Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fleet Foxes: Mykonos

This is a great music video from the Fleet Foxes. Stop motion rocks!

Mykonos from Grandchildren on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

960 Grid System

Things that make my life easier make me happy. Cool ways that I can do complicated stuff quickly/easily make me even happier. When those cool things are actually things I would be doing day to day it is better then sex.

I ran down a intertube today, I followed a link trail into the rabbit hole and saw how deep it went. See if you can follow my train of thought here:

  1. Someone on Twitter linked in a Typography site. Me a student of web design and continually baffled by Typography for the web follwed the link Typogridphy

  2. This led me to the site 960.gs which looked pretty cool. A fast way to build out (as well as prototype) site layouts that are visually appealing and modern. I was intrigued, but I have a short attention span, I remember just a few weeks ago reading an article on the CAKE PHP framework and thinking... "OMG! I should like TOTALLY build my own CMS!" What a joke, there is no way I could make anything with as much elegance and power as any of the fantastic CMS' that are out there. So when I came to a link to a NetTute video showing the baiscs of the 960 system I followed.

  3. That led me to an article on NetTutes about getting started with the 960 layout. Here is a video: *heart blip*

It looks great, and I want to try to use it in a Drupal theme for my next project. There is even a Drupal Theme skeleton built using it.

Should be fun!


Take a small cardboard robot that moves in one direction only, afix an indication of its final destination and let people make sure it gets there.

This is the concept behind TweenBots. This is a really cute example of the "wisdom of crowds" concept. Basically the same principals that make things like Wikipedia or the Mechanical Turk Dollar Bill (also known as Ten Thousand Cents ) possible.

In this case instead of the robot developer building in expensive navigation equipment, she uses a simple flag to indicate the robots final destination and let people help it out along the way. It is probably not the most efficient path, but if you consider the time invested in total by the developer and all the 29 people who intervened to navigate the robot through the park and compare that to the effort it would take to incorporate navigation... well you begin to see how competitive a proposition like this becomes.

The result is a very cute video, and a super cool concept.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Practical joke played on my sister

Some friends of my sister's put 5000 Dixi cups half filled with water in the house. My sister came home from the zoo to find this HA!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Nichole Young - Istockphoto

Nichole Young talking with Fredrick Van about her experiences with Istockphoto

Nicole Young - iStockphoto Contributor from Frederick Van Johnson on Vimeo.

DROBO, the future of storage?`

I have been looking for a way to expand my storage capabilities at home while adding in a layer of redundancy to protect my data. Data Robotics offers the DROBO products that seem to be a good fit. What I like most is that I don't have to worry about what RAID level I'm going to be using (I was thinking of doing a raid 5 array) and I can dynamically add/remove drives to add to my storage ability, or replace drives, without taking the array down.

I would LOVE to be able to do this with Linux and a small cheap server. It would likely compare price wise to what Data Robotics is offering with the DROBO line, but would allow me to use ext4 for example to have drive sizes over 2TB (about the size of total storage for which I am looking to start). Data Robotics does not officially support using a drobo on Linux, which is philisophically an issue for me. If they would add support for a linux filesystem that supports sizes > 2TB I would likely stop considering building my own NAS solution and start considering DROBO.