As You Were

Devin Coughlin's blog.
Styles: Serious Spare

December 22, 2006

Jem and the Holograms/Le Tigre Mashup

Posted by coughlin at 5:37 PM

December 21, 2006

Office 2007 UI Bible

Jensen Harris, the interaction designer for Microsoft Office 2007 has posted on his blog Office 2007 UI Bible. This collection of posts gives a fantastic look at the reasoning that went into the latest redesign of Office. He gives statistics gleaned from the extremely large amount of usage data automatically recorded by Office (with consent, of course), explains what he thinks went wrong with the UI in previous versions, and even tells how the oddly-named Ribbon got its name.

This is a major piece of history and Microsoft should be commended for exposing all of this to the public.

Posted by coughlin at 4:19 PM

December 20, 2006

How Skype and Co. Get Around Firewalls

An article on how Skype works even if both sides are behind a firewall.

Via rentzsch

Update: See R. Tyler Ballance on the evils of network address translation and specific protocols to punch holes through it.

Posted by coughlin at 1:55 PM

Peace on Earth

A christmas cartoon from 1939 about the end of the last men on Earth. Nominated for the 1939 Nobel Peace Prize.

Via Bill Bumgarner.

Posted by coughlin at 12:26 PM

December 18, 2006

Introducing Eiseley

My mom got a new kitten last week, Eiseley.

Posted by coughlin at 6:43 PM

Barcelona!

I've just gotten back from a trip to Cleveland to visit my grandparents. While I was there I also managed to visit the Barcelona! (complete with extraneous exclamation point!) exhibit at the art museum there.

The exhibit showed works of various Catalonian artists created between about 1890 and the end of the Spanish Civil War, including lots of wonderful Dalí pieces and an enormous amount of Picasso's early work.

They had one amazing painting, Ramón Casas's "Garrote Vil", which that shows a crowd of spectators cheering on an execution. I remember being utterly entranced by it at the Reina Sofía when I was in Spain.

Another painting I liked, an early Dalí called "Maria Carbona," looked wonderful in the museum but terrible in all the pictures I've since seen online. It is a portrait of his girlfriend that he painted at 21 for practice — on the other side of the canvas he painted a still life study.

I'd also never seen any of Dalí's later, Cubist, paintings up-close — the level of detail he used is really something.

Since I have a decidedly unsophisticated taste in art — give me bright, bold colors that I can see and I'm happy — I very much enjoyed the set of propaganda posters from the Civil War. Eliciting more of a "meh" were the collection of furniture (doors and chairs, mostly), the architecture models, and the films (Buñuel, blech).

Posted by coughlin at 6:29 PM