Now I Don’t Need To Write This Myself.

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.- Mat Honan

This my response to OccupyWallStreet.

I’ve got three kids. A house in the burbs. Working for myself.

And not that long ago, society, and my student loan provider said, “we don’t believe in you.”

Even then I had no idea what that meant.

Today, I don’t have time to camp out in a public park – I’ve got work to do.

For the Win?

Back at the beginning of my career, my then creative director decided the best way to bring in new business to our nascent agency was to win design awards.

Not knowing any better – we all cheered and put our collective nose to the grindstone. Developing the concept, the interactions, the flow, all for a award-winning, self-promotion piece. I was responsible for programming the Director-based CD-ROM (yes, that’s how long ago it was). Once we all sufficiently tested the CD-ROM, it was duplicated and entered.

And, to all but our creative director’s surprise – the piece was included in the design annual (‘bronze’ or ‘notable mention’ or something like that). Yet – the phones didn’t start ringing and the desperately-needed new business didn’t materialize. I left about 6 months later. Then the creative director left. The shop itself folded by year’s end.

Remembering that project brings a stale and empty taste to my mouth. Like finding out a joke you’ve been retelling was offensive. It changed how I measure winning and the types of projects I take on.

To this day – it pains me to see so many professionals distracting themselves with contests rather than the hard work of making something meaningful that lasts.

Extracting iCalendar feeds from embedded Google calendars

This is an update to John Utell’s 2009 post with the same title.

If the Google embedded Calendar URL something like:
https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=GOOGLE-USERNAME%40gmail.com&ctz=America%2FChicago%22&mode=week….

The iCal feed is
https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/GOOGLE-USERNAME%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics

Now you know.

(It should be – https://www.google.com/calendar/GOOGLE-USERNAME%40gmail.com – If only Google cared about good URL design)

Tracking you like it’s going out of style

“This means that Twitter has the ability to even track surfing habits (on Tweet button enabled websites) of users that have no Twitter account and have never visited a Twitter website before. When using the same browser to create an account at Twitter afterwards this collected data of the past can theoretically be linked to the freshly created profile then.” – Christian Schneider

  1. Read the whole thing.
  2. Delete your cookies
  3. Tell your browser to refuse cookies
  4. Tell your favorite website publishers you resent being opt-ed into multiple third-party behavior tracking programs without a way to opt-out.