aaron barker archives
“This scores a trifecta as a dad’s solution: it was ugly, effective, and required a trip to the hardware store.”
Asha Dornfest at Parent Hacks talking about using tie down straps to keep kids from getting up on the table (you tie the chairs together, not tie down the kids)

posted by aaron on Tuesday, Oct 02, 2007

The FMX prelims got moved to today, so I spent my lunch taking pictures of them flying all over the course. It’s just amazing to see the acrobatics they can do. (no this isn’t photoshopped)

posted by aaron on Friday, Sep 21, 2007

Avast me hearties for it be Talk like a pirate day Yarr!! So get yer pirate name, translate yer emails into pirate speak, and have a jolly good time. Yo ho, yo ho a pirates life for me…

posted by aaron on Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007

Behold your little ones This weekend the User Experience group got together for a team picnic. Yeah… there were lots of kids. 52 in this picture, plus another dozen or so that wouldn’t cooperate due to age (young and old) and another dozen or so not attending.

posted by aaron on Friday, Aug 31, 2007

It’s amazing what you can do with one continuous line Watch a few minutes worth and then slide to the end for the final result if you get bored.

posted by aaron on Friday, Jun 15, 2007

“I just went to a site to look up the signs of a concussion just as a refresher… the last few items kinda made me chuckle * slurred speech or saying things that don’t make sense. * difficulty concentrating, thinking, or making decisions. * difficulty with coordination or balance (such as being unable to catch a ball or other easy tasks). * feeling anxious or irritable for no apparent reason. * feeling overly tired. so my kid [not yet 2 years old] has had a concussion for months now :)”
An IM I sent to Randy when he asked me for the signs of a concussion

posted by aaron on Wednesday, May 02, 2007

It looks like we inadvertantly Google bombed Cameron as the Galactic Network Interwebster I think it is now required for him to give his site a space theme.

posted by aaron on Friday, Apr 20, 2007

Signal vs Noise’s article on Apple stores get the last laugh gives a good summary of another story about what went into making the Apple stores the unique experience that they are. How it was foretold that they would be a huge failure, but are raking it in hand over fist.

It’s a good read on taking the time to do it right, and working with “prototypes” that are easily changeable before you get to the final product.

posted by aaron on Thursday, Mar 08, 2007

Forcing page breaks in printed versions of your site with CSS

I learn something new every day. You can force a page break in your printouts with CSS by using the page-break-before and page-break-after properties.

These are supported by all modern browsers (including Safari although not listed above) so can be freely used to get better control over the printed versions of your pages.

posted by aaron on Thursday, Dec 14, 2006

A nice list of what css changes we will be seing in IE7 . Several hours of my last few days have been spent on these lovely bugs… get this out NOW!

posted by aaron on Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006

Jeff Croft wonders if accessibility has been taken too far Are those with accesibility needs doing their part such as using better browsers (like ones that have font scaling), using accessiblity options built into the OS, etc? How much time and money do we need to invest for that x% that need the accessibilty? Is following standards with semantic markup (headings, alts, titles, etc) a big enough step in recent times? Good questions… are there good answers?

posted by aaron on Monday, Aug 21, 2006