Author Archives: Justin D. Henry

UVM’s Center for Teaching & Learning is hiring

This is really a golden opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people, and be involved with a wide variety of projects. From the posting at 37signals: Assist faculty to design, maintain, and evaluate web applications for instructional purposes; facilitate faculty professional development workshops and provide general technical support as part of the Center [...]

The right tool for the job

Sometimes it’s not that easy to see what a new tool can really do without some level of adoption. Adoption translates into self investment, since you’re going to end up spending time and energy evaluating a new tool. The tricky part is determining the right level of self investment necessary to evaluate the tool, and [...]

On tipping

Corey Gilmore has a breakdown of how much it costs to run a cab, and a good reminder to tip your cab driver. And tip well. Apparently, even a decent tip leaves the driver paying for income they didn’t get: …the government assumes about a 23% gratuity… Ouch. These days I try and aim for [...]

Portland RUG

I went to another bang-up meeting of the Portland Ruby Users Group last night. Russ Jones gave a great presentation on Design Patterns with Ruby. I don’t know if he’s planning on publishing the notes from the talk, but it’s worth keeping an eye on his blog to see if he does. The talk itself [...]

Off the Eatin’ Path

I’m having fun digging through the archives of Zachary Barowitz’s column, “Off the Eatin’ Path”, in the food and reviews section of the bollard. Getting around the site is kind of a pain, and good luck linking to an article. Someone should tell the folks at the bollard that popup windows aren’t very friendly. It [...]

Putting Twitter to good use

The other day I was sniffing around for a Portland (Maine) equivalent to the WCAX weather announcer that announces Vermont weather via Twitter. I didn’t find one. I did however find a post that seemed to echo some of the thoughts and confusion I’ve heard elsewhere regarding the utility of Twitter. This got me thinking [...]

Today is CSS Naked Day

Today is the day when we shed our CSS to show our bare markup.I almost forgot, even with Rob’s early reminder. Oh well, better late than never, I suppose. You can sign up, and find resources and instructions (including a slick WordPress Plugin) at the official naked site. Show off that markup!

Closing the Canadian Studies Office at UVM?

My friend and colleague Paul Martin writes about the imminent closure of the Canadian Studies office at the University of Vermont (disclosure: I am currently employed at UVM). Near the bottom of the post he offers suggestions on how you can help, as well as a link to a lengthy article on the situation at [...]

found_drama’s interface critique of GoodReads

Rob Friesel has a lengthy and thoughtful look at GoodReads, complete with wireframe sketches and in-depth interaction scenarios. You know you’re doing something right when you have users that give you feedback like this. Here’s hoping they put his suggestions to good use.

Potent Potables

One of the joys of moving to a New Place is in the discovery of new foods. There are few better locales for such discoveries than Portland, ME. As it happens, Portland is my most recent New Place, after leaving sunny Burlington, Vermont. Anecdotally, Portland has almost as many places to eat as San Francisco. [...]