Stop debating code and start doing it

Literally (in the literal sense of the word), I have one or more conversations a week – with clients, co-workers, partner companies – about whether people should learn some code.  And, literally (again in the literal sense of the word), I hear “why should I do it?” “I have better things to do” “we don’t need to know that”.  Here’s one about the power of code:




Eames on getting your hands dirty . . .

“Never delegate understanding” “The details aren’t the details. They make the design.” Both are from Charles Eames They certainly don’t cover everything, and they won’t teach you what you need to know, but they do caution against the primary reasons for failing to do good digital or good design: oversimplifying, avoiding the hard work of […]

Agencies digging their own graves – a small example

Catching up on some twitter links, I clicked to a 1:04 video and was greeted with a :30 commercial that didn’t have a five second “skip ad” button. The commercial was half the length of the video itself. Watching 24 on DVD in 2002 was the first time I realized that nearly twenty minutes of […]

On-line algorithms #fail

Following some of the memes and political commentary on Secretary of State Clinton’s clash with Senate Republicans, I found myself over at left-liberal TPM, where I received the following ad: While it’s true that the night before, after changing the water in our fish tank, standing on a wet rug with my shoes starting to […]

When doing TV makes sense

As a digital (gone) native(*), nerd, and suddenly time-challenged step-father, I live my life very free of TV advertising. Some of this is by chance – I rarely have a chance to watch live TV. But most of it is by design: I DVR when I can, buy iTunes TV and shows, and rip DVDs […]

An obscure, but excellent, look at Steve Jobs in action

This is a video segment from a documentary called “The New Entrpreneurs” that gets posted and taken down from youTube periodically. Every 9 months or so, I want to send it to someone and the previous link fails. Finally, it looks like the creator of the video has posted it, so it’s likely to stay. […]

Kimmel on Marketing

In an Ad Age interview about the new time slot for his show, Jimmy Kimmel makes some observations about media and marketing that are music to digital marketers’ ears. (The show is moving from 12 AM to 11:35 PM, a symbolic 25 minute move which puts him up against Leno and Letterman.) Knowing What you […]

Maker birthday

In addition to cakes, muffins, and cooking up various other edibles, Cindy and I did a fair amount of DIY on the party favors and the lights. Party favors from Makerbot were simple and downloaded from thingiverse (with the exception of the nameplates, which was my hello world in several 3D design tools – tinkercad, […]

‘hello world’ on the Replicator 2

20 minutes set up, 10 minutes to print. A whole new world, endless itches to be scratched, and lots of extruded, environmentally safe (comparative), plastic gewgaws, tools, parts, and maybe even inventions to come. (This is a print that comes pre-installed with the SD card you use to load files into the Replicator. The chains […]

Building is better than buying, even if it’s kits

As I get my soldering skills back(*), I’ve been doing kits for little things that I can give people. Every so often, I like to make LED Menorahs (kits available everywhere, but I like to buy from Evil Mad Science when I can). (*) I had been trying to solder at 220 Celsius and ruining […]