July 26th, 2017
"Detective stories are about solving a mystery, which comes from our inherent need to figure out and resolve things."
"Every once in a while I decide to rewatch certain movies that come to mind. Usually the ones that have stuck with me and which seem to come up because they relate to a particular mood I'm in."
"A client project that I’ve been working on for a year and four months now has finally launched this week. Transform with Chris and Heidi, an iPhone and Android app."
"To keep track of the stuff I enjoy, I use a basic mobile web form I developed. My goal for 2017 is to release a full-blown app version (developed by a real programmer)."
"Last weekend I was in Las Vegas for ScoopFest, an event held for fans of the podcast, Matt & Mattingly’s Ice Cream Social."
"This election is showing us how the Republicans and Democrats continue to make sure they are the only choices for president as traditional media continues to decline to media on the web."
"I'm an Apple user because I want technology to fade into the background of what I'm doing."
"Practicing the process of understanding my motivators has helped me figure out the things I should focus my attention on."
"A couple of months ago I found three burned CDs in a box somewhere labeled ‘Mix 2005’. I apparently made them over ten years ago at a time when I listened to music on a portable CD player that played MP3s."
"It turns out that libertarian ideas are very much for everyone. Whether you consider yourself Democrat or Republican."
"It’s always interesting to see how something is done. I’ve tried to be conscious of this and show how I make my comics."
"You may have heard about the FBI demanding that Apple crack into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters. Apple has refused because they feel that it is a huge security risk to their customers."
"...the process for writing is very similar to the process for interface design."
"At the end of every year I go through the list I keep of various things I enjoyed and pick out my favorites. Here are my faves for 2015."
"This year, fans of Back to the Future celebrated the year of the future based on a date in the second film in the series."
"Laziness is viewed as a negative characteristic. It's something I've always struggled with myself since whenever I felt lazy, I would feel guilty and often force myself to try and do something about it."
"Avagate, Lifehacks #2, Keeper and the Soldier."
"This post is basically just a bunch of links that promote my comic-writing effort. It's all the ways I'm trying to do one essential thing: make more comics."
"You may have heard of Soylent by now: the meal hack for geeks. If you haven’t, it’s basically a meal replacement drink designed to give you the nutrition your body needs while making it easy to prepare and consume."
"...by having control of the total experience of how your work gets in the hands of your readers, you form a deeper connection with them and create a story for your story."
"Teller, of Penn and Teller fame has been known to say that the things you're most passionate about you do when all the chores are done."
"Growing up, I've always enjoyed making things."
"...recently, Facebook started automating the filtering of posts which is really annoying because no one really knows exactly how the filters work."
"One thing that makes Indie Aisle unique is the reading experience. It's designed to make it easy for your readers to start reading right away and give them options for reading the way they are most comfortable with."
"One of the best ways I've found to get it out to people so far has been to take the hardback book to sell at comic book conventions."
"I recently released the Hacktivity graphic novel, including the paperback edition. It represented a year and a half's work in its final form."
"It can be easy getting lost in what we should change in our lives for our goals and miss what we already have for them."
"When I originally came up with Indie Aisle over four years ago, it's original goal was to make it easy for independent authors to publish their books digitally online."
"The animated GIF above has a timestamp of 12/26/1996, I was 12 years old at the time."
"...I still find the work involved interesting."
"I've blogged on an off in the past, but it was always about thoughts and ideas in the form of short articles. I seem to have missed the point of the logging part of blogging..."
"I lost all my Google Docs files unknowingly with a few simple steps."
"My qualifications as the new Microsoft Chief Executive are as good as any."
"Taking apart someone else's work as practice."
"Writing less code and using an interface to program on the web."
"Besides a great story of course, what's involved in producing a good ebook? Here's what I think the right components are and how we built Indie Aisle around them."
"Recently I did some cleaning for the new year. Most of it involved throwing away old stuff I no longer needed. Among the stuff were boxes from old video games."
"Wired Magazine has all of its articles archived online since its very first issue."
"The only way to really know if someone is using your product, this making it successful, is if they are happily paying for it!"
"The ebook market is expanding. How can indie authors continue to adapt? And what happens to fans of their work with all the devices available?"
"ebooks are becoming more common today, quickly turning into a new standard for reading books. It's pretty interesting how long the idea of an ebook has actually been around, since even before the mainstream Internet."
"Demos were audio-visual presentations that ran in real-time on a computer. They started as a way to show off computer performance, but quickly became an art form, mixing graphics, music and coding mastery into unique compositions."
"I've been a Wired magazine subscriber for a few years now and I figured they would be a great source for learning about how the world viewed early personal computing and the internet in its early stages."
"In recent years, the buzz around hardware components has shifted to entire system upgrades. Hardware has become so much cheaper that it's just more convenient to get a new box or laptop every 2-3 years."
"The overall theme that stuck out during the panel is that the only way to make a living as an author is to be consistent in your work and persistent in your efforts."
"Self-publishing or traditional publishing is not a goal. The goal is to get a great story out to the world."
"...what started out to be a simple tool quickly turned into something rather complex and may have been too ambitious in the end."
"A few months I made a list of what I wanted in a new phone as my two-year contract with my Droid was almost up."
"There's no doubt ebooks are changing the way we enjoy our books, so of course publishing, the process by which an author gets their work to their readers, is completely changing as well."
"My side project, Indie Aisle has been online for a few months now and as I did with designing the web app, I'd like to share my thoughts about the development process."
"It's been over a month since I got the Chrome notebook and I wanted to share my thoughts on it so far."
"This past year, I've tried an experiment on the site. I've replaced the 'text select' cursor that shows when mousing over text on a website with the default arrow cursor."
"We've all heard about viral videos that spread online. The concept of being viral is just passing on something from one person to the next, branching out to a potentially large audience."
"Indie Aisle is a project I've been working on and off for a couple of years now. This past year however, I really got going with it, spending most of my available time outside of client work."
"As we all know being a successful writer means more than just writing. People have to also be made aware of your work."
"I attended this year's South by Southwest Interactive and was surprised to find quite a few panels about publishing content online from people who have done it successfully."
"...devices like the Kindle and the iPad make ereading more accessible for people in a similar way that the iPod made downloadable music more accessible to a wider audience."
"I originally had the idea for Indie Aisle when I noticed that there were people I knew who wanted to do something creative from starting a band to having their own online comic, but didn't know how to get their work seen by other people."
"Two kinds of technologies have in recent months changed my daily habits and how I interact with people: web-based apps and smartphones."
"While general web practices make sense, the need for having formal standards seems unnecessary. Website-building technologies have in a lot of ways standardized themselves because of individual developers deciding what is appropriate to use."
"It's no surprise, that like a lot of people, I've been becoming more and more of a Google fan this past year..."
"Since the beginning of humanity, storytelling and our ability to learn is what has set us apart from other species."
"...I've kept my eyes open for good photo organizing software to use, but there was always a key component that they all seemed to be missing: a simple way to share photos with family and friends."
"What started out as a few downloadable games and videos has exploded into an extensive marketplace of game content, films (including access to Netflix titles) and television programs."
"Sam and Max is the first successful episode-based video game series."
"I found that as I was getting my thoughts out of my head and into my system, I was able to accomplish things in a logical way that lead to better focus of my upcoming goals."
"I ended up subscribing to Netflix during the writing of this post."
"The way Microsoft is really losing customers though is by disappointing them."
"The New Media online community understands that podcasting is really a new way to enjoy original content. And like blogging has changed the way we receive news, 'content-casting' will be the way of the future for receiving audio and video content."
"When it comes to designing for the web or any type of on-screen presentation, the design is based on the format you have to work with. This applies to any medium really, but has been more difficult for the computer since it's always changing."
"The new Xbox is not only a gaming system, but a full entertainment experience. And with all that's been thrown into it, the interface certainly required making the features easy to find and simple to use."