Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

Recent pages from the journal

10 August 2007



Three years or so ago I mentioned on my blog about a few guys who were riding a Segway across the country and making a film about it. Last night I got to go to a screening of that film here in Denver. It was a really great film.

These guys spent 100 days traveling across the country, from Seattle to Boston, riding at just 10 miles per hour. They met a ton of really interesting people along the way, often staying at their houses, cooking on their grills and helping in the kitchen. It seemed like the Segway helped them make fast friends, in that people would pull over their cars to meet them and find out what the heck they were doing. However, in their travels it was obvious that this wasn’t a story about a Segway. It was about people. It’s about doing your own thing and taking life as slow as you can.

A good example is that Kansas was one of their favorite states. I know I wouldn’t have predicted this, as more often than not, I’m trying to get through Kansas to somewhere else. I stay on I70 and for the most part am bored. You can’t travel on I70 and go 10 miles per hour, so the filmmakers took it slow on smaller roads and had a blast. They met great people and saw some wonderful things. One time I was driving through Kansas and our car broke down. We spent the better part of a week waiting to get it fixed and were forced to walk around the town of Hays, talking to people and seeing the sites. We had a great time, despite my being sick and our bank accounts dwindling as we got a new engine.

After the screening, the filmmakers and some of us filmgoers went to Forest Room 5 for drinks and to play with the Segway. (Sidenote: I ran out of gas for the first time in my life when scootering the mile-and-a-half from the movie to Forest Room 5.) We had a good time chatting talking about life and goofing around on the segway. I appreciate what these guys do, both in the filmmaking sense and in that they encourage people to get out, slow down and to do your own thing.

They’re also on Netflix and Amazon. Check out their site at

7 August 2007


Grillin'Anna’s so sweet. She bought me a “new” grill for my birthday. What a woman! She snagged it off Craigslist for $60. Not too shabby, especially when you consider that you gotta spend a couple hundred to get something decent new.

25 July 2007

Be Good Not Bad Reviewed by Openswitch 

As number seven in his 100 Blogs in 100 Days series, Ben Gray reviews yours truly. I’m honored! What a great idea for a series. I know I get stuck in a rut at times. It might be time to weed out the old stuff from NetNewsWire and get some fresh sites in there.

23 July 2007

Unearthing the History of Be Good Not Bad

I find it entertaining to look back at my old stuff, especially the stuff I made for myself. Oh, I so wish I had archives of my first websites. I’m sure they would be pretty entertaining. When I started blogging though, I made a sincere effort to keep better archives of my sites, and so have archived the front pages of each of my blog designs. As I link to the archived pages, note that few of the links on these pages still work. I simply archived the source of the page, not the entire site.

Screenies of the Blogs

The Blog

Looking through the old blog designs is like revisiting old friends. I was struck by a few different things. One is that my first blog design still holds up pretty decently. It’s pretty clean, minimal, and doesn’t try to be anything more than a blog. Gotta love that.

Blog design number two was the longest running design to date, having lasted about a year and a half. It launched the classic table-top woodgrain and coffee cup design that has in some way been a part of these sites ever since. In the end though, this design suffered from too much clutter. It didn’t start out that way, but more and more stuff creeped in over time. I was glad to see it go.

Thus, I launched design number three in March 2006. It was definitely more of a realign than a redesign. I kept the tabletop look; however, I ended up having to reshoot the photo to get the espresso cup placement right. I stripped out the cruft and moved things around to get it all more crisp and clean. I still like this look a lot, and I definitely think it was the best of the bunch.

Screenies of the Portfolios

Be Good Not Bad

Back in 2005, as I started to ramp up my freelancing efforts, I finally found a good use for the domain I had purchased on a lark. How did I get the name? My cat was attacking me while I was working one day. I lifted him to my face and spoke firmly, “Be good, not bad!” I then hopped on GoDaddy and registered the domain name.

The first design was nice and simple. I had built it on the Textpattern, the same engine that was powering my blog at the time. I had grandiose plans of publishing a bunch of work to the site. The problem was I realized that I really wanted to showcase only the best work, as elegantly as possible.

Thus I launched a redesign of Be Good Not Bad. I used the amazing SlideShowPro to make a simple gallery of my work. I also added a bio and contact page and called it good. (Note: this is one case where the entire site is archived.)

Finally, we come to now; I’ve already written about this most recent redesign. I really like this one; I definitely spent the most hours on it and am excited about where things will go from here.


19 July 2007

Simplify Media 

Listen to your friend’s iTunes library from timeszones away. Amazing!

I posted this link on Twitter and in minutes I had a half dozen other people’s iTunes libraries to listen to. It’s like my iTunes library just increased tenfold. Nice! I think we have a hit on our hands.

Thanks to Vance for the find.

18 July 2007

Around America Project 

Matt’s going to try to use the goodwill (and couches) of people around America to travel around the country and make a film. Pretty sweet. I sent him a note offering lodging and a ride.

16 July 2007

My Hive Office

My Office at the Hive

I enjoy seeing how other people work, picturing them in their work environment hunkered down, creating amazing things. Given that I enjoy that mild amount of voyeurism, I figure maybe you do too, so here’s a shot of my workspace at the Hive. This is a cropped shot of what I submitted for Airbag around the world.

If you have any shots of your office space up on Flickr or something, link to them in the comments, would ya?

13 July 2007

Xyle scope 1.2 

A great update to a super-useful tool. Definitely the best app for looking under the hood of a webpage to see what’s going on in the CSS. New update includes editable CSS.