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Rest well, Mr. Vignelli. You will be missed.
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I got a hold of an iPhone recently and had to wonder why the buttons were all caps but I was typing in lower case. When the keyboard can update its own appearance in real time, there's no reason not to show exactly you what you will get if you press a particular button right now.

Form vs function isn't a new debate, but I definitely side with those in favor of usability first.
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We need another awesome web developer over here. Anyone interested?

Sometimes there's free bacon.
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This is excellent. And terrifying.
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Data Points, the book some of my work is featured in, has just been released. I should be mentioned/shown on p63 and p66. Looking forward to getting a copy for myself.
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Heh hooray can't wait to see it! You have yet again proven  your unutterable awesomeness.
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I really don't want Google Reader to go away. #SaveGoogleReader
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Seriously, Facebook? Seriously? This is a massive insult to your users. I am ever more glad to not be among them.

But, to be honest, this is not actually news. They have always had a rights grab... now they are just being more clear about it. (See http://connect.dpreview.com/post/9262192527/what-you-need-to-kn0w-instagram)
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They haven't officially changed it yet. The proposed changes don't take effect until January 16, so they have until then to release new terms.
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That's us!
Picture yourself walking down the aisles of City Market, Healthy Living, Hunger Mountain Co-op or wherever you go to buy your favorite Vermont food products....
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Neat!  PS, I love that Grace Under Fire bar.
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You should totally tell Place to institute this :)
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Great project.
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Finally finished my 15-month-long Nixie clock build.

The build begins with the ArduiNix, a nixie power supply and driver kit for the Arduino. That literally sits on top of an Arduino Uno R3. The tubes are salvaged Soviet IN-14 displays and five IN-3 neon bulbs. The display is switchable between time, date, and countdown timer. There’s a DS1307 RTC keeping time/date when the unit is otherwise powered off.

I used example code from ArduiNix to start with, but modified it heavily. They didn't have the exact setup I wanted for the display, and the code assumed you weren't doing anything else with your Arduino except running the display off its internal timer (which isn't super accurate). I made lots of nice additions like blinking the current digits while setting, and a cathode poisoning prevention mode that can be activated on startup. Perhaps most importantly, I've added a very easy method to change modes and set time. I used a rotary encoder and a standard button; just push in and dial up/down each of seconds/minutes/hours.

I’m pretty inexperienced with this kind of build, so it took me about 15 months to complete. One of my big stumbling blocks was in getting the IN-3 bulbs to light. The tube driver chips leak too much current to reliably switch them on and off. After exploring a number of avenues, I finally settled on using an output expander over I2C: an MCP23008. I set one Arduinix anode to always on, then set up transistors on the outputs of the MCP23008 to switch the voltage. That problem alone cost me a couple months.

The case is custom designed/built from oak, constructed in roughly one hour chunks once a week in my parents' basement workshop. A piece of perforated sheet metal is bent to an arc forming the window. I found a piece with a hex-pattern that matches the shielding internal to these tubes.

I’m really happy with how it all came out.
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For posterity, here is a mirror to download his code. You have to email the forum admin personally for an account otherwise, so this is for people that are impatient like I am:

https://www.mediafire.com/?896lp66lb2jm2n7
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Some of my information design work is getting featured in a published book! If you have any interest in information design or data visualization, Nathan has built quite a reputation in the last few years. I'm honored to be featured within his work. Take a look at the link here, and you can watch that site for more information in the coming months.
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Further proof of how awesome you are :)
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