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Designing a responsive site

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Paul Stamatiou on designing responsive sites for the % of growing mobile and retina devices out there. Remember the good ol’ days when it was just about optimizing and testing in a gazillion browsers?

Princeton rocket scientist invents “3-D sound”

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Manufacturers and producers can sense enormous profits looming in a new 3-D audio technology called “Pure Audio”:

… which promises “truly 3-D reproduction of a recorded soundfield.”

Compared with 3-D, the sales pitch goes, surround-sound systems are unwieldy and offer crude spatial definition. Princeton is now negotiating with various consumer companies to license Pure Stereo

An audiophile at heart, I’ve always been turned off by audio systems that fill half a room in order to work just right (and rarely do). I can’t wait to try this new audio tech, assuming it’s affordable.

Why Google deserves our fear, and respect

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Be afraid, very afraid: a crazy info-graphic on Google’s reach, search domination (in addition to a fast growing portfolio of additional products), and their financial resources.

Starbucks, Your Friendly Neighborhood Dealer

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I work near the financial district in San Francisco. Around here, I can find a Starbucks on practically every city block. Having been a coffee lover for years, I have found this to be a good thing. While there are Blue Bottle options nearby, the cost difference always persuades me to go for the “cheap” alternative. Oddly, these days Starbucks is the cheap alternative for coffee.

So much of the flak against Starbucks and its competitors deals with the insane calorie content many of their desert-like drinks contain, which I always avoid yet I see teens (and pre-teens) consuming like water found at an oasis. But that’s not my vice.

Nevertheless, I went to Starbucks.com to check out their nutritional information (don’t use the “Compare All” tool – it drops out some of the stats). I’ve never been the type to add sugar or other candy/syrup into my coffee drinks, but nevertheless I was curious about what I’ve been putting into my body on a daily basis.

What I found surprised me.

First, my habit:

Mornings: A small (I refuse to use Starbucks’ annoying naming convention for cup sizes) coffee, a splash of whole milk
Afternoons: Caffè Americano, a splash of whole milk. I started getting Americanos after lunch because, time and time again, I would order a coffee only to discover it was burnt and undrinkable. Burnt Starbucks drip coffee takes on the aroma and flavor of fresh pencil shavings. If it isn’t fresh, it’s absolute trash.  This happens during the afternoon when they aren’t dealing with as many customers.

In any case, look at the chart below from the information posted on their own site. One medium coffee (Grande) has the equivalent caffeine content of over four shots of espresso! An Americano is equivalent to two shots.

Starbucks Caffeine Content Comparison

It’s no wonder I keep going back for more, even on the weekends (my wife is hooked, too). And to think that we all blame ADD and ADHD on the internet, video games and texting. Turns out we’re all speed freaks!

Stoned again with iChat

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Stoned Again in iChatI’m absolutely addicted to the Evangelical’s The Evening Decends album right now. And, of course, I use the iTunes track broadcaster in iChat because I’m music-snobby like that.

Then, one of my close work buddies sends me over a screen grab of my “status”. Ah, iChat, if only it was true.