This little gizmo is a Firewire-based bootable flash drive which runs TechTool Pro. Genius.

Date posted: July 26, 2006 | Filed under apple, shortlinks | Comments Off on TechTool Protege

I got a link to How to Ruin a Web Design from a client late this afternoon, and it made me guffaw, especially since they name-checked a similar article that our friend Shelly sent us this morning.

Date posted: July 21, 2006 | Filed under design, shortlinks | Comments Off on The Design Curve.

I got an email yesterday afternoon with a signed proposal, something that will make the next couple of months very busy, and hopefully profitable as well. I can’t stress how much of a good a thing this is, considering the (in)frequency of checks coming in the door lately.

We seem to be fighting the familiar first-year battle of balancing our incoming and outgoing cash flow, something that leaves us both exhilarated and terrified at the same time. I think I could speak for the both of us when I say that we’re probably busier now than we ever were at 9-5 jobs, with the added roles of bookkeeper, project manager, systems administrator, and salesperson. However, having my best friend work over my right shoulder is a lifesaver—we each provide the other a welcome mix of business advice, sanity check, and aesthetic criticism at those points when judgement is impaired by stress, fatigue, or creative block.

At this particular moment in time, I’ll say that it’s been a great experience. I’ll also admit that I’ve got less in my savings account than I’ve had in ten years, I’m living week to week, and sometimes it takes me several hours to fall asleep at night on account of the worrying. However, I’ve got several long-term projects lined up that I’m excited about, a developing portfolio just about ready to promote, and the freedom to take in a half-price matinee on a Tuesday afternoon with my wife (not that we’ve taken advantage of that yet.)

Date posted: July 21, 2006 | Filed under art/design | 1 Comment »

Here’s a pretty good explanation of the difference between watts, amps, and ohms. (I wanted to see how much less energy LCD panels consumed vs. CRT monitors. It led me here.)

Date posted: July 21, 2006 | Filed under projects, shortlinks | Comments Off on Watts, Amps, and Ohms.

A Federal judge threw out the MD. Wal-Mart bill. I wonder who got paid off for this one?

Date posted: July 20, 2006 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Comments Off on Federal Judge Overturns Wal-Mart Bill

How to do Polaroid transfers, for anyone who’s still got one in the closet (and $10 for a pack of film.) (via)

Date posted: July 19, 2006 | Filed under design, shortlinks | Comments Off on Polaroid Transfer Tutorial.

I’ve been listening to John Mayer’s Heavier Things for the last couple of days, and liking it more and more. It’s good in a heartfelt acoustic pop sort of way, a lot like Pete Yorn.

Date posted: July 19, 2006 | Filed under album of the week, shortlinks | Comments Off on John Mayer, Heavier Things.

The Kenmore model 75062 is a low-profile, EnergyStar-compliant unit, featuring a remote control, timer function, 6000 btu/hr, and quiet operation. We bought ours at Sears and installed it in about five minutes. It cycles on and off quietly on the EnergyStar setting and chills a 150-sq.foot room in minutes. Plus, being low-profile, we can actually see out the window over the top of the unit. (It’s also comparatively light.)

Date posted: July 18, 2006 | Filed under house | Comments Off on Kenmore Air Conditioner

I finished an illustration of Ken Lay last night at about 1AM, one that I’ve had rattling around in the back of my head for the last couple of days. It went very quickly and turned out well, even though I changed it up at the Photoshop stage and added a new section. Let me know if you like it.

Date posted: July 18, 2006 | Filed under art/design | Comments Off on Adios, Scumbag.

Here’s a short primer on how to optimize CSS for HTML email. Lots of good tips.

Date posted: July 17, 2006 | Filed under design, shortlinks | Comments Off on Optimizing CSS For HTML Email