Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

Recent pages from the journal

17 April 2008

My Work on NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire Icon - Really Big

Recently Brent Simmons put up the latest version of NetNewsWire which includes a small attribution to yours truly in the release notes. Settle down, settle down, return to your seats, people.

The little itty-bitty thing I worked on was the page that shows up in the web browser when you hit a page that either doesn’t exist or the browser can’t find for some reason (the internet is down, server is down, etc).

This is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of having my work included in someone else’s Mac software. The kinda funny thing is that it’s been in there for nearly two years! I first sent that file to Brent sometime around the summer of 2006.

The error page has gotten better and more savvy since then, as I occasionally update it whenever I either find a way to improve it or tweak something that’s been bothering me about it. Brent always slides it into the next private beta and it eventually makes it to the public.

Another small thing I worked on that nobody will notice is that I redid the credits page in the “About” box. (Go to menu item: NetNewsWire -> About NetNewsWire) When I was nosing around the resource files, I saw that the credits page was an html document so I went in, took out all the font tags and made it all standards compliant. While you’re looking at that, you can scroll about 30% down the list and see my name.

So, this is just one of the myriad things I do when I probably should be doing real work. Better than starting fires and playing in traffic, eh?

25 March 2008

Dept. of Currency: Penny Dreadful 

Gruber links to a story mentioning that the US penny not only costs more than a penny to produce but it’s worth has declined substantially.

Gruber says he’s “been throwing pennies away for years”, and while I agree with Garrett that saving change is preferable, I’ve been advocating for years that we should just do away with the penny all together.  Just 50 years ago a penny had more worth than today’s quarter.

Let’s ditch the penny, get a dollar coin (we can even put Lincoln on it), and round all our transactions to the nearest .05. It’s not uncommon for economies to adopt this practice. Why not us?

25 March 2008


Pretty sweet little site for making your own mixtapes. I kinda wish you could make more than one per account, but their crazy-simple three-field sign-up form is pretty sweet.

23 March 2008

Happy as a Cog

Cog Graphic

In just a few days this blog will celebrate it’s fourth birthday. How fun! No need to send gifts or cards. Just raise your glass in the direction of Colorado.

Here’s something else to celebrate too. A few months ago, I joined up with Happy Cog Studios as a Strategic Partner. What an honor! Back before I even started my blog, I read Designing with Web Standards, Happy Cog founder Jeffrey Zeldman’s book about the proper way to make websites. It was then that I thought, “Hey, I should really get into making websites the proper way.” My first real exercise in doing that was starting up my blog. (See how we’re coming full circle here?)

So far working with Happy Cog has been a really wonderful experience. I enjoy working with a group of people who are so talented and also have people dedicated to tasks that I normally only can do part-time, such as project management and client relations. Being a “Strategic Partner” with Happy Cog means I get to work with them a lot on projects; however, I’m still doing lots of work with Be Good Not Bad and Method Arts, too.

I feel so thankful to be where I am right now. A new baby at home, a successful business that I’ve grown from scratch, and supportive wife who is helping out with the work part-time. Fun stuff!

You can see my profile on Happy Cog’s site here: About Brian Warren.

5 March 2008

Mopey at SXSWi 2008

SXSW Interactive

It’s that special time of year, when everybody is packing up to head out to SXSW. This will be my third time going down to Austin for this geekfest, and it should be a really good time. I have the honor of co-hosting a Core Conversation with the dashing Mark Bixby this year. We’re really excited about the topic and it already seems like we have a nice crowd of rad people joining us for it.

The topic is Specialization vs. Doing it All. Can a designer/developer do it all, and be good at it all? If not, what does that mean and how does specializing impact:

  • a project.
  • your business plan.
  • client expectations.
  • competitive edge.
  • marketability.
  • your creative and personal satisfaction.

We’ll share our personal stories about what things have been like for us in this realm, as well as some lessons and ideas about collabortion. However, the key to Core Conversations is that they’re round-table discussions, which means it will be as good as the people who show up, so we’re counting on you!

There are so many panels, parties, etc. to attend, and it’s hard to juggle all the stuff and figure out what to go to. I highly recommend as a tool to do just that. It’s pretty fantastic.

All in all, I’m only semi-excited this year, as I have this cute little baby at home that I have to leave behind for five days (my usual mood regarding SXSW is utter giddiness). So if you see me moping around, introduce yourself and cheer me up. Seriously. Every year I meet more and more very cool people, so I hope if you happen to see me, please come introduce yourself.

22 February 2008

Bridget & Brian Warren 

My good buddy, and local design ninja, Derek Balmer out of the blue decided to do an awesome illustration of Bridget and I, based off a photo that was taken just hours after she was born. As a reminder, you can follow Bridget’s adventures on her website, Thanks Derek!

11 February 2008


An entire site based on spec work. They say they’re “[c]onnecting image makers with buyers.” But what they’re really doing is creating micro-contests where a bunch of people do a bunch of work and a select few get paid for it. Awesome! Anything that tries to recruit people by using the words “make a name for yourself” makes me irky. There are plenty of ways to make a name for yourself without devaluing an industry at the same time. My advice: Run away.

14 January 2008

A Natural in Congress

  • Me: I ordered a baby monitor and Call of Duty 4 today.
  • Greg Storey: lol.
  • Greg Storey: I like your priorities.
  • Me: It’s an easier sell when I buy video games and baby stuff in the same purchase.
  • Me: Next: a onesie and Orange Box.
  • Greg Storey: You’ll be a natural in Congress.

11 January 2008



On December 29th, Bridget Ruth made her big debut. Wow. Anna and I are just stunned. We love this little girl more than we’ve ever loved anything in our lives. She didn’t have to do anything to earn our love, she just showed up. If that’s not a pretty good example of a miracle, well, I’m not sure what is. It’s hard not to become just ridiculous optimists when a baby arrives. The sky seems bluer, the air fresher, the world awesome-r.

She’s definitely got me wrapped around her cute little fingers. I take tons of photos of our little girl, and my heart melts pretty much every time I look at her. I can’t believe I have a lifetime to get to know our little girl and be a key part of her life.

I think the world is going to be a better a place with Bridget in it. I know mine is.

I’ve posted a few photos so far, all here on Flickr, and a website where I’m posting links to videos and more fancy things over time, all at

27 December 2007

Paying for Twitterific 

Seth Dillingham posts a bit about Twitteriffic, a Twitter client I use pretty much all the time. He refers to it as making his one-man office “feel a bit like I’m working in a big room full of friends and other developers”. I couldn’t agree more.

Twitteriffic is free to use if you don’t mind Deck ads coming through the Twitter stream once an hour. Deck ads are pretty classy and unobtrusive. If you don’t want the ads to show up, buy Twitteriffic for $14.95. Sounds like a nice comprimise.

Some naughty person, eagerly anticipating coal in his stocking next year, posted a hack that strips out the ads. In response I just registered my copy. If you use Twitteriffic, I suggest you follow our lead and do the same.