Classical DIY With Flash and JavaScript

“Compose Your Own“, by composer Jason Freeman, describes the creation of his open score Piano Etudes. For those who don’t read music, the online interactive versions use the JavaScript SoundManager API, which “wraps and extends the Flash Sound API, and exposes it to Javascript.  The flash portion is hidden, transparent to both developers and end […]

Adobe BrowserLab

Adobe BrowserLab is a service that allows you to see how websites look on different browsers, and also emulates Windows and Mac OS. Now it’s easy to test for clients stuck with IE 6.

Don’t Do This Stuff

Chris Roane’s [popup url=””]14 Ways to Be the World’s Worst Web Project Manager[/popup] is a worthwhile read, as is an article he mentions called [popup url=””]The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now[/popup] by Tim Ferriss.

Make E-books, Not PDFs, With InDesign CS5

One of the features of Adobe’s new InDesign CS5 is the ability to make E-books conforming to the EPUB format. This could make InDesign the next app to buy for web developers; maybe they can convince clients to move away from PDFs and towards E-books instead. PC World article InDesign CS5 video

HTML5 Resources

Google‘s using HTML5. So is Apple. And Florida’s Vimeo, CNN, and Nike serve HTML5 to iPads. Apple’s latest SDK contains language that will prevent developers from using Adobe CS5’s Packager for iPhone to convert Flash files into iPhone binaries. Adobe’s latest filing to the SEC names the iPhone and iPad as Risk Factors to […]

iPad Testing With Safari User Agent Switcher

Safari lets you change User Agents. While the iPad’s User Agent isn’t yet listed, you can select “Other” and paste in the following iPad User Agent:Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10.After you change the User Agent, checkout the smooth iPad version of Gmail.

Sagrantino di Montefalco

Sagrantino is an uncommon Italian grape, with a total of 250 acres planted in Umbria. I just tasted an Arnaldo Caprai Collepiano Sagrantino di Montefalco 2001, imported by It’s 100% Sagrantino, aged in new French oak for 22 months and then a further 6 months in bottle. Old-world style, good structure, and firm but […]

iPad Design Notes

Like the iPhone, the iPad always uses the media=”screen” stylesheet. Using max-device-width makes the stylesheet work for the iPhone <link rel=”stylesheet” media=”only screen and (max-device-width: 480px)” href=”../iphone.css” type=”text/css” /> and the iPad <link rel=”stylesheet” media=”only screen and (max-device-width: 1024px)” href=”../ipad.css” type=”text/css” />. In addition, the iPad accepts CSS queries based on orientation orientation:portrait or orientation:landscape, […]

Quake On A Browser With HTML 5

A couple of Google engineers have managed to port Quake to an HTML5 browser-based version that gets 30 fps. According to the Google code page of developers Ray and Joel, the port uses “…WebGL, the Canvas API, HTML 5 elements, the local storage API, and WebSockets to demonstrate the possibilities of pure web applications in […]


The birds in my neighborhood are really enjoying this particular springtime in the Capital City. (Here’s the M4A version.) [audio:|autostart=yes|loop=yes|titles=Birds|artists=The birds in my neighborhood]

IE 9 Screenshots

There’s lots to like in the IE9 preview. CSS 3 rounded corners CSS 3 rounded corners styles 1 and 2 Support for SVG – check out the SVG/Javascript Asteroids game Dom events This preview is installed without changing your current version of IE.

IE 9 Preview

I’m looking forward to trying out the IE 9 Platform Preview. (Note: if you don’t have Vista or 7 you’re out of luck.)

Les Noces

Stravinsky’s 1923 dance cantata performed by the Royal Ballet – happy music for a happy day.

Red Bug Trail

Some trees on the Red Bug Trail at Phipps Park. Moss 1 Moss 2 Tree in bucket 1 Tree in bucket 2 Tree in bucket 3

The Nose

I’ve always liked The Nose despite never having seen it performed, and it’s good to see that this obscure opera is now on stage in New York. The libretto is by Shostakovich and Yevgeny Zamyatin, based on a short story by Gogol. You can hear some of the sparkling orchestration when you listen to the […]

HTML 5 Demos

The HTML 5 Canvas Experiment features a demo that uses the HTML 5 <canvas> and <audio> tags. You’ll need a modern browser to view the demo, which “…loads 100 tweets related to HTML5 and displays them using a javascript-based particle engine. Each particle represents a tweet – click on one of them and it’ll appear […]

Standards Compliance for E-books

Joe Clark has written an interesting article for A List Apart, Web Standards for E-books. I like this prediction: “The fate of non-HTML formats has been sealed by HTML5 and the iPad.” I think that means you, Kindle.

Beech Tree

One of my favorite trees From the overlook From the west

Jazz and WordPress

WordPress releases are named after jazz musicans. The current release, 2.9, is Carmen, after the totally excellent Carmen McRae. It’s a bit unsettling that the previous release was named after Chet Baker – he wasn’t a paragon of reliability, and having a version of software named after him is kind of funny.

Marchesi di Gresy La Serra Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2008

[popup url=””]Marchesi di Gresy’s[/popup] 2008 [popup url=”” ]La Serra Moscato d’Asti DOCG [/popup] is a delicious example of a slightly frizzante Moscato. Like an Auslese or Beerenauslese, the honey on the nose and palate is balanced with crisp acidity. It’s good as a dessert wine or an aperitif, and the low 5.5% alcohol by volume […]