One thing Jono’s talked about in the past is how to make Ubuntu more personal. One of the things that suck about the internet is that we’re all behind monitors and keyboards, and it’s hard to remember that there’s a human being on the other end of the line.
Things like Google Hangouts are…
NOTE! We are starting a bit early today at 1300UTC, and also
todaytomorrow we have Rick Spencer’s Q+A. Rick is the engineering manager for the Ubuntu Platform, so he’s got good working knowledge of Ubuntu as a whole, so bring your hard questions!
Here’s the logs from yesterday’s sessions:
My first encounter with the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky was when I read The Metabarons, a comic book series that describes a lineage of superhuman warriors, the titular Metabarons. The book is lavishly illustrated by the Argentinian artist Juan Giminez, who, to his credit, manages to…
At this year’s Game Developers Conference, I gave a 30-minute talk with my friend Andy Hull about Spelunky and how it went from being a freeware PC game to the XBLA project that we’re both working on right now. Overall, I think the talk went quite well (whew)! You can find footage of the talk somewhere on GDC Vault, but unfortunately, you have to be a registered member of something or another to view it, so I provided the slides here, with some extra commentary.
This is Lauren’s new bike that we picked up Monday night!
We really enjoyed riding the Barclay’s bikes in London and wish we could have ridden the bike share scheme in Paris. The bike lanes were so well separated from the road in Paris it just felt so right. Melbourne has a long way to go before our bike share scheme becomes as good as those available in Europe (ditch the helmet laws, build independent bike lanes throughout the CBD).
In the mean time we wanted to pick up some reconditioned vintage bikes so we rely less on our cars for short and medium journeys. Buying old bikes is a great way of keeping them off the scrap heap, and it means we can support local businesses that do the repairs and resales. Mark was a great help when we picked up the bike, and has offered to help me get a vintage men’s road bike going. There’s plenty of businesses out there restoring ladie’s bikes but virtually none restoring men’s.
Luke Beard wrote an insightful post on the front end development of Zerply. One of the little things that stuck out to me was the method of using native iPad and iPhone controls disguised as normal HTML elements. He uses a native <select> element at zero opacity to trigger the native controls on touch. It’s incredibly straightforward when you think about it, but then again the best ideas always are!
In honor of our upcoming Ocean to Sound Relay on Sunday, I put together a video of all my pics from last spring’s Ragnar Relay.
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