Super Deluxe

Monday, October 30, 2006
So, the cat is kinda out of the bag this morning. With this Hollywood Reporter story, and the launch of our bubble wrapalicious placeholder site, the project I have been working on under wraps at Turner is no longer a secret.

I guess the only thing I will say is that we're cranking along behind the scenes getting things ready. It's hard to believe that this whole thing started with a little conversation in a conference room over a year ago. PaidContent comments, somehow linking our project with Office Pirates, although the concepts are completely different. I can see how they might see anything that comes from Time Warner as all part of the same bucket, but we actually started working on this well in advance of Office Pirates going public, and our content and site are very different from theirs. Well, gotta get back to working on the site now....


Yo, check it one time.

Friday, September 08, 2006
Idiocracy, Mike Judge's followup to Office Space, is out in theaters, but apparently has been purposely underpromoted. Happily, Atlanta is one of the cities where it is currently playing, so I am going to try and see it this weekend.


Blog Post of the week.

This post from our quality friends at Beer and Rap has it all. I've never seen a tag team combination like the Corn Muffins and the Business Casual Drunk. For this, I award this post with my Blog Post of the Week. While you are there, download his mix.


File Organization

Thursday, September 07, 2006
Hazel looks like a must have Mac OS X utility. I have been using an Applescript that automatically keeps my downloads folder organized by day, and that is a very useful solution, but this looks like it will take that to the next level.

On this project, I seem to have a million documents and versions to keep track of, and since a lot of the end users and creators of those documents are non-technical, using our SVN repository as the master document archive would require way too much time on my part. I try really hard to keep the most recent versions of everything in DevonThink, but it's virtually impossible for me to keep up with all the updates. We would use Basecamp, but the lack of versioning makes that feature not as useful. I think we are going to just use a corporate eRoom to manage them for now, but even that is not a perfect solution. I'm curious if anyone else has a toolset that they would recommend for this task.


Are Core Values Organic?

The text of Rob Pardo's keynote from the Austin Game Conference got me thinking about core values and product teams. Rob is the lead designer at Blizzard, and is responsible for World of Warcraft's experience, which is fantastic. The simple details that they got right make this game compelling, and frankly have also made it difficult for me to latch on to any other game recently. I've tried playing a bunch, including Saint's Row and Dead Rising, and there always seems to be some simple detail that drives me nuts.

To get back to the matter at hand, as the head of a team of developers, and that team being as large as the largest one I have ever led, I started asking myself what our core values are. These wouldn't map directly to Rob's as "concentrated coolness" doesn't really apply to Java code. I can't decide whether these kind of core values are best left to organically develop or whether they should be something that I decide on and then attempt to instill into our efforts. It seems like they would be truer if I let them develop, then codify them. Regardless, I think this keynote text is something everyone should read, whether interested in things World of Warcraft or not.



Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Just a note from your blog curator to say that I haven't abandoned you. Rest assured I am very busy, and learning a lot, and also working very very hard. I want to get back to daily updates, and hopefully that will become more reasonable and possible soon. Until then, I say, cheers.


Metallica wakes up

Thursday, July 27, 2006
Metallica Capitulates to iTunes. "Metallica has decided to compromise the artistic integrity of its albums in return for materialistic gain from digital sales of its singles." Well, hahahahaha. P.S. haha.

Update: The live tracks are only available if you buy the whole album, which you undoubtedly already have. Asshattery continues.


Crazy French Quad DJ action

Thursday, July 06, 2006

This video is just insane.  Plenty more of Birdy Nam Nam over at YouTube.  They also have some video content over at their pretty cool site. Anyone know where I can buy their stuff stateside?


In Black?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Apple releases the MacBook. Anyone want to buy a 15" Macbook Pro?


It's on now.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Well, I've been working on this new project, that I can't really talk about too much here, for about six months now.  I will say, however, that I very much believe that, on any Web project, you should be able to get some kind of release out the door in six months.  That kind of thinking, however, doesn't take into account the manner in which large corporations go about making decisions and executing on those decisions. It does frustrate me that we are still pretty far from having some sort of public version of this project, but I understand the world I am living in at work.

Having said that, we are now getting into the building stage, and I am looking for people who want to work on something webby. I need skilled Web Developers who have solid J2EE experience, preferably with some JSP experience. We are working on something that is really cool, and the team and environment is unique and fun. Get in touch with me if this sounds like something you would be interested in.



Friday, March 24, 2006

loofa, originally uploaded by bump.
I love my cat.


Big Move at the Office

Monday, March 20, 2006
Our team moved over to Williams Street today. I have to say, it is a very different, and much cooler environment than the two cube farms I lived in before this. I am so happy.


Web Filters

Friday, March 10, 2006
From Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, Consensus Web Filters. In addition to an excellent write up on the emergence of this category of Web site, it includes a pretty comprehensive list of sites that fit into this category. One great filter, which I have sort of become addicted to, but which is not mentioned in his piece, is TailRank. TailRank has gone from being a site I was not familiar with to one of my ten most visited sites in less than a month.

For me, the purpose of these sites is not the "surf by proxy" filtering that most people seem to use them for. I like the daily scour for information that I currently pursue. These sites give me ancillary links and perspective from the community that surfing alone could never get me. Considering how smart this community seems to be in most cases, it would be foolish of me not to ingest the community's perspectives and additional datapoints that folks provide.


Trying on a new social bookmark

Thursday, March 02, 2006
Ma.gnolia extends social bookmarking to groups and contacts, with basic social network functionality. I like it. Some of the design choices, like the way they chose to display groups in group listing pages, annoyed me a little. Having said that, I'm all over this, imported my delicious bookmarks, and am going to rip it up over there for a few days and see how it fits. Oh yeah, and ajax stuff and blah blah blah.


My Valentine From Apple

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
"We have upgraded your MacBook Pro from a 1.83GHz processor to a 2.0GHz processor at no additional cost!" Thanks Apple!!


Finally, a blanket for the gamer generation

Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Slanket. Arriving at the Occhialini Atlanta base of operations in 10 days to 3 weeks.

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