J.Kirchartz Web Yinzer

Notes

Here’s a collection of actual songs I made using Caustic, and painstakingly exported to *.wav, and uploaded to soundcloud directly from my smart phone.

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I worked at Google in 2015 and learned a great deal of things, I wrote this shortly after; now I think it’s finally ready to publish.

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There’s a 1948 American propaganda film called “Make Mine Freedom” that tells us some of the dangers of an “imported doubletalk” called “-Ism.” Since it was made during the Cold War it’s McCarthey-esque hamfistedness shows which ‘ism’ they were particularly concerned about without mentioning any one specifically.

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“How do I send this to my Mom…” she asked herself scrolling up and down the page; “…I can tweet or add it to pinterest,” she sighed in resignation

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I don’t know if you’re ready for this - it might blow your mind…

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Cowsay is a fun little app that draws a cow that says things, but you can do so much more than a cow, there’s all sorts of fun ascii art critters in there; but how do we get to them?

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How Many Apocalypses Have I Survived? screenshot

I’m surprised at how easy it is to survive the end-times as predicted by mediums, prophets, clergy, mathematicians, charlatans, and true-believers.

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Glitchy 3bit dither screenshot

I’d like to officially introduce my new pet project, Glitchy 3bit Dither, it’s an in-browser emulation of glitch art techniques.

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It’s no secret, I’m VIM fan. Any time I have to take my hands off the keyboard to mess with a GUI I have issues. My palms get all sweaty, I break out in hives, and have a vague feeling like I’m playing a game of whack-a-mole. Well, it may not be that bad, but I’m sick of it. So I decided to do something about it.

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If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know my editor of choice is VIM, it’s very clean. There’s nothing there to get in your way, except your own limitations, and those limitations can be destroyed through practice. Haven’t tried vim yet? What are you waiting for?

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Google unceremoniously killed Reader. It was fun while it lasted, but you knew it was going to happen.

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When I was learning design I was glued to photoshop. Touching every filter and tool, researching customisation and automation. Working hard to improve my skills, and learning all the tricks and etiquette, but it was hogging my time. It was all fluff, web browsers don’t care about your layer-naming scheme or how well you use smart objects. The web is open, free, and unpredictable; Photoshop is none of those things.

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I’ve always been an early adopter and when blogs were just becoming a thing Blogger was one of the first companies doing it, how else would they get such a great URL? For a time I was fine with the way blogging worked there, but now I am disappointed. Enough so to leave.

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There, I said it. Now get the phrase out of your head, it doesn’t exist, please stop trying.

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StackOverflow is an awesome community, devs helping devs become better devs, it’s a nice concept. More often than not, solving these problems will require setting up a test somewhere, for javascript that’s easy just use jsfiddle, but other languages you might have some work to do. I often hear my fellow dev’s asking “Is there a JSFiddle for…” almost any programing language. Well, friend, here’s my list of sites, sandboxes, and demos that make writing & repairing code with your browser all sorts of easier

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I wrote this piece in October of 2011 for the Songwhale Blog, re-posting it here for prosperity.

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BAMP Festival of Homes mobile site screenshot

Here’s the Builders Association in the Metropolitan Pittsburgh Festival of Homes mobile site at bamp.songwhale.com

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I’ve been spending a lot of time using the linux CLI lately, and I know it can seem difficult at first.

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Here’s a little html5 notepad using localStorage. Check it out

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Let’s kick it old-school, with the absolute CLASSIC typewriter effect. I couldn’t find a decent jQuery version of this effect that worked, so I pluginified some vintage javascript.

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Here is a simple reusable javascript redirect that uses the Mobile Link Discovery Spec

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Here’s a collection of samples, doodles, runs, and maybe a few songs I made using Bhajis Loops, export to *.wav, on an old Palm Tungsten E2 they’re CC-licensed so please feel free to sample & chop them as you see fit.

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I recently stared playing with xui.js it’s a really nice library targeted to mobile devices, based on JQuery. I’d really like to stick with jQuery but jQuery Mobile is actually more like jQueryUI for mobile and I’m not into making everything on the mobile web look like native iPhone

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I surely couldn’t have been the first to think of this, but wouldn’t it be great if you could write your HTML, then convert it to CSS? Yeah, I know they’re not really the same, but the CSS has to be attached to something. Why not pull it out and have a skeleton CSS file made for you? This short python script will read in HTML, and spit out all the CSS selectors it can find.

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The Great Internet Migratory Box Of Electronics Junk is a project that allows hackers & makers to share some electronics/components with each other. There’s a ton of these things going around, but it seems like they move quite slowly.

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Border Radius Toy screenshot

This is my CSS3 Border-Radius Toy, it’s kind of a rip-off of a rip-off of BorderRadius.com

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A While back I coded a plugin to apply the letterpress effect, since then I’ve decided that css’s text-shadow property was a better way to go, but some browsers don’t support text-shadow *cough* IE *cough* this is a slight mod to check for IE & apply the letterpress plugin to them, and use text-shadow on browsers that support it.

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Baierl Race 2 Vegas screenshot

Baierl Automotive and MarkIT Group developed the idea for a Youtube Video contest, with a raffle for FaceBook fans.

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Automotive Search Tool & API screenshot

This was an interesting project that had a few iterations before it’s current state.

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Automotive Mobile site template. screenshot

Here is a base-template I created for use on car dealership mobile sites. It’s a minimalist design, made to work on the widest variety of software/firmware possible from your favorite flip-phone to a top-of-the-line blackberry.

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Here’s a quickly little plugin’ tool, that I know people will find very useful. It’s called Clickify, and it’s an answer to a problem a lot of people are concerned about.

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Image Optimization is a fun game, trying to get just the right compression ratio to balance file size and appearance. There are a ton of tricks out there, but as a Photoshop user you generally end up with some pretty big files that are just small images. Today I had an icon, 71x30px that was 40.1kb after I resized it from a larger jpeg that was 38kb.

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The music of Yoav is heavily loop based, due to the fact that every sound is either produced by his guitar or his voice. To accomplish this he has several looping delay pedals

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PNGs and IE6, sounds like a recipe for trouble. Well you could always use the lovely DD_belatedPNG

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Here we go, at it again with a new plugin called fish-menu heavily based on jquery.ui.potato.menu by Makoto_KW

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As you might have noticed I've got I had a couple crazy “non-standard” fonts from fontburner.com. FontBurner is a great tool for hosting sIFR (scalable inman flash replacement) flash files & javascript to simply replace fonts & text with a small flash file that displays it in the font of your choice. Currently fontburner has a limited set of options regarding color/spacing etc. but with a little ingenuity one is able to add this functionality themselves.

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Keying – the process used to remove green-screen – is a relatively simple process now-a-days, pick the shade of green and tweak a few numbers and you’re done; but sometimes there are issues…

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This plugin adds the Letterpress style to any assigned tag.

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Here’s a super-simple DIV slideshow with JQuery based on one for prototype/scriptaculous, it can be found here. The beauty is that it can contain anything

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Last night I went to my local CFUG meeting, to hear Adam Lehman from Adobe talk about the new Flash Platform & Coldfusion Products.

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Medrespond - Cancer Clinical Trials screenshot

I worked for MedRespond for a time; During which I created all the broadcast-graphics and videos for their Cancer Clinical Trials Project for UPMC.

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Back in the good ol’ days to style the list component’s over state all you needed

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