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This site serves as my playground for software development with tools like Java, PHP and PostgreSQL (not to mention HTML, CSS, and JavaScript). As such, it is continuously under construction, will probably never be 'complete', and should not be considered the best dipiction of my capabilities ;).

I may also feel the need to spout-off about my other interests, including chess, acoustics, and music. So, feel free to drop me a line to tell me how much you think this site sucks!

Some Lite Reading...


Slashdot
  • In Response to Open Letter, France Rejects Asylum For Julian Assange
  • Japanese Court Orders Google To Delete Past Reports Of Man's Molestation Arrest
  • Turing Near Ready To Ship World's First Liquid Metal Android Smartphone
  • FBI Wants Pirate Bay Logs For Criminal Investigation Into Copyright Trolls
  • Clang Plays Tetris -- Tetris As a C++ Template Metaprogram
  • 3-D Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Could Strengthen Smartphone Security
  • Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?
  • Square Enix Pulls, Apologizes For Mac Version of Final Fantasy XIV
  • Leased LEDs and Energy Service Contracts can Cut Electric Bills (Video)
  • Rumblefish Claims It Owns 'America the Beautiful' By United States Navy Band
  • A Look At the Rare Hybrid Console Built By Sony and Nintendo
  • Common Medications Sway Moral Judgment
  • Firefox 39 Released, Bringing Security Improvements and Social Sharing
  • Samsung Faces Lawsuit In China Over Smartphone Bloatware
  • Russian Cargo Ship Successfully Makes Orbit, Will Supply ISS
A List Apart: The Full Feed
  • Rachel Andrew on the Business of Web Dev: Software Audits for the Tiny Business
  • This week's sponsor: TeamGantt
  • Container Queries: Once More Unto the Breach
  • Create a Content Compass
  • On Our Radar: Precious Humans
  • Your weekend reading

    1. I’m a big fan of the Library of Congress Flickr feed (mostly for the old-timey photographs of the type that Shorpy cleans up and posts) and recently they’ve been posting old graphic posters from the collection. Like this poster for a 1938 photography exhibition in New York City. The description for each piece links back to the Library of Congress, where they often have very high-resolution images available to download. —Mike Pick, creative director and designer
    2. This week, Wired talked up new startup Doxa, which aims to use an “OKCupid-like” algorithm to match women with tech companies where they’re likely to thrive. It’s an interesting approach to getting beyond “diversity” percentages, and it’s nice to see Wired lead with the truth: “Tech has a diversity problem.” But I was more convinced by Danilo Campos’s take: that “shoving underrepresented people into the existing startup order”—even using smart algorithms—won’t make those organizations actually ready to support diverse employees. “If you’re serving at a place where no one in leadership understands your needs, getting accommodation for those needs can become challenging—or even alienating, when you’re misunderstood,” he writes. In other words, crunching survey data to help women find a better fit might be nice, but real change happens when leadership teams are as diverse as the people they’re trying to hire. —Sara Wachter-Boettcher, editor-in-chief
    3. Richard Rutter has Kickstarted a book he’s writing on web typography. I remember first reading an article Richard wrote for us on the topic back in 2007, and this book has been in the works since before then. Richard lives and breathes this stuff: he helped set up Fontdeck, and has also run several installations of Ampersand Conference. I have a feeling this book is going to be the canonical reference on web typography for years to come. —Anna Debenham, technical editor
    4. I was doing some reading on SVG this week for a project we’re working on. I came across Jake Giltsoff‘s SVG on the Web, a single-purpose site outlining the use of the SVG format. Giltsoff went into quite a bit of depth, addressing the use of SVG as an image type from a development perspective, and responsive approaches to using the format. It’s a bookmark-worthy resource for in-depth or at-a-glance referencing. —Erin Lynch, production manager
    5. I was privileged to hear Leslie Jensen-Inman speak last week, and she explained how adding a single question to the daily stand-ups at Center Centre has helped the team create an environment that is enthusiastically supportive of ongoing learning. “What is the most important thing I learned since the last time we met and how will what I learned change the way I approach things in the future?” In Leslie’s Meet for Learning, she goes into more detail about the ways this open-ended question has changed their work culture for the better. —Aaron Parkening, project manager

    Overheard in ALA Slack

    “I watched a chipmunk suck water out of my friend’s Camelback at the Grand Canyon.”

    Your Friday gif

    A glitchy image of a screen that says “Learn to Use the Internet, Level 2”
  • Rian van der Merwe on A View from a Different Valley: Unsuck the Enterprise
  • This week's sponsor: Squarespace
  • Matt Griffin on How We Work: The Art of Creating Accurate Estimates
  • This week's sponsor: O’Reilly
  • The Homepage Exception
  • Understanding the Emotional Response
  • This week's sponsor: Hack Reactor
  • Learning New Tricks
  • Antoine Lefeuvre on The Web, Worldwide: Designing for Post-Connected Users — Part 2, the Recommendations
  • Content Modeling Phases
  • On Our Radar: We Need To Talk
  • Ask Dr. Web with Jeffrey Zeldman: No Good Can Come of Bad Code
  • Resetting Agency Culture
  • Crafting a Design Persona
  • Coming June 16: Pattern Language
  • This week's sponsor: MailChimp
  • Picturefill Me In
  • We (Still) Have Work to Do
  • MetaFilter