Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Originally uploaded by Jrome.

When Friday has finally come
We amble on out for some lunch in the sun.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Outdoor Play

Originally uploaded by Jrome.

When birthdays and rain clouds meet,
There is normally no ordinary treat,
But to sit outside in the warm warm rains,
And play play play until the clouds part ways.

When the sunlight peeks we'll hoist our umbrellas,
When the rain comes back we'll still be under dem fellas,
Running hands through the drops that drip,
And laughing at everything all the grown-ups miss.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Adobe Twist coming this summer

Adobe Systems Incorporated: Bill McCoy, General Manager, ePublishing Business

Bill gave the keynote at the idpf "Connected & Mobile 2006" conference in NYC yesterday. He had some interesting news and gave a nice presentation. He started off by talking about how there's much talk about hardware, and he's sure there will be a device that catches the masses. But he made it known that there is progress on the software side. The idea that open source, easily transmitted reading software is on the horizon. And OEBPS specification is the place to start, and the form to champion for getting publishers excited again about all things electronic, all things web. Let's not say "eBook."

So what's Adobe doing? Well, Acrobat works, but it is not a product that was designed for the reader, or even for the general consumer, for that matter. Hardly anyone, except the design professional working in the publishing industry needs markup, layers, etc that Acrobat provides. What the consumer needs is something that is "Optimized for reading."

So, Adobe will be launching a new product this summer, code named "Twist."

TWIST is a consumer optimized reading centric application. It downloads in less than two seconds (which he did off of Adobe's VPN). It will refit content to the size of the open window (he showed this, it works!) - this means it can look good, read well, and function great on any size device , no matter what size its screen! And for publishers, the best news is it does all that right from the OEBPS. That's right, it will produce a fine user experience directly from OEBPS, no reflow, no rehash. (No word, and probably no function either, about background reference material.)

It will be out this summer in beta. So this summer check out labs.adobe.com for Twist.

Oh, and during his keynote, he mentioned Flickr. Good man!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Elephants Walking

Bay to breakers happened this past weekend, but I wasn't there to see it.
I couldn't get there, I couldn't be there, I couldn't couldn't couldn't.
You see, I live three thousand or so miles away, so the miles wouldn't let me. They wouldn't.

Now if I had an elephant, I could have walked there.
Astride the elephant or walking alongside
We'd have made a team, quite a pair!
But no matter anyway, for there is not where I reside.

Friday, May 19, 2006


tile sample 2
Originally uploaded by Jrome.

Gliffy Writely Google Yahoo!
Stickley Berkeley california voodoo.
Listography Flickr Digg Delicious
These tiles are ambitious.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

spring weekend

spring weekend
Originally uploaded by Jrome.

The bike is red and so is the blood
That rushed to my head when I stood up.
I've got very far to go, I can just feel it
This life that I live and this air - I just breath it.

It tastes like spring, dappled in green.
It's best for me I think, better than than dreams.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Out for a Walk

Out for a Walk
Originally uploaded by Jrome.

Trotting along with a wagon in tow, my head feels as if it's gonna explode. I'll pick up the house and take it for a walk, I'd open my mouth but I just can't talk.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Springtime is Green

Like an old man recalling his childhood when he holds his grandchild, I recall the beauty of spring when I see the green in the leaves again.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


I work in an office. It's usually quiet. But Monday, they ripped out ourkitchenette. They put the Bunn in the hallway just outside the door, and put sheet plastic up with duct tape that didn't really stay stuck to the wall. This building was built in the 1930s. I'm sure there are things in the walls that we're not supposed to breath. I moved (they ripped up my office to expand the kitchenette) to a closed off section of the building, and yesterday, when I came over to see the work, I smelled the dust. Chalky dusty. The air wasn't exactly thick with it, but I could easily tell there was construction going on. I could certainly hear it too! It was loud - I mean the crew was using powertools, like reciprocating Sawzalls, that usually require ear protection. There are probably fifteen people who work in this half of the building, working 8 hours without proper ventilation or dust masks.

I wonder why they couldn't have done this after hours? To listen to the Sawzall for 6-8 hours has made me and just about everyone a bit edgy, and I'm not even sitting right outside the door!