Done and done...

I set up http://www.jakedimare.com and it will be the home to all my blogging, henceforth.



I thought it would be fun to redesign my personal blog for 2010. At this point is looks like I will be redesigning it twice or three times...I just can't get it right.

For one thing, it may be time to pull the trigger and register my own domain name. Then I can download a real blog engine and ditch the constraints of blogger. I like the features of blogger a lot but from a design perspective, not so much. I am unhappy with the toolbar at the top and I can't seem to get the layout to work the way I want it to...though this could be a result of my own intellectual limitations.

The other thing I am getting ready to do is change the theme altogether. I have gotten quite a bit of mileage out of this weird snapshot I took of Boston one winter morning in 2006. It is a cool image...except for a light pole right in the middle. I have tried to Photoshop it out before. I know how...but I just don't have the time to do it right. I use it for my twitter background so I am at least consistent in my 'brand' but I am just getting tired of it.


One of the designers at the office just turned me on to this. For fans of remixing/mashups and Radiohead...


Well worth the price tag (FREE)...but I would have paid for it...


Happy Festivus

Yes, you can purchase your very own festivus pole.


The year in review...

It's that time of year again...when the media devotes all their spare time to reviewing the year. In general, I guess 2009 will not go down in history as the best year for most people in the world. I personally fared well. I have a lot to be grateful for.

In technology, things have begun to get incredibly exciting. I could go on for hours about all the amazing changes happening but I only have about 2 minutes so here are a handful of the most fun and exciting advances:
  1. HTML 5
  2. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter views the Apollo 11 landing site*
  3. The Blob Bot
  4. Google Real Time Search
  5. Augmented Reality

* If you don't think a picture of the moon is that cool consider this: It has taken us 30 years to be able to take another look at the Apollo landing sites. No camera or telescope had the ability to see something that size at that distance.

Of course, no list would be complete without negative consideration. Without a doubt, the technology which is the least exciting (in my humble opinion) is getting the most attention:

  1. Robot Hamsters


Social Networkage

Friday is here. I am working on shaping Viewpoint Creative's social networking footprint this week. It has been fun because I get to explore communities I would otherwise not necessarily explore in depth.

Click here to read an article on Mashable! about visualizing global social web involvement.

I found an article earlier today on a toy for babies connected to Twitter. I find this idea pretty disturbing...can we allow babies to enjoy baby life without the involvement of the WWW? I mean, I am all for posting pictures so we can all keep up with your little miracle but if you connect the child to twitter we can't be friends anymore.

And yes, I can see the irony in this position but I have been thinking a lot lately and I do believe it may be high time people start to recognize the decidedly antisocial behavior that comes with over use of social networks.