Site launch:

08.06.08 Posted in interactive, work by

Exploring ETFs, the financial e-learning site I’ve been working on for the past four months, recently launched:

“We’re excited to announce the launch of Exploring ETFs, a site for Barclays Global Investors designed to educate financial advisors & individual investors about Exchange Traded Funds. It’s been a culmination of over 6 months of collaboration between the IQ team and the folks at iShares, and we’re ecstatic with the way it’s all come together.

As the art director on the project put it, it’s really the total package. Within a PaperVision3D environment, it incorporates photo-realistic 3D models with studio-shot video, custom-manufactured props, an elegantly intuitive design, and a custom-composed soundtrack.”


As lead developer on this project, I am very happy with how it came out. We had a great team as well as a great client.

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Tiny Violin Approved for the App Store

07.07.08 Posted in games, interactive, iphone by


My first iPhone / iPod Touch application, Tiny Violin, has been approved for the App Store. More details to come, but here is a description of the application:

Play the world’s smallest violin on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

An indispensable tool useful for showing sympathy toward another’s misfortune.

Slide your finger or thumb across Tiny Violin to play one of three short violin riffs, each designed to show sincere condolence for any situation.

Update: I’ve created a page for Tiny Violin.


Off-Road Velociraptor Safari

05.07.08 Posted in games by

A ridiculously fun game built with the UNITY engine. Playable as stand-alone or in the browser. Give it play, or check out the video above.


My new Silvia

04.01.08 Posted in coffee by


I just received my Rancilio Silvia last week. So far it’s been making incredible espresso. This little beast has quite an enthusiast following, with owners mod’ing it with PIDscomputer interfaces and even NES controllers.


UPS Whiteboard ’08 Launches

03.02.08 Posted in web development, work by


After a few months of strategy, creative, and technology working together to make the next iteration of UPS’ Whiteboard website better than before, the website has officially launched.

While the ’08 Whiteboard site is much more complex than the previous version, we had a great team working together to make it as good of an interactive experience as possible. The technology side includes a nice mix of Flash / AS2, Ruby on Rails, and almost half a gigabyte of video.

Check it out at

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Modifying request headers in ActionScript 3.0

12.14.07 Posted in actionscript 3, web development by

Though Adobe’s documentation would have you think otherwise, setting or modifying the request headers in an AS3, browser-based Flash application is only possible under certain circumstances. I’m testing this with player version 9,0,115,0 in both Safari 3 and Firefox 2 for OS X.

The documented way to set request headers on an URLRequest object is the following:

var header:URLRequestHeader = new URLRequestHeader("myHeader", "headerValue");
var request:URLRequest = new URLRequest("http://www.[yourdomain].com/"); = new URLVariables("name=John+Doe");

However, it seems like you can only modify the headers on a POST request. Which would mean we’d have to specify the POST method (assuming the remote site accepted POST requests for the URL):

request.method = URLRequestMethod.POST;

But even this isn’t sufficient, because the Flash Player will silently convert POST requests into GET requests if the request is empty. So now you have to add URLVariables to the mix:

var variables:URLVariables = new URLVariables();
variables.postVariable = "variableValue"; = variables;

So the only way to successfully set or modify request headers on a URLRequest object is to set its method to POST, and make sure you send at least one variable along with the request. Otherwise the headers will silently remain unchanged.

This is unfortunate as it makes it difficult to connect a browser-based Flash application to a truly REST-ful Web service which determines the markup of content based on request headers.


Miscela d’Oro Ciald’Oro ESE Pods

12.09.07 Posted in coffee by

I’ve been using ESE (easy serving espresso) pods for a while now for their convenience and easy clean-up. Many varieties are sold with each pod individually packaged in a nitrogen pouch keeping them fresh for up to a year or more, making them more economical to beans if you only make espresso a couple times a week like me.

I recently purchased a bag of 40 Miscela d’Oro Ciald’Oro ESE Pods off of eBay. I had never tasted Miscela d’Oro coffee, but after reading good things about the brand, I decided to give it a try. The flavor is much stronger and earthier than either the Lavazza or Illy pods I’ve tried, and there is a pleasing amount of crema produced during the pull.

My only regret is that I still have 20 or so Lavazza pods remaining from a previous purchase, but maybe I’ll keep those for guests. ;]