Space Shuttle Cockpit Boggles The Mind

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17 November 2011

 

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I’ve done some flying in my day. I believe I started my flight career back on my Magnavox Odyssey game system back in the 70’s. As I moved to the 80’s, I can distinctly remember piloting hundreds if not thousands of missions in the Harrier Strike Mission [pic] game on my Mac 128. I continued flying virtually through the years on a variety of simulation programs – WWII bombers, P-51 Mustangs, Cessnas, Jumbo Jets, you name it – i’ve flown it. I’ve landed hundreds of times at MIA, JFK, ATL and other popular airports. And I know I’m probably a complete looser for saying this, but I happen to believe that should the crap hit the fan on a small plane, I’d have the flight savvy to land the thing – all stemming from years of playing flight simulators.

Today I came across a cool 360 virtual tour deal for the Space Shuttle and the number of screens, buttons, and gauges completely overwhelms me. Suffice to say, I’m pretty sure no matter how much training I did on the computer or in a real simulator I would never be able to fly the Space Shuttle.

Explore the Space Shuttle for yourself at http://360vr.com/2011/06/22-discovery-flight-deck-opf_6236/index.html

 

Miami Marlins New Logo And Uniforms

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12 November 2011

 

The newly branded Miami Marlins held a press event last eve to usher in a new era for the franchise. When Major League Baseball granted South Florida the expansion team in 1993, there was a need to have it represent more than the greater Miami area . Consequently, the Marlins became the Florida Marlins much to chagrin of Miami natives like myself (305 – Made in Dade). Now with the move to a new stadium located on the hallowed ground where the Orange Bowl once stood, the leadership felt it was time to give Miami some props and rebrand the team.

Over the years, the Teal, Black and Grey of the Marlins grew on me. Once we got rid of the teal hats and sleeveless teal pinstriped jerseys, I was completely on board. I’m sad in a way to see the logo and brand go away. It earned 2 world series wins after all!

The Logo

Miami Marlins Logo

The Miami Marlins logo retains only a graphical mention of the actual Marlin. Gone is its gaping mouth, scale-like dorsal area, and curled tail. The new keeps the piercing bill however – although now it moves upward and onward and connotes speed and striking ability. The M clearly pulls from South Beach art deco themes – chiseled edifices, architectural outlines. The word mark too screams Miami Beach art deco – which to be honest is really one of Miami’s only lasting cultural icons. A city filled with transients from the world over needs an iconic anchor and its possible that by preserving and indelibly marking Miami with a globally recognized style, the design team behind the new Miami Marlins identity may be on to something.

The Colors

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Gone is the Teal. In is a hot orange (Mandarin Red), yellow accents (Sundance), a deep Gulf Stream inspired blue (Diva Blue), steely grey, and deep deep grey (Licorice) that comes off as black to the eye.

The palette  SCREAMS Miami, Tropical, finesse, and excitement. It doesn’t scream; however, intimidation, power, or champion. I fear it may be too trendy and in time become synonymous with intransience should the franchise fail ultimately.

The Uniforms

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The Miami Marlins have done away with pinstripes. A clean, white uniform with orange piping will be worn for home games. A solid grey version for away games. An orange jersey, orange cap and white pants with black piping will be worn on special dates and I assume the black jersey with white piping, black hat and white pants with black piping will be predominantly saved for Sunday home games which is my clear favorite of the bunch.

The Cap

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I think the new Miami Marlins black cap will have a lot of buyers across the U.S. Not only Marlins fans – the bold M and piercing  bill along with hot colors will make this a top seller.

Conclusion

I consider myself a conservative when it comes to my taste in uniforms. Conservative from a standpoint that I like what I grew up with, not that uniforms only belong in red, royal blue, and green. For instance, I much prefer the old cartoon like Miami Dolphins logo over the mean one used today; I prefer the old Patriots and certainly Tampa Bay’s buccaneer over the modern iterations. And certainly I will miss the Florida Marlins Teal and Black. Despite my prediliction towards old-school team logos, I do like this new and exciting identity for the Miami Marlins.

 

Why go on? What’s the point? Does my life have worth? And other questions that arise when I watch videos like this

Me, The Internets /

10 November 2011

 

There are times when I feel industrious and have an urge to add a new skill. I’ll download an Android SDK or some sort of intro Ruby On Rails tutorial with the hopes of getting on board with what seems like countless other people in my industry. Most of the time what happens is within minutes I’m stumped. I see a command like and I throw spaz hands in the air like a little girl at a haunted house.

Then I see kids like the one above. Developing iPhone apps and killing it in the App store. The App Store!

 

Cormac McCarthy’s Yelp Reviews

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9 November 2011

 

I totally love Cormac McCarthy’s books. His abrupt, rich and pithy writing style is a favorite of mine. I was so excited today to learn that he has a collection of Yelp reviews nicely gathered via a tumblr blog.

From his entry for a McDonalds in Reno, NV we’re presented with:

He pulled another cold french fry from the greasestained Happy Meal box. He ate it slowly. The sun rising behind him over the limestone bluffs. The barren valley and the road winding through it still in morning’s blue shadow. He wiped his hand on his jacket and checked the breech of the big Weatherby. Bullet as long as man’s finger sitting there. He lay down on the blanket, the rifle’s barrel resting on the saddlebag, and glassed downcountry with the telescopic sight. The dusty road was empty. He waited.

http://yelpingwithcormac.tumblr.com/

 

Beautiful, Intricately Woven Wire Jewelry By Sarah

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28 October 2011

 

My coworker at Mad Genius, Sarah Link, was recently granted membership into the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. As you’ll note from the examples below, she does wonderful work. All of her pieces are available for purchase via her online store. (www.linksjewelry.etsy.com)


Tri-color European Chainmaille Bracelet
There are over 1200 individual tiny rings woven together one by one to create the weave for this pattern.

Tri-color European Chainmaille Weave Bracelett


Copper Chainmaille Bracelet
A simple yet pretty pattern based on Persian chainmaille designs

Copper Chainmaille Bracelet


Sterling Silver Viking Knit
An ancient metal knitting technique based on Nordic history.

Sterling Silver Viking Knit


Crocheted Silver with Malachite, Garnet and Turquoise.
The wire was crocheted and the resulting fabric sewed to the wire bracelet frame

Crocheted Silver with Malachite, Garnet and Turquoise


German Silver Helm weave necklace with a trapped pendant

German Silver Helm weave necklace with a trapped pendant


Lavender and Copper earrings with a Jasper bead

Lavender and Copper earrings with a Jasper bead


Sterling-Silver Fill earrings using a full Persian rope chainmaille weave

Sterling-Silver Fill earrings using a full Persian rope chainmaille weave

So if you’re in the shopping mood and are looking for a special, hand-crafted gift from a true artist, then head on over to Sarah’s online store and view her whole catalog.

 

Site Launch – St. Anthony Catholic School

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22 October 2011

 

My team at Mad Genius launched a new website for St. Anthony Catholic School. I think its a great site and I’m proud of all the work, attention to detail, and effort that went into the strategy, IA, content development, design and WordPress development. Here’s the URL: http://stanthonyeagles.org

St. Anthony Homepage

 

Old Sitepoint Article Referenced on FatDux

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30 September 2011

 

Back in the day, I wrote a little article for Sitepoint.com which attempted to create a framework to Quantify The User Experience.

Today I was playing w/ upstart search company Blekko – and while  ‘Blekko-ing’ myself (is that as bad as it sounds?), I came across this post on FatDux which makes reference to my article.

Here’s  a belated thank you for the link.

 

Over is Right – Under is Wrong. End of Discussion.

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19 September 2011

 

 

Top 10 Amazon Product Reviews

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19 September 2011

 

A couple years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the IA Summit in Memphis, TN. One of the speakers I got to listen to was a very well respected User Experience (UX) practitioner by the name of Jared Spool. He gave his $300 Million Dollar Button presentation (which I highly recommend). As part of his presentation, he also focused on how awesome Amazon has been at collecting User Generated Content in the form of reviews – some of which are hilarious.

Amazon Reviews have become not only one of the most trafficked sources for consumer feedback and ratings, (it’s often my first product research destination) but a wonderful space where budding humor writers can ply their trade for an audience willing to gobble up the snark.

Where else can you find over 1,200 reviews for a seemingly inane product such as milk?

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Finding these little gems of internet comedy can be daunting on a site with millions of products. Luckily, Fast Company has published one of those nicely titled articles: 10 Best Amazon Reviews. Ever.

If you have a little time this week, do yourself a favor and spend it reading some of the funny reviews the internet has created.

 

Behind The Scenes Video – Empire State of Mind – State Farm 9/11 Tribute

Culture / ,

12 September 2011

 

My wife and I spent quite a bit of time yesterday watching some of the tribute coverage for the 10 year 9/11 anniversary and we were both very moved by the State Farm ad that was running entitled ‘Empire State of Mind’. The combination of the kids singing to the first responders to a straight up modern anthem is amazing. After a little digging, I found this longer piece State Farm put out on the making of the video. Who knew Spike Lee had a hand in it. Beautiful, tasteful execution. Well done State Farm.

 

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