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A mix tape is the original “social media.” The true nature of a mix, is not unlike that of a composed album. It’s goal is to build a connection between mixer and mixee. Whether it’s a random jumbling of favorite tracks, a themed snapshot or a beautifully orchestrated arrangement of tracks with complementary, distinct flow and style, the mix serves as a vessel for the mixer to express themselves.

Who want’s to buy me these? Size 13 in case you were wondering…

I think I like white the best, what about you?

In White...

In White...

In Orange....

In Orange....

In MOONBOOT... i mean, silver

In MOONBOOT... i mean, silver

Reading all the other blogs and tweets about people meeting Gary V only made my anticipation that much more. It was one of my SXSW goals- I only started following/watching him mid/late last year but I totally vibe with his style and message.

So, I was waiting for the elevator at the Hilton Austin to get to the 4th floor to go to a panel and all the sudden I saw a very familiar figure with green beanie strutting into my view. As I stared for a brief second the persons smile grew bigger and then I realized “holy shit, it’s Gary V.” Immediately he came up to me and we greeted each other. The aura of openness and friendliness was awesome, like an old friend. We spoke briefly in the elevator. I asked him to sign my Gary Vaynerchuk “Internet All Stars” Card (which I’ve carrying around with a Sharpie since yesterday for just such a “run in” occasion). I gave him a JESS3 poster and then he was off. I don’t know, it was probably the best “meeting a mentor” experience I’ve had, probably, the best first impression of meeting anyone, ever- no joke.

Then, minutes later, I got a DM on twitter from Gary following up and telling me he thought the poster was “BOMB.”

Sick.

I sort of feel like a giggly little girl in the 90s meeting N*SYNC or the Backstreet Boys writing about this- but seriously, it was epically legit.

BTW, here’s the poster.

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Ok- so I apologize for the absence of pictures right now- I thought I would be cool and save space in my bag, and thinking “oh look, my camera and USB harddrive both use USB, I’ll just bring one cable! Brilliant!” Except that my iPhoto library is on said drive and I need both of said devices to be plugged in to transfer the glorious SXSW pix to said iPhoto library… get what I said? Basically I FAIL. So I should be getting another cable from someone soon. Until then, enjoy tweets and twitpics @adamdexter

Also Z-Tejas is legit, the food and service are great and they “Get It” with social media PR, madd props!

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.
Moment

iphone-not-a-boombox

This is all I have to say.

Also Sia’s music vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6PGrub3jUc

Ok, this isn’t really anything new necessarily, but it was really interesting thing to see. A picture, good or bad, put a sexy girl in it and people will probably like it, or at least look at it a lot. This can be seen subtly in photo contests, where you have two magnificent photos going head to head, but the winner is probably the one with the attractive girl in it (I see this the most in DPChallenge). This is kind of a massively broad and general statement- but I’m just speaking on what I see often.

Like right now, I’m refilling my Flickr account (after having it deleted for unknown reasons) and posted this picture.
Club Life IMG_5372
Within a minute of posting, it had 6 views and now, within 3 minutes from post has another ten for a total of 16. I don’t really have a popular stream, all my other photos are still at 0 views, even the ones right before and after it in the stream. It’s not in any groups/pools and doesn’t have any leading tags. I’m not complaining really, just thought it was an interesting observation.

Maybe it’s not that our culture hasn’t evolved, maybe its just the contrast of content. When you’re looking through the public stream of sunset after sunset, rivers, fields, some cool lighting, peoples cousins and kids, then BAM! a white girls ass on a stark black background. The feeling of risk, like something shouldn’t be there. Oooo, this is kind of risque, lets click on it… I don’t know exactly- I just think the occurrence overall is worth noting.

This happened before too, and this photo is nothing spectacular, but on my old stream this exact photo had the most views and most frequent views on my stats (I had a Pro account) and was one of the photos with the most comments. But the comments weren’t “sexy girl”, “oh, I’ll fap to this”… They were “great photo!”, “beautiful shot”… people trying to disguise the fact that, hey, this photo is of a hot ass, I like it!

What are your thoughts?

Flickr has randomly deleted my Pro Account and I have no idea why. I have emailed them, and no one is responding to me. ::tear/angry face::

The short answer: ABSOF$#KINGLUTELY.

Although I never played World of Warcraft, I had friends and coworkers who did- so knowing that-

take: WoW, The Sims, Sim City, Sim Copter, StarCraft, Age of Empires, Master of Orion, A little Command and Conquer and a little bit of the Fallout series and you get- SPORE, quite possibly one of the most addicting and entertaining games I’ve ever played.

KRS-001

Now, I haven’t really invested time into a video game since, Red Alert 2 (Which came out almost exactly 8 years ago, for those at home counting). Gathered I was pretty involved with Team Fortress 2 a few hours a week last year, it wasn’t anything to be worried about- I’d play for an hour or so, then put it down for a week. I stopped playing it all together without much hesitation.

Today, I played SPORE for nearly 5 hours straight without even fully realizing it. I went from the Tribal stage straight to space in one sitting. I allied tribes, killed my enemies, conquered a planet and expanded my galactic empire in one sitting. Too much? Yes. Worth it? Totally.

However, it is now 1am and I have accomplished little to nothing since I got home around 6:30pm.

Why is it awesome?

The Sodomizer

When you take it at the bare bones- SPORE is really just an elegant mash up of a MMORPG, RTS (real time strategy) and life simulation. You have attributes and can have allies and wars and interact with online players- but what makes it shine is the detail and complexity of the characters. There are virtually endless possibilities when creating and painting/skinning a character. Your choices directly and dynamically effect your gameplay. The options are astounding. You created every creature, every building, vehicle, space ship. It’s insane! The freedom within the creator is incredible too. Mash elements, stack elements, resize, control the appearance, angle, etc. It’s unbelievable.

The only thing is that I wish it told you that whatever you look like before the Tribal stage is how you are stuck looking for the rest of the game.

My Creature

The game play is great too! Now, I’m not sure if I have yet to actually interface with real online players- I know I’ve abducted some, but as far as allying goes- I’m not sure. Anyway- you should get it and you should play it. You can check out my player page here. Also, my user name is Dex110 and my planet name is Leroy. So join up. This game rocks.

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.

(In a light proper BBC or PBS documentary British accent)
Amanda finds herself in the grocery store. She is looking for something scrumptious to eat. As she peruses down the aisles of the frozen food section, a small bag of peas catches her eye. She picks up the peas, places them into her cart and heads toward register. As she is standing in the queue when she realizes that she does not in fact desire peas, but instead longs for a sweet spherical food. Peas being the first rounded option in her journey, she naturally picked them up. “Rather,” she thought to herself. “I would like something sweet.” So Amanda places the peas down on the belt among the other items of the gentleman in front of her so that she may not be bothered in returning the peas to their place, and heads over to fresh fruit section.
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I’m not a MySpace whore, but….. Legit Flash Layouts

Just like the phrase “I don’t mean to be a bitch, but…” you know the proceeding remarks will be chastising, harsh, self-serving and sometimes largely irrelevant despite this weak, weak, disclaimer… Now, I’m really not a myspace whore, infact, the only time I log in is to help friends with design/layout customization issues or to check in with people who refuse to get facebook…but…

First, let’s figure out, how I got here-

Retracing my steps

My chain: All set off by my trial copy of OmniFocus (I downloaded because Merlin Mann mentions that it’s what he uses) which opens with a link to David Allen‘s website as well as 43folders (Merlin Mann) which had a fresh post of links in the list Mail Trends caught my eye which lead me to persistent.info – directly under that link lurked Hivelogic’s post about Offices and The Creativity Zone… this is when it really exploded- from there I clicked on the referenced material to find out what coworking was and read Jason Calacanis’ article of tips for start ups. Then, in the ps from his article I saw Peter Rojas of RCRDLBL’s advice – recognizing RCRDLBL (I love that site) I wanted to find out more about Peter Rojas (whom I didn’t realize was one of the main guys behind Engadget) – Clicking his name lead me to a mahalo.com thread on him. from there, out of curiosity of what a successful full time webloggers myspace would look like, clicked link #6 – MySpace: Peter Rojas Profile – there I saw a very impressive myspace profile that I immediately started to reverse engineer. Ten minutes later I realized I was looking too hard when I spotted the “MySpace Layouts – <3MyFlash” Badge“. I clicked that and then poof, I was there. Although there was A LOT of dead end branches and other diversions along the way, that was basically my direct, social, semantic and actual path to this site… now why can’t someone invent a tracker that does that- I haven’t used Me.dium to tell you how close it comes, but from my limited exposure to it- I think it can track progress like that….

But I digress.

The site is impressive. The have well designed, appealing, functional Flash MySpace designs that are A) Easy to set up and take basically two steps. B) Free C) Their link through badge is fairly unobtrusive and inconspicuous. They even have a design that incorporates your Flickr account in a really useful way. They were nice enough and it was hassle free enough that I even took 2 minutes (literally) to put one of their layouts to use (the Dark styled Flickr one) on my page. (For explanation of my url, just Google imagelink NSFW search “Adam Dexter” with the quotes- however beware, the results will certainly be NSFW.

But to recap- I’m not a MySpace whore, I don’t really use MySpace- However, I do appreciate good design as well as cool free and innovative web apps/sites. So you should check these guys out and show them a little love.

This interesting process lends itself to somewhat of a discussion. I can’t be the only person with completely legitimate yet totally unrelated web chains that cause discovery. I mean, that’s partly the thought behind StumbleUpon. But there has to be something further behind why and how we get to where we are on the web. Google Trends is starting to pick up on the organic search part of the process, but is there a way to put in place sets of references/referrers that would let the surfer be anonymous yet track the users path, not just within a window, but as I and others do, through tabbed windows and cut and paste links as some terms aren’t always hyper-linked.

This app would most likely have to be browser or even OS based as it would have to track the clipboard and new windows/tabs. But if this was created, think of the type of data you would get. It would open up a whole new world to PPC ads, link placement and collaboration. You could expose the trends of users on the most honest, personal level.

It’s also very possible something exactly like this already exists… if so, please let me know.

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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