Notes

Short, bite sized thoughts, inspirations, mistakes, and other minutia. The sort of scraps you’d jot down in a notebook to remember for later…

For longer, more thorough writing — peruse the articles section.

Twenty Nineteen

First time doing a year in review post. The statistics contained are just for fun as there's nothing to compare them against yet.
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Autumn refresh

Using CSS Grid Layout Module to redesign a Jekyll site and further improve performance and accessibility.
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Oil pastels are not pencils

Not to overstate the obvious here, but oil pastels do not behave like colored pencils...
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CSS blur effect

Playing with the new Depth Effect (aka fauxkeh) on my iPhone 7 Plus got me thinking about Gaussian blurs, and how to improve their use on…

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Using SSI to detect cookies

In my never ending quest to micro-optimize the hell out of my site, I ran into a snag when trying to use SSI directives to improve the loading of critical CSS and cached stylesheets.
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Inktober failure

Like previous years, I started out with the best of intentions for Inktober and then quickly lost steam...
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How to glitch images

To create profile images that look like they’ve been run through a television set with poor reception, I use DECIM8. It’s available as both…

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Learning to draw on iPad

How did I git gud at drawing and painting on an iPad? The answer that no one likes to hear is ”practice, practice, practice.” I wish there…

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How to make time-lapse videos on iPad

Methods used to capture time-lapse videos of drawing and painting on an iPad, to show an artwork's progression.
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What tablet do you use?

If it wasn’t obvious from the artwork on this site, I draw, paint, and create on Apple’s iPad. My current model is a 12.9″ Pro (256GB) with…

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Drawing experience

I’ve been drawing with traditional tools and materials — on and off for the last 20 years. And drawing with digital tools on iPad, the last…

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Paperfaces digital drawing giveaway

Enter to win a portrait of your choice drawn by Michael Rose in his signature PaperFaces style.
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Inspiring faces want to know

Finding inspiration from the faces of strangers on Sktchy for iOS.
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Starting young

It was only natural the two little rosebuds would become early adopters of technology.
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365 days of drawing faces

Year one of my 365 day portrait project may be over, but I'm just getting started.
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Sketching PaperFaces portraits

An experiment in humanizing the web — drawing a portrait everyday on iPad with the app Paper.
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Easter egg marriage proposal

Two years ago on this day, I proposed to my wife Wendy by leading her on an Easter egg scavenger hunt.
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Corn On Macabre record art ⁠— vellum and metallic ink bliss

My favorite thing about this Corn On Macabre 7-inch record is the use of vellum and metallic inks in the sleeve.
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My About.me profile

How 5 minutes spent creating an About.me profile nabbed me free Moo business cards of my own design.
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Urban Outfitters, ya typography dun goofed again

Glad to see improvements in the May 2011 Urban Outfitters catalog. Especially since I took a few issues with their typography last month.
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Agna Moraine's Autobiography, handwritten record art

I couldn't begin to tell you what the artwork in this emo record means. But silk screening lyrics on fabric scrapes is kind of cool.
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Collecting records for the artwork

How the hand crafted aesthetics found in DIY released emo and hardcore records started my collecting addiction.
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Typography no nos with Urban Outfitters

The typography in Urban Outfitters latest catalog has some serious readability issues.
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Knowing grids means breaking grids

Exploring what it means to develop a grid system that helps facilitate strong design with purpose.
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Wendy's bird cage & flying birds tattoos

Put a bird on it. Photographs of Wendy's bird cage tattoos and some ink splat trees on my arms.
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The quality of my first Blurb book is great

Using Blurb's BookSmart software was painless and having it printed was equally enjoyable.
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Rasterbating a large wall sized owl print

Tutorial and time-lapse using the Rasterbator web app to print and assemble a wall sized poster of an owl.
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Seeing through blurred eyes — The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Quick impressions of the film, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly.
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RRIICCEE show last night

Musically — RRIICCEE is fine, but not something I really want to see live again.
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Upgrading an iMac G5 to OS X Leopard

What I went through upgrading an iMac G5 to Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).
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One week with the new iPod classic

Quick impressions of the new iPod classic 60GB.
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Blinded by the light ⁠— Sunshine impressions

The film Sunshine directed by Danny Boyle is science fiction without the big bang.
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A Tale of Two Sisters is almost Fatal Frame

My quick impressions of a Korean horror flick that gives off some serious Fatal Frame vibes.
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La Moustache quick review

My quick impressions of La Moustache --- a French film about a dude shaving his mustache.
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iPod battery settlement program status

A short update on the status of my iPod 3G battery settlement claim.
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Feeling kinda stuck in a Half Nelson

My impressions of the film Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling.
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