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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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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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