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I love interesting data visualizations and happened to stumble upon this map of nuclear explosions since 1945 (high res) on Neatorama. I have a lot of respect for designers who can take a mass of data and create an elegantly simple visualization like this one. Original high res image (via Neatorama) – Dave

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30 Nov, 2008

Blahblahfish translation

Posted by: Dave In: Communication|Humor|Usability|Web

Have you ever wondered what is lost or gained in automated translation services?  Have you ever used a web-based language translation tool like Google Translator or BabelFish and gotten a bizarre result? An amusing site called Blahblah Fish translates your words into the language of your choice and then back out again into english.  Hilarity […]

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28 Jul, 2008

One true path to enlightment

Posted by: Dave In: Usability|Weird

There are many choices in life that could go one way or the other. This is not one of them. Simply put, there is a right way and a wrong way to hang your toilet paper on the roll.  Over the top is correct.  Under the bottom is incorrect.  No, incorrect isn’t strong enough. Hanging […]

The good: Google introduced IMAP protocol for Gmail, allowing multiple platforms (web, phone, desktop application) to synch gmail seemlessly.  For example, if I delete an email from my desktop Mac Mail application, it will be deleted across all the access points I use to manage email.  Or so the theory goes. The bad: It’s a […]

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09 Sep, 2007

Rate posts

Posted by: Dave In: Blog|Usability|Web

You can now rate my posts now with the little star widgets you’ll see at the top of each post. It looks like this: Whether you think it’s crap or fantastic, let me know. Also, let me know if you ever have technical problems with the site. I think I fixed the right sidebar problem […]

06 Sep, 2007

Google adds search to google reader

Posted by: Dave In: Usability|Web

I’ve been using Google Reader for a probably a year now. The googlers have recently added search functionality to their RSS reader so now you can find that crazy picture of the smoking monkey you saw a few weeks ago but can’t remember which blog it came from. Link to the google update. -Dave —————- […]

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29 Aug, 2007

Yahoo Pipes and my iTunes

Posted by: Dave In: Blog|Podcasts|Technology|Usability|Web

(Web geekery ahead. You have been warned.) I’ve recently played around with Yahoo Pipes, a feed aggregation and manipulation service provided by Yahoo, (here’s a yahoo or wikipedia explanation of the service) to manipulate some of my iTunes feeds to more easily update my little green Shuffle. You see, I have a handful of feeds […]

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24 Aug, 2007

BarCamp Houston

Posted by: Dave In: Communication|Design|Media|Technology|Usability|Web

I’m headed to BarCamp Houston tomorrow.  I hope to hang with my fellow tech-heads and learn a thing or two. I’m mostly interested in the design & usability sessions, but I’m also interested in the sessions about presenting content and team building.  It’s been tough to recruit good web designers in this town, so maybe […]

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01 Apr, 2007

Some site changes

Posted by: Dave In: Blog|Design|Usability

While Justine has been in New Orleans for the last couple days I’ve been adding some functionality to the blog in my spare time. Hopefully it makes the site easier to use and a little more interesting. So far I’ve added the following features to the site: 1. Email a post – You’ll notice the […]

24 Jan, 2007

Google personal page usability issues

Posted by: Dave In: Design|Usability|Web

Our good friends at Google quietly launched a new feature on the Google Personal pages today. I must say, they dropped the ball this time. They put tiny little plus signs on their feed readers that are so unfriendly to use they made me cringe when I clicked on them. The little plus signs above […]


  • Dave: Not sure, Bryan, but I'd love to know where Craig lives.
  • Bryan Hanks: What city were those in?
  • Kevin David Anderson: check out our other wreaths at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150452725264516.391111.360128594515&type=3
  • epiphenita: Like Tom Waits without the music.
  • epiphenita: Reminds me of my good friend's artwork: http://victoriacarlson.blogspot.com/2009/06/untitled.html
  • Dave: I think someone should make some dance music from those "WHOAHs."
  • epiphenita: Oh, Dave. That was tonic to my soul. Perfect. I vote for an exorcism.
  • Dave: Hmm, looks sober to me.
  • Scott: I'm thinking that the guy with the hat might have had a drink or two before this picture was taken. Just a hunch...
  • Scott: There's a roleplaying scenario just waiting to be written based on these pictures. :-)


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