Dynamic Mayon a la Mojave

A mini-vacation on my desktop with unobstructed views.

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Code is poetical science

“You will not concede me philosophical poetry. Invert the order! Will you give me poetical philosophy, poetical science?” Ada Lovelace in a letter to her mother

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Design & other dirty words

I’ve been increasingly bothered by the characterization of design lately, which goes a little something like this:

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Distiled communication

“Over time, the line that separates writing from speaking, coding and design gradually fades away. Eventually, you realize that they’re simply different forms of communication. When you execute any of these four actions, you’re conveying a message. A good writer, speaker, hacker, or designer is measured by how well they’re able to convey this message.” Brevity in Design by Jared Erondu People join groups because they want to find like-minded […]

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Singular vs. plural categories

I recently worked on a site redesign that features different blogs in its posts. The site also used plural forms for category names, which to me felt unfriendly in describing individual sites. For example: “Pet365, a pet blog” seems more human and appropriate than “Pet365, filed under Pet Blogs” If people are lobbying for more readable hyperlinks with URL sentences and relative/fuzzy date formats are commonplace these days, I believe […]

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When GMA Resigns…

Edit (12/15/08): Obama won. But will GMA resign?

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HTML as Art Pieces?

HTML is traditionally a means to format a document on the web, as word processors are meant to format documents on print (or on the desktop). Non-traditionally, though, some people come up with ways to “paint” with HTML. Here’s an example:

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9 Coolest Opera Widgets!

In my quest to get to know Opera a little bit better—even if I have used it way before Mozilla became popular—I’ve snooped around the most delightful Opera Widgets I could find. The great thing about Opera Widgets is that they load right after downloading them (unlike Firefox where an add-on or a theme will only take effect upon restart). Also, because they are widgets and not browser extensions, they […]

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XML, and What You Can Do

Extensible Markup Language or XML describes the more meaningful features of an electronic document. If you know HTML or XHTML (the stricter sibling of HTML) then XML will look familiar in that they are both markup languages. An even better example is a blog feed, which is actually a more specialized type of XML. Applications of XML Each <tag></tag> pair that encloses each set of text in the document came […]

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Design + code + words for a better web, made in the Philippines by Sophia Lucero.