Touring Naval Air Station Oceana

Nose of an F/A-18 “I won’t be offended if you turn away to watch the planes flying. I do it myself all the time,” NAS Oceana commanding officer CAPT Bob “Goose” Geis tells our group as he starts his brief on the facility’s history and operations. It’s an appropriate introduction to a meeting being held in the control tower conference room, a space seven stories above the tarmac with floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides, giving a 270 degree view of everything happening on the airfield. Continue reading »

Good Morning from Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach sunrise I’m in Virginia Beach this week for EAST: Joint Warfighting Conference 2013, which is being hosted by my office. My hotel is on the 7th floor of a beachfront hotel, so this was my view this morning when I woke up. I can live with this.

Meetings Should Be Held Standing Up

Stand-up meeting Meetings are a huge time-waster. Unless your organization has broken through to a state of enlightened gathering where meetings stay on topic, are brief, and are used sparingly in order to maximize effectiveness and minimize productivity destruction, you’ve probably suffered sat through countless meetings that could just have easily been handled with a couple of quick emails. Part of the problem, I think, is that people sit down for meetings. When somebody sits down they subconsciously have the expectation of being there for a while. Continue reading »

The Google Doodle for Saul Bass is Awesome

Google is celebrating graphic designer Saul Bass’ 93rd birthday today with a really neat Doodle - this time a video, as a tribute to his work in films. One of the things I love about Google Doodles is that, because they like to pick less well-known subjects, I often get introduced to new people and subjects with which I wasn’t familiar. Saul Bass is no exception. I recognize his work for sure, but I didn’t know him by name. Continue reading »

My New Car: Gisela

Gisela, my BMW 330i ZHP Meet the newest addition to my automotive family: Gisela, a 2003 BMW 330i ZHP. She’s Imola Red (Imolarot 2 to be specific) with black leather interior. I’ve had her for about a month, and I’m in love. Gisela is my third BMW. My first was Erika, a 1992 325is in Brilliantrot, and my second was Natalia, a black 2001 330ci. This is the first 4 door BMW I’ve owned, and I’m really enjoying the convenience of having the rear doors. Continue reading »

We Need a Viewport Header

Responsive design techniques are the future for the web, and for good reason. The ever-increasing number and variety of devices and their screen sizes makes the practice of dedicated desktop and mobile sites not only outdated, but unscalable. I’m a huge proponent of responsive & adaptive design and implement these technologies in every site I build. Despite all the amazing benefits they provide, there’s still something that bugs me as a developer: lack of server-side responsiveness. Continue reading »

My First Time-Lapse

The camera in Android 4.0 introduced a very cool feature: time-lapse video. Despite how awesome I think it is, I’ve never actually used it - until today. I shot this video out of the 4th story window of a hotel near BWI airport. I think I’m going to love using time-lapse, so brace yourselves for a whole slew of these types of videos from me.

All The Pixels

Two monitors I was given a 24” second monitor for my 21” iMac at work. That’s a total of 45 diagonal inches of screen.

We Live in the Future.

IBM has managed to make a stop-motion film using - wait for it - individual molecules. Yes, you read that correctly. They have managed to not only capture, but control, the movements of molecules to create a short film. This is blowing my mind. They provide an explanation of how the movie was made, which is nearly as cool as the film itself. It apparently took 10 days of working 18 hours a day to create the frames for the minute-long video, using microscopic magnets and sound waves. Continue reading »

The World Wide Web is 20 Years Old

First web page ever Twenty years ago today, on April 30, 1993, the World Wide Web went public. Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist who proposed and developed the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) upon which the whole of the Web operates, published a web page explaining what this project of the World Wide Web is and what it strives to be. The page was taken down at some point over the years, but today CERN put the page back in its original location, exactly as it appeared when it was first created. Continue reading »
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