Archive for May, 2007

The Surface of the Future

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Looks like Microsoft has been up to something really wonderful in the last few years. I have always thought that keyboards and mice were outdated, but this is really quite a big leap. Here’s a broad new canvas for user-interface designers to play on; I’m sure we’ll get some imaginative products out of this technology in the next decade.

Separately, I have thought for a while now that I’d use a mobile device for all my computing needs if I had some other way to interface with it. Which is to say, I don’t want to learn Palm handwriting and I don’t want to type on those idiotic smart-phone keyboards. But if I could plunk my mobile device down on one of these smart surfaces and interact with it that way, voilá, you have a new customer.

If only Microsoft weren’t such a bully I’d like to invest right now.

Commuter Rewards

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I started logging my commute back in the fall of last year. Partly I wanted to see how I was making the 5-mile trip from my Emory-area home to my King district office. We do have a family car, so that’s definitely one option I use. But I also love to bicycle, and I wanted another affirmation that cycling is a “good” thing.

It’s called Commuter Rewards because they actually send you rewards. I got a $25 gift card in the mail just for logging my commute. Wow, that’s awesome.

More Wedding Photos

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

We’ve just started to gather with the photos from the wedding weekend. Right now I’ve posted pictures from my cousin Julia and my friend Josh.

Many folks have yet to send us pictures that they took. For information on how to get your pictures to me, you can email me or call me. I can’t wait to see what you have.

Oh, and if you want higher resolution copies of any of these, just let me know and I can make them available to you.

Just Married

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Sean and Monica, newlyweds

Photo by Julia Nowlan-Sundari Ide

New Home Page Live

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

A new version of the Scarlet Antenna LLC home page is now live as of this evening. I chose to keep it simple. A few words about what we do and a javascript-obfuscated email link. I rather like the hint of a red border around the main div which plays nicely with the red antenna on the ant.

Including code with QuickCode

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

If you want to include your program code in a WordPress blog post, use the quickcode tag once you have installed the QuickCode plugin for your blog.

As an example, I’l include a little ditty from Ruby:

name = ask(”what is your name?”)

puts “very nice to meet you, #{name}”

1.upto(name.length) do |i|


puts “I can spell the first #{i.to_s} letters”


UPDATE: I’ve given up on Quick Code so ignore this post.

Test of code in blog post - eventual success

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Here’s a test to see if the ‘code’ tags work as advertised. For the inline version I’ll write [1, 2, 3].each do {|number| puts "You're number #{number.to_s}" which is a simple Ruby block.

And in it’s own paragraph how does it look?

["wine", "bread", "cheese"].each do |treat|
puts "pass me some of that tasty #{treat}"

Okay, WordPress, let’s see … well, the inline looks pretty nice, but I’m not pleased with the stand-alone paragraph form. The indentation was not preserved as I had intended.

Update: after installing the “preserve formatting” plugin from Coffee 2 Code, the indentation has been restored. OMG that’s great.

Hackety Hack Is Good For Your Kids

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Here’s a beautiful little application for teaching some principles of computer programming to youngsters. It’s written in a very approachable style. I think this kind of thing is a fine way to increase computer literacy, demystify the computer, and empower kids to think about the technology which is now so important in our culture.

The greatest thing about this, for me, is that it brings back memories of my youth. I can remember playing on my parent’s computer when I was 8 or 9 years old. I guess that, since it was about 1985, that home computer places me in a particular bracket of families who had the disposable income to afford what was essentially a useless appliance. But hey, my grandfather was a salesman for IBM and I guess he got us a killer deal on our first-generation PC. And I remember that my favorite thing of all on this computer was that you could draw shapes on the screen with a little “turtle” in an application called Dr. Logo. Maybe it wasn’t even an application, but Wikipedia has an article on the Logo programming language which is exactly what I remember writing in.

successful test of BlogMate

Friday, May 4th, 2007

this is a test post via BlogMate which is actually working!