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Alright, so today has been a good day (and I didn’t even seen 3 red cars in a row).

It’s a gorgeous day weatherwise, I busted out some sweet designs, made a pretty decent lunch. The place I work is going to pick up some really sick clients, so that means I’ll be working on some really awesome projects AND I just found out two of my images were chosen to show in Pingyao, China for the 2009 International Photography Festival. Which is apparently the “oldest and largest photography exhibition in China,” according to this tourism site. (Here are some cool pictures from last years show on a blog I found via google.)

So, if you happen to be around Pingyao between September 19th—26th, take some pictures for me, I’d love to see the show and my work there!

Oh, and here are the two images that were chosen (out of 450, of 100 others):

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Hidden Galaxies 5/5

Dig For Fire (Short Version) from Habib Awan on Vimeo.

My buddy Beebs is making a documentary about vinyl, check that shit.

Here it is, the shortened version of my upcoming full-length documentary on vinyl record culture.

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.

SUMMARY: Why is it that in this new digital age, where hours, days, even months worth of music can be transported in a hardrive the size of a cellphone , that sales of something as analog as vinyl records are increasing?

Why are people buyig vinyl records again? What is their allure? Why do people still buy them? I set out to interview a wide range of people in both the DC area and my hometown of Johnstown PA to find the answer. From Record Store Owners, DJs, and Bands to Record Labels, Audio Technicians, Vinyl Enthusiasts, Collectors, and especially new vinyl buyers, I interviewed them to get their opinion on the subject.
- Habib Awan

The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas

seagateMmmmmm, new hardware… Alright so I just got a brand new Seagate FreeAgent Go from Newegg.com on sale for 105.99 with free shipping! (Thanks Brock for helping fix the credit card issues, and getting it to me overnight!) I gotta say, off the bat, it’s pretty slick. First of all, (the top at least) its made of metal, unlike the Western Digital Passports which are all plastic and bend in when touched. The activity/on lighting in the back of the drive is a nice touch (all those dots on the bottom of the drive glow and “breath” (like a sleeping macbook), not overwhelmingly bright, with white LED). It’s SILENT, SMALL, very thin and stylish looking. Let’s see how it performs, I just formatted the 500GB to 25GB of FAT32 for transporting files from a PC and 475GB for my Aperture (110GB) and iTunes Library (119GB), along with some other stuff.
FUN!

exposed2009
So I guess one of my photos was chosen for DCist Exposed 2009 Show at Flashpoint. Cool. Join me February 20th to March 7th- the other winners look great too. I’m honored.

Here’s my winning shot.
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A list of all the best places online to get cool and unique clothing.

If you’re hear looking for the iCarousel files, just skip to the bottom

Today I had the day off work. So I went to implementing some things to my site that needed to be done. A new (for that matter, the first) Current Works and projects section. I thought of the idea of doing it as browsing an iPhone in multiple pages. This came to me after I visited Uniqueblogdesigns.com when they were featured in a Smashing Mag article on communicating design. I saw the carousel they used and thought it was nifty. So I wanted one. The iPhone was my spin on it. I figured out they were using jCarousel (i think).
So I went about downloading and installing it on my page to find that the jQuery, Prototype and Mootools libraries DO NOT play nicely together. Either mootools effects work or the carousel did or nothing at all… After tons of fiddling, even with an launching the jCarousel in an iFrame so the libraries were not on the same page, I had no luck. I then discovered iCarousel- the Mootools built carousel. Necessary for AJAX library harmony… shortly after, however, I discovered it a) iCarousel was no longer supported anymore. b) the source files were no longer on the web, or so it seemed as the developers legacy page no longer existed.

So I got at some digging…

I found that Ajaxdaddy.com had a working demo of the module (really interested because EVERY OTHER Ajax tutorial SITE only had images that linked back to the now dead developers site). So props to Ajaxdaddy for actually having a workin demo of their own. However, it wasn’t that easy. The site linked to the dev site for download. So instead, I used DeepVacuum to grab all the files and libraries from that demo. The second hurdle was the that this particular demo only showed you how to make vertical carousels… with no documentation on the script itself, I was stuck momentarily.

Back to Google.

I went back to Google and search iCarousel then viewed the cached pages of the once was iCarousel website. From there I copied the link location to the horizontal demo page, plugged that into Google, went to the cached page and ripped source code. After about 30 more minutes of fiddling with libraries, includes and various versions of Mootools I had a working horizontal carousel, that did not conflict with script.aculo.us or prototype!

So check it out- my iPhone carousel

I modeled it after the real interface, even including a realtime javascript clock at the top of the phone so it displays the real time just like an iPhone in the top center. The background I made in photoshop and the thumbs I manually added a drop shadow too. I think it came out pretty well. One thing I had to abandon for now though, was opening the pages inside the iFrame (aka inside the phone). For some reason when I did that, once you open the page, you cannot get back to the main interface, refreshing the page doesn’t fix it either- it was strange. I didn’t feel like working in another iFrame within an iFrame- so I cut my loses and used a simple JS pop up script.

But really, it took me all day but it was worth it. What do you think?

Also, incase you stumbled upon this article looking for iCarousel, you don’t have to bend over backwards for the source files, I have re-uploaded them, complete with working horizontal module code, for your convenience- here.


[UPDATE Aug 6th]
The other day while writing this, I sent an email to Zendhi Nagao, the developer of iCarousel, saying his page was down and just a day later (yesterday) he relaunched it and sent me the link “http://zendold.lojcomm.com.br is back.” Thanks Zendhi! You should check out his mooCanvas experiments, the fractals one is pretty cool.

- I’M GOING TO BE ON XM SATELLITE RADIO- You can listen FO’ FREE!
- Crap, don’t they have like 9 million listeners?
- Yes
- That’s sick. How do I listen for free?
- Sign up here, it takes two seconds.
- Word.

Just got a new MacBook Pro – 2.5 Core 2 Duo, 512MB Vram and 250GB HDD…. sooo nice. soooooooooooo nice. Can I just say that I love the feel of a new trackpad, odd?I also upgraded to Aperture 2.0 - also sooo nice- check out my review on my Photoblog later today (the review is on my to do list…).

Also, Hook is now part of our downstairs game room- best day ever.

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