Jeff Rock: Wii + U →
Wii U and the importance of non-complacent design.
The Elixr Blog: Elixr 1.0.2 Now Available The 1.0.2 version of the Elixr app is now available. Improvements since our 1.0 release include: Username autocomplete (as shown in video). Just start typing the ‘@’ character in any text field and we’ll figure out who you’re trying to mention. New activity notification. The account icon will pulse briefly when you have new followers, comments, or...
Jeff Rock: Tumblr Play →
Before Twitter #music, there was Tumblr Play.
Jeff Rock: The New $100 →
In short: woof.
Jeff Rock: Improving on the Silence →
Silent contemplation can be a powerful thing.
Moving In →
A few thoughts on abandoned blogs and how the apps that we use are like second homes.
Elixr for iPhone
parislemon: A fun, well-made app for recording and rating what you’re drinking. I’ve been testing it out for a few weeks and I’d love to see something like this take off because the data could be extremely useful at scale (not just for individual drinks, but for bars overall). We were so busy launching and tuning Elixr that I almost forgot to tell you guys about it! The...
On iPad "mini" Pricing →
The short of it: I’ve changed jeffrock.com over to a statically-generated, self-hosted, responsive, high-resolution design where I’m going to do more long-form blogging, but I’m not deleting my Tumblr account and I’m keeping all my posts up to this point right here. Come check it out already!
Randall Munroe: The lesson: If the optimist says the glass is half full, and the pessimist says the glass is half empty, the physicist ducks. ‘What If’ is a new blog by Randall Munroe, the author of XKCD, that explores theoretical physics via simple questions like “what if a glass of water was, all of a sudden, literally half empty?” or “how much Force power...
What They Don't Tell You About Public Speaking
Zach Holman: I’d read all the blog posts and heard all of the advice: slow down, speak loudly, tell a story. But goddamn, no one told me I’d have to put my laptop down on the ground twenty feet away behind a couch because that’s the only place the projector’s VGA cable would reach. Rule #1: Always bring your own equipment, even if it’s just a backup. Assume the venue is full of...
Creating The Carousel Icon
I thought I’d wrap up Carousel’s anniversary week with a post about creating the icon. It was definitely one of the highlights of working on Carousel over the past year. It was important to me that the icon feel at home on the Dock next to icons I appreciated and used every day. At the time there was a string of games that were iOS ports popping up in the Mac App Store. The icons for...
Why Nikola Tesla Was The Greatest Geek Who Ever... →
The Oatmeal: Over one hundred years ago, a Serbian-American inventor by the name of Nikola Tesla started fixing things that weren’t broken. In a time when the majority of the world was still lit by candle power, an electrical system known as alternating current was invented and to this day is what powers every home on the planet. Unquestionably the best thing posted on the...
Carousel: One Year Later
Well, that was fast. Roughly one year ago Mobelux launched Carousel. It was a fairly simple idea. Make a straight-forward, simple way to view Instagram on the desktop throughout the day. This post is a retrospective of the process involved in shipping that app. Here’s a very early (and rough) look at the original concept I threw together on a lazy Sunday in March, 2011. While...
RVA Hackathon →
The Mobelux Blog: No theme. No contests. 24 hours to make cool stuff with smart people. We’re super-excited to announce RVA Hackathon, a free event for developers and designers on April 20-21 at Corrugated Box. We’ve been toying with the idea of throwing a hackathon for a while now, but we didn’t want to create something with prizes, judges, themes and agendas getting in...
Neil deGrasse Tyson: How Space Exploration Can...
Tyson in an interview with The Atlantic: All the adults are saying, ‘We need to improve science in the world. Let’s train the kids.’ I’ve never heard an adult say, ‘We need more science in the world. Train me. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a national treasure.
Stealing Your Address Book
John Gruber in response to Dustin Curtis: I understand that Apple doesn’t want us to be badgered by too many permission-granting alerts, but address book data is sensitive enough to warrant it, in my opinion. Why not treat it like they do location data? It may seem like a gaffe on Apple’s part at first glance, but I think it’s because address book upload is an edge case that...
Arguments Against Using Facebook Connect as Your... →
Buzz Anderson, commenting on Bijan Sabet’s post: For the (I suspect rapidly growing) portion of us who only grudgingly maintain any sort of Facebook presence, it’s like asking us to reaffirm our commitment to a religion before being allowed to eat in your restaurant. I wholeheartedly agree with this, but it’s not the thing that bothers me the most about Facebook-based...
Help Me Settle a Crucial Argument
Do you like black licorice?
I'll tell you why movie revenue is dropping...
Roger Ebert: The theater experience. Moviegoers above 30 are weary of noisy fanboys and girls. The annoyance of talkers has been joined by the plague of cell-phone users, whose bright screens are a distraction. Worse, some texting addicts get mad when told they can’t use their cell phones. Maybe I am getting old, but I can’t stomach the experience anymore. It’s the number...
The Short Order: Richmond →
Newest entry in the GQ Short Order series with the Chef/owner of Comfort, Jason Alley. All these places are a great meal if you live in RVA or are just passing through. The few places I haven’t been to in this article are now officially on my short list.