There and back again, a SXSW and BarCampAustinIII Tale

March 11, 2008 • 0 comments

Last weekend was great, more like all sorts of awesomeness. It was my first SXSW and it left an interesting impression. The panels, the trade show, Screenburn… all were really exciting and I had a blast. Not to mention Austin, TX is a pretty cool place sans the traffic and the horribly maintained streets.


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SXSW as an event itself was quite the experience; the immense geek aura that emitted from the Austin Convention Center could be seen miles away, the countless people drinking coffee in the morning, and alcohol in the evening was a humorous sight. Inside the convention center, the geek vibe was at its peek, laptops, blackberrys, iPhones/iPods, OLPCs, etc… the amount of technology inside and the potentially cancerous waves of wireless frequencies were a not only a turnoff but an avoidable necessity. I cant remember how many times having WiFi access saved us. The amount of walking also got annoying fast. Although the massive legos section was pretty tempting but I didn’t have time to build that time machine.

One of the highlights of SXSW was the Mark Zuckerberg keynote. Suffice to say, it was pretty brutal, for Sarah Lacy that is. During the entire interview the crowed was not pleased with they way she seemed to interview herself and not Mark. It got so bad she decided to open it up for questions and have a “digg like mob rule”. One of the audience members asked

Other than rough interviews, what are some of the biggest challenges Facebook faces?

It got a lot worse throughout the interview, you can find more information all across the web.

BarCamp Austin III

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BarCamp Austin III was held at the magnificent GSD&M | idea city building about a mile from SXSW. We walked in greeted by friendly faces and whurly putting bands on everyone’s wrists. BarCamp just had a different energy about it, more lax yet at the same time more productive for example the iPhoneDevCamp had been working for about 12 hours straight. Towards the end, there was live entertainment and the unicorn made another appearance there.

Michael Cummings showed up shortly after with some crazy equipment to take some really awesome pictures. That ring light was amazing. As you know the theBelafonte designed the badges and the shirts… but did you see the truck design! Now that is “all sorts of awesomeness”!

See you all again for BarCampAustin4 and SXSWi 2009!

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SXSW and BarCampAustinIII

February 26, 2008 • 0 comments

Over the next few weeks it might be a bit quiet here. I’m graduating from the Art Institute of Houston and I’m working on my final portfolio. So I’ve got a bit of work ahead of me and only a few weeks left. Not to worry though, the bulk of the work is done. After the portfolio is due, is when the fun really begins. March 7th I’ll be in Austin for SXSW also during this time I will attend BarCampAustinIII. Props goes out to Aaron Belafonte for an amazing job with the badges.

Also wanted to say thanks to Marianne (who is in fact made of awesome) for helping out with the arrangements.

See you guys at BarCampAustinIII and SXSW!

And of course Graduation when I come back! March is going to be crazy!

Oh and I killed a snake tonight.

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The New wysiwip

February 10, 2008 • 2 comments

Introducing the newly designed wysiwip blog. Special thanks goes to theBelafonte for all his help. Designing and building this theme has been quite an experience. This theme has been a long time coming. I didn’t realize the core part would only take an hour or so. The rest of it was just tweaking the CSS and how I wanted to lay the information out on the home and subsequent pages. WordPress has really made easy to create not only blogs but also CMS based websites. For all those out there who don’t think they can make a custom theme, think again. It’s really quite simple.

I’d love to get some feedback on what you guys think of the new look.

I’m going to constantly be upgrading and adding new things to this theme, if I left it, it wouldn’t be a work in progress now would it?

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Quick Firefox fix for dotted border on links

November 23, 2007 • 6 comments

When using the Phark -9999px method for image replacements you should use one of the fixes for the border outline in order to solve the border problem on your designs. However these fixes are not all that widely used. Here is a way to use either of these fixes across all the websites that you browse using Firefox user style sheets.

In order to make Firefox behave a certain way for all websites that you visit you have to either edit the default user style sheet or the Firefox config file.

Mac users: navigate to {user}/Library/Application Support/Firefox/Profiles/Chrome{your user profile}
PC users: navigate to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\profile\chrome

and open the file userContent-examples.css and add either one of the solutions into the CSS file and save as userContent.css
Disable the border:

a {
    outline: none;

Tidy up the border:

a {
    overflow: hidden;

There is also a way to get rid of the outline border by editing the Firefox config file (keep in mind this will remove the border completely)

1. Type “about:config” in Firefox’s location bar
2. Find the string: browser.display.focus_ring_width
3. Set the value to 0

Now Firefox will behave as you want across all websites you visit. Gotta love user based style sheets.

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