Creativity is just connecting things.
— Steve Jobs

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Been a Long Time, Been a Long Time

I don’t normally post about my career but kinda feel compelled to. I was laid off last week and it’s weird. I’m shocked because I really thought Digital was a strategic advantage and direction for my company, especially in the Detroit market, where clients just refuse to pay for anything that could be misconstrued as an elaborate production. Digital is theoretically cheaper but that’s only true for so long. Once you get deeper into creative and integration with other platforms, costs typically go up.

Regardless, I’ve been away from the blog for a while now because I’m searching for a new job. My net is cast over the whole U.S. right now and while I prefer Silicon Valley, Chicago and the East Coast, I’m entertaining all offers that could lead to a bright and stable future.

I just spent hours rewriting my resume into the early morning and really think it paints a clear picture of who I am, what I’m interested in producing, and how I think. I hope an employer sees it the same way. 😉

In the meantime, I’ve put my house up for sale . It’s really bizarre to see it listed but I have to. The Detroit market is devastated and frankly, everyone here thinks they’re next to be laid off.

For now, I’m spending time with my family by taking Elise to ballet classes, rocking Miles to sleep and rubbing Melissa’s feet/letting her sleep in/keeping the house neat to help relieve her stress. I so hated to give her the news of my layoff after the year she’s had in the hospital with a high-risk pregnancy and premature delivery.

When Melissa and I decided to move back to Michigan in 2000, we knew it was a risk. There just aren’t as many places to work here as other markets. We’ve had fun in Michigan, met tons of great neighbors, and worked with some fabulous people along the way. But by far, the best thing has been having our kids with our families around to share in that experience.

I will post any updates to the search here. I wish everyone in Michigan and all connected to the auto industry all the best. It’s unnecessarily brutal out there due to circumstances that were really beyond any of our control.

Time to get back to making Miles smile.

iPhone 2.0 Map Feature

I don’t have the 3G model but that didn’t stop Google Maps from being super useful when using their targeting function. If you are in Maps and press the targeting button in the lower left corner, the usual blue circle with inward facing blue tick marks will appear. What’s new (to me at least) is that if you keep driving around, the blue circle will move to reflect your new position. This mode is also shown to be active when the targeting button in the lower left corner stays the bright blue color. Tap that icon once more and the “following mode” turns off. I did notice that I had wi-fi on while I was driving around as well.

I don’t recall this being in the 1.0 Maps app. Maybe I’m wrong. Either way, it’s a pseudo GPS function that is really helpful.

UPDATE:

From the newly released iPhone manual it states:

If you have an iPhone 3G, a blue marker indicates your location when GPS is used
to find your location. Otherwise, a circle is used to show your approximate location.
As you move around, iPhone updates your location, adjusting the map so that the
location indicator remains in the center of the screen. If you tap again or drag the
map, iPhone continues to update your location but stops centering it, so the location
information may move off the screen.

I’m not sure if that entire paragraph applies only to the 3G model or both.

iPhone App Wishlist

1. A real spam filter for MobileMail. Unfortunately, Apple’s MobileMail 2.0 description only talks about “support for mass email move and delete.” Maybe the developer of SpamSieve will come out with an iPhone version.

2. Cutomize.app.

3. A great voice notes app. I’ve even considered trying to create my own version.

4. A remote control for Keynote that uses bluetooth instead of http via MobileSafari.

5. Adium.

6. Pastor.

7. A great movie times lookup. I hate having to use any standard websites because they are just so slow.

8. Cha-Ching quick transaction entry. I’m starting to believe that if I had an instant input method to that app, I’d find it much more useful.

I Bought an iPhone

I know, it’s nutty. I’ve never had a personal cell phone before this. There’s no point in me writing up a review since there are literally hundreds if you search Google News or do virtually any blog.

I went to the Twelve Oaks Apple store in Novi, walked to the back display unit, futzed around with it for about 2 minutes then walked over to the register and bought it. No waiting in line. No camping. All the hype around this device made me think I’d have a poor store experience but it was great.

What I will say about the device is this. I think it’s Insanely Great™ and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m anxiously awaiting news of someone finding a way to install 3rd party apps on it. Even a way to just move data back and forth without having to use iTunes.

The Google Maps feature is something I desperately need because I ALWAYS get lost when traveling. I have no sense of direction and am tired of being late or lost whenever I leave the house. The new UI gestures like pinching and flinging really make sense with this app.

I do wish the built-in Mail app was a little more sophisticated by having a built-in spam filter, ability to mass delete messages, and faster navigation between accounts. I don’t like having to climb all the way back to the main menu to jump to another account that has new messages. I think the bottom nav bar could be an easy place to provide these functions since now they’re kinda bare and static except for the “checking for messages” text.

The iPod is really really fun to use as are many of the other things that involve flinging or flipping or throwing. The extra steps it takes to accomplish tasks seems offset due to the fun factor of the UI.

I would also like to see AOL’s IM built in as well as a Keynote Player and a way to connect the device to a projector via the dock/usb cable. Maybe an adapter is in the works. If Leopard had been introduced on time, I bet the Keynote app would have been included as part of the refreshed iWork suite. If Apple can find a way for users to upload or sync Keynote presentations to the iPhone and allow it to power a projector, I’d be really blown away.

Finally, I would love to see Apple publish at least, a developer guide for creating Safari webapps and post it somewhere around here.

Next on the agenda is a case for the iPhone. I will DIE if it gets wrecked. This one looks to be quite durable and even makes the iPhone resemble a Newton.

Watch Your Code

While I was working on a client project today, I wondered what the new NYTimes CSS looked like. I especially was interested in the new font size and face for articles. So, after locating the CSS file I checked out the source.

Two things struck me. One was the meta data added by the author:

[html]
/*
—————————————————–
NYT CSS file for /css/common/global.css
FileName: global.css
Author: James Duncan
revison date: 2006.04.05
Revised by: James Duncan
Comments: Latest Version
—————————————————–
*/
[/html]

The second was the note at the end:

[html]
/* move this crap to section front if needed, what a mess… – James

ul, ol {
padding-left: 0px;
margin-left: 18px;
_margin-left: 22px;
}

*/
[/html]

Note to self. You work for the NYTimes and people are interested in how you do things. Next time realize that you’re not still working on ricks-smurf-collection.com and remember to remove personal comments from the CSS file.

LOL