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Ask!

by Geoff DiMasi

This morning my barista asked me if I enjoyed my cappuccino. I responded in the affirmative, and then I asked him if anyone ever told him that they didn't like their cappuccino. He said that people…
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Open Call for Critical Models

by Rick Banister

A few reasons why I don't interact with contemporary art criticism: A lot of it sucks. To be more specific, a lot of it is self-serving. A lot of it has agenda of a White House…

Google, I love you but you're killing the vibe

by Thomas Boutell

Once upon a time there was a web site. And the web site offered filters. And lo, the filters were good. They let you browse for events at Brasils Nightclub. Or classes featuring Darlin Garcia. Or DJ…

IDES 322: Intellectual Property

by Alex Gilbert

Last week, everyone was assigned the task of shooting some photography, uploading it, and tagging it on Flickr. We've been keeping our eyes on the results of this assignment. We have also collected (almost) everybody's services…

Same Old Tom, Progressively Enhanced

by Thomas Boutell

Last week I announced a progressive enhancement script for select elements in web pages. At the time, I didn't know "progressive enhancement" was the proper buzzword for what I'd written. This is one of my pet peeves:…

Joy

by Geoff DiMasi

I have been reading Clay Shirky's new book, Here Comes Everybody. The early chapters talk a lot about how new web tools are lowering the cost for self-organization. As a result, we are able to solve…
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Noise Appreciation with John and Rick

by Rick Banister

Last Saturday John and I saw Thurston Moore and Mats Gustafsson at the International House at 37th and Chestnut. Thurston is obviously most well known for his involvement in Sonic Youth, but has also spent the better…

IDES 322: Self Organization

by Alex Gilbert

In the last class, we laid out the spirit of this course. This week our section overlaps with the Junto, so we're trying to tie some new themes together here. The assigned readings should have served…

pkMultipleSelect: a better HTML multiple select element

by Thomas Boutell

We've all been there (okay, the web designers have all been there): the client wants an interface that lets them pick more than one item from a list and submit them as part of a form. And…
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The Great Cornice Project

by Geoff DiMasi

Cornices were originally created to help keep rainwater away from the building and as a structural element. I find them very beautiful and one of the rewards of looking up in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, many of these…
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Junto: Rethinking the Library

by Geoff DiMasi

Please join us on February 5th at 6pm for the Junto. This month we will be discussing the evolving role of the library. We have assembled a great panel to help lead this discussion. Jim Pecora…
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I'm not popular, just popular-curious

by Rick Banister

The notion of popularity used to be a hierarchical, fascistic one. Stereotypes were developed and fine-tuned in popular culture and broadcast media. We then absorbed them and the privileged among us went to the mall to buy…
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monome moves up

by Alex Gilbert

Today our friends at monome finally moved from Philadelphia to the Catskills. When first heard about the interfaces monome creates, I assumed they were in a city like New York or Berlin. It was a great…
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Exactly when is it time to be awesome?

by Thomas Boutell

If not now, then when? If not today... Ah, but hold your horses there pardner. Back in the day, you did the same darn thing over and over. That was before you knew better. Back when you…
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Separation of Work & Home

by Geoff DiMasi

For about 6 years I lived next door to P'unk Avenue. A few weeks ago, I moved to Collingswood, NJ. It is fresh enough that my daughter still refers to the place I work as "next…
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Fun with Contextual Semantics

by Rick Banister

So, the tricky people that defined the word semantics thought they could keep things simple by limiting its definition to the study of the literal meaning of words, leaving the interpretation of figurative meaning up to…

IDES 322: Techniques Studio

by Alex Gilbert

"Creativity is as important as literacy." - Sir Ken Robinson Today marks the first day of a new project that all of us are very excited about. The five of us will be collaboratively teaching a…
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Bike Business

by Geoff DiMasi

Today I looked out our window and saw someone delivering Grid, a new magazine about sustainablity in Philadelphia. It spurred me to write about some ideas that I care about. If you know me, you know…

Producer, consumer, dancer

by Thomas Boutell

Human intelligence didn't evolve just to bring down woolly mammoths with engineered weapons and clever tactics. It also evolved to impress da wimminz (and da menz). Entertaining people, clever people, are people we want to be around.…
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Going Out To Dinner

by John Benson

When is it too much? anniversaries, tuesdays, wednesdays, mother's day, divorces, first dates, second dates, thirthieth dates, revenge dates, instead of grocery shopping, for fun, laziness, the experience, for the love of poached eggs, for the love…