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  • Southwestern Macbook

    December 31, 2007

    I didn’t take pictures, so you’ll have to use your imagination. My wife and I were just sitting down to quesadillas and an episode of West Wing. We had just failed our first attempt to make cheese (who knew...

  • Anyone Want My Box Lunch?

    December 15, 2007

    Cardboard White was a good idea. I wanted it to be a central place where people could get together and start up their own conversations on anything and everything. But a few things happened that I hadn’t thought about:...

  • My Life, in ASCII

    November 27, 2007

    A self-portrait done ASCII-style...

  • What's on Your Desktop?

    June 6, 2007

    Maybe it's just me, but I'm crazy OCD about my desktop wallpaper. It can't be so loud that it distracts from my icons, and yet I can't seem to settle for black. For a few years there, I had...

  • 10 Ways Movable Type 4 Will Rock Your Blog

    June 5, 2007

    It was 5 am, and I was headed off to bed after pulling an all-nighter on a client's project; and who of all people writes me, but Arvind sending over the news that MT 4 beta has just gone...

  • Shutdown Day

    March 23, 2007

    Tomorrow (Sat, Mar 24) is the official Shutdown Day, when everyone turns all their computers off and goes outside, gets away from it all. How appropriate, since I'm about to turn my computer off for the last time at the...

  • Hello

    February 26, 2007

    Hello, and welcome to the iPhone's coming out video. This is Apple's first ad for the iPhone, and was about the only excitement I experienced during the 2007 Oscars. A hundred points (redeemable at all participating Waffle Houses) if...

  • The Voodoo-Magic of Google Ranking

    February 3, 2007

    Last century, it was the bunny ears; this century, Google ranking is today's voodoo-magic. Nobody knows exactly how it works, but everybody's got their hunches. What we do know (or think we know) is that Google factors in things...

  • I'm A Crossover Artist

    January 27, 2007

    My dad has been a PC guy as long as I can remember. And because he used to write security software for banks, he'd always have the cutting edge computer, and I'd get last year's model. I was the...

  • Get To Know Your PC

    November 15, 2006

    John Hodgman, to be precise. This self-proclaimed expert-of-everything has recently gained pop-culture fame as the PC on the "I'm a PC and I'm a Mac" commercials. Funny thing is, he's a devout Mac fan. Read his humorous interview with...

  • Mac Fever

    October 15, 2006

    I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my Mac Pro arrived safely in the mail (all 67 lbs. of it). The bad news is that I don't feel very well at all. It must be...

  • GooTube

    October 10, 2006

    Have you heard? For 1.6 billion junior bacon cheeseburgers. Now let's see if they can make any Frosties out of the deal....

  • Baby Got Mac

    October 6, 2006

    Hello Jesse D. Gardner, Thank you for shopping at the Apple Store online. We're processing your order now. Visit Order Status to view your order details and track your shipment. If you'd like to change your order, please log...

  • Simply Recipes: Eye Meat and Potatoes

    October 1, 2006

    It's such a strange thing to redesign a website that you use all the time. So when Elise approached me about redesigning her world-famous recipe site, I was elated. It's not every day that you get to make something you...

  • The Gospel According to Mozilla

    August 26, 2006

    In the spirit of my Firefox-as-a-dictionary post a few weeks ago, here's a few more quick smart keyword tips that have made my Bible study just a little faster. Using FireFox for Bible Study When it comes to serious Bible...

  • Using FireFox as a Dictionary

    August 7, 2006

    For months and months, I have been looking for an way to find the definition of a word without needing to clutter up my toolbar or break my streamlined surfing habits. Sure, I can type "definition:esplanade" in my Google search...

  • Ooglegay Isthay!

    July 25, 2006

    So you're bored by the dry-oatmeal taste of Google.com? Liven up Google with a bit of candy-coated weirdness: Ewmew Fudd - Seawch the web, Wooney Toons styew. Bork, bork, bork! - E'e leek to seerch-a... e'em feeleeng looky! Igpay Atinlay...

  • "I Want To Be A Real Boy"

    June 1, 2006

    My mother is the kind of person who haggles at yard sales. (Quote: "If they don't mark a price, I don't mind talking them down.") My father is a hardcore computer guy. (Quote: "Just a 5 minute VIM demo and...

  • Cat of Election Revolves Pure Darkness

    May 23, 2006

    Well, they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery. But I'm not flattered. I'm falling off my chair laughing. Ok, first, visit http://www.plasticmind.com. Go ahead I'll wait. Now, check out http://www.javad.ir. It's one thing when someone steals your design...

  • A Few (More) of MY Unfavorite Things

    May 18, 2006

    In the spirit of beating dead horses (making things better), I've continued my wish list for MT changes: Real Power-editing: Marie from disarranging.com mentioned in the previous article that the power editing mode should allow for assigning multiple categories. I...

  • These Are a Few of My Unfavorite Things

    May 16, 2006

    After my little rant the other day about the differences between MovableType and WordPress, I got thinking about more about their interfaces. In my argument I begged the question that MT's interface is much slicker, but I'm sure some people...

  • Movable Type vs. WordPress

    May 11, 2006

    I have a great deal of respect for Mike Rundle, one of the founders of 9rules design network; so when I found out he was waxing eloquent about Movable Type and WordPress, I was interested. After reading his level-headed discussion...

  • Less Of A Pop, More Of A Thud

    April 7, 2006

    Can't tell if it's the sound of my new blog design making a dull thud with my readers or my fatigue-drenched body hitting the floor. It's after 3am and I'm still working on little things, like fleshing out the individual...

  • Donning My Birthday Suit

    April 4, 2006

    In honor of my birthday, I'm going naked tomorrow. That's right, I'm taking it all off!

  • Pardon The Mess

    April 3, 2006

    Please forgive the mess as things get moved around here. (Nothing like overwriting essential files inadvertantly.) Look for some big changes sometime this week. I promise it will be worth it....

  • The Style Contest

    March 30, 2006

    After literally hundreds of hours of work on this project, we (Arvind, Elise and I) are finally doing what every good parent has to do--letting our baby wander out into the world. Meet our baby: Basically, it's a chance for...

  • PlasticMind Forums: Apologies and Upheaval

    March 19, 2006

    First off, I'd like to apologize for some of the crap (pardon the language, but that's truly what this garbage is) that's been showing up in some of the forums (an incorrectly configured set of permissions is to blame). I...

  • Cardboard White: Swag, Feeds and Beth's Faux Paus

    February 28, 2006

    Ok, so Cardboard White obviously isn't perfect. But I'm really working at making it something that's useful (if for no one else but me), so I've added a few more things that may help make it easier to stay current...

  • The Style Contest

    February 10, 2006

    Well, this is one of those things that has more to do with my business than my personal life. But then a.) since I own my own business, they are one and the same and b.) I'm not getting...

  • Apple's Big Thing

    January 10, 2006

    Steve Jobs, every geek's Santa Claus, just spilled some seriously tasty beans. Here's what Apple has in store for us: iPod with FM tuner Mac OS X 10.4.4 released with all sorts of new widgets New iLife released: iWeb, iMovie,...

  • Be Amazed: The Optimus Keyboard

    January 9, 2006

    Ok folks, start saving up for my birthday (April 5th) because this has just taken slot#2 on my wish list: the Optimus keyboard. Each key is an individual display--you read it right, a small screen on each key--that can...

  • Is This Google's Chance to Kill Microsoft?

    January 3, 2006

    Seems as though Google has clarified that they won't be pursuing their own own OS. So now hopefully Google and Mac get together to create the unstoppable force that could overthrow Microsoft. Maybe. Some very interesting news came across the...

  • What the... Flock 0.5pre?

    January 1, 2006

    It's calling itself "the social browser" and claims to be the champion of Web 2.0. Visit the site and you'll find humongous type and a free-spirited blurb about the way the web should work, but what is Flock and should...

  • Apple and the Impossible

    October 12, 2005

    Everyone was guessing about what Apple's big announcement was this afternoon, and boy is it a shock! With the release of the impossibly small iPod Nano just a few weeks ago, all of the geeks (including me) were saying it...

  • Del.icio.us!

    October 11, 2005

    Some of you may be familiar with this social browsing experience, but those of you who aren't should really get on the bandwagon. You read the title right, that's the domain name: del.icio.us -- no www's (so cliche!) just exactly...

  • Laptop Surgery

    October 8, 2005

    UPDATE: Well, after a long, tedious surgery and a few mishaps involving thermal compound, I've pieced it together and it's running like a charm. Matter of fact, it's running SO quietly that I thought the fan wasn't working! Hurrah for...

  • Paradigm Lost?

    October 7, 2005

    OH NO. I've stared death (comma the blue screen of) in the face and lived to tell. That's right, my laptop has gone to the great BIOS in the sky. I'm hoping to roll the stone away and call out,...

  • A Whole New Paradigm

    October 6, 2005

    Well, you know how I am when it comes to talking things up. But no, really, this should be interesting. I'm going to be moving this blog to a new domain and giving it the respect it deserves. When my...

  • PixelZion Podcast: Guest Appearance

    September 19, 2005

    I recently connected with an interesting community effort to bring light to the digital art world from a Christian perspective. PixelZion consists of a decent size group of artists working together to bring something valuable to the field, and they...

  • DSL, Low Bandwidth and a Ratty Phone Jack

    September 15, 2005

    So I spent most of Monday pulling my hair out....

  • Awake My Forums, AWAKE!!!

    September 8, 2005

    *evil scientist laugh* Now that I've got a bit of PHP under the old belt, my next after hours project will be the forums. They're up and running, but still with someone else's design. That's gonna change. I want to...

  • FireFox: Essential Extensions

    August 29, 2005

    If you do not already use FireFox, please GET IT NOW. I cannot emphasize enough how insecure and irresponsible Internet Explorer is. Recent testing has unearthed over 752 web addresses that can infect IE with spyware without a user clicking...

  • Movable Tweak

    August 15, 2005

    As most of you know, I'm a die-hard Movable Type fan. MT is the most powerful content management software available today (IMHO), doing wonders for blogs and website alike. Believe it or not, it's the framework upon which I...

  • MAJOR CHANGES AHEAD

    August 8, 2005

    PlasticMind.com is going through a major overhaul in the next few days as the boat is getting rocked. This message will self destruct in 30 seconds... Consider yourself warned. *** WHOA - IT WORKS ***...

  • Ok, all better.

    July 28, 2005

    Alright. PlasticMind in all it's glory is running on PlasticMindHosting.net... all of this is of course semantics, because it's technically the same server as before, only this time under the PlasticMindHosting Banner. Laymen's Terms: Go about your business...

  • PlasticMind Hosting: Take 1

    July 24, 2005

    Lots of new things going on in my life. First I begin a design company, then I begin a marriage, then I begin a cruise, then I begin my new job, and now (drumroll please) I've launched PlasticMindHosting.net ... well,...

  • We're Baaaack!

    July 18, 2005

    Well, the brand new Gardner's are home, trouble is, I'm out DSL until Friday. Seems as though Verizon doesn't work quite that fast (that fast being 3 weeks). I have lots of great pictures and video and even entries that...

  • Client#0000001

    July 2, 2005

    I just finished up my very first webdesign job under the business name PlasticMind Design. Good looking but amazingly flexible, the site is powered by Movable Type, and every piece of text you see on the site is editable by...

  • Forums: Alive and Well

    June 12, 2005

    "The forums are coming, the forums are coming..." After a bit of php tinkering and virtual hand dirtying, I managed to get the forums back up and running. For those of you who are new to the site, it's a...

  • Alma Step-Mater

    May 30, 2005

    In my busyness I stumbled across a site that is just exactly what I DON'T need right now, but I'll pass it along because I know I have quite a few PCC Alumni readers. pccboard.com Let's just say in the...