ARTLUNG: PERSONAL WEBSITE CIRCA 2013.

Web developer & user interface engineer
Tinkering with the web since 1996

email: joe@artlung.com · twitter: @artlung
San Diego, California, USA


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11 ArtLung posts from May, 2013

May 3rd, 2013

ArtLung Semidaily Links

In 2004 the linkblogging bug bit me.

I was inspired by Jorn Barger and Andy Baio. This predated twitter, and Facebook of course. And providing an updated list of “what’s cool” was really fun to do.

I gave up on it in 2005, and found the original del.icio.us and moved everything there. In the 8 years since I added thousands of links there.

I want to make sure I have a copy of my own links somewhere I control. I intend to make it searchable and navigable. Last night I took some time and imported all those delicious bookmarks and have revived, symbolically, “Semidaily.”

One thing I may do is integrate these links, along with archived tweets, along with anything else I can think of, into the old pages of the blog – basically integrated bookmarks, blog posts, tweets, and photos retroactively. So at any one time I can see everything I was doing in a particular month.

They used to call some of this lifeblogging, and I remember Mark Pilgrim called a combined feed of all his RSS content “the firehose” – but I think I don’t really want it as I live my life. If you want to aggregate me, go for it.

But for me, I like it more retroactively. To see what made me laugh, to see what made me smart, to see my news sources.

So there it is.

May 6th, 2013

Pogo for Monday

A sweet little remix for your Monday morning. Pogo’s “SquareBob SpongeMix”:

May 6th, 2013

Miscellany time

Hurrumph.

I read quite a bit. I never blog.

Revisiting the Original 1992 WIRED Media Kit by Brian Dear.

Refuse to be terrorized.

Tim Bray buys some BitCoins:

Susan made incredible Paleo deviled eggs:

Blink is a big development in browser rendering engines. Forks in open source are always news. More from PPK about it.

And lastly, here’s me and my mother-in-law, obscured by flowers. Taken by @leahpeah

Peach blossoms with @artlung and Mom.

May 7th, 2013

Interview about Bradley Manning; New Header

Pay attention to this:

Additionally, I made a new header. First header I’ve made since 2011.

May 7, 2013 Header

May 10th, 2013

Choose a Gift for Phyllis

This time of year is hard.

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Clicking through gets me to a grid of easily purchased items under the headline: “Choose a Gift for Phyllis.”

Social media, Facebook, knows who my mother is. It’s smart enough to know that. And in spite of the fact that she died in October, 2010, I can’t bear, yet, to initiate the process of disabling her Facebook account. I know a few other dead people with Facebook accounts, and people occasionally “visit” and leave messages. These messages inspire me. They give me pause. I find them ridiculous. I find them moving. They’re what the word “bittersweet” was made for.

My Mom would have been 67 yesterday. And Sunday will be another Mother’s Day on which I think about her and am not able to give her a corporeal gift. No Starbucks card. No flowers. No mug with a funny message.

Instead what I have to offer is intangible. I choose “whimsy.”

For the last few months I’ve been trying to live my life differently. I am trying to embrace whimsy as a life philosophy. In any particular instance, what is the whimsical thing? What’s more fun? What’s more surprising? What’s going to delight someone?

At work many months back — maybe a year ago now — I started “thought-leadering” the word “delight” as something we should be trying to inspire in our customers. It’s a value that seems silly. “Delight” is a silly word. I read about delight as a value in writings on UX. But I think it’s my Mom, and her silly and fun nature, that set me up to think of delight and whimsy as things worth moving toward–in work and in day-to-day life.

May 11th, 2013

5:55 by Charlotte Gainsbourg

a cinq cinquante-cinq
awake with open eyes
adrift upon the night
and miles away from land

five fifty-five
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a cinq cinquante-cinq
ante meridiem
too late to end it now
too early to start again

five fifty five
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soon the morning will arrive
can i begin another day?
whilst this old day is still alive
refusing to be put away

five fifty five (no sleep tonight)
five fifty five

like a beast awaits its fate
laid here with time to kill
the very dead of night
where time and space stand still

five fifty five
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five fifty five (no sleep tonight)
five fifty five

a cinq cinquante-cinq
nothing will ever change
on the altar of my thought
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May 11th, 2013

a new header

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I’m on a header jag. Photos galore result in headers galore.

May 16th, 2013

Modes of Sharing; May 16, 2013.

For reference.

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May 21st, 2013

My Open Source Report Card

THE OPEN SOURCE REPORT CARD based on GitHub accounts, like mine. e.g.:

Joe is a high caliber Javascripter. Joe is a hump day hero who seems to work best in the morning.

Joe’s behavior is quite similar to pdokas‘s but pdokas spends more of their time commenting on issues. It would also be impossible to look at Joe’s activity stream and not compare it to those of shishkin, buzzdecafe, thedjpetersen and mboinet. It seems—from their activity streams—that Joe and david-sabata are probably friends or at least virtual friends. With this in mind, it’s worth noting that david-sabata speaks more languages.

Statistics

The two following graphs show Joe’s average weekly and daily schedules. These charts give significant insight into Joe’s character as a developer. The colors in the charts indicate the fraction of events that are watching, pushes, and issue comments.

SMTWTFS
3am6am9amnoon3pm6pm9pm12am

Based on this average weekly schedule, we can describe Joe as a hump day hero. Since Joe’s most active time is around 11am, I would conclude that Joe works best in the morning. It is important to note that an attempt has been made to show the daily schedule in the correct time zone but this procedure is imperfect at best.

The following chart shows number of events of different types in Joe’s activity stream. In the time frame included in this analysis, Joe’s event stream included a total of 18 events and they are all watching, pushes, or issue comments.

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Joe has contributed to repositories in 3 different languages. In particular, Joe is a serious JavaScript expert. The following chart shows the number of contributions made by Joe to repositories where the main language is listed as JavaScript, Python, or PHP.

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May 22nd, 2013

Starship Century Symposium: 21 May 2013

May 27th, 2013

better poetic than nostalgic

Driving south through California. The bugs on the windscreen. Cows. Pastures. Green and gold fields. Blue sky. Increasingly aggressive cars as the land rises up from flatness. Culminates in LA traffic. Relents after Irvine, and then the finally the return to San Diego filled with memories. Signs and wonders. So dense with emotional memory. I can toggle the whole great mass of memory on and off.

Then sleep.

Soon wakefulness in the middle of the night.

But I can sleep anytime, thankfully.

I’m waxing… what – poetic? nostalgic? Better poetic than nostalgic.