Posted on Dec 13, 2011

Brad Frost: The Mobile Case for Progressive Enhancement

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Wise thoughts from Brad Frost:

Jack Bishop and I gave a presentation at BK.js a few weeks ago about progressive enhancement for the mobile web (thanks Marco Carag!) During the Q&A, someone asked “With all this diversity and inconsistent/shaky support for this Javascript for mobile browsers, why don’t we just rely more on HTML?” EXACTLY. Yet it was asked as a question. There’s a mentality that in order to do create functional experiences in the browser, especially for mobile, you need to use some hardcore JS framework, rewrite the scrolling logic, add a bunch of interstitial animations, create overlays and add swipes. I have nothing against frameworks or these techniques, but for whatever reason people think they’re a prerequisite for creating mobile web experiences. They’re not.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011

Louis C.K. Can’t Stop the Pirates

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Via GigaOM, an explanation of Louis C.K.’s novel idea:

With the release of his latest standup special Live at the Beacon Theater, comedian Louis C.K. went straight to his core audience with a cheap, easy-to-stream and easy-to-download distribution strategy. He asked interested viewers to pay just $5 via PayPal and in exchange they were given access to two streams of the show and two downloads of the show.

I hope this works out for him (and I’d like to see others try it is he is successful).

Posted on Dec 11, 2011

The Big Payback

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Boing Boing: Congressional staffers behind SOPA get shiny new jobs as entertainment industry lobbyists http://goo.gl/mag/bVxEH

Posted on Dec 9, 2011

Posted on Jul 1, 2011

Rediscovered Treasure: Todd Rundgren – Hammer In My Heart

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Work is done for the day, laundry has been started, and the dogs are asleep. I took a few moments to work on a recently digitized Todd Rundgren show from January 20, 1988 in Tokyo. He’s a one-man band in this show, performing with a rack of sequencers and computers. I saw him do a similar show in Chicago around this time, and it was quite a bit of fun.

Here’s a guitar-only version of Hammer In My Heart.

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