Some thoughts from Adele…

Adele is my sister. She wrote me today with these astute questions/observations:

For starters: what the hell’s a ‘blog anyway?
Glad you asked! The term ‘blog is short for weblog, a term I believe was coined by peterme. For more info., I highly recommend reading Rebecca Blood’s essay “Weblogs: A History and Perspective.

Also, grey is not a color, its a shade (see entry from 19-March-2001), but you’re right, your arrow is way better.
Yeah – you’re right about grey…what was I thinking? About the arrow: thanks! Take THAT Jakob Nielsen!

Didn’t you used to have a wish list link on your page under: perhaps you’d like to…?
I sure did…if I put it back, will you buy me stuff?

Under your buy my car link you have SIX pictures of the outside of your car, but no interior shots. …this would be especially good for your car as i imagine it to be virtually spotless.
You’re right, my car IS spotless inside! I just know someone out there is itching to buy it…would pictures of the inside put you over the edge?

Your links page is nice, but can you rearrange some of them so there aren’t so many big gaps?
I COULD do that, but I doubt I will. Can you do it for me?   😛

Finally, you need to develop your picture section more. You only have two entries! and then you put other pictures on your blog. Why bother with a picture section if you aren’t going to develop it.
I actually have a TON of pictures all ready to go. I just have to make pages for them. I should probably write a script that does it, so I don’t have to make all those pages by hand…sometime soon, I hope!

She ends the message with this:
…if you don’t find any of this helpful, hey…at least your sis wrote you! 🙂
tell Selena i said hi
love you lots bro—del

Thanks Adele, I love you too!

Congratulations, Selena!

Selena got a job at One Media today. Congratulations!

Speaking of One Media: So, I’m playing around with this interesting interface on onemedia.com (flash required). At first I thought, “Wow this is so cool! What a great way to sync up the words with the pictures.”

Then I started thinking that it would have been a lot more accessible if they had just put all the pictures on the page with the words next to them, like this:

Click for full size image -- One Media garden design interface imagesWell, it turns out that to put those pictures top to bottom would take a page at least 770 pixels wide and 1035 pixels tall – and that’s without any branding or site navigation. Yipes!

…turns out that the “designy” solution is probably better in this case. What do you think?

Jakob’s Arrow

(Note from Dec. 2001: Some of the links in this post were no longer valid, so I removed them and italicized the words that used to be linked, for reference.)

I’ve scrapped the pending bradlauster.com re-design. I think the design of a bio-blog really ought to reflect the ‘blogger’s personality. Me, I’m a pretty simple guy. That design was NOT me. In terms of what the design will finally look like, who knows…on my mind right now is MegNut’s new ultra-minimalist approach. Bravo Miss. Hourihan!

Speaking of re-designs, while writing this, I noticed something on useit.com that needs a re-design: the arrow Jakob uses to build his bread crumb trails. Has anyone else noticed how crappy that thing looks? On his “Why This Site Has Almost No Graphics” page, he makes mention of the glyph and states that “Download times rule the Web.” If that’s the case, then maybe Jakob should skip the ugly anti-aliased arrow, and go with my slimmer, trimmer, copyright free version:

[Image] Jakob's arrow Jakob’s arrow, 116 bytes
[Image] Brad's arrow Brad’s arrow, 59 bytes

Refurbished Xootr Sale

(Note from June 2002: I get a lot of hits from Google searches looking for “refurbished xootr,” so I thought I should update this entry. This sale ended a long time ago (note the March 2001 entry date). I bought two Xootr Cruz scooters and love them! If you’re thinking about getting one – DO IT! They’re very well built. Feel free to post a comment if you have questions.)

Xootr is having a sale on factory seconds and refurbished scooters. You can get a Xootr Cruz for as little as $100! …I imagine you now want to leave to check out the sale?