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Dear Pandora, It’s over between us

by Joel on May 24, 2010

Update: It seems I wasn’t the only one disturbed by Pandora’s lack of privacy. According to Wired, Pandora no gives users the option to opt out. I’m still not going back. Dear?Pandora, It’s over between us. My sudden change of heart may come as a shock but there’s a good reason for it. It’s not […]


I keep my brain in my pocket

by Joel on May 10, 2010

Owning a so-called smartphone has changed my life, or at least how I live my life. The ironic thing is that being literally attached at the hip to my Android device allows me to go outside, to enjoy time away from the computer and online world without being completely cut off from the technology that allows me to make a living.


More percussion with found objects

by Joel on April 13, 2010

I’m a sucker for this kind of thing. Gravit? from Renaud Hall?e on Vimeo. Clever video editing creates an interesting aural and visual composition. [via Audio Cookbook]


Making music with found objects

by Joel on April 5, 2010

I love percussion (I was a founding member of the percussion ensemble in college) and I’m a bass player by training so this video really makes me smile. These guys are obviously talented musicians. So are many of the street musicians you’ll see in just about any large downtown area beating on buckets, pots, and […]


Have your QR code and eat it, too

by Joel on April 4, 2010

I really like QR codes. These 2D bar codes can hold all kinds of information from URLs to contact information to calendar events, in a compact little square of black and white. Also, because they aren’t widely used (yet), they are kind of like secret codes that only those in the know can decipher, while […]


I love espresso. Not these candy-coated, whip cream-topped milkshakes masquerading as lattes that you get at Starbucks but real, honest-to-FSM shots of black, creamy java goodness. Some day I’ll have a real espresso machine but for now my little Krups machine is sufficient for my afternoon fix. This manual espresso maker is tempting, though. Not […]


Approaching life as a beta release

by Joel on March 31, 2010

The world is in beta. Everything on this planet, even the planet itself, is in a state of constant upgrade and change. Everything is evolving, including you and me. Realizing this can be a relief for those of us who tend to be perfectionists. There will always be tweaks and revisions to be made but that shouldn’t stop us from putting ourselves out there and inviting input and constructive criticism from others.


Where the music matters


by Joel on March 30, 2010

The last office building I worked in was shared by five radio stations and two TV stations, all of which were owned by Clear Channel. On the radio side of the building, they played one of the stations over the intercom, a different one each day. I worked on the TV side but I could […]


When I was designing the look of this site, I decided it might be cool to have a background image that automatically resized itself depending on the viewport (browser window). Here is how I was able to get a resizable background image using nothing but some clever CSS in my custom Thesis theme.


When people ask what I do I say I?m a web developer. Occasionally I?ll be asked how that is different from a web designer or if they are the same thing.

Some will argue that the difference is semantics, that web designer and web developer are interchangeable terms for people who build websites. I disagree.