January, 2007 Results

The Design of Search-This

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I wanted to take a moment to talk about the design of Search-This; its strengths, its weaknesses and get some feedback from you the viewers. What things do you like? What things don’t you like? What would you do differently? Should we add things or remove other things? Please, take a moment and let your opinion be heard.

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Introducing Vinnie Garcia – aka vinnie

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

And now, ladies and gentlemen introducing the hardest working man in code business, the one, the only Vinnie Garcia.

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce Vinnie to the Search-This team. Sure, I had to put a gun to his head, but that’s the Italian way of doing things.

You may work hard, but no one works harder than Vinnie Garcia. The man is approaching the 20,000 post mark over at the SitePoint forums! And it shows, there’s not too many areas in the web world that Vinnie hasn’t at least dabbled in. So when Vinnie speaks, you’re gonna wanna listen.

Enjoy Vinnie’s bio below:

User Name: vinnie

  • childhood ambition: becoming a cartoonist
  • fondest memory: not sure
  • favorite music: anything with a good beat; mostly rock, electronic, and hip-hop
  • retreat: the beach or my headphones
  • proudest moment: getting married
  • biggest challenge: being married 😉
  • alarm clock: don’t use one, I tend to wake up early anyway
  • perfect day: sitting by the pool doing nothing at all
  • first job: warehouse assistant for a medical supply company
  • indulgence: kickball
  • favorite movie: lots of them, most recently: Borat
  • inspiration: art, nature, architecture, and most importantly loved ones

Sara Smith (ses5909) steps up to bat

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Something I think every blogger should do is introduce themselves; it gives the community a little more insight to you. Mark gave me a sweet introduction, but I wanted to share a little bit more and give you a preview of what you’re in store for with my posts.

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Links for the Weekend, 1-20-2007

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Introducing Sara Smith – aka ses5909

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Search-This welcomes Sara Smith to the team. We are very happy to have Sara join the team. Anyone who follows her blog, i love code knows the warm and friendly writing style she uses; her writing feels like a conversation over coffee.

Having Sara join the team will most certainly benefit the Search-This readers. It’s nice to get the female perspective on things and Sara isn’t one to hold back her opinion. Just look at her new WordPress plugin simply titled “Ask Me” which allows users to forgo the typical “About Me” page of their blog and replace it with a “Ask Me” section that allows readers to get a more intimate view into the blogs author.

Enjoy Sara’s bio below:

User Name: ses5909

  • childhood ambition: so many but mainly an astronaut and a forensic investigator (I was addicted to serial killer books)
  • fondest memory: my kids being born
  • favorite music: I like rock/alternative mainly but am open to other music
  • retreat: kayaking in Monterey bay
  • proudest moment: I have lots. Im most proud when I see my kids. Sounds cliché I know, but its true. Kids really change your life
  • biggest challenge: staying focused
  • alarm clock: my dogs
  • perfect day: being outside and enjoying the fresh air with my best friend
  • first job: sold admittance to a softball field when I was 14
  • indulgence: ice cream
  • favorite movie: What about bob
  • inspiration: life

Six Degrees of Jeffrey Zeldman

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that human beings are connected through relationships with at most six other people. Several studies, have been conducted to measure this connectedness and while the exact number of links between people differs depending on the population measured, it is generally found to be relatively small.

The concept really gained popularity with the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game: the goal is to link any actor to Kevin Bacon through no more than six connections, where two actors are connected if they have appeared in a movie together. It’s almost scary how difficult it is to find an actor who is not connected to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less. In fact, I just tried Audry Hepburn and she scored a 2!

Audrey Hepburn was in How to Steal a Million (1966) with Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach was in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon

I surf the web a lot. And many of the websites I come across link to Jeffrey Zeldman; it’s an astonishing number. It got me thinking, I wonder if we couldn’t create a “Six Degrees of Jeffrey Zeldman” game?

So I had to give it a shot. I figured why not start here at Search-This and see if I could get to Zeldman in 6 steps or less. It took me slightly over an hour (with American Idol playing in the background) to find a path.

From Search-This I went to BrainFuel, a blog I visit daily. That’s one. Next we find a link to our friend Tomas’s site The Closet Entrepreneur. That’s two. Now it gets tricky because I have to go to sites I have never been before. At the bottom of Tomas’s site is a link to Design Verb blog. That’s three. On the right you will find a link to Design Observer. That’s four. Next you find a link to Kottke.org and from there we find Zeldman!

Tab Effect – My Favorite New Firefox Extension

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Tab Effect

At first this Firefox extension might just seem like eye candy. However, after surfing at home with it for the last few days and then surfing at work without it. You really start to get attached to it. Give it a try for at least a week and see if you don’t become attached to it too.

Get it here: Tab Effect – Firefox Add-on

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