“Wellington” by new artist Ronan Kelleher

This is the first offering from Kelleher Records, the kind of song you want to play over and over (preferably with headphones). Ronan Kelleher is an extremely talented musician who plays multiple instruments as well as composing. You would never guess that this polished, sophisticated song is by a 14 year old. Pre-order this song to get it as soon as it comes out in a couple of weeks (itunes, amazon, etc.)

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ronan+kelleher

Wellington by Ronan Kelleher

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Why am I putting this on this blog? So we don’t lose it. It’s the Joy of Cooking recipe with a couple of changes David made. It’s good to double it.

Preheat 375 degrees

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet unless you want milk chocolate or dark chocolate)

bake about 10 minutes

Backwards

Here’s a song about people who get on a bus with the promise that they are going to a party with food and other good stuff. They don’t notice that the bus is driving backwards, away from where they think they are going. The bus driver, is so not-taking-care-of business that while the bus drives he shaves and eats spaghetti.

Human/Mon Bon Ami together (not one after the other)

Machel Montano and Angela Hunte both have songs to Ti’ Punch Riddim and the same background track (as far as I can tell). I like both songs and want to hear what they would sound like together at the same time. Today I put the two songs together in Audacity to see. I didn’t do anything to them except synch the start, so the background is too loud, Angela Hunte’s vocals are not load enough, etc. I don’t know anything about mixing and am using the final songs. That said, the songs do work together and would sound good if mixed right.

Both together:

Web Colors and Icons Explained

I am frequently asked to explain my job as a professional Front-End Software Engineer/UI/UX Developer/Designer. If my listeners are still with me and are extremely polite, they request “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Web Design (But Were Afraid to Ask Because it Might Be Boring) [the Mobile Edition, in 2 minutes or less].” Below is a distillation of two crucial topics, Colors and Icons.

Colors

Have you ever wondered why so many websites use the same colors? The consortium for web standards Colors Committee defines acceptable colors by working closely with browser makers, popular frameworks, and sports drink manufacturers. Just like other technologies and fashions, a color can get discontinued and become unsupported. Once that happens, the color becomes invisible in all browsers.

It’s important to please everyone. One user abhors amber; another loathes lilac. This brings most sites quite logically to the mathematical middle-of-the-road. At Yodlr we engineered the background color to appear Gray within the USA but Grey elsewhere.

I used the colors and shapes of Yodlr’s existing logo as a base. I was able to convince management to shell out the extra money needed for purple, a particularly expensive license because it uses both red and blue and is associated with royalty.

Icons

Creating icons for uncommon buttons is difficult. At Yodlr we needed new icons to show when participants were viewing a presentation and for our “Raise your Hand” feature. Some of the more challenging icons I have created in the past were for “Deodorant”, “Existentialism”, “Hot Pastrami” and “Cold Pastrami”.

A common but little talked about problem with shapes and icons is the dreaded “It Reminds Me Of”, or its acronym IRMO, which I just made up. IRMO occurs when you show someone your work and they say

“It reminds me of

  • a skunk,”
  • “our competitor’s logo,” or
  • an icon already in use that means something completely different.

You can’t argue with IRMO. (No, it looks nothing like a chandelier!) Sometimes you’re looking at your work and realize it resembles private body part/s. Experts agree that Body-part IRMO is more widely-spread than previously thought but generally goes unreported because of the stigma. If you experience Body-part IRMO, experts advise, hide your work and go back to the drawing board.

AngularJS Fixed Header Directive and Demo

Here’s the directive Lance Finney and Steve Molitor created in github:  https://github.com/objectcomputing/FixedHeader.

Here’s the demo:
http://objectcomputing.github.io/FixedHeader/demo/index.html.

Steve says, “The demo is ugly on purpose because we wanted it to focus on the essential markup and css necessary to use the directive.”

Yours truly is credited in the README notes.

Scrollbar Width Hack

Have you ever wanted to line something up with the right side of the content of an element with a scrollbar, but were frustrated because scrollbar widths vary by browser (including mobile ones where they might not be visible)? Yeah, me too. I just made a demo page of a hack for that. It creates an invisible element with a scrollbar on it for positioning.  This seems to do what I need right now.  What would be the best, but I don’t have an answer for, is a way to do something like this only taking into account whether the visible element with the scrollbar has a scrollbar or not.  My solution is to make sure it always does.  Doing the same thing when it might not is the next question.  I can think of a couple of ways to do this with JavaScript, but I wanted to do it with CSS.

Stromae videos “Tous Les Mêmes”

 

This is the new video for the song Tous Les Mêmes. It is a complicated, conceptual video with dance, lights, and post production effects. Part of the complexity is that Stromae plays both members of a couple at once, by switching which profile is showing. It must be hard to choreograph always walking one direction when it’s the man and the other direction when it’s the woman. There are also red and green lights which show who’s turn it is. Stromae did a good job of switching between roles in the first video when it was a solo. The old video is lighter, but the song is pretty dark.


Papaoutai is another excellent Stromae video.