Toread? More like the past tense!


I don’t see myself using the iPad on the subway. I know it’s price tag amounts to nearly the monthly wages of the guy sitting next to me. Surely he can better spend the money I’ve wasted on this thing. I will however, use it in the park. While I’m often mistaken for the Greenpoint neighborhood native, Polish, my hip ass outfits are a dead giveaway that I’m really part of the gentrification. Why not add an iPad? As long as we’re not on top of each other in a tin can under the ground, I’m OK with people knowing that I make more money than them.

After just about two weeks w/ my magically revolutionary iPad, I’ll say that just like the conclusions arrived at, I’ve been reading, reading, reading. Not books. I am looking forward to giving that a try though, as reading is really quite enjoyable on this thing. If only the iBook store had costs similar to that of the public library. Instapaper Pro is the must have app. I’ve re-tagged many a ‘toread‘ as ‘read‘ with afternoon breaks in the park. I also find myself actually finishing the editors picks in the NY Times Editors’ Choice app and very much so, admiring the photography in The Guardian Eyewitness app. It’s rare to read past the headline or take a minute to absorb, when a screen is involved. This thing has brought the focus back.

Throw in a handful of other great uses, like email for Susan, our shared calendars (yay for caldav), and actually deriving some pleasure out of the hundreds of photos we take weekly, via the photo slideshow mode… and this thing has totally replaced that large footprint laptop on the kitchen table in our teeny tiny apartment. So far, it seems to be the internet-enabled appliance we’ve all been promised since the dawn of the web.

On this Tuesday. Links from me to you.


Duh… eat real food and don’t drink soda: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain. It’s pretty amazing though, to think that this stuff is in nearly every single thing that you buy. It really takes a conscious effort to avoid, which we all should be doing. / MapQuest Brings Free Voice Navigation to the iPhone / WPilot – A space journey in your browser – Proof of concept game built using HTML5 technologies. / Stay Focused – East coast skateboarding is the best in the world, naturally. Free video download. / Striking anti-war posters / Abstract City, Christoph Niemann art / / Facebook’s Plan To Automatically Share Your Data With Sites You Never Signed Up For / Twision, the first ever twitter television show makes a splash in Spain


Nate Duval

Font Squirrel appears to be a great font generator that will create the various formats needed for the cross-browser use of @font-face. Some colleagues and I have recently been waxing poetically on the legality of using purchased fonts using this CSS2 based method of font embedding. Especially when deployed for clients, in a commercial environment. While @font-face is a bit overdue to go mainstream (A List Apart was touting it as the next big thing in 2007), now that the browsers are coming of age, the tipping point is near. It will dominate other options that are currently bridging the gap, like However, we have come to the conclusion that now is the time to pay more attention to a fonts use policy. Some will explicitly forbid the designer/developer from exposing the font file online. Some will encourage it, and I assume,many more will not mention it. This means web shops should start gathering and using libraries filled with the fonts that encourage the use of @font-face. Here’s where I’m starting. As linked in the previous ALA article: Dieter Steffmann offers up a slew of freely usable fonts and I’m sure several more lists like this, @font-face and 15 Free Fonts You Can Use Today, exist.

Here’s a great explanation of the licensing issue we’re facing with @font-face:

…foundries don’t actually claim copyright in the typefaces themselves. Instead they claim copyright on the .ttf file (or whatever) as a piece of software. Then, when you buy the right to use the software, they make you click “Agree” to an EULA which prohibits you from uploading the file to your website. If you want your users to see your font over the web, then you need to send them that file, and the EULA says you can’t.


Parking Garage

In Google labs we have Living Stories “an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment…” Interesting. I recall being excited about Wikipedia’s News coverage, take the entry on Hurricane Katrina for example. The format steps away from the ‘old fashioned’ model of news as a series of historic articles and stepped into the future of news as a single, always evolving, article. Living Stories’ The War in Afghanistan for example. The future is now.

NPR visits a parking garage exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Just a hair more interesting than it sounds. / The Japanese Addressing system, and other opposites / Some sounds from The Jazz Loft Project / New art from vasco mourao / Subscribe to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artwork of the day RSS feed. If only they’d get to the point and offer up large images right off the bat, their subscribers would really really enjoy it. A for effort. / I dig the HTML layout of this Nolan Johnson article from the Skateboard Mag. All print-like on the web. Nice link in the second headline. Print is dead, long live print. / Movie title screens, a set of illustrations on Flickr. / Nerd alert: Optimizing HTML, some fantastic tips to steer you towards “having a solid and robust foundation to build upon”. Well said, well done. Kinda. Things get a bit carried away towards the end and they end up promoting some bad practices. Look for the gems.

riddled with links

Looks like great effort went into this childrens iPhone app: ABC Oddity / Nice infographic on The Effects of Bike Commuting on Obesity. I’m actually pretty surprised that even the fitter countries have obesity rates as high as 34%. / Calling all Cars – remote engine slowdown, auto maintenance alerts, remote door unlocking, the cars of the future are upon us and they’re pretty darn sophisticated. / Principal researcher at Microsoft, Bill Buxton gave a talk at last weeks Future of Web Design which was certainly one of the more interesting ones (progressive enhancement using CSS3 was just given too much stage time, and that’s coming straight from the mouth of a CSS lover) / Tintin, nice sketchbook on Flickr / Madelyn’s invite to her very first birthday / Susan and I have been hooked on brussel sprouts this season, but usually of the roasted variety. Looking forward to giving this shaved brussel sprout salad a go. / Ember Media Manager seems to be the most stable app for managing cover art and .nfo files for your XBMC installation.

Super Design


“Looking for design in the Supermarket (as opposed to a specialty retailer like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s) is a bit like bird-watching indoors. To end up here, Design ideas need to trickle down well past the middle-brow and survive extreme pressures of low margins and fast turn.” | Amazon Introduces same day delivery | Google launches Fetch as Googlebot within webmaster tools | I need a firplace for these Burning Cities Firescreens.

The stolen series

Today’s update comes from me spending lots of time on Things Magazine. I love the site and their approach to discussing, pointing out, shouting about, whispering quietly amongst themselves, today’s potentially cluttered online culture. Sometimes they expound, sometimes they don’t. It’s art with some noise, noise with some meaning or even none at all. So I’ve borrowed heavily. It’s one of the few sites I leave Google Reader to read. Jammed in among popular noise makers, few sites demand such attention. There’s a couple of random patterns in use with these updated styles, the newest from Pattern Foundry and a squiggly lines pattern of my own creation which has stuck around.

Mirror Mirror

This multimedia mirror may work for women. I’ll go days, if not weeks, without seeing myself. If something’s terribly amiss, my significant other will point it out for me. Although she won’t mention the current temperature afterward.

Mirror mirror on the wall

Widescreen Vs. Full Screen

Widescreen vs Full Screen

Sometimes you never realize something is constantly done wrong, until you see it done right.

Most may know the difference between widescreen and full screen. But why not provide an example, like in the DVD menu of “The Visitor“. Fantastic!

I was so psyched on this, I forgive them for making it difficult to tell which option is currently selected. Does the red box indicate your current selection, or is it the yellow?