Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Whats on the net tonight?

Been a while since I posted links:

  • Apple announced that there will be a Developer API by next February. Apparently apple is really good at hiding old news entries. I can't find a link to the original text anywhere.

  • OS X Leopard is here, and I can't wait to install it. Lots of really positive reviews out there.

  • I'm not sure when it happened but Dinko Tilov's polymer clay site is back up at a new URL. I really like his style. He has a great book for sale as well. One of my favortite polymer artists.

  • The American Craft Council show is this weekend in Charlotte.

  • Happy Dia De Los Muertos.  I need to get some better pictures of this Day of the Dead tattoo posted now that it is complete.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

iPhone thoughts

It's been said already, but I really think that Apple needs to create a supported SDK for native iPhone apps soon or they are basically throwing away a golden opportunity. I don't want just a cool phone I want a portable computer that I and others can develop applications for.

Keeping the phone locked down will only drive business away.

Things I would like to see available for iPhone development:

  • A documented and semi-supported SDK provided by Apple.

  • Ability to link to other iphone apps like the browser currently handles. If a user clicks on a phone number in my app it should allow them to call that number.  Other integrations should also be supported.

  • Ability to store data on the phone and have it be synced with the desktop. I could then provide desktop versions of my apps.

  • Ability for 3rd party apps to access the internet via edge or wireless.

  • Graphics and sound access for Games and such.

  • I would really like to see the iPhone support Adobe AIR and / or flash apps running outside the browser. this is not likely to happen.

  • Itunes integration of some kind for adding apps to the iphone.

  • Ability to install apps to the iphone via edge or wireless networking.

  • It would be really great if Apple did something like XBox live Arcade and provided a means for developers to sell their apps to iPhone customers.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Trader Joe’s

A new Trader Joe's opened recently here, and we have gone a few times now and are starting to figure out which things we really like.  The price's are great and so far everything we have tried has been very good. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Mandarin Orange Chicken

  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Tandoori Nand

  • A Fig walks into a Bar Breakfast Bars

  • So Delicious Creamy Orange Ice cream Bars

Monday, September 17, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bioshock

I played the demo of Bioshock on the 360 and decided to pre-order it, I should get it today or tomorrow. The demo and the glowing reviews give every indication that this will be the game one of the best games of the year.

I'll post more on it after I complete the full game.

Thinking about Tattoos

I've been reading the book "Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos". I'm fascinated with why people get Tattoos and how they are viewed by others. There have been a few ideas presented in various stories in this book that have stuck with me for a few days that I thought I would try to share.

When is a Tattoo complete? When is it really yours? The new work isn't yours until the healing process is complete. When you no longer feel the raised lines on your skin, when the pealing and roughness is gone, and the hair has grown back. Only after you can no longer feel it, only then, does it "feel" real. There is an adjustment period where you have to get used to your new skin.

I have a low pain threshold. So why go through it? One idea is that it's your choice, no one is telling you to do it, you're in control. For some the process of getting the Tattoo is empowering simple because they are for a brief period in control. They are forever changing their appearance in a manner they choose. Personally, I like the artwork, but I suspect that deep down this is true for me as well.

Having visible ink opens you up to questions and comments from people you don't know. Strangely the people I know well say less about them than people I don't know. Some people I meet have tattoos and smile or compliment the work, there is a sense of community. Others that are interested in them, or just curious will ask the same questions everyone has heard a hundred times. "Does it hurt?", "How long did it take?", "How much did it cost?"

Then there are the others that are disturbed or scared of anyone with Tattoos. There are people who still believe the stereotypes that anyone with Tattoos is a biker or an ex-con. Most people think your low-income or some hick. I've done pretty well choosing good artists and getting good looking work, so I've started getting asked if I'm a tattoo artist.

It's funny how we all make broad assumptions like this when meeting knew people. Every interaction we have is clouded by our initial assumptions based solely on appearance. L and I always laugh when we go to a fancy restaurant or store and get shoddy or slow service due, most likely, to our attire. The better you are dressed the better the service is. Now add Tattoos to the mix and you've reached a new level. The irony is that we are pretty well off compared to most. The more interesting thing is that people who seem to be put-off by my tattoos don't say anything negative, they just ignore me completely, which I have to say is usually a good thing. I tend to like people with an open mind better anyway.

Not sure there is a moral to all this I'm just rambling. Type at you later.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tattoo Vampire Lyrics

Blue Oyster Cult
Tattoo Vampire

I went down last night with a tattoo madam
To a nude dagger fantasy domain
Wrapped in hell, I lost my breath
Chest to stimulating Chinese breast

Grisly smiles, that don't flake off
Corny-colored demons leering
Vampire photos, sucking the skin

Seeding the night at the inker's parlor
Flash permabrand pricked for a dollar
Her wrist surreal a heart and flying skull
Lettered "Life and love pass swiftly"

Grisly smiles, that don't flake off
Corny-colored demons leering
Vampire photos, sucking the skin

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Dead Can Dance - Rakim

I have been listening to this song at least once a day this week. There is just something about it that I love.



Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Muppets Rule!!!!

Saw this linked on Kevin Rose's Pownce

I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but I'm a huge Huge HUGE fan of the Muppets. Jim Henson will always be one of my heroes.

I don't know the origin of this particular fan video, but I have to say bravo.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Windows to Mac Switch

We now have two Mac's in the house. I have a Macbook Pro and L now has a Macbook. I'm sure she will post in a few days about what she thinks. Right now she is too busy reading the new Harry Potter book. :)

I thought I would post a few links to help with the PC to Mac switch:

Monday, July 16, 2007

Eye To Eye, Music you’ve probably never heard of.

When I was a kid I used to love to finger through my dads vinyl records. I was introduced to a wide varity of music by my parents. One album that I kept on tape for years but forgot about for many years was the album Eye To Eye by the band of the same name. A few years ago they released a CD of their two records. There are some really great tunes that you might like on these Albums.  My personal favorite songs are:

  • Hunger Pains

  • Life In Motion

  • More Hopeless Knowledge

  • Progress Ahead

  • Time Flys

Harry Potter and the five year old that won’t shut the hell up.

We saw the new Harry Potter movie this weekend. Wow, great movie. As a purist there were a few things that I don't think they should have changed. However, they did a really good job with the story, lots of magic, and lots of fun.

Why do parents insist on taking children to movies when they know they are too young to keep silent during the movie. Please be considerate and stay home.

The final Harry Potter book comes out this weekend. We are only getting one copy of the book. I have to read it quickly so that Lisa isn't suffering for too long. I have only been this crazy for one other series, The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zalazney.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

iPhone case mini-review

I bought an incase protective cover for my iPhone.

Pros:

  • Easy to add or remove the phone.

  • Makes the phone less slippery and easier to hold

  • Reduce's hand fatigue when talking on the phone.

  • Does not need to be removed to use the phone. It doesn't cover the screen.


Cons:

  • You can not put the phone in it's cradle when you have the case on.

  • The case makes it harder to slip the phone into your pants.

  • When using the case and the sync cable (not the cradle) its difficult to remove the cable.


Well, hope that helps and have fun using your phone.

Monday, July 9, 2007

A Quote I can’t get out of my head.

"Switch off the mind and let the heart decide
who you were meant to be" - Thomas Dolby, Wind Power

Monday, July 2, 2007

Posting from the iPhone

Doing a test post from the iPhone. It's a surprise how easy it is to use the internet from this phone. Typing is pretty easy, not as easy as a real keyboard, but very close.

Minor iPhone gripes

Here is a, sure to grow, list of minor iPhone gripes:

  1. The headphone jack is inset and does not fit most headphone plugs.  There is an adapter, but I should not have to buy it.

  2. My cheap 3rd party doc that works fine with my Video iPod does not support audio out with the iPhone.  I have no idea why, but buying another dock sucks.

  3. The battery doesn't last as long as I would like. The sad thing is, it lasts longer than anyone expected it to. Why is new battery tech so far behind?

  4. Several times now I have had the music stop playing when some kind of network error occurs. Dropped from wi-Fi network, not sure what the cause really was, because no error message was displayed.

  5. While trying to email a photo to Flikr the mail app starts to load but then stops and I get dropped back to the desktop. Again, there was no error message to indicate what might have caused the problem. I'll try again when I get to my home wi-fi network.

How the iPhone changes the cellular buisness for the better.

So you have your shiney new iPhone. And it works great. Now What?

Sit back and watch the carriers fall to pieces. Now that Apple has their foot in the door there will be no stopping them. The big carriers just don't get it, they don't understand that what consumers want is ease of use, and a consistent experience with their phone. They want that Star-Trek moment and it better work every time. If there is a problem with it, they want friendly and helpful people to fix the problem without over charging them. None of the carriers have good customer service reputations, they gouge their customers at every turn and dare them to risk terminating a long term contract to go with a rival where the experience will be just as bad.

Along with every "iPhone is great" post going up on blogs around the country, there are posts going up about how bad the AT&T experience was. As Apple gains power in this market they will continue to do things right, while the carriers continue to do them wrong. Overtime the carriers will become less important while the new little portable computers that Apple, and hopefully other companies, make will become whats important. The phone buisness will be just another computer buisness. The carriers like AT&T will become just another internet provider wondering where all the cash went.

It won't happen overnight, and it won't be without a fight, but I for one can't wait for it.

Related articles that cover the subject much better than I:

Saturday, June 30, 2007

iPhone Rocks!

I got to the AT&T store yesterday at 5:00 pm To a line of 31 people. The line quickly grew to 50+, which was a problem as their were only 50 phones at the store. I waited for 2 hours to get into the store and got the 2nd to last 8 gig iPhone. The activation and setup process was perfect and quick. Syncing 5 gig of music to it took a while.

This is hands down the best phone I have ever used.

Pros:

  • Great, consistent interface

  • Easy to use and intuitive

  • It makes a great iPod, easy to find music, sounds really good

  • Surfing the web on it is almost perfect for a small device

  • I have only played with the phone part of it a little bit, but it was very easy to deal with and visual voice mail is wonderfull.


Cons:

  • The camera pretty much sucks, slow and poor in low light. I want this to be a great camera also. Maybe next version

  • 8 gig is not nearly enough. I don't want to carry a phone and a 60gig iPod. I'm sure future versions will have more storage.

  • There aren't enough places where the keyboard can be placed in landscape mode. Only the browser seems to supprort this.


I'll add more as I find them, it really is worth the hype.

Friday, June 29, 2007

iPhone Mania

I can't wait to get my hands on an iPhone today. All the information I have seen makes it look like the best phone I have ever used. A perfect blend of geek cool with Apple's ever present sense of elegant design.

In case you have been living on a different planet here are some links you should check out:

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Picture Gallery

I have been working with the Flex 2 SDK and Flex Builder. I re-wrote our picture gallery in Flex. It requires Flash 9, and should prompt you to install it.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Macbook Pro Wonderland

Well, I broke ranks and joined the other side. Actually I'm a double agent for now.

I bought a MacBook Pro.
I'll still have my primary PC for games and desktop work, but this new machine is just great.
It's funny but, the Mac has taken over windows old role as the power user os of choice.

This Week in Tech

I used to be a big fan of Tech TV. Slowly it went all to hell and turned into the horror that it is G4.
Like many others my favorite show was The Screen Savers.

These days I get my tech news from the following video and audio podcasts:

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Monday, March 26, 2007

Friday, March 9, 2007

Hybrid Car FTW

We are now the proud owners of a 2007 Toyota Prius. I have been interested in Hybrid Cars for a few years now. The fuel savings paired with dramatically reduced pollution is hard to beat. I was concerned with the size of the car and other common misconceptions, but after talking to a co-worker that has one and getting to drive it, I was hooked.

I'll post a pic this weekend.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Go get Needled

If you like tattoo's, or if you like blogs about tattoo's, you should go check out
Needled.

I've been thinking about getting more work recently, and I realized that I have
done a poor job of keeping my tatto pics up to date. I'll try to add some new pics
in the next couple of days.

Music on the brain

Paul McCartney - Calico Skies

It was written that I would love you
From the moment I opened my eyes
And the morning when I first saw you
Gave me life under calico skies

I will hold you for as long as you like
Ill hold you for the rest of my life

Always looking for ways to love you
Never failing to fight at your side
While the angels of love protect us
From the innermost secrets we hide

Ill hold you for as long as you like
Ill hold you for the rest of my life

Long live all of us were crazy soldiers who
Were born under calico skies
May we never be called to handle
All the weapons of war we despise

Ill hold you for as long as you like
Ill hold you for the rest of my life
Ill hold you for as long as you like
Ill love you for the rest of my...
For the rest of my life

Monday, January 8, 2007

Ursula Vernon - Wearer of Weasel Skins - Fixed


I had the wrong weapon in this guy's hand when I took the other pictures. Here he is with the axe.

This model is based on Ursula Vernon's "Wearer of Weasel Skins".





Monday, January 1, 2007

Ursula Vernon - Wearer of Weasel Skins


I haven't been doing much with my clay work lately, so I thought I would post something I did a few months ago. This work is meant as a tribute to the art work of Ursula Vernon and is not for sale.

This model is based on Ursula Vernon's "Wearer of Weasel Skins".