Designing the Perfect Computer

Today, I’m proud to present my latest project: a custom-built, totally unique computer from yours truly. I’ve been working hard for many months to bring together some of the most revolutionary new features into one great laptop. With hand-picked hardware and a custom-designed operating system, this computer packs in five huge revolutionary features into one simple package.

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The Duct Tape Solution

Before we start, I just want to clarify something of great importance to me: It’s not called DUCK tape. It’s DUCT tape, because it’s what you use to clean ducts. “Duck tape” is a certain brand of duct tape, and their name is a clever play on words. But don’t let that fool you: The tape is not for application on ducks. That is animal abuse.

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Reinventing the Wheel

I’ve been working on some front-end design for a website I’m creating, and that’s okay, but I’m getting a little sick of just making things pretty. I wanted to make another tool, and potentially learn a little something in the process. After much consideration, I decided to go for a tool that compiles Scratch projects into Javascript. http://phosphorus.github.io/, but I don’t really mind. I’ll try to make mine a bit different by allowing the aspect ratio of the project to change, but for the most part I’ll just be re-doing what has been done before (and probably much less elegantly).

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Chrome vs. Firefox

I’ve always been a rather stubborn person. There have been times in my life where it has gotten the better of me, but there have also been times where being stubborn has been beneficial. Today I’d like to examine an opinion I’ve stubbornly held on to for a few years and decide whether I was right.

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The State of Design

When it comes to design, it’s been a couple of really awful years. Everything was kicked off with the launch of Windows 8. There are a number of ways to descibe its horrors, but let me just remind you that the power button was originaly in the “settings” panel of the charms bar. The charms bar. I’m a pretty advanced computer user, and I had to Google it to figure out how to turn the thing off.

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A Challenge

I recently stumbled across Code in the Dark and thought it looked like a pretty neat challenge. The basic idea is that you have a set amount of time to recreate an image using only HTML and CSS. The catch? You aren’t allowed to preview your code at all. No looking at what the CSS looks like until you’re totally done.

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Perfect Monetization

I hate ads. I really do. So much so, in fact, that I have gone to the effort of finding a tool which allows me to intentionally filter my web experience such that ads are no longer visible to me. Which is a shame. I would like to support all of the sites that I view which are funded by ads. But I can’t bring myself to do it.

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Gas Prices

A popular topic of discussion (code for complaint) amongst people, adults in particular, is the price of gasoline. Fuel is something that nearly everyone uses, at least in the United States, and its price varies less predictably than just about anything else. Nobody talks about the price of toilet paper or of cooked chicken breasts, because those items have a price that says relatively constant. But gas varies. So people complain. Every time it goes up by more than about 2 cents, people talk about it. They get extremely upset when the price goes up.

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Silence

It’s amidst the noise that I am reminded of my need for silence. I desperately gasp for air - a moment of peaceful bliss - and when I don’t find it, I begin to break down. First comes the feelings. The the anxiety, the anger, and the fear. Next to go are the brain functions. I loose my grip on reality and begin to slide towards the ever-looming pit of lunacy. Physical functions are the last to go. My body breaks down and the guard is lowered. I fall deeply ill; my body has broken down. Silence is the only cure.

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Starting Fresh

School is starting in a week*, and I’m past ready. Each year, at the beginning of summer, I want it to never end. I yearn for a Summer that lasts forever. And each year, like clockwork, I wish for school to begin.

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