Archive for May, 2007

Google Gears (BETA) May 31 2007


Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:

  • Store and serve application resources locally
  • Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
  • Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Check it out: Google Gears (BETA)

Glowing edge showing the cast resin lit up with sideglow fiber optic light May 22 2007

Things are starting to look really good on the countertop project. This picture shows the cast resin edge that we created using a silicone mold.

This is the part of the project that nobody wanted to do. So we’re figuring it out.

Caught on surveillance tape — Stanley being a baaaad cat ;) May 22 2007

My second lolcat effort. ๐Ÿ™‚

My contribution to the retirement gift for Glen and Judy Felch May 17 2007

I had the pleasure of being a student under both Glen and Judy Felch at Principia College during my Studio Art BA program (1994-1998). As part of their retirement, the Art department is organizing a gift, whereby students and alumni are being invited to contribute a 4″ square piece of artwork that will be mounted on a square block. This is my piece, which shows the pen, notebook and computer that has led to my career as a designer.

In 1996 Judy Felch gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me ever since. She said, “You should do something with computers and your art.” At the time, all I could imagine was doing something maybe with video games, or Macromedia Director CD-ROMs. The Web was still in its infancy. Shortly after receiving this advice, I typed this into Yahoo’s search box (this was pre-Google): “HTML tutorial”. I read through one the first night, then the next night went through another and actually built my first web page. I trace my subsequent career as a web and user interface designer directly to that excellent advice.

When I first decided to be an art major, I didn’t think that there was anything that I would be able to use my degree for to make any money. I decided to do what I enjoyed the most, however, and I’m happy to say that by embracing not only analog but also digital art I’ve been blessed with a very satisfying and financially rewarding career.

I am very grateful to the Felches, and wish them all the very best as they retire and focus on their own fine-art careers. They are both outstanding teachers, and I am very proud to call them friends.

Finished uploading pictures from my trip to China (859 in total) May 15 2007

Here are some of my favorite pictures from my April 2007 trip to visit my good friend Damon and his family in China. They live in Guangzhou in Guangdong province. I arrived in Hong Kong, then traveled on to Guangzhou. We took a quick day trip to Macau, then a week-long vacation trip to visit Wulingyuan National Park in Hunan province (the first National Park ever created in China). After we got back to Guangzhou it was soon time for me to begin my return trip back to St. Louis, Missouri, USA, by way of Hong Kong to Seoul, Korea to Chicago and then finally back to St. Louis.

Click picture for title and description. None of these pictures were photoshopped or retouched in any way. The night ones were particularly fun to take with long exposures.

Walking along the Pearl River in Guangzhou, China at night - Can you spot Damon?

Arrived at Damon's apartment in Guangzhou Reading one of Kristin's books to Jackson

Going out to a nightclub in Guangzhou, China Little gangster Jackson

Intricately carved ivory puzzle ball at the Chen Family Temple -- Could you carve this?

Kids playing with their tops in the streets and back alleys near the Chen Family Temple in Guangzhou, China

Exploring the streets and back alleys near the Chen Family Temple in Guangzhou, China Exploring Macau - Damon on top of a small building

Exploring Macau - Damon posing with the giant glass structure - funny... :)

Exploring Macau - Neat light reflections on polished cobblestones

Exploring Macau - View of the city at night Taking the 12-hour sleeper train from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, China

Exploring Macau - Timed exposure at night with neat light

Exploring Wulingyuan National Park in Hunan, China Ginseng roots on a bed of moss

Businessman riding on the shoulders of porters through the park in China

Exploring Wulingyuan National Park in Hunan, China Hanging out in Old Town

Nightime long-exposure pictures from Old Town - 15 second exposure

Small truck loaded up with cargo Hong Kong at night - city skyline across the harbor - taken from the Star Ferry ramp

Hong Kong at night - looking up at a very well lit building

Back home in St. Louis

Click here to view the entire album of pictures from my trip to China | Slideshow

WordPress 2.2 just released! May 15 2007

Looks like it’s time to upgrade again, lots of neat new features and good bug fixes in WordPress 2.2.

WordPress Blog – WordPress 2.2

Download WordPress 2.2 now.

RallyTrophy – Awesome online rally car game, just like when we were kids (except it’s online) May 11 2007

Awesome online rally car game

You get to create your own track, then race your rally track car either against a computer or against a person. Man I wish my brother were here right now. This is fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Check it out: RallyTrophy

Found it on StumbleUpon.

Rocky Anderson Obliterates Sean Hannity at University of Utah Impeachment Debate – Google Video May 6 2007

Sean Hannity is a royal douchbag - watch him get p0wned by Rocky Anderson in this video

Rocky Anderson Obliterates Sean Hannity at University of Utah Impeachment Debate – Google Video

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