6 years ago: Posts from November, 2012
7 years ago: Posts from November, 2011
I really want to draw a big history of the world as told by guys like this fighting monsters.
I just created a new Tumblr where I will be posting the best pixel art made with Make Pixel Art, which should be hitting the app stores LITERALLY ANY SECOND.
If you like pixel art, follow us now and witness the birth of a magical low resolution universe.
attack the block
David made his own LEGO kit! This is the coolest thing ever, and a great (and inspiring) way to turn low rez art into low rez toys! I will definitely be buying one.
I am excited to officially launch my shop with the release of the deer LEGO kit. I’ve tried building it with real pieces now, and I need to make a couple structural changes, but it will look the same. Also, I’m hand drawing the graphics for the instruction manual, which should be fun and painstaking.
I wanted to get these up in time for Christmas, but because I have to order these pieces on an individual basis from resellers, I need orders to come in before December 5th to get them out in time.
This was super fun to do, I hope people like it! Tell your kids, tell your wife.
Michael Arrington posted this article, “Startups Are Hard. So Work More, Cry Less, And Quit All The Whining” which quotes extensively from my 1994 diary.
He’s trying to make the point that the only path to success in the software industry is to work insane hours, sleep under your desk, and give up your one and only youth, and if you don’t do that, you’re a pussy. He’s using my words to try and back up that thesis.
I hate this, because it’s not true, and it’s disingenuous.”
From Watch a VC use my name to sell a con, by Jamie Zawinski, one of my personal heroes.
If you work at a startup right now, read this, and then read all of jwz’s old journal entries.
I wish I could make toys that looked like this.
Let the Wookie win.
I watched the first half of this movie last night on Netflix and it reminded me why I originally fell in love with Johnny Depp: he looks great in makeup and leather.
Letty and Ben (by my wife Katie Spence who has an outstanding photo blog of her own)
Katie and I at Dakota and Allison’s wedding this weekend.
Ball Eating Hippos
David Brooks says it like it is.
Remember when I wrote the European crisis concerns you? Yesterday, Fitch warned U.S. banks against Europe’s worst-case scenario. This week, The Economist quoted a central banker pondering the implications of it all, because the largest conflicts of the 20th century were made possible by profound economic unbalance in Europe (1920s German hyperinflation, anyone?). Everywhere you look there are interactive charts explaining the mechanisms of contagion.
You’re going to be voting a year from now. Forget the GOP clowns, here’s what you need to know: the names of all European leaders, their position on the Euro, and how they go about rescuing it.
I’m just saying, people. I’m just saying.
— From SF.
Built mostly out of pixels by other artists.
This is my dog Bowie. She is sitting next to me right now, punching me with her slobbery nose and saying “ROO ROO ROO.”
Taken with instagram
Taken with instagram
It’s all about this number: 16.
16 is the canvas sides length.
16 is the max number of frames for animations (coming soon).
16 is the number of palette colors.
These constraints are what make Draw! different and inspiring in our honest opinion.
Drawbang is another pixel art tool where you can make animated pixel gif files! I think they just launched their Tumblr.
8 years ago: Posts from November, 2010
- Write a function that lets your server do the thing you need to do.
- Connect some sort of API to that function so its available on the web.
- And these days, step 3 usually involves writing a series of hidden sub-functions to process the data that gets sent back from the server.
Damien and I just released the new version 2.0 of SendTab, now featuring an awesome Chrome version! We also rewrote the Safari version from scratch… so go grab an update, or wait til your copy of Safari automagically updates itself!
SendTab lets you send links between different browsers. In version 2.0, you can send to multiple different browsers… so you can use it to send links around your office, or send links back and forth between Chrome and Safari, or to send links to your TV computer, or ALL OF THE ABOVE.
While I’m self-promoting, check out the interview I did with OpenSource.com.
My friend Neal Pollack is the guest on this week’s Jesse, Jordan, Go! podcast. We were very excited to listen to this episode because not only do we love Neal, we also love Jesse! And Jordan is nice too.
But imagine our surprise and delight when, at roughly the 45 minute mark, the topic of the podcast turned to my personal favorite topic, ME!
I have excerpted the relevant portion for you to listen to here, but you should definitely go and subscribe to JJGo, The Sound of Young America, and all of the MaximumFun.org shows, because they are great. Jesse recently interviewed Judd Apatow, which is a great place to start if you’ve never listened to TSOYA.
Normally, to achieve this you have to:
Now, this is fine if you have one or two functions you need to handle. It’s a bit annoying to write your “toggleFriend” function in PHP, and then have to write the “toggleFriend” API handler, and then finally the “toggleFriend” client function. But it can be done.
However, what if instead of one or two functions, you have dozens of functions? And what if those functions might be different depending on various things out of your control, like server-side configuration, privacy settings, permissions, and plugins?
THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT.
I am SUPER into this, guys!!!
Bowie (Taken with instagram)
Guys! Google Voice has figured out how to translate the incoherent babblings of an infant into semi-coherent message! It translated the above linked voicemail to mean:
Hello. Okay bye. Hey, Hello Yes, Hello, which I don’t know, Mom bye.
It’s amazing how accurate Google’s robot is.
I drew a picture of my lovely wife.
Graph by Dakota. I think differences in size like this are hard for people to grasp.
I helped Katie launch a storefront for her photo blog this morning. Now you can quickly choose from some of her favorite photos and get high quality prints delivered right to your door.
My brother Alex bought us tickets to this Halloween night show. It was fantastic - Dear performed with a live band, which gave his moody, minimalist techno a whole new dimension. And, my brother got to meet him after the show, and they are now exchanging emails! Hooray!
9 years ago: Posts from November, 2009
I added some sexy photoshop shadows the XOXCO homepage. What do you think?
I just want you to know:
I am thankful for all of you weirdos out on the internet who have given me so much love and support all these years.
Dear Friends of Hair:
Must Share Hair, my blog about awesome hair, just got a mention in Wired magazine! Wow! And strangely, people who read Wired seem to actually type things into Google and click on them, something I have never experienced before in all the millions of times I have been written about in magazines.
This would be totally awesome, but for the fact that I have totally run out of pictures of awesome hair to post. Sure, I could troll the internet looking for random pictures of people with great hair, but then the blog would just be another one of THOSE blogs, you know what I mean. I would much prefer it if my friends and loyal readers were to submit pictures of their own hair!
I’m looking for pictures of YOU, standing in front of a mirror, taking a picture of your hair, ESPECIALLY if you have just woken up from a fitful nap, or have just taken off a bicycle helmet, or have just finished having sex. The wilder, dirtier, messier your hair is, the better.
Thank you, lovers.
I made my third batch of pickled hot peppers today. They will be delicious. It is so fun and easy to do, I think I am going to start pickling other things.
My favorite thing to do with this photo is to look at it upside down and pretend that Katie is holding up the ceiling.
WATCH OUT KATIE, DON’T KNOCK OVER THAT PRECARIOUS STACK OF BOOKS!!!!!!!
I am one lucky dude!
And it’s time for developers to take a stand. If you don’t want a repeat of the PC era, place your bets now on open systems. Don’t wait till it’s too late.”
I follow this dude, JimSwims on Flickr because he goes swimming and takes photos of octopi and crazy worms and stuff. It is great to see how weird things look.
Today's Call With Dad
I called my dad to tell him about a new project I’m about to start working on. He wanted to know why his new laptops wifi menu was asking him for a password.
I don’t know, dad. Look on your wifi router!
It’s not there, he screams. I can tell he has been trying to find this password for a while already.
I don’t know, dad. Sorry!
3 minutes later, he calls back to tell me that he found the password printed on the bottom of his wifi router.
The first thing I did after launching PeoplePods was to get working on the next version of PeoplePods. Here’s a screenshot from today’s work.
My second launch today is my very own product: PeoplePods! PeoplePods is a tool that makes the creation of social websites easier. Basically, you install it on your server, turn on some options, and you’ve got a custom social network, ready to customize.
I have been working on PeoplePods for 3 years, so it is an amazing catharsis to finally reveal it to the world! If you are a coder, download our developer preview (Version 0.666) and try it out!
In a few hours, I’ll announce the SECOND launch of the day… If I’m still alive!
10 years ago: Posts from November, 2008
- Journal post from 11/05: Red Oceans vs Blue Islands
- Journal post from 11/11: This is just about the coolest thing the 12-year old kid who lives inside my brain has ever seen:
- Journal post from 11/03: More on Generations Shifting, Eras Ending
- Journal post from 11/03: Dead Architects
- Journal post from 11/14: Thirty Episodes
- Journal post from 11/11: Instant Gratification Thanks to integration with the
11 years ago: Posts from November, 2007
- Journal post from 11/19: In which I talk a little bit about Texas Dear Internet, Yesterday,
- Journal post from 11/08:
- Journal post from 11/09:
- Journal post from 11/09: In Which I Link To Crafty Ladies I Know
- Journal post from 11/29: Prom Nite, Live on KVRX
- Journal post from 11/01: I am so old skool! This Halloween, my personal Website turned 10-years old. I registered benbrown.com on October 31, 1997. I was 19. Holy crap! I also registered
- Journal post from 11/12: In which I launch a new site with my lady Dear Internet,
- Journal post from 11/09:
12 years ago: Posts from November, 2006
- Journal post from 11/17: Video! We just
13 years ago: Posts from November, 2005
- Journal post from 11/21: links for 2005-11-22
- Journal post from 11/11: I am fabulously stylish
- Journal post from 11/11: Mario Brothers
- Journal post from 11/17: links for 2005-11-18
- Journal post from 11/01: I'm a pro. Look it up in the book.
- Journal post from 11/25: links for 2005-11-26
- Journal post from /: links for 2005-11-19
- Journal post from 11/03: links for 2005-11-03
19 years ago: Posts from November, 1999
- Journal post from 11/08:
- Journal post from 11/29:
- Journal post from 11/11:
- Journal post from 11/21:
- Journal post from 11/19:
- Journal post from 11/30:
20 years ago: Posts from November, 1998
- Journal post from 11/09: in which my hair changes
- Journal post from 11/11: in which I have an odd dream.
- Journal post from 11/23: in which I have a very lucid day.
- Journal post from 11/17: in which I eat donuts. Lots of donuts.
- Journal post from 11/10: in which sex is explained
- Journal post from 11/05: in which I redesign and stuff.
- Journal post from /: in which I really am boring.
- Journal post from 11/19: in which the sky is an eyeball.
- Journal post from 11/15: in which I participate in ecommerce.
- Journal post from 11/01: in which I realize somethign
- Journal post from 11/08: in which I'm so smacked right now
- Journal post from 11/29: in which its fuzzy.