5 years ago: Posts from February, 2012
Today, Pixel Pix is ranked #109 in the “Photo & Video” section of the app store. Hooray!
Is it a bird?
My little pricing experiment with Pixel Pix is over, and the results are pretty definitive: people want free apps! My original thesis was that having the app be free for a week to get the ball rolling would translate into sales when we started charging $1, which most people I’ve talked to consider the “no brainer” level for purchasing an app. Considering we had thousands of downloads over the course of the first few days, and broke into the top 100 list for photography apps, I thought it would continue to sell pretty briskly.
Well, it didn’t. Shockingly, the number of downloads dropped by 90% the first day after we increased the price to $1. The second day, it dropped another 50%, and the day after, another 50%. From our high last Thursday, when we shipped 1 copy every minute, we hit a low on Monday of 15 downloads.
So yesterday, I decided that the best way forward is to allow Pixel Pix to remain free, and get it into as many hands as possible. I flipped the switch yesterday morning, and immediately saw activity jump back up. By the end of the day, we had regained much of the momentum from last week, and new users are once again pouring in.
What does this mean? Future versions of the app will feature in-app purchases, where we’ll ask loyal users to pay for new filters and additional content. I was initially very resistant to this idea, but the data from this experiment and pretty much every single article about the app store economy published in the last 6 months make it clear that this is the new way to do things. And frankly, my primary goal is to make things that add joy to the world, not to make $20. If I can continue to make high quality apps that people like and use, and then ADD AWESOME NEW STUFF TO THEM for buck or two now and then, I can continue to pay for my jihad against resolution.
LEARNING FUN TIMES FOR EVERYONE!
Today, I’ll be working on some specification documents for a new client project, potentially having a phone call with a potential new client, and finishing up an essay I am writing for The Daily Dot. It feels really weird right now to not have a ton of active client work - I’m working on pixels, and Damien is working on his SECRET PROJECT - but it also feels REALLY GOOD to know that I have nothing pressing looming over me when our baby could arrive at any second.
BUT NOT TODAY. Please, universe, do not curse my child with a birthday that only occurs every four years.
Spread the word! Let the derezolution begin.
Pee-wee visits the Mushroom Kingdom.
The sound effects in this video will rip these memories right out of your brain, and it will be like you are 9 again.
Make Pixel Art is the most advanced pixel art creation tool on the market, and includes features like multiple layers, a magical sprite outliner, brighten and darken brushes, built in sharing and publishing, and access to thousands of free sprites. Create and collect an inventory of your own sprites to mix and match!
I went out to dinner with my friend, the Internet’s Greg Knauss, last night. We had burgers and talked about the my two favorite topics right now, babies and app store sales trends. It is all blurring together for me now. I have thoughts like, “how much should we charge for our baby when it launches?” and “Oh no, Pixel Pix hasn’t made a peep in 15 minutes, IS IT STILL BREATHING?”
It is! It is!
A weird thing happened about half-way through my dinner with Greg. We were chatting and munching down our exotic hamburgers when I was hit with this sudden feeling that I had missed out on telling you, the Internet, about something REALLY FUNNY AND IMPORTANT. All of a sudden, I was like, FUCK! They would have LOVED THAT STORY! And I had to take a note in my iPhone to make sure that I would remember to post about it today so that you wouldn’t miss out on this highly amusing anecdote. I even asked Katie to help me remember, just in case I forgot.
Ironically, I think that this story about remembering that I wanted to post something is far more interesting than the actual story itself. Don’t believe me? The thing I wanted to make sure I posted about was that we PUT OUR INFANT CAR SEAT IN THE CAR!
WOW, Ben, WOW.
The thing about it is, car seats are kind of tricky to mount properly in the car, and they have a lot of warning labels and instructions covering every spare surface, and all of the warning labels say IF YOU DO THIS WRONG, YOUR BABY WILL DIE.
TIGHTEN STRAP OR YOUR BABY WILL EXPLODE.
I am already touchy about this subject, because as part of the materials we were given at our child care class, we received a pamphlet about an Infant CPR class. And this pamphlet has at the top, above the actual title of the class, a message in bold capital letters that says:
IT IS INEVITABLE THAT YOUR CHILD WILL CHOKE.
Sweet Fancy Moses!
The sum total of all the advice I have now received from friends, doctors, family members, and publishers of informational pamphlets is: I will never sleep again, I’ve seen the last new release movie I will ever see, and that my baby is going to choke on a seat belt on the way home from the hospital, and then while choking, will be traumatically ejected from the car when the airbag goes off, and we learn that we failed to properly secure the seat.
Folks, I am not worried. We are so prepared. We already have nipple cream and butt cream and white noise machines and an array of diapers both for baby’s bottom and baby’s constantly vomiting top. But we are not worried in the face of being constantly reassured that we are ONE TINY MISSTEP from complete disaster.
I am living the dream of full time pixel art here at the Awesome HQ. This morning, we announced the availability of a new set of pixels for use in Make Pixel Art: the DINOPAK by PixelJam Games. This set includes 12 velociraptors in silly hats, as seen in PixelJam’s classic game, Dino Run. I also update the in-app shop interface a bit so that users can now get quick access to previous sets, like the Lulinternet Junk Food pack, the Bleep Labs robo-synthoid pack, and the comic book action pak by the artist from PixelWorld. I am so, so, so, soooooo proud of our featured artists and the growing library of sprites for people to use. I only wish that I could be some kid out there, discovering Make Pixel Art for the first time and seeing the THOUSANDS of items available to use in my drawings. 12 year old me would love it even more than 34 year old me does.
And to celebrate and promote the new set of pixels, I’ve decided to make Pixel Pix free again. As you know, my primary goal for all my projects is for people to use them, and after a few days of charging $1 for the app, we’ve decided the best path forward is to keep it free. Thank you so much to everyone who bought the paid version. I promise that the money you spent will go directly to the creation of more art and more features in future versions.
Finally, I wanted to post again about the very nice review of Pixel Pix on PixelsMil.com. We are now officially an international sensation!
Regular readers, following this post I am going to create some new HIGHLIGHTED posts in order to get the word out about the Dinopak and Pixel Pix. If there is any room left in your heart to help a well meaning pixel artist take over the world, I would appreciate your reblogs on these messages.
An extremely tiny teaser for something awesome coming tomorrow.
Toni also wrote a very nice review of the app for his Spanish-language site. You can read it here, or you can trust me that he says it is the best app ever.
In addition to all this, Toni contributed some of the pixel stickers that are in the app! Wwwhat a guy!
Did you have a good weekend? I did!
Adam left early on Saturday morning. I drove him to the airport, and we shared a long, long, long hug in the drop off zone. Eventually, the cops had to come over and pry us apart. Adam was sobbing as he walked into the airport. It was a heart wrenching scene of manlove.
In the afternoon, Katie and I went out to see Wanderlust, a new movie by David Wain and many other characters from The State. I really enjoyed it, even though Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston were really boring compared to the other zanier and frequently more naked cast members. If you liked Wet Hot American Summer and The Ten, you will definitely like this movie.
After the movie, I headed into the office to kick off an all night GAME JAM with my office mate. Going in, I did not expect that we would get much done. I thought we’d just sit around and play some games and maybe doodle out some ideas. Much to my surprise, within about 30 minutes we had come up with a pretty compelling game idea, and by 2AM had a rough but playable level 1.
Oh great, you’re saying. Another thing for Ben to post about all the time.
Don’t worry, reader! This new game project is gonna be a slow mover, as we’ve got our arms full with pixels and clients. But it is nice to have another little creative project to think about, and something to hack on at midnight when the urge strikes.
On Sunday, I was completely exhausted. Getting up at 7 and staying up til 2 ruined me, 100%. In the afternoon, we had to go to a child care class, where we learned how to change diapers and swaddle our baby, and that we are not allowed to use the microwave to dry it off after bath time. I was barely able to concentrate, even on the graphic images of poo-covered baby penises they showed us, and almost fell off my chair midway through.
This is not a good indicator. After only one single night where I got ever so slightly less than 8 hours of sleep, I was a mess. How will I manage when the child wakes us up several times every night for weeks?
Sacha Baron Cohen as “The Dictator,” but on a Gameboy.
Glenn Close’s little known role as a Commodore 64.
Rooney Mara from “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Take a baby. Any baby.
Bowie takes a poo.
Buñuelo the Chihuahua in pixel art! This #pixelpix #app takes me back to my MarioPaint & game creation days. #pixel #art #dog #chihuahua #puppy #cute #8bit #awesome #iphoneography #iphoneonly #nes #nostalgia #rad #cool #radical (Taken with instagram)
I love all the puppy pixels people are making. Ugh, so cute.
Just installed our child seat.
My favorite late night team, made with Pixel Pix.
Me and Adam!
This photo from my wife’s photo blog, Your New Favorite, is of the amazing Texas sunset over the creek in our back yard last night.
This is why I couldn’t live in San Francisco and left as soon as I could. I hated to look out my window and see a bus stop or an office building, and know that back in Austin where I belong, there was a waterfall.
Definitely click through and view this photo at full size!
Sweet Fancy Moses.
Just figured out that people downloaded Pixel Pix an average of once every 3 minutes yesterday.
I knew that low rez acid trip picture of Ché was a winner.
Sweet! Look what app made it into Apple’s Photo & Video featured app list!
I made pixel portraits of a bunch of famous bloggers. Do you recognize your favorite internet personality?
As per usual, it has been a ridiculously busy couple of days here at XOXCO HQ. Monday, I spent almost all day in a panic after Apple rejected Pixel Pix. That effort was a roaring success, as Tuesday Pixel Pix was approved and hit the app store at around 5pm, and sold hundreds of copies in just a few hours. But you know all that and are probably on the edge of unfollowing me because of it
On top of the Pixel Pix excitement, my friend and frequent collaborator Adam Mathes came to town Monday night to kick off a week of working together on behalf of a new client. We had an all day meeting with the client and, get this, another set of Ben and Adams who run a local design shop called what.it.is. It was an interesting and productive meeting, and Adam and I have since been working together to build a plan for this client to move forward with his product.
Working with Adam again is great for a host of reasons. We’ve got years of experience working together - dating back more than a decade to my first startup, Deepleap, where I hired Adam to work for us and tried (and failed) to convince him to drop out of Stanford. Adding to that is the years of experience we’ve each had working apart - working on different types of projects in different environments. Adam was a key player at the dawn of Google Books. He worked on Orkut. He worked on Android. He’s got a masters degree in information science!
Alone, we are unstoppable. Together, we will destroy the universe.
Mega Man transformation. I’ve been playing with some pixel art recently.
I just love finding a face by Matt Rodriguez out in the wild.
I recommend getting the #pixelpix app while it’s free, guys. (Taken with instagram)
Watching the automagic gallery of Pixel Pix portraits come to life as people tweet is maybe my favorite part of this whole experience.
Thanks to everyone who has tweeted or posted about the app! I really appreciate your support. During beta testing, a lot of people told me, “this thing is going to blow up!” But the reality of the internet and the app store market is that things only blow up if people like you tell your friends to download the app.
So if you’d like to help me out and make sure Pixel Pix really does blow up, please share it with your Twitter and Facebook friends!
To send people to the promotional site, the link is: http://makepixelart.com/pixelpixapp
To send people directly to the app store, the link is: http://app2.it/pixelpix
GOOD NEWS EVERYONE,
Pixel Pix, the coolest pixel art iPhone photography app EVAR has finally hit the app store! And it’s TOTALLY FREE for a limited time. WHAT? FREE? YES! FREE!
Get it now, and be sure to share your photos with us!
Pixel Pix ain’t just for making goofy faces. It also makes cool looking clouds!
I’m disappointed that Pixel Pix isn’t out yet, so to assuage my anger, I am going to give away more copies of Make Pixel Art for iPad via our Twitter account. If you have an iPad or know someone who does, get on it now! I’ll be passing out codes for the next hour or so.
My officemate BJ sent me this.
OK! Pixel Pix has been resubmitted to the app store, and I’ve requested an expedited review this time. Cross your finguls!
No longer coming to an iPhone near you.
Apple has rejected Pixel Pix from the app store due to the inclusion of this Tetris-inspired “busy” spinner that I drew.
I am not going to go all copyright war on everyone because what, yeah, it is Tetris-inspired and someone else owns Tetris. But I mean, I love Tetris and have been playing Tetris since the 80s, and at this point I DREAM Tetris sometimes, and it is hard for me to tell the difference between Tetris and reality.
Sorry for liking you so much, Tetris!
What this means for Pixel Pix is that I will be resubmitting it this afternoon with a new busy spinner, and then it will probably take another week before it is released.
Today is President’s Day, which is one of the days we decided that XOXCO is closed for business. Of course, that just means I’ll be working on stuff from my couch instead of my office. I can play the stereo louder here.
I AM THAT I AM, folks.
I actually woke up early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep because I was thinking about whether or not Pixel Pix would hit the app store today. I got up as soon as the alarm went off and went to check my phone, where the notification of its release will be sent first. No notification. So I took my phone back to bed and cuddled with it for a while.
Cuddling did not help.
So I got up and started doing some work for one of our clients, Marimekko. And poking around with LESS css compilers. And working on the 2.0 version of my jQuery Tags input. I also need to spend some time today writing an essay for The Daily Dot. And make a new demo video or two for Make Pixel Art. And this afternoon, Katie has invited a bunch of friends over for what may be our last backyard BBQ for a while. Or, it may be one of several “last backyard BBQs” we have while we wait for new roommate to show up.
Our nesting instinct is definitely kicking in, as evidenced by our weekend of collecting branches from around our yard, dragging them into a pile, and using said pile as a bed. Photo or it didn’t happen?
Poo! I was in such a mood this morning that I forgot to post this self portrait I did using the boxdot base. You can make one too! Just search for “boxdot” in the MPA pixel shop.
To those of you who are anxiously awaiting the release of Pixel Pix:
This morning, I received a notice from Apple that said the review process was going to take longer than usual. I’m not sure why, but this happens from time to time. There is a slim chance the app will still be out this evening.
I will tweet about it on the @PixelPixApp twitter account the moment it is available.
There will always be 18-20 year olds for fluffy press stories looking to pretend that everyone is creating the next big thing. These stories are sensational, at best, and almost always horse shit. However, there will also always be far more people to make smile and delight with one’s work, and that’s what Ben does. And what I will keep attempting to do. An industry with no upper limit on value, joy, or good will.
The media loves a story about young people finding instant wealth on the internet, and while that does actually happen, it happens a lot less than most people think. For every 22-year old millionaire, there are hundreds of thousands of 22 year old coders working tirelessly on really great ideas that will never launch, and that everyone involved will lose money on.
I would posit that it is actually far less likely for a young person to find success on the internet if they set out to become wealthy than it is for people who decide to pursue their creativity and passion, and to create things that they want or need rather than trying to GET HUGE and PLAY WITH THE BIG BOYS.
The biggest success story from my career started with Adam and I making a dorky joke to amuse ourselves. We never, not once, thought that it would make us money, let alone be acquired by a big company and go on to be heralded as one of the foundational companies of “web 2.0.”
When we were acquired, we weren’t even a company! There was no legal entity at all - just me, Adam, and a handshake. But boy, what a handshake!
(This is an actual photo of Adam and I creating Consumating. Notice that while I am coding, Adam is playing Animal Crossing.)
As a special prize for those of you out there who actually read my site, here are a few codes for free copies of Make Pixel Art for iPad:
I woke up this morning to the local news radio airing a story about how UT computer science students each have 2 jobs waiting for them upon graduation, and that the starting salary of a computer program these days ranges from $70,000 to $100,000 a year.
Someone with 0 years of experience in my industry can earn 6 figures.
And this has got me thinking that, though I’ve got 17 years of experience in this industry, maybe I’m not actually in this industry. Maybe I’m just a hobbyist. A poseur.
I was grumbling about this to Katie on our morning walk. “Grr,” I said. “I am feeling very negative about stuff!”
“Grrr,” I said. “I should just admit that I am not a real entrepreneur, I’m just some jerk who knows how to code.”
Katie looked at me and said, “Hurry up, Ben, I’ve got a doctors appointment in 30 minutes, and I still need to eat breakfast.”
I looked up at the gray sky overhead and opened my mouth to take a deep breath. Then, just as I inhaled, a large winged insect fly into my mouth and down my throat, lodging itself halfway down.
I fell to my knees, gagging. I could feel it wriggling in my throat. I coughed and spit, but the bug, it still wriggled. Katie ran and got me a glass of water, tossed it in my face, and slapped me. I swallowed the bug and collapsed to the ground, sobbing.
“I just ate a bug,” I hissed between ragged coughs. “LIFE HATES ME!”
“Life does not hate you,” said Katie. “You lead what most people would consider to be a blessed and miraculous existence where half of your time is spent imagining things, and the other half is spent turning things from imagination into reality. Thousands of people use the things you create, and you receive a steady stream of support and encouragement from your peers. Please now put your pants back on so that we can go get some coffee.”
“But a bug! I ate a bug!” I said.
“Pants,” said Katie. ”Coffee.”
I shrugged. Katie, as usual, is right: I am a genius and a visionary the likes of which the world has only rarely ever seen. Time and money and 20 year old computer programmers with 6 figure salaries are illusions that distract us from the only thing that really matters, the central organizing principal behind all of reality: coffee.
And pixel art.
As I mentioned yesterday, a few of my sciffy pixel art drawings are going to be available soon as prints. Today, the fine folks at PrintPunch who will be doing the printing, delivery and all of that stuff sent me this photo of proofs. They look pretty damned good!
PrintPunch will be launching on March 5, and the prints will be available for purchase then for $30-$100 depending on the size you want. I suggest going big!!
I did some work this afternoon to get ready for a new set of pixels in Make Pixel Art, and to give our older sets some more shelf space. What do you think?
Also, CAN YOU WAIT FOR THE DINOPAK? The guys from Pixel Jam Games gave us a dozen awesome velociraptors from their game Dino Run for you to use in your drawings. I can’t wait to see how people use them in their own drawings.
The Lifehacker traffic blast for SendTab continues to echo through the internet. We had something like 700 signups already this week, almost 10% growth of the user base. And even though all of the recent press has been about an unofficial port of our service to Android, we’ve had a 383.3% spike in iPhone app sales!
Before you start writing me off as a member of the 1%, I should point out that our HUGE spike in sales yesterday means that we made $16 from the SendTab app. And, due to the growth of the service, I had to increase our Heroku server’s capacity, increasing the hosting cost to $35. And we will continue to provide free service to the 676 people who signed up this week, but paid nothing.
But ladies and gentlemen, it is all worth it when on my mornings ego surf, I find posts like this:
Easily pierce your browser tabs to your android device with 2sendtab
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How did this post come into being? The original post on Lifehacker was in English. Someone somewhere read the Lifehacker post, and wrote their own version of it in another language - maybe Spanish or Russian or Portugeuse. And then, someone decided to automatically translate one of those translated posts back into English. Or maybe, back into English via a few other languages, resulting in what I consider my new catchphrase, “We am not the outrageous air blower of Internet Explorer.”
And who could ask for a better testimonial than, “latest app upon the retard?”
Katie and I went to another baby rearing class last night, and learned about the steady flow of blood and gore and snot that will soon begin exploding from my wife. I drew a picture of a baby that both my mother-in-law AND Jeffrey Zeldman liked, an achievement I strive for in everything I do. Also, we won the door prize - a box of TicTacs for me (so that my breath will not stink when I am helping Katie to breath), and a stick of chapstick (for Katie’s cervix.)
Towards the end of the class, I was invited by the teacher to be next week’s “demo dad,” probably because I am better looking, younger and and have vastly cooler hair than all of the other dads in the class. I am excited to demonstrate the birthing support and encouragement technique that Katie and I have been developing which I think is about to catch on fire. We call it, “Negcouragement.”
This is going to be so much fun for everyone!
I also drew Megaman! (Taken with instagram)
I drew a picture of my unborn child.
I just added this adorable “Box Dot” base to Make Pixel Art’s pixel shop. Use it to create your own characters in this popular style. Just search for “Boxdot” in the in-app pixel shop.
Steve Jobs vs 1989
I just submitted these to be turned into limited edition prints. Personally, I’d buy 2 copies of each.
This is so cool - my pal Andy has just launched a new site where you can create AND play interactive fiction games. These are text-based games like the increasingly oldschool ZORK and Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy games I played on monochrome monitors back in the 80s!
Continuing on the theme of “Ben Brown leads a charmed life,” CHECK THIS OUT: Lifehacker plugged by lil’ web service app SendTab not once but TWICE this week, sending a huge blast of traffic and new signups our way. We signed up our 5000th user last night, and sold our 1000th copy of the iPhone app.
Much of the hoopla is due to the fact that an independent developer named Ingo Dean has released an unofficial Android client for SendTab. Android support has been a popular request, so it is awesome that someone in the community stepped up and provided a solution!
I’m not sure I will ever care enough about Android phones to do my own ports. More than anything like desire to earn money or reach a specific audience, my interest in building things like SendTab is so that I can use things like SendTab. Like a hobby. Or, looking at the actual financial stats, like a crazy hobo song I sing in the subway station, hoping to entice passers by to chuck quarters at me so that I will shut up.
And hobos can’t afford extraneous Android devices.
SO YEAH, awesome, thanks to the internet, hobos can send links from Safari to Android to Chrome to iPad to iPhone back to Chrome, and the only people left out now are those still using Internet Exploder like assholes.
Katie and I are attending a LABOR AND DELIVERY class tonight, where we will learn that we are hideously underprepared for the impending explosion of our child from imaginary realm in her belly into the real world. This is normally the time of year when I am busy preparing to launch some new product or feature at SXSW. My feeds are already filled with SXSW news and chatter. But this year, instead of (or in addition to) unveiling something new for people to click on, the world will be forced to reckon with a new Brownce.
Now, if I can only convince Katie that we should name it Lucifer.
Boy oh boy, this has been a busy week already!
Last night, the new version of Make Pixel Art hit the iPad app store. This morning, the Make Pixel Art for Chrome was updated as well. As part of these launches, I’ve also made some changes on the server side to make it easier and faster to find the latest pixels that have been submitted to our pixel library.
We’re also counting down the days until our iPhone app, Pixel Pix is released. If the review process takes the same time for this app as it did for the iPad app, it will be in the iTunes store on Friday afternoon. Katie is reaching out to the press and some potential partners about our launch, and I am busy finishing up the website and making galleries of example images. I also need to record proper demo videos for both apps — something I find particularly difficult because it involves talking and drawing at the same time.
I hope you are excited for the massive tsunami of Pixel Pix-created images to hit the social media wetlands. You may want to reenforce your levee system now!
In the meantime, Damien, one of our engineers here at XOXCO, has been hard at work building a prototype of what may turn into our next product. Though Damien has contributed to all of our products and projects since starting more than a year ago, this is the first product that he brought to us as a completely new idea.
This is a big milestone for me, as my initial goal for XOXCO was to create an environment in which many products could be conceived and brought to fruition — not just by me, but by everyone in the team. That Damien was comfortable enough with his place at XOXCO and the way we do things to bring his brand new (really great) idea to us is a definite sign that we’re heading in the right direction.
I read a lot of things about new “startups” or “labs” whose goal it is to iterate quickly and release a lot of products to “see what sticks.” However, I feel like I never actually see any products launching from these groups, sticky or not. Obviously these little labs can’t launch EVERY idea, but I think more of their attempts could be made public — even if the product ends up on the trash heap.
Since becoming XOXCO, we’ve launched SendTab (actually three separate clients for iPhone, Chrome and Safari AND a cloud server), PeoplePods, Make Pixel Art, and Stay Useful. Soon we’ll add Pixel Pix to that list, and then Damien’s TOP SECRET PROJECT as well.
On top of that, we’ve launched brand new products or built sites for MediaBugs, NeighborGoods, Dooce, The Zeitguide, The Rumpus, Marimekko, Fugaboo, Helsinki Design Lab, Safari Books Online, KIA, a major league football team whose name I can’t remember, The Discovery Channel, and The Grammys.
AND we’ve released half a dozen popular free jQuery plugins that have been widely adopted.
We’ve done all these things without external funding, and we’ve done it with a team of just 3 people.
While not everything we’ve built has been perfect, and some of the things we’ve built are more prototype than finished product, I am very proud of all the things we’ve done, and I think they demonstrate our dedication and determination to LAUNCH PRODUCTS, not just talk about ideas.
Here is a demo of the new isometric shape drawing tools in Make Pixel Art 1.1. With these new tools, you can quickly create 3D pixel art scenes. On an iPad, it feels like you are making these boxes burst into reality with your fingers!
The latest and greatest version of Make Pixel Art is now available for both iPad and Chrome! This version also includes the ability to export your drawings directly out of the app, instead of via our website.
See? Our new app is for more than just goofy stuff!
This is a variation on the shot I posted last Saturday, slightly different perspective with people in the lower part of the frame. I took this one with my iPhone and ran it through a new app we’re working on at XOXCO called Pixel Pix, soon to be in the iPhone app store!
If you’ve got an iPad, go get the new version of Make Pixel Art, which just hit the app store minutes ago! The Chrome version will be available tomorrow morning.
I will post more about this tomorrow, but this new version has some awesome new tools like magic isometric boxes! If you draw pixels, check it out!
I just whipped up a responsive design for the upcoming Pixel Pix website. Here is the desktop version.
I’m in love with this music video my friends Sumul and Neil made for their band, Wildlife Control. Incredibly, though, it’s not actually a video at all: the entire thing is an all-HTML5 pixel art masterpiece, driven off the SoundCloud API.
Click through to the video of their single “Analog or Digital,” hit play, and prepare to be amazed.
Pixel art and HTML5??? This is my kind of music video.
This is Helen.
Taken with instagram
And now to celebrate, whiskey in the office!
I’ve always wanted to be a member of this club.
Hooray! Pixel Pix has been submitted to the app store!
My goal for this month was to get PixelPix done by the 15th. Well guess what, folks? It’s the 10th, and it’s done! Am I a genius or what?
I will be submitting the app to the app store this afternoon, and then it will take a week or so before it is available. I am hoping that Make Pixel Art 1.1 gets released before then - it has taken longer than usual to get it approved this time.
In the meantime, I’m going to be testing a lot today, and making a bunch of screenshots and promotional images for use in the app store. I will also be getting to work on a few galleries of PixelPix images that I want to put together, in the hopes that I will lure in some bloggers and/or celebrities with pictures of themselves, and that they will then twoot about the app when it is available. Devious, I know.
I think I am also going to be playing a decent amount of Super Mario Crossover 2 today. If you haven’t seen it, it is a fan made game combining Super Mario with a wide selection of other oldskool NES games. You can play as Megaman or Mario or Link, and it will emulate the graphic style of various consoles — not unlike PixelPix’s filters. Goodbye productivity!
I am interested in what you want to hear about. Let’s try this, Tumblrs: Ask me questions, and I will respond.
David Mitchell and Robert Webb from Peep Show
The tweets, they pile!
Soon, my friend. Soon!
LOOK AT THOSE KITTENS!!!! I AM CRYING FROM JOY.
Heres 4 more backgrounds I made for PixelPix. I guess I’ll explain what it is since I didn’t in my last post. It’s a camera application that lets you take a photo of whatever you want, pixelize it, add filters (Like Gameboy,SNES, C64, and a bunch of others), and also put stamps and backgrounds on them. It’s really a lot of fun and it’s getting close to the final build.
I feel so lucky to get to do the things I do. Every day, I come in to work and get to focus all day on things like “could this be zanier?” and “will this reliably cause users to giggle?” I get to learn new things, put them to use, and then share my creations with the world. And they serve coffee 12 feet away from me, and delicious tacos in the parking lot! AND THERE IS A DONUT TRUCK DOWN THE BLOCK!!
One of the really nice things about being me lately is all the help and support I’ve received from other folks out here in the internet and pixel art community. Over the last few weeks, about 30 people have been helping me test PixelPix, and many of them have been sending in bug reports, usability suggestions, and most recently, actual art to include in the app. Josh Grilli from 8WholeBits here on Tumblr sent me these backgrounds last night, and Toni Martin from Pixels Mil sent me a big package of them the other night. My friend Sean Mason here in Austin has also been sending me a steady stream of fantastic little bits and pieces to include. Thanks everyone!
I was posting a bunch of stuff to the Make Pixel Art f*book account last night, and it occurred to me that I have not linked out to my other streams lately. For the most part, I do not repost things from one stream to another, so if you GOTTA CATCH ‘EM ALL, you might be interested in following me on other sites.
GET READY, I HAVE A LOT OF THESE.
I won’t be hurt if you don’t follow me, but I want you to know that I do follow you and I like every single thing you post! I print them all out and bring them to work and put them up on my cubicle wall. I AM NOT LYING ASK KATIE.
One final note for today: I APOLOGIZE for all the typos and misspellings in yesterday’s post. My writing muscles are a bit rusty. Please stick with me.
Kreayshawn vs PixelPix
I have very little to report to you. Progress continues on PixelPix. You can see here the beginnings of a homepage for it, where I have cleverly set up a Twitter scraping bot that looks for tweets mentioning PixelPix that contain a photo, and extracts the photo to make an automagic gallery of awesome.
All of the features are done, and now today I am working on the tutorial that will pop up when a new user first opens the app. When that is done, the app will be ready for submission, and the only thing left to do will be to create all the screen shots and promotional graphics for the iTunes store.
I am very happy that things have gone so smoothly. Compared to the three+ months we spent on the iPad app, the iPhone version has gone from prototype to launch-able in about 2 weeks. The return on this smaller investment will hopefully be much larger!
I had drinks last night with Nicholas White, the CEO of Daily Dot, a newspaper about web communities. It was really interesting talking to someone who is making a serious go at running a content site about the web, on the web. We talked about how “game-ification” does not make things into games, how oddly popular My Little Ponies are, and how after 20 years, things stop belonging to a genre and just become “retro cool.”
Do kids know that their cool new thing is our dorky old thing? Do they care? Can they possibly know how ridiculous the concept of “Rarity Pony” is?
We talked about the amazing amount of passion there is on the internet FOR the internet. Beyond the passion people have for their specific sub-genre of nerdiness, people love and care very deeply about the internet itself. It is gratifying to see expressions of this passion beyond the popularity of Facebook. The recent SOPA protests are a good example - speech and action against what would have otherwise been a pretty mundane copyright bill spread through web communities, and reached all the way out to the edges. I saw blog posts by 13-year olds who had otherwise posted nothing but Minecraft screenshots, who were now up in arms about media company lobbyists! It was an incredibly effective campaign, succeeding not only in reaching those edge members of the community, but ultimately quashing the bill itself.
What I think will be very interesting to see is how the net will respond when everyone comes together to speak out against something, only for that something to happen anyway. Reddit and Wikipedia have won this battle, but the forces of capitalism, croneyism and the power structure aren’t going to give up every time because a bunch of blogs go black.
This menu literally screams fun at you! Literally!
So, those of you reading my recent journal entries here on Tumblr probably think, “oh look, that pixel art guy is writing stuff now, how not exciting at all.” But the truth is much much less exciting, reader: I have been writing journal entries and posting them on the internet for the better part of my life. I actually just did the math, and it turns out that after an initial 17 years of not posting things on the internet, I have now spent… 17 years posting things!
This is a turning point of some sort, I assure you.
As you can imagine, a lot of material has piled up over the course of nearly two decades, and I occasionally like to dive back into the archives to see what life was like for me in those days. Below, I have published my journal entry from February 2, 2000, just one month after I had moved to Austin from Bethesda, Maryland to start my first company, a little browser extension called Deepleap, with my friends Bryan and Lane.
In 33 days, my first kid will be delivered. 4388 days ago, this happened:
I moved into my own place after my pile of boxes and garbage which passed as my bed became so small that I was finally unable to actually sleep. Not that I’ve been doing much of that anyways, seeing as how we had a big demonstration of our super secret thing and had to have all sorts of things whizzing and banging and flying and zimzumming around the screen so that you you you can wonder what it is that we’re doing. Man, I will never get tired of that joke.
But the meeting went well and the investors are circling like sharks, smelling money like our blood in the water and thats a bad metaphor, but you get the picture. Investors! Pah! Who would have thought that I’d care about investors. (but I’ve got to pay my rent, right?)
Austin is the land of new experiences, lemme tell ya. Here are things I’ve done in Austin that I never did before:
Firstly, I went and bought a leopard print futon for my guest room/office. I’ve always said I was going to get a futon for my guest room, but I was always too lazy and either slept with all my guests or made them sleep on the couch. The girl at the futon store was hitting on me apparently, or so says Bryan. She had terrible hair, but in a “I have terrible hair and I know it, fuck off” kinda way which is appealing. She gave me her card. I don’t know if this is standard futon selling practice or if this is some kind of secret message to me “Here’s my card, call me and I’ll have sex with you,” but I can’t get anyone to go in and buy another futon (to see, of course, if they get a card too….) so I guess I’ll never know. Unless, of course, she’s as psychotic as me and personally delivers my futon.
Secondly, I went and did my laundry at a laundromat at 12:30 at night. I’ve never ever been to a laundromat and this is why: Laundromats are scary scary horrible places where crazy people hang out. As Lane and Bryan and I washed 12 loads of laundry (serious), we witnessed a) a man wander in, crawl into a nook between dryers and fall asleep, b) a woman wander in with her dog, use the bathroom several times, roll herself a cigarette and , in the process of rolling and smoking said cigarette, feed her dog a pile of loose tobacco, and c) a taxi cab driver. None of these people did any laundry at all. Oh, except the cab driver.
Ok, I kinda petered out there around, oh, C, but it was really late by the time he rolled in due to the fact that Lane and Bryan have never heard of the “throw all your clothes into a garbage bag regardless of their dampness” technique of clothes folding, so we had to sit and watch the dryers for many more hours than I was prepared to sit and watch dryers and also I personally had to sit and watch Lane and Bryan fold old teeshirts. Lots of them. And so, point being at 3:30, a Taxi Cab driver in a laundromat seems extremly surreal and amusing.
Thirdly, I bought a magazine subscription from one of those door to door I need money for college sob story people. You know the “So if I sell 25 thousand subscriptions, the man named Big Boss won’t break my legs,” kind? I hate those people, I really do. But this morning, I was sitting in my inflatable chair and I noticed one of my neighbors walking down the street. She had several dogs with her, and I recently have a desire to own a pet dog (tho I’m not allowed to!) and so when she knocked on the door, I answered it.
Aha! First mistake.
And when I answered it, I noticed that this neighbor of mine was incredibly attractive and had pale pale blue eyes. Wowza eyes. And, as most people who have heard the sad tale of my love life can tell you, a girl with wowza eyes can pretty much do anything to me and I’ll like it. So there I am, giddy and horny, and I say “What can I do for you?”
At this point she launches into her magazine sale / I really need to go to college schpeil and of course, I’m just sucked in by her eyes and her voice and the fact that there is a hot girl in my living room and I have NO furniture (!! cause the futon girl hasn’t personally delivered my leopard print futon!) except the inflatable thing, and I’m embarrassed about that the same way I’d be embarrassed if my dick was hanging out there, while I stood at the front door. So what did I do? I bought a fucking subscription to Wired which I don’t even really want. And then she wandered off with $20 of my dollars.
Here’s the real kicker: Two minutes later, she popped back into my door and asked to come back in and I had the little pitter patter in my heart, the “oh, here she is to ask me out for coffee” emotion, you know, they should really name that, but anyways, here she is at the door and I’m sitting on the inflatable chair again and I get up and trip on the rug and oh god, oh, it was just a horrible embarrassing thing.
So she comes in and we look at each other and she looks around and oh yeah, here it comes, right, and she says “I think I forgot to put the code for your magazine down on the receipt,” and I say “Oh sure, here,” and she says “Oops, never mind, its right there.”
Now I suppose that could have been her vague way of telling me to ask her out, you know like, hey, I’ve come back for a second round of flirtation, but I’ve never been very good at that, so I kinda waved and she left and walked to my neighbors front door. (I know, of course, because I then proceeded to watch her walk to several other doors before the Bill Murray Groundhog Day movie regained my attention and kept it.)
So at the end of the day, I did get screwed, but not in the good way. Once again, my goal of having sex every day has been quashed!
Basically what I’m saying here is that the only action I’m getting here in Austin is hot hot startup action, and all that does is make my fingers hurt and my eyes blurry, and most of the time, my back ache. Startup Action does not equal, in any way, shape, or form, hot hot hot benbrown humping.
…but it’s almost as fun.
And so, I have a house (big) and a company (secret) and things are just really really good. But man oh man, I don’t have time to do anything but work, especially not enough time to write big long and hilariously funny Daily Text entries. Nope, no time at all.
Sweet! Make Pixel Art got a nice writeup in iPhone Magazine in Italy!
Here’s another video update to show you the progress I’ve made on PixelPix. A LOT of progress! As you can see, with just a few clicks you can very quickly get pretty radical results.
I created an official Twitter account for the app - follow now!
Scarlett Johansson’s leaked nude, as seen through PixelPix’s Commodore 64 filter.
We went down to Houston this weekend because Katie’s family threw us a baby shower. We were appropriately showered with gender neutral gifts like yellow puke towels, gray blankets, and a pair of the tiniest Chuck Taylor All Stars you have ever seen. I learned that while baby boys are monkeys and baby girls are princess ponies, children of yet to be determined gender are ducks! Who knew?
Of course, we all know that baby Brownce will actually be a SWAN.
I was once again reminded how completely inept I am at manipulating the physical world during an attempt to hang up new venetian blinds in our living room. Even with a power drill and the assistance of my much more adept younger brother, I managed to quickly drill 3 unusable pilot holes and strip the threads off of 2 screws before giving up and throwing a hissy fit. It went something like this:
KATIE: Let’s put up these new blinds!
BEN: Please, 8 month pregnant wife, put down the power drill and let a MAN do that for you.
KATIE: If you say so!
[BEN ATTEMPTS TO SCREW BRACKET INTO WALL, FAILING MISERABLY]
BEN: GODDAMNIT I HATE THIS!
KATIE: Why don’t you try…
BEN: NO! This will never work and we should never have tried. Let’s just throw everything away and forget that venetian blinds ever existed!
ALEX: Let me see the drill.
[SOUND OF DRILL]
KATIE: That’s what I was going to do.
[SOUND OF BEN CRYING]
The experience made my unmanliness so drastically obvious that I decided to shave my mountain man beard off so as to not give the false impression that I have any abilities whatsoever related to mountains or being a man. I have also resolved to never attempt to use one those crazy “screws” again, no matter how much I want to affix something to the wall.
Instead, I will focus 100% of my energy where my true skills lay, making mobile phone software for a tiny subsection of internet enthusiasts who enjoy taking extremely low resolution pictures of their cat standing in front of a rainbow.
TODAY, I will:
* Submit Make Pixel Art version 1.1 to the app store after one final bug fix.
* Put some fancy animations and transitions into the sticker menu of PixelPix.
* Draw a bunch of background patterns, silly noses and extra bits and pieces to include in the sticker menu of PixelPix. And for this, I NEED YOUR HELP. My list of ideas is running short, and I need some suggestions for zany stickers to draw.
What kind of silly, weird, scary or cute accessories and costume bits would you like to have access to? We’ve already got a decent set of glasses and other eyewear. We’ve got a few monster bits like horns and fangs. But I feel like girl-related things are in short supply, as are things that are simply cute and fun without being weird.
What kind of pixel stickers do you want to use?
I trimmed my beard, and it turned into these animated GIFs!
There is a ghost in my record player that thinks it is a DJ.
My beautiful wife.
We are going down to Houston this evening for a baby shower that Katie’s family is throwing for her. When we come back, there will be only about 35 days til our kid arrives. Who will it be? I am excited to find out.
Last night I was tweaking settings on the iPhone app and almost by accident created a “magic erase” tool that can delete a photos background in just a few swipes. You can see it in action here, accompanied by the soundtrack of an episode of Thundercats that I was watching at the same time. I think this app has got some legs, folks! I am getting enormous joy out of seeing some of my beta testers change their avatars to new pictures made with the app. Katie is so sick of hearing about it and seeing my silly test images, that she could poo!
WELL TOO BAD, KATIE. You married me, and now you are stuck with me and my low resolution revolution!
But all this pixel art and Thundercats begs a bigger question: now that we will have a new roommate, who will be the most immature person in our family? Sure, the baby will scream and wee uncontrollably all over itself, and will be unable to care for itself in many ways. However, I was voted “Class Spaz,” (Go, Colonel Zadock Magruder High School Class of ‘96 SENIORS!!!!!!!) and also am currently wearing an ill-fitting Super Mario Brothers teeshirt. I didn’t take a bath before coming to work. Also, I wee uncontrollably.
Place your bets now.
I am determined to submit Make Pixel Art 1.1 to the app store before leaving for Houston today. I have to update the help system to include the features added to this version, and also implement a simple news system that can be used to send updates to users after the app has been released. LET’S DO THIS THING, BEN!
Thanks for reading, internet. The pleasure has been 85% mine, which still leaves you with a very satisfying 15% slice.
I love Kirk’s screamy face!
Be the unicorn.
AND HEY FOLKS, don’t think for one second that just because I’m doing lots of pixelized photos, I have stopped spending unreasonable amounts of time drawing tiny superheroes.
My personal motto is “Launch it!,” so I am pleased to announce yet another XOXCO/Lullabot responsive redesign, this time for Safari Books Online (a subscription service that gives you online access to O’Reilly and other tech books). This was another really big site, with lots of different content types and special pages. Every single type of page looks great and tunes itself to work beautifull on smart phones, tables, and desktop computers.
Safari Books Online, three ways: desktop, tablet, smartphone. Click for full size.
In other exciting XOXCO news, yesterday we extended an offer to our engineer Damien to come on full time, and he said yes! He has been ALMOST full time for a while, but we’re making it official now so that we can give him paid vacation and sick days. Damien built a lot of the Safari site, built the first version of SendTab, and is one of the big reasons the color picker in Make Pixel Art is so awesome. HOORAY DAMIEN.
Beta copies of my apps went out to testers yesterday afternoon, and the feedback has been very positive. Adam posted a few funny shots combing the pixel filters from my app with the text magic from his app Textagon. @Bwarez posted this photo of his dog wearing pink sunglasses. I am pretty much in pixel heaven.
And last night, I was up late drawing rainbow unicorn horns and pouty girl lips to add to the inventory of silly things to stick on pictures. GOT ANY IDEAS OR REQUESTS? I will be drawing all day long, so send them in.
THANKS INTERNET, your hair looks great today.
What was up with Tumblr’s outage last night? I blame David Carp personally for the fact that my posts last night received fewer than average “likes.”
As you may have seen, I made a pretty ridiculous amount of progress on the iPhone app. After leaving work and before going to my brother’s house for chicken fajitas, I was able to implement the sticker menu AND build out a small test library of stickers.
I just love data urls. If you copy this string into your browser’s location bar, instead of talking to a web server somewhere to request a file, the browser will simply display an image because the url IS the image:
This is such a convenient way to represent data that would otherwise require a separate file and file delivery mechanism. As everything becomes smaller and more mobile, being able to simply package up a bunch of files into a series of short strings will be more and more helpful. I can imagine scenarios where entire applications will be delivered via simple links, no additional downloads necessary. IF YOU CAN SEE THIS LINK, YOU’VE ALREADY INSTALLED MY APP.
I am very easily excited by extreme edge case scenario.
If you are interested in doing more than just reading me talk about my apps, you can sign up to be a beta tester. This afternoon, I will send out beta versions of both Make Pixel Art for iPad and “PixelVision” for iPhone. Click here to get set up with TestFlight, which is the tool I use to deliver betas.
OR, if you would to help out but don’t to mess with beta versions, send me a photo (or a link to a photo) that you’d like me to pixelize with my new app, and I will pixelize the shit out of it!
Thanks for reading, internet. You are my BFF.
Where the wild thing is (Taken with instagram)
6 years ago: Posts from February, 2011
- I miss being able to go to a video game store and actually be excited? This kind of brings some of that back
- There’s nothing good coming out for Wii for forever
- Seriously, I miss Funcoland
- I should not be allowed to name things myself
More spro, bro
Dinner (Taken with instagram)
I was annoyed with all the spammy, ugly video game release calendars (and video game sites in general) so I built a minimalist video game release calendar.
A few things I noticed:
Roxie wrapped up in a blanket, just like she likes it.
02/12/11 9:52 PM
Music Learning Club (Taken with Instagram at Arthouse at the Jones Center)
Taken with Instagram at Moonlight Tower @ 12th & Blanco
Snow!!! (Taken with instagram)
I want to reblog this before all the bike blogs get to it.
Photo by my awesome friend JCN.
We’ve been playing a lot of Kinect Dance Central on our Xbox lately, and the scoring and achievement system is really great. It doesn’t want to discourage you from dancing just because you didn’t hit all the moves, so you’ll see things like “New Best!” and “Rank Up!” and “You’re making progress!” instead of “You didn’t do it right, start over.”
This is the same kind of positive reinforcement I want to have in Stay Useful. I don’t ever want software to tell me that I’m not good enough, or that I’ve done something wrong. I want it to tell me I’m doing a great job, and that my hard work is, if not perfect, at least a step in the right direction.
And every once in a while, I want it to tell me I’ve got great hair.
Work No. 1110, 2011
7 years ago: Posts from February, 2010
I am so pleased that Neiliyo is making music that makes nerds go crazy on the dance floor, and makes cute girls bop to 8-bit tunes.
A few days ago, we launched Twitter and Facebook connect on NeighborGoods. The site will now automatically show you people you follow on other sites. Neat!
Try it out below - you can create a NG account automatically if you don’t already ahve one:
Waiting for the Google Buzz Privacy Outcry
I hope that the same people who went all paranoid about Facebook’s recent privacy changes get up in arms about Google Buzz.
It will only be a matter of time now before my mother calls me to ask why I keep emailing her to tell her all about my late night bowel movements/software releases. ”I’m not emailing you, mom! Google decided it was a good thing to crap everything I say into your email inbox so that you won’t miss out on the exciting world of social media.”
I miss the days when I could post something on the internet for only a few friends, and not have it automatically rebroadcast in an uglier format to everyone I’ve ever met. I miss the days when you could choose who you were having the conversation with. Facebook’s privacy change opened the doors to people interested enough to go snoop around in other people’s internet postings: so now your mom can stalk you if she really wants to and goes out of her way to do so. Google’s technique is almost the opposite - they’ll collect everything you say and send it, like a report card, to all your judging relatives and coworkers. Personally, the “people I email the most” are the people from whom I most jealously guard my privacy.
To make matters worse, Google Buzz is going use some sort of magic algorithm to sort and rank the content that comes off the wire to supplement my already bursting inbox full of nonsense. I feel they are trying to force feed me the worst parts of social media - ie, the most popular stuff - via an interface that I’ve been trained means HIGH PRIORITY ALWAYS ON RESPOND NOW.
I pity the inbox zero people the most.
Neal Pollack is one of my favorite writers and has started a Kickstarter project about sending him to Yoga Teacher Training.
THIS IS THE GOOD PART OF THE INTERNET.
Some people sort their records. I sort my old comic books.
02/06/10 10:22 PM
The alleyways in the Mission are filled with murderous yetis that will stab you.
Dakota has a new blog, all about stabbing!
8 years ago: Posts from February, 2009
- Journal post from 02/08: Greetings from Floripa
- Journal post from 02/01:
9 years ago: Posts from February, 2008
- Journal post from /: Adam Mathes, Artist.
- Journal post from 02/07:
- Journal post from 02/07:
- Journal post from 02/07: Ben Brown is telling you to do something.
11 years ago: Posts from February, 2006
- Journal post from 02/07: Dog Days I was known, for a while, as a guy who humps legs. I thought it was funny. I would run up to someone, say
- Journal post from 02/02: Balance I am nearing a dangerous point at work where the time I spend playing on Consumating is nearly equal to the time I spend working on Consumating. I suppose this is a good sign, and shows that we have created something that is fun and motivating and even addictive. But it means that a delicate balance must be maintained so that the entire house of cards doesn't collapse.
- Journal post from /: And that's why you always get the 2-channel premium package! I have no use for Showtime. I get about 8 different versions of it on my digital cable, and most of them are always showing "Love Actually." I picked it as one of my two premium channels for one reason, and one reason only - and even then, based only on conjecture and rumor.
- Journal post from 02/14: Oh, Matt! When you're clever on IM, you've got a one to one relationship with your audience. You can customize and personalize your routine to fit the nuances of your relationship, thus crafting a unique comedic experience for your friends, relatives, and random industry peers with whom you chat.
- Journal post from 02/27: Cause Bruises Are Sexy I spent the morning tallying how many people would sleep with a Wookiee rather than a Cylon or a Klingon.
- Journal post from 02/15: Why Do Anything?
- Journal post from 02/10: Reason 10234234234 not to purchase AppleCare. I had a dream last night about an ex-girlfriend of mine from nearly 10 years ago. The morning after the last time I dreampt of this particular girl, I was in a car accident where I flipped my car onto its side and totalled it. Her appearance in dreams has, since then, been noted as an omen of bad things to come.
- Journal post from 02/23: Two Birds, Both Stoned My old friend Drew came into town yesterday. He has been on the road for three months, touring with CATS. Yes, CATS. This delights me in ways that I cannot possibly explain, but I am thinking that perhaps
- Journal post from 02/19: Not As Fun As Zork It amazes me how much San Francisco is like an Infocom text adventure. Before doing anything, you have to collect an assortment of random items and present them in the proper order. To get the items you need, you have to collect other items from other tasks. This is unpleasant for me in the extreme.
- Journal post from 02/08: Days Less Super We have access to a giant roof deck from our apartment here in San Francisco. I can crawl out of one of of my dozen or so windows onto the flat, gravel covered roof that could easily hold 80 of my close friends. From the edge of the roof, I can see the bay to the East, and the Mission to the West. My neighbors have access as well, but only through one tiny window in their living room. It is quite an amazing thing to have access to.
- Journal post from 02/02:
17 years ago: Posts from February, 2000
- Journal post from 02/02:
- Journal post from 02/22:
- Journal post from 02/15:
18 years ago: Posts from February, 1999
- Journal post from 02/26: in which he is cheesey.
- Journal post from 02/16: in which he does a lot of things.
- Journal post from 02/25: in which he's better.
- Journal post from 02/04: in which he dreams
- Journal post from 02/19: in which he gets perturbed.
- Journal post from 02/22: in which he has a busy weekend.
- Journal post from 02/24: in which he's sick