Think back as far as you can possibly remember. All the way back to your very first memory. I bet it’s somewhat unusual. At least for a child. According to science, our brains don’t keep what’s mundane. It keeps the stuff that’s surprising and unusual. We tend to forget all the ordinary days and we […]

Collect UI – screenshots to inspire your next design

Here’s a really cool site that provides user interface screenshots (some animated) from which you can draw inspiration (imitate and improve). The site classifies and organizes example UI’s in a variety of helpful categories. […]

Inspired by Tim Urban’s TED talk, Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, as well as articles from his blog, Wait But Why,  I created an interactive Life Time Calendar using the D3.js JavaScript library. Tim’s calendar concept maps out ninety 90 years (left to right) and 52 weeks in a year (top-to-bottom) so that you can visualize […]

To create a new polygroup of any masked area, press CTRL + W. Any masked area will be turned into a new polygroup. Take the following masked object, for example. Pressing SHIFT + F puts us in polyframe mode and we can see only one color (one polygroup) with the darker masked area still represented. […]

A while back (I can’t remember exactly when), I completed the CliftonStrengths assessment – a talent assessment that proposes to help you “discover what you naturally do best, learn how to develop your greatest talents, and use your customized results to live your best life.” It’s an interesting exercise and the results seem to be […]

Vanessa Foster’s account of a misguided youth, fleeing the FBI from Texas all the way to Alaska, is everything a great memoir should be. It’s a love-crazed and drug-twisted adventure where one mishap after another unravels her world until little remains, but a helpless wish for grace and a humbled reliance on the aid of […]

Now, I’m not sure if this is a particularly Southern thing, but where I was raised, shaking hands was kind of a big deal. So, I have to admit that I’m often surprised (and sometimes a little disconcerted) when people seem to lack the knowledge of “a proper” handshake. I am guessing that it must […]

Today, I had to install the Java plugin for 64bit Firefox on CentOS 6.4. The procedure wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t exactly straight-forward either. So, I’m recording what worked for when I have to do it again. Hopefully, you might find it useful too. This is not a descriptive tutorial; it’s just quick notes, […]

So, I just stumbled onto this butt-ugly JavaDoc page, which reminds me of the early nineties and I have to say, it gave me a strange, warm-fuzzy kind of feeling. The last time I saw a JavaDoc like this, applets were actually cool. Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise comes to mind. Michael Jackson is still alive (perhaps […]