October 18, 2012
Crowdsourcing–where an inventor/artist/creative funds a beloved project by selling it to the masses, eschewing the more formal stuffed-shirt, naysaying, elitist big-cheese venture capitalist–can be a great way for us masses to get in on wonderful, wonderful things.
Or not. I’ve backed 16 Kickstarter projects. So far, ten have delivered. Four are great.
The rest? Varying degrees of “meh.”
December 30, 2011
Izzy the ‘Pad is the first computing device I’ve ever slept with.
Literally. I hate to say it, but she’s pretty much changed the way I do stuff. That red leather thing growing out of my left arm? That’s Izzy, in her snazzy red case, and embarrassingly enough, she’s rarely more than a couple of feet away, even at night.
It’s been almost 8 months since Izzy and I got together, and in that time she’s taken over a lot of functions I normally do on a desktop, laptop, TV screen (or on paper). Apple’s made an excellent chameleon out of the iPad 2; find the right app(s), download them for a nominal fee, and Izzy changes roles in a heartbeat.
So when someone asks me about my favorite iPad apps, I respond with “favorite for WHAT?” Business? Entertainment? Art? with business, i.e., USEFUL iPad apps. These are my favorites right now (since the last time I did this), not necessarily in order of importance, and they’re all available in the iPad App Store.
October 21, 2011
To put it more understandably, Bullseye just unleashed a new website design on the world and in the process broke a whole boatload of links to really important content. Bullseye’s technical documents are pretty much without peer in the art glass industry; I link to them a LOT.
So now a whole boatload of links on MY website are now busted. I am an unhappy camper.
I’m assured that Bullseye technical wizards are working their fingers off to speedily fix those broken links. Until they do, if you click a link on my site and it breaks on bullseyeglass.com, your best bet is to type whatever you’re looking for into the Bullseye search box.
Sorry about that.
And would somebody PLEASE tell me where the reactivity charts live?
October 19, 2011
Izzy the ‘Pad has settled into my life. You might say she’s become an extension of my left arm, and it’s scary how much she’s changed my tech habits. I’m thinking she’s probably doing that for a lot of people.
Pre-Izzy, I did about 40 percent of my electronic tasks on smartphone, the remaining 60 percent on a computer (desktop or laptop). That’s changed with Izzy, to about 5 percent on smartphone, 30 percent on laptop and 65 percent on iPad.* My smartphone–the admittedly MUCH less-than-stellar Derrick the DroidX–has all but turned back into a dumbphone. As long as I can get Wifi, there’s not much point in websurfing with the DroidX’ tediously slow connection.
September 29, 2011
So here’s one more reason to buy an iPad (as if I needed one): Bullseye‘s just released a very cool little IOS app for glassists, and it works on iPhone, iPod Touch and…(drumroll)…iPad. And it’s free.
It’s a collection of Bullseye tools and educational documents, pretty much what you find on Bullseye’s website, including tipsheets and technical notes. There’s a Fahrenheit/Celsius converter in there, weblinks to the Bullseye Gallery, their online store and other parts of the website, and a browse-able version of the latest Bullseye catalog.
July 21, 2011
Got a great reminder last night that “cool” and “user-friendly” aren’t always the same thing. A plugin that I added to make my blog more readable on mobile devices wound up confusing the heck out folks.
Sorry about that.
A few weeks back I started noticing that sites I browsed with Izzy the ‘Pad (my iPad2) had suddenly evolved into flipbook magazines. A flipbook, for those of you who haven’t seen one, is an interactive design that lays out content as if it were a magazine, with pages you can turn and a front cover. The most famous of these is one of my favorite iPad apps, FlipBoard: [Read more]
June 6, 2011
After a couple of weeks with Izzy the ‘Pad I’m still thinking of her as a jumped-up iPhone without the phone. IOW, with the right apps she’s actually a pretty useful device.
I’m doing the pneumonia/quarantine thing again, and Izzy’s pretty much been my connection with the outside world…as well as my source for movies, books, websurfing, idea-sketching and just futzing around. And I’m finding that she shines best when she’s NOT trying to be a laptop.
May 30, 2011
The mucoid curtain slammed down and I hit the sheets. Again. Sigh. Last winter’s dance with pneumonia and bronchitis apparently makes me vulnerable to any bored respiratory nasty looking for action and I found another one last week. I am sooooo ready to stop doing that.
OTOH, sicktime freed me to explore Izzy the ‘Pad, my new iPad2, which came to me through a bit of luck. Since the last time I won anything was when Brian Mitchell sang out “FIVE!!!” in my first grade class–I won the right to sell Bluebird mints to the teacher–I was kinda buzzed about the whole thing.
Turns out the buzz was really hypoxia from virally gooed-up lungs but hey–I’ll take what I can get.
March 28, 2011
Does age/culture/sex make a difference in the way people communicate on Facebook? Can you distinguish those things simply by someone’s online posting style?
I honestly don’t know but I’m beginning to think it might be possible. Still, I’ve googled every term I can think of–conversational styles and Facebook, Facebook posting classification, cultural influences on Facebook, etc., etc.–and nobody seems to have studied this. Be interesting if they did.
I started thinking about this when I hadn’t been on Facebook for a few days, so that friends’ queries and requests had built up and took a couple hours to resolve. I started noticing definite patterns in the type, style and content of the posts. (Moreover, I noticed I was changing MY posting style to match theirs, which is a whole ‘nother discussion.)
March 17, 2011
The odometer read “4999,” and it was just a tiny bit thrilling: CherryBaby was about to turn 5,000. We edged down the road together…closer, closer…yay! 5,000 miles!
And Cherry binged at me. Loudly. A yellow exclamation mark lit up on her dashboard, along with a sign: Maintenance required soon.
Apparently, this is what new cars do; they tell you when it’s time for an oil change or a checkup or whatever, just in case you’re too lazy–or dumb–to figure it out for yourself.