Author Archives: Justin D. Henry

Ignorant objects

Khoi Vinh (paraphrasing Jasper Johns): “Unused objects are ignorant; only the ones that have been put to use, that have traveled, that have been tossed around have accumulated knowledge. That knowledge and familiarity, if it’s worn properly, can make an object desirable.”

Summer reading

I really enjoy traveling. Not just going to see new places, but the process of getting there. It is a special kind of down time. It also often means more bandwith attention for books. We’re leaving in a few days for a week in Seattle, then shortly after that I’m off to Michigan for a [...]

The subtle power of microformats

Drew McLellan describes a great example of microformats in action: This is a superb example of the utility of hAtom. Last.fm doesn’t have a dedicated feed for their shoutboxes, but because they’re nicely marked up with hAtom, it can be converted to Atom on the fly. Awesome. In other words: Last.fm outputs their content in [...]

Time to make the donuts

I love the smell of donuts in the morning. I sometimes catch the smell of donuts wafting on the breeze on my daily walk up the hill to work. It took me a few years to realize where the smell was coming from. Koffee Kup bakery, purveyors of those scrumptious, plastic wrapped delicacies you see [...]

Finding and deleting old files

Here’s a nifty little unix command line snippet that I found a while back while trying to find a way to clear images from a directory on a regular basis. It lets you manipulate files that are more than a specified age. For example, if you wanted to see all files in the /var/log directory [...]

Directory Digger

Update (2007-06-27): Directory Digger is a featured download on Apple.com‘s main dashboard widget site. Cool! (thanks Rob, for the tip) In my spare time (heh), I’ve built an Apple dashboard widget that lets one search an LDAP directory. For me, the tool is filling a number of needs. The project page summarizes some of them: [...]

Discovering Jazz in Burlington

There’s an episode of The Simpsons where Homer daydreams about being in the Land of Chocolate. Skipping around, he takes bites out of random parts of the landscape. Everything is made out of chocolate – even a passing dog, which Homer chomps a mouthful of before letting it scamper off. As I wandered around the [...]

Caching and zooming your Flickr images

I’ve made a few changes and additions to Dan Coulter‘s phpFlickr API class. These modifications address the retrieval of image URL’s, and allow the caching of images locally. In the process, I also created a little helper class to complement existing phpFlickr interface methods.

Watch a building get demolished

Steve, Wes and I were walking over to the library today for a meeting, when we started seeing a lot of dust. With all the construction going on around campus, we might not have thought anything of it – except that there was a certain building nearby which had been boarded up and scheduled for [...]

Preparation, presentation, and communication

Good presentation skills have nothing to do with slide shows or getting up in front of a room full of people. They are the same skills you use almost every day, when you communicate with others.