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Scripting News and Flickr accounts

Friday, January 20th, 2006

I read this on Scripting News today:

I talked with Matt and Scott Beale about how happy I am that Flickr is still free, and I was very pleased with how generous Yahoo was to let us use it without ads. They looked at me strangely and asked if I had a Pro account, and I said I did, it was a gift from Stewart. Then they told me that’s why I didn’t see any ads. Ahhhh. I guess when I point to something on Flickr y’all see ads? Uh huh. Oh. Kay. Now I’m slightly less pleased than before.

That’s weird – I send one of my free gift Pro Accounts to Dave Winer, but I don’t know if he ever actually got it.

Hey, Flickr I want my gift Pro Account back!

Matrix Ping Pong

Monday, January 9th, 2006

This is very cool, from a Japanese game show:

Family portrait 2005

Thursday, December 29th, 2005



Family portrait 2005


Happy Holidays 2005

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Here’s a little poem I wrote for my co-workers at WebMD:

Today’s my last day ’till I see you next year,
So be happy and gay and have lots of good cheer.

For the next thirteen days I’ll not think of the site
(From _____ and _____ I’ve gained a respite)
No more RSS feeds, no more video flash,
No more javascript coding: just a big Christmas bash.

And when I get back all hung over and tired
I just pray that the first words I hear aren’t “You’re fired!
We’ve replaced you with scripts that New York has just coded,
And a mashup with Google, your job is outmoded!”

But I know that won’t happen here at WebMD
Where the people are full of such holiday glee;
Next year there’s a ton of good work to be done
So I’ll see you in 2006, everyone!

Merry Christmas from Mantis Claus

Sunday, December 18th, 2005



Mantis Claus


Best Slashdot reply of the day

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Here’s a good example of answering someone’s question correctly, but not giving them the information they were really looking for:

Those tubes are pretty long life, how often do they fail on average?

Once.

2005 WebMD Outstanding Achievement Award

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Aww, shucks… I got a nice award from WebMD:

Pat Fitzgerald, our own hacker extraordinaire, has been instrumental in getting some of WebMD’s newest technologies out the door. During the most recent launch, I thought we were going to have to throw _____ and ____ in a wrestling ring to see if Pat would be working on blogs or video on any particular day. Pat’s always reminding us to be kind to our early adopters and continues to push us towards all things cutting edge. For that we give him the Outstanding Achievement award.

New web features for WebMD

Monday, December 5th, 2005

The last couple months have been extremely busy – here are some of the projects I have been working on at WebMD:

Site redesign

The whole site has been given a new look. One of my contributions was a DHTML slideshow prominently featured on the home page:

Custom slideshow for WebMD

This was a complete custom rewrite using many of the same techniques as my ever-popular BarelyFitz JavaScript slideshow.

Blogging comes to WebMD

My buddy Jeff (director of user experience at WebMD and principal of Interaction Society as well as various podcasting shows) was behind the “doctor blog” project. They now have 15 doctors blogging on various topics: it will be great to have such personal viewpoints available on the web. I created the HTML and CSS templates for these blogs, plus added some dynamic WebMD news feeds using RSS and JavaScript.

Custom Blogger blog template for WebMD

Video!

And finally, to earn my title “Development Manager, New Media and Syndication”, we need some new media! So we launched the WebMD daily video. It took a great team of people to pull this off, and the ongoing challenge of a daily video is tremendous!

Flash video player for WebMD

So… that’s what I’ve been up to, how about you? :-)