Author Archives: Justin D. Henry

Social Field Guides

Have you seen the Field Guide: Birds of the World group in Flickr? It’s not just a “look, an eagle!” group: “This is not just another group for people to post random photos of birds, but it is an attempt to build an online Identification Guide of the birds of the world.” It’s even got [...]

Choosing a typeface with which to brand Barry Bonds’ ball

Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run ball is going to be branded with an asterisk, then put in the hall of fame. Is anyone else itching to see what typeface is used to set the brand? I also wonder how it is going to be set – will the brand be burned into the ball? Printed [...]

Copyright 101

While handing out a scolding to the local campus bookstore, a few Harvard lawyers deliver one of the most straightforward descriptions of copyright law I’ve seen in a while. Short, sweet, and to the point. (Via Boing Boing.)

jQuery UI

The jQuery UI library launched today, and is looking pretty slick. Don’t see what you need there? You might be interested in something like Ext JS, which can plug right into jQuery.

Recruiting web professionals

A new position went up last week on the UVM Jobs recruitment site: Multimedia Development Specialist To assist faculty and staff to produce and manage digital multimedia content for instructional applications. Provide coordination of a Mac/PC multimedia computer lab and develop and facilitate workshops for faculty on digital multimedia. Provide general faculty and student support [...]

Fixing UNIX permissions en masse

Every once in a while I need to “fix” the unix permissions on a directory. This is usually a web directory, so all the folders need to be readable and executable (i.e. 755), and the files need to be readable (i.e. 644). A preventative measure might be to set the umask appropriately (i.e. 022), so [...]

Rands on Presenting and the Resume

Some of the best material to come out of my feed reader lately is the product of Rands In Repose. A couple articles of note are his tips for nailing a presentation and crafting a killer resume. I’ve touched on resumés (at least the concept of them) and presentation skills here recently, but my ramblings [...]

WebCT Orphaned Users

The application formerly known as WebCT CE (Campus Edition) 4.x sometimes leaves you with what the documentation sparingly refers to as “orphaned users”. This often occurs during the student import process, or while restoring course backups in a manner that restores students and their data (i.e. a “replace users” restore). Here’s how you might be [...]

Date math and documentation

The other day I found this little nugget in the comments of the date page of PHP manual. The real lesson is in the first paragraph: “One of the most useful skills you can utilize when performing date math is taking full advantage of the UNIX timestamp. The UNIX timestamp was built for this kind [...]

Burlington Upcoming

My weekend is filling up. I’ve been playing with Upcoming more lately – adding events, and inviting people. Here are a few I’m looking forward to. My friends brother’s band, Böne Cöbra (think big hair, heavy metal, and the 80’s) is playing tonight. The Complaints, a band with lots of great covers from my “youth” [...]