Fiction:

You can also watch Good Will Hunting.

This Google Wave thing seems like a lot of fun. Can the rest of us get invites now please?

Taking a Long Weekend, Facebook?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

I know Facebook has done some tweaking of their UI lately (most notably to get rid of those spiffy, but apparently very difficult to maintain, rounded corners on the pictures), but they seem to be getting a little careless in terms of what gets out to production.  Working for a large company myself, I know sometimes things can accidentally come out of the oven a little before they’re cooked.  I’m just surprised to see this from Facebook.

Check this out:

1. The logo is blurry.  Maybe they’re trying to reduce the file size?  But man. I think that’s a no-no.  Maybe it’s worth the extra K or two to have the logo be sharp?


2. The borders on all of their photos in the (freaking annoying) Highlights section are totally out of whack:


Come on Facebook! Pull yourself together!  It’s not the weekend yet!  Put down the margarita, re-save your logo, tweak your CSS and THEN you can leave for your rafting trip.  K?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

My boss just sent this to me, and it’s awesome.   It just takes a piece of bacon and slaps it over your favorite (or least favorite) site.  Like AOL, for example:

You can do it to any site you want — this site, for example.  Just add the site url after the

A fantastic waste of time.

Reminds me of other famous site tricks, like the long lost single line of javascript that grabs all of the images on your page and swirls them around.

Conan O’Brien, The Lost Mario Brother

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Check this out:

Conan in Super Mario World

Conan’s New Stage Looks Like Super Mario

It’s pretty amazing that someone took the time to put together that collage over at Serious Lunch.  And even more amazing that, yes, Conan’s set does look a lot like a SMB background.

Thanks Vulture & Serious Lunch

A Web Development Server Environment on Leopard

Monday, June 1st, 2009

UPDATE: I’ve now written a modified guide for Snow Leopard!

I apologize — this is a little nerdier than this blog typically gets, but I wanted to put this up online somewhere and didn’t have anywhere else to put it.

I’ve been frustrated with the web server that comes with Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and I’ve worked to set up my own server for web development projects.  I’d tried this a number of ways, but this time I was really happy with the process and the end result — so I typed up a little document on how to set up a nice web dev environment (partly so I can repeat it, but partly to share).  Enjoy!


Have a Ball

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Check out this cute (and addictive) little game from Josh Nimoy:


What’s most impressive, IMHO, is that it’s written entirely in JavaScript using the canvas object (sorry IE fans).

And in that vein, it serves as a good test of each of the current browsers’ rendering engines.

While FF 3.01 performance is spotty, Safari’s current release really tears it up (most likely because canvas is a native Apple element).  I imagine since the app was written to show off Chrome’s JS engine, that Chrome also performs beautifully.

Alright, enough nerdiness.  It’s a game. It’s fun. You should play it :)

Thanks VSL!