Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RSS Feeds Double As Mobile Web Pages Too With foneFrame

SEATTLE - foneFrame creates RSS feeds that are also mobile web pages for smartphones. Read foneFrame RSS feeds on your Android device or iPhone using your favorite web browser, not a feed reader. Make feeds that double as mobile web pages too. [ ]

Millions read feeds and follow podcasts but most people switch to a dedicated feed reader. Your phone's browser is your best friend and goes with you everywhere, so why not use it to access your favorite feeds too? With foneFrame you can!

Link an RSS 2.0 file to a foneFrame stylesheet and convert simple feeds into fully customizable mobile web pages. foneFrame uses CSS3 stylesheets to format feeds; edit the stylesheet to quickly modify your mobile page.

- foneFrame feeds are mobile pages on smartphones

- compatible with Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone, as well as computers & tablets

- Create & maintain your feed on your computer, under your own control

- Fully customizable because foneFrame uses CSS3 stylesheets

- The basic foneFrame framework is free, released under Creative Commons

- The basic foneFrame framework is hosted in the cloud for decreased latency

- Support for PubSubHubBub & message authentication codes

- And it's free!

RSS files are often machine-generated, exported from applications or generated dynamically. Feeds lend themselves to timely alerts and updates pushed out to smartphones, as well as syndication.

foneFrame is a mobile web framework from Azalea Software, Inc. built using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. It's free, open source, and licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0). This means you're encouraged to edit, change, modify, and mashup foneFrame

foneFrame is available as a template for those who build their own pages, as a web front end that generates mobile web sites, a hack to 'skin' Twitter feeds, and now an RSS wrapper as well. The basic foneFrame framework is stored in the cloud for speed and ease of use. Your web files are kept on your computer, under your control, using HTML5's local storage. foneFrame is a decentralized tool, free from the constraints of a third party site.

"foneFrame is like a lucky penny: it turns up everywhere! Our HTML5 template was first. Then we turned our attention to the web. Using your browser you can write and maintain feeds stored on your computer, not some possibly non-secure third party site." says Jerry Whiting, Azalea Software's founder & president. "We call these 'feeds with style'. Yes, they're feeds but they're also mobile pages. One file, two mediums."

Every feed entry includes a digital fingerprint that provides author and message authentication using an HMAC (Hash-based Message Authentication Code) based on SHA-256.

foneFrame is a project sparked by the use of social media during the Arab Spring and the American Occupy movement. Governments can block access to sites like Twitter and Facebook. What if you could create mobile web pages through your browser? What if cryptography provided authentication automatically? What if foneFrame was hosted for free in the cloud? Would you try it? What would you do with it? How can we make it better?

Azalea Software, Inc., founded in 1992, publishes barcode printing software [ ], an Android QR scanning app [ ], and mobile dev tools [ ]. Located in Seattle WA, we enjoy writing good software almost as much as we love The Three Jewels.

Media contact: Jerry Whiting, Azalea Software, Inc. +1.206.341.9500

#foneFrame #RSS #feeds #podcast #CSS3 #smartphone #Android #iPhone #PubSubHubBub #mobileframework #mobilewebsite

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Web Cookies (sic)

Grandpa Jerry made cookies with Audrey today. My 8 yr old granddaughter kept asking me to explain what the abbreviations stood for.

The seed has been planted... Has A Story About ME!

I read each and every day. Imagine my surprise when I saw the video of my "Computer Security 101" talk for #OccupySeattle and the Tibetan community show up as a story.

"Hey, that's me!"

I may not be in Wikipedia or IMDB, haven't been slashdot'ed yet but I've been in hackaday!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Twitter in foneFrame Mobile Web Pages

Tweets into a custom web page for smartphones. That's right, Twitter into a mobile web page. How? foneFrame, that's how!

"Computer Security 101" video

I gave a talk on "Computer Security 101" for #OccupySeattle and my Tibetan sisters & brothers on Sunday. Here's the video.

Computer Security 101, part 1

Computer Security 101, part 2

Jerry Whiting, 11dec11

Monday, December 12, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Free Online Mobile Web Page Generator

foneFrame now supports the creation of mobile web pages made using HTML5 and CSS3 through a web front end: Here’s the press release.

It's free, it works, and all of your posts include a SHA-256 based HMAC for authentication! Nothing like crypto, ehhh?

foneFrame is a mobile web framework inspired in large part by the Arab Spring, the Tibetans' struggle against China, and the #OccupyWallStreet movement.

If you like this, please help spread the word.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

foneFrame HTML5 Template Press Release

(PDF version)

Don't Have A Mobile Site? You're Late. Not Using HTML5? You're Behind. The Answer? foneFrame!

SEATTLE - Mobile web pages and HTML5? Yes. Web sites for smartphones like Android and iPhone? Done. Creative Commons, open source, and free? Yep, free as in "beer". foneFrame, a free mobile web framework, now has a new template. [ ]

The foneFrame 2.0.0 template from Azalea Software is the latest implementation of the foneFrame schema. Built with HTML5 + CSS3 with a touch of JavaScript, foneFrame creates mobile pages quickly and easily, and is the ideal way to wireframe mobile pages.

"Why struggle with HTML5? You know you want to use it but can't seem to find the time to master it. foneFrame begins with HTML5 and CSS3 and builds out from there. It's foolish *not* to use foneFrame." says Jerry Whiting, Azalea Software Inc.'s Pres & CEO. "I found the sweet spot between Android and iPhone to be elusive at best. I'm glad to share my learning curve with you because there's no faster way to jumpstart a new web project than by using a template. That's why the foneFrame template is free under the Creative Commons license. We *want* you to edit, change, improve, hack, and mashup it up!"

As opposed to other web templates that are merely static boilerplate you replace, the foneFrame template includes valuable information about SEO (search engine optimization), metadata, and has examples of how to embed Google Maps, Google Calendars, and Twitter feeds into mobile pages. The styles defined in the stylesheet can be mixed and matched to format a wide variety of page layouts.

Other features include:
- the basic framework elements are hosted in the cloud for reduced latency
- a library of basic buttons and icons
- a basic photo gallery with thumbnail navigation
- lots and lots of comments in the code that explain how foneFrame works

foneFrame is a mobile web framework focusing on smartphones like Android and iPhone. Built using HTML5, CSS3, & JavaScript, foneFrame encompasses a schema and naming conventions. Azalea Software, Inc. [ ], founded in 1992 publishes barcode printing software and mobile dev tools. Located in Seattle WA, Azalea Software is an innovative, one-of-a-kind company.

#foneFrame #HTML5 #CSS3 #mobileframework #mobileweb #smartphone #Android #iPhone


Friday, November 25, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet Celebrates Thanksgiving

And is that a Black Panther Party button I see on the left at :41? I do believe it is! Gotta love that.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Learn to Make Better Websites

I just put together a tutorial about writing effective web pages including SEO, metadata, translation, and sitemaps. Whether you're making a new site from scratch or updating an existing one, these how-to's will help make your site better.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Online Encryption Using Blowfish

Encrypt using Blowfish, all online, all free."

Blowfish is a very fast, very secure cipher invented by Bruce Schneier. Use it to lock up what you want to keep safe.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

foneFrame v2.0.0 Mobile Web Template

The foneFrame v2.0.0 mobile template has been released under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 3.0). Download this free open source HTML5 mobile template:

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Flickr Gallery of 2012 Calendar Photos

I put together a gallery of the photos from the 2012 JetCityOrange calendars.

After you decide which one(s) you want, you can download them off here: JetCityOrange/calendar/

Download Free 2012 Calendars (PDF)

I've been designing and giving away free calendars for the last 10 years. This year's calendars:

"Psychic Barber" features a photo of the neon sign at Rick’s Barber Shop in West Seattle and a QR barcode that tangentially relates to the sign itself. The neon sign is real and yes there's a story behind it.
"Soup" is a still life photo with a message floating in a bowl of soup. The photo was done by madmoo. The QR code in the photograph is worth scanning and especially if you're hungry and like to cook.
"Cairn" is a simple and serene image of a cairn, the pile of stones used as a trail marker. Jerry is transfixed by cairns whenever he comes across one while hiking in the Cascades. (trivia: JetCityOrange began as a site called "The Cairn Project".)

All of the 2012 calendars are available online right now!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

TX Sheriff Has Armed Drone! Somebody Please Shoot It

$100 cash no questions ask to the first person to shoot one of these outta the sky:

I wanna see your video of it! Take it out!

On second thought you could just jam the controller, take it over and do with it as you please.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#OccupyOakland & #OccupyWallStreet Protest Advice

Watch these videos to learn how the police act and respond. The news media videos give overviews but the YouTube videos give you an idea of what you'll experience in the streets. Watch & Learn!

Watch the police Where are they? What do you think their game plan is? Is it a sweep or a pinch? What are they lining up to do to you?

Know where you are Learn the local geography beforehand. Look at maps. Street layout, escape routes, deadends. Know your options.

Think in advance What are you prepared to do? Stand your ground, go to jail, retreat? Be prepared to change your plan in response to unfolding events.

Know the people around you Are you along or with friends? Strangers or familiar faces? Talk to them before anything happens. Are there those you feel you can count on? Are there those who may need your help or assistance?

What's the weather? It doesn't take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. If tear gas or other chemical agents are going to be used, are you upwind or downwind?

Take video & photos I always begin by photographing the police before anything happens including badge numbers and faces. Don't provoke them but stand your ground, up close and personal. Act as a witness, collect evidence, share it with the world.

Think, don't panic. Take care of yourselves, take care of others.

And don't forget, we're going to win!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Next Dalai Lama, HHDL's Official Statement

Blinded by their own ignorance borne of samsara, Beijing would love to manipulate the recognition of the next Dalai Lama. This is His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's take on all this. It's a great read both for its historical background and the clarity of His position and intentions.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

KUOW Interview About #OccupySeattle

Carolyn Adolph from KUOW interviewed me about #OccupySeattle. Like I'm ever at a loss for words... The MP3 is on

Monday, October 17, 2011

#OccupySeattle Arrests Oct 17, 2011

The Seattle Police cleared the tents out of Westlake Park Mon Oct 17, 2011. I had the pleasure of being there to videotape it.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

This Is Not a Bank (Bank of America)

Trust me, I'm not clever enough to make this up. The guy watching me do this video got the joke too. Downtown Seattle on 3rd near #OccupySeattle.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Occupy Babylon poster"

Occupy Babylon poster (PDF)
If you run the risk of being arrested taking part in #OccupyWallStreet or one of the numerous #OccupyTogether events, you may be arrested. I suggest installing "I'm Being Arrested", a free Android app beforehand. I'm Being Arrested is free and available in the Android Market. All you do is configure it beforehand with SMS numbers of lawyers, family and friends along with a custom SMS message. then with a push of a button everyone is alerted to your changed status.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Solar Power for #OccupyWallStreet & #OccupyTogether

Looking for a way to help out #OccupyWallStreet & #OccupyTogether? Here's a fun weekend project building a solar powered charging station.

Now get busy! We have a revolution to win!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Free 2012 Calendars With Visual Puns and Easter Eggs From Azalea Software, Inc.

SEATTLE - Azalea Software, Inc. just released their collection of free calendars for 2012. [ ] Available in PDF format, they're designed to be downloaded and printed on your inkjet or laser printer..

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Azalea Software's trademark idiosyncratic and visually humorous calendars featuring unique photographic images. In keeping with tradition the photos in the 2012 calendars include visual puns and mixed messages. The calendars fit on one letter sized page and feature major holidays as well as the Azalea staff's birthdays. They expect at least an email if not flowers..

2012 is a Leap Year and to celebrate this auspicious occasion, this year's calendars have Easter eggs and poorly hidden messages in them. For reasons known only to himself, Azalea's president Jerry Whiting has infused a an interactive circus theme into this year's calendars..

"I've been under a rock working on foneFrame, our new mobile framework, for what seems like endless months now. When calendar time came around, I used it as a way to purge myself and prepare for the upcoming new year. Nothing thematic like the years we highlighted orchids, graffiti, or neon signs." says Whiting. "We stopped printing and mailing physical calendars a couple of years ago. By putting them online, we get to share them with everyone around the world. It's great!".

Download one or download them all. Link to them on Facebook, tweet about how much you love them, email the link to friends and family alike. The web page explains how to force full bleeds on Epson inkjet printers to accommodate the calendars' design. Quit being a cheapskate and walk a flashdrive to a copy shop and pay for a high quality print. And don't forget Miranda & Jerry's birthdays (3/1 & 12/12 respectively)..

Azalea Software, Inc., Seattle WA, sells mobile web dev tools & mobile templates [ ] and barcode fonts & software [ ]. They maintain "The Barcode FAQ" and have been known to mouth off in their blog, [ ]. Miranda and Jerry can be found in their favorite coffee house, laptops in tow, collaborating with a virtual team that spans the globe. This line is to make sure you're paying attention..


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Download Free 2012 Calendars

It's that time of year again. Azalea Software is giving away free 2012 calendars. These are unique, one-of-a-kind calendars for 2012.

Because 2012 is a Leap Year, each calendar has one or more Easter Eggs in it.

Monday, October 10, 2011

#OccupyTogether Poster Video

You can download posters & leaflets for Occupy Together & Occupy Wall Street here:

I used my favorites to make a slideshow:

Azalea Software's New EU Web Site

Azalea Software, Inc. [Seattle WA] just re-launched their barcode web site for those living in the European Union.

Available in all 23 official languages of the EU, reaches out to those living in Europe who need barcode fonts and barcode software.

SEO for #OccupyWallStreet et al.

If you're anything like me you're turned on and energized by #OccupyWallStreet. I sure am!

I saw a request yesterday for Search Engine Optimization suggestions for those doing websites for #OccupyTogether et al. So I wrote one:

Read it, use it, share it!

Nerds @ Occupy Wall Street

It warms my geeky heart to see the technology in use at Occupy Wall Street. Not to be left out or out done, I dropped off a couple of solar panels to charge a 12v car battery or two at Occupy Seattle!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Display Tweets in a Mobile Web Site

Twitter in foneFrame Use foneFrame to embed Twitter updates in a mobile web page. foneFrame is an HTML5 framework that can create mobile pages with tweets in them. Here's how to put Twitter in a mobile web site.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The new foneFrame website is up: The site will grow as we release more and more parts of the foneFrame mobile framework. First the mobile web templates then the web front end and the phone apps next. Just you wait and see!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SSL & TLS Both Broken? I Hope Not!

SSL hacked? TLS too? Thai Duong & Juliano Rizzo say their BEAST does just that. This is not good news. Au contraire. BEAST is something to keep an eye on.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dog Whistle MP3 Files

Looking for a way to train your dog or silence your neighbor's loud pets? Try downloading these free dog whistle MP3 files. You'll have to play them through speakers capable of reproducing high pitch sounds. Try your cell phone and if that works, take it to the park and see how the dogs react! Dog next door keeping you up and nigh? Burn a CD and stick the speaker out your window. The possibilities are endless...

Monday, September 12, 2011

N2A Cards Turn Color Nook Into Android Tablet

I just turned a Color Nook into an Android tablet using N2Acards’s chip. Plug it in, click your heels together 3X, and voila! An Android tablet with a great screen, fantastic battery life, and lightweight! I'll give up Photoshop while traveling to my favorite WiFi coffeehouse to work every day once I find an FTP program I can live with. Yee haw!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Smozzy, surf via SMS & MMS on TMobile

Android & TMobile user? Surf for free using SMS & MMS with Smozzy. Pretty darn clever, ehhh?

foneFrame v1.0.2 Now Available

foneFrame v1.0.2 is now available online:

- The various foneFrame elements are now hosted in the cloud (think CDN).
- Improved SEO secret sauce built in.
- New logo.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

foneFrame Press Release (PDF)

Here's the foneFrame press release (PDF)

foneFrame is a mobile framework built using HTML5 and CSS3, with a little touch of Javascript. Build mobile web pages for smartphones like Android and iPhone, as well as computers and tablets, using foneFrame.

A Better Way to Board Airplanes (one that works!)

There's a better way, a much better way, to board an airplane.

Convinced? So am I. DEMAND that your favorite airlines adopt this method. Especially those of you who are uber-flyers with oodles of frequent flyer miles.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

foneFrame, Mobile Web Template HTML5 & CSS3

If you're ready to make mobile web pages using HTML5 and CSS3 you need to download foneFrame and start making mobile web sites right now!

Embed Google Calendars & Google Maps, add styles to RSS & XML files, and more.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Turtle Sushi

Watch my turtle Timmy eat a worm. Something we call "Turtle Sushi" around here.

Friday, August 05, 2011

"Move" a flipbook animated video

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

We all know I love flipbook animation and this is a good one by Rick Mereki, Tim White and Andrew Lees.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Elliott Bay Book Company mobile calendar page for Aug

The Elliott Bay Book Company author reading schedule is online for all you Seattle book reading smartphone users:

NYC Pinball Animation Video

I love doing flipbook stop action videos, which means of course I like watching them too. This one is great, not that I'm a big pinball guy but it's creative and it's a group effort. Looks like they had fun making it too!

Person Pinball- 2011 Animation Block Party 'Outro' from aaron hughes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New York City As Seen From UNDERNEATH A Skateboard

Wow! Not only is the perspective unique, this is no casual ride along the sidewalk. The double yellow line tells you where this character went.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Star Wars, The Old Republic pre-order details

Wonder how the Star Wars “The Old Republic” MMO game is configured? Can't figure out the 3 options (even though you’re ready to pre-order)?

Look no further. Bryan Whiting has the deets.

Cell Phone Meditation Timer

I wrote a meditation timer for cell phones as a web app not a phone app. This means you can use it without having to install an application, you can use it from your phone/tablet/computer, and it's free (because it was so easy to make).

So give it a whirl. Works to time yoga or Pilates sessions as well.

Feedback? Lemme know!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Google Labs Closing? Please Leave The Lights On!

If Google closes Google Labs, I hope they leave the lights on. That is, leave things running on the server farms.

Please continue to innovate and throw stuff out there but we love ya cause ya put out lots of wild stuff. Works mostly, but a.) you put it a lot of it out there all the time and better yet b.) you share it with us openly.

It's not just that all these toys are free you do videos and wikis and services and engage with the community around your gadgets, widgets, snippets, and hacks.

In many so ways you embrace and define the open source DIY mashup just-my-way-cuz-i-can ethic.

So thanks from so many of us for so much but please, leave the lights on for a while longer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Free Artwork for Barcode Tattoos

If you're thinking about getting a barcode tattoo (and who isn't these days?) you should start with the best artwork you can.

Why get a barcode tattoo that won't scan properly or one that scans as something other than what you had in mind? You know, if you get a bad one, barcode nerds the world over will laugh at you.

Azalea Software will create barcodes for tattoos for free. That's right, we'll make a bar code for any tattoo artist or their customer, just for the asking!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Plick DIY Robot

Next time play the whole song. Otherwise you're merely pissing Lou Reed (and me) off.

Still, I want 2 or 3 of these bad boys!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

UPC Barcodes for Microbreweries

If you brew beer and have any ambitions of selling it, you'll need a UPC barcode. Why pay an annual fee when you can purchase as many UPC barcodes as you want for only $19. And we'll throw in a free PDF of your new barcode for free.

So if you're in the craft brewing industry, here's your chance. Act now and save!

Nyan Cats Anyone?

Ready for some Nyan Cats because we all know, you can't have too many Nyan Cats!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Stuxnet Virus Explained

Wired has an amazing article about the Stuxnet virus that targeted Iran's centrifuges.

This is cyberwarfare at its finest. While this article is long, think of it as a piece in The New Yorker or Vanity Fair. This is investigative journalism at its finest.

So, does reading this make you sleep better at night???

Friday, July 08, 2011

QR Barcode Tattoo Anyone?

I love QR barcodes as much as the next guy and yes I'm inked but a QR tattoo? I'll pass, thanks.

eHarmony Cat Lady Song

eHarmony Cat Lady, meet Songify.

Debbie, if we were all laughing at your before we're ROTFLMAO now!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Has your password been hacked? See for yourself

Rarely does a URL explain exactly what it does like

It told me that one of mine fell with the Gizmodo hack but my other 2 main ones appear secure. Ya never can tell...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

HTML5 Mobile Web Templates Under Creative Commons License

QRdvark hosts three new HTML5 mobile templates released under the Creative Commons license (CC BY 3.0). Using Fone, Noir, or Alba, you can modify, change, mixup, mashup, tweak, and edit them to your heart's content.

All three HTML templates can be downloaded from Details about these new mobile web page templates.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Wind Tunnel Dance

The music is lame so either turn the sound off or provide your own soundtrack. Still a cool idea.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

HTML5 Mobile Web Templates from QRdvark

HTML5 mobile website templates from

The first 3 are Fone, Noir, and Alba. And yes, there's a free version of each web template released under Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New HTML5 Web Templates for Mobile Web Pages Released

Noir, Fone, and Alba are three HTML5 templates used to make mobile web pages. These HTML5 web templates are available for download at Both free (Creative Commons) and paid versions for only $29 are available.

Noir is a quiet, minimalist design that looks great on any mobile phone, with a black background perfect for displaying photos or images.

Fone looks like a mobile app as much as a mobile page and is a versatile starting point that lends itself to modification.

Alba is a clean, uncluttered design with restaurants in mind and creates food menus complete with descriptions and prices.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Video Illusion

Don't believe everything you see or take things for granted.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Beer Robot

I like beer and therefore I could grow to love this bot!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Trombone as Flamethrower

Let's hope they put *this* trombone in the front of the marching band!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Elliott Bay Book Company calendar of events

The June calendar of author readings and other events at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle is available as a mobile webpage for smartphones:

Monday, May 30, 2011

Nyan Cat Origins Explained!

Admit it. You've watched Nyan Cat, probably a coupla times, right?

Nyan Nyan is a bot! A program. Software from a big corporation behind a synthetic "singer".

Monday, May 23, 2011

Elbert "Big Man" Howard, founding member of Black Panther Party

Elbert "Big Man" Howard, one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party, spoke at the opening of a photo exhibit featuring the work of Pirkle Jones & Ruth-Marion Baruch. Novato CA 19may11

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

QR in Seattle

QR barcodes are like macros for your phone. Watch as I use my smart phone to navigate life in Seattle.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Awesome pendulum video

Well worth watching these pendulums swing. And to think this was a deliberate design!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A great robot video

I like a good robot as much as the next guy. I don't build 'em but I like 'em. As long as they're well-behaved. And this one ain't!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Computer Science, meet Folk Dance. Dance, meet CS.

This set of videos is even cooler the more you understand the math underneath. Still, even with the sound off it's cool!

How much did they have to drink to start coming up with these???

Friday, April 29, 2011

Elliott Bay Book Company calendar of events

Keep up with the current Elliott Bay Book Company author readings & events on your mobile phone.

A calendar is available online at This Google calendar can be read on your Android or iPhone.

Thursday, April 28, 2011


What took Obama so long to make his birth certificate public? His delay fanned the flames of the GOP & Tea Party. Knucklehead...

Exxon Excessive Profits!

Exxon makes almost $11B in profits last quarter & I paid $4.73 a gallon yesterday. What's wrong with this picture? Nationalize Big Oil!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Integration of Shaker Heights

My family moved into Shaker Heights OH in 1961. I was the first and only Black kid at Onaway Elementary School. A half century later, I sat down and told the story from my point of view.

Friday, April 01, 2011

stiff peaks photo: GeorgeTown Liquor Company Exhibit

stiff peaks photo: GeorgeTown Liquor Company Exhibit: "I am consistently taken by the enormous amount of images that are waiting to be captured. All I have to do is leave the house and I become ..."

Elliott Bay Book Company mobile calendar page

The Elliott Bay Book Company here in Seattle has a full schedule of author readings and other literary events. I wrote a mobile web page with the Elliott Bay Book Co. calendar of events. Use it from any Android or iPhone (haven't tested it with Blackberries yet).

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Seattle mobile web page

I finally got around to starting a Seattle mobile web page with weather, maps, and a webcam image of the Space Needle. Next up, Seattle trivia and restaurant reviews. Bus schedules & traffic cams too!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Today is Pi Day!

3/14 is Pi Day, get it?

And if you need a little reminder or to brush up on Pi try: this Pi tutorial.

Happy Pi[e]!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Rock Paper Scissors: man against computer

Try playing rock paper scissors against the New York Times' web site.

Not that we don't all know and love Rock Paper Scissors but playing against a robot hand is too cool for words!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Unusual lost password security questions

My complaint with most sites' lost password log in security questions is that they're usually bullshit. If I'm serious about stealing your identity, your mother's maiden name and the city you were born in are trivial.

Huntington Bank has the usual plus some with a twist, not to mention a sense of humor:
What is your favorite musical instrument?
What was your first job?
What is your greatest fear?
What is your favorite historical figure?
What sports team do you love to see lose?
What is the last name of your favorite author?
What is the name of your favorite comic book hero or cartoon character?
What is the first name of your best friend from childhood?
What was the make and model of the first car you owned?
What is the last name of your favorite teacher?
What is your favorite fruit or vegetable?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Even AARP Likes Meditation

Imagine my surprise when I read about AARP endorsing meditation. Have we see meditating go mainstream? Is yoga part of the reason why?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

RSSmachine, a free RSS feed template

RSSmachine is a free RSS feed template. Write your own RSS 2.0 feeds and then host your new feed on Dropbox for free. Sweet hack!

Dowload free mobile web page templates

Azalea Software + QRdvark have released two new free mobile web site templates. These are XHTML Mobile Profile 1.2 compliant files you can use to begin designing your own mobile web pages.

“Tofu” is a basic mobile template that works on a number of phones in Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and others. You can download the Tofu web template for free.

“Whiteboard” is a free template to embeds a Google Spreadsheet into a mobile web page. If you edit the Google Spreadsheet, the web page is updated too. Download Whiteboard web template for free.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Guided Meditations on Your Cell Phone

I uploaded a set of guided meditations you can hear on your cell phone. Ideal to help you meditate every day.

There are also sounds like waves, crickets, waterfalls, and wind chimes. Not to mention white noise, pink noise, and brown noise.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day & Online Dating

Online dating in the modern era involves one or more horny people and the internet. Usually craigslist instead of those other sites that advertise on TV. At least when craigslist is on the tube, it's part a juicy Law & Order plot.

Ready to read some "did they really say that?" craigslist ads? I've gathered up some good ones for your reading delight.

Friday, February 11, 2011


Going home to see Mom next week. Know what that means? MALLOMARS!!!

They're not sold in Seattle but you can beat your bottom dollar I'm buying a case this time. (The boxes I brought back last trip were someone's kids' favorite Xmas present.)

Nokia & Microsoft

Nokia + Microsoft. 2 dogs = 1 mutt

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Black Eyed Peas @ Super Bowl

Dear Black Eyed Peas: If you aren't George Clinton, don't even *think* about doing the Mother Ship thaing.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Happy New Year!

Tashi dalek losar! Gung Hay Fat Choy Happy New Year!

May peace and compassion rule the next year and eons upon eons to come. May we all nurture the flame in the hearts of others.

Oh, and given that I believe in floating holidays and we got married *last* losar, "Happy 1st anniversary to my lovely wife Lisa!"

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cap'n Crunch Whistle & June 1972 Ramparts (John Draper) eBay auction

Bid on an original Cap'n Crunch whistle and the June 1972 issue of Ramparts magazine with the article on how to build a black box. Details are online.

Videos on Your Cell Phone

I just uploaded several videos onto my newly relaunched mobile website: BubbleWrap, Koi Pond, and Mickey Toast.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mobile Site for Those That Meditate

I just relaunched JetCityOrange Mobile, a web site designed for cell phones. This is a great resource for those that those that meditate.

There's more coming...

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kalachakra 2011 in Washington DC

Our tickets for the Kalachakra in DC this July came today. 11 days with His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

I'm long overdue for some Dalai time.