Hello—I'm Kyle Dreger, and I work for Patriot Software. This column covers design, gadgets I can afford, and whatever interesting things my brother texts me.

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TextEdit

Can we take a moment to thank the folks at Apple for TextEdit? I’m serious. There is no shortage of text editors for OS X, yet I find myself continually coming back to TextEdit. It’s fast, simple, open source [1], and every Mac has a c...

100 words on design, 003

Users like to know that they’re using a product correctly. Knowing this, designers will often use small visual cues to help reaffirm the intended use of their product. But what about for apps that can be used in many different ways? Perisco...

100 words on design, 002

Bias is the preference of one thing over another. It’s the reason some people use iOS and others Android. It’s why I favor buying certain types of shoes, and it even influences what I order when we’re out for ice cream. Recogniz...

100 words on design, 001

I’m stealing this “100 words” exercise from Jeremy Keith. It’s a fantastic idea, and as Mr. Keith says, “when it comes to writing, there are no shortcuts.” I also believe that writing can be a great way to lear...

Homescreen for October 2015

Folders on top. Alphabetize everything. Never have four apps in the dock. Grab the wallpaper from Unsplash.

Two thoughts and an idea for Work in Progress

I’ve been watching a lot of Work in Progress (WIP), an informal video series about product design by Jason Fried, of Basecamp, and Nate Kontny, of Highrise. It’s been a lot of fun, and I encourage you to check out their YouTube channel...

iA Writer 3.0

iA: If you came here to read about ground-breaking new features, we have to apologize: iA Writer has not become bigger. It has become lighter, smarter, more refined. What a great way to phrase the changes in this update. It’s refreshing to...

Sidebar design

I’m designing a sidebar for a web application, which has a typical header-sidebar-content layout. The header holds the main navigation, the content area has content, but the sidebar has a lot more: Two primary action buttons (think “...

My next Three Books

I recently had the opportunity to pick up three books that I had been meaning to buy. I’ve rented and borrowed copies of these titles before, but I’m happy to finally own them for myself: The New York Times Manual of Style — If ...

Wabi-sabi

Through an odd series of events, which I will expand on another time, I went from owning an iPhone 5s to an iPhone 6 to my current iPhone 5. Before this rapid iPhone transition, I had stayed on the near-cutting edge of iPhone releases. I liked ow...

Budgeting

At its core, budgeting is setting aside money from each paycheck to go towards a specific goal or category of expenses. That’s it. You get paid, you give those dollars a job, and then you only spend whatever you have saved for a particular c...

Design Principles

Jeremy Keith has collected an impressive list of design manifestos and principles, regarding both digital and anlogue design, from a number of different companies and notable individuals. I like seeing how others prioritize different aspects of de...

Chris Bowler on Mindfulness and Quality

Chris Bowler: When we buy stuff, the end result is we have to take care of it. Store it. Clean it. Back it up. The more stuff we have, the more work is involved and the more stressed we can become because of it. This fact is magnified when the st...

Seth Godin on Writing

Seth Godin: Our culture celebrates athletes that shape their bodies, and chieftains who build organizations. Lesser known, but more available, is the ability to work on our words until they succeed in transmitting our ideas and causing action. H...

Video of the New Tesla D, Zero to 60 in 3.2

No shifting of gears, just pure acceleration. Listen to the audio in the video; it sounds like a rocket ship. A $120 thousand rocket ship, anyhow. I would love to own an electric vehicle one day; I think they’re the future of transportation...

Empire's Definitive History of The West Wing

Empire has a great collection of interviews and photographs from The West Wing. I particularly liked this little bit from Martin Sheen, talking about creator Aaron Sorkin: SHEEN: Aaron’s very sticky about using precise language. It’s ...

The Newsprint's Review of Vesper

I had been meaning to point out Joshua Ginter’s review format for a while now. Weaving real-world images with screenshots of Vesper (screenshots, which are framed in simple, color-aware containers), Mr. Ginter’s review style is one of ...

The Serial Podcast

A new podcast, from the folks at This American Life: Their relationship began like a storybook high-school romance: a prom date, love notes, sneaking off to be alone. But unlike other kids at school, they had to keep their dating secret, because ...

AIs Are Re-Writing History

Rob Smith: And I’m sure, at some point in the not to distant future, a jury will be shown a photo that was altered without a single human being involved, without a trace of awareness by the prosecution, defence, judge, accused, or victim. And the...

The Adaptive Tab Bar

Interesting user interface concept from the folks at Ramotion. The longer you use an application, the simpler its interface becomes. I like the idea, but I really hope designers don’t go wild with this concept. Progressive reduction can be ...

Rovio to Lose Some of Its Flock

Sad news from Re/code, reporting on a story by Reuters: Finnish mobile games maker Rovio, owner of the Angry Birds brand, plans to cut up to 130 jobs in Finland, or 16 percent of its workforce, saying growth has not been as strong as expected and...

Chromebooks Selling Well in Education

Mark Hearn, writing for 9to5Google: During its Atmosphere Live event, Google’s Sundar Pichai announced that the company’s Drive cloud storage platform has over 240 million active users, up 190 from million since June. The Google executive also re...

Reducing Cognitive Friction

Shawn Blanc: Computers are great at doing the boring, automated stuff we don’t like to do. So why not automate common tasks (like performing backups of your computer), pre-make decisions for your computer to carry out on your behalf (such as auto...

How to Be Right Most of the Time

Jason Fried, writing about Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos: He’s [Bezos'] observed that the smartest people are constantly revising their understanding, reconsidering a problem they thought they’d already solved. They’re open to new points of view, new in...

Pebble Watch

Fun, clever, and cheery.

Austin Mann Takes the iPhones 6 to Iceland

Say whatever you will about speed, memory, apps, pixel density, weight, thickness, latency, materials, battery, LTE, NFC, Wi-fi, and cloud integration, but if the camera sucks, then — for me — so does the phone. The iPhones 6 camera d...

The Ikea bookbook

Ikea, six days before Apple’s September event, released a clever, short video, introducing the Ikea bookbook. From the video description: At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with ...

London Cabbies Don't Need GPS

Roff Smith, writing for National Geographic, in an excellent feature about a test that all London cabbies have to pass. It’s a long read, but the whole thing is incredibly fascinating: To qualify for that elusive green badge, you need to le...

Apple Information Privacy

Apple: We publish all request data permitted by law, but we believe our customers deserve to know more about what their governments and law enforcement agencies are requesting. We are actively engaged with the White House, as well as policymakers...

iPhone Pre-Orders Top 4 Million in 24 Hours

Apple PR: Apple today announced a record number of first day pre-orders of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, with over four million in the first 24 hours. Demand for the new iPhones exceeds the initial pre-or...

Mojosoft

Microsoft has acquired Mojang, the company behind Minecraft: The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more. Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobi...

Lionel Messi's Improbability

If you love football, statistics, and graphs, do I have something for you. Benjamin Morris, writing for FiveThirtyEight, analyzes the astonishing career, and numbers, of Lionel Messi: In other words, if Barca-Messi and Argentina-Messi were two di...

The Wrong Dictionary

James Somers: [In a dictionary], words are boiled to their essence. But that essence is dry, functional, almost bureaucratically sapped of color or pop, like high modernist architecture. Which trains you to think of the dictionary as a utility, n...

Your Porch, Our Street

Frank Chimero: Here’s the frustration: if you’ve been on Twitter a while, it’s changed out from under you. Christopher Alexander made a great diagram, a spectrum of privacy: street to sidewalk to porch to living room to bedroom. I think for many ...

Clymer on the Apple Watch

Benjamin Clymer is the founder and editor of Hodinkee, a well-respected voice in the field of wristwatches. I’m new to Hodinkee, but it seems I’m late to the party. The New York Times called Mr. Clymer “the high priest of horolog...

Building 3D with Ikea

Kirsty Parkin, writing for CGSociety.org: Today, around 75% of all IKEA’s product images are CG, and they have a ‘bank’ of about 25,000 models. “These are all created at a ridiculously high resolution,” explains Martin, “We rend...

Pleasant Font Pairings

I have been working with lots of web typography lately. However, although there is no shortage of web fonts available, I sometimes find it difficult identify nice font pairs. Thankfully, the likes of Femmebot, Typekit, and Daniel Eden have helped...

Margins

Hello, again. Craig Mod, in a beautifully-written piece: Reach for a book. The dedication and earnestness of those who made it is revealed immediately in the margins. If the margins feel questionable, be suspicious. Other corners were likely cut....

Daily Routines of Creative People

Fascinating.

My Mom's Motorcycle

Douglas Gautraud: This is a short film about how my mom became the owner of a motorcycle for the My Rode Reel competition. More deeply it is about how people use objects to connect with times, ideas, and people. Polished, funny, and creative non...

The Past 80 Years of World Cup Ticket Design

Both the 1958 (Sweeden) and 1966 (England) designs are fantastic. If I had to pick one, it would be Sweeden’s for the great serif numerals.

Animagraffs; Not Your Average Gif

Truly incredible animations of complex mechanisms by Jacob O'Neal.

Buckeye Boys State 2014

If it’s been quiet around here, it’s because I’ve been gone for about a 10 days. However, in my rush to leave, I forgot to leave a notice — I apologize. Every year, I have the opportunity to work with some of the most incr...

WWDC 2014

After today’s WWDC keynote, I need a week or so to absorb everything I just saw. Apple always puts on a great presentation, but they were in rare form this morning. A lot of the praise has to go to Craig Federighi (SVP of Software Engineerin...

Synthesis: Apple Acquires Beats Music and Beats Electronics

Note: a “synthesis” is a post that is designed to provide the best of multiple perspectives on a given, noteworthy, event. Hopefully this format offers a good synopsis of the news, provides reliables sources for further research, and s...

Coca-Cola Presents: The Friendly Twist

Coca-Cola made bottles that require two bottles to open. I’m not a big pop drinker, but this video from might be one of the coolest (and quirkiest) things I’ve seen from a soft-drink company.

Vesper Sync

John Gruber, writing over on the Vesper blog, announcing Vesper 2.0 with Vesper Syncing: There is no charge. No subscription. You just create an account using your email address as your identity and it works. Vesper remains my note-taking app of...

iMessage Woes Continue

Over at Re/code, Ina Fried sheds some more light on that nasty bug in iMessage: iMessage relies on Apple’s messaging system to intercept a text message sent to another iOS device and re-routes it through its servers rather than sending it via the...

The Hidden Beauty of Airport Runways

Fascinating article on the work of Lauren O’Neil, a Brooklyn-based designer who uses Google Earth to capture images of airport runway layouts. Joseph Flaherty, writing for WIRED: O'Neil turns those strictures [airport runways] into art, with the ...

1Password 4 for Android Arriving June 10

Good news for Android users. David Chartier: All new features will be unlocked and free for everyone to use through August 1, 2014. After that, 1Password 4 for Android will go into a reader mode, and all features can be unlocked for an in-app pur...

Better to Rent or Buy?

Aimed at those who are looking to invest in a house, the New York Times has updated their fantastic “Rent or Buy” calculator. Not only is the new version more sophisticated (with over 20 different variables you can adjust), but it is a...

Doug Bowman (@stop) to Leave Twitter

Doug Bowman, Twitter’s Creative Director for the past five years, is leaving the company: It’s a cliché in our tech industry that companies and founders start with a vision that includes the grandiose notion of changing the world. What Twit...

Voice and Tone

The rhetorical style guide for the writers at digital-newsletter company, MailChimp: Before you write content for MailChimp, it’s important to think about our readers. Though our voice doesn’t change, our tone adapts to our users’ feelings. Even...

'iMessage Purgatory'

Adam Pash: I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I’d receive nothing, and they’d ge...

Yours Truly, Speaking at Mount Union's Graduation

Three days ago, I graduated from the University of Mount Union. As the president of the Class of 2014, I had the distinct pleasure of giving the closing speech for our graduation ceremony, and the response has been overwhelming. To all those who r...

Commencement

“Lifelong Learners,” delivered by Kyle Quinn Dreger on May 10, 2014, at the University of Mount Union. Video recording is also available. Welcome Hello everyone, and thank you for coming today. Before we begin, I want to thank Dr. an...

Whitney

Avenir Next has long been my typeface of choice for kyledreger.com. However, Avenir Next only comes pre-installed on OS X machines, which means that I had to fallback to system fonts for my Windows readers. As I was working on a typographical ref...

The Cramped

Patrick Rhone, one of my favorite online writers, just started a new site called The Cramped: If you are the sort of person who appreciates nice paper, a decent pen, a well-crafted notebook, a solid pencil, writing and receiving handwritten corre...

What's in a Single Drop of Seawater

I could spend hours looking at things through a microscope.

Better Excerpts in RSS

If you use my RSS feed to subscribe to the site, you should begin to see a small change I implemented this week. Basically, I’ve added a small link (this little icon: ✖) to the bottom of all excerpt posts, which points back to the RSS...

Exams

Due to exams and the impending graduation speech I need to finish, KDHQ will be on hiatus the remainder of this week. Feel free to browse the archives, and don’t hesitate to shoot me any questions or comments via email and Twitter. Thanks fo...

John Mayer: Someday I'll Fly

Eastwood Allen: Someday I’ll Fly chronicles the musical evolution of one of the most influential solo artists of his generation. Featuring rare demos, interviews and live performances; it is told in it’s entirety from Mayer’s pe...

Skype Makes Group Video Calling Free

Phillip Snalune, writing on the Skype company blog: For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making group video c...

The New Underdog

Dave Wiskus, an iOS developer, writing about his experience at the 2014 Microsoft Build conference: When I say that walking around the floor of Microsoft’s Build conference was weird, I don’t mean that from the perspective of an iOS designer who ...

'Design is about solving problems that humans have, not problems that products have'

Mills Baker: And if our best designers, ensconced in their labs with world-class teams, cannot reliably produce successful products, we should admit to ourselves that perhaps so-called “design science” remains much less developed than computer sc...

1Password 4.5 Released for iOS

Quite easily the best $18 (currently on sale for $9) you can spend on the App Store, and it’s one of my must-have apps. If you are interested in seeing what password management is all about, Robert McGinley Myers, writing for The Sweet Setu...

GORUCK GR1

It’s now been a year and a half since I first received my GORUCK GR1 rucksack. Unlike an app or new piece of technology, a bag like this needs months of thorough use before a true opinion can be formed. However, I don’t want this...

Apple OS X Beta Program

Apple: The OS X Beta Seed Program gives users the opportunity to run pre-release software. Test-drive beta software and provide quality and usability feedback that will help make OS X even better. This is pretty big news. Before today, you had t...

Giving up 30% to Sell In-App iOS Subscriptions

Peter Kafka, writing for Re/code: Beats updated its iPhone app today, and now lets users subscribe to the $10 a month service from within the app, using iTunes' billing system. That means Beats, and the music labels that license their stuff to th...

Happy Easter!

Just a small note: KDHQ will be shutting down this Saturday and Sunday in celebration of the Easter weekend. Posting will resume on Monday. A happy Easter to all my readers and their families. Enjoy the weekend, and God bless!

Facebook Launches "Nearby Friends"

Very similar to Apple’s Find My Friends app, but powered by your existing Facebook network. The feature is explicitly opt-in, which should help placate some of the, inevitable, privacy-focused backlash.

Creating Better Passwords

Jesse Gardner has a brilliant way to give each of your sites a unique, yet memorable, password. He does this by starting with a common “key” phrase or password, and then changing that key, based on the site it is being used for: The b...

The Amazon Smartphone

Zach Epstein, writing for BGR (yup, that BGR): The main rear camera is thought to feature a resolution of 13 megapixels, and the phone also includes a standard front-facing camera for video chats as well as Amazon’s Mayday customer service featur...

Tips for Mobile Design

A collection of usability and user experience tweets from design veteran, Luke Wroblewski. If you design for mobile screens, check these out.

Mac Desks

You’ll want to rearrange your workspace after seeing these.

The Next America

Paul Taylor, writing for the Pew Research Center: At a time when young and old don’t look alike, think alike or vote alike, how will America modernize its entitlement programs so they’re in sync with its new demographics? How can we keep fa...

Jeff Bezos will Pay You $5k to Quit Working at Amazon

Jeff Bezos, in his annual letter to shareholders of Amazon: [The program] is called Pay to Quit. It was invented by the clever people at Zappos, and the Amazon fulfillment centers have been iterating on it. Pay to Quit is pretty simple. Once a ye...

Reeder 2 for Mac Beta

I’ve been a long-time fan of Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder 2 for iOS. Reeder is an excellent RSS client, and it remains my preferred way to consume news feeds on the go. Earlier today, Rizzi announced a public beta of Reeder 2 for Mac. Anyone...

A Look at Firefox OS 2.0

Change the typeface from Fira Sans to Helvetica Neue, and tell me what OS this looks like.

Solving iOS Battery Drain

Scotty Loveless, a former Apple Store Genius, has compiled a thorough list of things you can do to test, and increase, the battery life of your iOS devices. This part gave me a good chuckle: What most people tell you is that closing your apps wil...

Grocery Shopping from Home

Amazon Dash is a new device that lets you scan the barcode on household items and have them added to your online Amazon.com or AmazonFresh shopping cart. The idea is that, as you are running low, you scan your cereal, milk, and paper towels &mdash...

Practical Advice for Traveling

Great stuff by Michael Lopp on being efficient and smart when traveling. As I get closer to my honeymoon, we’re going out of country, I’ve been eating these types of articles up.

Apple WWDC Set for June 2

Exciting news. Returning to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, tickets to the week-long conference cost $1,599 a pop. In the past, attendance has been around 5,000. One big change from last year: instead of first-come-first-serve, tickets to th...

Where Every Story Looks the Same

The trend towards big and beautiful online article design is becoming more common. This past year, the New York Times went through a large redesign, focusing on bigger type and giving every article a command of the page. Just this last month, Time...

Scratch-Off Media

Chris Bowler, with some thoughtful reflection on the effects of getting everything in real time: But the real problem here is not the technology itself, but our perception of value. We’ve elevated the mundane to the top of our priority list...

Out of Office

Due to unforeseeable internet conditions over the next few days, I’m putting KDHQ on break for March 27 through March 30. At 8am tomorrow, I leave with a group of students to attend the East Central Writing Centers Association’s annua...

HTC Releases the HTC One (M8)

A larger, faster, and longer-lasting version of the original HTC One. David Pierce, writing for The Verge, has a lot of really good things to say about HTC’s newest model, and it seems that this iteration fixes most of the issues that users...

Facebook Acquires Oculus VR

To the tune of $2 billion, Facebook has acquired virtual reality and headset maker, Oculus VR. From the Facebook Newsroom: Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive vir...

A Note on Touch

Touch is a fundamental part of how humans build relationships. We hug, we shake hands, we high-five. Touch is one of the most intimate ways to build a relationship that we know. When Apple made interaction with your device exclusive to the touch o...

'Dumb'

Shawn Blanc, on the recent news regarding smartwatches: So often I’d be standing in line at the grocery store and I’d pull out my iPhone to see what time it was. Then, out of sheer habit, I’d swipe to unlock and the next thing y...

Arms Race

Just last month, at the Mobile World Conference, Samsung revealed the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, two new devices based off their original Gear smartwatch that had launched last summer. Notably, Samsung’s latest iterations will no longer use Andr...

A $19 Billion Partnership

Interesting choice of words from WhatsApp founder Jan Koum on the company’s blog: If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it. Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us ...

Big Cartel Guides

Big Cartel, the makers of a customizable online store for your creative goods, has a delightful micro-site that features small guides filled with “Practical advice for everything you may encounter throughout your life as an artist and entrep...

Facebook Plans to Introduce Auto-Playing Video

Emil Protalinski, writing for The Next Web: Facebook today introduced 15-second video ads, which will start playing without sound as they appear on screen and stop if you scroll past. If you tap the video, it will expand into a full-screen view w...

GoDaddy to File for IPO

Telis Demos and Mike Spector for the Wall Street Journal, reporting on the possibility of a GoDaddy IPO coming later this year: The Scottsdale, Ariz., company, which provides domain-name registration and website-hosting services to more than 12 m...

Dear Ms. Tina Brown

I tried to sending the following message through the Tina Brown Media contact form, but the message wouldn’t send (I assume it was exceeding the server’s maximum number of allowed characters). Nonetheless, the remarks I am addressing t...

Two-Thousand Forty-Eight

2048 is a new free, web-based game that mimics the gameplay of the popular iOS game, Threes! The same tile-mashing rules apply — only tiles of the same value can be combined — but 2048 changes the way that tiles move. Specifically, mo...

Looping with Liquid

In my podcast.xml file, I have a loop that goes through all my posts and identifies which ones are episodes of The Log: for post in site.posts limit:10 if post.layout == 'post-log' # Do cool loopy stuff This was working great, but...

Some News from this Week

This past week, my school has been on spring break. I’ve been catching up on the news whenever I get a chance, but haven’t had a chance to do much writing. Nonetheless, here are some of the more choice news stories you should check out...

The Age of Mobile

Om Malik, the founder of Gigaom, put together some truly awesome charts that help illustrate, and give context to, the meteoric rise of WhatsApp: These charts show that not only WhatsApp is different, but it is exceptional and did well to capture...

Frank Chimero's New Personal Website

Frank Chimero, one of the veterans of web design and a personal hero of mine, just took the wraps off his new website: So, here we are: aesthetics, content, and purpose all lined up. Make it colorful, make it boxy, make it a little cluttered. Fil...

Mechanical Keyboards

Ah, keyboards. They are the most intimate form of connection we have with our computers. However, for the past couple years, I have given little thought to what actually goes into making a good keyboard. Aside from the built-in keyboard on my lap...

Some More Details on Touch ID's Security

For the typical consumer, Apple has not gone too far in explaining the details behind Touch ID’s security. We know that your fingerprint data never leaves the Secure Enclave (a small, physical chip embedded on the processor), and that applic...

GitHub's New Text Editor: Atom

I’m in my text editor all day. So when a new player enters the field, I take notice and evaluate what it brings to the table over my current setup. Today, GitHub, the social code-sharing website, announced the arrival of Atom.io — a te...

So You Need a Typeface

Using Julian Hansen’s famous typeface-related poster as a starting point, Ian Li built an interactive version that retains the same charm as the original. I like Li’s version (it’s certainly easier to navigate), but Hansen&rsquo...

Podcasting Diaries, Part 2

Now that The Log is officially up and running, I wanted to add another post to my series on things I have learned behind the mic. The audience I am not the best show host quite yet. Although not yet published, I have recorded a couple of 30+ min...

The Log Podcast

Last night, I flipped the switch on my latest project, The Log Podcast [1]. I really can’t tell you just how excited I am to launch this. Not only has daily readership of the site reached a point where I’m comfortable to start branchi...

The Nifty MiniDrive

The Nifty MiniDrive is a new, 64GB SD card available for the Macbook. Although there is no shortage of SD cards available on Amazon [affiliate link], the MiniDrive is shorter than a standard SD card, which means that, once inserted, it will remain...

Microsoft Employee Badge Redesign

Ahmet Alp Balkan recently posted his redesign of Microsoft’s employee badge or “Blue Badge.” Balkan: It’s over a year Microsoft has started to rebrand itself, starting from its logo to a brand new looking OS, from campus shuttle...

My Presentation on Mobile Applications

Update: The Alliance Review has posted the online version of the article that covered my presentation. Whew, last week was packed for me. If you noticed the irregular publishing schedule, I apologize. Let me show you what took up most of my time....

Goodbye, Editorially

Editorially, the collaborative online writing application, is shutting down on May 30. From their Goodbye post: We’re proud of the team and tool that we built together and incredibly thankful that so many of you were willing to give it a try. And...

The World Press Photo Awards

5,754 photographers, from 132 nationalities, took over 98,000 photographs for the 57th World Press Photo Contest. Striking, raw looks at humanity.

Hemingway: Write Bold and Clear

Hemingway, developed by Adam and Ben Long, is a small website where you can have your text analyzed against a variety of clarity-focused metrics. From the home page: Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yel...

InstantClick.js

Incredibly smart JavaScript library from Alex Dieulot that uses the HTML5 pushState() spec to pre-load whichever link a user is currently hovering over. From the InstantClick homepage: Latency is inevitable with today’s internet architecture so I...

Sleep and Winding Down

Tony Schwartz, writing for the Harvard Business Review: There is no single behavioral change we’ve seen in our work with thousands of executives that more quickly and powerfully influences mood, focus, and productivity than a full night’s sleep. ...

Threes!

New math-based iOS game from the creators of Ridiculous Fishing, Greg Wohlwend and Asher Vollmer. Blending math and strategy, Threes! looks incredibly addicting. If you are more of a visual person, I found the trailer does a great job of explainin...

Life is a Game

Oliver Emberton on his personal blog: You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources. Most importantl...

Podcasting Diaries, Part 1

One of my goals for this semester is to start a small podcast. I have always loved public speaking, and I truly enjoy finding the stories of other people. Hopefully this will give me the chance to do just that. After buying an awesome microphone ...

Reporter for iPhone Released

Earlier this morning, Reporter for iPhone was officially released on the App Store. Reporter, the brainchild of data-analyst Nicholas Feltron, randomly presents you with lightweight surveys throughout the day, and then compiles that data into fasc...

Sync Google Fonts to Your Desktop

Fonts.com has put together a pretty cool new service, dubbed SkyFonts, that lets you sync any of Google Fonts' 1,173 typefaces to your computer: We are proud to have teamed up with Google to offer desktop versions of their popular Google Fonts fr...

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

This evening, Microsoft announced that Satya Nadella, previously the Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, will be appointed to the position of CEO. Nadella becomes only the third CEO in the company’s history. From the official p...

Made on an iPhone

Apple, on their new “1.24.14 Film” page: On January 24, 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh. And with it a promise that the power of technology, put in the hands of everyone, could change the world. On January 24, 2014, we sent 15 ca...

I Don't Need a Popcorn Button

Aaron Shekey, a designer and developer living in Minneapolis, recently remodeled his kitchen, which gave him the opportunity to take a look at the current state of design amid various home appliances: In my frustration I discovered that all I wan...

Minimizing Brands

Mehmet Gozetlik, the founder of design collective Antrepo, has taken 17 well-known brands and reduced their products' branding to the bare minimal. Although I think consumers would quickly tire of everything being set in Helvetica, I do like how G...

An Apple a Day

Last December, Apple executives met with the FDA to discuss mobile medical applications, perhaps indicative of a growing interest surrounding health-focused devices. Nick Bilton for the New York Times Bits Blog: Among the participants from Apple ...

Describing RSS

Since running this website is part of an academic project, I have been asked, perhaps more often than usual, to describe several of the technologies that I am using. Most non-technical people can generally grasp the idea of a statically-generated ...

Me vs We; Understanding Svbtle and Medium

A couple days ago, Dustin Curtis opened up registration for his blogging platform, Svbtle: Svbtle is designed to highlight the things that matter; it’s an extremely simple platform for collecting and developing ideas, sharing them with the ...

We Know What You're Doing

Callum Haywood has put together an online-privacy awareness site called We Know What You’re Doing. Pulling in public status updates from Facebook and Foursquare, the site groups each update into one of several categories, ranging from &ldquo...

'Special'

Out of all the nostalgic posts regarding the Macintosh’s 30th birthday, I like John Gruber’s anecdotal piece the best: For one thing, they [the original Macintosh team] sweated the details. The greatest testimony to their genius is ju...

The Privacy We Give Away

Naoki Hiroshima recently went through a horrifying experience of losing his Twitter handle, @N. Through social engineering, a hacker was able to access Hiroshima’s GoDaddy account, email, and Facebook profile, and then used them to exhort Hi...

Tim Van Damme on The Great Discontent

Over on The Great Discontent (TGD), Tina Essmaker just published her interview with Dropbox designer, Tim Van Damme. I have followed the work of Van Damme, maxvoltar, for the past five years. I initially heard about Van Damme when I was looking i...

Uber Taken to Court Over Death of Child

Uber, the company that offers on-demand taxi rides via mobile app, is being taken to court over the death of 6-year-old Sofia Liu. Liu was hit and killed by one of Uber’s cars on New Year’s Eve by an Uber driver who was waiting for a f...

ABC's One-On-One with Tim Cook

ABC News has put up a video of their one-on-one interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. David Muir, ABC’s interviewer, and Cook discussed the new Mac Pro, Apple’s increasing focus on manufacturing within the U.S., and the government’s...

Apple: Thirty Years of Mac

Featuring a two-minute video, interactive timeline, and high-quality images of (nearly) every Macintosh, Apple’s new mini-site pays beautiful respect to the past 30 years of the Mac.

The Mac Keeps Going

After returning from Christmas break, I noticed a lot of students carrying around Microsoft Surface tablets. I see these devices in meetings, in class, and anywhere there is a surface (ha) to put them. What I have yet to see, however, is anyone us...

MSNBC Has Bieber Fever

In the middle of an interview with Congresswoman Jane Harman about the NSA, MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell interrupts the congresswoman mid-sentence to switch over to the “Breaking News” that Justin Bieber had been arrested for a DUI. ...

Mactracker.app

Writing my last post, I was trying to remember the name of an app I had used that listed the details and specifications of not just every Mac, but also every Apple device ever made. A little searching and I finally found it: Mactracker by Ian Page...

Celebrate The Mac

Tomorrow will mark 30 years since Steve Jobs first unveiled the original Macintosh (video). To help celebrate, Jonathan Zufi, the man behind the ICONIC Book I linked to a while back, has created a website called Celebrate The Mac where he has uplo...

How to Animate a Photo, The 2.5D Effect

Joe Fellows, the founder of Make Productions (a short film and production company), shows how he creates the effect of motion in still photographs, a la parallax. The whole process, from photo shoot to post-production, is fascinating, and the end ...

New Old Stock Photography

Cole Townsend has started curating a collection of vintage photography from public archives. All of the images are free of any known copyright. Some of my favorites include this map of “New France”, people being people (resist the urg...

Nintendo

Nintendo recently said that it is heading towards a third consecutive annual loss, induced primarily by the weak sales of their latest console, the Wii U. If you have followed Nintendo in the news at all the past couple weeks, you know that most ...

The Unpublished

Sometimes, as a writer, a nagging thought or idea will torment you relentlessly until you slay it with a hot iron sword of words and punctuation. However, not all battles lead to a publishable work; sometimes the ideas were so battered by the batt...

That'll Be $1,850

Brent Simmons, a Mac and iOS developer, recently received an email from his domain registrar, Network Solutions, informing him that his account had been automatically enrolled into a new security program, WebLock, and that his credit card would &l...

The 2013 List of Worst Passwords

SplashData, the company behind an annual “Worst Passwords” index, has released their 2013 report, listing the 25 most-used passwords on the internet. Notable changes from last year: “password” was usurped by “123456&...

'For Immediate Release'

Yesterday, Hoefler & Co. issued a public statement in regards to Tobias Frere-Jones suing Jonathan Hoefler. The company’s General Counsel, Michael Burke: Last week, designer Tobias Frere-Jones, a longtime employee of The Hoefler Type Fo...

Tobias Frere-Jones is Suing Jonathan Hoefler

This news broke yesterday afternoon, but I wanted to let it simmer for a while before commenting. Given that Hoefler & Frere-Jones (H&FJ) is one of the world’s best type foundries (their fonts in use by Nike, the Obama campaign, and ...

Serif Fours Look a Lot Like Nines

Fascinating little anecdote about how The New York Times' issue number was off by 500 for more than a century. Rebecca J. Rosen for The Atlantic: It’s easy enough to imagine the scene: A worker, late at night, setting the paper’s fron...

Words Matter

Subtitle: The FCC just stabbed the open internet in the heart. Yesterday, a DC court ruled against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), stating that internet service providers (ISPs like Time Warner Cable, Verizon, etc.) no longer have to...

Things I Could Have Bought

As I sat here debating which RSS syncing service to invest in, a familiar tug on my conscience appeared. Do I really need this service? What problem does it solve? Could $18 be better spent? For the past few weeks, God’s been asking me thes...

The Front Page, Part Two

Following my post on The Front Page, I had a good email conversation with my buddy, Nick Heer. Our conversation brought up some more ideas regarding page design, and I wanted to expand on them here. Consider this post as part of an ongoing, public...

Google Buys Nest for $3.2 Billion

Google announced today that they had just paid $3.2 billion in cash to acquire Nest, the makers of those gorgeous thermostats and smoke detectors. This acquisition is interesting for two reasons: Tony Fadell, Nest CEO and ex-Senior Vice Presiden...

Beats Music

Beats, the company behind the popular Beats by Dre headphones, is launching a new online music subscription service on January 21. Considering how well-known the company is for their headphones, which have garnered clout as premier hardware, this ...

Thoughts on the Front Page

I’ve been toying with how best to structure the front page of sites that have a focus on writing. The front page is the first impression, a digital handshake, and ensuring it conveys your content in a way you want is extremely important. A ...

'Summing up years of work in one sentence'

Incredibly funny, one-sentence summaries of academic research papers. A great way to kick off the new semester.

A Soft Murmur

I write better with background noise, and lately, I’ve been enjoying the ambient noise from A Soft Murmur. This site allows you to generate an array of background sounds by adjusting the volume levels of six different sounds: rain, thunder, ...

Subscribe by Email

Today, I’m happy to announce that you can subscribe to this site’s posts via email. Subscribe-by-email has been one of the most requested features I’ve received over the past few months, and I’m happy to finally be able to ...

New Site Search

UPDATE: Scratch that, I’ve removed the search for now. Until I can find a way to search in-site without punching out to Google, I’ll go without. One of my goals with this site is to aid in both the reading and discovery of my content....

Sherlock Mini-Episode

Until Sherlock’s return on January 19, this seven-minute mini-episode will have to suffice. I’m so excited for this show to come back.

My Frozen Yogurt Recipe

After countless trial and error, I have finally settled on, what I believe to be, the best frozen yogurt recipe. If you enjoy vanilla and a good cup of coffee, try this out: Ingredients Base layer of low-fat Vanilla yogurt Sprinkle with chipped...

Writer Pro for Mac

If you had to categorize me with one word, it would be “writer.” As a student of computer science and rhetorical composition (fancy words for writing), I take the tools I use very seriously. The programmer in me wants efficiency and i...

A Year of Nothing New

It seems I wasn’t the only one who wanted to mentally, physically, and spiritually start cleaning out the clutter that seems to accrue with time. Sarah Durr, my good friend and future sister-in-law, writing over on her blog Life, Love and Words, s...

De-clutter Your Social Networks, Part One

Most things in life, left unchecked, tend to fall into chaos. I find this particularly true regarding the number and quality of the updates I receive through social networks. The problem is that we’ve become desensitized to the value of our...

The Week in Review

Exams are now over and so is my hiatus. Although I had limited time to read anything other than my notes from class, I saved several articles that I found particularly interesting and worth mentioning: CNN put out a great photo set of “the...

A Break for Exams

I’m currently within 10 days of finishing the Fall Semester, and that means my exams are right around the corner. Given the amount of time and work that is required to study for my tests, KDHQ will be moving to an intermittent publishing sch...

An iPad Painting of Morgan Freeman

Kyle Lambert, a talented visual artist, recently completed, what he’s calling, “The world’s most realistic finger-painting”: I recently discovered that it was possible to create incredibly high resolution (4k) paintings us...

Amazon's 30-Minutes-or-Less Delivery by Drone

Yesterday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sat down with Charlie Rose and unveiled Amazon’s next big step for their fulfillment centers: delivery by drone in under 30 minutes. Jeff Bezos: These generations of vehicles, it could be a 10-mile radius fr...

A Change to Linked Items

Over the past two months, I’ve been linking to various articles, apps, and items that I’ve thought my readers would enjoy. However I’ve noticed that the amount of commentary I’ve been adding to each linked item has been dro...

Thanksgiving Break

My Thanksgiving break begins today after classes finish at 5 p.m. Given that the next few days will be filled with food, family, and traveling, KDHQ will be happily shutting down our web browsers until next week. I hope each of you have a blessed...

The NYT Diff

The Diff (presumably named for the programming notion of viewing changes in code) is a fascinating little device from the Times that monitors their online headlines and prints out a visual representation of any changes that occur. Noah Feehan, wri...

Reporter for iPhone

Nicholas Feltron, the guy behind those incredibly-detailed self analysis reports, is getting ready to release Reporter for iPhone, a data-collecting tool that helps you track the quantifiable data in your life. From the pre-launch page: Reporter ...

Football as Football

American football logos redesigned for European football clubs. Easily one of the best sites I’ve seen this month — I particularly love the Browns’s badge.

Give Your Resume A Face Lift

Wow. Even though this post from Chanpory Rith dates back to 2006, his advice is still incredibly practical for the job seekers of today. A must read for anyone who’s looking to create their own resume.

A Usability Audit on Myself

There’s nothing quite like tearing apart your own work,1 and that’s exactly what I did after looking at the usability of kyledreger.com. Most of the changes I made came from the feedback I’ve gotten from readers and from my own ...

The New iPads

Apple’s got two new iPads out, and I finally got to play with both of them this past weekend at my local Apple Store. Here are my thoughts after about 10 minutes with each device. Note: For this post, I’ll be shortening both iPad name...

Day One for iOS 7

One of the ways that I chronicle my life is through the action of journaling. However, I don’t always have time to sit down and write out long reflections on the day. Back when I was a young boy, I used to carry around little steno notebooks...

Mom

You wake up to the sound of your daily alarm. It’s 6:25 a.m. — another day of work. It’s not too hot, so you put on a long sleeve button-up and a nice pair of khakis. You’re glad that you washed everything last night. Throw...

Research Publications at Facebook

Facebook: Giving people the power to share and connect requires constant innovation. At Facebook, we solve technical problems no one else has seen because no one else has built a social network of this size. Working at the intersection of resear...

The Kinsa Thermometer

These past few days I’ve been sick with a cold. When ill, one of the things I always do is keep a diligent hand-written journal of any medication I took and all the corresponding times. I’ve often thought about building a simple app to...

Mavericks Update for Mail.app and Gmail

If you’ve recently upgraded to OS X Mavericks and found that Mail.app was a doing an increasingly-poor job at managing your mail, I encourage you to go download this patch from Apple which fixes those issues. Between the popularity of Gmail...

Fiftyfootshadows.net iOS 7 Parallax Wallpaper Pack

John Carey: Well, it took me a little longer than I had expected but here we go. The fiftyfootshadows parallax wallpaper pack for iOS devices running iOS 7. After quite a bit of research and trial and error I have settled on what I believe to be ...

Vesper Support Guidelines

Over on the Q Branch blog, Dave Wiskus wrote about how he approaches support for Vesper: Contacting support is part of the experience of using Vesper, so how can we design this part of the experience with the same care and consideration we put in...

Using Tabs in the Mavericks Finder

Great collection of tips. Also useful if you’ve forgotten that the Finder can now create tabs.

Betteridge's Law of Headlines

Speaking of dishonest reporting, Ian Betteridge has a simple way to quickly filter through most of the sensationalist news out there today: Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no. Through personal experience, t...

Nike+ Move

Apple and Nike have always had a good relationship (remember the Nike + iPod Sport Kit?) so it’s little surprise that one of the first “big” apps to take advantage of the 5S’s new activity-monitoring M7 processor is from Ni...

Mavericks Detects Movement to Delay OS X Sleep

Neat feature of Mavericks that prevents the machine from going to sleep if it detects a change in ambient lighting, regardless of the current idle time. Reminds me of how Macbook LEDs would, while asleep, pulse at the rate of a resting-adult&rsqu...

Skim PDF Reader for Mac

I’m currently in the middle of reading through 30 research-heavy PDFs and needed a way to extract the text I highlighted while reading. A little bit of searching later and I found Skim. It does exactly what I wanted and has made my life much...

The Importance of Journaling

Richard Holmes always gave us ice cream. Whenever my siblings and I would walk down the road to say hello, the first thing he’d do would be to tell us there’s “ice cream in the back.” Although he was just a neighbor who liv...

On the Shoulders of Giants

The very first website I ever designed was the horrifically-named Linkag3verywhere.com. I built it with the intention of displaying a curated list of links to online games, websites and articles I found interesting. I gave the address out to my co...

Slow Fast Slow by Studio Neat

One of the great features of the iPhone 5S' camera is the ability to take 120 fps (frames per second) video and then play it back in slow motion. Unfortunately, that feature is exclusive to the iPhone 5S. Thankfully, the folks at Studio Neat have...

Tweetbot 3 FAQ

Tapbots answers some questions, and hint at some upcoming features, for Tweetbot 3. Noteworthy tidbits: Text size is tied to iOS 7’s dynamic font size in Settings.app > General > Text Size. A night theme is coming(!). Tweetbot 2 will event...

Tweetbot 3.0

The best Twitter client for iOS got a huge update this week. Tapbots completely redesigned Tweetbot to match the aesthetic of iOS 7, and it’s currently on sale for $2.99 in the App Store. John Gruber: Tapbots painted themselves into a corn...

A Case for Bordered Buttons in iOS 7

iOS app designer and devloper, Jared Sinclair: iOS 7’s designers have abandoned bordered buttons in favor of borderless colored text. I think this choice is unjustifiable. It is the root cause of my deep dislike for how it feels to use iOS ...

Some stats from KDHQ

The past few weeks at the KDHQ have been fun, and I want to share some stats and updates. Note: all statistics derived from data collected between Sep. 2 and Oct. 24 of 2013. Traffic Highest traffic in a single day: 50 unique visitors Total pa...

iOS 7.0.3 Released with Faster Transitions

Quietly shipped alongside all that was released on Tuesday, iOS 7.0.3 is now available for download. In addition to iCloud Keychain, which lets you sync your passwords between iOS devices, Apple has also addressed complaints regarding the system-...

Live Stream of Today's Apple Event

For the first in a very long time, Apple has a live stream of today’s event available. However, you’ll need a Mac, iOS device, or Apple TV to catch it: Live Streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on ...

Foolish Reporting of the Week: Brad Reed

Brad Reed, writing for BGR, wins this week’s Foolish Reporting award for his ridiculously misleading headline writing. The headline in question? “iPhone user hates iOS 7 so much that he’s suing Apple over it”: Brighter col...

Google's Hangouts App Can Now Make Phone Calls

Google recently updated their Hangouts app on iOS to include the ability to make phone calls within the U.S. and Canada for free. However, the most interesting new feature is you can now make and receive calls in Hangouts if you have a Google Voic...

Tapbots and iOS 7

When iOS 7 was announced, it instantly made most of the apps in the App Store look old and outdated; apps that had previously made heavy use of graphics and images looked out of place in contrast to iOS 7’s flatness. One of my favorite app ...

Cupertino Council Approves Apple's 'Campus 2'

This is going to be one of the most beautiful, architecturally-unique headquarters in the world, and it’s now been approved by a unanimous vote from Cupertino’s city council. Whenever I see news about Apple’s new campus, I wish ...

Square Cash

Really fascinating new service from Square that lets you transfer money to anyone’s debit card with a single email — no account required and zero fees. I can see college students getting tons of use out of this.

The GORUCK GR0

Sweet new bag from the folks at GORUCK: GR0 is exactly proportionate to GR1, only 5 liters smaller. Fitwise, if you’re under 6' tall, GR0. Over 6' tall, GR1. GR0 has all the same features as GR1, including 3 rows of MOLLE webbing and compat...

Nest Protect: Your Smoke Alarm, but Beautiful

Nest, the company behind the gorgeous (yes, gorgeous) thermostat, just released their latest product: a smoke and carbon monoxide detector called the Nest Protect. Tony Fadell, C.E.O. of Nest and Apple alumni, on his company’s blog: It was ...

Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation

A six-chapter photo book depicting every product Apple has ever made. From the product page: Iconic uses vivid color and detail to document Apple’s journey in design, form and function — and looks back at over 35 years of Apple innova...

Elon Musk on Model S Fire

After numerous reports and videos of a Telsa Model S being on fire at the end of a highway off-ramp, Telsa C.E.O. Elon Musk commented on the company blog: The Model S owner was nonetheless able to exit the highway as instructed by the onboard ale...

How to Make a Vepser 1.007

Dave Wiskus put together a fantastic post about the design decisions behind the latest iOS 7 update to, my personal favorite note-taking app, Vesper: Rather than merely slap a fresh coat of paint on things, we wanted to take the same approach we ...

Lovingly Crafted

You’re building a chair. But this isn’t a normal, buy-one-at-the-retail-store kind of chair. Your chair is going to be quality, made of the best materials you can afford, and take months to finish. You work a little each day to desig...

Google Releases "Web Designer"

It would be much more honest if they called it Google Ad Designer. Google needed a way to help designers make HTML5-based advertisements, and this is their solution. I understand wanting to help create good web ads, but I’m curious why Web ...

Overcome Mediocrity, Not Fear

Cal Newport writing for his blog, Study Hacks: The courage culture paints a tempting picture of how people end up with remarkable lives. It tells a story where you’re the main character, fighting evil forces, and ultimately triumphing after...

My Apps and Home Screen

You can tell a lot about a person by looking at how they set up their home screen and apps. This is mine as it currently stands on my iPhone 4: My home screen is a little more sparse than others, but this allows me to quickly get on and off my ...

We're Creating a Culture of Distraction

Joe Kraus, writing about the growing cultural acceptance of being “distracted,” and our concept of multi-tasking: It’s shown not only that we’re dumber when we do this [multi-task] (an average of 10 IQ points dumber &mdash...

Samsung's Golden Galaxy S4

The Verge: Two weeks after Apple’s September 10th reveal of a champagne-colored iPhone, Samsung is launching its own golden phone in the shape of a new Gold Edition Galaxy S4. You could argue the old adage that “good artist copy, gre...

9 Million iPhones Sold, 200 Million Users on iOS 7

Apple just announced that they sold over nine million new iPhones this past weekend, breaking all previous records for a product launch. They also noted that over 200 million users have upgraded to iOS 7. iPhone Sales Make no mistake, nine milli...

Brief Hands-On with the New iPhones

After hitting golfballs for an hour at the range with my brother, I convinced him to swing by our local Verizon Wireless store to check out the iPhone 5C and 5S. Here are some brief thoughts: iPhone 5C Walking up to the Apple-dedicated section o...

The Bullet Journal Note-Taking System

If you’re like me, you love taking notes by hand. The Bullet Journal, developed by art director and designer Ryder Carroll, is a note-taking system that focuses on helping quickly collect and find all your daily todos and notes. I’ve b...

John Gruber Reviews the iPhone 5C and 5S

If you’re going to read just one review of the new iPhones, Gruber’s is the one to check out. It’s thorough and hits on the key features most users, not just us nerds, care about. He also makes a heartening comment about the iPho...

PSA: iOS 7 Ships Tomorrow

Just a reminder to all my friends and readers that iOS 7 is rolling out tomorrow for all devices. Although I don’t know exactly what time it will be available, pushing out any software to nearly 700,000,000 devices is no small task - be pat...

The Best Places for Desktop Wallpapers

I keep my Mac’s desktop immaculately clean. No icons, hide the Dock, and only the essentials in the Menu Bar. This serves two purposes: My desktop is always available as a “holding place” for files I’m currently working o...

The Five C

Some thoughts on the new iPhone 5C, and why it’s going to be the most popular version Apple’s ever sold. One of my favorite iPhones to hold was the iPhone 3GS. In my opinion, it was one of the best-feeling phones Apple ever made. It&r...

The Best

After writing about the gear I use, some people asked me how I actually decide what “the best” stuff is. In reality, most of what I consider “the best” is subjective (not everyone likes iOS, but it’s worked great for...

My Gear

I’ve always wanted to write a “here’s my gear” piece. I’m fascinated seeing what other people are using, and I personally have a deep love for the gear I use. A 13-inch, mid 2013 Macbook Air is my only machine. T...

The Curse of Unlimited Data

I’m one of the few lucky Verizon customers who still has an unlimited data plan. However, as I begin to look at possible upgrades for my three-year-old iPhone 4, I find myself in the predicament of getting an upgrade without being forced int...

Jumping in

As part of my senior project, I have the unique opportunity to spend the next semester writing for this website. That’s correct, I get to work on my own little web column for school credit - how awesome is that? Stemming from a deep admirat...

Microsoft Arc Touch review

The time had finally come for my trusty Microsoft Wireless 3500 to die. For the past two years it had served me well, but the middle button - which had been inconsistent these past few months - finally failed. Given I had only spent $19 on it at a...

A brief review of Vesper

I’ve tried tens of iOS note-taking applications over the years. Among others, I’ve tested Simplenote, Elements, iA Writer, and Notesy, but none were able to evoke the feelings I get when writing something into my Field Notes notebook. ...

What matters

Family, friends, and the people around you matter. Helping these people matters too. One of the ways I try to help people is through creating software. But software is only useful if it helps fix a real problem. As a programmer, it is my implicit...

Social scoreboards

I went on a small rant about social scoreboards the other day and have been thinking about social analytics ever since. Remember that competition to reach a million followers between Ashton Kutcher and CNN? We’re mildly obsessed with sta...

Engaged

Two years ago I started writing emails to my future fiance. Two days ago I gave her those messages as I proposed we spend the rest of our lives together. Emily is truly the most amazing young woman I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and ...

Generating graphs with Processing

Ben Barry’s post on designing the 2011 Facebook f8 Conference remains one of my favorite pieces about design on the internet. As I was reading back through it the other day, I came across how Barry had gone about generating those signature F...

Two years

One year ago I wrote about how blessed I felt that God put Emily in my life. One year later we know each other better than ever, and I wake up each morning excited when I think about what the future holds for us. my favorite jogging buddy Ti...

URLs for Email

This morning I read an interesting article by Jared Erondu titled If Emails Worked Like URLs. His idea revolves around the notion of prematurely assigning subfolders to an email message based on the addressed it was sent to. In his example, sendin...

Bike ride

I have to share how amazing the weather is right now. It’s 57F on a Tuesday night at 20:54 in the evening. The campus is wet from a slight rain and residual snow, but dry enough for me to ride my bike. The sky is clear, you can see a flawles...

I am a remix

99% of what you create in life is a remix of someone else’s work. Enjoy the fact you didn’t have to start from scratch. Isacc Newton put it succinctly, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”...

Fix your Mount Union .EDU email

UPDATE #3: This whole post is pretty much irrelevant now. Besides the slightly vitriolic nature, the entire Outlook Web App was recently updated to match the aesthetics / functionally of Outlook.com and is incredibly more usable. Post will remain ...

Creative cycle

Admidst my finals, I wanted to take a break and share an excerpt from one of my papers. I don’t know whether it’s the lack of sleep, or overdose of caffeine, but I’m particularly proud of this closing paragraph: Ask any creative...

Google death results

I was introspective this morning, and found myself Googling about death. I ran across this comic by xkcd, got inspired and ended up collecting quite a bit of data about the number of search results Google gives back for any given age of death. I&r...

The Tinkerer

I want to tell you about the Tinkerer. The Tinkerer was a good web designer, a good programmer and a good writer. But having things come easy to him eventually led to trouble. Creative was his mind, that he started dozens of small projects - ...

Trash

My mom gave me eyes, a nose and terrible knees. If my genetic history is to be taken seriously, around 40 years old I won’t be able to hit the streets for a run anymore. And that sucks. Because I love running on pavement. The subtle, muted ...

Oreo

My girlfriend and I talk frequently about spiritual things. We talk about the Bible. We talk about Jesus and His life. Mostly, however, we talk about using God to strengthen our relationship, and help each other grow. We’re not perfect by an...

GORUCK GR1 Delivered

My GORUCK GR1 arrived today. I want to write a longer review after I get done dragging it through Georgia next week, but here are some quick impressions: Damn this is a nice bag. I’m 5'8″, weigh around 150 and this bag fits great. My p...

Market share

I was speaking with my father this morning around 2:00 AM and somehow we got on the topic of WWDC. My father is not as savvy as I when it comes to computer technology, however he holds his own amongst his peers. As I was explaining Apple’s ...

Left out

After a few more days with the iOS 6 beta, it’s still going pretty well. Now that I’ve had more time to experiment with it, I’ve begun to notice the bugs that are still there. Nothing groundbreaking, but more than I had first, ho...

New cleats

Short one today. I got my new soccer cleats today - Adidas Predator Absolions. I use to wear Predators all the time when I was younger, but once I got into my sophomore year of high school, I switched to Pumas. Ever since then, I had bought the sa...

iOS 6 beta

WWDC. I wait all year for this. It’s on my bucket list of events I want to attend. As someone joked on Twitter, it’s the event where Apple-lovers find out what they’re getting for Christmas. This also might have been the most imp...

Written in the Star(s)bucks

I haven’t accomplished much writing today. So, in lieu of staying inside and eating more cereal, I put on jeans and and a belt and drove over to my local Starbucks. In a lot of ways, this coffee shop mirrors my writing. There’s not muc...

Build stuff, tell people

Build stuff and tell people. It’s a simple mantra. Anyone who makes something (code, designs, gear) should be doing this. You’re only going to get better at what you do. Take the company GitHub for example. They’re building awes...

Flashpoint

I loved 24. I nearly shed tears during the finale when Chloe had to shut off the drone camera on Jack. It was the first TV series I actually watched each week, as it aired. Now, was it, at times, a little out there? Sure. Did Jack Bauer have a com...

Apple, Nintendo and a TV

I want to talk about the Apple TV. The one that doesn’t exist yet. In episode 3 of The Talk Show with John Gruber and John Moltz, the duo talked briefly talked about the Apple TV. The WWDC schedule has been released, and there are an unusua...

To the point

Tomorrow will be my first experience on a roller coaster. Now sure, I’ve spent the better part of my childhood riding fair “rides,” but none of the holy-cow-we’re-upside-down variety. For my inaugural experience, I will be going to C...

Great games - Kingdom Rush

Upon returning to the apartment this evening, my roommates and I began talking about some of our favorite online games. Back when I was just starting high school and before HTML5 came along, Flash games were me and my friends past time. We spent h...

iA Writer 1.2.2

Typically, I forget about the Mac App Store. I don’t have it in my dock and I haven’t had the need to buy an app for my Mac in a while. However, occasionally I’ll remember and open it up to check for updates. Boy was there a pres...

Habit building

Update: this post was written over on a Wordpress blog I had during the summer. Although I migrated most of the posts to my current setup, some are written with the implication that they’re still over there - silly things. I’m just go...

Write it down

Last night, my roommates and I watched Christopher Nolan’s 2000 film, Memento. If you think that Inception, or Pulp Fiction was confusing the first time through, Memento can definitely be added to the list of movies that will give you brain ...

Drawing with paper

I’ve had this iPad for a couple weeks now, and something that always seems to surprise me is how easy it is for people to just pick up and start using. This is particularly highlighted by my recent attempts to put Xubuntu on my grandfathe...

Coffeescript

Today, I learned about CoffeeScript. CoffeeScript is one part of the three part formula I’m looking to learn more about. The other two parts are Ruby on Rails and Spine.js. Part of this inspiration comes from @destroytoday and his venture...

Orientation, questions and the CEO

Today marks the end of Orientation Day at The Timken Company. Hats off to the University relations team for putting together a great program for us; I’ve been to much shorter programs which felt twice as long. Informative, fun and a great wa...

Lens

I just made my first camera lens in Adobe Illustrator. Following the awesome tutorial on Tuts+, it took me about two hours to complete. I’ve got lots of improving to do, but I’ve always wanted to learn how to make something this intric...

Typekit

I’ve been using Typekit to serve up the fonts you see here and have been very pleased. Normally, when you want to use a custom font on your website, you need to make sure it’s a font that your visitors have installed on their machines....

Twenty

Today, I turn twenty. It’s almost unbelievable that our bodies, for how fragile they are, can even hold up for that long. Nevertheless, two decades in these shoes and I thank Him for every minute in them. There are other people that deserve ...

One year

My best friend. It’s been one year since I started dating my girlfriend. She is my best friend, someone I confide in all the time and my spiritual support. I’ll never forget the day she invited me to coffee, our first date, and how I...

Cold Writing

I’ve found that as I write papers for class, sometimes I hit a wall. This isn’t a full case of writers block, rather I feel the enthusiasm start to fade. What was just a feverish output of thoughts to typed characters is starting to di...

Writing Like A Hacker

Abstract: From history to English, I write all my school papers like a hacker. Using text editors without support for spell checking or formatting, I create a frictionless creative flow which allows me get my ideas out faster. I’ve been wri...

Assembly language love affair

I have a love / hate relationship with assembly language. Things I hate: It’s an archaic language. Unless you are working on microchip design, you are probably never going to work with it. Assembly language programmers have to worry and ke...

Swiss Army

I love Swiss Army knives. When I was a kid, I had a red-handled one that had all the essential things a boy on a small farm needed. I used to spend hours whittling away at sticks, or tightening up the screws on my toys and bike. More than once, th...

Hoodies

I love them. Hooded sweatshirts, or “hoodies”, are one of my favorite pieces of clothing. Whenever I get a hoodie, I’ll wear it until the fabric is begging to be thrown away. I love the simple colors and pulling the sleeves up wh...

Eight days without Facebook

It’s been eight days since I deactivated my Facebook account. After being truly logged out for more than a week, here are a few of the interesting things I’ve noticed: Facebook: the 40 minute hour This week without Facebook may have ...

Prepare today

Walking back to the dorm in the cool air tonight, I came up with a neat way of thinking about work ethic and effort: Prepare today so you can do tomorrow what you couldn’t do yesterday. Sounds like a quote straight out of a self-help book,...

Goodbye, Facebook

It started with one text from my girlfriend. The message read: byebye facebook Strong words coming from her, but I got excited. Leaving Facebook was an idea I have been toying with for quite a while now, but never had the motivation to actually ...

Interviewing as research

For my English 247 class, we are working on writing a profile based on an interview we have conducted with an individual. This is a new form of investigation for me, I’m use to doing my own static research on a subject, curating the good fro...

Spoken word "Love"

Had an interesting reflection experience. I felt really inspired after watching some of Jeff Bethke’s videos. I took this inspiration, along with my Macbook, and went to the BnB cafe. I grabbed a drink, sat down and took some quiet time to ...

Get FROGED

In college, trying to fully rely on God every day is hard. It’s our first real venture into the world and the need for us to be self-sufficient is overbearing. So much so, that we often forget to rely on Him to get us through. It’s ea...

Wii Sports

My family owns a Wii. However, we only own one game - Wii Sports. I love Wii Sports, it’s brilliant. Although it was primarily created as a way to show new Wii users the basics of the then-new interaction between the Wii remotes and gamepla...

New Year's Habit

As I contemplate 2012, less than 12 hours away at this time, I’m thinking about the New Year resolutions. While I was thinking, I read a post by Leo Babauta on Zen Habits about aiming to create new habits for the new year, rather than settin...

The Grinch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite movies to watch when December roles around. In fact, it was one of the first movies I remember going to see in theaters as a family. I recall we all went to a matinée showing before heading to a...

Writing simple code

With three different computer science classes this semester, I write a lot of code. However, being a minimalistic type of guy, I try to have my code require as little documentation as possible. I do this by writing my code so that it explains itse...

Maybe a love story

(The following is, if you will, unstructured poetry - I have no idea what it means, even though I wrote it.) There once was a story about love, but that story wasn’t ever published. It was a story in the sense that it had a beginning and mi...

I lost my iPhone

Fun little thing that happened to me today: Was walking in the library when I went to grab my iPhone, but it wasn’t in my pocket. I checked my bag and laptop case, but it wasn’t there either. I started to freak out a bit. I didn&rsquo...

Confessions of an appaholic

(Alternative title: Why I deleted my credit card from iTunes) I’ll admit it. I’m somewhat of an appaholic. But I’m changing that, and conquering my impulse buying at the same time. iPhone apps appeal to me. They hover nicely in...

Folded heart

Every day, once I get back from classes, I go through all the loose papers that I accumulated for that day and organize them into spiral notebooks according to their subject. Because I rarely have time to do this in class, I often fold the papers ...

Search and destroy

One of the hardest parts of keeping on top of your schedule at college is actually knowing what you have to do. Most of us get the work done, but sometimes I find myself wanting to avoid having to see what I need to do for a project. What little m...

Nature's distraction

My girlfriend and I were recently sitting in the library doing homework when it began to rain outside. The sound of raindrops hitting the roof sounded like a roar of a jet engine right outside the nearby window. A couple of minutes later she asked...

A less Pro Macbook

(Update: I ended up sticking with my Macbook Pro. I love it too much.) I recently got myself a 13' Macbook Pro. This thing flies. It is absolutely great for anything that needs a little extra horsepower and it performs really well with anything I...

Using the right tools

The other day I was trying to open the battery cover on our new electronic-banking Monopoly game set. I was having a problem getting the cover off because it was screwed into the hard plastic casing that made up the banking device. Quickly looking...

Two types of photographs

There are typically two types of photographs. The ones where the subjects are staged and ready for the shot, and the other where they are caught in the middle of another activity. I love the latter. Photographs, to me, represent a snapshot of our...

College take two

Really excited to be moving back to Mount Union. I’m looking forward to get back into the swing of college life and return to soccer with our team. When I look back at the beginning of my freshman year, I can’t believe how much I&rsqu...

Being present for prayer

I’ve found a really good way to pray. One of my favorite times to pray is right once I wake up. Unfortunately, I have found it hard to just sit down and start praying after rising from sleep. Often my mind is full of things from the day and...

Canceling my noise

My brother got some great noise canceling headphones a while back. I was skeptical at how well they would work, how much can earphones really cancel the noise around you, but once I tried them I was impressed. Sliding them over your ears and flipp...

Three part relationship

Cue scene. Two people, attracted to the other, enter into a form of friendship that seems to extend beyond the capacity of a friendship. Slowly, as time goes by, those two people begin to build a new sort of relationship; one that is the curation ...

Text files

Text files are one of those things that will never go away. They are organic to the computer world and are supported by every operating system. However, many people don’t take advantage of the awesome powers that text files hold. Here is my ...

5 things I've learned in 19 years

This past April, I turned 19. Almost two decades worth of time have been given to me and I wanted to take a little time to reflect on five core things I’ve learned these past 228 months. I write this for my siblings; that they can use it as ...

When bloggers die

The question “what happens when bloggers die?” has been bugging me a lot lately. It seems that in a day in age where content creation is so immediate, so instantaneous, the last thing anyone seems to be thinking about is when all that...

College

Just started college. Unpacked and ready to go. My initial thought? Wow, there are a lot of girls here.