Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

Recent pages from the journal

20 December 2007

Subversion is Almost Good Enough

I tread this fine line in my life. I’m just geeky enough to do lots of programming and live in that world a lot. But I’m just enough a designer to choose user experience over low-level pragmatism. This gets me in trouble sometimes and makes for some hard decisions.

I’ve been wanting to use Subversion for more of my digital bits and pieces these days. I use that a lot for projects I’m working on. It’s fantastic, especially when working in a team. I can’t imagine working without it.

The problem: it works only if you use it with text files or binary files. To be fair, pretty much any file you use in programming projects falls under one of these categories. If you want to use SVN for anything else, you’re pretty much out of luck.

This seems to be a growing problem as more and more programs are creating files that fall under the category of “packages”, which are folders that OS X treats a little differently. Anything iWork (Numbers, Pages, & Keynote) products, is a package. So are Garageband files, and even most actual applications themselves are packages, and therefore will break SVN.

SVN should either a) Get over itself and deal with packages in a way that’s not going to cause problems; or b) Never mind, I was going to write something here, but I like “a” better.

I can’t stand the idea of changing everything around just so I can use Subversion. Maybe If I was a just a bit more geeky and cared a little less about the other stuff. Hmm… Outlook not so good.

For a the other side of this argument, check out Alex’s post on the subject.

16 November 2007

Welcome to RCRD LBL 

In a world where many people get their music for free, we wanted to create a site where bands we loved could put their music out there for free AND get paid for it. RCRD LBL is a new model and an experiment, putting great music out there for free and with absolutely no DRM.

Peter Rojas’ (formerly of Engadget) new music blog / record label just debuted. I’m loving it so far. Lots of great indie artists on board with some good music already up for your listening pleasure. Expect to hear a few of these goodies on my mixtapes. This kind of stuff is the future of music and, in my opinion, is destined for success.

12 November 2007

37signals Product Blog: Downtime explanation 

37 Signals did a great job of addressing their recent (and extremely rare) outage: They humbly apologized, explained the problem, and committed to a solution. Well done and a great use of a company blog.

(via Snook on Twitter)

8 November 2007

Foamee 

Foamee is a web application that uses Twitter to help track who you owe beers to (and vice versa). Brilliant! You can see who owes me and who I owe on my page at Foamee.

19 October 2007

My October Mix Tape

October Mix Tape Graphic

It’s Friday - a great day to give you guys and gals a treat. I put together another mix tape for you. Nice!

My first one was generally a success and didn’t get an ounce of bad feedback, so I figured, “Why not do another?”

Brian’s October Mix Tape [30mb / aac]

I listed all the tracks below, along with links to where you can get them. Please buy the music, unless it’s already free. Except where indicated, I linked to the music at the Amazon MP3 store.

  1. Múm - Blessed Brambles
  2. Broken Social Scene - I Slept With Bonhomme At The CBC
  3. Bela Karoli - Prelude 2 (free from their site)
  4. The Archivist - New Years (free from their site)
  5. Over the Rhine - Don’t Wait for Tom
  6. Caribou - Melody Day
  7. Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy - iTunes (Also, here’s that the video I mentioned.)

I enjoy making these, so I plan to keep it up. Let me know if you have any feedback, thoughts, or just if you enjoyed it. I’d appreciate it.

Related: My Summer Mix Tape

9 October 2007

Around America 2.0 Stops by Casa Warren

Matt Danzico

Just a couple months ago, Matt Danzico posted a video on his website asking for the goodwill of people around America to drive house and feed him on an 80 day trip around the U.S. I linked to it then, mentioning that I had offered him lodging and a ride. A few days ago, he showed up and stayed the night.

We had a great time. I showed him dinosaur footprints near my house, fed him lots of food, and he shot some video of our adventures.

Matt’s a great guy, and we got to talk a lot given the short amount of time he was in town. I find it fascinating people’s reactions to his trip. Lots of people cautioned him that it was extremely dangerous to trust people like this. People even cautioned me about letting a stranger into our home. It’s really strange. Despite our culture moving toward a more open, socially connected atmosphere, I don’t think that has tended to make us much more trusting as a society; yet, I didn’t hesitate to offer him our house.

I know Matt needs more people for the latter half of his trip. I’d encourage you, if you live on his route, to send him a note and help him out. You won’t regret it.

9 October 2007

Radiohead - In Rainbows 

Radiohead’s new album will be available as a download or deluxe disc box. You name the price for the download (released tomorrow!). However if you purchase the disc box you get the download plus loads of treats, including artwork, LPs, new songs and the In Rainbows disc. I’ll be interested to find out, if they release any figures, how many people went for just the download (£40 for the discbox a good little pile of money). And I’d definitely like to know what people are naming as their price. You can put 0.00 in as the price.

4 October 2007

Chameleon 16 

I’m not usually one for pixel fonts, but this one is pretty nice. Bonus points for the fun effects one gets when playing with kerning and linespacing. Doubleplus good points in that you get the excellent Chameleon pixel icons as a part of the font. Well done, Dan!