Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Sprint Ambassador program

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

I’m living a charmed life lately: first my employer buys me a top-of-the-line iPod so I can do all sorts of video podcasting goodness, and now Sprint has stumbled across this blog and invited me to their Sprint Ambassador program. They’re sending me a jacked-up multimedia phone and giving me six months unlimited Sprint Power Vision service.

I’d love to know how they happened to choose me for their guerrilla marketing campaign (which I assume this is: hook up a blogger with a free phone and he’ll blog about it). Was it the wonderfully pedantic Literally, A Web Log that drew their attention? Or my Flickr activities? Perhaps my JavaScript posts tickled the fancy of one of their web developers? Or maybe just my god-like Google pagerank?

Surely it couldn’t be the infrequent personal ramblings on BarelyBlogging, but I guess I’ll never know.

p.s. I got a free phone, w00t!

p.p.s. Cingular, you can suck it: if you had made it easier to get a new phone after my contract ran out I would be back under your yoke already.

“Bad or worse” parent hack / trick

Friday, February 24th, 2006

I’m really enjoying the Parent Hacks blog. Here’s a trick I use on Lauren all the time:

When you want your child to do something that she doesn’t like to do, always give her two choices: the desired activity and something worse. If she rejects both choices, you insist that the worst choice will then be chosen by default, but you offer the choices again. After one or two attempts at evasion, she will choose the desired activity, plus she will feel empowered that she avoided the worse choice.

Example: Bedtime

We always read a couple books before bedtime, so I use that as a reward:

Me: Lauren it’s time for bed.
Lauren: No, not yet!
Me: Do you want to read some books, or go straight to sleep?
Lauren: No, not yet!!!
Me: Okay, we’ll go straight to sleep (start moving)… or do you want to read some books first?
Lauren: Read books!

This technique works amazingly well with Lauren, but she’s not the most strong-willed child so your mileage may vary.

Note: the “worse” choice should be something you’re willing to follow through; if you end up having to do the “worse” choice, the next time you offer the choices you’ll probably get a quicker response!

WebMD Health Video Library

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

WebMD Daily Health Videos Archive

Phew… it was an intense couple of days pounding this out but it went live today. I’ll write an article about the JavaScript techniques employed to take a static HTML page and make it interactive (while keeping the page search-engine friendly), but for now I just want to link to it and give it some Google-juice.

NASCAR, With Mullet

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Trying out Google Video, here’s an old classic:

I also put another video on the kids’ blog.

Truncate HTML Text with JavaScript Automatically

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Here’s a new article about a neat JavaScript technique:

Truncate HTML Text with JavaScript Automatically

There are a couple neat tricks in the code.

The Little Princess

Monday, February 13th, 2006

Princess Lauren

Two lost white guys with a common quest

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Shopping at the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market, where I’m used to being one of the few non-Asian/non-Hispanic customers, I lingered in the Thai section searching for just the right ingredient to give my Pad Thai the right zing. After navigating the shelves for the second time, I noticed another white guy examining a package of tamarinds that I previously glossed over.

“We must be looking for the same thing,” I said, “I’m looking for tamarind paste, how about you?”

“I need tamarind powder,” he replied.

“What are you making?” I asked.

“I don’t know, I was just told to get tamarind powder.”

Poor guy. I grabbed the package of tamarinds, which turned out to be just what I needed.

Be sure to tip your waitress…

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Via BoingBoing:
“According to Standart daily newspaper under the Bulgarian capital Sofia there’s a thousands of kilometres of tunnels built between Roman times and Communist regime. They shelter about 20 000 people – most of them are criminals and bums.”

We have a similar structure here in the U.S. — we call it the White House.

Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week.